Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of April 19 - 23, 2021

Letter from the Principal

Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that you have enjoyed the gorgeous spring weather. It has really been showing off for our season 2 athletics! We have been able to have the garage doors open and the windows open at school over the past week.

This week, Wednesdays will look different for all of our high school students. We will no longer be having asynchronous Wednesdays. We will be doing hybrid learning every Wednesday until the end of the school year. We will have live classes from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM- similar to the other days of the week.

We continue to follow the CDC guidance of maintaining 6 feet of distance, but in classrooms that have an additional need for seating, we are reducing the distance to at least 3 feet. Physical distancing will be maximized to the greatest extent possible. We will maintain a greater distance between students whenever possible and during activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band, sports, and exercise. We will continue to use the outdoors whenever possible.

Our students and staff have done an incredible job of properly wearing their masks every day and using proper handwashing techniques to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our school.

When we initially opened for in-person hybrid learning, we had students with the last names A-K coming on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with the last name L-Z were coming on Thursdays and Fridays. A few weeks ago, we provided an opportunity for any student who wanted to come four days a week to do so. We had many students and families take advantage of that. We are now at a place to say that students are welcome to attend in-person classes every day. If we reach a place where we cannot fit all students who want to come to in-person classes, we will go back to a cohort model with students with the last name A-K coming Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday. Students with the last name L-Z would come on Thursdays and Fridays and the other Wednesday. As things continue to evolve and change, we will let you know if we need to return to cohorts. Until then, all students are welcome to add 5 days a week.

I was asked if students could continue with their current schedule- attending 2 days remote and 2 days in person. If that is what works best for your family, that is just fine. You do not need to change anything.

If students want to continue working fully remotely, that is fine too. You do not need to change anything.

If students want to come 5 days in person, we ask that you complete this form so that we can keep track of the number of students requesting to be in the building each day.

If you were previously approved to attend 4 days a week, there is nothing you need to do in order to come 5 days a week.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please reach out. I know that there is a lot of information to process and changing schedules at all levels. So if you have questions, please let me know. I am happy to call you to discuss further.

We are hoping to have the final information on graduation out to families this week. As a reminder, senior families can come in and pick up a yard sign to celebrate your senior. We have enough signs for each senior to have two. They are available in the main entrance Monday-Friday from 8 AM - 4 PM.

We are a month away from our PTSA auction. Information about the auction is below. If you have items you would like to donate or have any questions, please reach out to our fabulous PTSA at sehomehighschoolptsa@gmail.com. Our PTSA has been instrumental in funding class projects, field trips during non-COVID times, uniforms for our athletics and marching band, and providing supports for our teachers and staff. We are so thankful for their continued support!

Thank you so much for your support of Sehome High School during this crazy year. Know that we appreciate you keeping your kids home when they are sick or not feeling well. Thank you for encouraging them to continue to follow our health and safety procedures. It takes our entire community working together to make this happen.




Sonia Cole

Principal

Sehome High School

Information Updates

Parents/Guardians,

If your phone number, email address, or mailing address has changed, please contact the Sehome Registrar with your new information so we can update your records.

Thank you.

Janelle Larsen

janelle.larsen@bellinghamschools.org

Updated School Schedule

Where To Go for Asynchronous Time at School

Students can be in the Commons, Library or individual classrooms working with teachers during Asynchronous time. Remember to sign in the same way as you would in class.

Please remain in a supervised area in the afternoons.

Thank you.

Skateboard Rack

Sehome has a new and secure skateboard rack available for use with or without your own lock.

Please see the office staff if you need a loaner lock for the day. All skateboards will need to be stored in the rack.

Pandemic EBT 2.0 is now here!

If you haven't already done so, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals, making them automatically eligible for P-EBT 2.0. This EBT program provides additional support during the pandemic. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.

If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282

¡Ya está aquí el EBT de la Pandemia 2.0!

Para más apoyo durante la pandemia, invitamos a que las familias apliquen para el lonche reducido o gratuito si es que aún no lo han hecho para este ciclo escolar, haciéndolos elegibles para el P-EBT 2.0. Vaya a bellinghamschools.org/food-services para llenar el formato en línea de la aplicación de lonche reducido gratuito.

Para asistencia con la aplicación del lonche reducido o gratuito, por favor llame al 360-676-6456. Todas las preguntas sobre la elegibilidad para el P-EBT pueden ser dirigidas al centro de contacto de P-EBT al 833-518-0282.

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AP Test Fee Update

Reduced costs for Advanced Placement (AP) tests

Over the past several years, we have worked to help reduce the fees for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests for our students and families.

For students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, the entire $95 fee is covered by a combined state and federal grant. Our district discounts test fees for all other students and families so they only pay $47.50, which is half the cost.

For spring testing this year, Bellingham Public Schools has received an additional Washington State AP subsidy grant, reducing the AP testing fee to $32 for all full pay students. If students and families have already paid the $47.50, they will receive a refund of $15.50 through their school ASB office.

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Student Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service is the criteria for many scholarships and can build a resume with the skills and experience gained. Colleges and employers like to see students who are active in their community.


Love to walk dogs? Help a senior in your community!

Do you love to walk dogs? Interested in helping Seniors and people with disabilities in need in Whatcom County? We need dog walkers that are interested in helping out on a weekly basis. This is a no-contact volunteer opportunity open to all ages of volunteers. Sign up today at WhatcomVolunteer.org https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=560827


Help a Senior with Yard care!!

Volunteer with the Chore program and help a senior with yard care! Just a couple of hours a month could be a huge source of support for someone in our community. Timing is flexible according to your schedule. Have a group or team who would like to help? Even better! Yard work is always more fund when it is shared! Sign up today at

https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=560827


Friendship Bracelets needed for Camp Korey!

Create friendship bracelets we can give to campers – both at camp, through the mail, or at hospitals! Check here for tutorials on some of the main types of friendship bracelets, or make your favorite style. https://theneonteaparty.com/friendship-bracelets/

Sign up to donate at WhatcomVolunteer.org

https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=533299


Painted Rocks needed for Camp Korey

Find some small rocks and paint them for us to distribute throughout camp – this makes walking around the property more fun and exciting! https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=533298


Bellingham Park Department Work Parties

These Saturday work parties are on-going. Check the link for dates and to register. Tools and gloves are supplied. https://cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks-volunteer/volunteer-work-parties


Check out more volunteer opportunities for teens at the Whatcom Volunteer Center website
https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/index?s=1&need_init_id=898

Medication at School

If your student requires medication at school please provide a complete Authorization for Medications at School. Students may self-carry some medications with physician, parent/guardian and school nurse approval. Any medication that a student brings with them to school, must have a medication authorization form complete and on file at school. If you have any questions about your student’s health needs while at school please contact your School Nurse, Alyssa Johnson at 360-201-8766 or alyssa.johnson@bellinghamschools.org. We are looking forward to welcoming your student(s) back to Sehome!

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SHS PTSA needs ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Help us achieve our goal of raising $35,000 for Sehome High School.

  • Donate raffle items, air miles, experiences, trips, or excursions!

  • Become a sponsor.

  • Spread the word!

Donations can be made by anyone. Ask your friends, family, and business associates. Let them know that all funds raised go back to the Sehome High School Community.

Please email sehomehs.auction@gmail.com with questions or to inquire about sponsorship levels. To donate items, click here.

Sehome High School PTSA

Email: sehomehighschoolptsa@gmail.com

Website: https://sehomehighptsa.memberplanet.com/

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

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