From the Principal

Dear Families,

As we look forward to the future, we envision Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School as a place where excellence in education means educating the whole child. We aim to provide the knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and beliefs that are essential for a productive and successful 21st century life. We recognize that these goals are best achieved when the school provides an environment in which teachers, parents, staff and others develop and practice core values that benefit the academic, emotional and social needs of all children.

Strong communication between home and school forms the basis for the caring, nurturing, family atmosphere that is essential to Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School. This atmosphere promotes an excellence in teaching that results in high academic achievement and enables children to realize personal excellence at all levels.

We see Farmin-Stidwell Elementary school education as forming a sound foundation for life-long learning. All children can learn, and we can develop within each student the desire to know the tools to seek, and the ability to find, understand and use information as a means to becoming self-sufficient, responsible, and productive contributors to a complex, ever-changing, and diverse society. We seek a challenging and supportive learning environment that capitalizes on the natural curiosity of children as they explore all parts of the curriculum.

Join us in our Farmin-Stidwell Elementary school vision as we provide our future with endless opportunities to become learners and leaders in all aspects of their life. Let us work together to make Farmin-Stidwell Elementary a place children love to attend, a place in which parents believe their children are receiving an education second to none, and a place in which teachers express their joy of working with pride.

Yours in education,

Erik A. Olson, Principal

Math and Science Night=Success!

posted Mar 16, 2018, 7:32 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 7:32 AM ]

What a wonderful evening our learning family had together!  Our students loved the project stations and the pizza was delicious too!  Thank you to our Title I team who organized the event and awesome teachers who led the project stations.  A big THANK YOU to our families to attended the event! 


Student Led Conferences: March 9th!

posted Mar 5, 2018, 12:33 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 12:33 PM ]

2018 March Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2018, 11:59 AM by Karen Beason   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 12:04 PM ]


posted Feb 28, 2018, 10:23 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 10:23 AM ]

Please come out and support the Farmin Stidwell Math Club.  

Indoor/Outdoor Recess Weather Determination

posted Feb 21, 2018, 12:02 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 12:11 PM ]

With the cold weather, snow, rain and simply put, unpredictable weather forecast the question from parents is the same, "How is it determined whether or not it will be indoor recess or outdoor recess?".  Please note that the decision to have outdoor recess or indoor recess is not taken lightly.  In short, the school will make a decision based on what is best for the majority of the 545+ students at Farmin Stidwell.  The decision is also made based on the assumption that parents ensure that their child(ren) come to school with adequate winter attire.  This includes a coat (not a hoodie), warm shoes/boots, gloves, hat, snow pants..etc..  The Lake Pend Oreille School District does not have a policy that involves temperature regarding outdoor recess.  Instead, this decision has been left up to the local schools to make that determination.  All elementary schools, strive to be consistent across the board when making this determination.  Thus, at our school, outdoor play is permitted regardless of temperature, when weather conditions are appropriate.  Students will remain indoors when the temperature, with the wind chill, falls below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Parents, please be sure to send your children with adequate cold weather/winter/rain attire and we will do our best to ensure that students are safe during recess. As future reference, please refer to our temperature link on our main webpage as this is our references for making recess weather determinations. 

Farmin Stidwell Spirit Wear Order Form

posted Feb 12, 2018, 8:34 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

Wolf Pack Families!
We are putting together another order for school spirit wear!  If you're interested please see the attached form and return no later than February 16th, 2018.  

2018 February Newsletter

posted Jan 31, 2018, 12:31 PM by Karen Beason   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 12:41 PM ]

Help Support Our School By Collecting Box Tops

posted Jan 25, 2018, 8:18 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 8:19 AM ]


It all started in California in 1996.

General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools – and so, Box Tops for Education™ was born. As part of the initial test program, Box Tops were only available on select Big G cereals, such as Cheerios™, Total™ and Lucky Charms™.

The program was such a huge success that it soon launched on other General Mills products and expanded across the nation. By 1998, more than 30,000 schools were clipping Box Tops and earning cash to buy the things they needed: books, computers, playground equipment and more.

Over the next four years, the Box Tops for Education™ program doubled to include brands such as Pillsbury™, Old El Paso™ and Green Giant™. By 2004, over 82,000 schools across the nation participated in Box Tops, earning more than $100 million.

In 2006, for the first time, non-food brands began to participate; now families could clip Box Tops from Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex® and Scott® products, too. As the program expanded, school earnings increased. By 2010, schools across the nation had earned over $320 million.

Today, America’s schools have earned over $868 million, and you can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the grocery store and online.


Our School has benefited greatly from Box Tops!

  • 2014-15: $862.50
  • 2015-16: $1116.70
  • 2016-17: $955.50
  • 2017-2018: currently at $346.80, our goal is to get to $1000.00 by the end of Feb.

See attachments below:

Great Job Farmin Stidwell Spellers!

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:05 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

Congratulations to all of our students who represented our school at the District Spelling Bee!  Our school is proud of you for your efforts!  6th grade student Nicholas Gaulrapp took home the first place ribbon and will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee.  We want to wish Nicholas the best of luck!  

21st Century Grant: We are going for it!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 5:09 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

21st Century Grant Process Information

Your feedback is important to us as we embark on working to get this grant:
Parent Survey

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