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Week of February 8 - 12, 2021

Note from the Principal

During Anchor this week, our students will be participating in a number of activities to prepare them to register for classes for next school year. It is so hard to believe that it is that time already! Anchor teachers will be assisting and leading students through the process, but our counselors will be doing follow up meetings with each student to ensure they registered for all of the classes they need to take to meet graduation requirements. I will be sending out additional registration information through Skyward later this week. But now is a great time to start a discussion with your child about what they are thinking to take next school year.

This Friday is the premiere of our Sehome film, Connect/Disconnect! We are so excited to see this student production. Go to to purchase your live stream ticket. A huge shout out to our Sehome Drama department and to Kandace McGowan, drama teacher, and Laura McGowan, technical theater teacher, for their leadership with this project.

We are looking forward to another exciting week here at Sehome. Thank you for all you do to support your child through this time. Know that we appreciate you!

Sonia Cole


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Sehome Drama Presents...

We want to share this film with our Bellingham community! One of the main goals of the Sehome Drama teens was to make sure that no young person felt alone, and they wanted the other young people of Bellingham to know that other people felt the same way. We are going to stream the film online and you will be able to watch the movie on any internet device. We are partnering with BookTix, which makes the process easy for you!

Tickets are now available at We are going to stream the film three times: February 12 at 7pm, February 13 at 7pm, and the following Wednesday February 17 at 3pm as part of a special ‘student showing’ for students in the district. Please join us for this fabulous opportunity!

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It’s that time of year to think about snow and our procedures and impact of weather-related school cancellations.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day (in the case of widespread power outages),
  • close in-person instruction with all classes being held remote (K-2 would follow their remote schedule, watch for Zoom link from teacher),
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Sign up for alerts: To receive email, phone, and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? go here for step-by-step directions or contact 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
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  • Check social media: @BhamSD on Twitter or @bellinghamschools on Facebook
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

How to find your snow bus route:

Sehome Scholarship Fund

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Food Services Update

This week during the distribution, we will be piloting a Food Recovery Program, in partnership with Sustainable Connections. Bring any unwanted, shelf-stable items you are not using back to one of the 15 school locations. Your unwanted cans and food products will find a new home.

As we have in weeks past, we encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our Food Services Program and the Good Food Project. Boxes are distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 15 school locations and six community locations.

When you arrive in the meal box line, let the staff on hand know you have food for the Food Recovery Program. They will direct you to the drop-off box. School sites only.

Sports Medicine Club

Sports Med is promoting some community outreach for the Friends of youth. Please click on the banner to see how you can help.

FAFSA Questions?

Seniors, now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what now?

What is included in your SAR ( Student Aid Report) and who sees it?

What is your family’s EFC? ( Estimated Family contribution)

Learn the answers to these and more at:

If you have not competed your FAFSA please contact Mrs. Zender in the Career Center for assistance!

Happy Monday, Mariners!

Can you believe second semester starts Wednesday? That means we are halfway through the school year, and PTSA is planning the Spring Auction and thinking about the 2021-2022 school year.

If you like to have fun, we want you to join our auction crew! The event will be virtual this year, so we are looking for fresh, creative ideas.

PTSA leadership positions are also available for the 2020-2021 school year. New people are always welcome! Want to get to know us first? Schedule a call with a board member or “come” to our next meeting on February 9th. Email us with questions at, and check out our website by clicking here. (add link)

As always, we would LOVE for you to become a member. Join SHS PTSA now!

Have a great week.

Sehome High School PTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: