The Lackamas Lightning Strike

Home of the Lightning... Learn Lead Succeed

February 2021

Message from the Principal

The Thurston County Health Officials made the recommendation that schools begin phasing in students for in-person learning while maintaining safety protocols of screening, masking, distancing, hand-washing, cleaning, and contact tracing. Dr. Abdelmalek's letter emphasizes that, by following these measures, schools have shown the strong ability to minimize the spread of COVID. On Thursday, January 28th our Group B (Thursday/Friday) Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Graders will start their first day on campus at Lackamas. Group A (Monday/Tuesday) begins on February 1st. 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students are scheduled to start on February 18th.

If your student is coming to campus the school day starts at 9:05. We will meet you at the drop off loop or your student at the bus loop. For safety, we are asking ALL families to stay in their vehicles. We know this is a change but it is one of the steps we are taking in order to open school. We have over 40 staff that will be helping students get safely to their classroom while staying 6 feet apart. Please make sure you complete the daily health attestation before sending your child to school! We are a germ-free zone if students are coughing, sneezing, have a headache, have had a fever, or signs of COVID we ask that you keep them home.

Students can plan to leave their Chromebooks and chargers at home. Your teacher will be reaching out about what to bring for supplies for class. Each child will keep their supplies in their backpack. We recommend bringing a water bottle that they can refill here.

Your support of our teachers 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 February and March to celebrate our students of the month on Wednesday's. 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

Jan 28th

  • K-2nd Hybrid Schedule B starts

Feb 1st

  • K-2nd Hybrid Schedule A starts

Feb 1st-5th

  • Kindness Week

Feb 3rd

  • "Meet & Beep" - Supply Pick-Up Drive-Thru and Student of the Month, see grade level times below

Feb 12th

  • No School - Make Up Day if needed for Snow Day

Feb 14th

  • Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 15th

  • No School, President's Day

Feb 18th

  • 3rd-5th Hybrid Schedule B starts

Feb 22nd

  • 3rd-5th Hybrid Schedule A starts

March 3rd

  • School Picture Day
  • "Meet & Beep"

March 5th

  • No School - Make Up Day if needed for Snow Days

March 5th-13th

  • Dollars for Scholars Virtual Auction-see article below

In-Person Hybrid starting for Kinders through 2nd Graders

Please see back-to-school reminders below for Kinder through 2nd Grade students for in-person hybrid. Schedule B starts Jan 28th and Schedule A starts Feb 1st. Click on headline for more information. We are scheduled to start our 3rd through 5th graders Feb 18th.
Lackamas Welcome Back Video
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February "Meet and Beep"

This Wednesday, February 3rd, is our next "Meet and Beep" for our families and we are "Rolling out the Red Carpet for You!" Come pick-up new materials and needed supplies. “Students of the Month” from January will receive their medal and certificate. The Fire Dept will be here, you can drop off your "Kindness Week" thank-you's to them and bring a can of chilli for the "Canned Chilli Drive". Collection bins will be available for PTO recycling and school paperwork. Also, many thanks to South Sound Reading for providing a book for every student!

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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Kindness Week....Feb 1st-5th!!!

Lackamas is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge: Virtual Edition this year! To participate with your student at home you can find ways to do so with the Great Kindness Challenge Virtual Classroom Edition . Also, check out the Happy Heart Hunt and the Kindness Unites Paperchain activities !

See Spirit Week information below!

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

We are so excited to bring you a School Picture Day! It is scheduled for March 3rd!! Pictures will be taken during your "Meet & Beep", drive-thru pick-up grade level time. 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.

Please complete the Wellness Screening on Family Access 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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SmileMobile is coming to Yelm Middle School

The SmileMobile is coming to Yelm Middle School 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the dates below. It's a mobile dental clinic for children, youth, pregnant/postpartum people, and adult family members with Apple Health (Medicaid, ProviderOne, etc.) and those without insurance. Please see flyer below

Register by calling: 888.286.9105

Smile Mobile Dates: 2/8, 2/9, 2/11, 2/16, 2/17, 2/18

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

"Parenting is hard enough, let alone during a pandemic! Lackamas Elementary invites you to take the parent education course "Anchored Families: 5 Must-Have Tools in Your Parenting Toolbox." This online resource normally costs $180, but Lackamas has purchased a schoolwide license that allows all Lightning families to benefit, completely FREE to you! Visit Discount code: LACKAMAS"

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.

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Digital Flyer Board

Yelm Community Schools will transition to digital flyers beginning January 15. Peachjar will help us better connect parents, students and the community at large to events, activities, and resources available in the greater Yelm area while reducing the distribution of paper materials.

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. On January 15, every family will receive a welcome email from Peachjar. No action will be required; however, 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 up-to-dates at

March Madness Attendance Competition!

We're here to support you. If your student is experiencing barriers to participating in our remote or hybrid learning program that we could support, please call our Lackamas school counselor, Mrs.Smythe at (360) 894-6016 or email her at

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

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See What's New at Timberland Library!

Yelm Timberland Library is open from 10:00am- 6:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday for curbside pickup of library materials and other services.

Additional services that the Yelm Library provides include:

Virtual Events:

Zoom Baby and Toddler Storytime

Anywhere Book Club (ABC) February - eBooks, eAudio and films with Unlimited Checkouts for Book Groups.

Take and Make Kits: New

The kits in January are: Felt Mountain Garland, Reindeer Garland, Popsicle Stick Catapult Washi Tape Bookmark.

There are Curiosity Kits provided by Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum.

Copying Services: New

Copying, Faxing , Scanning to email or a USB memory stick.

Self Help: New

In a range of subjects including:

Health & Fitness (Breathing Exercises, Habit Breaking, Stress Management, Self Acceptance, Orderliness)

Employment eResources:

Employment Support, Business Development, Career Development, Resume Builder and Community Resources.

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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.

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

Family Access

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

Elementary Schedule

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

Update on Grab & Go Meals at Lackamas

Starting Monday, February 1, Grab and Go meals pick up will be changed to 3-meal packs for hybrid students and 5-meal packs for 100% online students. Students attending onsite will receive breakfast and lunch. We are also removing Southworth as a pick up location. Pick-up times will remain 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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