Panther Press

November 12, 2021

Fall Back

As the time changed this past week I am reminded of just how important sleep routine is, and how much even a one-hour change can affect us. Sleep is an important factor in all our lives. When we sleep, we rest and our body is able to renew its energy. Sleeping well is often a result of having good sleeping habits and rules about bedtime are important.

A school-age child usually needs to sleep about ten(10) hours every night. Parents/guardians must decide on a suitable bedtime based on your child's temperament and morning routine. When deciding on a bedtime, keep in mind what time your child has to go to school, how long it takes to get ready, and travel time. This way, your child will get a good night's sleep, feel rested in the morning, and be ready to get the most out of school.

In this day and age of busy schedules and active after-school activities, establishing a bedtime routine (or any kind of routine) can be a challenge. If you find yourself facing a grumpy kid every morning or one who wants to nap when he/she gets home from school and then stay up until midnight, it is worth the effort. A bedtime routine is doing the same things, in the same order at the same time every day.



  • Prepare - Let your child know when they have another hour or half-hour until bedtime. This gives them an opportunity to finish what they are doing or squeeze in one last activity.
  • Calm - Begin your bedtime routine with calming activities, playing a game, selecting pajamas, taking a bath, brushing teeth, reading a book, listening to music, laying out clothes for the next day...all are good choices. This should take 15-30 minutes.
  • Tuck In - Tuck your child in with their blanket, teddy bear, or some other thing that makes them feel secure and say, "good-night".

A good night's sleep is the first step to a great day!

Mrs. McLaren

Parent-Teacher Conferences November 22 - November 24

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled through our Skyward Family Access and will be available starting November 3 at 9:00 AM. If you have not logged onto Family Access, or have lost your user name please contact the office and we can send it out to you. If you continue to have problems logging in, we do have a computer in the office to help parents walk through the process.

Conferences are able to be in-person or via zoom. Your student's teacher will be in touch regarding the format once you schedule a time. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

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.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school! Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits.

When: November 10 - November 24

Where: Prairie's Library

2 Ways to Shop

1. Shop in-person during the school day or with parents after school on Monday, November 22, and Tuesday, November 23

2. Online Please sign in so Prairie will benefit from your purchase. Book-only purchases of more than $25 will ship free to your home.

Are you interested in setting up an eWallet for your student? eWallet gives your child a safe, cashless way to shop the Book Fair. This digital payment option can be used at the in-school Book Fair or online at the Virtual Book Fair.

After the Fair, remaining eWallet funds are not returned to a credit card but instead, become a gift card balance that can be used online with Scholastic or to fund an eWallet for a future Book Fair. Be sure to sign in with the same email used to create the eWallet.

Turkey Trot

We are hoping to be able to finally order our new playground equipment. Our last Turkey Trot raised over $8000, but we still fell short to purchase new equipment. We are going to have a Turkey Trot this year to close the gap.

What is the Turkey Trot?

The Turkey Trot is a 30-minute fitness event where all the students collectively run, jog, and walk 500 miles. The event promotes cardiovascular exercise and school spirit while raising funds for a new piece of playground equipment.

Every student receives a brag tag and treat. Pledge forms and money must be turned in by Wednesday, November 24.

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Upcoming Events

  • November 16 Picture Retake
  • November 19 Building Read In
  • November 19-24 Half Day Students releases at 11:35 AM
  • November 22 Crazy Socks Day
  • November 23 Crazy Hat Day
  • November 24 Apple Cup Day (Husky or Cougar)
  • November 24 Turkey Trot
  • November 25 and 26 Thanksgiving Holiday No School

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