Kulshan Connect

August 28, 2020

In our Kulshan Community, we are courageous, kind, and committed!

September 2 - 4: Pick Up Days at Kulshan

Wednesday, September 2

9:00-10:00 AM Last names A-F
10:00-11:00 AM Last names G-L
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Last names M-R
12:00-1:00 PM Last names S-Z
2:00 – 6:00 PM 6th grade “Drive and Wave” event

Thursday, September 3

9:00-10:00 AM Last names A-F
10:00-11:00 AM Last names G-L
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Last names M-R
12:00-1:00 PM Last names S-Z
1:00 – 4:00 PM Any family, any student

Friday, September 4

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Any family, any student

Please note: If these times don't work for you as parent, you are welcome to send your student to KMS by foot, by bike, or with a neighbor or friend. While we encourage folks to use the alpha times listed above, think of them as a guide, not a rule. We will be just so happy to see your kid's smiling face (under a mask), that we will not worry at all about last name and time of day. You could even send your 7th or 8th grader during the 6th grade Drive and Wave event - yes, THAT is how excited we are to see your child. And if nooooone of these days or times work, just reach out to us. We will gladly set up another day/ time to meet up the week of September 8. Thank you!

Pro Tip: If you have your district laptop at home, please turn on your laptops, locate your chargers and styluses, and just do a quick check prior to bringing it to Kulshan.

District Laptops (News Flash!)

Sixth graders who have a district-issued Probook x360 (laptop) will keep their device and use it in the coming year. Sixth graders who have a different type of district-issued device will turn that in and get a Probook x360. Seventh and eighth graders will continue using their Probook x360 from last year. Any student who is new to the district will be issued their laptop during the Pick Up event days.

Reminder: If you have your Probook x360 from last year, please still bring it to Kulshan during the Pick Up event. You will restart your laptop for updates and be sure it’s functioning correctly.

Pro Tip: If you have your district laptop at home, please turn on your laptops, locate your chargers and styluses, and just do a quick check prior to arriving to Kulshan. This will streamline things.

Do you still have a laptop question? Email one of the folks listed at the bottom of this newsletter or fill out the district Tech Request form.

Directions for September 2, 3, and 4

Here is a map for smooth traffic flow. As you enter the KMS campus, you will be directed to take a right into the lower parking lot and create a line. The line of cars will continue around, out of the lower parking lot and then up into our Bus Loop. In the Bus Loop, you will pick up school supplies, student schedules, and student laptops. If your student has recently restarted their laptop for updates at any school building (elementary, middle, or high school), you are done and you can leave campus. However, if you are a 6th grader or you have a Tech Question, please loop around to the back parking lot for an additional Tech Station. Students can also walk up or bike up on their own and they do not need to wait in the car line. We look forward to seeing you at Kulshan!

Who's Who?

When you enter our parking lot on September 2, 3, or 4, we will write your student's first name, last name, and grade level on a piece of paper and then use blue tape to stick to your car door. (If you have the time and resources, you could make this sign at home before you come to KMS.) Our staff members will be wearing large name tags or t-shirts to help identify themselves - we certainly want to start connecting names with faces! See you soon!

First Day of School Video

What will the first day of school look like? Here is a basic video that shows how students will log on, click into MS Teams, and then click into their Calendar. Once they are in their Calendar, they can view all of their classes and click on their "Class" to enter the "Zoom." Take a look at this 2 minute video to see how students will report to their first class on September 8. Here is the video in English. And here is the video in Spanish.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A key strategy in our Bellingham Promise is focused on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This book - How to be an Anti-Racist is available for free via Bellingham Public Library or Libby. We used this book for our KMS Staff Summer Book Study with this list of discussion questions. We encourage families and students to embark on their own learning journey using this title or other young adult books that offer anti-racist views and perspectives. We are so glad we are on this journey with you.

2020-2021 Kulshan PTA

We would love to have 100% of our KMS families join our PTA! Our PTA group is a really fun community of people who are dedicated to supporting our students and supporting each other as middle school parents. Click here to join! Membership rates are low and on a sliding scale. Meetings will be held once per month (normally about 1 hour) via Zoom. You can also follow Kulshan PTSA on Instagram by clicking this link.

Thank you!

CyndiJohnson - President

Ally Dugan - Vice President

Karen Borchert -Treasurer

Kristina Porter - Secretary

Trang Worline - Communications

Update from the Good Food Project

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 9, the food services model will change to a 10-meal/5-day box. Si desea esta información en español llame al 360-676-6456 o via email.

Breaking GOOD news: meal boxes are free for all children 0-18 and students in Community Transitions. Any family can go to any location and pick up a meal box. We are shifting to incorporating more Central Kitchen made-from-scratch items in meal boxes in the weeks to come, and really want to encourage families to pick up and try out meal boxes. Wednesdays from 4-5:30 are the pick up times at 15 schools across the district. We are also going to continue with our community sites (Sterling Meadows, Eliza Court, Villa Santa Fe, Evergreen Ridge Apartments, Regency Park, Sudden Valley Community Center).

KMS Counselor Corner

Greetings families! We are super excited to welcome all of you back to school and can’t wait to meet all of our new families. We want to let you know that we are here to support you and your students, and get you linked to resources as needed. Please feel free to reach out with any student or family specific needs and we will see how we can help. As always, our goal is to support the social and emotional needs of all our students and even though we are virtual, we are here to support you all.

Take care and see you soon!

Aaron Tiger and Jen Newbauer - KMS Counselors

Viry Ferreira - KMS Registrar

How to Support Teens' Emotional Well-Being

While some people think of "Back to School" as a time to buy items from a long list of supplies, we want to kick off this school year with a 2020 Back-to-School List for Teens’ Emotional Well-Being. If you are unable to access the link/ article, here are the key things that teens need for September 2020:

  1. Safe ways to see their friends: Teenagers need the emotional support and they need time to strengthen ties with peers. They can connect online or in person, but they will need some COVID reminders if they are wanting to meet up at a park or go on a bike ride with a friend.
  2. Time with other adults: Teens benefit from spending time with adults who are not their parents, like teachers, mentors, bosses, coaches, and advisors.
  3. Reliable routines: A reliable daily schedule with designated time for learning, leisure, physical activity and sleep promotes overall well being and reduces stress.
  4. Warmth and support at home: This whole online, pandemic version of school will be a bumpy ride for everyone. As parents, we are also feeling fatigued and stressed. But creating strong, steady, calm relationships will help our teens feel our love.

Fall 2020 Food Bank Locations

The Bellingham Food Bank schedule:

Tuesdays: Shuksan Middle School from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: Christ the King on Meridian from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Civic Field from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Check out the Bellingham Food Bank to learn more or to make a donation.

District Resources Website

Do you still have a question that has not been answered via this newsletter or email? The Bellingham Public School website now has a (click here) one-stop resources page. On this website, you can submit a question about childcare, meals, learning resources, technology resources, mental health, and more. We are here for you.

We Miss You and We Love You!

One more time - we just want you to know we miss you and we would love to hear from you. Though schools are closed, please know that you can email any of your teachers, our administration, or our counselors. We especially would love to see photos of you, your family, your pets, your hobbies, and your outdoor activities. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Kulshan Contacts

Our school building may be closed, but we are open! Please email us if you have questions:

Meagan Dawson, Principal

Kevin Terpstra, Assistant Principal

Aaron Tiger, Counselor

Jen Newbauer, Counselor

Viry Ferriera, Registrar

Family Handbook in English

Family Handbook in Spanish

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