Kulshan Connect

October 2018

In our Kulshan Community, we are courageous, kind, and committed!

Attendance 360-647-6877

Main Office 360-676-4886 x2

Counseling 360-676-4886 x3

Staff phone extension list.

Si desea esta información en español llame al 676-6456.

October 1 - 12: Middle School Fundraiser

Our PTSA has partnered with the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation to make fundraising simple! Donations to our Middle School fund will directly benefit all our middle schools and their PTSAs. As always, we need the support of extended family and friends so please encourage them to make a contribution too. To be successful, we need everyone’s participation! Suggested donation is $50 per family, but gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated! Your student should have brought home an envelope with details on Friday. If you did not receive one, extras envelopes are available in the office. You may also donate online here. Each donation made, online or via envelope, acts as a raffle ticket. Your student will be entered to win prizes!

Kulshan Middle School Calendar

Click here to view our upcoming events.

October 25 - Pre Winter Sports

Don't forget to register for your Pre-Winter Sport by Thursday, October 25. The first day of practice is Monday, November 5. Click here for more information.

Wed, October 10: Kulshan PTSA Meeting

Join us at 6:15 p.m. for our October Kulshan PTSA Meeting in the Kulshan Library! Our guest spekaer is Superintenent Dr. Greg Baker. He will be discussing a variety of topics, including Promise Priorities. There will also be time for Q&A. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Are You in a Gardening Mood?

Fall is such an exciting season in the garden: Kids are harvesting and seed-saving! And it’s the season for planting cover crops to make healthy soil, and covering our garden beds with mulch to protect from the coming winter rains.You’re welcome to volunteer this fall! There are LOTS of ways to get involved. Please let me know if you’re interested: becky@commonthreadsfarm.org

Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 6pm

1306 Dupont Street

Bellingham, WA

A sexual health education informational meeting for parents/guardians of students in grades 5-12 will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The meeting will be held at the District Office, 1306 Dupont Street. Families will learn why sexual health education matters in our schools and will be introduced to resources to help them start important conversations with their children. Topics will include HIV/AIDS prevention information. The materials and curriculum used in classrooms will also be shared. These materials can also be previewed online later in October. Contact Wellness at (360) 676-6470, ext. 6533 with any questions or concerns.

Free Dental Clinic at Kulshan

Unity Care NW's Free Dental Clinic will be held at Kulshan on Friday, November 30, 2018. Dental services include dental exam, sealants, and flouride. To register, complete the registration form by Tuesday, November 20th. Click here for the registration form and information. Hard copies of the registration form are also available in the Kulshan main office.

Free and Reduced Applications for 2018-2019

Families that qualified for free and reduced meals last school year, or believe they qualify this year, are encouraged to submit a new application before Oct. 11, 2018. The 30-day grace period for last year’s meal status ends on Oct. 11 and will return to full-pay for families that have not turned in a new application for the 2018-19 school year. This year’s application is available online or on page 41 of the Family Handbook and Calendar mailed to families in August.

After School Dinner Program

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, Bellingham Public Schools will offer free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 6, 2019, except on middle school early dismissal days. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). Please note that accompanying adults are charged $4. All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and to go options are not available. The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Weather Procedures, Snow Routes, School Closures and Delays

If there are big weather events, Bellingham Public Schools will use a variety of methods to keep you informed. Check here for specific information.

Skyward Access

Are you wondering how to access Skyward to check attendance, grades, or progress reports? Click here for easy to follow instructions!

Our Kulshan Counseling Team

Aaron Tiger - Counselor

Jen Newbauer - Counselor

Viry Ferreira - Registrar

360-676-4886 #3

Safe Schools Anonymous Reporting

Bellingham Public Schools uses Safe Schools Alert to allow students to anonymously report safety concerns including bullying, harassment, intimidation and more. Students may report anonymously:

Web: bellinghamschools.org/safe

Text or phone call: 844-310-9560

Email: 1491@alert1.us

Accepting Bottle Cork Donations

Do you have a stash of bottle corks at home? Please drop them off in our Main Office. We are using them for an Extended Learning activity. Thank you!

Easy Ways to Support Kulshan PTSA

Don’t forget there are easy ways to help PTSA. Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card and Amazon account to the Kulshan Middle School PTSA. It will cost you $0! Clip and send Box Tops to school. Most importantly, join the PTSA! Forms are available in the office, or clicking this link.

Kulshan Office Hours

Main office 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Attendance 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Counseling 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Annual Garden Dinner

Please join us for the 8th Annual Harvest Dinner, Thursday, October 26, 5-7pm at Whatcom Middle School Cafeteria. A seasonal menu will feature foods grown, prepared and served by kids involved in our programs! Garden tastings will include cucumbers and carrots harvested from our garden.The whole family will enjoy live entertainment including craft activities, string band music, garden tours, and the Community Food Co-op’s Real Food Show!Please visit the Commons Threads website for more info.