2023-24 McKenna Elementary Student Handbook

  • Dear McKenna Families,

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child(ren) into our McKenna Elementary School community for the 2023-24 school year. My name is Jodi Jarmin and I am the principal at McKenna Elementary. This is my 22nd year in education and most of it has been with Yelm Community Schools. I am so honored to be here at McKenna and I know this year is going to be amazing! I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside the amazing staff at McKenna!  If you are returning, then you already know what a great school we have.  If you are new to McKenna, you will find our school is outstanding for many reasons.  First, we have hard-working and dedicated staff members who genuinely care about their students and plan meaningful and engaging lessons for your child (ren).  Next, we have AWESOME students!  McKenna Mountain Lions work on a different character trait each month as they learn and grow.

    Finally, McKenna's parents are the best!  They support the teachers and the school and are actively involved in the daily activities within the school.  Our staff encourages and appreciates your involvement at school, whether it is through classroom assistance, PTA activities, or active communication with your child’s teacher.  We hope to see and hear from you often.  Please sign up to volunteer and remember to join our PTA!

    We are a No Excuses University school.  This motivating program is a way for the staff at McKenna to set up six exceptional systems to help all students achieve.  Along with these six systems, comes the belief that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college if they so choose to attend.  Each classroom has adopted a university and teachers take time each month to talk about college and careers.  We want our students to know that the road to college begins here at McKenna!

    This handbook was developed as a communication link between the Yelm School District, McKenna Elementary School, and you.  I hope it provides the necessary information, explanation of procedures, and outlines policies that are critical to a successful operation.  Please read this handbook and keep it in a safe place for you to review when needed.

    Again, welcome!  I value open communication, so please feel free to contact me.   I would love to meet you!


    Jodi Jarmin, Principal