Kulshan Connect

December 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.

Last Chance for Kulshan Family Survey!

We are still hoping to hear from YOU! If you haven't filled out our Kulshan Family Survey, we encourage you to do so today. We would love to have 100% participation. Your voice is important! Click on this link to take the survey. Thank you!

WE Club Community Outreach

Our Kulshan WE Club wants your help! Most of us are lucky enough to spend the holidays in a warm home with our families, but others in Bellingham aren't so lucky. In an effort to be courageous, kind, and committed, WE Club will be making care packages for the Lighthouse Mission. Starting Monday morning there will be a bin on the stage before school for you to drop off items such as toiletries, snacks, socks, hats and gloves. If you have questions about this WE Club project, please email Shanon Fischer, our club leader. Thank you!

Seeking a Teacher Appreciation Lead Volunteer

Do you think we have awesome teachers? Do you want to be involved at Kulshan, but are limited by time? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Kulshan PTSA needs a volunteer to help with Teacher Appreciation. This person would help PTSA do something special for teachers a few times throughout the year and help us coordinate snacks, etc. during Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring. This job doesn't require much time but has a big impact! Contact Cathy Beecham at cathy_beecham@yahoo.com if you are interested!

Strengthening Family Sign Ups!

Our counselors are opening up our annual Strengthening Families registration. This program is for families who are interested in increasing family strengths, enhancing child development and engaging together as a family. The program starts up in February meets once a week. Strengthening Families works to engage families in parent resilience, social connections, adolescent development, parent support, and social/emotional growth. The program costs $35, but there are scholarships available. If you are interested, please contact either Aaron Tiger or Jen Newbauer.

Cooking with Common Threads

Classes will enjoy monthly cooking lessons through March 12th. Starting in December and into mid-January, students will prepare and taste fresh applesauce with apples harvested from local farms. We will explore a variety of spices including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. Students will bring the recipe home: Look for it! If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact: becky@commonthreadsfarm.org. For more information please visit www.commonthreadsfarm.org

Counseling News

Counselors are continuing to talk to 6th and 7th graders about the Mood Meter, and the Meta Moment in class over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to explore these ideas with them and help them generate useful strategies that they can use in class to focus, and get back into a learning mindset. As the holidays sneak up on us there are a couple of things we wanted to let people know about. First of all, the holidays can be a wonderful time of relaxation, food, family and outdoor activities, but it can also bring stress and questions about gifts and food. We wanted to let you know that there are options out there for families - just click on this link to view local resources. And as always, connect with one of us if you need additional support. Thank you, Aaron Tiger and Jen Newbauer

Saturday, December 8th: Mad Hope Training

Our local community alliances are happy to offer an opportunity to participate in a Youth Suicide Prevention Training, on December 8th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the Brigid Collins Conference Room. The training aims to reduce stigma, shatter myths, and empower individuals to support others in our community. Participants will learn tools to identify warning signs, communicate with compassion, and learn how to connect youth with support and resources. The training is open to adults and youth ages 13+. Refreshments and lunch are provided! Contact madhope@wfcn.org or (360) 738-1196 for click on this flyer for more information.

Washington Health Plan Finder Enrollment Event

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 4-6pm

1330 Lincoln Street

Bellingham, WA

Do you have questions about enrolling into health coverage? Need to renew? We are available to help you for free. These services are free, unbiased, and confidential. What to bring: identification (driver's license, passport, or legal resident card), proof of income, current health plan (if you have one), birth dates for family members, social security numbers, and tax filing status. Contact Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum if you have questions! Thank you!

Raise Money for KMS While You Shop!

Did you know you can help Kulshan while you shop for the holidays? Shopping on Amazon for holiday gifts? You can support Kulshan at the same time by using the link: smile.amazon.com and designating Kulshan. There is no charge to you but a portion of what you spend goes to our PTSA. Shopping for your holiday meal? You can also help PTSA by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Kulshan PTSA 8.3.82. PTSA also collects Box Tops as well. Send them to school with your student, or drop them off in the office.

Lunch Box News

Kulshan students have a new lunch box bin to use while storing their lunch boxes and bags. The bin was made by our amazing Buildings and Grounds team. The clearly labeled bins make it easy for students to find their lunch box by grade level. Additionally, we are trying a new strategy: students can store their lunch boxes in their lockers for safe keeping after lunch. We are trying this strategy for a few weeks to see if this student movement can occur while other grade levels are in classrooms learning. Thank you for your ongoing ideas and suggestions!

Winter Sports - Mark Your Calendar

Are you looking forward to our 6th-8th grade Girls and Boys Wrestling and 7th and 8th grade Girls Volleyball season? Do you need to schedule a sports physical? Feel free to contact Lisa Scott if you have questions about your student's readiness for our Winter 2019 sports season. Registration is due by January 18th and more information is available here.

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