Yelm Community Schools

December 1, 2021


We hope all our families enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. Here are just a few of the family events happening in our community over the next few weeks.

  • Dec 3 - "Lights at Night" event from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Yelm City Park. Enjoy festive activities and free hot cider or cocoa with cookies.
  • Dec 4 - FREE "Red, White and Blue Holiday Concert" by the 133d Washington Army National Guard Band at 4 p.m. at the YHS Performing Arts Center.
  • Dec 5 - Chanukah Celebration and Giant Menorah Lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Yelm City Park.
  • Dec 11 - Christmas in the Park Awards for essay winners and Youth of the Year will kick off the day. Enjoy lots of free activities and the Winter Wonderland Market from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Yelm City Park.
  • Dec 14 - Southworth Elementary Choir Concert at 7 p.m.
  • Dec 18 - FREE Movie Toy Drive presented by the Midday Lion's Club and other local businesses. Doors open at 9 a.m. at Yelm Cinemas. Movie starts at 9:45 a.m.

We hope you enjoy the holidays and stay healthy and safe.

Join Our Team

Yelm Community Schools has employment opportunities including full-time, part-time and substitute positions. Learn more on our website about jobs in food service, instructional supports, transportation and special education. Every employee makes a difference in the lives of our students and families. Join our team!

Vaccination Clinics

The Thurston County Health Department will be conducting a Pediatric Vaccination Clinic (Pfizer vaccine) on December 11 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The clinic will be hosted at Yelm Middle School for children ages 5-11 only. This will be hosted at Yelm Middle School for children ages 5-11 only. Minors must have a form of ID confirming their name and birthday in order to receive a vaccination. Space is limited to Yelm, Rainier and Tenino students. Appointments are highly encouraged using the pre-registration link. View the flyer and consent forms below. Visit the PHSS website for additional clinics for all ages.

Southworth Joins No Excuses University

Southworth Elementary started researching Kids at Hope and No Excuses University four years ago. A team of staff made site visits and determined to implement the Kids at Hope program. This past year the team received training on becoming a No Excuses University school and then rolled out several trainings to the entire staff, which prepared them to create the endorsement application for becoming a No Excuses University school. Principal Cook said, “We are happy to announce we have accomplished our goal to be recognized as a Kids at Hope and a No Excuses University School before we enter our new building!”


The Yelm High School College and Career Center hosted the admissions team for Central Washington University who helped students with their application from start to finish, and awarded admission and scholarships at the same time. Seventeen students were admitted and each time a student was accepted, confetti burst in the air to recognize their accomplishment and celebrate their commitment to continuing their education.

"We are so thankful to the CWU for bringing their 'on-the-spot' admissions event to YHS and helping our seniors through the admission process." Career Center and Scholarship Specialist Nicole Mathis said. "Many of our students are first generation college students and their family might not be familiar with the process. Introducing students to the people who will support them in their journey was a big step in their future as Wildcats!"


As Henry Ford once said, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." The holidays in Yelm are a prime example of the community working together for one common goal. This year Yelm Community Schools distributed nearly 200 Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Molina Healthcare and the Tacoma Longshore Union provided the funding, Grocery Outlet purchased and stored all of the food, OBEE Credit Union provided volunteers to pack it, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars provided the volunteers to distribute the meals to our schools. Amazing work by the community and to the student support staff who identified students, worked with families, and made sure students were taken care of!

Dates to Remember

Dec 11: Pediatric Vaccination Clinic 9a.m. - 4 p.m. at YMS Gym

Dec 16: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Dec 20-31: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Jan 13: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Jan 17: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Jan 27: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Jan 28: 1/2 Day - End of Semester

YCS COVID Information and Resources

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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,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.