Cordata Elementary School

April 2019 Newsletter

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Congratulations to Ms. Nigretto - GREAT TEACHING Promise Award Winner for Bellingham Public Schools

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Each year, our school system awards a variety of Promise Awards to honor the hard work, dedication, and excellence of teachers, support staff, and community partners making a difference in the lives of Bellingham's children! This year, Alexa Nigretto, one of our outstanding kindergarten teachers, is the winner of the Great Teaching award. Superintendent Greg Baker surprised her and all of our primary students and teachers at an assembly on Friday, March 22. Congratulations, Ms. Nigretto!

Spring Gardening with Common Threads

A message from Margo, our wonderful garden educator:

Hello and happy April! We’re delighted to be back in the garden! Students are cultivating and planting garden beds with peas, lettuce, broccoli, radishes, and much more! If your student enjoys gardening and cooking, check out Common Threads' Spring and Summer break camps! Need-based scholarships are available! Visit for more info. Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ 5th annual Dirt Fest on Wednesday, April 24th:Join the Common Threads team for a community-wide garden party at Carl Cozier Elementary 2:30 - 4pm. For more info, please contact me:

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2019

Registration for kindergarten begins March 1 in Bellingham Public Schools. Please register at your neighborhood school.

We offer a full-time kindergarten program at all elementary schools at no cost to district families. Students attend kindergarten on the regular elementary school schedule from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten.

Kindergarten open houses and tours begin in early May.

To find out more about attendance areas, registration and required immunizations, please visit or contact our elementary schools directly.

Mark your calendars - UPCOMING DATES

  • April 19 - Spring Social, hosted by Cordata PTA - a Hawaiian Themed evening of dancing, food and family FUN!
  • April 22 - Promise K Family Night
  • May 13 - General PTA Meeting
  • May 24 - Bike Rodeo, grades 3, 4 and 5
  • June 7 - 5th grade track meet
  • June 19 - Field Day
  • June 20 - last day of school

Cordata PTA News

We are in search of volunteers to join the PTA board for 2019-20! What exactly does that mean? Well, if you are a person who . . .

  • enjoys connecting with others in the Cordata community
  • wants to help plan fun, community-building events for Cordata students and families
  • likes being part of a team

Then the PTA board is for you! You will work alongside Cordata administration and staff, as well as community partners, so that the work isn't overwhelming for any one person, and we can all enjoy seeing the positive effects of our work!

Please contact the Cordata PTA if you're interested in joining us, as a PTA member or a board member or BOTH!

Other PTA News:

We are also looking for two volunteers to be part of the Nominating Committee (two volunteers to identify candidates for the PTA Board for the 2019-2020 school year). All board positions are currently available and elections will be held in May or June.

We are also looking for one more volunteer to do the PTA's mid year financial review.

If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities or have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Contact Cordata Elementary

There are many ways to stay connected! Check out our website, follow us on Facebook or Instagram, email or call our office. You're our partners in educating your chidlren, and we want to stay in touch!

Contact the Cordata PTA

Do you have questions about the PTA? How can you help volunteer at school and/or from home? What events are coming up? Follow/message us on Facebook, or send us an email. We look forward to connecting with you!

Lost and Found

Our lost and found area is filled with warm winter jackets, hats and gloves your child(ren) have left at school. If you find things are missing at home, stop by and look through our lost and found area for your items.