Welcome Back!  We hope your summer was enjoyable.  We are gearing up for another great school year.

Following is an important message for new incoming Kindergarten families:

As we embark on the full day kindergarten journey, our District Task Force has been working hard to ensure our  youngest learners have the best experience possible.  Kindergarten is an exciting time for students and we are committed to supporting this important transition in a manner that builds upon this enthusiasm.  To this end, Springfield Public Schools will be welcoming kindergartners on a ‘staggered start’ schedule.  This means that for the first three days of school, your child will only attend on of the days.  Only a portion of the students will come to school each day, until all students have attended.  Then, all students will come together as a class, on Monday, September 14.  Parent letters will be mailed, on August 27th that will provide details regarding the staggered start schedule and which day your child will be attending school.

We believe this ‘staggered start’ method will be helpful to both your child as well as our kindergarten team.  Many of our kindergarten students have never experienced school before.  This is a new transition for them, especially attending for a full day.  By providing teachers with smaller groups of students, this will eliminate many of the worries our  youngsters may bring.  In addition, this schedule will provide an opportunity for our kindergarten team to get to know all the children through small group activities as they begin to learn about school.  Further, teachers will be able to observe, assess and get to know children and parents before developing class lists.  The purposeful placement of students into kindergarten classrooms will take place on Friday, September 11th and lists will be posted for parent viewing at 4:00 pm.



Please join us in welcoming Megan Knight to our staff.  She will join Mrs. Paschall and Mr. Mabus to complete our 5th grade teaching team.  Megan comes to us from Junction City, where she has taught the past 9 years.  Her husband teaches at TMS and they live in Thurston with their 1 1/2 year old son.  Meagan is super excited to be joining our team and working in her community.


Projected Teaching Staff for 2015-16

Kindergarten:       Deanna Badenoch          

                                Jaylene Crawford

                                Nastalia Raines

First Grade:          Lee Corette                      

                                Bryanna Jones

                                Rayne Pelham

Second Grade:      Jeanette Duncan              

                                Vicki Stritzke  (formally Ferrenburg)

Third Grade:        Lisa Gibson                       

                               Ashley Buchholz

                               Adam Fine 

Fourth Grade:      Heidi Pratt                       

                                Chris Evans

Fifth Grade:          Amy Paschall                   

                                Keith Mabus

                               Megan Knight

Specialists:           Anne Ambros                   Behavior Specialist

                               Trudy Waddell                 Academic Specialist

                               Allyson Hazlehurst          ELD Specialist

                               Jennifer Knapp                 Literacy support

                               Kristin Woodford             Music


Please view our April/May/June Newsletter just added to our Website!

Choose the Newsletter heading in the top bar!  And click on the Feb/March newsletter.  We will also be mailing a copy to each household.  Happy reading!



We strive to be prepared for any emergency that may occur during the school day.  In a effort to be practiced in our procedures we periodically hold drills such as fire, earthquake and our CODE RED & CODE BLUE drills.

A CODE BLUE would be called in the event of unsafe circumstances at a nearby location.  In a CODE BLUE the building is locked down with all doors locked and windows covered.  Students continue to move about the room as usual with supervised visits only to the restrooms located in their pods.

A CODE RED would be called in the event of unsafe circumstances on the school grounds.  In a CODE RED the building is locked down with all doors locked and windows covered.  Lights are turned off and students are moved away from the doorways or windows and huddled down low until the danger no longer exists.

We all hope that we never have to use these drills in a real life situation.  But should we ever need to, we strive to be prepared to insure that our students are safe and secure.  If you have any questions regarding these drills please feel free to call the school office at 541-744-6418


 Springfield Public Schools is committed to preparing all students for a bright and successful future! 

     Yolanda Elementary School is located in Springfield, Oregon. We are a K-5 public school with 425 students, an active PTO and a strong, dedicated staff. Our staff commitment: Every child a proficient reader, writer, thinker and mathematician.

Principal: Jeff Butler
Secretary: Karla Bigelow

School Hours

  • School begins each day for 1st -5th grade at 8:40 AM and is dismissed at 2:45 PM
  • School begins each day for AM Kindergarten at 8:40 AM and is dismissed at 11:15 AM.
  • Office Hours
  • On school days, the office opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.
  • On days when school is not in session but staff are present (e.g. in-service days, conference days, collaboration days, etc.), the office is open from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The office is closed all other days except by appointment.