Kulshan Connect

June 17, 2022

8th Grade Celebration

A huge thank you to the many people for making our 8th Grade Celebration such a special event: to our PTSA for organizing all of the decorations and refreshments, to Lacey Bachman and Emma Jenkins for making the slide show, to Tyler Dockins for video taping the event, and to our student performers for being brave and amazing. Also, as soon as the LifeTouch photo-booth photos are ready. Click this link. Username(email): 8thgraders@kulshanmiddleschool.com / Password: celebration

Library + Laptops + Lost & Found

Now is the time to track down anything that might be at home-- library books, laptops, loaner laptops, laptop bags, chargers, styluses. If you find that there are extras laying around your house, please send them. Also - we still have about 100 items in our Lost & Found. Please stop by and grab your water bottles, sweatshirts, and clothes. We would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

Kulshan Summer Office Hours:

Monday, June 20, closed

June 21 - 24: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
June 27 - Aug 15 - KMS office is closed

Tues, Aug 16, Open Daily from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:30 - 3:30 PM

District Summer Office Hours:

Mon, June 20 - Fri, August 12: Open daily Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Closed Fridays

Starting Monday, Aug. 15: Regular hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

KMS Summer Garden Update

We need a few Kulshan families to help with summer garden care. Please email Common Threads with “Summer Garden Volunteer” in the subject line if you are interested in helping and let us know your availability.

Kulshan Library News

Do you still have books to turn in? Please look around and find those hidden tomes. Summer checkout starts June 13. Please pick up an agreement form in the library if you would like to participate in KMS Summer Checkout!

Middle School Mega Band Videos

The BPS Middle School Mega Band did a fantastic job performing in our Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28! Here are the video clips of the students in the parade: Video Clip 1 and Video Clip 2.

2022-2023 District Calendar

We thought it might be helpful for you to have a list of key dates and trainings for the 2022-23 school year. Please mark your calendars as needed. Online School and District Calendars: https://bellinghamschools.org/calendars

BPS + COB Summer Camp Opportunities!

Bellingham Public Schools and the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to offer a wide variety of fun athletic camps and activities this summer. In most cases, these are opportunities for students in grades 3 to 12. These summer camps are an opportunity to connect with high school coaches and athletes. Camps run throughout the summer with a variety of start and end dates. Click here for a complete listing of BPS-related camps or go directly to the registration site and search for listings. Please call 360-778-7000 with questions. Inquire about scholarships.

Summer School Opportunities!

Did you know that incoming 9th graders can take high school classes this summer? They can choose between health and/or tech literacy. Students just need to fill out a summer school application. They will then give their application to Mr. Tiger or Ms. Newbauer to sign and turn in. The classes will be in-person at Options High School from June 27 - August 4, Mondays through Thursdays. Students can choose to attend first morning (8:30-10:00 AM) or second morning (10:30-12:00) sessions. Please reach out by email to Roni Weston, Summer School Principal or phone: 360-647-6871.

Debate Club

Bellingham United Debate Team is hosting a weeklong workshop for middle school and incoming high school students to learn and practice the basics of competitive debate. This will be a fun, engaging, and exciting summer opportunity that will give you lasting memories and valuable skills. Monday June 27th - Friday July 1st from 9:00am - 12:00pm, all 5 days at Bellingham High School. For more information about the Bellingham Summer Debate Workshop or the Bellingham United Debate Team, please email Coach Nick Phillips.

Mental Health for Teens

Thank you to our KMS counseling team for providing a wide range of services to our Kulshan students and families. Our team presented some really useful information at our last PTSA meeting. Feel free to take a look at this information here. And reach out to anyone in Student Services if you have questions or need support!

Social Media Accounts

Have you seen concerning social media pages related to Kulshan students? Please report accounts to Instagram if the accounts are bullying or harassing or otherwise violating Instagram terms of service. This step is easy and anonymous. Send information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools by texting or calling 844-310-9560 or by visiting bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Safe Schools Zone

This fall, contractors installed security cameras inside and outside of several of our schools, including KMS. This project was approved by voters in our community as part of the 2018 school facilities bond. Security cameras will help us maintain the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors. For more information, see policy 6610.

Support for Tribal Affiliated Students

Did you know we have over 400 students in our district with tribal affiliation? Lummi Behavioral Health can serve students with ANY tribal affiliation/status. Here is the interest link for starting MH services with Lummi Behavioral Health. If you are interested or have questions please talk to your school counselors:Michelle Strobel, Lacey Bachman, or Aaron Tiger.

College Bound Application

Did you know college is free for qualifying families? Middle school is the only time that families can sign up for the College Bound Scholarship Program. The College Bound Program covers the average cost of tuition, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 Washington State colleges, universities and technical schools. Please fill out our district Free and Reduced Lunch Form to apply. Please let your KMS counseling team know if you have any questions.

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? 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 Michelle Strobel. Here is a list of local and online supports.
School Tip Line text or call 844-310-9560 or report online at bellinghamschools.org/safe

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