Skyway Elementary

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  • We are committed to eliminating bullying in our schools. When you see someone being bullied, don't stand by —choose action! READ MORE about this initiative.

    Report a Bully!

Welcome to Skyway!

  • Merry Christmas kids   

    Skyway's traditional Santa Shop is here again! Classes will have a chance to shop during their assigned times, and December 8 will be a open shopping day where students can come before school or at morning or lunch recess. On Wednesday, December 7 from 5:00-7:30 will be a Family Shopping night, complete with vendors selling gift ideas! If you have any questions on the Santa Shop, contact our PTA at


    The last day of school before the holiday vacation is Friday, December 16. That is a busy day at Skyway, with a sing-along in the morning and Christmas parties in the afternoon! We will return to school on Tuesday, January 3.


    Jingle Books




    Give the gift of literacy this holiday season!

    Place gently used or new kids’ books into this collection box by Dec. 9th.  Books will be distributed to Kindergarten-3rd graders within the Kootenai County School Districts, December 12-16th

    Make a financial donation. Every penny donated will be used to buy books for our young readers. Send your donation to Coeur d’Alene School District #271, c/o JINGLE BOOKS 1400 N. Northwood Center Court, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814


    Geography Bee        Spelling Bee

    Geography Bee and Spelling Bee Information

    The Geography Bee is Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 in Ms. O'Brien's classroom. Preregistration is required, and families of participants are welcome to attend.

    The Spelling Bee study sheets will be given to any interested student in grades 3-5 before Thanksgiving. The classroom Spelling Bees will be the first couple days we return from Christmas vacation (check with your teacher to find out your child's day). The top three spellers from each class (grades 3-5) will advance to the Skyway Spelling Bee in Ms. O'Brien's room on  Tuesday, January 10. The top speller from each grade level will then advance on to represent Skyway at the district Spelling Bee on January 19 at the Coeur d'Alene Library downtown.



    Lunch With A Librarian 

    Skyway students in grades 3-5 have AR accounts, thanks to the generosity of our PTA. The classroom teachers have set an individual goal for each student to try to reach in AR. As extra motivation to reach this goal, beginning in January we will check to see who has reached their AR goal. Students who meet their goal will be invited to a special lunch in the school library with Mr. Nick from the Hayden Library and Ms. O'Brien. Students will provide their own lunch, but will get to enjoy a special time in the Library that day. Each month we will check to see who qualifies for this lunch (students will only come to one lunch, on the month they qualify). If you have any questions on this, please email Ms. O'Brien at




Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents and Guardians of Skyway Elementary Students,

    Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Skyway Elementary.  This will be my fourth year as the principal at Skyway and I am humbled by this fulfilling and invigorating responsibility.  Our school of approximately 650 students is filled with learning, laughter and kindness.  We SOAR to our personal best at Skyway.   We successfully strive to be  Safe, Organized, Attentive, and Respectful.

    Due to the support of our voters through the supplemental levy in March of 2015, we are replacing core K-12 curricular materials. Last school year, it was mathematics materials – our adoption incorporates great materials, instruction, assessment and the use of technology – all of which will help our continued support of student growth. For 2016-17, the new materials funded by the levy will be science – again K-12. The new elementary materials will allow for genuine hands-on science learning for our students; in our middle and high schools we will be able to enhance the lab experiences of our students while tapping the most current materials through digital resources.

    I am proud and honored to be a member of this excellent school district.  Our staff members are caring individuals who keep each child’s well-being as the most important factor in every day.

    Recognizing that there is always room for improvement., we welcome your feedback and respectfully ask that when you have a concern you share it with the teacher first--- most often your concern can be best answered and resolved through this partnership. Our Assistant Principal, Monique English and I are also here to listen and problem-solve with you.

    I also want to encourage you to share good news and positive thoughts with your child(ren)’s teachers.  Our reflective staff is heartened and encouraged by your recognition.  As always, thank you for partnering with us. I’m looking forward to working with you to create another exciting and successful school year at Skyway Elementary.


    Your Principal, Janice Beauchamp


    Jan Beauchamp


Ideas For Families

  • After School Conversation Starters

    Looking for something to ask your child rather than the typical, "How was your day?", then check out this article from the National Center for Fathering:

    Conversation Starters


    Should Kids Have Chores?

    Do you make your kids do chores? Some parents think their kids have too much going on with school, extra-curricular activities, jobs, etc…to help around the house. This can have negative consequences. Jim Fay explains…
    Sweet Aunt Sara has reached an advanced age. She is now so feeble that she can't take care of herself. You bring her into your home with the intention of making her remaining years comfortable. Since she is not strong enough to help out around the house, and knows that, you tell her that she no longer needs to help. You will take care of her every need.
    Wouldn't you think that she'd be so appreciative that she'd become sweeter and sweeter by the day? Not so. You and I both know this is not what happens. In turn, she becomes increasingly difficult to live with. Why is this?
    This phenomenon is known as hostile dependency. Embedded in the human soul is the drive to be independent. It is common to hate the feeling of dependency and quickly transfer the blame to those who make us feel dependent. Their good intentions are soon forgotten, as anger sets in.
    This situation is often seen in teenagers who live like honored guests in the home; those whose parents don't expect them to do their fair share of the work around the house; those parents who treat their kids just as we are treating sweet Aunt Sara.
    Do your kids and yourself a favor. Expect every member of the family to share in the workload.
    Jim Fay, Love and Logic Institute

    Interested in Being a Popcorn Volunteer?

    Our PTA is in need of more volunteers to help with Popcorn Fridays. Many employers will give you time off for community service, and what better way to spend a Friday morning than at school making up and delivering hot, fresh popcorn to children? For more information and a link to the sign up form, visit the Skyway Elementary School PTA's Facebook page.


    Is there any way to make sure my kid won't become a cyberbully?

    You can do everything right -- supervise, discuss online responsibility, introduce media that's age-appropriate -- and your kid still might be tempted to bully others online or in person. Bullying is related to kids' social and emotional lives in general -- the Internet is just a convenient way to act on negative impulses.  

    It's important to stay aware of kids' online activities and monitor where they play and how they interact with others online. Eight and 9-year-olds like to experiment, and they don't necessarily understand the consequences of their actions. Many young kids also don't realize the difference between joking and bullying -- so make sure to talk about how it feels to be the target of unwanted "humor." Teach them how to use the internet appropriately. Talk about empathy,compassion, and integrity

    Plenty of kids act responsibly, and many at this age feel a sense of duty to keep their favorite online environments safe. But a kid who bullies is typically in some kind of crisis, and he or she uses the Internet to act out. There are signs of crisis you can watch out for, such as being withdrawn, secretive, fixating on digital devices, and having a constantly buzzing cell phone, as well as dramatic changes in behavior. You can enlist your kid's friends' parents to keep an eye on your kid, too.