BFPP & BVL NEWS

Friday, September 3rd , 2021

2021-2022 Calendar

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Getting Connected

Here are the ways you can learn about school news, events, and activities:


Have Questions?

Your Learning Plan Partner (LPP) is a great first point of contact.


Twice Monthly School Newsletters

Newsletter Archive


Facebook

@learningtogetherpartnership

@bellinghamfamilypartnershipprogram


Instagram

@bellinghamfamilypartnership


Facebook Groups

Looking to connect with other families at our partnership program or in our larger homeschooling community? Check out these Facebook groups. They're a great way to hear about homeschooling opportunities in our community, get advice from other families, and find quick answers to those burning school questions!


Bellingham Family Partnership Program Parents Facebook Group


Homeschoolers of Whatcom County Facebook Group

Free Online Learning Resources

As you build your home learning plans for fall, consider some of these outstanding online learning resources. Check with your LPP for access to district-provided subscription options such as Lexia, Dreambox, and Epic.


Online Learning Resources (Google Doc)


What resources are we missing? Have you come across a broken link? Send your additions and corrections to Heidi Zollner so we can make this list as useful as possible.

Scholastic Book Order

Do you need some new books for your home library? Scholastic Books Inc. offers a great value on a wide variety of children's books. If you'd like to make a purchase for your personal use, read on!


Please place your online order by Friday, September 10th.


New to ordering? Here’s how:

1. Go online to: https://clubs.scholastic.com/

2. Click on 'Connect to a Teacher' and enter our BFPP Class Code: RT8NH

3. Sign up using your student's first and last name.

4. Shop the flyers and pay online for your order. You can choose from any and all of the many different flyers available.

5. Please email Heidi Zollner and let her know you've ordered so we can arrange pick up/delivery of your books.

6. Books should arrive at school the last week of September.


Thanks for supporting our school's library with your purchase!

Every purchase earns us free books and other goodies for our school.

We'll have book ordering opportunities 4-5 times through the year.

YMCA Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers program is for adventurous boys and girls ages 7 - 12. We encourage youth to use trail running as a fun way to stay fit for life. We do this by making running fun! We clamber over trees and rocks, play games, explore beaches and forests, make friends, build and clean up trails, challenge ourselves and get dirty! The group will meet at a different location each week.


There is a convenient homeschool session on Tuesdays from 1:30-3pm, or choose from after school sessions (3:15-4:45pm) throughout the week. To register, visit https://www.whatcomymca.org/trail-blazers


For more information contact Jen Gallant at 360-255-0517.

Fall Playbook

Check out all that Bellingham Parks and Rec has to offer in the Fall Playbook! Highlights include Skate Camp, Tiny Onion Cooking Classes, free financial class for teens, NSEA work parties, and MUCH more.

Whatcom Water Week Events

Celebrate Whatcom Water Week (Sept. 11th-19th) with all kinds of events, such as community work parties, a virtual preschool storytime, tours of the water treatment plant, Run with the Chums 5k, and more. Click here for more info and to see a complete list of events!

Upcoming Events at the Whatcom Museum

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY

Saturday, September 18, Noon - 5pm, FREE
Visit the Whatcom Museum for free on Museum Day! Museum Day is an annual event in which participating museums open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket—for free! Visit our website for more info and to register and print your ticket.


CLAY CREATURES COME ALIVE

Sunday, October 3, 1 - 3pm
$20 members / $25 non-members

In this kid-friendly workshop, ceramic artist and owner of Good Earth Pottery Ann Marie Cooper will introduce clay hand-building techniques. Introductory-level workshop for children ages 7 – 12. To register, please visit our website.

Padilla Bay Fall Classes

The Breazeale Interpretive Center at Padilla Bay is now open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Masks are required for all.

They have a new touch tank exhibit and several free classes this fall!

You can download a great estuary curriculum and find other teaching resources on their website.

Middle School Sailing Team

Try Rowing for Free

Wondering about Rowing? Ask Principal Kate! She and her son are long-time members!

WTA Youth Ride FREE!

​Everyone 17 and younger rides FREE on WTA! You also ride free if you're over 17, and still enrolled in high school.​


How to ride:

If you're not yet in high school, you can just step on and ride. You don't need a bus pass of any kind.


If you're high school aged, you will need a FREE TouchPass Youth Card.


You can pick up your free TouchPass Youth Card at WTA's Bellingham ​Station. Please bring proof of your age, or your current ​school ID. Or, you can request a card by sending an email from your school email address to buspasses@ridewta.com​. Provide your first name, last name, full birth date and current grade.


Starting this fall, students at High Schools in Bellingham can pick up their Youth Cards at school.


Note: Youth Ride Free is not valid on Route 80X to Mount Vernon.

New Technology Project

TAGNW is proud to announce the launch of the TAGNW Reconnect Project to provide technology resources to those most in need in our community. Program participants will receive a FREE computer kit, computer assistance, and volunteer technical support. Participation is confirmed via application through local social service organizations, such as Opportunity Council.


Want to support the TAGNW Reconnect program? Donations, Sponsorship, and volunteers are greatly appreciated. Please see the TAGNW Reconnect Program Webpage for more information.

Newsletter Ideas and Contributions Welcome!

Hi! My name is Heidi Zollner and I'm a BFPP mom to Luke, Anna, and Nate. I'm helping out with the school newsletter this year. My goal for this every-other-week publication is to create opportunities for all of us to connect; both by sharing school, district, and community news, as well as celebrating our milestones and successes together.


Do you have a news item to share with our school community at large? How about ideas on how to help this newsletter better meet our school's needs? Please let me know- I'd love to hear from you!