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Yelm Prairie Elementary

Good Manners

At Prairie, we know how important it is to focus on more than just academics. Helping your child build a sound character is equally important to their future success. We have made a strong effort to focus on good manners by teaching students to use “please” and “thank you”.

Knowing when and how to use manners builds confidence. When children know what is expected of them and have practiced using their manners, it makes them feel secure and comfortable knowing that they are doing the right thing. Predictability puts everyone at ease.

Manners show that you care about how other people feel. Good manners are a way to peacefully interact with people around you and are a way of respecting them. By respecting others, you actually respect yourself. "Respect" acknowledges that other people exist and are worthy of recognition.

Manners show an understanding of cultural and generational values. Every culture and generation has unique characteristics and acceptable ways to behave. Saying please and thank you is a basic expectation in most countries. Good manners will never go out of style.

Polite behavior will help your child's social development and acceptance by others. Kids who aren't taught social graces are at a distinct disadvantage. An ill-mannered child is unpleasant to adults and kids alike.

Using manners is a good habit. Practicing good manners does not guarantee success in the world, but can make the pathway through life smoother.


Debbie McLaren

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Veterans of Foreign Wars and Its Auxiliary Department of Washington State

Theme: "Why do I stand for my Country's flag?"

Youth Essay Program Rules and Regulations

Grades 3-4-5

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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.

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