BFPP NEWS

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Principal's Corner

Hello BFPP families,


I want to take a minute to express my pleasure and excitement to be working with the staff at BFPP. Some are long termers, some are new, and all are amazing. This month I have watched them jump in, take risks, learn new things, stretch, make mistakes with grace, and work in service of our families. What I am most in awe of is how much gratitude and joy they share in working with the families and students. You make our work more than work, you make it our life fulfilling calling. Take a few minutes to read through and get to know these amazing humans…..it’s worth it.


Warmly, k

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~No Classes on Friday, October 15th~

Volunteer Application for Parents

All parents remaining on site and/or inside during classes must complete the district volunteer application. This application includes uploading a copy of your driver's license and COVID vaccine card. Please contact your LPP with questions.

Looking for 2 new Parent Advisory Committee BFPP representatives!

The PAC is a representative group of families from across the school district. They meet regularly to share insights from the family perspective and hear from Dr. Baker and the district.


It’s okay for any interested parents to attend any of the meetings, but we want to identify two representatives from each school for a balanced group. Representatives are asked to:

  • Represent the diverse perspectives of parents from their school and district; and
  • Serve as a communications liaison between PAC, the principal, the PTA and the school’s parent community.


Meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Thursdays (approx. once per month), with some being via Zoom and (hopefully) some in-person at the District Office.


Meetings for 2021-22 are scheduled as follows: Oct. 14, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19.


If you are interested in being the BFPP PAC rep, contact Kate at kate.baehr@bellinghamschools.org

i-Ready for 1st and 2nd graders

Dear Families of 1st and 2nd Grade Students,

We are excited to share that our district is implementing a reading assessment program called i-Ready in our primary grades.


What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in reading, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.


The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.


i-Ready has a component called My Path that provides students with practice lessons based on their individual strengths and areas for growth. These lessons are interactive and provide strategic supports to keep your child engaged as they learn.


Stay tuned for more news as we look forward to sharing i-Ready information with you throughout the year. If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact your LPP. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

Thursday, Oct. 14th~ MOD Pizza fundraiser for BFPP

It's coming up - Thursday October 14th is BFPP Day at MOD Pizza in Barkley Village. MOD Pizza is donating 20% of sales to our program! You can eat in, get take out, or get delivery.


Visit MOD Pizza's online order website. Use the coupon code GR201111B and 20% of your meal’s price on 10/14 will be donated back to BFPP. If you're ordering in store, mention BFPP to get your purchase counted.

Tuesday/Thursday Materials Pick Up

Materials pick up at BFPP is on Tuesdays from 9-10 am and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. & 4-5 p.m.


You don't need to come each week. You will be contacted when you have materials to pick up. This may include library holds, school supplies, curriculum you've requested, or kits/supplies for remote classes. Thank you for your patience!


Our address is 1409 18th Street in the Larrabee building. We don’t have a parking lot to pull into, so please pull along side the south end of the building on Larrabee, then turn right on 18th street which runs along the front of the school. The parking strip is the staging area.


You are welcome to stay in your car or come up to the front door.

Browse our Library Book Inventory Online

Students can log into Destiny to browse and request books from their Learning Plan Partner by email.


Here are the steps:

  1. From our Family Partnership Program website click on the Library tab
  2. Then Select Library Catalog
  3. Click on Login at the top right hand corner


If on a district issued laptop, you can log in with Bellingham Schools Office 365 on the left side of the screen (it will automatically log you in)


If on a personal device, you can still use Office 365 but will need to manually type in your EMAIL Address and Password (same as your laptop password)


OR you can us the FOLLETT sign in on the right using the District Issued USER/PASSWORD

  • District Issued USER: First 5 of Last name, first 3 of first name and 3 zero’s
    • For Peggy Gallegos it would be “GALLEPEG000”
  • PASS: First 3 of first name and birth date day
    • I was born November 22 so my pass would be “peg22”


The books will show a red “OUT” when NOT available or a green “IN” when they ARE available.


Once you have identified the books you would like, please email your Learning Plan Partner with the list.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, coming up on Monday, October 11th, with resources, lessons, and activity plans for grades K-8 from IllumiNative.

Rae Brothers Magazine

BFPP students and brothers Abel and Waylon Rae have collaborated on several issues of Rae Brothers Magazine, featuring photos, articles, artwork, essays, games, and more! Click here to read the latest edition. Thank you Rae Brothers for your willingness to share your hard work and adventures with our school community!



*We love to feature student work and projects! Seeing what others are up to and how they're using their talents is a great way to be inspired. Do you have something you'd be willing to share? Send it to Heidi to include in an upcoming newsletter.

Math Enrichment Opportunities

BFPP parent and math education enthusiast Rachel Throolin is once again organizing some great opportunities:


-MOEMS contests (Math Olympiad) for 4th-8th graders

-AMC-8 for up to grade 8

-MathCounts for middle schoolers

-potential outside math activities with a WWU professor


If your child is interested in any of the above, or you want to find out more, please contact Rachel to get on her email list!

New Club: Mythiclub for 4th-8th Graders

Have you ever wondered what tales were told hundreds of years ago? Look no further! Throughout the year, we will be researching and telling each other the fairytales of long ago, including the folklore of Japan, India, Greece, China, the Vikings, Britain, and more! This club, for 4th-8th graders, will meet bi-weekly, on zoom for one hour. The first meeting is October 14th. We will then meet every second and fourth Thursday of the month.


Each week, a new culture’s tales will be read aloud with images shown, discussions held, and (optional) show and tell featuring drawings, books, anything relating to mythology. The maximum capacity will be 10 kids to start. RSVP if interested and you will receive a club folder with various fun mythic materials to be used at each meeting. Contact MythiClub@Yahoo.com

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Family-Led Clubs

Student/Parent-driven clubs are a fun part of BFPP. Past clubs have included math club, Pokemon club, chess club, kindness club, and several others! Interested in starting a club? Spend some time thinking about the Topic, Purpose, and Format of your club. Then contact your LPP with your idea!

ST Math

ST Math is an online math program offering free access for homeschoolers this school year. With a unique visual puzzle style, and featuring a cute penguin, ST Math offers adaptive skill building while allowing parents to track student progress.

Fall Activities at the Sportsplex

The Sportsplex is offering a public ice skating time this fall on Wednesdays from 9-11.


Interested in homeschool ice skating lessons or homeschool soccer? Contact Program Director Elsha Grimes and let her know!

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Mindport Open By Appointment

Looking for something indoors to do on a rainy fall day? Mindport Museum is open for 1-hour private appointments, for groups of up to 10! Get the whole museum to yourself and enjoy all of their interactive displays.

Scholastic Books

A big thank you to all who placed a book order last month. Look at the pile of gorgeous books we received for BFPP's library thanks to your September orders!

Newsletter Ideas and Contributions Welcome

Do you have a news item to share with our school community at large? How about ideas on how to help this newsletter better meet our school's needs? Please let me know- I'd love to hear from you!

-Heidi Zollner