Kulshan Connect

June 6: Weekly Newsletter during School Closures

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A key strategy in our Bellingham Promise is focused on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This past week, in light of the protests across the country, many Kulshan parents have reached out to us, asking for resources that will help frame conversations with their children. Here are just a few: several staff members have enjoyed this Brene Brown podcast, which features Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi's book, in partnership with Jason Reynolds, is available for middle level readers. We will also continue to post resources, books, podcasts, and articles on social media feeds. We appreciate your partnership and connection as we learn and grow together.

Virtual Band and Orchestra Concerts!

Our Kulshan Middle School music kids did not get to participate in any group contests or parades this year, so instead they put together a couple of videos playing from home. They also got to collaborate with music students across all four middle schools. They rocked it! The Band Class is playing All Star by Smash Mouth and Orchestra is playing an awesome tune called Dragon Hunter. Enjoy! Kat Barrett, Kulshan Middle School Music teacher.

Need Some New Books?

It is time to refresh your book stack! When you come into school to drop off library books, laptops, uniforms, etc., and pick up yearbooks, you'll be able to pickup a new stack of books, as well! Books must be requested in advance. Students won't be able to browse the library. Take a look at what is available on the Library Catalog. Then fill out this book request form. Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Stephanie will get your book stack ready and put it with the rest of your materials for pickup. Email Mr. Shaffer with any questions!

Local Author Christine Day

We were so sad to have to cancel our March visit with Christine Day, the author of I Can Make This Promise. All 6th and 7th grade students read her book and were looking forward to meeting her. We have worked to bring you a positive alternative! On June 1, Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Day recorded a Virtual Q&A, with questions from students. Click here to watch!

Kulshan Staff Highlight

Work Station of the Week! Meagan Butcher, one of our 6th grade Science teachers, at her outdoor workstation. All of our Kulshan staff members are available to support families and students during these online learning experiences.

New Link! Lunchtime Book Talks

Jennifer Lovchik, Teen Services Librarian at the Bellingham Public Library, invites all Shuksan and Kulshan MS students to join her for a virtual “Lunchtime” book club! During these sessions, we’ll share what we’ve been reading/watching/doing during our “stay at home” time. Join us on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 979 6826 3425 Password: 750518

Health and Wellness for You!

Every week, new activities and tips are shared to promote wellness and self-care among our staff and families. We call these the Big 4 for Wellness because they include the four categories of mental/emotional health, physical activity, social connection and personal reflection. The current tips include using a pomodoro timer to remember to take breaks and information about the daily mile! Follow the weekly posts on Facebook or Instagram or visit us here. #Bhamselfcare #BPSBig4

Common Threads Update

Here at Common Threads, we’ve been busy growing food to distribute to our kids and families, developing learning resources for you to enjoy at home, and looking for other ways large and small that we can share some love during these strange times. We’d love to stay connected with you! Please consider: 1) Signing up to care for your school garden this summer (with social distancing protocols in place) or email me. 2) Attending one of our pay-what-you-can cooking classes 3) Following us on social media @CommonThreadsFarm. Please stay healthy and happy - and never stop learning and growing! Like a plant! Love and air hugs from Ruby, your Food Educator.

Online Writing Club!

Kulshan Writing Club with Sudden Valley librarian Marie Guenette is back! The club will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, via Zoom. The first meeting is May 5! Contact Mr. Shaffer if you have any questions. Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 454 081 8328 Password: booksrock

Kulshan Daily Announcements!

Thanks to the beautiful and talented Ms. Bachman, our Morning (Daily) Announcements have gone online! YAY! Check them out here and watch for a new Morning (Daily) Announcement every day! This is a great way to get news during our extended break and it gives you a chance to stretch your legs and say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sehome Cheer Tryouts

Are you slated to attend Sehome High School in the fall? Are you interested in trying out for cheer? The SHS team will be having online tryouts for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information and a tryout packet, email Assistant Coach Sadie. Online tryouts begin June 1, 2020.

Students: Big 4 for Wellness at Kulshan

What are you doing to stay active and well? Your PE/Health teachers want to know! Each week we are asking to students to submit a record of what they are doing to stay healthy. There are two formats they can use, which are found in Microsoft Teams under the assignments tab. The Big 4 recommendations can help you as you move through the week. We hope you will join us in striving for wellness! If your student is having trouble finding any of these PE/ Health resources, please email Carrie Pasquale or Jason Sytsma. We hope you will join us in striving for wellness!

A Message from Nurse Barb

Do you have a general student health question during our school closure? Nurse Barb is available by phone (360) 201-6390 or you can email Barb by clicking this link. We have many COVID related health questions and answers on our district website here. COVID educational materials are available in 26 languages at the Washington State Department of Health website.

Free School Lunches - ages 0-18

Meal boxes are served every Monday from 11:00-12:30 PM. Our district is serving free lunches at these school sites: Alderwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Geneva, Happy Valley, Parkview, Roosevelt, Wade King, Shuksan, and Options. We are also serving at these neighborhoods: Eliza Court, Evergreen, Regency Park, Sterling Meadows, Sudden Valley Community Center, and Villa Santa Fe. Any student can pick up food at any location.

Bellingham Food Bank Locations

Tuesdays: Shuksan Middle School from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: Christ the King on Meridian from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Civic Field 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!

One more time - we just want you to know we miss you and we would love to hear from you. 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, or your quarantine work station. Stay safe and stay healthy! (in the photo: Kevin Terpstra, Assistant Principal of Kulshan, at his home work station)

Kulshan Office Hours

Our school building may be closed, but we are available everyday! Please email us if you have questions during this COVID school closure:

Meagan Dawson, Principal

Kevin Terpstra, Assistant Principal

Aaron Tiger, Counselor

Jen Newbauer, Counselor

Viry Ferriera, Registrar

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