SEHOME MARINER MEMO

10/25 - 10/29/2021

PRINCIPAL'S NOTE

Dear Sehome Community,

We pulled off our first dance since we shut down school in March of 2020 thanks to the hard work and dedication of our student leadership class, our leadership teacher, Max Zentner, our incredible staff, our parent volunteers, and each student who showed up to the dance! We had a lovely evening dancing on the baseball field under the stars! The weather cooperated and so did the students. I am so thankful that we could be together again in this fun way and return to some sort of normal high school events. We learned a lot from this event and will continue to refine our processes in the future. It was so fun to see kids being kids- dancing, racing through the outfield, singing, and being together!! There are a few pictures of the dance below.


This week we continue our homecoming events with dress-up days. There are several events this week- including concerts- Band (Monday at 7:00 pm), Choir (Tuesday at 7:00 pm), and Orchestra (Wednesday at 7:00 pm). All concerts take place in the Sehome theater. There are sporting events throughout the week. You can find all of those events on sehomeathletics.com The Sehome staff will take on the Sehome Slowpitch team in an epic battle on Wednesday at 3:45 PM at the Sehome. Friday, we will have an assembly with class dances, celebrations, and other fun events. This event is for Sehome students only this year. We will not be having parents or other visitors attend this event. Friday at 3:30, we will have a tailgate in the bus loop. Students can play games, eat some food, and then ride a rooter bus or drive over to Civic for the football game. It is bound to be an exciting week! We look forward to our 2nd homecoming celebration in the new building.


As always, reach out with any questions, comments, or feedback. Let's make it a great week!


Sonia Cole

Principal

PICTURES FROM HOMECOMING DANCE

THEMES FOR HOMECOMING WEEK

Dress Up Days for week of October 25-29
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SEHOME PTSA

Hello Mariners,

We want YOU, to join our crew!

Become a part of a team that supports our community.

· Share new ideas.

· Join a committee.

· Ask about leadership opportunities.

· Meet community members.

Would you like to learn more about SHS PTSA? Click here to visit our website (add link).

https://sehomehighptsa.memberplanet.com/

Email us at sehomehighschoolptsa@gmail.com with questions, or to schedule a phone call with a board member.

As always, we would LOVE for you to become a member. Join SHS PTSA now! (add link below)

https://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/sehomehighptsa/sehomehighschoolptsamembershippages

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COLLEGE FAIR SCHEDULED THIS WEEK

10/24 10am-3pm NACAC College Fair https://virtualcollegefairs.org/conventions
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LEARNING CENTER

The tutoring center offers help with most subjects taught at SHS…Contact the Learning Center and we will try to find you the help you need.

About the tutors:


They work with students 1:1 or in small groups in their content areas of expertise

· Answer questions on course content

· Aid in comprehension of course material, review, and test preparation

· Patient, dependable, and responsible when working with students

· Friendly, flexible, and sensitive to demands of high school students


Schedule a tutoring appointment
https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/schedule-tutoring-appointment/

Visit the learning center website
https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/students/learning-center/

Questions?
theresa.wines@bellinghamschools.org

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REMINDER FROM SCHOOL NURSE

Reminder: As we enter cold and flu season, please continue to monitor your student(s) for symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, cough, fever, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, runny nose, recent loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and fatigue). If your child has 1 or more symptom of any duration, they cannot come to school for 10 days OR they can return after getting a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result. You can find information on the school district website: https://bellinghamschools.org/covid-19-information/. Testing is available through Whatcom County Health Department (360-778-6075) OR through the Bellingham airport site at testdirectly.com/whatcom.

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

When a student requires medication at school, either prescription or over the counter (OTC), parents/guardians must return a completed medication authorization form with directions from a licensed health care provider (LHCP) to Sehome. One exception is that certain OTC medications that are self-administered do not require LHCP instructions, but they do require a parent/guardian to complete the medication authorization form. There is no situation that a student taking medications at school does not need a medication authorization on file.


The privilege of students self-caring their medications, whether prescription or OTC, requires students to take their medication as instructed on the authorization and being aware that they may not share their medications with anyone. Medications brought to school must be in the original prescription container or manufacturers labelled OTC container. Medication authorizations expire at the end of the current school year, or sooner as per LHCP instructions.


Link to Medication Authorization Form can be found here.

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GRADS ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Time to order your grad ads! This year all seniors get a quarter page in the yearbook for FREE. Grad ads are due Friday December 10th. Information about grad ads and how to place your order are included in the link (or by scanning the QR code) below. Please contact the Sehome yearbook staff with any questions at SHS.Yearbook@bellinghamschools.org.

FAMILIES ENCOURAGED TO FILL OUT FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICAITON FOR VARIETY OF BENEFITS

We encourage eligible families to return income information on the free and reduced price meal application. While all students in Bellingham Public Schools are provided meals at no charge this school year, collecting this information helps with more than just meals.

Students and families who qualify will access district or community reduced fee benefits, including fees associated with athletics, health benefits and after-school care.

In addition, the information may be used to qualify eligible children for SY 21–22 and summer 2022 P- EBT if programs are extended.

Please use the online application available here for the quickest and most efficient way to submit this information. (Please use Google Chrome browser to fill out.) The 2021-22 income guidelines and eligibility charts are also found online.

Please note: Meal applications can be submitted any time during the school year. Households that experience a change in income due to job loss or other circumstances are encouraged to apply. In addition, there are no citizenship requirements for participation in these programs, and immigration status is not requested or disclosed on the application.

If you have additional questions about the free and reduced meals application, contact Food Services at (360) 676-6504.

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

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: colin.cushman@bellinghamschools.org


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

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: jeffrey.smith@bellinghamschools.org

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: hana.schutz@bellinghamschools.org

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