Kulshan Connect

November 13, 2020

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

Tuesday Meal & Book Pick Ups in November

Due to our upcoming holidays, the rest of our November pick up days will be on TUESDAYS:


  • Tuesday, November 10
  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Tuesday, November 24


Did you know meal boxes are currently free for all children 0-18? Pick up from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at these school sites: Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Geneva, Happy Valley, Northern Heights, Roosevelt, Wade King, Fairhaven, Kulshan, Shuksan, Whatcom, Bellingham, Sehome. And these community sites: Sterling Meadows, Eliza Court, Villa Santa Fe, Evergreen Ridge Apartments, Regency Park, Sudden Valley Community Center. if you think you might qualify for free or reduced lunch, please complete this form by December 1, 2020. Paper forms are also available at the distribution sites.

Free Winter Coats

On Tuesday, November 18, a local Girl Scout Troop involving Kulshan students will be distributing lightly used, free, winter coats to families during food and book distribution from 4:00-5:30. The coats will be set up toward the back of the school and you can feel free to check out the coats after you receive your meals.

Kulshan Spirit Gear

Did you order a Kulshan t-shirt or sweatshirt? If yes, you can pick them up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8:30 AM - 3:00 pm. Or during the Food Pick Up times.

Nov 11 - 15: Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser

Our KMS PTSA is doing fundraiser at Mechnie's frozen yogurt (on Lakeway) from Nov 11 - Nov 15. Just show them this image or mention that you are there to support "Kulshan Middle School PTSA." 20% of your yogurt purchases go back to PTSA, which means it goes back to you! YAY!

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in BPS

We are happy to share this November 2020 newsletter listing heritage months, cultural celebrations, holidays and other information supporting the important work of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in Bellingham Public Schools. Please visit the EDI webpage for an ongoing dialogue and focus on this key strategy of The Bellingham Promise. You can also reach out directly to the director of equity, diversity and inclusion Janis Velasquez Farmer.

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.

November MAP Testing

Thank you to our students and families for such a successful round of Reading MAP testing! Our Math MAP testing will take place Nov. 17-18. Homeroom teachers will provide students with directions on how to take the assessment. MAP is an adaptive test, meaning the questions get easier or harder as each student progresses through the test. Students will see many questions they may not know how to answer – they should just make their best attempt and move on. Families can learn more about MAP from the child’s teacher and from MAP’s Family Toolkit website.

KMS Library Book Checkout

Students can use this link to look at the online catalog. If you see something you want that is unavailable, you can log into Destiny and place a hold (same login as for your laptop). To request books, use this form. Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Stephanie will get your books ready for pickup. Books will be available to be picked up during Food Pick Ups: 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

In November:

  • Tuesday, November 10
  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Tuesday, November 24
Please enter your requests the day before. Requests received after that may not be ready for next-day pickup (but we'll do our best). As always, email Mr. Shaffer for book recommendations, or any other questions! Books not picked up on Pickup Day will be in the office and can be picked up (as well as returned) from 8am-3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri.

It's Easy to Join KMS PTSA

We currently have 72 members in our PTSA and we would love to reach 100 members by the end of November. Are you interested in joining? It's super easy to join. You can become PTSA member here! Membership rates are low and on a sliding scale. Meetings will be held once per month (normally about 1 hour) via Zoom. You can also follow Kulshan PTSA on Instagram by clicking this link. Do you have questions about our KMS PTSA? Email us here. Thank you!

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? Middle school is a time of growth and many students in middle school are figuring out who they are. 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 Jen Newbauer (cell 360-739-4138). Here is a list of local and online supports.

How to Join a Club

We all know that Kulshan Clubs are one of the best things about middle school! Our clubs will be starting up the week of October 19 but you can join anytime. Here is a list of all of our clubs. Click on this Club Form to view the club options and sign up. And YES - you can sign up for more than one. If you check that you are interested in any clubs, our facilitators will reach out to you with more information. Clubs are free and they are all optional.

How to Start a Club

Are you interested in starting a club? If you have a great idea and you think others will want to join your club, please email Mr. Terpstra, Mr. Tiger, or Ms. Newbauer. We will work with you to see if your club idea can become a reality. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about KMS Clubs.

Weekly Announcement Videos

Did you know that we show a weekly announcement video in Homeroom? Well, we do! If you would like to watch these videos, click here. This is just one more way that we are trying to stay connected to you and your student. We miss you!

Free Cooking Classes

New cooking classes every week on Zoom! Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM - just in time for you to enjoy what your kids made at dinner! Sign up to secure your spot in one or more of the classes. You will see additional classes are added to the website each week.

Power Outage?

If there is a power outage, our staff will help your student catch up. Please notify Jeneen Durand, our Attendance Secretary by calling 360-647-6877 or emailing kms.attendance@bellinghamschools.org . If a teacher loses connection during a class, students should stay on the class for a few minutes while the teacher logs back in. Then check students’ email and MS Teams for instructions from the teacher. More information can be found here on our KMS website.

Skyward/ Family Access

Do you need help with Skyward/ Family Access? Our friends at Shuksan Middle School made these great online resources and videos. Check them out! Or reach out to our Kulshan registrar - Viry Ferreira. viry.ferreira@bellinghamschools.org

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.

Wednesday Attendance

Did you know that we take attendance for all classes every Wednesday? Students will be marked present if they at least log in and check their MS Teams page. Please remind your students to do this every Wednesday for periods 5-8. Thank you!

KMS Attendance

Is your child going to miss a class or a full day? Please email our Kulshan Attendance Secretary, Jeneen Durand, at: kmsattendance@bellinghamschools.org or call us at (360) 647-6877.

KMS Counselor Corner

Please feel free to reach out with any student or family specific needs and we will see how we can help. As always, our goal is to support the social and emotional needs of all our students. Take care and see you soon!

Aaron Tiger - Counselor (cell 360-739-3991)

Jen Newbauer - Counselor (cell 360-739-4138)

Viry Ferreira - KMS Registrar

Kulshan Garden

Thank you to all those who have helped put school gardens to bed for the winter! We couldn't have done it without you. And now the gardens take a well-deserved break until the growing season begins again. If you're feeling hearty, we'll continue to have garden volunteering opportunities from time to time over the winter months. If you're not already on our volunteer list but want to hear about these opportunities as they come up, please sign up here.

Bellingham Food Bank Schedule

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

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

(NEW!) Thursdays: Bellingham High School 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 and We Love You!

One more time - we just want you to know we miss you and we would love to hear from you. Though schools are closed, please know that you can 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, and your outdoor activities. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Kulshan Contacts

Our school building may be closed, but we are open! Please email us if you have questions:


Meagan Dawson, Principal

Kevin Terpstra, Assistant Principal

Aaron Tiger, Counselor

Jen Newbauer, Counselor

Viry Ferriera, Registrar

Jeneen Durand, Attendance Secretary


Family Handbook in English

Family Handbook in Spanish


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