December 4, 2020
Free Student Masks Available at KMS
To celebrate our districtwide Spirit Week and build our community support, we are distributing our Kulshan Thunderbird student masks this week! This will be the perfect accessory for your student to wear on Friday – our School Spirit Day! If your student would like a free KMS Thunderbird face mask, our pick-up times are as follows:
Tuesday, December 8 from 1:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday. December 9 from 4:00-5:30 PM (during our Food Distribution time)
Each Kulshan student will receive one student mask with the Kulshan logo on the front. Parents can pick up a mask for their student or students can come on their own – walking, biking, or WTA bussing is encouraged. Please follow all COVID safety procedures: wear a mask, keep 6 feet distance from others, and wash/ sanitize your hands before you arrive. If you have any COVID symptoms, please ask a friend to pick up your mask for you.
Dec 4-8: Back by Popular Demand
The Kulshan “Friends” inspired t-shirts and sweatshirts are back! We are open to orders for a very short period of time. The order link will be open from Friday, December 4 until midnight on the December 8. We also have a trucker hat that we are adding to our gear lineup, just in time for gift giving. Please reach out to Jen Newbauer if you have any questions about gear. Here is the link for the intouch receipting where you can access the ordering site.
Dec 7-11: Districtwide Spirit Week!
Monday, December 7th: Pacific Northwest Dress-Up Day
Wear: Flannel, sandals with socks, hiking backpacks, rain jackets, etc.
Challenge! Get Back to Nature: Head outside into the breathtaking Pacific Northwest we call our home and snap a picture of what you’re up to! Anything from going on a walk, practicing a sport, or maybe even hugging a tree. Show your appreciation for the beautiful place we live and call home.
Tuesday, December 8th: Inside Out Day
Wear: Your clothes inside out, hat backwards, etc.
Challenge! Be a Helper: Either show some support at home (inside) by offering to help with meals (take a picture of you making dinner!) or helping with chores. Or, you could consider getting food to go (outside) from your favorite local restaurant, or support any local business! Make sure to share those pictures of support!
Wednesday, Dec 9: Cozy Sweater Day
Wear: Comfy and warm sweaters or sweatshirts, ugly sweaters, fuzzy slippers, or any other cozy clothing.
Challenge! Give to Others: While you’re deciding how you stay comfy and cozy at home, see if you or your family has any clothing (hats, gloves, coats, etc.) that could be donated (any time this week) to people in need in our community before the Winter. Some possibilities are: Goodwill, Lighthouse Mission, Value Village, Northwest Youth Services, etc.
Thursday, December 10: Throwback or Future
Wear: Throwback to Elementary Colors/Logo or wear your Future High School Colors!
Challenge! Say Thanks: While thinking about the past, send an email, note, picture or letter to a teacher, coach, mentor, friend, or family member from your past who meant a lot to you! Show your appreciation for the people who helped make you who you are today (and who you will become in the future)!
Friday, Dec 11: Kulshan Spirit Day!
Wear: Your School Colors/Logo/Gear
Challenge! Give a Shout Out: Share what’s great about your school. In the SPIRIT of school spirit, share a memory, tell a story, or send a picture of you participating in a favorite school club, sport, or activity. Show some love for your school!
KMS Holiday Gift Drive
It’s time for our annual Kulshan Giving Drive! This year, to ensure less contact, we are asking for donations of gift cards and treats. All gift cards and treats can be dropped off at the front office at Kulshan during school hours: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the front office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Friday, or during meal pick up times at Kulshan from 4:00-5:30 PM. With these donations we will put together gift baskets for families who have reached out to us. It’s been a tough year so or giving drive is more important than ever. If you are able to make a donation, please click here for the Sign-Up Genius. Thank you!
Who wants to win? Get ready for Winter Break reading! Any student who picks up a book from our library in December will be entered to win a gift certificate from either Village Books or Lafeen's. If you picked up this week, you are already entered! Contact Mr. Shaffer if you have questions. Scroll down further in this newsletter for our general KMS Book Pick up information.
District Meal Distribution
The December boxes will be distributed on Wednesdays: December 9 and December 16 at the regular 21 locations. The Dec. 16 box will contain 21 meals to cover additional days during winter break. The Dec. 16 box will also include a recipe for carrot ginger soup created by the Central Kitchen and Common Threads. All the ingredients needed for this soup are in the Dec. 16 box. Important note: there will be no meal box distributions on Dec. 23 and 30. The Bellingham Food Bank will continue to operate around the holidays. Visit their website for more information on times and locations. If you need additional support, please contact the Family Resource Center (FRC) now by filling out the help form or calling 360-676-6456. Meal box distribution will remain on Wednesdays starting in January 2021.
Student STEM Items Available
On Tuesday December 15th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, Laser-cut projects from all three grades of STEM classes will be available for pick-up in the bus loop of Kulshan. These are some fun projects, using Inkscape, that students have created. See you there! Mr. Hendricks
KMS Counselor Corner
With upcoming holidays and the likelihood that we will be unable to spend them with family in the same way as usual we know that this could be a challenging time for our students. Jen Newbauer and Aaron Tiger have noticed a recent increase in self-harm talk from students and want to provide you with some information in case you hear similar talk from your own student or a friend of theirs. For more information on suicide prevention and how to respond to suicide/self-harm talk click here.
Aaron Tiger - Counselor (cell 360-739-3991)
Jen Newbauer - Counselor (cell 360-739-4138)
Viry Ferreira - KMS Registrar
Updated WA State COVID Recommendations
MS Teams Chat Enabled
As you know, we have been using Teams to support classroom instruction. An important feature within Teams is the ability to chat (text, audio, video, or screen sharing) with other students or staff. In order to support student learning, we are enabling this feature for middle school students. Similar to district email, students logged in to their district accounts will only be able to use the chat feature with other school district members (teachers and students). Students will be reminded of the acceptable use for Teams Chat in their Homeroom classes. If you would like to more actively monitor student technology use, please reference the recently sent invitation to apParent - an app based tool for families to manage student computers. If you have any concerns about inappropriate student behavior, please reach out to your students’ teacher.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in BPS
We are happy to share this December 2020 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.
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.
Dec 9 and 16: KMS Book Checkout
Students can use this link to look at the online catalog. If you see something you want that is unavailable, you can log into Destiny and place a hold (same login as for your laptop). To request books, use this form. Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Stephanie will get your books ready for pickup. Books will be available to be picked up during Food Pick Ups: 4:00 - 5:30 PM.
In December, book pick-ups will be on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. Please enter your requests the day before. Requests received after that may not be ready for next-day pickup (but we'll do our best). As always, email Mr. Shaffer for book recommendations, or any other questions! Books not picked up on Pickup Day will be in the office and can be picked up (as well as returned) from 8am-3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri.
It's Easy to Join KMS PTSA
LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth
How to Join a Club
Free Cooking Classes
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.
Did you know that we take attendance for all classes every Wednesday? Students will be marked present if they at least log in and check their MS Teams page. Please remind your students to do this every Wednesday for periods 5-8. Thank you!
(NEW!) Bellingham Food Bank Schedule
Tuesdays: 1175 Jersey Street from 1:00-4:00 PM
Wednesdays: CTK, 4173 Meridian St. from 3:00-6:00 PM
Thursdays: 1175 Jersey Street from 1:00-4:00 PM
Check out the Bellingham Food Bank to learn more or to make a donation.
District Resources Website
We Miss You and We Love You!
We love you and we miss you and we hope you are staying safe and healthy!
Kulshan Middle School 1250 Kenoyer Drive Bellingham, WA 98229 360-676-4886