The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

October 2020


Shauna Perez, Principal

Phone: (360) 894-6000

Fax: (360) 894-6002

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No School Nov 11th, 26th, 27th

Nov 11th is Veterans Day

Nov 26th-27th is Thanksgiving Holiday

Fall Back, November 1st

Saturday night, October 31st, when you go to bed you can turn your clocks back an hour!

Upcoming Important Dates

Oct 21st

  • Kinder Supply Exchange 11:00-11:30

Nov 4th

  • "Meet & Beep" - Supply Pick-Up Drive-Thru see grade level times below

Nov 11th

  • No School, Veterans Day

Nov 12th-25th

  • Online Book Fair

Nov 18th

  • 1/2 day, Records Day

Nov 23rd-25th

  • 1/2 days, Conferences

Nov 26th-27th

  • No School, Thanksgiving Break

Dollars for Scholars Pumpkin Patch

Dollars for Scholars is holding their annual pumpkin patch sale October 10 through Halloween. The pumpkin patch will be open Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. All proceeds are donated to Yelm Dollars for Scholars and the Rainier Education Foundation and will be awarded as scholarships to the graduating class of 2021.

"Meet and Beep" - Supply pick-up

Wednesday, November 4th is our next "Meet and Beep" for our families to drive-thru and pick-up new materials and needed supplies. “Students of the Month” will receive their medal and certificate and will be able to take a socially distanced picture in front of the main building. Also, if for any reason you still have any school paperwork, please return it at this time! Many thanks to South Sound Reading for providing 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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Preview Online Book Fair Flyer

November 12th-25th is our Online Book Fair and you are able to preview flyers now. Please check out this flyer at your convenience and think about ordering when the Book Fair opens.

All orders will ship directly to your home. Free shipping on all orders with at least $25 worth of books. All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards. Online ordering will begin November 12th!

We are making changes to the Grab n' Go Meal Service in the coming weeks. We know it is difficult to travel daily to pick up lunch and return home to participate in LIVE Zoom sessions. Starting October 19, we will provide meal bags for each student, which will contain 5 days of both breakfast and lunch. Meals will be available at the current locations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday's only. We will also continue to offer a late afternoon pickup at Yelm High School and Yelm Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday's.

The week of October 12-16, we will offer daily frozen meal pick-up as we transition to the weekly meal pick-up.

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Eligible Families Encouraged to Apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Please select the link above for details and income guidelines on the benefits of applying for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program. Please read details below.

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For Our Military Families

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) helps families thrive. This is a fantastic way for families to build resilience. It includes videos and interactive activities to help address challenges. Visit their website for more info.

A TeleFOCUS is a free webinar, on October 28th, to explore how FOCUS can support families as well as diving into some common challenges and strategies for coping with them. Sign up at . See flyers below.

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Return School Paperwork

School paperwork was included in your packets on the first Supply Pick-up Day September 2nd. Thanks to those of you that have returned it already! If you haven't had a chance, please return all paperwork ASAP. If you need additional copies, please call the school (360) 894-6000. While the weather is good we have a sandwich board sign and box to collect paperwork in front of the main building. Otherwise, it is under the eaves at the top of the stairs. You can always knock on the front doors and we will meet you there to get your paperwork.

Student Attendance

Even though students are working remotely, we do need to know when your student is absent. Please call the attendance line, (360)894-6012, leave a brief message with the reason for the absence. We understand your schedules often times require flexibility, but if your student is unable to participate or engage in daily work, please email your teacher and call the attendance line.

Check out these two videos regarding Hybrid and Virtual Learning attendance:

Importance of Attendance in Hybrid Learning
Importance of Attendance in Virtual Learning

Yelm Timberland Library is Here for Us

Although the Yelm Library is not open to the public, they do provide library services to their patrons. Library Curbside Pickup is offered, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. You can order materials online via their website, or order by phone (360) 458-3374. Orders can be a specific title, author, subject or very general: "How about five mystery books?" or "Can you order me some new feature film movies?" You will be notified when the requests are ready and then pick them up during their Curbside Pickup hours.

Here's how to get a library card online.

Get A Library Card.mp4

Another service they provide is their Learning or Reference Databases. An example of these is Homework Help. The following short video we tell you about it.

Homework Help.mp4

If you would like to hear a read-aloud book, try TumbleBooks. Here's how:


Elementary Schedule

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2020-2021 Registration

Please follow the link to Online Registration.

Please note you will need to upload the following Documents; Birth Certificate, Current Immunizations and Proof of Residence.

Per Washington state requirement, incoming student immunizations must be current in order to start school.

Current families with a Family Access account: register online by logging in to your Family Access account.

If you know of new families, please direct them to the New Student Enrollment: Account Request page to get started.

If you are having trouble completing the online registration please go to the Yelm Community School New Student Registration to print, complete, scan and email the completed forms to or

Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.

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

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