Kulshan Connect

September 18, 2020

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

Zoom Class Engagement

Students are doing a great job overall engaging in class. We encourage all students to keep their video on during class if possible, because this helps teachers and students connect with each other and engage at a much higher level. Reading facial expressions and cues (nonverbal communication) are so important for human connection. Plus, students say they miss seeing faces! We understand that there will be times when students will need to turn their videos off, and at the same time, please work with your students to encourage sharing their videos during class sessions.

Free Online Cooking Classes

Our Common Threads Food Educators are ready to begin a new round of cooking classes for kids ages 5+ on Zoom! Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM - just in time for you to enjoy what your kids made at dinner! Sign up to secure your spot in one of the first two classes (Confetti Slaw and Pasta Primavera). More classes will be added to the website each week.

Free YMCA Wifi!

Free Wifi for parents and students to assist with online learning. To reserve a spot, call the YMCA at 360-733-9630 or reserve your spot online. All are welcome, no YMCA membership required.

Wednesday Attendance

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 1-4. Thank you!

KMS Attendance

If your child going to miss a class or a full day? Please email our Kulshan Attendance Secretary, Jeneen Durand, at:

kmsattendance@bellinghamschools.org or call us at (360) 647-6877.

KMS Library Book Checkout

Do you want to check out some fun books this coming week? 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 every Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Please enter your requests by the Tuesday before. Requests received after Tuesday 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!

Working 1:1 on Zoom

Thanks for all your continued partnership with us as we keep rolling in this brave new world. Our teachers are continuing to support your students as much as they can, which sometimes includes helping students 1:1 right after class or arranging to meet with students either in small groups or 1:1 on Zoom or Teams videoconferencing. Our teachers will work to inform you when meeting with students 1:1. If you have any questions about that, please reach out to a KMS administrator, counselor, or teacher.

Teen Summer Prizes!

We are so excited that we found a contact-free way to get tweens/teens their Summer Reading prize books! We will be mailing prize books to kids. They will fill out a form here. On the form they will fill out contact information along with their choice of prize book from the list of 20 options. The list of 20 books to select from can be found here. Thank you! Jennifer Lovchik, Teen Services Librarian, Bellingham Public Library, 360-778-7231. Facebook/ Instagram @bplconnects

Whoops! PTSA link

We are so sorry! We had some technology kinks at our September PTSA meeting. We are working on this and things should be much smoother for our November PTSA meeting. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 PM. We will email the correct Zoom link to all KMS parents on the day of the meeting. And remember, you don't have to be a member to come to our meetings! See you there! Si necesita un intérprete para esta reunión, llame al 360-676-6456 para programarla.

Do you need Tech Support?

If students are unable to see the Zoom invites in their MS Teams or Outlook, here are some ways you can get your questions answered:

Mood Meter

As you might know, we use a social emotional curriculum called RULER, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Our students know the Mood Meter well and they can explain how to use it. Families can use the Mood Meter at home every morning or evening. There is also a really helpful Mood Meter app if you want to learn more. Attached is a photo of a Mood Meter from a KMS classroom.

Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 PM: Meal Boxes

You can walk, bike, WTA bus, or drive to any of our 21 sites every Wednesday anytime from 4:00-5:30 PM for your 14-meal/7-day box. Si desea esta información en español llame al 360-676-6456 o via email.

Reminder: meal boxes are free for all children 0-18. 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. School sites: Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Geneva, Happy Valley, Northern Heights, Roosevelt, Wade King, Fairhaven, Kulshan, Shuksan, Whatcom, Bellingham, Sehome. Community sites: Sterling Meadows, Eliza Court, Villa Santa Fe, Evergreen Ridge Apartments, Regency Park, Sudden Valley Community Center.

Do You Need Personal Care Items?

Please reach out to our counselor, Jen Newbauer, if you or someone in your family are in need of any personal care items. This might include: shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste/brush, deodorant, laundry detergent, tampons, pads etc. She will work on getting these items together and will work with you to determine a pick up plan. On that note, if you are able to donate any of these items, please click on this Sign Up Genius to help support your Kulshan Community.

Sixth Grade News!

Hello 6th grade families! Welcome to Kulshan! We wish we could have hosted an in-person orientation for our incoming 6th grade students this year. Unfortunately, that can't happen right now, although we will do our best to host an in-person orientation when we are allowed to do so prior to any return to the building. We did want to resend out a link to some videos that we filmed in the Spring. These videos contain helpful information about life as a student at Kulshan Middle School, just keep in mind that when we filmed these videos we were hopeful that we would be meeting in person for school this fall. We also have a couple of videos from 6th grade teachers introducing themselves so you can match faces to the names you see on your schedule! If you have Band, Orchestra, Music, or Choir, here is a video of Ms. Barrett! We are so excited to have you with us for this exciting school year! We are excited for this school year and looking forward to seeing you Tuesday morning!

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.

KMS Student Artwork

Time to celebrate! Our very own Kulshan alumni, Jordynn Campbell, designed the cover art for the 2020-2021 Bellingham Public Schools District Handbook. Check out this article here to read more about Jordynn's artwork and activism. And if you would like to view the District Handbook online, click here. The handbook is also available in Spanish. Go Thunderbirds!

2020-2021 Kulshan PTSA

We would love to have 100% of our KMS families join our PTSA! Our PTSA group is a really fun community of people who are dedicated to supporting our students and supporting each other as middle school parents. Here is our PTSA website. And you can become PTSA member here! 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. Do you have questions about our KMS PTSA? Email us here. Thank you!

KMS Counselor Corner

We are super excited to welcome all of you back to school and can’t wait to meet all of our new families. 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. Take care and see you soon!

Aaron Tiger - Counselor (cell 360-739-3991)

Jen Newbauer - Counselor (cell 360-739-4138)

Viry Ferreira - KMS Registrar

Saturday, September 19: Co-Op Shopping Day

This Saturday, September 19th is the Co-op Shopping day! When you shop at either Co-op location, 2% of sales will be donated to Common Threads' food education and food access efforts. Please help us spread the word!

Kulshan Garden

Are you and/or your student interested in volunteering in our Kulshan Garden? Our Kulshan Garden could use your love! If you'd like to spend some time in our garden, please sign up here. If you have questions, please email J.P. Belanger, our Common Threads Farm and Kitchen Manager, at JP@commonthreadsfarm.org. Thank you!

NEW! Thursday Location - -

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.

(NEW!) Thursdays: Bellingham High School 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

Jeneen Durand, Attendance Secretary

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