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January 7, 2022

School Board Appreciation

January is School Board Appreciation Month and all of us who are a part of Yelm Community Schools from staff—to parents—to students owe a deep debt of gratitude to these volunteers. Few people fully understand the scope and implications of school board service. When citizens elect a school board, they’ve given those few members the great responsibility of steering public education in the communities they represent. Our school board takes that responsibility and the public trust very seriously. They dedicate enormous hours to their work both in and outside of board meetings. Attending school events, preparing for meetings, reading financial reports, agendas, and proposals, and making a host of decisions that impact the well-being of our children are just a few of the regular activities our board members participate in through their service.

I have had the privilege of working with the Yelm School Board for the past 17 years and sincerely appreciate the collegial way they show leadership and support for our children, the employees, and the community of Yelm.

If you wish to contact a school board member, their information is listed on the Yelm Community Schools webpage.


Deb McLaren

Health Room Needs

Our health room is running out of loaner clothes for students. We try to keep clothes available to students if they have accidents, or maybe slipped and fell during recess. By being able to have clothes available students are able to change quickly and stay at school.

Currently, we are in need of:

Pants all sizes boys and girls (elastic waist are perfect)

Boy underwear size small or medium

Visitor/Volunteer/Adults on Campus

Visitors/Volunteers need to sign in at the office on the kiosk and get a visitor’s badge. Only staff members are allowed on the playground.

When dropping students off in the morning, they should be dropped off at the curb and then they will head to either breakfast or recess. If your students need help getting to class please bring them to the office.

Friday Assemblies

Prairie Assemblies have been a long-standing tradition. In our current environment, we are not able to have parents attend. To stay connected with our families we will be posting the assembly each Friday on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • January 7 Virtual Assembly
  • January 13 Yelm Community School Board Meeting 6 PM
  • January 14 Virtual Assembly
  • January 15 National Hat Day
  • January 17 No School (MLK Day)
  • January 21 Virtual Assembly
  • January 27 Yelm Community School Board Meeting 6 PM
  • January 28 Half Day Students released at 11:35 AM

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: Julie Mondry, 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