The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

December 2020


Shauna Perez, Principal

Phone: (360) 894-6000

Fax: (360) 894-6002

Message from the Principal

Today, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude. To the postal workers, the healthcare industry, essential workers, farmers, families, teachers, and to everyone who is showing up and meeting the moment in 2020. You are resilient through difficult times, you are appreciated, and you are enough. There are so many celebrations at this time and I want to make sure to pause and be intentional about sharing the good with each other.

We are actively working on how we can safely increase the number of students in person. Stay tuned for updates on our next steps towards hybrid and other learning opportunities. We miss seeing your children and are excited to have them back.

Did you know, that 95% of Washington State is in remote learning? Yelm Community Schools currently provides small groups, in-person opportunities for:

  • Special Education Students
  • Disconnected Learners
  • 5%of the student population in November were receiving in-person opportunities.

Lackamas Elementary is strongly focused on providing the best education possible to prepare our students for success during their school years and beyond. Our goal is to make learning relevant, challenging, and fun. Our highly qualified staff encourages students to become inquisitive, lifelong learners.

Your support of our teachers has been so appreciated during these pandemic times. We will continue to provide high-quality instruction and opportunities for students to connect with their peers virtually. We look forward to seeing our families at socially distanced activities like "Meet and Beep". Please know, your engagement with us virtually during conferences brought us so much joy. We want you to continue to reach out when you experience something that is tough so we can be a supportive resource in finding solutions.

Upcoming Important Dates

Dec 2nd: "Meet & Beep" Supply Pick-Up

Dec 2nd: Pick-up Cookie Dough from the PTO fundraiser

Dec 1st-18th: Complete online or return paper copy of "Impact Aid Survey"

Dec 21-Jan 1: Christmas Break

Jan 4th: First day back after break

Jan 6th: "Meet & Beep" Supply Pick-Up

Jan 18th: No School - MLK Day

Jan 27th: 1/2 day, for records day

"Meet and Beep" - Supply pick-up

This Wednesday, 12/2, is our next "Meet and Beep" for our families to pick-up new materials and needed supplies. “Students of the Month” will receive their medal and certificate. PTO will be under the covered play area with your cookie dough orders from their recent fundraiser. Prizes are not ready yet, but will be ready on a later date. If you have cash or checks from cookie dough sales, please bring it to "Meet and Beep" in order to pick up your order. Also, many thanks to South Sound Reading for providing a book for every student!

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please stay in your vehicle at all times.

Please see the flyer below for grade level times and more information...

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South Sound Book Donations!!!

We have been so appreciative to South Sound Reading Foundation for providing a book every month for every Lackmas student. We in turn have collected books to give to them to use for others. We had great participation in our book drive and we are grateful to all of you!

High Attendance at Lackamas

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Students are saying that zooming in the morning is getting them ready for the day and it's fun to meet up with their friends!


Monthly there are 12 students picked that show amazing attendance in their classes, or show remarkable improvement from previous months. To reward you hard workers, the Lackamas Attendance Team will give you something fun for your incredible effort. These are given at our Lackamas monthly Meet and Beeps. Keep up the AMAZING work!

We're Here To Support You

If your student is experiencing barriers to participating in our remote learning program that we could support, please call our Lackamas school counselor, Mrs.Smythe at (360) 894-6016 or email her at

Impact Aid Survey Form Due Dec 1st-18th

It is time again for the Impact Aid surveys. This year the US Department of Education has given us additional options for getting these forms back. Forms can be completed with online electronic form that allows for an e-signature, or can be faxed to 360-458-2469, or complete the paper version and returned to Lackamas or any school in the District or District Office. A paper copy was included in your supply pick-up bag on 12/2. Please complete a form for each student enrolled.

Receiving these forms back is important and provides our district with needed funding. Thanks so much for your help and efforts to complete these forms.

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The New Portables Are Here!!

Elementary Schedule

Please see the Yelm Community Schools Page for the Elementary Daily Schedule

Tech Help Desk

Did you know Lackamas has a Help Desk available for you to email when you need some tech support, questions answered or extra help? Please email Mrs. Cox at We are here for you!

Eligible Families Encouraged to Apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Please select the link above for details and income guidelines on the benefits of applying for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program. Please read details below.

Update on Grab & Go Meals at Lackamas

Five day meal bags are available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7 and 14th. We will continue late afternoon pickup at Yelm High School and Yelm Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meal distribution will resume on Monday, January 4, following Winter Break. See schedule above.

Yelm Timberland Library Wants to Help!!!

The Library Takeout process is easy:

  1. Place Library materials on hold – online or by calling your local library*
  1. Wait for notification your holds are ready – email or phone
  2. Arrive at the Library (hours below) – look for Library Takeout signs
  3. Call (numbers are on the signs), or "Walk Up" to let us know you’ve arrived
  4. Follow directions on safely picking up your materials

Yelm Timberland Library
Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday
Takeout Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Return Hours: 24/7

Wi-Fi Printing is available during Library Takeout hours. Please call the library to confirm when your print job will be available to pick up. Wi-Fi service remains available 6 a.m. to midnight.

Family Access Link

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to everything you ever wanted to know about school this year. However, if you have questions that are not answered, please feel free to call our office at 360-894-6000. Check out frequently asked questions at the District website.

Contacting the Office

Office is open 7:00am - 3:15pm

If you need to stop by the school please come between 7:30am-3:00pm, pull up out front of the main building and honk. You are also welcome to knock on the front door and we will be happy to help you there as well. Social Distancing Required

New school hours: 8:00am - 2:30pm

PTO Recycling Programs to raise funds for Lackamas

Lackamas is going GREEN! The PTO has chosen a couple recycling programs for the school to participate in.

When: Recycle drop off will be on Monday's during lunch pick-up 11:30-1pm and at the monthly Meet and Beeps.

A recycling program that awards points per pound of recycling materials that turn into a money donation to the school once enough points are collected. We will begin by recycling juice pouches, Bunch O Ballons products and packaging, and Febreeze cartridges and packaging. Will continue all year! - The Plastic Recycling Challenge

Every year hundreds of schools across the nation compete against each other to recycle the most plastic film. In addition to providing a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling, Trex will happily donate a high-performance composite bench to the winning school, and bestow honorary awards to every school that participates.

  • The challenge begins each year on America Recycles Day, November 15, and lasts until April 15
  • Winners are announced on Earth Day

Crayon recycling

Done specifically through the PTO. We will be turning all the crayons into something new to give back to students. We are accepting all kinds of crayons, broken and whole.

Amazon Smile Program


Amazon Smile - an automatic way to support Lackamas Elementary

  • You will need to select Lackamas PTO as your charity, ID 9215319235
  • With every eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price. Be sure to bookmark it!
  • News Flash!!! - Amazon Smile is now available in the Amazon shopping app for Android users!
  • In the latest version of the app, go to View Settings and select Amazon Smile. Follow the in-app instructions to complete the process.

    Questions? Email

Box Tops Made Easy!


Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app

  • SCAN YOUR RECEIPT - Tap the scan button and snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase.
    • You can still clip them and send them to school!
    • Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production.
    • Send any unexpired clipped Box Tops to school with your student or drop it in the PTO box just outside the office.
  • Lackamas has earned $200 so far this year! Can you help us double it?

Questions? Email


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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: Greg Davis, 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