Panther Press

February 4

Counselor Appreciation Week

Staff, and students please take time to recognize our school counselor, Sarah Bennie. We refer to Mrs. Bennie as our intervention specialist. As such, her main responsibility is to help our students be successful as learners and social beings. She is most often seen supporting students who may be experiencing difficulties in the classroom or on the playground. All of our students know they can go to Mrs. Bennie as a trusted adult who will help them. Developing good study habits and social skills are her specialty. She visits classrooms delivering lessons about bullying, internet safety, personal safety, and conflict resolution. We are lucky to have such a dedicated and experienced expert on our staff. Thank you for all you do Mrs. Bennie!


Deb McLaren

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100 Day Celebration

Prairie will be celebrating 100 days of school on Friday, February 18. There will be activities for students to enjoy throughout the day. Students are encouraged to either dress like they are 100 years old, or to wear 100 items such as safety pins, fruit loops, let your imagination go wild. Please remember that the dress code still applies.

Popcorn Thursdays

Students have the opportunity to purchase a popcorn treat for just 50¢. Popcorn punch cards are available for purchase so that you never forget those pesky quarters again! Huge thank you to our PTO for providing this again as our students look forward to it with great anticipation!


In the month of February, there is a special day. It is "Twos-Day!" February 22, 2022, falls on a Tuesday. Prairie will be celebrating with great 'Two's-Day' activities.

Twos' Day Attire

  • You and a Friend could dress like twins
  • Wear a Two-piece Suit
  • Wear a Toupee
  • Two of Everything - two hair bows, two belts, two ties, two pairs of sock
  • Wear a Tie or Two you decide
  • Wear a Tutu or Two

Visitor/Volunteer/Adults on Campus

Visitors/Volunteers need to sign in at the office on the kiosk and get a visitor’s badge. Only staff members are allowed on the playground.

When dropping students off in the morning, they should be dropped off at the curb and then they will head to either breakfast or recess. If your students need help getting to class please bring them to the office.

Annual Yelm Dollars for Scholars Auction March 12

Yelm Dollars for Scholars will hold their annual auction March 5-12 to directly support Yelm High School graduates pursuing further education and training in the form of scholarships. The program has raised and distributed $2.6 million in scholarships over the last 26 years and the DFS team is eager to see you again in March.

Live Auction: The live event is scheduled for 5 pm March 12 at the Yelm Community Center. This is a ticketed event with a provided dinner, and it is set to be a great night out with an incredible community. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Online Silent: Leading up to the live auction will be the renowned silent auction. Bidding will open on March 5 and close at 10 pm on March 11. Create an account early to get notifications!

If you have any questions, please send us an email at or visit our website at

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Friday Assemblies

Prairie Assemblies have been a long-standing tradition. In our current environment, we are not able to have parents attend. To stay connected with our families we will be posting the assembly each Friday on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • Counselor Appreciation Week February 7 - 11
  • February 7 Yearbook Sale
  • February 10 Birthday Bunch 3-5 grade
  • February 11 Reptile Man Assembly
  • February 17 Birthday Bunch K-2 Grade
  • February 18 100's Day Celebration
  • February 18 PRIDE Store
  • February 21 Presidents Day NO SCHOOL
  • February 24 School Board Meeting 6 PM
  • February 24 PTO Popcorn Day
  • February 25 Pioneer Farms Assembly

Nondiscrimination Statement

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