Kulshan Connect

January 20, 2023

Important KMS Dates

Thursday, January 26: Winter Sports Registration Due

Friday, January 27: Kulshan ASB Movie Event @ 3:45 PM

Monday, January 30: No School/ End of Semester

Thursday, February 2: Kulshan ASB Fundraiser @ MOD Pizza

Thursday, February 2: Scholastic Book Orders Due

Jan 26: Winter Sports Registration Due

Our Winter Sports season is starting soon! Our sports offering are Girls Volleyball (7th and 8th) and Wrestling (all genders/ all grades). To participate, students just need to have a current sports physical and be registered in Final Forms. Please reach out Lisa Scott (Athletic Administrator) or Nikki Lockhart (Assistant Principal) if you have questions about our Kulshan Winter Sports. Thank you!

Kulshan Movie Event!

Our Kulshan ASB is hosting an after-school movie on Friday, January 27 at 3:45 PM. It is open to Kulshan students only and is free to attend. We will announce the movie next week!

MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Our next MOD Pizza fundraiser is coming up soon. For this round, Kulshan ASB will be donating the entirety of our proceeds to our charity partner, Skookum Kids. Visit MOD anytime on Thursday, February 2, and mention "Kulshan ASB" when you pay. If you are using the app, use the code MODF11168. MOD will donate 20% of their proceeds on February 2 to Kulshan ASB!

Yearbook Photos Needed

Do you have some fun candid photos to share for this year's yearbook? We are currently looking for photos from Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Track, and Dance/ Tumbling. If so, please send to Cyndi.Evers@gmail.com so they can be considered. Thank you! Yearbook Staff

Scholastic Book Orders

Mr. Shaffer has opened another round of Scholastic Book Orders. You can order books through Scholastic and support our library and classrooms at the same time. Orders ship free to school, where Mr. Shaffer will distribute to students. With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS). Class Order Due Date for this round: Thursday, February 2. Shop Our Class Page. or Shop Digital Flyers for Our Grade with Your Child. Many, many books for all ages and interests are available online. Our "class" code is GLB8R. Let Mr. Shaffer know if you have any questions!

Donations Needed

The Kulshan Food Pantry & Student Resources needs restocking. Keep in mind that the food is for feeding students during weekends so please make sure to buy only shelf stable food/drinks and to keep the sizes of the food to individual serving sizes and for personal items, it is preferred to send full sizes. Please sign up if you are able and drop off your donation at the office. Thank you for your support, we have been able to support students consistently with the donations we have received.. Sign up here

Morning Tardies?

Parent Reminder: If your student is late to school and not in class by 9:15 AM, then we need a call into the school to excuse their tardy. If your student has 3 unexcused tardies, they will be assigned a lunch detention. Please reach out to our main office if you have any questions.

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News from Family Resource Center

Sign-ups for YMCA summer camps are starting February 15th at 7am. It feels very early to be discussing summer resources, which is why we are trying to get the word out as much as possible for those who are interested. Please see their website - YMCA Camp Information. Scholarships are available, you are able to apply online anytime here, YMCA Scholarship Application. Feel free to stop by our Family Resource Center at Carl Cozier Elementary, 1330 Lincoln St., Portable A, for any questions or support to complete applications, we are here to help! We have walk in hours from Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (closed from 12pm-1pm, Fridays open at 10:30am).

PTSA News

Support KMS PTSA

Support Kulshan Middle School just by shopping! Please sign up for Fred Meyer rewards, a percent of your order will be donated by the company to the PTSA so we can provide additional funds for activities and events for our kids.

1. Login to https://www.fredmeyer.com/account/
2. Login to your account with your username and password
3. Click on "My Account> Community Rewards> "
4. In the search field type in "Kulshan" and select "Kulshan PTSA 8.3.82" organization number "IU099."
Signing up to support Kulshan PTSA does not take your reward points away!

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to all the families that have donated to the Food Pantry and Student Resources. It has made a big difference! We accept donations year round, if you would rather donate funds, you can do so here. Thank you from KMS & the PTSA!

KMS Artwork at MakeShift

Our Kulshan student art work is being installed as a gallery exhibit at MakeShift, which is located at 306 Flora Street in Downtown Bellingham. The art will be up at MakeShift starting in February. Additional pieces will be added and will be on display through June. We will keep you updated on an opening date so you can visit to see your work or the work of your friend!

New KMS Registrar

We are so excited to welcome Michelle Gregory to our Student Services team! Michelle is our new registrar starting January 3. Michelle was the Office Assistant at Wade King Elementary, so she is familiar with Skyward and our district procedures. Please welcome Michelle to KMS!

Stay Healthy This Season

The Whatcom County Health Department released an update last month: Due to Surge in Respiratory Illness, Health Officials Recommend Wearing Masks Indoors. We have a variety of masks available to students in our main office if they would like to wear a mask at school. Our health services webpage has helpful information for when to stay home. Thank you!

Winter 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, school could close for the day; open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes; or open on time with snow bus routes. We send weather updates via ParentSquare (which pulls your info from Skyward). We also post on @BhamSD on Twitter, @bellinghamschools on Facebook and @bellinghamschools on Instagram. Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures here and we encourage families to know their bus snow route.

Advanced 7th grade Math Course

We offer an optional and additional 7th grade Math class during second semester that students can participate in at home and online. If you are in seventh grade and you are interested in taking on this challenging, independent online class, please fill out this form by the priority date of Monday, January 9. Students registered by January 9 will start the class on February 1. Questions? Please email Rey Ramos at rey.ramos@bellinghamschools.org.

If you would like some guidance on whether this option is a good fit for your or your child, please reach out to your 7th grade Math teacher.

MAD HOPE

Beginning the week of Nov 28, we are lucky to have MAD HOPE educators, a suicide prevention organization, lead our T-Bird Time classes. They present in T-bird classes from Monday to Thursday on their scheduled week. "Our mission is to eliminate youth suicide by empowering school communities with opportunities for interpersonal connectedness, accurate information about youth suicide and practical tools designed to prevent it." To learn more about MAD HOPE, click here.

YMCA Teen Program Updates

Teen Drop In Center

M-F 3pm-6pm

Grades: 6th-12th

Fee: Free! With the opportunity for a free Y membership with regular drop-in program attendance.

Homework help, games, art, video games, ping-pong, foosball, and more!

**Thursday Teen Climb from 3:13-5:15pm, Friday Pool from 4:45-5:45pm.

Y Adventure School

Grades: 6th-8th

Dates: Now accepting schools for 2023 winter and spring sessions.

Fee: 2022-2023 School year we are offering this 3 day program for FREE!!!!

Schools sign up a group from their school to take part in this experiential learning based program to build communication skills, peer connections, problem solving, and self esteem. Don't wait, reach out to schedule your school for this amazing opportunity while there are still free sessions available!

Support KMS through AmazonSmile!

Support Kulshan Middle School just by shopping this winter! Please sign up for AmazonSmile and a percent of your order will be donated by the company to the PTSA at no cost to you!

1. Sign into smile.amazon.com

2. Go to "Your account" and select "change your charity"

3. Select "Kulshan Middle School PTSA"

Remember to always sign into smile.amazon.com

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A Great Place to Work

Bellingham Public Schools continues to need staff and substitutes across our schools and needs your help in finding great people to fill these vacancies. If you or someone you know are looking for a new opportunity on a school year schedule, we encourage you to apply. We are looking for paraeducators and substitutes, as well as classified and certificated staff. Paraeducators work one on one or with a small group of students in a school. They often assist teachers and support students in classrooms and at recess. Please review the Human Resources webpage or click on “jobs” in the top row of quick links off our district homepage for a list of current openings.

Kulshan Clubs

Are you interested in joining a Kulshan Club? We have many options, with some clubs meeting before school and some clubs meeting after school. There is club for everyone. Click this link here to view all of our Kulshan Clubs.
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After-school dinner program begins for all kids

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under and to those served in the Community Transitions program. These meals are offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Monday to Thursday now through June 15, 2023. 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. 3, Nov. 25, Dec. 8, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 27.

Nutrition Services at KMS

Are you wanting to add money to your student's lunch account? Just visit the My Payments Plus website to add funds - or send a check or cash with your student. Though meals were free in the past, they are no longer free at Kulshan. Click here to apply for free or reduced meals. School menus are available online. We have a Chocolate Milk day coming up at the end of September, and if a student wants a milk that day, they must have money on their account or a completed application.

Unified Sports

Are you interested in Unified Sports? Unified Sports is a Special Olympics program that brings together students with intellectual disabilities (called athletes) and those without intellectual disabilities (called partners) to play and compete together on the same team. If you are interested, get signed up in FinalForms and your coach will contact you!

Got Absences? Leaving Early?

Please join us in welcoming MacKenzie Lee to our Kulshan Front office! Reach out to MacKenzie if your child is going to be absent. You can use KMSattendance@bellinghamschools.org Please remember to excuse your child's absence within 24 hours by phone or email. Also, if you need to pick up your student early, please send a note with them so that they can be ready when you arrive. Thank you!

Medications & Health Services

If your child had medications or health services requiring doctor’s orders, we need those orders before the first day of school. New orders are required every school year and can be found on the district’s website under “Forms”. New orders are required every school year. Your health care provider should complete and sign the form. Your signature is also needed. Then, deliver these completed forms and any medications to be given at school to the school before the first day of school.

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

School Tip Line text or call 844-310-9560 or report online at bellinghamschools.org/safe