We are off to a great start to second semester. We had a fun day celebrating 2/2/22 with all sorts of random fun. We are always looking for ways to add joy and laughter.
This week, we have an early release on Thursday. Students are released at 1:30. Below you will see an updated A/B day calendar. We now have school on March 11 and May 20. These days were previously scheduled as no school for students and professional development days for staff. This will make up two of the needed days we were closed for flooding and snow. It does change the previously defined A and B days from March 11 through May 20.
This week, we celebrate School Counselor Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for Ms. Hjelt, Ms. Schutz, Mr. Smith, and Mr. VanderMolen for all they do to support our students, staff, and families. They do an incredible job and we are so thankful for all their work and the work of our entire counseling department.
Let's make it a great week!
IN THIS MEMO
1 – School Counselor Appreciation Week
2 – Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Contest Results
3 – Sehome Cheer 5th at State
4 – Sehome Boy’s Swim and Dive
5 – 2/10/2022 Early Release Bell Schedule
6 – Black History Month
7 – SHS Library Celebrating Black History Month
8- 2022 Bond
9- Revised A/B schedule
10 – Student Market
11 – Parking information
12 – Visitor Parking
13 – Safety Tip Line
14 – Career Center Information
15 – Learning Center Information
16 – PTSA Snack Drive For Sehome’s Learning Center
17 – AP Examination Information
18 – After School Dinner Program
19 – Emergency and Weather Procedures
20 – Medications at School
21 – COVID-19 Updates
22 – Sehome Points of Contact
1 - SCHOOL COUNSELOR APPRECIATION WEEK
2 - ORCHESTRA SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST RESULTS
1st place Sehome Swashbuckling Scallywags
Addi McAllister, Lola Bultsma, Charlie Oltman, Sammy Farkas, Jack Kuntz, William Kovacevic, Isaac Orloff, Carter Fouts, Matthew MacGregor, Madison Knapp
1st place Adrian Kelly
2nd place Rustle Frost
1st place Liam Connor
2nd place Virginia Arthur
1st place Amelia Kelly
2nd place Jae-Yoon Lee
3rd place Florence Lo
String Ensemble – Large
1st place Sehome Chamber Orchestra
Virginia Arthur, Yujina Chae, Liam Connor, Roisin Connor, Zeina El-Sharo, Rustle Frost, Elias Graham, David Hagin, David Hale, Adrian Kelly, Mia Kelly, Florence Lo, Sabrina Marshall, Jonathan Wilson, Sonia Wolgamot
String Ensemble - Small
1st place Brahmstorm
David Hagin, Penelope Keep, Adrian Kelly, Mia Kelly
2nd place Brahms Jam
Virginia Arthur, Adrian Kelly, Florence Lo, Sabrina Marshall
3rd place There is one IMPOSTER Amongus
Liam Connor, Roisin Connor, Elias Graham, Mia Kelly
2nd place Emma Wilson
1st place Joshua Larsen
Mixed Vocal Small
2nd place Sehome Treble Makers
Emma Wilson, Haven Alex, Keira Dalvit, Iain Tarves
1st place Penelope Keep
2nd place Chelsea Fortna
3 - SEHOME CHEER TAKES 5TH PLACE IN STATE
For the Small Game Day division 1A/2A/3A
So proud of these athletes!
4 - SEHOME BOY'S SWIM AND DIVE
Sehome won the B Championship meet in Anacortes on Friday taking first by over 60 points.
Swimmer of the meet was freshman Jackson Rogers who dropped 7 seconds in the 100 free and 10 seconds in the 200 free.
Next up is the district championship which begins Friday.
5 - 2/10/2022 EARLY RELEASE BELL SCHEDULE
6 - BLACK HISTORY MONTH
FACTS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF OUR FACILITIES BOND 2022
Bonds are used by districts across our state to close significant gaps in state funding for capital projects. As a district, we strive to be thoughtful and strategic in the ways we ask our community to financially contribute to our “collective commitment to Bellingham’s children,” as The Promise says.
Our upcoming facilities bond measure is on the ballot for the special election next Tuesday, Feb. 8. Be sure to review our webpage for information and watch our videos. This video offers an overview on the bond’s areas of investments, as well as the financial impact.
For over 10 years, we have made great strides in reducing school-related expenses for families, including eliminating the need for families to pay for things such as school supplies, course fees, activities and athletic participation fees, graduation caps and gowns, driver’s education, fifth grade strings and just last year, we added ASB cards and yearbooks to this list. You can see Project Free Education for a comprehensive list and our Promise story that marked this important initiative’s 10-year anniversary.
Thank you and remember to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 8.
9 -2021-2022 REVISED A/B SCHEDULE
11 - PARKING INFORMATION
12 - VISITOR PARKING
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
Visit the learning center website
16 - PTSA SNACK DRIVE FOR SEHOME'S LEARNING CENTER
The Learning Center needs your help!
We are running low on snacks! The last two weeks of January, the Sehome Learning Center served over 500 snacks to after school learners. A wish list on Amazon shares what snacks the students enjoy the most, but anything is great!
Thank you so much for your support!
17 - AP EXAMINATION INFORMATION
AP Exams 2022 – Payment Information
Payments can either be made at the ASB Office with Cash/Check or Credit Card or online.
Payment for AP exams must be made between Oct. 12 – Apr. 2, 2022 online here.
- Full payment fee = $43.50 per exam
- Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam. You must submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form. (also available at the ASB Office)
- Late registration fee (after 11/15/20) will incur an additional $40 charge.
- Cancellation/Unused exam fee is $40.
For questions/assistance with payments please contact the ASB Office at (360) 676-4971 or e-mail Catherine.Moran@bellinghamschools.org
18 - AFTER SCHOOL DINNER PROGRAM
After-school dinner program free for all children 18 and under
Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.
Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.
The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.
Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.
Programa gratuito de cenas después de la escuela para todos los niños de 18 años o menos
Las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham sirven cenas calientes sin costo alguno a todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Las cenas se ofrecen de las 5 a las 6 de la tarde de lunes a jueves hasta el 16 de junio de 2022. La cena se sirve en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Shuksan, ubicada en el 2717 de Alderwood Avenue (en la esquina de Northwest y Alderwood). No importa a qué escuela asista en el distrito.
A los adultos acompañantes se les cobrará $4.75 dólares por comida - sólo en efectivo o con cheque. Todas las comidas deben ser consumidas en la cafetería de Shuksan.
El menú diario de la cena se encuentra por día en la página de internet de los menús escolares después del listado del lonche o almuerzo.
Por favor, tenga en cuenta: La cena no se servirá en los días festivos de la escuela o en los siguientes días de salida temprana de la escuela: 4 de noviembre, 24 de noviembre, 9 de diciembre, 10 de febrero, 10 de marzo y 28 de abril.
19 - EMERGENCY AND WEATHER PROCEDURES
Emergency and Weather Procedures
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),
- 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 bellinghamschools.org
- Check @BhamSD on Twitter, @bellinghamschools on Facebook and @bellinghamschools on Instagram
- 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 bellinghamschools.org/weather.
How to find your snow bus route: www.bellinghamschools.org/snow-routes
20 - 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
SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
Sonia Cole, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K email@example.com
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: email@example.com
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: email@example.com
Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: email@example.com