Fernan STEM Academy Weekly Update

Week of 2/20-2/24 February Character Trait: Kindness

No goals are too high where falcons fly. We’re brilliant, kind and strong!

Upcoming Events



2/21-PTA at FERNAN, 6 pm (See Below)

2/24-Spokane Chief Night, 6 pm

3/16-Reading Night

3/27-3/31-Spring Break

5/13-Fernan Spokane Indian Night (link for ordering closer to the event date)

5/18-Fernan Family STEM Medical Night

Arrival, Dismissal and Lunch Schedule

Link to Cd'A School District Family Calendar

Link to Cd'A Lunch Menu

The 4th Tuesday of every month is a Roger's PTA fundraiser. Fernan will earn 20% of your total receipt. We have vouchers in the office if you're interested.

Please join us for our PTA meeting on 2/21! Food and child care provided!

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Parents, we are looking for your feedback! Please read below for more information, and click on the link to take the state engagement survey.

Idaho’s custom parent survey is an important part of our focus on serving and engaging parents in our schools’ work. This survey gives you the chance to tell us how schools are doing in meeting your needs.

We will use these survey responses to find ways to maximize satisfaction, engagement, and communication. Additionally, the state will report the results and the number of responses on Idaho’s school report card https://idahoschools.org/

Thank you in advance for participating in this survey.

Parent survey link

February is 'STEM MATTERS' Month

Check out the Idaho STEM Action Center: STEM Matters

Levy Information

Time to request your absentee ballot

If you are a registered voter and would like an absentee ballot for the March 14 election, now is the time to request your ballot.

It's fast and easy! Just visit this link to submit your 2023 request. Or, you may use the attached request form.

Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you starting the week of Feb. 13. That means you can vote on our two school funding levies less than two weeks from today!

The final day to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming school levy election is March 3. Your request must be received by the county elections office by 5 p.m. that day.

Don't forget: A new absentee ballot request must be made each calendar year. If you voted by absentee ballot last year, you still need to make a new request to vote by absentee ballot this year.

5th graders in Mrs. Critchfield's enrichment class share their work as authors and creators with third graders!

Have you noticed our aquaponics? Take a look at those tomato plants!

Marcy Canale uses the new 'Be the Bee Pollinator'.

This gardening tool vibrates like a bumblebee to pollinate. It has soft silicone bristles to gently touch each flower to release and spread pollen.Tomatoes actually need wind or a bee frequency vibration to be able to release their pollen. Otherwise, they are unable to bear fruit.

Crosswalks: Thank you for keeping our children safe by using the crosswalks. We appreciate you!

We know it can be inconvenient, but with our icy roads, our whole focus is on student and family safety. Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.

Join us for Fernan's Chief Night, 2/24-- Only $10! (and $2 from each ticket goes back to Fernan!)

Calling all 3rd-5th Graders! Come join Fernan's Marimba Ensemble!

Meets Tuesdays at 8 am. Please contact Aaron Hayes for more information.

ahayes@cdaschools.org (you may have to copy and paste his email address) or call


Weekly STEM Home Activity: Presidents Day Puppets

How adorable are these guys? These DIY finger-puppet presidents are perfect for younger students to act out some of these presidential fun facts. Use felt, glue, lace scraps, markers, and quarters (Washington) and pennies (Lincoln) to celebrate the birthday boys. Then add in other coins for more presidential fun.


We are looking for donations for our next STEM night (5/18), Fernan's 'Maker Space' and our art room.

If you notice any of these items around your home, we are looking for the following:

Cardboard tubes from paper towels or wrapping paper

Egg cartons

Bottle caps from soda or water bottles


Popsicle Sticks

Regular straws

Tape of all kinds

TP Rolls (w/o the tp)

Foam balls

Smaller wood pieces

Construction paper (any color)

Hot glue sticks

Thank you! Please send items with your child.

Is your child riding the bus to another location?

You must complete this form in advance. Transportation (208) 667-3451

Fernan STEM Academy


Vision Statement: Our Fernan Falcons empower one another to be problem solvers who ask, imagine, plan, create, and grow.

Mission Statement: We build the future by inspiring, engaging, and empowering students to become critical thinking problem solvers who work collaboratively to improve the world around them.