Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of October 26 - 30

Principal's Letter

Dear Sehome Families,

It is hard to believe that we are reaching the end of October. Last week Thursday, we launched our Internet Cafe where students are able to come in and work from our Commons. We know that remote learning is challenging for all students, but if you feel that your child is having a particularly challenging time accessing remote learning and having the ability to work in the Commons daily might address those challenges, please reach out to Bethany Barrett, our assistant principal, at Bethany.Barrett@bellinghamschools.org. Our seats are very limited at this time, but we are hoping to continue to grow this program. It was SO incredible having students back in the building for the first time since March 13. What a huge energy boost to all of us to get to see our students again!


We are also excited to start our fall workouts today and to have students back on campus this afternoon. There is additional information about this opportunity below. If your child is participating in these workouts, please remind them to wear a mask as soon as they get out of their car or come on campus. We cannot have students congregating in the parking lot. They need to go directly to their assigned field for practice and then return to their cars. We know this will be very challenging because they want to see their friends, but we want to be able to get this program launched well, so we ask that everyone follow the safety guidelines that Mr. Cushman sent out.


We are also excited to provide students with a way to quickly contact their teachers and other students. Starting this week, we will have the chat feature turned on in Microsoft Teams. This will allow students to direct message their teachers with questions they have. It keeps everything within the Teams platform. Please remind your child that everything they say on this platform is attached to their school login and is searchable if needed.


As the month of October comes to a close, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for each parent, student, staff member, grandparent, neighbor, and community member who is helping to educate our students. It truly takes our entire community to make this happen. This has been true forever, but we feel it so acutely right now. Thank you for the part you play!


I hope you have an incredible week and find joy in the small things!


Sonia Cole

Principal

Sehome High School

TABLE OF CONTENTS


  1. Technology Help
  2. Career Center Updates
  3. Library Book Check-out
  4. Meal Box Pick Up
  5. Schedules- Weekly and Rotation
  6. PTSA Updates
  7. Learning Center
  8. Yearbook information for senior families
  9. Jobs for HS Students
  10. Supply Pick Up
  11. Student Update Information

Seniors who need to complete their FAFSA can receive help during these events.

WCC FA event (open to all students – not just those attending WCC)
November 12th 5-7:00pm Registration: https://www.whatcom.edu/get-started/tour-the-campus/outreach-events

WSAC/12th year
12th Year Campaign Statewide FAFSA Event
10/24/20 11:00am-2:00pm
Register in advance

12th Year Campaign Statewide FA Event
10/28/20 5:00-8:00pm
Register in advance

3 - LIBRARY BOOK CHECK OUT

4 - FOOD SERVICE UPDATE. Free meals continue for all students!

Every Wednesday, free meal boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.

For more information on locations, click the link below.

https://bellinghamschools.org/news/late-breaking-news-from-the-usda-free-meals-continue-for-all-students/

5 - High School Draft Schedules

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6 - Fall Back to Spring Giving Campaign

Fall Back to Spring Giving Campaign

Hello Sehome Families!


We are half way through the Fall Back to Spring Giving Campaign, and thanks to your generous contributions we have raised $5,180.00 of our $10,000 goal!


If you haven’t already, please consider donating now.


ANY AMOUNT HELPS!


Funds raised will support important programs for Sehome High School students and teachers.


Some of those students are featured in this NEW VIDEO.


With gratitude,


Sehome High School PTSA

sehomehighschoolptsa@gmail.com

7 - Learning Center

8 - Senior Yearbook

Hi seniors and senior parents!

Now is the time to submit your senior quote and photos! You can do that here:

https://forms.gle/iz1LLVyrUPsMviWJ8

Make sure to get them in by October 30th

Parents! We are taking Parent Ad order forms online; you can submit them in this form.

https://forms.gle/RD75ccuG5bJp5F6s8

The early bird discount deadline is: December 4th

Guaranteed proof: January 22nd

The late fee deadline: February 19th

Thank you,

Yearbook staff

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10- Supply/Textbook Pickup

If you missed supply pickup, please contact the school to make arrangements to pickup your supplies and textbooks. The lobby of the school will be open and your supplies will be located on the metal book shelf by the front doors.

We are open from 8am - 4pm daily. Please contact the school prior to coming in so we can have your packet ready.

Thank you.

11 - Annual Student Info Updates

Do you have a new cell phone number? Do you want to see who is listed for your student’s emergency contacts? You can update these items and more in our Skyward Family Access program! Also, there are several forms that need to be submitted each school year (such as Annual Health Concerns) and these can be done electronically now in Skyward Family Access (Family 1 contacts only). Simply login to Skyward Family Access and click on the link “Go to Annual Student Updates”. You can also manage your notification preferences by clicking on the “Skylert” option on the left-hand side menu. If you need your login information for Family Access, please contact the Sehome Registrar at janelle.larsen@bellinghamschools.org
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Sehome Face Masks Are Here!

Face masks an be picked up M - F 8:00 - 4:00 from the front office. Please use the windows.

Students looking for a community service opportunity:

WECU is supporting, "Dear Friend, Pen Pal Project," a letter writing campaign where community members are invited to write letters to seniors that are facing high levels of isolation due to Covid-19.

All WECU Locations, with the exception of Bellis Fair, The Home Loan Center, and the Business Loan Center are participating as drop-off spots for letter writers. WECU is requesting letter writers to use the Night Drop. Letter writers are asked to put the card/letter in an envelope with “Dear Friend, Pen Pal Project” written on top. If you would like to participate, please do! Make a card, write a letter with a child, create art, or just say "hi." The Aging Well Whatcom website goes into further detail. https://www.agingwellwhatcom.org/pen-pal-project

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: sonia.cole@bellinghamschools.org

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K mike.couto@bellinghamschools.org

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z bethany.barrett@bellinghamschools.org

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students: kimberly.kirk@bellinghamschools.org


Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade: jeffrey.smith@bellinghamschools.org

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G: amy.hjelt@bellinghamschools.org

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M: hana.schutz@bellinghamschools.org

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: john.vandermolen@bellinghamschools.org