Yelm Community Schools

November 30, 2022


We are in the midst of the holiday season and hope all our families enjoyed time together during the four day weekend. We are aware that students, staff and families are experiencing some illnesses due to colds, stomach flu and COVID. Please remember to stay home if you are feeling ill or have a fever. Let's break any cycle of illness by getting healthy. Notify your school, and they will get you an missing school work. We appreciate your help in maintaining healthy school environments.

Family Belonging Survey

We value our partnership with families and want everyone to experience a sense of belonging in our schools. If you didn't get an opportunity to complete the survey during conferencing, you still have time to provide feedback. Each school has a different survey to reflect on the experience at individual schools. If you have students at multiple schools, please complete the survey for each one. Your input by December 16 is greatly appreciated.

Fort Stevens



Mill Pond



Ridgeline MS

Yelm MS

Yelm High School/Yelm Extension School

State Football Finals

The YHS Football Team has made history by winning a final spot in the state championships. They will compete against Eastside Catholic at 12pm on Saturday, December 3, at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Let's paint this town Yelm Pride with displays and school colors! The Yelm PD will provide an escort as the team leaves town around 9am.

Christmas in the Park

Excited to have families spend the day with us at Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Decemer 3. Enjoy the music of our students. FREE food and activities will supplies last! The city is also hosting the Christmas Lighting, Santa Photos and the Cocoa Trail on Friday night. Fun for all!

10:30 Announcement of Essay Winners

11:00 Lackamas Elementary School

11:30 McKenna Elementary School

12:00 Ft. Stevens Elementary School

1:00 Mill Pond Elementary School

1:30 Prairie Elementary School

2:00 Yelm Middle School Choir

3:00 Ridgeline Middle School Band

3:30 Ridgeline Middle School Choir

*Note: We apologize for YHS and SW's inability to perform due to conflicts with the Football State Playoffs.

Huge Thank You to Holiday Meal Sponsors

This holiday season, we’d like to thank our Graduate Yelm! partners Northwest Chevrolet, O Bee Credit Union, Puget Sound Energy and the Lacey Army National Guard Recruiting Office for making sure every YCS student has a nice meal on the table this Christmas. We could not do this work without these incredible community partners, and it is because of their tremendous support that we are able to provide 200 YCS families with a holiday meal.

Inclement Weather - Are You Ready?

The weather forecast and snow earlier this week is a quick reminder to be prepared. We encourage you to have conversations with your students about the importance of safety as our weather changes. Wearing appropriate attire and walking safely to the bus, at school, on sidewalks and in parking lots.

As a reminder, if road conditions are poor, we try to make decisions by 5:30am and will put out messages through School Messenger, social media and our website. You can also sign up for FLASH ALERT. Stay warm and dry!

Dates to Remember


Dec 15: School Board Meeting @ District Office 6pm

Dec 17-Jan 2: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Dec 26: Treaty of Medicine Creek

Winter Break Office Hours:

Schools will be closed December 17-January 2

District Office will be open during break with the exception of Dec 22 & 23

JANUARY: School Board Recognition Month

Jan 14: Good Temperance Day

Jan 16: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr and Civil Rights Day

Jan 23-27: Kindness Week

Jan 27: 1/2 DAY - End of Semester

Jan 28: Chief Leschi Day

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: Julie Mondry, 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.