Friday, March 26th, 2021
Dear BFPP families,
As our comprehensive neighborhood schools have been returning students to in-person learning, we’ve been getting some questions about returning to on campus learning here at BFPP.
Prior to the COVID-19 closures, we offered enrichment classes on site, but our primary focus at BFPP has always been supporting home learning. During this time we get to continue to prioritize our relationships and commitment to family engagement and personalized learning options. Together, we have built a community where our families can make choices about what they feel is most important in the lives and learning of their children. On-campus learning has always been optional and enrichment-oriented--enrichment classes are the extra cherry on top of the BFPP sundae!
Even though we are continuing to focus on relationships, engagement, and personalized learning options, we are excited by the many ways we have been innovative and flexible during this time. Last quarter we offered a theatre class that meets monthly for outdoor performances as a group, a weekly park day, alternative physical education at Cornwall Park, and Lego Engineering on campus meeting outside. And this quarter we get to offer even more. We will be sending out a list of classes that still have some openings and will highlight those with in-person opportunities.
We are continuing to offer virtual enrichment classes, and are also working with the district COVID safety team to identify ways in which our families and students can gather on campus. For example, after spring break we plan to offer open playground and “blanket brigade” to facilitate connection and community.
As we create more opportunities for students and families to connect with each other, whether virtually or in person as conditions allow, I will share them with you.
Hugs from afar, k
Mark Your Calendars
- Quarter Three Classes end on Friday, April 2nd.
- Quarter Four Classes begin Monday, April 12th
- April 5th - 9th is Spring Break
- April 28th & May 3rd: Children's Art Walk submissions accepted
- BFPP Talent Show: Wednesday, May 19 at 1:30
- Celebration of Learning: Wednesday, June 9 at 1:30
More info coming soon!
Math Made Manageable
Monday, March 29th from 1-2pm
BFPP parent Heidi Zollner will offer support and resources you can use to navigate teaching math at home with consistency and intentionality. We'll identify the nuts and bolts of creating a 'math buffet' for your learner and troubleshoot common difficulties. This is mostly a repeat of our fall workshop.
RSVP here for ZOOM link: https://forms.gle/LHXp28aSS4y7qA8v9
Supporting Your Struggling Reader 2 Day Series
Some children learn to read by example. They see and hear others reading to them and magically pick it up. They make attempts at sounding words out and then are off and running. Others do not. They struggle to learn to decode and retain letter sounds or sight words. Approaching a book can cause tears and frustration. When we have a reader who struggles to enter this magical world called Reading, we can feel helpless.
In this Learning Together Workshop, we will spend 2 sessions together working to build our knowledge and skills around how to help support our readers who struggle. We will build an understanding of how the brain works and how reading and language is processed. We will create the agenda for the second day around the needs you have. I am excited to work with you to support your reader. Please come prepared to be present with cameras on and a willingness to share in large or small groups.
Supporting Your Struggling K-2 Reader
April 12th and April 19th 1:00-2:00 (please attend both Mondays)
Supporting Your Struggling 3-5 Reader
April 26th and May 3rd 1:00-2:00 (please attend both Mondays)
Can’t attend on a Monday?? These classes repeat on Friday mornings in May/June!!
Please RSVP to Carrie Vining with the 2 day session you’ll be joining.
Book Club: Becoming Better Grownups
May 10th & May 24th
Order your book now and have fun reading! More information coming soon...
Becoming Better Grownups by Brad Montague
A New York Times-bestselling author looks for the meaning of a good life by seeking advice from the very young and the very old.
"When his first book tour ended, Brad Montague missed hearing other people's stories so much that he launched what he dubbed a Listening Tour. First visiting elementary schools and later also nursing homes and retirement communities, he hoped to glean new wisdom as to how he might become a better grownup. Now, in this playful and buoyant book, he shares those insights with rest of us --timeless, often surprising lessons that bypass the head we're always stuck in, and go straight to the heart we sometimes forget."
Oh, The Possibilities!
It's time for Children's Art Walk once again. This year our theme is "Oh, The Possibilities!" and we are hoping to get a rough estimate of how many BFPP families are interested in participating. We are encouraging families and students to get creative and use what they can find around the house to create a piece they'd like to share.
This year we also have a volunteer art teacher offering to provide a lesson on Zoom to interested students. Date and details to be announced once we know how many students are interested.
For our local Art Walk, students are asked to submit one piece of art that will be displayed in the window of a local business for 2 weeks in May. Submissions may be dropped off at BFPP during normal materials pick-up times, Wednesday April 28th or Wednesday May 3rd. Please include Students Name, Grade Level, Title, and Medium.
Salish Sea Stewardship Program & Virtual Field Trip to San Juan Island
You're invited to participate in the Salish Sea Experience Stewardship Program, recommended for 3rd-5th graders.
- Nine 15-minute videos educating students about the Salish Sea, how we impact it, and how we can cultivate positive habits to protect it. Videos are available until June 18, 2021.
- Guidebook with supplemental information for the Stewardship videos and field trip along with bandannas, stickers, and a family whale adoption certificate will be provided free of charge.
- Copies of Explore the Salish Sea by Joe Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict are available through the BFPP Library.
- Upcoming presentation (tbd) by Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales. Jeff keeps students awed with humor and learning and empowers them with ways they can help the Southern Resident Killer Whales with his “Kids Make A Difference Now” program and coveted killer whale trading cards.
- Field Trip: A field trip video will be ready for viewing by Mid-April. We'll go to Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island to learn about Southern Resident killer whales, explore tidepools, and learn about the park itself. We'll visit both American and English Camps to learn the history of the Pig War and look at the geology of the area.
TO RECEIVE A PACKET OF SUPPLIES (guidebook, bandannas, stickers, and a whale adoption certificate) email Annie with the following information by today, March 26:
1. How many packets will you need? (guidebook, bandannas, stickers per person)
2. What name(s) would you like on the whale adoption certificate? Ex: Gordon Family or Blair and Lyndsay Gordon (One per family)
You will be notified when packets are available for pickup in the Family Partnership office.
Lunch Bunch Coding Club ~ Wednesdays at 12pm
Extra Plants Wanted!
Paging all you green thumbs out there! If you're dividing plants this spring, the garden committee would love your extras to give them a home in the garden at BFPP. Please contact Jackie if you have plants you'd like to donate. Thanks and happy planting!
Butterflies and Moths
Creando Connections ~ Exploring World Cultures
Also take a look at the World Dance Party classroom! Not only will you find dances from the BHS Dance team, but you can explore interesting cultural information about different countries, including their music, history, language and food. Eleven countries are represented, including Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Trinidad.
Spring Break Special Meal Box
Weekly meal box pickup for all Bellingham School District students continues on Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm. Next Wednesday, March 31st, double meal boxes will be available for pick up. There will be no meal box distribution during Spring Break.
Pandemic EBT 2.0 is here
Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.
If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282
Kindergarten Registration Fall 2021
Registration for kindergarten has begun in Bellingham Public Schools. All children who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2021 can be registered for kindergarten. Families can register their kindergartner online on our kindergarten webpage.
Kindergarten open house videos and virtual tours will be posted on school websites and sent to registered kindergarten families in May.
For Your Consideration...
8 Amazing Benefits of Homeschool vs Public Schools: "Making the switch to homeschooling comes with lots of benefits. Some of the common arguments around public school’s advantages are specialized teachers and an environment where kids can socialize with their peers and acquire important life skills as a result, but these perks aren’t exclusive to public schools. In fact, homeschooling offers additional benefits that public schools aren’t equipped to provide."