#271 News & Notes


Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — August 28, 2018

DEAR CdA Schools family

We hope you and your students had a wonderful summer and are ready for the first day of the 2018-19 school year on Tuesday, September 4. We are ready for you! The next few weeks may seem overwhelming as we adjust to new routines, but this also is a time to revel in the joy of new faces, challenges and opportunities each new year brings. We are excited to begin the journey with you.

Greetings from Superintendent Cook

Hello! I'm Steven Cook, your new Superintendent of Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Over the summer I've been getting to know our community, our schools and staff, and the high expectations we have for our public school system. And in the coming weeks and months you will have opportunities to meet me, ask questions and share your thoughts. Until then, please take a few minutes to watch this short video, in which I share some suggestions for how we can work together to make this school year a great success. Thanks!


We Have a Mobile App!

Stay in touch with our new Mobile App

We have just launched a mobile app designed to keep you informed about news and events for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Download it today and customize it to follow news for your schools. Features include:

  • Real-time news and celebrations
  • Easy Skyward and eFunds Access
  • Superintendent's Message
  • Important notifications
  • School staff directories
  • School menus

Get it on Google Play, or download it from the App Store. Search for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Read more about this new app —

Resources for Learning at Home

It is easy to support your student's learning at home with these parent resources! With parent guides, you can partner with our instructional staff to follow along with your student. The guides outline what your student will learn this year and activities you can do at home to help them succeed, with course calendars for many grade levels and subject areas. Additionally, assessment dates and descriptions will help you ensure your child is in school and ready to do their very best.

Meal Program Changes

Important changes have been made to the Free and Reduced meal programs at Borah, Bryan, Fernan and Winton elementary schools, Lakes Middle School and Venture High School. Previously, ALL STUDENTS attending Fernan, Bryan, Winton and Lakes were welcome to eat breakfast at NO CHARGE. At Borah and Venture, ALL STUDENTS were welcome to eat breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE.

Here's what is new:

  • Students who meet eligibility guidelines will continue to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge, or at the reduced price of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
  • All other students will pay the same rate as students at other schools in the district: $1.60 for breakfast and $2.70 for lunch.

To receive free or reduced-price meals, families need to fill out an application. To see the income eligibility for free/reduced-price meals, and to download an application, go to www.cdaschools.org/mealapp. Please contact our Nutrition Services Department with any questions or concerns about our meal program. Call (208) 667-7469.


Our newest school buses have seat belts for student riders, providing an extra level of protection in case of a strong collision or rollover accident. This is the first time the school district has purchased buses with seat belts. The three-point lap and shoulder belts are easy to buckle and unbuckle, just like the safety restraints kids are accustomed to using in family cars. The six buses with seat belts have been assigned to these routes and schools:

ROUTE 5 (bus No. 37): Hayden Meadows Elementary School, Canfield Middle School, Coeur d'Alene High School, KTEC, Boys & Girls Club

ROUTE 21 (bus No. 18): Fernan STEM Academy, Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School

ROUTE 22 (bus No. 8): Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School

ROUTE 23 (bus No. 9): Winton Elementary School, Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School

ROUTE 28 (bus No. 11): Fernan STEM Academy, Lakes Middle School, Coeur d'Alene High School

ROUTE 81 (bus No. 108): Atlas Elementary School, Northwest Expedition Academy, Woodland Middle School, Lake City High School

Find your 2018-19 bus route.

FREE School Supplies

If you are struggling to make ends meet or have a student in need of back-to-school supplies, you can reach out to your school front office or our Hope on the Homefront team [208-664-8241] for assistance. Limited supplies are also available at the district office [1400 N. Northwood Center Court].

Thank you to our amazing community for the many donations we received and distributed among our schools last week. Donations included school supplies, backpacks, non-perishable snacks, and books. We'd like to thank:

  • Tools2School: KREM, Communities in Schools of Spokane County, Walmart, CdA Tribe
  • NW Family Fun Fair Back to School Drive: Silverlake Mall, Hayden Homes, Anytime Fitness, Value Village, Sports Clips, Kind Snacks
  • The CdA office of Idaho Housing & Finance
  • The CdA Costco Store #773
  • The employees of STCU
  • Staff at the CdA KROC Center
  • CdA Super 1 Foods staff & customers

To anyone we may have missed, you are not forgotten! Thank you lists are still in the works.

Administrative Changes for 2018-19

Please join us in welcoming new school administrators across our district. Some administrators are new to our district and others have simply taken on a new role. We believe that each will help us make this new school year the best one yet!

  • THOMAS STAPLES: Canfield Middle School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
  • BRET HELLER: Coeur d'Alene High School Principal
  • JODY HILTENBRAND: Dalton Elementary Principal
  • TRAYCE HEMENWAY: Lakes Middle School Vice Principal
  • LISA HOFFMAN: Skyway Elementary Interim Principal
  • JENNIFER KELLY: Skyway Elementary Interim Principal Assistant
  • ANNA PIETTE: Winton Elementary Assistant Principal
  • MICHAEL LINDQUIST: Woodland Middle School Principal
  • MICHELLE JOHNSON: Woodland Middle School Vice Principal