#271 News & Notes

Summer 2019

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — June 14, 2019

Young readers invited to CDA Reads for free books, games, lunch

On Monday, June 17, young readers are welcome to pick out two free books, take part in games and enjoy lunch on us at CDAReads, a celebration of summer reading hosted by Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Fernan STEM Academy, 520 N. 21st Street. A second CDAReads event will be held Monday, July 15, at the same time and location.

CDAReads is designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. The goal is to promote a love of reading and support the elements of good reading instruction through the summer. Many children experience a summer slide in literacy skills, but those who read regularly – by themselves or with adults or older siblings – are more likely to start school in the fall reading at grade level.

The school district is hosting additional CDAReads events on Mondays by invitation, based on individual student needs. In addition, CDAReads will be held Wednesdays, starting next week, for students attending the district’s School PLUS program at Ramsey Magnet School of Science, and for students participating in the district’s CDA4Kids program at Fernan.

The district’s Nutrition Services Department will serve a free lunch at all of the summer reading events, including the two open dates, June 17 and July 15.

CDAReads is part of the district’s K-3 literacy initiative. For more information go to www.cdaschools.org/cdareads or call (208) 664-8241.


We are looking for volunteers to review school day start times for middle and high school

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is considering changing when the school day begins for all of our students in order to provide a later start time for middle school and high school students. Such a change will have implications for all schools and programs throughout the district, including at the elementary school level.

We are assembling an advisory committee to study the impact of a later start time on District operations and the families we serve.

We are looking for parents/guardians of students at all grade levels as well as community members to serve on this voluntary advisory committee, which will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in 2020. The committee will begin meeting in September and continue its work through next school year and beyond, if necessary.

The committee will research all aspects and impacts of changing school start times within the district and the community. Compelling evidence exists that adolescents and teens could benefit from later start times. However, changing secondary start times creates issues that will impact many in our community. The implications that must be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • After-school care for K-5 students if the elementary school day is adjusted to begin and end earlier
  • The impact on extracurricular activities
  • Student transportation
  • Potential loss of instructional time
  • Parent work schedules

More than one-fourth of the advisory committee must be comprised of persons other than public educators, District staff members and school board members. Careful considerations for inclusion in committee membership will be made to ensure diverse perspectives are represented.

Go here to apply to serve on the advisory committee. Applications are due August 31 and will be presented to the Board of Trustees on September 9.

More details are available on our website here.

Student Test Score Results Delivered

Even though our students may be adjusting to their summer schedules, our district’s teachers and administration are diving into student results and preparing for the coming school year.

With your students, you should have received paper copies of assessment results for any of the following tests taken this spring:

As we continue to receive results, we expect that scores will be posted to Skyward Family/Student Access > Test Scores in the coming days. If you did not receive your students’ scores or the interpretation guides, you can contact your student’s office through next week or send us a message to testing@cdaschools.org.

We serve free summer meals for children ages 1-18

The Nutrition Services Department for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure our community’s children receive healthy, well-balanced meals while school is out.

Any child ages 1 through 18 may eat for free. There are no income requirements. Adults may also purchase breakfast for $2.50 or lunch for $3.85.

We serve Summer meals at Skyway, Ramsey and Bryan elementary schools. Fernan STEM Academy also provides meal service, with limited dates and times.

Summer meals will be served now through August 16. All meal sites will be closed on July 4-5.

Visit our summer meals website for complete schedule and menu information.

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools baseball night is June 26

Wednesday, June 26, is Coeur d'Alene Public Schools Family Feast Night at Avista Stadium in Spokane. Go here to order reserved bench seats for just $5.

The Spokane Indians will host the Tri-City Dust Devils. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Gates to the ballpark open one hour prior to first pitch.

Family Feast Night features hot dogs, Pepsi products, ice cream sandwiches, popcorn, candy and chips for $1.50.

CDA Police host free outdoor movies, popcorn in the park

Families are invited to enjoy free outdoor movies and popcorn on select Saturday nights this summer, courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

The "Movies in the Park" series will be held at the bandshell in City Park in Coeur d’Alene this July and August. Start time is dusk. Bring a chair or blanket.

Here's the lineup:

  • July 13 – “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • July 20 – “The Incredibles 2”
  • August 17 – “ The House With a Clock In Its Walls”
  • August 31 – “Dumbo” (2019)

Seven new school buses arrive

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We just took possession of seven new buses, which cost a total of $673,499. These are funded entirely from our local school levy for maintenance and operations. Each new bus is equipped with student seat belts as well. The new ones replace five buses we are retiring after our drivers collectively put more than 1 million miles on them.

2019-20 parent calendar is available

Our parent calendar for the 2019-20 school year is on our website under "Find it fast." You also can access it directly here. The calendar includes parent-teacher conference days, no-school days, winter and spring breaks, SAT test day and more.

Reading Stars Book Review

Carter, age 7, describes his favorite book, "Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express," by Megan McDonald. Thank you Opening Books, Opening Doors!


Lake City High School commencement

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coeur d'alene high school commencement

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venture high school commencement

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Project search graduation

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How to manage your Peachjar flyer email settings

We're saving time and money since we switched to the Peachjar e-flyer platform a few months back. To date we have saved 367,298 pages of paper using Peachjar!

Peachjar includes flyers created by us, as well as those submitted by local nonprofit organizations, community partners, educational institutions or businesses that want to share relevant information with our families. The flyers appear on all of our school and district websites. Just look for the Peachjar button to see the latest flyers.

These e-flyers also are emailed to families in our district. You can change how often you receive these emails, or opt-out of the email service, by logging into your Peachjar account using the username and password that Peachjar sent you at the end of February (look for the message with the subject line "Coeur d'Alene Public Schools E-flyers through Peachjar").

You also may contact Peachjar directly if you have questions or concerns about this service.