June 18, 2021
8th grade Celebration Link
We held our Kulshan 8th grade ceremony on Friday, June 18 from 9:45-10:30 AM. Student “stars” will be handed out to students, a taco truck will serve lunch, and outdoor activities will be planned on our KMS Field. We are so excited to celebrate our amazing Kulshan 8th graders! We will post the recording of the celebration here when the link is ready. So check back! In the meantime, here are some great videos:
Summer Book Check Out!
Summer checkout is back at Kulshan! If your library account is in good standing at the end of the year, you may check out up to 10 books for some summer reading. This is open to all students, but a signed agreement is required. Forms are available in the library and also on the Kulshan Library website.
June 18: Last Day of School
The last day of school for the 2020-21 school year is Friday, June 18.
- Elementary schools dismiss at 1:30 p.m.
- Middle schools dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
- High schools dismiss at 12:30 p.m.
Please note for planning purposes: The last day of school for high school seniors is Friday, June 11. The first day of school is Sept. 1, 2021. The 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars can be viewed on our calendars webpage.
Summer Meal Distribution
This summer, Bellingham Public Schools will offer free, seven-day meal boxes to all children 0 to 18, as well as students in Community Transitions.
Please note: Meal boxes will not be distributed during the first week of summer break on Wednesday, June 23. Meal box distribution will resume on Wednesday, June 30 and continue every Wednesday this summer through Aug. 18. Boxes will be given out between 12 and 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser Street
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue
KMS Band Concert Link
FAQ with Dr. Baker
Staff, students, families and others have many questions, which include what next school year may look like (spoiler: we hope more like pre-pandemic times); rules about masking and vaccinations; our ongoing equity, diversity and inclusion work and many others. Watch this video to learn more!
Part of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work in Bellingham is examining our curriculum to see if the voices and images of traditionally marginalized students and families are represented. Thank you to the KMS families and students who have sent me resources to integrate into our curriculum across all of our content areas. June is Pride Month and we have learned so much from our students and families. Here is LGBTQ History Timeline from GLSEN. I really enjoy learning with you! Thank you.
Free High School Courses
KMS Garden Update!
Our gardening classes are in full swing at Kulshan! You can find our gardening and cooking resources on our website, by signing up for our newsletter, or by following us on Facebook or Instagram @CommonThreadsFarm. We have been planting a lot of leafy greens, peas, carrots, potatoes, and much more in the garden the past couple of weeks. We are looking for Spring and Summer garden care volunteers, if this is something you would be interested in, you can read about it and sign up here!
COVID Vaccine Clinics
- PeaceHealth is offering clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. They recommend scheduling an appointment through their online system. Walk-ins are accepted but patients may experience a wait, depending on the volume. Spanish Medical Interpreters are onsite Thursday evenings from 4:45 – 7 p.m.
- Unity Care is scheduling appointments for Pfizer first doses at their Bellingham clinic this week and have a number of appointments available. Families can schedule by calling the vaccine line (360-746-3098) or using the online scheduling link.
High School Merchandise
Youth Peace Poetry Contest open for submissions
April is National Poetry Month, and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) Youth Peace Poetry Contest is open now for submissions! The contest is open to all youth ages 4 to 18 who live in Whatcom County. For more more information or to submit a poem, please visit the WDRC website. In related Poetry News, Bellingham Public Schools is sharing poems using the hashtag: #BPSPoetry. This is a great chance to share student poems in more public way.
Now Hiring in BPS
We are hiring in Bellingham! If you have questions about jobs available in our schools, please visit the district website at and click on “jobs”. For assistance with questions about temporary substitute assignments, you may contact Gayle Wright, Substitute Coordinator by emailing or by calling the office at (360) 676-2784 or (360) 398-5572. Questions about other job opportunities in our schools may be addressed by contacting Kara Silsbee, Employment Specialist by emailing or by calling (360) 319-4999.
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center has many valuable opportunities for families. These include information, education, mediation, conflict resolution, and more. Check our their website for events such as Parent Nights and FREE virtual workshop series for youth (ages 7-12) and teens (13-18). https://www.whatcomdrc.org/
Is Your Information Correct?
Is your contact information for your student up-to-date? You can do this online now through our Skyward Family Access program. Please take a few minutes to log into Skyward Family Access to review your contact information, mailing address, emergency contacts and to complete the Annual Health Concerns form for your student. If you need your login and password information for Skyward Family Access, please contact me and I can provide that information. Please note that if you need to correct or update your address and/or mailing address, you will have to contact me with the new information (families do not have permission to update addresses online). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our registrar Viry Ferreira.
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.
It's Easy to Join KMS PTSA
LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth
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.
Bellingham Food Bank Schedule
Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and when it’s their turn, volunteers will provide pre-packed food boxes without requiring person to person contact. There will be a bike or walk-up option as well. Pick up for up to 2 families per visit, no paperwork required. Check out the Bellingham Food Bank to learn more or to make a donation.