Friday, November 13th, 2020

Principal's Corner ~ Gratitude

Hello BFPP Families,

When I asked Siri for a definition of gratitude she shared: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

At this time of year I like to consider what I am grateful for and this definition brings some additional considerations. I have an image of the quality of being thankful. It is full of love and grace for self and others. It is giving and receiving. It is humble, compassionate, and open.

Then there is a call to do something. It is with “readiness to show appreciation” that we are moved to actively demonstrate that which we are thankful for; to do something to share our gratitude. There are so many small and bigger ways to show appreciation. Whether a heartfelt thank you, a hug, a note, a nod, a smile, a handshake, or an act in return. To follow with to return kindness. We could all use a little return to kindness don’t you think.

At my Thanksgiving table (which will be a lot smaller this year), I will share my thankfuls, you among them. With hope that we can share the quality of being thankful, with a readiness to show appreciation for and to return KINDNESS.

Thank you BFPP Families!

With love and hugs from afar, k

Reminder: 2nd Quarter Classes Begin Monday, November 16th

Movie Night

We hope you can join us tonight to watch and discuss the short film Almost Famous: The Lost Astronaut.

What can we learn from the lives of those who almost achieved fame? This 13-minute film touches on themes of fame, racism and overcoming disappointment.

Showing TONIGHT at 6:30 PM:

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Literacy Routines + Inquiry Cycles = Learning Independence

Join teacher and homeschooler Erin McCarthy on November 18th @ 10:00-11:30am

This workshop will push deeper into our homeschooling practices by reminding families of the Daily 5 to promote literacy learning and introducing them to Inquiry Cycles to foster learner motivation. This workshop is for all families who are curious about using routine literacy practices (and not a specific curriculum) to delve deeply into student-led learning. It will emphasize learning routines for mid-level learners (grades 4-8+) and will include:

  • A review of the Daily 5 of literacy learning: read to self, read to others, listen to reading, word work, and journal writing
  • A brief introduction to different types of Inquiry Cycles
  • A quick tool for integrating Inquiry Cycles at home
  • Q & A about best practices in homeschool literacy learning

Enrollment will be limited to foster engagement and interaction, so please RSVP Erin at by 3pm Tuesday (Nov. 17th) for your spot in this learning lab.

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The Doodler ~ First Edition

Have you had a chance to read this year's first edition of our school newspaper?

The Doodler

This year your hardworking BFPP newspaper staff members are:

Parker Kiniry, Aiden Shupack, Ian Rule, Kaila Boag (and editor Kylee Boag who is a 9th grader this year but she returned just to help us out!), Maia Caprice, Ryla Sabado, Penelope Longman, Clara Jackson, Ella Brannan and Bianca Mariotti.

Keep an eye out for our Doodler Dudette hidden throughout the pages!

Since we can’t wander the halls watching each of you smile with a paper in your hand, please reach out and tell our reporters you appreciate their work and let them know what you’d like them to report on next.

Happy Reading,

Erica Wolverton

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Welcome Baby Santhi!

Congratulations to BFPP student Luna and her family! She became a big sister to baby Santhi on November 8th. She's already read him his first book!
Do you have a birthday coming up? A celebration to share? Have you written a poem, completed a science project, built a LEGO creation, knit something new, or made an awesome game in Scratch?

Send your celebrations big and small to Heidi Zollner to include them in upcoming S'more editions.

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Spirit Wear and Scholastic Book Orders Due Soon

Are you planning on ordering some spirit wear or books? The deadline for both is coming up on Friday, November 20th. Items should arrive before winter break.

Drop off your spirit wear order forms and payment during Wednesday's material pick-up times at BFPP (9-11am and 4:30-5:30pm) or make other arrangements with the office (360-676-6424). Please contact Sue Watson with questions.

Order your Scholastic Books online with the BFPP Class Code: RT8NH. You can choose to have your order shipped to school for free, or to your home (free with $25 purchase). Please contact Heidi Zollner with questions.

BFPP Village Books Day

It's getting closer! Tuesday, December 8th is Village Books Day for BFPP!

As they did last year, Village Books is generously donating 20% of our purchases on this day to our school library. This is a wonderful chance to support our local bookstore and our school at the same time.

Books, gift cards, toys, games....everything from Village Books or Paper Dreams is eligible!

For in-store purchases: Print out, fill out and bring in the form below. Don't have a way to print? Contact Heidi Zollner for a paper copy.

For online purchases: Type "BFPP" in the comments box on the Village Books ordering website.

Multilingual Storytime

Hard-working (and tech savvy!) students at Bellingham High School have created a virtual space for enjoying read alouds in different languages. Check it out here!

Whatcom Virtual Farm Circle

Whatcom Family Farmers has launched the Virtual Farm Circle, transforming a traditionally in-person event to an online activity for this fall in response to pandemic restrictions.

Created with third graders in mind, the online activity uses a set of three illustrated maps, showing a dairy farm, raspberry farm and seed potato farm, to direct students to a series of short videos highlighting various aspects of local agriculture. Accompanying worksheets guide the students through the activities.

Lynden Museum Pathways

Lynden Pioneer Museum is exploring a different theme each month, offering at-home activities and interesting local history through their Facebook page. October's theme was Foodways, while currently they're exploring Threadways - fiber arts.

Thank you!

Thanks for your support of BFPP's very successful Mod Pizza fundraiser! We received $298 for our school to use for things like playground equipment, new library books, and assemblies.