The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

May 2021

Message from the Principal

We are excited to have some of the traditional spring celebrations coming back in the final weeks of school.

Our 5th-grade students have invested 6 years of learning and grown so much from the time they started in kindergarten with us. School is a 13-year journey for most students it is so important to celebrate each step students make to graduation.

There are fewer than 30 instructional days left in the school year. Teachers are making every minute count by making strong connections with students, focusing on the highest leverage learning goals, and administering ongoing formative assessments/progress monitoring to move learning forward at a rapid pace! We are excited to watch our students grow in the last quarter of the year.

We have so much to celebrate because of your support and collaboration with us to keep accelerating student learning.

Upcoming Important Dates

April 19th - May 14th

  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

May 3rd-7th

  • Staff Appreciation Week

May 10th - June16th

  • Alphabet Countdown to the end of the year

May 26th 6:00-7:00

  • LAP Family Night on Zoom

May 28th

  • No School, Snow Make-Up Day

May 31st

  • No School, Memorial Day

June 8th

  • Field Day

June 10th

  • Class Picture Day - masks required

June 16th

  • 1/2 Day - Last Day of School, out at 12:05pm

May 3rd - 7th Staff Appreciation

We are so thankful for our Lackamas Staff! It is our bus drivers, kitchen staff, recess supervisors, Special Education Team, Specialists, Custodians, Para Educators, Office Staff, Counselors, and our Classroom Teachers that continue to love, support, and educate our children.

We will celebrate our staff on May 3rd - 7th. Please partner with us by writing a kind email or helping your child create a special picture or write a kind letter.

Thanks in advance for partnering alongside our PTO, Prairie Christian Center, and Admin on May 3rd - 7th to celebrate our very special team of educators!

New Students and Incoming Kinder Registration for 21-22 is Open

To be admitted to kindergarten for the fall of 2021, your child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2021.

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

New families: register online by completing the New Student Enrollment: Account Request

Need Assistance: Watch YouTube Video Tutorial

In-Person is 4 Days a Week!

As we shared before spring break, students that currently attend in-person will shift to four days per week. Check here for attendance, food service and transportation details. We will no longer have A and B groups. Grade levels will start as follows:

April 22: K-2, 6, 9, 12

May 6: 3-5, 7-8, 10-11

We have worked to re-arrange classroom furniture to accommodate students. Breakfasts are no longer served at school, but will be sent home the previous day to be eaten at home. If you have any questions about bus routes and times, please check our website .

Class Picture Day, June 10th

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for class pictures this year. Picture Day is June 10th! Students will be 3' apart and will need to wear their mask! If you'd like to purchase a class photo, purchase online and pictures will be mailed directly to you from the photographer. Please see information on the flyer below.
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Alphabet Countdown

May 10th we begin one of our favorite things... our Alphabet Countdown to the end of the year! Please see the flyer below with the special themes for everyday, and join in!
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Lackamas Volunteer of the Year

We are pleased to honor Karla Wiesner as our Volunteer of the Year. She knocks herself out to be present and visible. She continues to find new ways to help our PTO budget and activities. Karla has regularly dropped off positive motivation for our entire building and put treats for every student in their monthly meet and beep bags to encourage them to keep learning. As our PTO President, she has lead in an inclusive and inviting way, welcoming new PTO members and families to Lackamas. We are so fortunate to have her positive energy supporting our kids, staff, and community. Congratulations, Karla!!!

Lackamas Yearbooks

Lackamas will be doing a digital yearbook this year. Many thanks to our volunteers from PTO for helping organize this. We will send you a link to this yearbook in June and you will be able to print a copy at home if you are interested. Spring school pictures will be included. If you have photos of your own children you would like to send in for possible inclusion in the yearbook please email them to, however, we can only accept pictures of your own children.

Update on Yelm Virtual Academy

The results of the elementary family survey were reviewed last week. Unfortunately, we do not have the projected enrollment necessary to launch YVA next year. Fewer than 20 families district-wide signed up for the program, and this falls far below the enrollment threshold required to move forward. We will follow up with the families who desired this option via telephone and hope they will choose to attend our schools in person next year.

If you would still prefer a virtual option next year, please refer to the OSPI Approved Online Schools and School Programs page. This page provides a comprehensive list of approved virtual school options available in our state.

Update on State SBA Testing for 3rd - 5th grade students

WA State Spring Testing Update Grades 3-8 and 10

Superintendent of Public Schools, Chris Reykdal made the announcement last week that students in WA State will not participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) given to grades 3-8 and 10 or the Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) given to grades 5, 8 and 11 this spring as the US Department of Education did not look favorably on the state’s testing waiver request. Instead, students will participate next fall. He made the determination that students would be better served engaging in learning activities given the move to more in-person instruction across the state and that locally determined assessment tools would be more informative to the instructional process. This means that students will likely be participating in two different state testing windows next year, both fall and spring. Any testing done in fall would be related to the previous year’s content. There are two state assessments that were not moved, the English Learner Progress Assessment (ELPA) and the WA-AIM. If your student is participating in either of these assessments you would already have received communication from your school about this.

PTO Spring Fundraiser and Prizes

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Attendance for Hybrid In-Person

We are so excited to see our students more as we transition to in-person 4 days a week! The end of the school year is fast approaching and we want to encourage our students to finish strong. Remember to call the attendance line and leave a message if your student will be absent, 360-894-6012. Wednesdays continue as remote days and attendance will be taken.

Mr. Sturgill's 5th grade class won the "March Madness, Off the Court, Class Attendance Competition" with 98% attendance. See picture below from their virtual party with Mrs. Wendy.

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New Food Resource

Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:45, food bags are available for families at the Yelm Food Bank located next to Yelm Community Services. Drive through and pick up only. No need to get out of your car.

Covid Testing Site for YCS Students

The testing site is open daily (M-F) from 10am – 12pm in the district office parking lot. If an enrolled student needs to be tested, they can drive up. We highly recommend they pre-register to make the experience quicker and prevent personal information being shared in a public space.

Here is the student registration link, if you need it. This video may also help prepare you for the experience.

Parent or Guardian Scholarships for U of A

The University of Arizona Scholarship is available to any parent or guardian of a child attending a school in the NEU network. Lackamas is an NEU school. It covers full tuition and technology fees for any University of Arizona Global Campus undergraduate degree. For more information check scholarships being offered by U of A

Applications will open on April 1st, closing on June 30th.

Transfers & Nonresident Requests for 21-22

If you live outside the Lackamas attendance area, now is the time to renew your Transfer Request for the 2021-2022 school year. Please check out "Within District Transfer" and "Nonresident Choice Transfer Request" for more information.

Anchored Families - Supporting Your Child's Emotional Well-Being

Lackamas Elementary invites you to take the parent education course "Anchored Families: 5 Must-Have Tools in Your Parenting Toolbox." This online resource is FREE. Lackamas has purchased a schoolwide license that allows all Lightning families to benefit, completely FREE to you! Visit Discount code: LACKAMAS"

We will be drawing for a family dinner night at the end of April for families who have taken this course. Sign up today each module is an entry into the drawing. Sending Mrs. Perez a review is an extra bonus ticket for the drawing.

YCS Employment Opportunities

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

Virtual 5K to Help Feed Kids in Our Community

Would you like to do a Virtual 5K? It will be happening the week of May 16-22nd! Funds raised support Rotary Club's initiative to feed our kids and our community all year long and throughout the summertime when Homeless Backpacks has a break. Rotary has fully sponsored our Kindness Week for many years as well.

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

Elementary Schedule

Please see the Yelm Community Schools Page for the Elementary Daily Schedule

Tech Help Desk

Did you know Lackamas has a Help Desk available for you to email when you need some tech support, questions answered or extra help? Please email Mrs. Cox at We are here for you!

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

PTO Recycling Programs to raise funds for Lackamas

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

When: Recycle drop off will be on Wednesday's during lunch pick-up 11:30-1pm and at the monthly Meet and Beeps.

A recycling program that awards points per pound of recycling materials that turn into a money donation to the school once enough points are collected. We will begin by recycling juice pouches, Bunch O Balloons products and packaging, and Febreeze cartridges and packaging. Will continue all year! - The Plastic Recycling Challenge

  • Lackamas has collected and recycled 32 lbs of plastic bags
  • Winners are announced on Earth Day

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.

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