YCS New Year 2019 E-Newsletter
Superintendent
Brian Wharton
Happy New Year to the Families
of Yelm Community Schools
It is wonderful to see students and staff return with great enthusiasm and jumped right back into learning.
Be Prepared for Weather and Closures
As the weather this weekend reminded us, we need to prepare our students for potential changes. Stay informed by checking our website or social media. Automated calls, emails and text messages will also be sent to guardians as soon as we have all the information to make a decision.
District News
Safety Series #2 - HIB/Cyber Bullying/Human Trafficking
Join us on January 16 for the second of four safety workshops to be h eld at Yelm Middle School. A special guest speaker, Khurshida Begum, will join us and share her personal story of human trafficking. We also have law enforcement, educators and Shared Hope joining our panel.

Join us at 5:30pm to visit with community organizations followed by the panel at 6pm. A limited supply of pizza has been provided by Costco.
Donate to Support Meal Balances
Last year we set up a donation account called the "Compassion Fund" at each school. So far we have received about $350. In prior years, our district had a very low negative balance amount (typically around $500 per year). However, that has changed because the 2018 legislature passed the "Hunger Free Students Bill of Rights" assuring all student will receive a full meal regardless of having money on their account.

One of the unintended consequences of that bill was a significant increase in unpaid meal debt at districts across the state. Yelm has over $21,000 in negative balances. If you would like to assist the students in Yelm, you can make a donation at any school or the district office.
Spotlights
If you have not registered or need to update your address, visit myvote.wa.gov to update your information. If you have registered but are currently living out of area, you can update your mailing address to have the ballot delivered to you. Go online by January 14. New registrations can be done in person by February 4 at the Thurston or Pierce County Election Office.
Mill Pond Accepted to No Excuses University
Congratulations go out to Mill Pond Elementary who became our fourth No Excuses University Network School last week. Being part of the Network is about the commitment to build and refine exceptional systems including a culture of universal achievement, standards-aligned instruction, collaboration, assessment, data management and interventions. We are really proud of Mill Pond for its work and for joining Lackamas, Yelm Middle School and McKenna as formal Network partners. 
Get Automated Calls Quicker by Opting In to Text Messaging
It takes over 45 minutes to send a phone message and 1 second to push out a text.

Get information quickly by Opting In to School Messenger text messages. One important step is to be sure your cell number is in our Skyward system.

Ask your school for assistance if you need to update information before you Opt In by texting YES to 67587.
Bond Information
Know the Facts  ----  Clarify Your Understanding  ----  Share with Others
Learn more about the bond safety projects and the two replacement buildings recommended by the Community Facilities Committee. More information is available about each school.
Calendar Highlights
Jan 10: School Board Meeting @ SW 6pm
Jan 16 : Temperance & Good Citizen Day
Jan 16 : Safety Series #2 @ YMS 5:30pm
Jan 21 : NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr Day
Jan 24: School Board Meeting @ DO 6pm
Jan 25 : 1/2 Day - End of Semester
Jan 26: School Board Retreat
Feb: Career & Technical Education Month
Feb 6: College/Career Registration Night @ YHS 6pm
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, gregory_davis@ycs.wednet.edu; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120, lisa_cadero-smith@ycs.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, shannon_powell@ycs.wednet.edu. Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.
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