The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

January 2022

Principal Message

As much as I appreciated some time with my family, I am excited to see the great things we will do in 2022. We have some BIG surprises in store that we hope make you and your students smile as we focus on learning and making magical moments and memories as part of our 13-year journey with you to graduation.

As a building, our equity work is focused on creating a culture of dignity for every person, student, and staff, through belonging. This last month gave us a great opportunity to apply those lessons through the various activities and celebrations relative to the holidays. Did you see the article in the Nisqually Valley News about our 1st grade Gingerbread House experience?

In their book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, Cobb and Krownapple describe four overlapping dispositions of dignity: openness, listening, patience and empathy. In the model, the dispositions overlap as they are implemented together, not in exclusion. In the same model, the authors overlay four indicators of belonging which include being appreciated, accepted, validated, and being treated fairly. If you view the model as eight circles overlapping in a Venn diagram, there is a common space at the center which the authors have titled, dignity honored.

I hope your family finds many ways to belong and be part of our community. We will enjoy sharing with you our building work on this. THANK YOU for being amazing families to partner with in making the lives of children filled with kindness, learning, love, and caring.

Happy 2022,

Shauna Perez


Lackamas Bootcamp 2021
Starting school again after winter break is something that we are excited about. Each January we refocus on something called Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS). Your students would tell you they are Hi-5, Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Kind, and Ready to Learn. Students earn Hi-5 when they are caught following one of the characteristics. You might see and hear about the Hi-5 store at home. We are focusing on and reteaching the positive routines and structures we emphasized back in the fall. The "boot camp" video is an example of our school-wide expectations that students learn about. We want you to know that we feel our schools and classrooms are places where students beyond are valued and need to be during challenging times. Thank you for trusting us with your children. We know that just like with reading and math kids need to be taught behavior expectations. What we are seeing is a cohort of kids making really good choices that sometimes need reminders about what is expected. Their safety is our #1 priority each day. Thank you for sending such respectful and caring kids to school each day.

Upcoming Important Dates

Jan 3

  • 1st day back from Winter break

Jan 5

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time

Jan 12

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time

Jan 17

  • No School in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 19

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time

Jan 20

  • Mrs. Carlson Class Field Trip to Central Glassworks

Jan 24-28

  • Kindness week

Jan 26

  • 1 hour late start 9:25 start time

Jan 27

  • Mr. Sturgill Class Field Trip to Central Glassworks

Jan 28

  • Half day -Records Day release at 11:25 a.m.

Kindness Week January 24 - 28

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All School Positive Behavior Reward Assembly

Lackamas students enjoyed demonstrating their cognitive creativity on Friday, December 3rd. The We Care Sports program was highly welcomed by all students, kindergarten through fifth grade, with many juggling activities involving hand-eye coordination, balancing, timing, and cognitive creativity. The students balanced tossed and flipped balls, cups, and tubes to test their skills and inspire a growth mindset while having a great time! Thank you We Care Sports!!

Classroom Celebrations

Community Giving and Celebrations of Partnerships

Lackamas Seismogram Station

Did you know that in December Lackamas added a seismogram station to our campus? Check out the PNSN, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at Our station name is LACKA.

In 2021, Yelm Community School District partnered with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) to host two seismic stations in east Thurston County. One station, UW.YELM, is located at the school district’s Facilities and Maintenance Headquarters in Yelm. The second station, UW.LACKA, is located at Lackamas Elementary School. These locations were selected in order to fill a large gap in PNSN’s seismic station network, which covers both Washington and Oregon.

The stations are part of the ShakeAlert Early Earthquake Warning Station, which uses real-time seismic data to provide the general public and providers of critical facilities with a few seconds to a couple of minutes of advanced warning before the arrival of strong shaking from earthquakes. Recipients of early earthquake warning alerts can use the time to take protective action to save lives and reduce damage, thus speeding recovery. It is important to note that early earthquake warning does not predict the occurrence of earthquakes, but rapidly estimates the location and size of an earthquake to alert more distant locations of imminent shaking.

In addition to early earthquake warning, the seismic data recorded by these seismic instruments is freely available to citizens, educators, scientists, and seismic engineers worldwide for a wide variety of seismic hazard and scientific studies.

If you are interested in learning more about the PNSN, check out their website at ( If you would like to view the real-time data from the two seismic stations recently installed, they can be viewed via the following links: YELM ( and LACKA ( The different colors of the lines have no special meaning - they are there to assist your eyes in viewing the data. If your station recorded a notable earthquake, a green arrow will appear on the seismogram next to the data with the magnitude and location. You will often see seismic "noise" on your seismogram. These are not earthquakes, but ground motions generated by human activity, weather, or pumps/motors/fans near the seismic station.

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100% Symptom free campus

We wanted to remind families of our commitment to being 100% symptom-free here at Lackamas. Thank you for not sending your children to school sick or when they have medicine that would mask COVID symptoms. If your student has had a COVID test and are waiting on results please do not send your student to school until you receive a negative test. If you have any questions please check out the Thurston County Public Health pathway.

Looking for updates

Make sure to visit our Lackamas & YCS websites to stay up to date about what is happening at our school and within our district.

Daily Mile Partnership with the University of Washington

We're excited to provide some fun, free coloring pages to help keep your students motivated to do The Daily Mile during the winter months. They are brought to you in partnership with our friends at Erika's Lighthouse!

A study from the Dominican University of California showed that sharing goals with a friend dramatically increases the chance of completing them. Seventy percent of participants who told someone about their goal achieved it, compared to just 35% of those who kept their goal to themselves. Ask your students if they'd like to get healthier in 2022. Doing The Daily Mile 3-5 times per week is perfect to help them achieve their goal.

Yelm School District Breakfast/Lunch Menu

Yelm Community Schools food service department works hard to provide meals for our students! Thank you to all of our food service staff here at Lackamas for taking care of our students! Check out our meal menus for all of our schools.

*Due to supply issues at times, items on the menu are subject to change*

PTO Recycling Programs to raise funds for Lackamas

Lackamas is going GREEN! The PTO has chosen a couple of recycling programs for the school to participate in.

When: Recycle drop off will be on Wednesday's - The Plastic Recycling Challenge

  • Begins in November 2021
  • We collected 32lbs of bags last year and we would like your help to break that record this school year!
  • Winners are announced on Earth Day 2022

Crayon recycling

Done specifically through the PTO. We will be turning all the crayons into something new to give back to students. We are accepting all kinds of crayons, broken and whole.

Lackamas PTO has a new officer!

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FREE Anchored Social Emotional Learning for Lackams Families

AnchoredSEL is a course our staff has taken and found to be helpful. Angela and Cher have at our request made a family course.

Click here to log in to access your course at any time. (FREE to Lackamas families use the code LACKAMAS)

Whether you are new around here or are joining us again this school year, we look forward to connecting and learning with you soon!

Angela and Cher

YCS Employment Opportunities

If you are looking for employment with Yelm Community Schools, please click on now hiring for available opportunities in the district.

Digital Flyer Board

Community organizations can upload flyers into Peachjar, and parents will receive digital flyers regarding school and community resources through email. All flyers will be available at any time on the Yelm Community Schools digital flyer board. You can manage your account preferences by logging into your account using the login information provided in the email.

Family Access

Click above for Family Access - check your student's information, fill out the daily health survey and see their attendance.

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

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


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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: 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