The Lackamas Lightning Strike

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March 2021

Message from the Principal

Spring conferences are fast approaching. We are so excited to have time to discuss what your child has learned and the next steps in the grade-level expectations for their learning. Three times a year we have nationally ranked and normed benchmark tests that students take. In the last few weeks, teacher teams and I finished reviewing how students are doing. We have so much to celebrate because of your support and collaboration with us to keep the learning going. Virtual conferences will be scheduled on Family Access and we will let you know when conference scheduling opens. Teachers are eager to talk on an individual level with you during conferences, 3/31, 4/1 and 4/2. We will send you out more information in the coming weeks on this.

Your support of our teachers and learning has been so appreciated during these pandemic times. We will continue to provide high-quality instruction and opportunities for students to connect with their peers. Please know, your engagement with us has brought us so much joy. We will continue with Meet & Beep for March to celebrate our students of the month on Wednesdays. We want you to continue to reach out when you experience something that is tough or something you would like to celebrate so we can be a supportive resource in finding solutions.

Upcoming Important Dates

March 3rd

  • School Picture Day (see information below)
  • "Meet & Beep"
  • Breakfast & Lunch pick-up during grade level times

March 5th

  • No School - Make Up Day for Snow Days

March 5th-13th

  • Dollars for Scholars Virtual Auction-see article below

March 24th

  • 1/2 Day for Records Day school is out at 12:05 pm

March 31st - April 2nd

  • 1/2 Days for Conferences school is out at 12:05 pm

April 5th-9th

  • No School - Spring Break

A Wonderful Start for our In-Person Hybrid

It has been so exciting to welcome back all of our In-Person Hybrid students!
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YCS Hybrid Bus Routes

Bus routes are unavailable in Family Access during hybrid instruction. Please check Lackamas pick up and drop of times for A and B groups. These lists will be updated daily the first two weeks of hybrid. Check routes here.
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March "Meet and Beep" with School Pictures!

This Wednesday, March 3rd, is our next "Meet and Beep". This is "Read Across America" week and we are honoring a different author every day. "Fox in Socks, Lackamas Rocks"! We will celebrate Dr. Seuss at our "Meet & Beep", make sure you wear some fun or crazy socks!!! “Students of the Month” from February will receive their medal and certificate. Collection bins will be available for PTO recycling and to return school paperwork. PTO is putting a surprise in every bag and many thanks to South Sound Reading for providing a book for every student! Your student will also have the opportunity to take a school picture, the information below.

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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School Pictures Are Coming....March 3rd!

We are so excited to bring you a School Picture Day, March 3rd!!! Pictures will be taken during "Meet & Beep" at grade level times. If you have students in multiple grades at Lackamas, you are welcome to bring them all at the same time slot.

We hope every student will be photographed for school records, skyward and student ID . Picture packages are available for purchase online only. Feel free to check out their website: . Order online at Please use order code: 56870KA.

The Wellness Screening on Family Access needs to be completed prior to your student getting out of the car for pictures. Students will be dropped off after the supply pick-up tables. Staff will help students get to the library, sanitize hands and maintain 6ft distance. Masks are required to be worn at all times until the photographer indicates it may be removed momentarily for the photograph. Photographers will sanitize between each student. Parents will stay in the car the entire time and drive around the side of the building, in the bus loop area to pick up their student(s) after pictures. Check out their flyer below.

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Dollars for Scholars Lackamas Art Experience

This experience is adaptable for families and for students of any age. It is our hope that the purchasers will find lots of joy in creating their art. The virtual paint night is for a party of 8. You will create the "Essence of Yelm" (see below) and also receive a basket of all the painting supplies you will need!
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Dollars for Scholars Auction is going Virtual!

DFS auction raises scholarship money for graduating seniors as they continue education and training. The auction will be a weeklong event from March 5th-13th.

March 5th - Silent auction bidding opens

March 12th - Silent auction closes at 5pm

March 12th - Live auction bidding opens 5pm and closes item by item during live program

March 13th - Live program begins at 7pm and will be live-streamed on the auction site

March 14th - Item Pickup at Yelm Prairie Christian Center

The online auction website is live and all items will be available to view on Feb. 26.

March Madness Attendance Competition!

March 1st - 26th join in our "Off the Court" Class Attendance Competition. Students will get 2 points for daily attendance and Friday's are a 3-pointer! At the end of the month, the class with the most points will win an exciting virtual class activity with Mrs. Wendy!!!@

Check out the videos below for our upcoming "March Madness Attendance Competition!"

St. Martins Women's BasketBall - March Madness Challenge
St. Martins Men's Basketball Team - March Madness Challenge


Online scheduling for Zoom conferences opens in March through Family Access. Printed instructions will be sent home with your students when the date for scheduling to open is confirmed. Conferences are 3/31, 4/1 and 4/2. Please schedule a conference for your student at a time that will work for you. Your student's teacher will send you a zoom link prior to your conference. If you prefer a phone call, let your teacher know. If you need your Family Access login info, please contact the office. We cannot give this info over the phone, but will be happy to email you at the email address in Skyward or give it to you in person.
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Yelm FFA is hosting a free drive-thru Easter event focused on kids PreK-3rd!!!

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Kindness Week was a Success!!!

Thank you to the Bald Hills Fire Department Station 17-1 for coming to our meet and beep. We are so happy we got to show you a small sliver of our gratitude for you! We were able to collect over 50 cans to donate to the local food bank. Amazing!!! It was a great week!

Lackamas Kindness Wrap Up Video
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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"

Bag O' Books from South Sound Reading

Calling all families in need of books! The South Sound Reading Foundation's Bag O' Books service allows individual families to order books for all members of their family, including babies, teens, and adults. This service is available to all families in Thurston and Mason counties. Once you order books, our team members will pack it based on the interests and reading levels you report and notify you through email or phone when your books are ready for pick-up. Books will be available for pick-up at our office in Lacey and the WSU 4-H extension in Shelton. To order books, please visit our website and click the link that corresponds with your county:

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.

Young Readers Choice Nominated Books in Videos Below

The YRCA nominees book talks are in the videos linked below. These are from the Junior division, grades 4-6. The four videos pair two books and each run about 7-10 minutes. We hope that a young reader may find something appealing to read. All books and some audiobooks are available in the catalog of the Timberland Regional Library TRL Search. Many of the titles are also available in eBook or eAudio Timberland Regional Library - OverDrive.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Serpents Secret Sweep.mp4

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

Small Spaces Arlo Finch.mp4

Granted by John David Anderson

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Granted Inkling.mp4

Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson

Wings of Fire. The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland ; adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky (Graphic Novel)

Positively Izzy Wings of Fire.mp4

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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.

Inclement Weather Plan

Winter often brings inclement weather and could cause school delays and closures. In our virtual and hybrid learning environment, we may experience delays and closures too. In the event of a 2 hour delay, we will start at 11:05am. Please check the YCS website for updates at

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is Back!

Get money for meals missed by students at school this school year. There is no need to apply. Eligible families will get their benefits in the mail this March.

What do you need to do? It’s easy – just make sure your address is up to date with us in Skyward Family Access.

Update on Grab & Go Meals at Lackamas

Food Service will be changing meal distribution day to WEDNESDAY beginning Feb 17th. This will avoid future Monday holiday confusion and reduce traffic on campus during in-person days.

Families were given an extra meal February 8th to accommodate for the Tuesday meal on Feb 16th. Starting Monday, February 1, Grab and Go meals pick up are 3-meal packs for hybrid students and 5-meal packs for 100% online students. Students attending onsite will receive breakfast and lunch. Pick-up times will remain 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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 Monday'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 Ballons products and packaging, and Febreeze cartridges and packaging. Will continue all year! - The Plastic Recycling Challenge

Every year hundreds of schools across the nation compete against each other to recycle the most plastic film. In addition to providing a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling, Trex will happily donate a high-performance composite bench to the winning school, and bestow honorary awards to every school that participates.

  • The challenge begins each year on America Recycles Day, November 15, and lasts until April 15
  • 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