The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

Spring 2022

Upcoming Important Dates

May 4

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time
  • Countdown to Kindergarten event YMS 4:30-6:00

May 11

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time (Last late start of the year)

May 13

  • Alphabet countdown starts

May 10, 12, 17, 24, & 26

  • 5th grade SBA testing

May 17, 19, 25, & 26

  • 4th grade SBA testing
  • 3rd grade SBA testing
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Time to return chromebooks

We are starting to collect chromebooks from all Lackamas students grade Kindergarten-5th grade. We ask that you return your chromebooks as soon as possible and don't forget the charger. Students needs the chromebooks in class to complete work and for upcoming testing. Chromebooks will stay at school the remainder of the school year and will not be going home.

SBA Testing grades 3-5

This spring, students in grades 3-8 and 10 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).

The results from these tests will give a more accurate picture of whether students are on track to be ready for college or career. For students in grade 10, the Smarter Balanced tests can also be used as a graduation pathway.

Most students will take the tests online. Our school is scheduled to take the tests

Grade 5
May 17

Grade 5
May 10 and 12

Grade 3-4
May 17 and 19

Grade 3-5
May 24 and 26

For more information about the Smarter Balanced and WCAS tests, visit:, and click on the name of the test.

To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test or WCAS training test, visit:

Please call or email 360.894.6000 or if you have questions about state testing.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your student is successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your student. We want your student to leave us with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.

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Lackamas Volunteer of the year

Lynn Boyle was named the Lackamas Volunteer of the year and recognized at the Yelm community schools board meeting. Lynn is new to Lackamas as a kindergarten parent this year. She has helped put together Boo grams, holiday grams, and then became Secretary in December. Recently during our book fair she hosted a table to help recruit members. We appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to jump in and help where needed.

100% Symptom free campus

We wanted to remind families of our commitment to being 100% symptom-free here at Lackamas. Thank you for not sending your children to school sick or when they have medicine that would mask COVID symptoms. If your student has had a COVID test and are waiting on results please do not send your student to school until you receive a negative test. If you have any questions please check out the Thurston County Public Health pathway.
Family Access

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YCS Employment Opportunities

If you are looking for employment with Yelm Community Schools, please click on now hiring for available opportunities in the district.
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Looking for updates

Make sure to visit our Lackamas & YCS websites to stay up to date about what is happening at our school and within our district.

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

Digital Flyer Board

Community organizations can upload flyers into Peachjar, and parents will receive digital flyers regarding school and community resources through email. All flyers will be available at any time on the Yelm Community Schools digital flyer board. You can manage your account preferences by logging into your account using the login information provided in the email.


PARENTS: Opt in for Text Messages - Text YES to 67587

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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: 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