Cougar Connection

Carl Cozier News ~ February 2021

Note from the Principal

Hello Cozier Families,

It's hard to believe we just marked the 90th day of school. We've made it through half of the 2020-21 school year and each day gives us new opportunities to help our students grow. Teaching, living, working and learning in the middle of a pandemic is certainly not easy and I continue to be so grateful to each of you for your willingness to partner with the Cozier team. We are working hard to bring more students back to in-person learning and I'll update you with information as soon as I know more. In the meantime, continue to reach out, ask for support and let us ensure your child is getting what he/she needs in this environment.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or feedback. My cell phone number is: 360.988.3600. You are welcome to call or text me any time.

Regards, Ari

Update on Homeless Encampment

I want to update you about the relocation of people in Bellingham who are living unsheltered. As you may know, the City of Bellingham closed Camp 210 last week; many individuals moved to Geri Fields near Civic Field. The City has provided legal notice that people and belongings must be moved from Geri Field lower parking lot by Friday, Feb. 5. Regular updates about tent encampments and emergency winter shelter needs can be found here.

We know that as people are asked to move their belongings we may see an increase in activity near our school. Keeping our students safe is our priority, and we have strong safety protocols in place. Our playground is gated and locked each night and on the weekends. Our custodians do a nightly and first thing in the morning sweep of the property, looking for anything that needs to be removed. We keep all of our exterior doors locked and have a camera system on the front and back door with a buzzer to access the building. We always have adults supervising children at recess and at arrival and dismissal.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and feel supported by Bellingham Police and our school district leaders. If someone is on school grounds and will not leave, we are able to file a no trespass order to deter that individual from returning.

As always reach out to me with other questions or concerns. Know that I always prioritize student (and staff!) safety and welcome feedback on how I can continue to do that part of my job well.

Valentine's Day at Cozier

At Carl Cozier, we strive to create an inclusive environment for all children. One of the many ways we do this is by ensuring that our classrooms honor all families. Passing out Valentine’s Day cards and celebrating this day with holiday-related activities has the potential to exclude some kids (either based on family culture/values, economic access or simply family preference). As such, instead of bringing cards or gifts this year, I invite families to talk to their children about the various ways we can celebrate love and friendship every day rather than just one specific day. Caring is one of our IB Learner Profile Attributes and we want children to know that being caring with their words and actions are the most important way to connect with others.

Thank you for honoring this request to not bring valentine’s cards or treats to school.

As always, I am happy to connect with questions or feedback.

PTA Meeting on Wednesday Feb 10, 2021

Your PTA would like to remind you that there is a meeting Wednesday night, 02/10/2021, at 6:30pm. Please consider joining us so that you can learn about upcoming PTA initiatives and ways you might help our school. Click here for the link: January PTA Meeting. See you there!

Title I Family Meeting

Did you know your school is a Title I School?

Join us for our annual meeting on February 25th

Title 1 Annual Meeting English

Feb 25, 2021 6:00 PM on zoom

Meeting ID: 848 6927 6487

Reunión Anual Título 1 en Español

25 de febrero 7:00 PM en zoom

Meeting ID: 818 7561 0668

Running Late?

We all have those running late mornings! We totally understand! If your kiddo is learning at Cozier and you’re running late, please pull up to the front of the building on Lincoln Street and walk your child to the doors. There’s a sign in sheet (with clean pens!) so that we can be sure to have accurate attendance. Thanks for helping us with this.

Bellingham Schools COVID dashboard

A few of you have asked about positive cases within the Bellingham School District. To help track cases and share up to date information, the District has created a COVID-19 dashboard – click here to access. This is where you’ll find information regarding positive cases in each building. In each case, we have taken guidance from the Whatcom County Health Department and acted in a way that prevented transmission and kept all students and staff safe. Please let me know if you have any questions about this or would like to further discuss.

Attendance Reminders

A reminder that daily attendance is being taken by classroom teachers. Our office team is reviewing absences each day and reaching out to families to ensure that every child has the tools needed to engage in online learning. Being marked “present” means that your child has participated in live learning, watched a video post on Seesaw or engaged in an activity on Seesaw.

We know that absences happen, just like they do when we are learning in our building. When your child is absent due to illness, appointment or a family event, please call the office at 360.676.6410 (press option 1 for attendance) so that we can excuse the absence. Thank you for your help with this – and please reach out if questions.