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Announcements :: Week of February 15

Monday, 2/15. No School/ Holiday

Wednesday, 2/17. 4-5:30pm. Food Box and Book Pick Up.

Thursday, 2/18. Grade 6 (M-Z at school)

Monday, 2/22. Grade 6 (A-L at school)

Thursday, 2/25. Grade 7 (M-Z at school). Monday 3/1 (A-L at school).

Thursday, 3/4. Grade 8 (M-Z at school). Monday 3/8 (A-L at school).

Wishing you good health and prosperous year of the ox

February 14, 2021

Shuksan Families,

There is a lot of information to process about Hybrid and In-Person Learning. We want families to know that Gr6 students with last names M-Z will start at school on Thursday, 2/18 (students A-L stay at home).

Have questions about safety protocols? You can read about the district's reconnect plan and safety protocols here. You can also watch this recorded middle-school safety webinar.

If you have any questions, we want to answer them. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Counseling Staff Emails

Administrator Emails

Stay warm and Happy Lunar New Year!


Matt Whitten

SMS Principal

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In-Person Learning Begins 2/18 for Grade6

As you may have read from Dr. Baker’s recent message, we plan to bring our middle school students back for in-person learning beginning on February 18th. We are excited to have our students back at school.

What is a hybrid model?

Middle School students will attend school in a hybrid model, which means that they will be learning both in-person and remotely. Teachers will deliver whole group instruction via Zoom to all students (both in-person and remote students). Teachers will be checking in with both in-person and remote students during practice time. Students at school will have an assigned seat and will be required to follow COVID safety protocols that include wearing a mask, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, physical distancing from others. Each student will receive training on our school safety protocols during homeroom before the first day of in person learning.

We also realize that some families may not be ready for the in-person return to school. You may choose to remain in remote learning.

On what days will my student attend school?

Cohorts Linked to Students' Last Names

  • If you last name starts with letters A-L, your students are on campus Mondays and Tuesdays (A Cohort). Our Wednesday schedule stays the same (Homeroom only, asynchronous learning). On Thursdays and Fridays, your students continue remote live learning from home.
  • If you last name starts with letters M-Z, your students are on campus Thursdays and Fridays (B Cohort). Our Wednesday schedule stays the same (Homeroom only, asynchronous learning). On Mondays and Tuesdays, your students continue remote learning from home.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We are happy to share this January 2021 newsletter listing heritage months, cultural celebrations, holidays and other information supporting the important work of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in Bellingham Public Schools.

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Bellingham Community Meals ** last Saturday of the month


  • These free meals are the last Saturday of each month from January through October.
  • Due to Covid restrictions they are serving only To Go Meals from 12:30-2:30.
  • Meals served at Assumption Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave.

NW BAPTIST : 3545 Northwest Ave

  • breakfast beginning at 8:30am until we run out.
  • meal, coffee or hot chocolate and a fruit.
  • starts 2/27
  • served by Northwest Baptist Church and The Bridge Church

*NEW* Keep Kids Drug Free :: February Issue

Great ideas from Kelly Giles, the Student Assistance Professional at Shuksan

SMS Counseling Team

Ms. Besson and Ms. Cowan are excited to connect with you and to support families and students in a variety of ways.

  • Questions: schedule, community resources, or just want to chat, please contact Ms. Besson at (360) 746-4132 and Ms. Cowan at (360) 303-2818.
  • Zoom counseling with students! Let us or your Homeroom Teacher know you'd like to do weekly check ins.
  • Counseling referrals for Compass Counseling. Please contact us and we will walk you through a referral packet to get counseling started.


Ms. Besson

Ms. Cowan

Skyward Info for Families

How to use Skyward to connect with students about their learning

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