Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of Dec. 14 - 18

Letter from the Principal

This year has been unlike any other! It has been filled with so much heartache and pain, but it also been a year where we have seen renewed kindness and compassion. I have a deeper sense of appreciation for my support network and this Sehome community. School looks different this year, but kindness looks different this year as well. As a school, we have been working on a gratitude practice where we capture the things we are thankful for and write them down. I wanted to share a few of mine with you and ask that you do the same!

- Teachers and parent volunteers are assembling supply kits so that hands-on supplies can be put in the hands of students.

- Family Resource Center and the Bellingham Schools Foundation have filled every single need we have asked for. They have provided YES cards for students and families in need. Created meal boxes and basic supplies for families. When we call with a need, they respond.

- Our office staff have delivered supplies to countless families who have needed supplies delivered for one reason or another. Teachers put in the request and this group makes it happen.

- Teachers have spent countless hours learning about technology and ways to provide instruction to students. They continue to evolve and learn new ways to engage students in the learning process.

- Students found unique and creative ways to connect with and encourage one another.

- Teachers are connecting with students in the afternoon for one on one or small group instruction to lead them through the learning process, knowing that this environment is so incredibly challenging for many.

- Students have written and filmed a movie to capture the times and to provide a creative outlet space for processing.

- Students have created incredible art pieces from their homes.

- Students have overcome the challenges of learning from home, battled through incredible loneliness, and found ways to keep laughing.

- Our food service staff have adapted and changed several times to meet the needs of our community. They made food boxes for those who are at home. They are making lunches for those students who are in the building.

- Parents partnering with the school in their child's education to support from home.

- Our office staff have kept everything up and running- even from their homes, somehow. They always do it with a smile on their face.

- Teachers continue to find ways to make learning interesting and daily make their students laugh or smile.

- Our coaches and athletics coordinator who have created protocols and run outside practices to provide students with a place to connect and be together in a safe way.

- Our counselors have completed home visits and supported struggling students and families- often through uncharted territory. They are finding ways to connect and support students even in this environment.

- Staff in our Life Skills program and Internet Cafe are creating safe and inviting spaces in the building while following our health protocols. They are showing us that it is possible to make connections even when all you can see is a person's eyes. They keep us laughing and showing us that anything is possible.

- Our transportation staff continue to support us and somehow find a way to make things work even as things change ALL the time.

This does not even begin to capture all the ways that love and kindness have shown up at Sehome this year. I know that you have many in your own home. I encourage you to take time to reflect and share with those people in your life.

While we know that there are SO many things to be thankful for, we also know that this is an exceptionally difficult time of year, made even more difficult this year. This week in Anchor, we will be providing resources (seen below) to students about who to reach out to if they need support over winter break. This is an incredible resource from Sources of Strength below that has activities for families about where to find strength and support and strategies for mental health. I highly recommend checking it out. There are great coloring pages that help process emotions and also conversation starters.

Tuesday, 12/15, is the last of the 1-4 rotation for this semester! Teachers have been communicating with students about finals and when the final day is to turn in work. The 5-8 period rotation starts on Wednesday. Students will have asynchronous assignments they need to complete on that day, even though they have not officially met back with that class. Most classes will be a review of previous material or a preview of what is to come.

It is certainly a busy season! Lots to keep track of for families, students, and staff!! After this week, we look forward to our two-week break. I hope you have an incredible holiday season. It will certainly be different than those in the past, but I hope you find joy in the quiet moments and time spent with your family.

As always, reach out with any questions or concerns. Looking forward to connecting with you all in 2021!

Sonia Cole


In this edition:

  1. Schedule for this Week
  2. Mariner Market Information
  3. HelpLine Information
  4. Sources of Strength Resources
  5. Computer Help - Library Info
  6. Yearbook Ordering
  7. Meal box Pick Up
  8. Learning Center
  9. Apply for Scholarships
  10. PTSA Announcement
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3- Help Line Information

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4- Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength has a number of incredible resources for supporting mental health. Click here for an entire packet of resources, conversation starters, games, and coloring pages that are good for families with kids of all ages.

5- Computer Help

NEW!!! Having issues with your computer, stylus, charger and need help? You can now email to have these items replaced at Sehome. You will be able to pick up your replacement item within hours.

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6- Yearbook Ordering

1) You can order your yearbook through the online payment system.

2) You can bring a check to Cathy Moran in the ASB office Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM. There is also a dropbox if she is not in her office.

The cost of the yearbook is currently $50. Starting second semester, the price will increase to $65.

You do not want to miss this yearbook. Our yearbook staff has done a phenomenal job documenting this unprecedented school year. If you have any questions about payment, please reach out to Cathy Moran at If you have questions about the Yearbook or your photo entry, please email Lauren Tucker at


Sehome Yearbook

7- Meal Box Update

The Dec. 16 box will contain 21 meals to cover additional days during winter break. The Dec. 16 box will also include a recipe for carrot ginger soup created by the Central Kitchen and Common Threads. All the ingredients needed for this soup are in the Dec. 16 box.

Important note: there will be no meal box distributions on Dec. 23 and 30. The Bellingham Food Bank will continue to operate around the holidays. Visit their website for more information on times and locations.

If you need additional support, please contact the Family Resource Center now by calling 360-676-6456 or by filling out the help form.

Meal box distribution will remain on Wednesdays starting in January 2021.

8- Learning Center

The Learning Center is available this week. This is a great opportunity to study for finals, work with a tutor to complete some of your missing work, and connect with other students about finishing up this rotation!

9- Search and Apply for Scholarships at

Private scholarships are one tool to help make college or training after high school more affordable. Students and families in Washington can access to create a profile and be matched with potential scholarship opportunities. The WashBoard site is spam-free and will never sell your information.

Many scholarships are available regardless of income. Businesses, organizations, and colleges award scholarships to students for good grades, community service, athletic ability, or a variety of other qualities or activities.

Scholarship requirements and deadlines vary, so it’s important to mind the details and submit your paperwork on time. Below are more tips for scholarship searches and applications:

  • DO search and apply for scholarships on trusted sites like
  • DON’T pay money for information or assistance with scholarship searches. There are plenty of free options online, or you can ask your school counselor for help.
  • DO apply for local scholarships at your high school, in your community, from employers, and at the college you plan to attend.
  • DON’T waste time and energy. Make sure you meet eligibility requirements before you apply. Also, many scholarship applications require essays on similar topics—it’s okay to reuse your work on multiple applications.
  • DO continue to apply for scholarships while you are in college.

Applying for scholarships and financial aid can help make your dreams a reality. Learn more and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

10 - PTSA Announcement

It is almost Winter Break, and we know everyone is ready for some downtime. Before putting a bow on 2020, we encourage families to reach out to SHS teachers and staff with some kind or encouraging words. If you need an email address for a particular teacher or staff member, you can find it here.

Our PTSA would love to wrap up the year with some new members! You can give us the best gift ever, by joining now. We are also looking for people willing to take on leadership roles in the new year. Please email us at if you are interested.

Don’t forget, you can support SHS while shopping for the holidays at Fred Meyer or on Amazon.

  • Fred Meyer: Link your Rewards card by going here. You will need to sign in, then search for Sehome High School or the organization number: SF659.
  • Amazon: After logging in to your account, go to You will find us under “Sehome PTSA 8-3-100”.

Happy Holidays Mariners!

Sehome High School PTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: