Grizzly Growl

April 17th, 2023


Happy April Fairhaven Friends and Families,

April means spring, which in middle school means two big things—transitions and assessments. In terms of transitions, our 8th graders and families are beginning the exciting process of selecting classes and learning more about life as high school students. Over the past few weeks, our high school counselors have visited Fairhaven, our high schools have hosted family welcome events, and in the coming weeks our students will be traveling to their respective schools to learn more about life as a Mariner, Bayhawk, Armadillo, or Storm. With middle school being a time of transition, we are also working with our elementary schools to welcome our incoming 6th grade students. This month, our counselors are traveling to our feeder elementary schools to begin welcoming students, with more visits scheduled for early next month. We are so excited to welcome our new Grizzlies and wish our 8th grade students and families success in their coming adventures.

Beyond transitions, this month we begin our annual round of Smarter Balanced Assessments. These state assessments are taken every year, and help us all monitor our progress and direction as a building and district. Our goal is to make sure these assessments are given just the right amount of attention—not to little to miss their importance, but not so much that they become a distraction. Please be looking for more information from your child’s teachers via Parent Square or reach out to our front office with any questions.

Finally, thank you all for your continued help, support, and partnership. Next week we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week and I want to be the first to extend my deepest appreciation to our many volunteers—PTSA members, club advisors, chaperones, and classroom helpers to name a few. We couldn’t do the great work we do as a school without the collaboration and support of you, our community. Thank you from all of us here at Fairhaven.

My best,

Steve Ruthford, Principal

Smarter Balance State Testing

Smarter Balance State Testing starts next week. Students will be taking a variety of tests over the course of the next month. We encourage students to charge their computers each night so they will not run out of power during the tests. Please reach out if you have any questions, please contact the main office.


A Grizzly Receiving Recognition (GRR) award recognizes students who go above and beyond. GRR awards are a way to publicly recognize a student for their excellence, exceptional effort, kindness toward others, or other significant contribution to our FMS community. Students chosen this Month were:

























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Accepting Application for 2023-24 Avid Classes

We are accepting applications for next year’s yearlong AVID classes at 7th & 8th grades! AVID classes are held during Grizzly Time (Homeroom) so that all of our students can still take their enrichment classes. AVID is open to all students who are motivated to attend college. Students with life circumstances that may make access to college more challenging are encouraged to apply. AVID will help students explore college and career options as well as learn academic, organizational, and collaborative skills that are important for success at all levels of school. To learn more about AVID, you can watch this short informational video!

Students who are interested in AVID need to submit an application by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The application forms (online & printable copy) are available on our website.

Students who need help completing the application are encouraged to see Ms. Mansfield in the Library. All completed paper applications should also be turned in to Ms. Mansfield in the Library by the due date.

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Parents: Please sign up to contribute to the next Staff Appreciation luncheon which is Wednesday, May 10. This date is during the designated National Teacher Appreciation Week of May 8-12. Use the link below to sign up!

Sign up HERE: May 10th Staff Appreciation Signup

Please check out the list of options and find what works best for you. You or your student can bring your item(s) to the school's office by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10th.

Make sure dishes/utensils have your name on them. All dishes will be ready for pickup as close to 3:45 pm as possible in the lounge the same day. Thank you kindly for your contribution - Your Staff Appreciation Coordinator,

Alicia Gabrielson (

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It’s that time!

We are planning for the annual 8th grade Celebration at Wade King Athletic Center and we need parent volunteers to make it happen!

If you can volunteer for the day, hold your calendar open for Thursday June 15th and email or text Elizabeth at 360-303-6200.

April Fairhaven PTSA Meeting!

Wednesday April 19thth


7:00 PM

Click here:

Another reminder! We have OPEN positions for officer roles for Co-Presidents (2) and Secretary for the remainder of 2023, and Fundraising for 2024. We will ask for nominations or volunteers at every meeting, so please give us a shout if you have questions or want the inside scoop. Jump in now if you have a 6th or 7th grader and want to seize the opportunity to be mentored by this year’s PTSA board – who are acting in the interim until someone claims the “hot seats” - before our kids move out of middle school next year. 😉

HEY – We are especially looking for a PTSA Bookkeeper!!

  • Is your check book always balanced?
  • Are you unafraid of Quickbooks?
  • Do you do your own taxes?

This position takes no more than an hour or so each month, and is responsible for creating a budget report for the monthly meeting. It is budgeting light, trust us – there are few transactions each month, and reconciling them takes very little time. But, this position is critical to us for keeping our oversight obligations! You’ll have a “Treasurer Buddy” who writes all the checks and sends you the information (not an elf, sorry). You also get to file our taxes, but again – super simple. The previous position-holder is available to train you.

Join the PTSA:

Questions? Email or

Your membership helps provide:

  • Teacher Grants
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Sports Uniforms
  • 8th Grade Celebration
  • Sponsoring Special Events (Masquerade Ball, Parent Education) and more

If you have ANY questions or wish to volunteer, please email

Musical Theatre Summer Opportunity!

The program is run by Jason Parker (choir/drama at SQHS), Connie Campbell (choir, BHS), Tim Reinholtz (science teacher and theatre tech, SQHS), and Jen Lois (sociology prof, WWU). We have auditions coming up May 30 and 31, we start rehearsals June 23, run for three weeks, and hold our performances July 13-16. We will have students from all the B'ham District high schools participating and would love to get incoming 9th graders involved!!

Although we serve students in the District and are run by several District personnel, we are an independent nonprofit. Our audition sign-ups and crew applications open May 1. For more information, please see our website at You can also reach us at with any questions.

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The Chalk Art Festival is back this year on May 23rd from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the school. Students can team up or work solo to create their own design on a sidewalk square. Chalk will be provided. Registration is required for each participant--entry forms are available at the office. Because the event is during school hours, students will need to have a parent or guardian and their 5th and 6th period teachers sign their entry form. Completed forms are due by May 11th. If it rains on May 23rd, the event will be on May 30th. Volunteers are needed to make this event happen, please go to to sign up.

Lost and Found Items

Lost and Found items that are unclaimed by April 18th will be donated or consigned. If you are looking for a particular item that you think may be in the lost and found, email so the item can be put aside before the 18th.

Whatcom Information and Training for Healthy Youth (WITH Youth) Community Calendar for Spring/Summer 2023