Cougar Connection

Carl Cozier News ~ November 4, 2019

Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

Happy November! I hope you and your family were able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. The beginning of November marks our end of first quarter of this school year and a great time to chat with your child's teacher. Hopefully you've had a chance to sign up for a conference, but if you still need to, please feel free to call Mrs. Hoyt in the office or reach out to your child's teacher directly. We love meeting with families!

If you have not had a chance to complete the annual parent feedback survey, I invite you to click here. This confidential survey is a great way for our school to celebrate what we're doing well and reflect on ways to improve. We value your input. Thank you.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day. They are all truly remarkable and I am excited to see them grow this year. Please reach out if there's anything I can do to support your family.

With gratitude,

Ari Feeney

Counselor's Corner

I can’t believe it’s November already! Your kids have been learning so much. Aside from academics, I have been teaching classroom lessons around social-emotional learning. I would like to share some of those resources with you so you are aware of what your child has been learning. These resources also give you an opportunity to have follow up conversations at home.

The first series of lessons reminded children of the power of being kind. I used a book called “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” Here's a link to the book if you'd like to listen at home.

Another lesson was describing how the brain works when our emotions get too big and we “Flip Our Lid” or lose our temper. Click here to watch a video about flipping our lid.

Right now, we are learning strategies to manage our emotions when we do "flip our lid". Kelso’s Choices is a powerful tool that give kids specific strategies to use when conflict arises. Ask your child to tell you about the 9 strategies or click this link to learn more: Kelso's Choices Info for Parents

Mark Your Calendar!

11/7: Early Dismissal, students out at 12:45pm

11/8: Veteran's Day Assembly - all welcome! 8:20am

11/11: No School - Veteran's Day

11/13: PTA Meeting, Free childcare, potluck dinner, 6:00pm, meeting at 6:30pm. Dr. Baker joining us - this is a great time to ask questions of our superintendent!

11/14: Early Dismissal, students out at 12:45pm

11/14: Picture re-take day

11/18-11/22: Scholastic Book Fair! Room 10

11/18: Mobile Dental Van at Cozier

11/27: Early Dismissal for students, 12:45pm (note: this is a Wednesday!)

11/28-12/1: Thanksgiving Break

Community Information

Warm Clothes Program

Blue Skies for Children’s Winter Warm Up Program

2505 Cedarwood Ave, Suite Number 5, Bellingham

Blue Skies for Children’s Winter Warm Up program is now distributing new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves & blankets for children ages 6 to 18, who are homeless, low-income or in foster care. Blue Skies may provide items for up to five children per family.

This program will be available through Dec. 19th, and is by appointment ONLY. If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch, please call to schedule an appointment at 360.756.6710.

Dinner Program

Dinner Program Free for All Students 18 and Under

Bellingham Public Schools currently offers free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 4, 2020. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood).

Please note: Accompanying adults are charged $4.25 All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and “to go” options are not available.

Dinner will not be served on the following Thursdays that are middle school early dismissal days: Sept. 19, Oct. 31, Nov. 27, (Wed.), Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 5, April 30.

Winter Shelter for Women

The City of Bellingham will be partnering with the Opportunity Council this winter to provide emergency shelter for women. This shelter will be housed at Civic Field and will be open from November through February. The purpose of the shelter is to provide a warm place for women to sleep and shower at night. Guests will check in at the Lighthouse mission each evening and will be bused to and from Civic Field. The shelter hours are 7pm-7am daily and this space will provide beds for up to 40 women. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering for a shift at the shelter, please let me know.

Gardening with Common Threads

Cooking in the classroom begins October 28th! Classes will enjoy cooking lessons once each month through early March. In our first cooking lesson students will prepare and taste hummus in a leafy wrap. Volunteers wanted! If you’re interested, please contact: - For more information about Common Threads please visit

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