Sehome Mariner Memo
UPDATE 9/23: SOLIS IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY - DIRECTIONS FOR ORDERING SCHOOL PICTURES
Directions from Solis Images Photography for ordering school pictures:
1.) Via Solis Images Website
- Visit solisimages.com
- Click on, "Order Photos," in the right-hand corner
- Select SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL
- Input an access code (student ID number - see instructions below to get student ID number from Skylert) & your email address
- Visit this link (https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000873925#login) to go directly to Sehome High School on our website
- Input an access code (student ID number from card or see instructions below to get ID number from Skylert) & your email address
2.) Via Your Student's Specific Card They Received on Picture Day
- Scan the QR code or input the specific direct link at the bottom of the card
- Input an email address
ACESSING STUDENT ID NUMBER:
sign into your skylert account.
click on Student Info on the left hand side
look for "Other ID" and that is the student ID number you enter for picture. If you have more than one student at SHS, you will need each student's ID number for their picture.
Last week was the first full week with full days since March of 2020 and I must say, it is SO good to have everyone back in the building. Our staff has done an incredible job of continuing to find ways to get students outside. We have several new staff members and they have been a great addition to our Sehome family.
This week, we have an early release on Thursday and no school for students on Friday as we continue with our professional learning with our staff. This year we are really focusing on building and strengthening positive collaborative relationships, providing high-quality instruction, and refining grading and assessment practices. So during our time together, we continue to collaborate around these three areas.
If you happened to miss the virtual open house, you can watch the recording below. Department videos are linked here: https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/open-house-videos-2021/ Each teacher should have reached out to you with class-specific information as well. If you have not heard from any of the teachers, please reach out to them directly. Contact information can be found here: https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/contact/
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out. We are here to work with you and your child.
Have a great week!
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IN THIS EPISODE
1 - Early Release Schedule
2 - Virtual Open House link
3 - Sehome Learning Center
4 - School Pictures
5 - Homecoming Week
6 – Student Market
7 – Financial Aid
8 -Whatcom Climate Events
9– Senior Photos
10 – Grad Ads
11 – Volunteering
12 – BPS Hiring
13 – School Meals
14 – Parking Permits
15 – Unified Fall Activities
16 - Whatcom Transit Authority
17 – COVID-19 Q&A
18 – Points of Contact
1 - EARLY RELEASE
3 - SEHOME LEARNING CENTER
4 - SCHOOL PICTURES
5 - HOMECOMING WEEK
7 - FINANCIAL AID LINKS
12th Year Campaign! Financial Aid Information
Wednesday 9/29 5:30pm- 7:30pm Virtual
FAFSA/WASFA completion help session for BSD students and families
Sunday, October 10th 1:00pm- 3:00pm Virtual
Register in advance
Scholarships 101- where to find them- what to look for
Tuesday, October 12th 7:00pm- 7:45pm Virtual
Hosted by Martha Zender –Sehome High
Zoom link here Meeting ID 862 2435 4107
must log in with Student BSD ID and password
8 - WHATCOM CLIMATE EVENTS
ALL IN for Climate Action Week, Sept. 20-26
During September 20-26, the City is organizing its third annual ALL IN for Climate Action Week to celebrate the knowledge and resources our community has to offer when looking for local solutions to climate change. Many organizations, businesses, and local governments in the community have partnered to create a list of virtual and safe in-person events for all ages and diverse interest groups. We invite you to join us to watch inspirational films, hear from community speakers, join a bike ride, plant trees or clean up litter at a local park, participate in a composting workshop, check out an electric vehicle car show, eat a local vegan meal, read a climate-themed book, and more! Find event details at cob.org/climate-action-week.
10 - 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.
11 - VOLUNTEERING
Contact Bellingham School District Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Gaer, with any questions: at firstname.lastname@example.org
12 - JOIN OUR TEAM IN BELLINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Parents and guardians! Be a part of The Bellingham Promise in a new way…as a staff member! Bellingham Public Schools is hiring now for regular and substitute positions.
Current vacancies include paraeducators, office staff and bus drivers, as well as coaching and teaching positions. Most positions are on a school year schedule making this a perfect fit for your family.
Learn more about working for us at bellinghamschools.org/jobs.
13 - SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Update on school menus; universal “free” meals for 2021-22
Since the first menu of the school year was included in the back-to-school mailing, the Food Services program has been impacted severely by national supply chain issues in the food industry. To keep families updated on what will be served, a two-week menu will be maintained on the school menu webpage.
Reminder! All breakfast and lunch meals are provided at no cost to families in the 2021-22 school year thanks to a USDA ruling earlier this summer.
14 - PARKING PERMITS
17 - COVID-19 Q&A FROM COVID SAFETY TEAM
Q: How do you do contact tracing? How will I know if my child is a close contact?
A: When we find out that someone with COVID was at school, we launch a thorough investigation to identify close contacts. This process often includes staff, school nurse, director of health services and COVID-19 safety team. You can see this chart for a definition of a close contact and how vaccination status impacts quarantine requirements.
If there was exposure, we do contact tracing, which is another way of saying we determine if there are close contacts. If there are close contacts, we prioritize communication with close contacts as quickly as possible. We work in partnership with our COVID safety team and the health department to determine and share exposure date, return date and resources.
After we have notified close contacts, we update the COVID dashboard on our website, which we update regularly. If we learn of multiple cases in a classroom over a short duration, we will communicate that. These cases may be coincidental and unrelated. If the health department determines transmission is occurring, we will work closely with them on next steps and communicate.
Please remember: if your child is a close contact, you will be notified. If you’re not notified but you see a case on the dashboard, you should assume your child was not a close contact.
And as always, keep masking, washing hands, keeping distance as able, watching for symptoms, etc. Vaccine and masks continue to be our most important mitigation tactics.
Our two primary goals for the 2021-22 school year are to maximize in-person instruction by keeping kids in school and to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff and to their families and our broader community. Our best protections are the COVID-19 vaccine and masks.
Here is the current guidance that we will follow:
- Masks are required inside schools for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are optional outside but recommended for crowded events.
- Physical distance should not be a barrier to in-person instruction. Our goal is to have a distance of 3 feet between students in the classroom.
- We will not be doing health attestations for students. We ask that everyone stay home when they are sick.
- We are hoping to expand testing access to every school.
- We will continue to do contact tracing.
- We will continue to focus on handwashing and sanitizing.
SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
Sonia Cole, Principal: email@example.com
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z email@example.com
Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D: email@example.com
Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: email@example.com
John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: firstname.lastname@example.org
To join the Sehome PTSA: https://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/sehomehighptsa/sehomehighschoolptsamembershippages