Yelm Community Schools

November 2020


Our county is experiencing record high case transmissions over the past four weeks and is now in the high transmission category based on the Governor's Decision Tree (English) (Spanish) for public schools. As a result of these high rates of transmissions, plus surging data percent of positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths, Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, our county health officer, informed schools that if current rates of transmission continue to November 6, she will direct schools to revert back to remote instruction with the exception of small group work with highest need students. This direction would stay in place until mid-January as case increases are expected after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Our board and I sincerely want to expand in-person learning at our schools, but that will be delayed.

This is not the news everyone wanted to hear. About a month ago, the county was on the verge of going into the low transmission category, which would have removed many restrictions on in-person learning activities. This spike is being attributed to the Labor Day holiday, recent outbreaks at care centers, and family events such as weddings, parties and other gatherings.

For our district, this news does not change our current practices working with high risk students and students receiving specialized services. I am really proud of the small group work we have done as a district. It isn't easy. I am also asking everyone to do what they can to reduce transmissions, mainly through the use of face coverings and staying distanced from others in community settings. Only by decreasing case transmissions can we resume our path to having more in-person learning opportunities for students.

We hope to have additional information in the coming weeks, and we will update all of our families accordingly.

Stay safe, stay healthy,


Look for information from your school to schedule virtual conferences November 23-25. You will need to access Skyward Family Access to select a date and time. If you need assistance with your Family Access login, please contact your school.

Update Contact Information

All guardians should have a Skyward Family Access Login. You can update your email and phone without calling the school. This helps to ensure you we have accurate information and can communicate with you.

If you need assistance logging, just click reset login/password or call your school for assistance.

Half Days in November

We have upcoming half days in November for the end of 1st quarter and conferences. This will impact the daily schedule for students. On designated half days, school hours will be from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. The updated daily schedules are shown below and posted on our website. It is important for students to continue to connect daily to LIVE instruction and access their Google Classroom for posted lessons and activities. Wednesday are critical for students to engage by joining LIVE sessions with teachers to get additional help, make up assessments or ask questions about work assigned in Google Classroom that day. Wednesdays are school days.

Veterans Day Observance

Thank you to JBLM for sharing this video and recognizing the men and women that have served in our military. We are proud to be a community that military families choose to reside. Help us in honoring our veterans on November 11.
JBLM Veterans Day Observance 2020

Military Connection

Yelm Community Schools partners with the Department of Defense (DoD) to support our military families and students through several grants totaling $2.5 million. These additional funds benefit all students. Each year the district needs to report to the DoD the number of military-connected students in the district. The more military-connected families we can identify the more likely DoD is to continue funding these grants.

We are asking all military-connected families to either contact their school's office and let them know your military connected status or you can log in to Family Access to update your military status.

Seeking Feedback Using "Pulse Survey"

In mid-November, parents/guardians will receive an email with the district logo from a company named Qualtrics. This is the company that our staff use each day to attest to their health and any potential close contact to someone with COVID-19.

The email contains access to a survey that we hope you all will take. The survey asks about your experiences with our district and our schools this fall. The responses to the surveys will only come to the district. Our intent is to use your feedback to improve.

In future weeks these surveys, known as Pulse Surveys, will go out to random samplings of parents/guardians. Again, our purpose in sending the surveys is to listen and respond wherever we can. We thank you for your participation!

Importance of Flu Shots

What are some key reasons to get a flu vaccine?

  • Every year, flu vaccination prevents illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
  • Flu vaccination also is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
  • A 2017 study showed that flu vaccine can be life-saving in children.
  • While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.


Parent Resources

School Messenger App

As a reminder, all messages (phone, email and text) can be received on the School Messenger App. This can be downloaded on Android or iPhone. You can manage your messages in one place. Watch this video to learn more.

Calendar Highlights

Nov 3: Election Day - Remember to Vote
Nov 11
: No School - Veterans Day

Nov 18: 1/2 Day - End of 1st Quarter

Nov 23-25: 1/2 Day - Conferences

Nov 24: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Nov 26-27: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Greg Davis, 360-458-1900,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.