Letter from the Principal

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  • Welcome to Lackamas!

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    We would like to welcome you and your family to Lackamas Elementary School.  Our pledge is to strive to create learning environments where the academic achievement of our students knows no bounds.  Our ONE goal is that every student, without exception or excuse, will meet or exceed grade level proficiency targets in English Language Arts (reading/writing) and mathematics.  We are a member of the No Excuses University Network of schools, 300+ strong across the country that understand the importance of instilling in students, as early as elementary school, the belief that after high school comes more education in order to prepare for a great career of their choice.  The foundation is laid here at the elementary level.  You will hear your student(s) talking about career and college throughout the school year.  We focus on four-year universities at the elementary level and as students move through our school system, they will become familiar with the many other valuable alternatives, such as our military, trade schools, apprenticeships, and community colleges.

    Your children will be engaged in a rigorous curriculum that will challenge their skills and levels of thinking.  They will have the opportunity to attend specialist classes such as art, music, PE, technology, and band (5th graders only) each week.  Over the course of the year, there will be enrichment opportunities offered in a variety of areas, such as leadership, dance, robotics, coding, and possibly others.  While academics are at the core of what we do, extra-curricular activities play a role as well in developing the whole child.

    We feel that education is a partnership between school and home.  This partnership is a vital link in our efforts to provide an exceptional educational experience.  At Lackamas, we encourage and invite all parents and guardians to join us as we work together to create an exciting year of learning for all children.

    We hope that you find this handbook to be a useful tool throughout the school year.  Please sign and return the acknowledgment page (on the last page of the handbook) to the school.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school as soon as possible at 360-894-6000 (phone) or 360-894-6002 (fax).  You may contact me through email at starla_watson@ycs.wednet.edu.  Our school website can be found at Yelm Community Schools.  You can find up-to-date information on upcoming events and a current calendar.

    We Thank you for your support and the opportunity to play an important role in the life and education of your child(ren).


    Starla Watson