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


posted Apr 7, 2020, 3:26 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 3:26 PM ]

Dear Families,
The attached document below we hope will answer some questions you may have regarding our current situation and the Lake Pend Oreille School District. 


posted Apr 7, 2020, 3:18 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 3:21 PM ]

Hello From the Title 1 Team!

We Miss You All!!

One of the many joys of working in Title 1 is that we get to visit many different classrooms every day.  We miss seeing all your smiling faces, getting and giving high fives and fist bumps, but most especially we miss seeing you and hearing about what you are reading.

If you have not already done so, please start a Reading Journal.  That way when we meet again, you can share it with your classroom teacher and with us!  Include the title and author of the books that you read while you are doing distance learning.  If you are reading picture books, jot down your thoughts as you finish each one. If you are reading chapter books, pause every few chapters and jot down some thoughts.  

Here are some questions to think about as you journal about what you are reading.

  • Did you like the book and why?  

  • What was your favorite part and why?  

  • Did the book remind you of another book that you read? If so, which one?

  • Would you like to be any of the characters in the story and why?

  • If you wrote this book, would you have changed something?  

  • Would you recommend this book to a friend?  Why or why not?

Sending virtual hugs, fist bumps and lots of love your way!

F.S. Title 1 Team : Mrs. Leister, Mrs. Bruhjell, Mrs. Ginter, Mrs. Lyman, Mrs. Fournier, Mrs. Grawlow 

Mr. B. - our fantastic long term sub

PLEASE take our parent survey regarding "Distant Learning"

posted Apr 6, 2020, 10:25 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Apr 6, 2020, 10:25 AM ]

Wolfpack families! As we continue to work through these uncertain times and provide distant learning opportunities we are seeking your feedback! This will help us determine how to continue to provide the best opportunities for your child.


Wide Open School-Great Parent Resource

posted Apr 1, 2020, 8:30 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 8:31 AM ]

Camp Kaniksu

posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:44 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:45 PM ]

Kaniksu Land Trust has just opened registration for the 2020 summer camp series. These week long sessions always fill quickly, even though they grow the program every year. In 2020 they offered 6 different sessions, all at Pine Street Woods. They try to keep the experience as affordable as possible and also try to hold about 30% of the spots for scholarship participants, of which they have quite a few still available. Below is the link.

Also, KLT just launched a weekly blog to support families in engaging with nature and learning while out of school. 


Bull Trout Coloring Contest

posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:35 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:36 PM ]

The Fish and Game has put together a bull trout coloring contest for grades 1 through 3. All ages are encouraged to submit their work, but only 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will be considered for the contest. Download the coloring image along with the information and submission form to get to work and enter the contest.

Rules are included on the submission sheet. Be creative, learn something, and stay healthy!

Guidance for Governor Brad Little's Statewide Stay-Home Order

posted Mar 25, 2020, 4:02 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 4:03 PM ]

This order was put into effect on Wednesday, April 25th, 2020 and will remain in effect for at least 21 days.  Governor Little and public health officials will reassess before the end of the 21 day period.  Governor Little  We have received word from the Governor's office and the State Department of Education that education is considered essential and schools should follow the guidance from the State Board of Education. We will continue with distant learning as planned. Please be flexible and ready to adapt to any changes that come our direction. 


posted Mar 24, 2020, 6:59 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 6:59 AM ]

Second Step

posted Mar 23, 2020, 8:40 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 8:41 AM ]

Welcome to


A podcast where we use our imaginations to talk about the things that matter, with the people that matter most.

Log in to CLEVER from Home

posted Mar 19, 2020, 7:00 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 7:01 AM ]

4 Easy Steps: Log in to Clever from Home 

1. In the address bar of your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) type in www.clever.com 

2. Log in: choose “Log in as student” from the upper right, blue drop down box.

3. Search for your school.

4. Use your LPOSD email/password to log in with Google

(*See attachment)

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