The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

January 2021

Message from the Principal

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 has brought us so much joy. We want you to continue to reach out when you experience something that is tough or something you would like to celebrate so we can be a supportive resource in finding solutions.

Upcoming Important Dates

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

Feb 1st-5th: Kindness Week

Feb 3rd: "Meet & Beep" Supply Pick-Up

No School MLK Day, Monday, January 18th

"We will never forget Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s trailblazing activism and soaring vision for a just America. After being assassinated on April 4, 1968, we are left with the eloquence of his words that continue to guide us forward as we strive to become a more perfect union." BIOGRAPHY.COM EDITORS

"Meet and Beep" - Supply pick-up

This Wednesday, 01/6, is our next "Meet and Beep" for our families to pick-up new materials and needed supplies. Since December is a short month, we don't recognize a "Student of the Month", but will select one again for January. Many thanks to South Sound Reading for continuing to provide 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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School Board Appreciation Month

Thank you, School Board!

Here in Yelm, we are fortunate to have five outstanding School Board members who volunteer their time to champion student learning. Thank you, School Board, for all you do!

Pictured from left to right:

Donna Edwards (District 2), serving since 2000

Mark Rohwedder (District 1), serving since 2013

Debbie Edwards (District 4), serving since 1984

Bill Hauss (District 5), serving since 2005

Denise Hendrickson (District 3), serving since 1998

Coming: Kindness Week....Feb 1st-5th!!!

Lackamas will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge: Virtual Edition this year! To participate with your student at home you can find ways to do so with the Great Kindness Challenge Virtual Classroom Edition

See Spirit Week information below!

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Inclement Weather Plan and Schedule

Winter often brings inclement weather and could cause school delays and closures. In our virtual learning environment, we may experience delays and closures too. There are many factors that impact our decision. Superintendent Wharton explains in the video below. Also, In the event of a 2 hour delay, please see our revised schedule for a 10am start below.
Inclement Weather Plan
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Pulse Survey

Thank you for completing the Pulse Feedback Survey. The survey asked about your experiences with our district and our schools this fall. These will continue to be sent out to the primary guardian of each student randomly on Fridays. Please check your SPAM or promotion folder if it hasn't arrived in your in-box. Our intent is to use your feedback to improve.

If you need to update your contact information, log onto Skyward Family Access or contact your school.

Impact Aid Survey Form Date Extended to 1/8/21

The deadline to turn in the Impact Aid Survey forms has been extended to 1/8/21. Thanks to those who have completed it and if you haven't yet, it would be wonderful if you did. Forms can be completed with online electronic form that allows for an e-signature, or can be faxed to 360-458-2469. If you need a paper copy let us know. 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.

Attendance Success for the New Year!!!

We are encouraged by the success in attendance we have had before winter break. Can't wait to see all of you back on zoom!


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

School Messenger App

As a reminder, all messages (phone, email and text) can be received on the School Messenger App. This can be downloaded on Android or iPhone. You can manage your messages in one place. Watch this video to learn more.

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.

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

Family Access

Click above for Family Access - check your student's information, fill out the daily health survey and see their attendance.

Elementary Schedule

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

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 Mondays. We will continue late afternoon pickup at Yelm High School and Yelm Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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!

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