Kulshan Connect

June 10, 2022

7th grade Parents

The 7th Grade Teachers are holding a camp at Whatcom Falls Park on Thursday June 16th and would love your help treating the kids with ice cream bars/popsicles. Use this Sign Up Genius here. Please drop off in the main office at Kulshan on June 16 by 10:00 AM. The kids are so excited, thank you!

Tues, June 14: Students Turn in Laptops

Laptops will be turned in during T-Bird Time on Tuesday, June 14. This is the time to track down anything that might be at home--bags, chargers, styluses. If you find that there are extras laying around your house, please send them in with your child. We would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

Summer Garden Update

Our garden is looking AMAZING! We are seeking families to help with summer garden care so that students can return to a well-tended, bountiful garden in the fall. Don’t miss this chance to support our students, meet your neighbors, enjoy garden-fresh produce, and spend time outdoors with your family! Please email me with “Summer Garden Volunteer” in the subject line if you are interested in helping with summer garden care, and let me know your availability. Additionally, we are hosting a summer volunteer orientation and work party this Saturday June 11th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the school garden, stop by at any point during that timeframe.

Tonight! KMS Band Concert

You are invited! Join us at our Kulshan End of Year Band Concert: Friday June 10, 7:00 PM in the KMS Commons.

June 15: Parent Volunteers Needed

Our amazing KMS ASB is planning our all-school Summer Send Off on Wednesday, June 15 from 3:45 - 5:30 PM in the outdoor spaces at Kulshan. We are in need of parent volunteers for our Summer Send Off. There are many activities that we could use adult supervision including: candy and pizza sales, popcorn sales, monitoring the foam machine, dump bucket, and the slip and slide, general supervision, basketball supervision, etc. The sign up does not break the events down, so you will get your assignment upon arrival. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes before school gets out to get your assignment and get ready for the fun to start! We appreciate all of you! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please use this Sign Up Genius link. Thank you!

Kulshan Summer Send Off

Our All-School Summer Send Off is Wednesday, June 15, 3:45-5:30 PM. Your ASB leaders have planned music, games, a slip-and-slide, face paint, food, and more! Here are some important things to know:

  • We will have two food trucks--an ice cream truck and a taco truck. These food trucks are cash only.
  • ASB will also be selling food and drinks--pizza, popcorn, chips, candy, soda, cotton candy. You must purchase food tickets for any ASB-sold food. Tickets are $1 each, and all food and drink (including pizza) will be 1 ticket each. Mrs. Schuitema will pre-sell food tickets during lunches on Mon, Tues, and Wed, as well as during the Send Off. Do not buy too many tickets! There will be a purchase limit of 5 tickets at a time. Remember that you can always get more tickets during the Send Off, and that the food trucks will not take tickets.
  • There is no transportation after the Send Off. Please arrange for getting home.

June 16: 8th grade Celebration

Eighth families are invited to attend our 8th Grade Celebration in our Kulshan Commons from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. This ceremony showcases student talent and student leadership. After the celebration, families often hang out in the Commons to re-connect with other families and enjoy cookies and juice. Are you interested in donating items or your time to our 8th grade events? Please sign up by June 15. Here is the link. We appreciate you!

Kulshan Library News

All library books are due Friday, June 10. Please look around and find those hidden tomes. Reminders will go out each Friday for any books that are overdue. Summer checkout starts June 13. Please pick up an agreement form in the library if you would like to participate in KMS Summer Checkout!
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Instructional Spotlight

Jennifer Frimml is a 6th grade Core (Language Arts/Social Studies) teacher, and has been teaching at Kulshan for 10 years. In the culmination of their final unit, students create a civilization and they document geographical location, climate, physical characteristics, stable food supply, organization of leadership (choosing a government system), and building a community’s culture. The driving question leading their decisions is “What does a community need in place for its people to feel safe and happy?” Additionally, students also draft a community map to demonstrate what they have learned about civilizations through time with relation to their characteristics and how they are organized.

An important part of this work is the attention to detail that Ms. Frimml has regarding reflection. Each day that students carry out their work on groups, students reflect on their progress and evaluate their group's ability to work together as a team. Building in these habits of reflection around both individual and group work are pivotal for students' success to contribute to groups later in life. Further, building in these reflective habits of mind will help kids to improve more rapidly in whatever endeavors they choose for the future.

When interviewing one of Ms. Frimml's students, and asking "why is reflection important?", her student responded with: "Reflection is important so we can improve on things for the next year, look back on yourself and feel good about how we have grown. If you go through life without reflecting on things, then you are wasting your time. Reflection strengthens your different skills, like academic and social skills."

Wow. That was a 6th grade response. Clearly, students are internalizing the important aspect of reflection in our daily lives, both personally and professionally.

Questions to Ask Your Student:

  • What rituals or routines do you have at home with reflection as a family?
  • What will end of year reflections look like to celebrate the growth for this year, and address future areas of growth next year?
  • Can you share about a time where you reflected on something and improved? What did that look and/or feel like?

Middle School Mega Band Videos

The BPS Middle School Mega Band did a fantastic job performing in our Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28! Here are the video clips of the students in the parade: Video Clip 1 and Video Clip 2.

2022-2023 District Calendar

We thought it might be helpful for you to have a list of key dates and trainings for the 2022-23 school year. Please mark your calendars as needed. Online School and District Calendars: https://bellinghamschools.org/calendars

BPS + COB Summer Camp Opportunities!

Bellingham Public Schools and the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to offer a wide variety of fun athletic camps and activities this summer. In most cases, these are opportunities for students in grades 3 to 12. These summer camps are an opportunity to connect with high school coaches and athletes. Camps run throughout the summer with a variety of start and end dates. Click here for a complete listing of BPS-related camps or go directly to the registration site and search for listings. Please call 360-778-7000 with questions. Inquire about scholarships.

by June 15: Food Pantry Donations

Our Kulshan pantry is a resource for families in need of basic toiletries or extra food over the weekend. Click this link to see which items we are requesting. Reach out to our KMS counselors if you would like more information or would like to donate. Please send any food or toiletry donations by next Wednesday, June 15 the counselors will be putting together large care boxes for our students in need.

Summer School Opportunities!

Did you know that incoming 9th graders can take high school classes this summer? They can choose between health and/or tech literacy. Students just need to fill out a summer school application. They will then give their application to Mr. Tiger or Ms. Newbauer to sign and turn in. The classes will be in-person at Options High School from June 27 - August 4, Mondays through Thursdays. Students can choose to attend first morning (8:30-10:00 AM) or second morning (10:30-12:00) sessions. Please reach out by email to Roni Weston, Summer School Principal or phone: 360-647-6871.

Debate Club

Bellingham United Debate Team is hosting a weeklong workshop for middle school and incoming high school students to learn and practice the basics of competitive debate. This will be a fun, engaging, and exciting summer opportunity that will give you lasting memories and valuable skills. Monday June 27th - Friday July 1st from 9:00am - 12:00pm, all 5 days at Bellingham High School. For more information about the Bellingham Summer Debate Workshop or the Bellingham United Debate Team, please email Coach Nick Phillips.

Mental Health for Teens

Thank you to our KMS counseling team for providing a wide range of services to our Kulshan students and families. Our team presented some really useful information at our last PTSA meeting. Feel free to take a look at this information here. And reach out to anyone in Student Services if you have questions or need support!

Attendance Office Reminders

Just a reminder to parents: if you need to pick your student up early, please send them with a note to the front office when they arrive to school. You can also email Cindy Schuitema or Jeneen Durand or call 360-676-4886 before 9:00 AM. By taking this step, your child will be ready in the office when you arrive. Also, our automatic attendance messages to parents go out one time per day, at 3:45 PM. Thank you!

Human Growth and HIV Lessons

Our Kulshan PE teachers will be sharing out the Human Growth and Development and HIV lessons that we will be teaching this Spring. Washington State requires HIV/AIDS prevention education for all students, and families are often curious about the materials and information that will be shared with students. Our PE teachers teach specific lessons which can be previewed here. As always, families may opt their child out of these Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS lessons. Please let your child's PE teacher know in writing if that is your choice. Thank you!

Social Media Accounts

Have you seen concerning social media pages related to Kulshan students? Please report accounts to Instagram if the accounts are bullying or harassing or otherwise violating Instagram terms of service. This step is easy and anonymous. Send information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools by texting or calling 844-310-9560 or by visiting bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Safe Schools Zone

This fall, contractors installed security cameras inside and outside of several of our schools, including KMS. This project was approved by voters in our community as part of the 2018 school facilities bond. Security cameras will help us maintain the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors. For more information, see policy 6610.

Support for Tribal Affiliated Students

Did you know we have over 400 students in our district with tribal affiliation? Lummi Behavioral Health can serve students with ANY tribal affiliation/status. Here is the interest link for starting MH services with Lummi Behavioral Health. If you are interested or have questions please talk to your school counselors:Michelle Strobel, Lacey Bachman, or Aaron Tiger.

College Bound Application

Did you know college is free for qualifying families? Middle school is the only time that families can sign up for the College Bound Scholarship Program. The College Bound Program covers the average cost of tuition, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 Washington State colleges, universities and technical schools. Please fill out our district Free and Reduced Lunch Form to apply. Please let your KMS counseling team know if you have any questions.

LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth

Dear Families - Did you know that we have many local and online supports to help you with your LGBTQ+ or questioning student? These resources are just a few to help along the journey. Please feel free to reach out to our KMS counselors if you have any questions or need more support Aaron Tiger (cell 360-739-3991) or Michelle Strobel. Here is a list of local and online supports.
School Tip Line text or call 844-310-9560 or report online at bellinghamschools.org/safe

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