Yelm Community Schools

April 15, 2022

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are excited to see how our schools and the community are trending in the right direction.


  • Daily attendance is improving
  • Academic performance is on the rise especially with our most struggling students
  • Participation in school sports and activities has increased
  • Parent participation in school events is strong
  • Community events returning such as the YHS Drama Performance "The Working: A Musical", Home & Garden Show and Prairie Days
  • Community user groups are accessing new turf fields


Join us this spring to celebrate our students by attending a game, watching a play, volunteering at a school event or participating in our community events. We are proud of the work of our students, staff and families. Keep up the great work!

COVID Reminders

Thurston County shows a slight increase in COVID-19 cases which is just a reminder for all of us to stay focused on health and safety.


WHEN STUDENTS OR STAFF ARE ILL:

  • If a student or staff member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home or will be sent to the health/isolation room to be picked up from school.
  • If symptoms last more than 24 hours, students and staff will be allowed to return once symptoms have improved and receive a negative test result. Our district testing center will remain open to serve students and staff.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID regardless of vaccination status, they may return after 5 full days of isolation if 1) symptoms have greatly improved, 2) no fever for 24 hours without medication AND 3) tests negative or wears a mask for days 6-10.
  • If no test is administered or mask will not be worn, student or staff will remain home for an additional 5 days.
  • Masks will be worn in health/isolation rooms.


STRATEGIES WE WILL USE TO REDUCE TRANSMISSION:

  • Continue to encourage frequent handwashing and hygiene practices.
  • Practice physical distancing to the degree possible and practical.
  • Maximize outdoor activities.
  • Notify student/family or staff if exposed to COVID positive individual. Student and staff will not be required to quarantine; however, they will be highly encouraged to monitor symptoms, mask for up to 10 days and get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure.
  • Make RAPID diagnostic testing available to students and staff that have been exposed to COVID.
  • Open windows on buses for ventilation and provide access to masks.
  • Disinfect and clean surfaces as recommended.

Countdown to Kindergarten

We are excited to meet next year's Kindergarten students and families. On May 4, we are hosting an open house from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Yelm Middle School. We hope you will share this opportunity with neighbors.


There will be lots of activities during the event you won't want to miss:

  • Meet Elementary principals and staff
  • Register your student
  • Learn about transportation options and sit on a school bus
  • Connect with support services
  • Chat with a district nurse about immunizations needed
  • Bring immunization records if you can
  • Receive a 2022-2023 School Calendar
  • Learn how to help prepare your student for Kindergarten


Spanish Translators will be available. Snacks will be provided. We can't wait to get to know the Class of 2035.

Oh, The Places You'll Go - 5K

Learners without Limits will host the 'Oh, The Places You'll Go 5K', a self-paced run/walk to raise funds that provide Yelm students with shoes, clothing and other essential items.


Registration includes: event T-shirt to the first 100 registrants, door prizes, and fun! Dr. Seuss costumes are encouraged and pets are welcome. Be sure to register!


First Session:

  • Registration April 28 from 3:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Welcome / Sponsors 3:30-3:45 p.m.
  • 3:45 p.m.Start

Second Session

  • Registration April 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Welcome / Sponsors 5:00-5:15 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m. Start

Arbor Day Celebration

The Tree Advisory Board for the City of Yelm invites you to celebrate Arbor Day from 11 a.m. to noon April 29 at the Yelm Community Center. The annual celebration is part of an effort that has planted more than 350 million trees, and will feature student artwork from the annual art contest, musical performances by the Yelm Middle School and Fort Stevens choirs, and a small tree will be given to everyone in attendance.

Technology Tips & Tools

Identity theft is the single biggest category of crimes reported to the FTC in 2020. Protect your identity by never putting your Social Security Number (SSN) out on the internet without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a service that masks your IP address and hides the sensitive data you send over the internet. VPN services are very affordable and can be installed on phones, tablets, and your home computer. Talk with your students about their personal data and how to protect their identity. Learn more at https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft

Dates to Remember

APRIL - Military Child, Autism Awareness and Occupational Therapy Month


Apr 18-22: Public School Volunteer Week

Apr 21: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Apr 25-29: Administrative Professionals Week

Apr 28-30: FFA Plant Sale @ YHS opens @ 8am

Apr 29: Arbor Day Celebration @ Yelm Community Center 11am

May 4: Countdown to Kinder @ YMS 4:30-6:00pm

YCS COVID Information and Resources

Visit our website for the COVID Dashboard and Resource Links

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Julie Mondry, 360-458-1900, julie_mondry@ycs.wednet.edu; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120, lisa_cadero-smith@ycs.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, shannon_powell@ycs.wednet.edu. Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.