Yelm Community Schools

December 16, 2020


I want to express my highest respect and appreciation to our country's health care workers. It was powerful to see critical care staff receive the first U.S. vaccines this week. These heroes inspire us by selflessly caring for those with the greatest medical needs. I also believe they will inspire our students to become the future health care workers and scientists.

Until the vaccine reaches all of us, please re-commit to doing your part to mitigate COVID-19. It is a perilous time when excitement for a vaccine builds, but the capacity for this virus to spread still remains high. School districts across the country, including Yelm, have been successful in preventing spread on campuses. Let's not let up. A reduction in cases is vital to allowing students to return to campus.

We want to encourage you to follow the health guidance from Thurston County Health.

  • Wear face coverings in public
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay physically distanced outside the home
  • Avoid engaging in large event gatherings
  • Limit exposure to others outside your daily routine
  • Avoid interacting with others if you feel ill or they are ill
  • Get tested if you display symptoms (English | Spanish)
  • Participate in contact tracing if contact (English | Spanish)
  • Utilize Notify WA mobile app to assist in communicating potential exposure
  • Access testing centers across Thurston County (FREE on Dec 21 from 10am-1pm at Yelm Community Center)

The health and safety of our students, staff and families remain a top priority and the path to returning to in-person instruction.

The school board and I send our warmest wishes to all of you this holiday season.

Winter break resources

Our schools and community organizations have been working hard to provide those families in need the food and resources during the holiday season. If you or someone you know in our community are in need, please visit our website for a list with date, time, location and contact information about each resource.

Inclement Weather Plan

Winter often brings inclement weather and could cause school delays and closures. In our virtual learning environment, we may experience delays and closures too. There are many factors that impact our decision. Superintendent explains in the video below. Also visit our FAQ page for the revised bell schedule.
Inclement Weather Plan

Pulse Feedback Survey

Thank you for completing the Pulse Feedback Survey. These will continue to be sent out to the primary guardian of each student randomly on Fridays. Please check your SPAM or promotion folder if it hasn't arrived in your In-Box.

If you need to update your contact information, log onto Skyward Family Access or contact your school.

Coming Soon - Electronic Flyers

Beginning in January of 2021, Yelm Community Schools will be transitioning to digital flyers. This will make information easier to access and reduce the distribution of paper when we return to in-person. Community organizations will upload flyers in Peachjar, and parents can receive digital flyers containing school and community resources through email. All flyers will be available at any time on the Yelm Community Schools’ digital flyer board. Look for a welcome email from Peachjar in January. No action will be required. However, you can manage your account preferences by logging into your account. Peachjar will help us better connect parents, students and the community at large to events, activities, and resources available in the greater Yelm area. More information will be coming out when we return in January.

Calendar Highlights

Dec 17: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Dec 21-Jan 1: No School - Winter Break (Schools Closed, District Office Available by Appt)

Jan 4: Return to School

Jan 14: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Greg Davis, 360-458-1900,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.