April 23, 2021
Gift Cards for Teachers
It's time to celebrate our amazing Kulshan Staff! Our PTSA is organizing our Staff Appreciation week a bit differently this year. They are asking parents to purchase $10 gift cards and drop them off in our main office or send the gift card(s) to school with your student to drop off in our main office. Click on this link to sign up! Gift cards are due in our main office by April 30. Please email our PTSA with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 23 Day of Silence
KMS Fishing Club
Our KMS Fishing Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:00 pm. (Students will be assigned one day per week) We meet at Mr. Adams' portable (by the garden), then walk together to the Whatcom Falls Derby Pond. We return to KMS by 4:00 pm for pick up. Fill out this form if you are interested in participating. You will ALSO need to fill out a parent permission slip, available in the office or library. Start date is Thursday, April 29.
Kulshan Pantry Re-Stock
We are stocking up our pantry for our Kulshan community! Please sign up here to help stock up our pantry for our KMS families in need. Items can be dropped off in our Kulshan main office on Wednesdays 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, during Wed food pick up from 4:00-5:30 PM, or on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Sierra Truesdale, KMS school counselor. If you are a family in need, please don’t hesitate to reach out for support.
4-Days Per Week Option
Essence of Bellingham Photography Contest
Student photographers are invited to join in the 16th annual Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition. Student categories are by age/grade: K-4, 5-8, 9-12. Complete competition details are available online, including a submission form and winning photos from previous years, at cob.org/eob. Entries are submitted free of charge and are due by Saturday, May 1, 2021.
District Middle School Math Plan
Sixth grade families: On April 20th, you received an email update from the Department of Teaching and Learning regarding seventh grade math. With a few exceptions based on math assessment data, sixth graders will move into Math 7 next year. Math 7 meets all the learning expectations associated with state standards for seventh grade. We believe strongly in the developmental and academic importance of middle school math courses. Students in Math 7 will be on track to take Algebra 1 in their first year of high school, which is the expected math course for most ninth graders. For more information, please visit our middle school math Q&A webpage, or reach out your student's Math teacher or counselor.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in BPS
We are happy to share this April 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. Please visit the EDI webpage for an ongoing dialogue and focus on this key strategy of The Bellingham Promise. You can also reach out directly to the director of equity, diversity and inclusion Janis Velasquez Farmer.
May 12: Photo Re-Take Day
Our middle school intramurals will run from Monday, April 19 until Friday, June 11. We are offering Co-Ed Cross Country, Co-Ed Soccer, and Co-Ed Unified Soccer. Practices will take place at Kulshan from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Students will participate on the days when they attend school. Students will participate with other students at our school and not with other middle schools. There are no fees and no sports physical required. Students will sign up using Final Forms. Parents were sent a link to Final Forms link in their email. If you have questions about intramurals, please reach out to Cindy Schuitema or Kevin Terpstra. More information can be found here.
Youth Peace Poetry Contest open for submissions
April is National Poetry Month, and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) Youth Peace Poetry Contest is open now for submissions! The contest is open to all youth ages 4 to 18 who live in Whatcom County. For more more information or to submit a poem, please visit the WDRC website. In related Poetry News, Bellingham Public Schools is sharing poems using the hashtag: #BPSPoetry. This is a great chance to share student poems in more public way.
Attention 8th grade Parents
- Should be of the student facing forward, with a simple background.
- May need tp be cropped by us to feature the "head and shoulders."
- Should be at the highest resolution image possible.
- Should be sent via email to our PTSA President: Cyndi Johnson .
- Must be submitted by Friday, May 14.
The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is offering a Virtual series of 7 evening classes on Tuesdays from April 20- June 1 6:30- 8:30 The Youth and Adults will learn and connect in a way that will make your family stronger going forward. All Kulshan Families with youth this age are invited and encouraged. A link to the zoom course will be given to registered families Click here to register and for more information
Now Hiring in BPS
We are hiring in Bellingham! If you have questions about jobs available in our schools, please visit the district website at and click on “jobs”. For assistance with questions about temporary substitute assignments, you may contact Gayle Wright, Substitute Coordinator by emailing or by calling the office at (360) 676-2784 or (360) 398-5572. Questions about other job opportunities in our schools may be addressed by contacting Kara Silsbee, Employment Specialist by emailing or by calling (360) 319-4999.
Health Attestation Form
If you plan on sending your child back to in-person school at Kulshan, parents are required to complete this Health Attestation form before each quarter starts. Daily health screens are mandatory for in-person school to take place. Parents will be expected to screen their students before arriving at school every day. We are required by the state health department, the county health department and the state superintendent of public instruction to have a health attestation. This attestation will be completed quarterly and will be kept on file as evidence of your agreement to the terms. Thank you!
Meal and Book Distribution
Meal distribution continues every Wednesday between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m.
The 12 school locations are now: Alderwood, Birchwood, Happy Valley, Northern Heights, Roosevelt, Wade King, Fairhaven, Kulshan, Shuksan, Whatcom, Bellingham, and Sehome.
The six community locations are:
Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue.
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center has many valuable opportunities for families. These include information, education, mediation, conflict resolution, and more. Check our their website for events such as Parent Nights and FREE virtual workshop series for youth (ages 7-12) and teens (13-18). https://www.whatcomdrc.org/
Scholastic Book Orders
Did you know you can access Scholastic Book Orders through the Kulshan Library? Here is a link. Our class (library) code is GLB8R. You can browse flyers here or search for many, many other titles online. Books ordered can ship to homes or to Kulshan for pickup. Ship-to-home is free for orders over $25, and you can also get a free $5 Book Pick with the code READS. Scholastic is a great way to find books for a good price. Every purchase supports the library and classroom collections.
Is Your Information Correct?
Is your contact information for your student up-to-date? You can do this online now through our Skyward Family Access program. Please take a few minutes to log into Skyward Family Access to review your contact information, mailing address, emergency contacts and to complete the Annual Health Concerns form for your student. If you need your login and password information for Skyward Family Access, please contact me and I can provide that information. Please note that if you need to correct or update your address and/or mailing address, you will have to contact me with the new information (families do not have permission to update addresses online). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our registrar Viry Ferreira.
KMS Counselor Corner
We acknowledge that these are challenging times for our students. Our school counselors, Sierra Truesdale and Aaron Tiger, want to provide you with some information and resources. Feel free to reach out to our counselors via email or phone as well so we can give you specific resources for your situation.
Aaron Tiger - Counselor (cell 360-739-3991)
Sierra Truesdale - Counselor (cell 360-739-4138)
Viry Ferreira - KMS Registrar
Updated WA State COVID Recommendations
Check this WA State COVID website for updates regarding restrictions and social gatherings. Specific information about travel recommendations can be found here. Bellingham Public Schools have also added their own COVID 19 dashboard, available on the district website and at this link. Governor Inslee's news and media releases can be found here. The CDC has listed their mask updates here.
Free COVID Tests in Whatcom County
Did you know that our Whatcom County Health Department has free, drive-up COVID tests? To arrange a COVID test, visit testdirectly.com or call 360-778-6075. Also, our Kulshan school nurse is Amy Eisenhauer, BSN, RN and she can be reached at 360-303-4667.
It's Easy to Join KMS PTSA
LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth
If there is a power outage, our staff will help your student catch up. Please notify Jeneen Durand, our Attendance Secretary by calling 360-647-6877 or emailing email@example.com . If a teacher loses connection during a class, students should stay on the class for a few minutes while the teacher logs back in. Then check students’ email and MS Teams for instructions from the teacher. More information can be found here on our KMS website.
Are you in need of family support?
If you are in need of services or help with domestic abuse or sexual assault the local agency DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services) is able to help. Here is a link that helps to explain their role and provides contact information. You can also call our KMS Counselors Aaron Tiger 360-739-3991 or Jen Newbauer cell 360-739-4138.
Bellingham Food Bank Schedule
Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and when it’s their turn, volunteers will provide pre-packed food boxes without requiring person to person contact. There will be a bike or walk-up option as well. Pick up for up to 2 families per visit, no paperwork required. Check out the Bellingham Food Bank to learn more or to make a donation.
District Resources Website
We love you and we miss you and we hope you are staying safe and healthy!
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