April 21, 2022
KMS Spirit Week
We are excited to announce our spring sprit week starting next week! Please join us in showing your sprit for the awesome Kulshan Thunderbird community.
Monday, April 25: PJ Day- Wear your comfiest clothes... but there's no snoozin' in class.
Tuesday, April 26: Twin Day-Grab a friend and some matching gear. Let's see if we can tell you apart?
Wednesday, April 27: Dress Up As Teacher Day-Show them your appreciation by dressing up like them! Can be any KMS teacher or staff member.
Thursday, April 28: High School Color Day-What high school will you attend? Show us by wearing their school colors!
Friday, April 29: Thunderbird Throwdown-TBird Classes: Come together as a team and show us your theme! (There are prizes for each grade)
We hope everyone will participate to show our Kulshan Spirit!
A Message from our PTSA
May 2-6 is Staff Appreciation Week! Let's show how much we appreciate our amazing Kulshan Staff! Each day of the week we will have a different theme with special treats each day:
- Monday: "Breakfast of Champions"
- Tuesday: :You Have a Pizza Our Heart"
- Wednesday: "May the Fourth Be With Teachers"
- Thursday: "Nacho Average Teacher"
- Friday: "So Sweet Staff"
Use the links below to click on your child's grade level and donate! We understand it is a busy time of year, so if you cannot donate an item, you are invited to give a monetary donation and we will fill in the needs. Here are the links if you want to donate an item for a specific date:
The City of Bellingham has published the Spring/Summer 2022 Playbook (formerly known as Leisure Guide) which includes several high school sports camps. The COB offers $200/person annual scholarships for Parks and Rec/Arne Hanna Programs. The Pass Program through Every Kid Sports provides up to $150 to athletes ages 4-18 for recreational sports programs. Families are expected to contribute $10 towards the camp or program. Blue Skies for Children in Bellingham provides funding through their Little Wishes programs for children experiencing homelessness, children who are in foster-care, or children who are eligible for free or reduced school lunches. The Bellingham Schools Foundation may also provide assistance if a student is unable to access any of the above funds. Contact Laurel Peak for assistance.
Progress Reports Sent Home with Students
Our Kulshan teachers sent Progress Reports home with students on Thursday, April 21. The printed version of Progress Reports may not show all comments due to printing constraints. If you would like to view your students' Progress Report online, please sign into Skyward Family Access. Parents can view them in their entirety on-line by clicking on the assignment and the speech bubble. Additionally, families can see assignment descriptions in that same location. Please reach out to your students' T-Bird Time teacher or our Registrar, Tatiana Samora, if you have questions.
2022-2023 Enrichment Choices
Our 6th and 7th graders have chosen their enrichment classes for next year, so it’s a good time to check in with your students about which classes they chose. We also shared information about how to apply for our AVID program. We are excited to run two AVID cohorts next year in both 7th and 8th grade. AVID will take place during T-Bird Time. We are looking for students from all backgrounds who are motivated to discuss their future goals, collaborate, and learn more about academic success at the next level. Questions about Enrichment? Please reach out to our KMS counselor, Aaron Tiger.
Bellingham United Debate Team is hosting a weeklong workshop for middle school and incoming high school students to learn and practice the basics of competitive debate. This will be a fun, engaging, and exciting summer opportunity that will give you lasting memories and valuable skills. Monday June 27th - Friday July 1st from 9:00am - 12:00pm, all 5 days at Bellingham High School. For more information about the Bellingham Summer Debate Workshop or the Bellingham United Debate Team, please email Coach Nick Phillips.
Kulshan Spring Sports!
We have had an amazing start to our Spring Sports. Schedules and information about each sport can be found here. Still want to register? Registration is open on Final Forms. Questions? Please reach out to Lisa Scott, our Athletics Registrar. This spring we are offering:
- Unified Soccer - open to all grades, all genders
- Cross Country - open to all grades, all genders
- Football - 7th and 8th grade, all genders
- Girls Basketball - open to all grades
State Testing this Spring
May 4 - 6 (Wed, Thurs + Fri): All grades ELA
May 12 - 13 (Thurs + Fri): All grades Math
(NEW) Spring Music Clubs
Drumline will be after school every Tuesday in the Band Room starting March 22nd. Ukulele Club will be after school on Thursdays in the Orchestra Room starting March 24th. You do not need to have any musical experience or be in any music class to join. Both clubs are open to ALL STUDENTS and all instruments will be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own ukulele if you would like). If you have any questions, email Ms. Petaia or come chat with her in the music rooms before or after school.
Mental Health for Teens
Idle Free Pick Up
Idle Free Pick-up at Kulshan: Did you know that idling your car for 10 minutes can put a pound of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? As you pick up your students from school or practice and are waiting in your car, we ask that you refrain from idling cars. Thanks for helping us preserve healthy air for our kids while putting less carbon in the air!
WCHD Vaccine Clinics
Our Whatcom County Health Department continues to offer clinics and pop up clinics throughout Whatcom County. Check out all of the dates and locations. For some of the clinics, they are offering $50 gift cards for people getting a first or second dose. Yay!
Homework Club Snacks Needed
New District Calendar
Attendance Office Reminders
Human Growth and HIV Lessons
Our Kulshan PE teachers will be sharing out the Human Growth and Development and HIV lessons that we will be teaching this Spring. Washington State requires HIV/AIDS prevention education for all students, and families are often curious about the materials and information that will be shared with students. Our PE teachers teach specific lessons which can be previewed here. As always, families may opt their child out of these Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS lessons. Please let your child's PE teacher know in writing if that is your choice. Thank you!
Free Family Podcasts
We care about your family and want to help you stay strong together.
We will share about protecting youth against substance abuse. Children and youth do best at home, school and with friends when their parents use both love and limits. The better you are at setting limits and showing love and caring the more likely it is your child will get through the teen years without getting into serious trouble.
Have you considered becoming a substitute or school volunteer? Our district is dedicated to keeping schools open and operational, but we need YOU! Being a substitute offers flexibility and helps support our schools, staff and Bellingham’s children in fulfilling The Bellingham Promise. We are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers, emergency certified substitute teachers, paraeducators, bus drivers, warehouse/delivery drivers, custodians, nurses, food service staff and office personnel. Join us!
Social Media Accounts
Have you seen concerning social media pages related to Kulshan students? Please report accounts to Instagram if the accounts are bullying or harassing or otherwise violating Instagram terms of service. This step is easy and anonymous. Send information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools by texting or calling 844-310-9560 or by visiting bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.
Safe Schools Zone
This fall, contractors installed security cameras inside and outside of several of our schools, including KMS. This project was approved by voters in our community as part of the 2018 school facilities bond. Security cameras will help us maintain the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors. For more information, see policy 6610.
Support for Tribal Affiliated Students
Did you know we have over 400 students in our district with tribal affiliation? Lummi Behavioral Health can serve students with ANY tribal affiliation/status. Here is the interest link for starting MH services with Lummi Behavioral Health. If you are interested or have questions please talk to your school counselors:Michelle Strobel, Lacey Bachman, or Aaron Tiger.
College Bound Application
Did you know college is free for qualifying families? Middle school is the only time that families can sign up for the College Bound Scholarship Program. The College Bound Program covers the average cost of tuition, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 Washington State colleges, universities and technical schools. Please fill out our district Free and Reduced Lunch Form to apply. Please let your KMS counseling team know if you have any questions.
LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth
Tatiana Samora, Registrar Я говорю на русском языке.
Elsa Powell, Family Liaison Hablo español.
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