Kulshan Connect

June 18: Have a Great Summer!

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

Last Chance for Drop Off/ Pick Up

We still have 8th grade stars, 8th grade certificates, yearbooks, and locker items for you to pick up. Today (Thursday) we are here until 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 19 is the last day to pick up these items. If you are coming tomorrow (Friday), we will be here from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you! Thank you!

Pick Up and Drop Off at KMS

Pick Up These Items:

  • Yearbooks
  • 8th grade Stars photos
  • Student medications (can only be handed to parents, not students)
  • Items left in lockers
  • Library books (email Mr. Shaffer or use the link on our website)

Please Drop Off These Items:

  • Sports uniforms belonging to the school
  • Band or orchestra instruments rented from the school. Please note: All 8th graders must turn in their rented instruments. 6th and 7th graders may choose either to keep their instruments over the summer, or to drop them off for repair and/or cleaning.
  • Library books ready to turn in.

2020 Summer Meal Schedule!

District Meals are available all summer! Yay! Below are the locations closest to Kulshan. All locations in Bellingham can be viewed here.

Mondays only, June 22 – Aug. 24

Free 7-day meal box will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street

Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive

Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.

Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street

Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road

Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street

Congratulations to our 8th graders!

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 8th grade class at Kulshan Middle School. Our 8th graders have taught us so much about resilience, determination, and dependability. Though this is not how we wanted or envisioned to end this year, we appreciate your support and collaboration. We made this short video to try and capture all of the amazing moments of this year.

Summer School Options

Does your incoming high school freshman want to take a high school course this summer? Check out these options and decide if one of these classes is a good fit for you!

Kulshan 7th grade Film Festival

Though this isn’t what we originally planned to create this year, we are really proud of the work our kids did! Click here to watch the Film Festival. We are amazed by the talent, heart, and efforts of Lauren McClanahan from the Bellingham Youth Media Project. We hope you like our film, and we hope our kids watch it and feel connected to each other and our community. All student videos are compiled here. Thank you to each of you for supporting us along the way. We appreciate you! Jodie Schoolcraft and Tim Cosgrove

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A key strategy in our Bellingham Promise is focused on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This book - How to be an Anti-Racist is available for free via Bellingham Public Library or Libby. We are using this book for our KMS Staff Summer Book Study with this list of discussion questions. We encourage families and students to embark on their own learning journey using this title or other young adult books that offer anti-racist views and perspectives. I'm glad I'm on this journey with you.

Recognizing Juneteenth 2020

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. Now, 155 years later, people in cities and towns across the U.S. continue to mark the occasion with celebrations. In recent years, particularly this year with nationwide protests, there is a renewed interest in this day that celebrates freedom. Several book lists and websites feature Juneteenth resources and conversation starters for parents and students.

Local Author Christine Day

We were so sad to have to cancel our March visit with Christine Day, the author of I Can Make This Promise. All 6th and 7th grade students read her book and were looking forward to meeting her. We have worked to bring you a positive alternative! On June 1, Mr. Shaffer and Ms. Day recorded a Virtual Q&A, with questions from students. Click here to watch!

Summer 2020 Public Library Teen Programs

Are you interested in book clubs, Dungeons & Dragons, themed discussions, anime club, scavenger hunts, and/or Trivia & Pictionary? Fill out this form/ survey to receive an invite from our Bellingham Public Library Teen Services Librarian: Jennifer Lovchik. Her phone number is 360-778-7231 and she can also be reached via email. Also, the Whatcom County Library has a number of activities planned for teens and tweens, including Writing Club and Creativity Hour. You can find them here. Check out this video of all the WCLS plans for summer.

Common Threads Update

Here at Common Threads, we’ve been busy growing food to distribute to our kids and families, developing learning resources for you to enjoy at home, and looking for other ways large and small that we can share some love during these strange times. We’d love to stay connected with you! Please consider: 1) Signing up to care for your school garden this summer (with social distancing protocols in place) or email me. 2) Attending one of our pay-what-you-can cooking classes 3) Following us on social media @CommonThreadsFarm. Please stay healthy and happy - and never stop learning and growing! Like a plant! Love and air hugs from Ruby, your Food Educator.

Summer Food Bank Locations

The 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.

Thursdays: Civic Field 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 school is officially out for the summer, 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 summer fun. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Kulshan Contacts

Our school building may be closed, but we will be checking our emails throughout the summer. Please email us if you have questions during this summer break:

Meagan Dawson, Principal

Kevin Terpstra, Assistant Principal

Aaron Tiger, Counselor

Jen Newbauer, Counselor

Viry Ferriera, Registrar

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