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12/06-12/10/21

PRINCIPAL'S NOTE

Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that you had a great weekend. It was certainly nice to have some sunshine on Sunday.


Today during Anchor, all students will have an opportunity to check in with their teacher and class regarding the incident on Friday. Teachers will lead them through a process where they will review the facts of what happened, allow students to write or draw about their stories from that day and the impact it had on them, and finally have an opportunity to process either alone, with a small group, or through drawing or coloring. Students will be reminded of the anonymous tip line and shown where they can access it. Our counseling staff is available to meet with any student who would like one on one support.


I would like to again publicly thank the students who stepped forward with information. It takes our entire community working together and letting people know when they see something that is off or concerning. Please remind your child that if they see something, please say something to a trusted adult or report on the tip line.


Thursday, we have an early release. See the schedule below.


This week, all 4 high schools are collecting items for Whatcom County Flood Relief. We will be filling the school vans with items to be delivered to our neighbors impacted by the flooding. We will be collecting school supplies, non-perishable food items, hygiene products, shoes, socks, clothing items, and blankets. Cash donations to the Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund can be made at https://wcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1455. All donations are appreciated.


I would also love to give a huge thank you to our PTSA for the delicious soup lunch on Friday. It was so comforting to have lunch prepared for us and a place to come together. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.


Happy December! Let's make it a great week!


Sonia Cole

Principal

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WINTER SUPPLY DRIVE FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Peer Centered Outreach Club is hosting a Winter Supply Drive for local organizations. Please donate non-perishable food items, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotion, deodorant) and diapers/baby wipes, as well as items to help keep folks warm and dry such as hats, scarves, gloves, coats, sweatpants/sweatshirts, tents, rain gear, and warm jackets. Below is a link for children’s books that will be donated to Lydia Place. Supplies will be collected this week December 6th-10th. You can drop off items in the bin near the front office. Thank you for supporting our community!

New children’s books (especially books for children aged 0-5). If individuals are interested in purchasing books to donate, we have a wish list online at Village Books and there is a 20% discount for books purchased for Lydia Place with the code LYDIA20 https://www.villagebooks.com/wishlist/877

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DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS AND TRADITIONS

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12 -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 https://bellinghampublic.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Ei4VwD6MNIIdvw . We do not accept upgrades. A quarter page is the only size we can accommodate. Please contact the Sehome yearbook staff with any questions at SHS.Yearbook@bellinghamschools.org.
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11 -TUTORING/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

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

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COLLEGE FAIR EVENTS

12/6 10:30am Bellingham Technical College Info session In-person


12/8 9:45am University of Alaska Fairbanks In-Person


12/8 10:30am Whatcom Community College Info session In-person

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5 - PTSA INFORMATION

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PTSA SNACK DRIVE FOR SEHOME'S LEARNING CENTER

The Learning Center needs your help!

It’s a great sight to see the tables and chairs full of learners! However, it means we’re running low on snacks. We have enough snacks to get us through to Thanksgiving break, but after that it looks grim.


Here is a wishlist on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/BTN3YUG5WQNZ?ref_=wl_share that shares what snacks the students enjoy the most, but anything is great!

Thank you so much for your support!

6 - 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

After School Meal Program

7 -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.

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13 -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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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