The Storm Report

February 22, 2021


Craig Curry, Principal

Kyle O'Neil, Asst. Principal

10605 Carter St. SE

PO Box 476

Yelm, WA 98597

Phone: 360-458-1100 Fax: 360-400-1256

Successful ~ Trustworthy ~ Organized ~ Respectful ~ Motivated

Virtual "Coffee with the Principal”

Please join us for an evening, virtual "Coffee with the Principal", Tuesday, February 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

We welcome all new and returning families to join us. We will be discussing what to expect in hybrid learning. We look forward to seeing you!

Zoom Link to join:

For current 8th Grade Students:

Greetings Class of 2025 students:

Yelm High School is hosting their annual "Planning for Success Night" this Wednesday, February 24th at 6pm.

Families can access a pre-recorded presentation now that includes information around graduation, the High School Beyond Plan and Registration. Class of 2025 families/students can also attend a Zoom Breakout Session for specifics around 8th grade transition at either 6pm or 6:30pm. See you there!

Pre-Recorded YHS Planning for Success Night 2021 linked here

Zoom link for Class of 2025: 8th Grade Transition linked here

Principal's Message

Hello Ridgeline Families,

Hybrid learning is due to begin March 1st. It makes us happy to know we will have students back in classrooms in person in about a week. We have been working hard to prepare to return to in-person learning safely and effectively.

A newly released video has been uploaded to our school website to help parents and students prepare for coming onto campus when hybrid learning begins.

Click here to view: Hybrid Videos & Resources

The first thing parents and guardians should do before sending students to campus is to understand how to complete the Wellness Screening (Health Attestation) in Skyward Family Access. The following video shows you how to do that and how to download the Skyward App to your phone and your student’s phone so that they can show that they have passed the Wellness Screening and can enter the building. You will see a “green checkmark” once the student has passed the screening.

If a student does not have a phone or is not able to show the “green checkmark” on the phone, they will wait in a short line, socially distanced, until we can check them off the printed list and admit them into the building.

See the video directions here: Attestation using Skyward App

By Friday, February 26, or sooner, parents of in-person students will receive a letter to their mailing address stating which Cohort their student is in. Cohort A will come to school in-person on Monday and Tuesday, and remain in online learning Wednesday through Friday. Cohort B will come to school in-person on Thursday and Friday, and remain in online learning Monday through Wednesday. Students who will remain in 100% online learning will attend classes by Zoom from home on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesdays remain the day for teacher office hours and asynchronous lessons (not live).

Please review the links above and let us know if you have questions. We look forward to seeing our kiddos back in the classroom on March 1st and 2nd for Cohort A and March 4th and 5th for Cohort B. Thank you to our parents for your support throughout distance learning! We are excited to continue to provide the highest quality learning experiences for students in the hybrid model as well. We can’t wait to see students back in the building! See everyone soon, in person or by Zoom!

Library Book Pick-up Hours are Changing

Beginning March 1, 2021, library book pick up hours will change to 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. There will be no more Monday evening pick ups or drop offs. For questions, please email Ms. Aden at

RMS Supply List for Hybrid Learning

To prepare for the upcoming return to school, we have listed below items for you to prepare and have ready for your first day back!

Most Important to Bring Each Day:

  • chromebook and charger

  • mask / face covering (must be snug under chin and over nose)

  • record of completed health attestation by parent (on cell phone Skyward App preferably)

Also Important to Bring Each Day:

  • If students are able to bring headphones with a mic, that is preferred / Headphones without a mic can be provided by the school

  • whiteboard and marker (if you picked these up earlier this year, just bring them to school each day; if not, students can get one)

  • eraser for whiteboard (could be cloth or sock)

  • refillable water bottle

  • planner (each student will receive a planner the first week)

  • notebooks, pencils, and pens

Suggested to Bring Each Day:

  • small bottle of hand sanitizer

  • extra mask / face covering

*Teachers may have other specific items such as notebooks, pencils and pens. This will be communicated by individual teachers.

RMS Daily Schedule - Beginning March 1, 2021 (Updated)

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Dollars for Scholars 2021

Yelm's Dollars For Scholars chapter is a nonprofit foundation that supports academic success in our community. We hope you can join us as we raise scholarship money for the graduating class of 2021 and look forward to an exciting virtual event.

Key Auction Dates:

VIP Boxes Go On Sale: Feb. 19

Item Catalog Goes Live: Feb. 26

Silent Auction Opens: March 5

Silent Auction Closes: 5 p.m. March 12

Live Auction Items Open for Bid: 5 p.m. March 12

Live Auction Program: 7-8 p.m. March 13

Proceeds provide scholarships for Yelm High School’s Class of 2021!

Taste of the Prairie Dates:

*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dollars for Scholars from the below restaurants on the following dates*

Red Lantern: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 2

Red Lantern: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 9

Varsity Pizza: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 13

Ridgeline Staff and Booster Club DFS Donation

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Transfers & Nonresident Requests for 2021-2022

Approval or denial of transfer requests is based on criteria outlined in board policy 3131 for resident and 3141 for nonresident students.

Key Dates for 2021-2022 Student Transfer Requests to attend Yelm Community Schools

FIRST ROUND - February 1 to March 15, 2021
Applications received by March 15 will be given first priority and will be notified of the district decision by April 30. New applications may be subject to a wait list and should register at their resident school until a decision is made.

SECOND ROUND - March 16 to May 31, 2021
Applications received by May 31 will be given second priority and notified of the district decision by June 30. New applications may be subject to a wait list and should register at their resident school until a decision is made.

After June 1, 2021 through the First Day of School
Applications received after May 31 will be considered in August on a case-by-case basis and may have to wait until actual enrollment counts in September before receiving notification.

School Capacity and Waiting Lists
Many of our schools are experiencing over-crowding in some grade levels. This limits their ability to accept transfer students. Students denied based on capacity will be assigned to their resident school and placed on a waiting list for their requested school and notified if a space becomes available. Consideration of transfers from waiting lists typically does not occur until late August or early September.


Parents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area.

A Note About "Feeder" Schools
Something to think about before requesting a transfer is that our elementary schools have designated "feeder" middle schools. If you request an elementary school that feeds into a middle school outside of your home attendance school, you will either have to continue to request transfers and transport your child to and from school, or your child will have to separate from his or her peer group when moving up to middle school.

Yelm Middle School - Fort Stevens Elementary, McKenna Elementary, Southworth Elementary

Ridgeline Middle School - Lackamas Elementary, Mill Pond Elementary, Prairie Elementary

State Laws on Family Choice
Learning by Choice (a publication created by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)

Click this link for "Within District Transfer" and "Nonresident Choice Transfer Request"

Mark your Calendar....

February 19 - March 13
  • Dollars for Scholars Events

February 23

  • Virtual "Coffee with the Principal" 6-7pm

February 24

  • YHS Planning for Success Night (for current 8th grade students), 6:00pm

February 25

  • School Board Meeting, 6:00pm @ YCS DO

February 26

  • Term 3 Mid-Term Progress Reports home with students today

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

Thank you to our school-community business partners!

We want express our gratitude for the continued support from our wonderful school and community business partners. This support has played a key role in the success of our students and makes such a difference in their lives.


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Melanie Keller (A-LI)

Stacey Jansen (LM-Z)


Kim Gosney, Administrative

Tracy Ubrun, Attendance/Registrar

RMS Tech Help Desk/Library Technician:

Vicki Aden


Phone: 360.458.1100

Fax: 360.400.1256

Newsletters are always available online at

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