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

Safe Routes to School Survey

posted Jan 16, 2018, 1:30 PM by Erik Olson


ITD Grant Funded 2017-18


To remain in compliance for the Safe Routes to School ITD grant, we are required to ask parents to complete the winter 2018 “Parent Survey for Walking and Biking to School.”  All families are asked to participate.  Please complete the survey even if your child does not walk or bike to school.  The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.  Your responses will be kept confidential and neither your name nor your child's name will be associated with any results.



 Survey opens Monday, January 8th, 2018

and closes Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Instructions to get to each school's survey link:

1) Go to www.lposd.org

2) Select topic "PARENTS & STUDENTS"

3) Select sub-topic "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL" under Parent Resources

4) Click "CLICK HERE SRTS PARENT SURVEY"  (highlighted in yellow)

5) Select your child's school

6) You will be linked to the National Safe Routes to School Collection System.

7) Follow screen instructions to complete and submit Parent Survey.  The survey window is open Monday, January 8th, 2018 and closes Friday, January 19th, 2018.

All surveys are submitted anonymously and all comments are reviewed.  ​Thank you in advance for providing important travel data for our local Safe Routes to School program.​


Erin Billings

LPOSD #84’s Local SRTS Coordinator

LPOSD January Community Learning Series: Precursors To Learning

posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:27 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:30 AM ]

Free/Reduced Meal Parent Letter

posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:56 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

LPOSD February Community Learning Series: Fostering Connections

posted Jan 8, 2018, 10:38 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:28 AM ]

District Spelling Bee

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:00 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:17 AM ]

District Spelling Bee
Tuesday, January 23
Sandpoint High School

Contestant Registration begins at 4:30pm

2018 January Newsletter

posted Dec 22, 2017, 9:59 AM by Karen Beason   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

Simply Keeping the GameRaiser Challenge Going!

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:55 AM by Erik Olson   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 6:55 AM ]

Calling all HOLIDAY SHOPPERS! Our next GameRaiser order challenge is on! Friends and family throughout the U.S. can participate so please share with everyone you know.


If we get at least 20 orders in by next Thursday, December 14th, everyone who places a GameRaiser order through end of day on Dec 14th will be eligible to win a new SimplyFun game of their choice. That’s right, the winner gets to pick any game they want for free! The winner will be selected randomly on Friday, Dec 15th and the chosen game will ship directly to them. Our GameRaiser will stay open for purchases through the end of December, however orders placed by Friday, December 15th will arrive in time for Christmas without any rush shipping charges.


Shopping and buying is easy. Just go to sfgameraiser.com or download the SimplyFun GameRaiser app in the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android devices, select our school and find games your family will love. Our school receives 30% of every order, so please share this link with your family and friends everywhere and ask them to consider ordering. These games make great thank you gifts for our teachers as well!

HERO Training coming to our School December 8th

posted Dec 5, 2017, 1:25 PM by Erik Olson   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 1:26 PM ]

Farming Stidwell is excited to welcome John Williams, founder and president of "Life That Counts".  According to John, "a hero is one who has strength for two."  This all school assembly and HERO training is a student led and staff facilitated 21 day challenge designed to spread the ideas of servitude and compassion across our school.  

Learn more about Life That Counts here:  http://www.lifethatcounts.org
(Parents are more than welcome to attend on December 8th beginning at 8:15am)

2017 December Newsletter

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:01 AM by Karen Beason   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

Have a great holiday break!

posted Nov 21, 2017, 10:24 AM by Erik Olson

Look at what our 2nd grade students created! Turkey's in disguises, no "Turkey Trouble" to see here!

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