Yelm Community Schools

March 2020

Superintendent's Message

Like all of you, we are monitoring the news related to the coronavirus. It is important to remember that having accurate facts is the best way to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. The Health Department states that COVID-19 is transmitted mainly from person to person and is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates the risk is "low" for the general American public. Per guidance from these organizations, Yelm will continuing to operate schools and all public events. However, it is important to follow these simple guidelines in maintaining a healthy environment and prevent the spread of any infection.

  1. Stay home when sick.
  2. Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Cover cough or sneeze with tissue.
  5. Get a flu shot.

Our staff will be reinforcing good hygiene practices. If any information changes, we will continue to provide updates on our district website and social media with links to the Health Department and CDC.



Today security fencing was installed around the YMS construction site. Last week, a community forum was held to discuss with neighbors a variety of topics from parking, traffic, security and noise. Continue to visit the district website for timeline of activities. A ground breaking event will be held on April 14.

On Sunday, March 8, remember to move your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings.
Graduate Yelm! Personal Pledge

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Billy Frank Jr. Life and Legacy Celebration is on March 11. The event takes place at Nisqually Middle School and is open to the public (families welcome!). This is an awesome way to support community engagement with our local Native community as well celebrate a Nisqually Tribal member who fought for social justice during the civil rights era.

Billy Frank Jr Celebration

This year Yelm has over 10 businesses hosting locations for students to visit. Look for maps to be delivered to schools mid-March. The event takes place March 28-April 12. Turn forms into your teacher by April 13 to be entered into prize drawings.


Every 10 years the census counts every person "living" in the 50 United States, District of Columbia and 5 U. S. Territories. Each home will receive an invitation to complete a short questionnaire - online, by phone, or by mail. Watch this video or visit our website to learn more.

2020 Census PSA: Census Made Simple (2:20)

What will transportation look like in the next 25 years? Share your thoughts on the RTP survey.

Calendar Highlights

Mar 2-6 - National School Breakfast Week

Mar 2/3 - District Choral Festival @ YHS 7pm

Mar 3 - SPED Parent Advisory Meeting @ YHS 6:30pm

Mar 4 - Class of 2024 Transition Night @ YHS 6pm

Mar 5 - School Board Meeting @ Mill Pond 6pm

Mar 6 - NO SCHOOL: Teacher Professional Day

Mar 7- Dollars for Scholars Auction @ YHS 4pm
Mar 8 - Daylight Savings

Mar 9-13 - Education Support Professionals Week

Mar 14 - FLASH Parent Information Mtg @ District Office 9am

Mar 19 - School Board Meeting @ District Office 6pm

Mar 27 - 1/2 Day: 3rd Qtr Records Day

Apr 1-3 - 1/2 Day: Conferences

Apr 6-10 - NO SCHOOL: Spring Break

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.