Kulshan Connect

January 2020

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

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Local Author Visits Kulshan

On March 19, Kulshan is hosting local author Christine Day, who wrote I Can Make This Promise. Day is a member of the Upper Skagit tribe and the book takes place in both Seattle and the Suquamish ancestral lands. This book will be read aloud and discussed in 6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Language Arts classes. We are also setting up a Village Books pre-sale prior to the author visit.

Kulshan Clubs

Did you know that Kulshan has 23 clubs? Check out our list of Kulshan Clubs and find a group that sparks your interest. Clubs are a great way to connect with friends and meet new friends in the New Year!

Basketball and Dance-Tumbling Photos

Is your child participating in a Pre Winter Sport? (Basketball or Dance/Tumbling) We have our Pre Winter Sports Photo Order forms in our main office. Parents can choose from two sizes: 5x7 ($5.00) or 8x10 ($10.00). Please make check payable to KMS. Please place your order by January 24, 2020. Order forms are available in our main office or online here.

Save the Date for our Winter Social!

The ASB is planning the Winter Social for Friday, January 24 from 4:00-6:00 PM in our Kulshan Commons. During the Winter Social, students enjoy dancing, snacking, and socializing. This is still a proposal date, so if there are changes, we will send the new details to all KMS parents and students.

Important Dates

Monday, January 6: Return to school
Monday, January 20: MLK Jr. Day/ No School
Tuesday, January 21: Winter Sports Registration due (Boys/Girls Wrestling and Girls Volleyball)
Friday, January 24: Last Day of Semester 1
Friday, January 24: KMS Winter Social from 4:00-6:00 PM
Monday, January 27: No school/ Teacher work day
Tuesday, January 28: First day of Winter Sports practice (Wrestling and Volleyball - both at 4:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 29: KMS Solo Ensemble
Saturday, February 1: Regional Junior Ensemble and Solo

A Thank You to Our Kulshan Family

We wanted to send out a huge thank you for your outpouring of love and support for our entire Kulshan Middle School family. We are humbled and honored to be a part of a community that jumps in and gives so freely to wrap up our families in need. From our food pantry to our Snowflake Giving sign up, you all have exceeded all of our wishes and hopes for taking care of our students and we appreciate you. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you. – from the Counseling Team at Kulshan Middle School

Jan. 22: Open Gym Starts

We are excited to start Open Gym with Mr. Sytsma beginning on January 22, every Wednesday and Friday morning from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. You do not need to sign up to Open Gym. Just show up during this time to have fun playing basketball or soccer. Open Gym is available to all students, any grade. We will run Open Gym every Wednesday and Friday morning from January 22 until Spring Break.

Strengthening Families 2020

Registration for the Strengthening Families Program is now open. Designed for families of youth who are ages 10 to 14, Strengthening Families is a nationally recognized program to enhance parenting skills, strengthen family bonds, learn effective communication and solve problems together. The upcoming winter sessions will be held in English at Kulshan Middle School starting Feb. 11 and in Spanish at Shuksan Middle School beginning Jan. 8. At Kulshan Middle School, it will run from 5:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 through March 24, 2020. Click here to register. At Shuksan Middle School, it will run from 6:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, 2020. Register in person at the Family Resource Center, Portable D at Shuksan (no online registration).

Mood Meter for Parents

As you might know, we use a social emotional curriculum called RULER, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Mood Meter is an important part of the RULER curriculum. Our students know the Mood Meter well and they can explain how to use it. Families can use the Mood Meter at home. You could even try modeling this with your kids this weekend: Tell your child how you are feeling and then you and your student can identify the "mood" on the Mood Meter. If you have time, you can explain why you are in that "mood" and where you want to go next. There is also a really helpful Mood Meter app you can download for free.

Meta Moment

Another useful part of our RULER curriculum is the Meta Moment. Adults and students use the Meta Moment to help direct their emotions in a useful way.

  1. Sense: Notice a change in your body or mind.
  2. Pause: Wait to respond. Breathe to think more clearly.
  3. See your best self: Imagine your best self in a situation.
  4. Strategize and Act: Think of a strategy, and try it out.

Confetti Slaw Recipe

We've finished our December recipe "Confetti Slaw: with incredible success! Coleslaw comes from the Dutch word koolsla meaning “cabbage salad.” Cabbage is December’s Harvest of the Month vegetable for its ability to grow well during this colder month and its high vitamin A and K content. Our Confetti Slaw recipe is based on a menu item offered in Bellingham School lunches. Students learn to "chiffonade" the cabbage and leafy greens (an efficient technique for cutting leaves into very small pieces), shred carrots, and create their own vinaigrette with olive oil, rice vinegar, and seasonings. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Kulshan's Common Threads Food Educator: ruby@commonthreadsfarm.org - For more information please visit www.commonthreadsfarm.org

Lost and Found Clothing & Lunch Boxes

Be sure to stop by KMS and grab your Lost & Found items! We have many lunch bags, coats, and sweatshirts in our Lost and Found. We recommend that parents write their student's name clearly on the outside or inside of their lunch box and clothing items. This helps us reunite students and items. Please check our Lost and Found Area in the Commons. Our PTSA donates Lost and Found items to local charities every 4-5 weeks. Thank you!

KMS Account at Wee Ones Reruns

We have created a consignment account at Wee Ones ReRuns (next to Trader Joes) for Kulshan Middle School. You can request that your Wee Ones proceeds go to Kulshan Middle School’s account. Our school will get the credit for the items that sell. (They will give us 40% of the sale price of each item, which goes towards our KMS PTSA.) Our account code is K945 but if you forget, they have this on file. A special thank you to parent Teddi Johnson Anshus, our Kulshan Clothing Closet Coordinator.

A Message from Wellness and Food Services

As Bellingham Public Schools begin winter break, we want to remind families that the Bellingham Food Bank and the food pantries at Alderwood Elementary and Christ the King Church will remain open over the next two weeks but on a slightly abridged schedule. Please share this schedule with any family who may need these services.

Families are allowed to visit food bank sites two times per week. First time visitors need to bring proof of address within the Bellingham city limits dated within the past 30 days.

Visitors may pick up food for two households total. (If you are picking up for another household, please bring a note from that family with their names listed as well as proof of address.)

Families are welcome to visit the food banks at the following times and locations:

Bellingham Food Bank main location — 1824 Ellis Street
Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1 to 6 p.m. Closed 12/25 and 1/1
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christ the King Community Church pantry — 4173 Meridian Street
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 24/Open Dec. 31

Alderwood Elementary School pantry — 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Open regular schedule on Dec. 19 and 26

Thank you to the Bellingham Food Bank for their invaluable partnership in reducing food insecurity in our community.

Now Hiring in Bellingham Public Schools!

Are you interested in any of our substitute positions? We are interviewing and hiring substitutes custodial, food service and bus drivers. We encourage you (and people you know) to apply. Please tell your neighbors, friends, and family. You are our best recruiters!

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

Kulshan Middle School 1250 Kenoyer Drive Bellingham, WA 98229 360-676-4886