Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of January 25-29, 2021

Note from the Principal

Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that you are all doing well and having a good start to 2021. This is our last full week of the first semester! Below you will see a calendar of a few key events coming up in the next few weeks.

We will be giving out supplies for 2nd semester, but we would also REALLY appreciate it if you would drop off any supplies, library books, or textbooks that are no longer being used so that we can use them for our next group of students. You can return supplies to the building any day to the main entrance of the building between 8 AM and 4 PM. Supply pick up will be Feb. 1 from 2-5 pm and Feb 3 from 12-5 pm for 2nd semester P1-4. Enter the main parking lot and follow the designated pathway. Student supplies will be organized by student and will be brought out to your vehicle. Please check your email and your child's email for communication from their 2nd-semester teachers about class supplies. If you have any questions, please contact the teacher or the main office for help.

We continue to have several students coming into the building to work in the Internet Cafe. If you feel your student would benefit from working in the building, please reach out to their assigned assistant principal to talk through next steps. Students with the last names starting with A-K, please contact Students with last names L-Z, please contact

As we have been in several classes over the past few weeks, we continue to see evidence of teachers' deep care for your children. I am amazed by the creativity, flexibility, and adaptability of our staff and students during this time. Students continue to create incredible 2- and 3-D art. Teachers continue to find ways for students to have deep conversations where they process difficult text and make connections to the past, their lives, and other texts and historical items. Students are working out in their homes, adding additional weight to their backpacks or water jugs as they continue to get stronger. Small groups of students are coming into the building to play in their quartets and drumline. Teachers are collaborating with peers across the district, country, and world to continue to improve their instructional methods.

While this school year has created an unbelievable challenge, I remain inspired and hopeful in our community, especially our youth. I cannot wait to see them in person as soon as it is safe to do so. Until then, we press on.

Please know that we appreciate the support and encouragement from our community. Thank you for all you are doing to support your child! We could not do this without the consistent effort everyone is putting into making it work.

With great appreciation for our Sehome community,

Sonia Cole


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It’s that time of year to think about snow and our procedures and impact of weather-related school cancellations.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day (in the case of widespread power outages),
  • close in-person instruction with all classes being held remote (K-2 would follow their remote schedule, watch for Zoom link from teacher),
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Sign up for alerts: To receive email, phone, and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? go here for step-by-step directions or contact 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check
  • Check social media: @BhamSD on Twitter or @bellinghamschools on Facebook
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

How to find your snow bus route:

Food Services Update

This week during the distribution, we will be piloting a Food Recovery Program, in partnership with Sustainable Connections. Bring any unwanted, shelf-stable items you are not using back to one of the 15 school locations. Your unwanted cans and food products will find a new home.

As we have in weeks past, we encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our Food Services Program and the Good Food Project. Boxes are distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 15 school locations and six community locations.

When you arrive in the meal box line, let the staff on hand know you have food for the Food Recovery Program. They will direct you to the drop-off box. School sites only.

Sports Medicine Club

Sports Med is promoting some community outreach for the Friends of youth. Please click on the banner to see how you can help.

FAFSA Questions?

Seniors, now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what now?

What is included in your SAR ( Student Aid Report) and who sees it?

What is your family’s EFC? ( Estimated Family contribution)

Learn the answers to these and more at:

If you have not competed your FAFSA please contact Mrs. Zender in the Career Center for assistance!

Happy Monday, Mariners!

Looking for an opportunity to help SHS? Whether you would like to volunteer for a couple of hours, or want a long-term role, there is a job for you!

Sehome teachers need volunteers to help prepare supplies for students this Wednesday and Friday. Click here to sign up.

Planning for the annual Spring auction begins THIS Wednesday, January 27, at 6:00 PM! As we are expecting to hold a virtual event, we are looking for new ideas. Use this Zoom link to join:

There are several PTSA leadership positions available for the 2020-2021 school year. New people are welcome! Want to get to know us first? Schedule a call with a board member or come to our next meeting on February 9th. Email us with questions at, and check out our website by clicking here.

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: