Kulshan Connect

September 16, 2022

Important KMS Dates

Thurs, September 22: Early Dismissal, 12:00 PM

Fri, September 23: No school for students

(New Date!) Tues, September 27: KMS Open House, 6:30-7:30 PM

Sept 27 - 28: Fall MAP Testing

Date Change! Kulshan Open House is now Tuesday, September 27

Mark your calendars! We have moved our Kulshan Open House date to Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. The first portion of our event will be an introduction of our administration, counseling team, and enrichment team. The second portion will give families time to casually roam around to students' classes. There will be no set schedule or presentations during the classroom time. We look forward to seeing you!
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Middle School Fundraiser

Our Bellingham Middle Schools are having our once-a-year fundraiser September 26th - 30th.
There’s nothing for students to sell, just collect tax-deductible donations.100% of donations go to our Middle Schools. View our video here! Donations help pay for field trips, classroom supplies, and special projects! Envelopes for donation collection were sent home with your students this week. Please make checks payable to "KMS PTSA". Donations are also accepted online here. We will have prize drawings each morning next week for any student that brings in funds (one entry per student). If the whole school raises $13,000 everyone gets a Popsicle party! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at kulshanmsptsa@gmail.com

Join Our PTSA!

Become a PTSA member to ensure you get PTSA activity updates, have a vote on PTSA issues, and show your support for our great Kulshan community. Membership link here. If you sign up between 9/19 and 10/31- you will be entered to win a $10 gift card! Drawings will be each Monday so join now!

MAP Testing Dates: Sept 27 and 28

Fall MAP Testing is around the corner. Students in all grades will take the MAP Reading test on September 27 and the MAP Math test on September 28. We will have a revised schedule to allow for a 2 hour testing block at the beginning of the day and shortened classes for the rest of the day.

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A Great Place to Work

Are you interested in becoming a full-time or substitute paraeducator? Our paraeducators work 1:1 or in small groups with students. They support students in academic goals such as reading, writing, math, as well as social-emotional and organizational goals. Working as a paraeducator is a great way to connect with kids and help them increase their confidence. We would love to have you join our Kulshan team! You will be joining a team that cares deeply for students and is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive workplace where all people are valued and belong. Whether you want to work 1 or 2 days per week, or if you want to work 5 days per week, we have a place for you. Apply online here.

Nutrition Services at KMS

Are you wanting to add money to your student's lunch account? Just visit the My Payments Plus website to add funds - or send a check or cash with your student. Though meals were free in the past, they are no longer free at Kulshan. Click here to apply for free or reduced meals. School menus are available online. We have a Chocolate Milk day coming up at the end of September, and if a student wants a milk that day, they must have money on their account or a completed application.

Unified Sports

Are you interested in Unified Sports? Unified Sports is a Special Olympics program that brings together students with intellectual disabilities (called athletes) and those without intellectual disabilities (called partners) to play and compete together on the same team. This fall students can participate in Unified Bowling and Unified Robotics. Practices are once per week; Bowling practices at Park Bowl and Robotics meets at Bellingham High School. If you are interested, get signed up in FinalForms and your coach will contact you!

Got Absences? Leaving Early?

Please join us in welcoming MacKenzie Lee to our Kulshan Front office! Reach out to MacKenzie if your child is going to be absent. You can use KMSattendance@bellinghamschools.org Please remember to excuse your child's absence within 24 hours by phone or email. Also, if you need to pick up your student early, please send a note with them so that they can be ready when you arrive. Thank you!

Please Update Forms

It's time again to update your forms! Before the end of the first week of school, please log into Skyward Family Access and update forms for your child. These are all very important, including the Device Checkout Agreement that allows students to bring home their laptop. If you need assistance logging into Skyward, contact Mrs. Durand in the KMS Office.

Medications & Health Services

If your child had medications or health services requiring doctor’s orders, we need those orders before the first day of school. New orders are required every school year and can be found on the district’s website under “Forms”. New orders are required every school year. Your health care provider should complete and sign the form. Your signature is also needed. Then, deliver these completed forms and any medications to be given at school to the school before the first day of school.

Getting to and from school

Transportation routes are now available. Bus routes may have changed from last year. Our doors open at 8:45 AM. Bike racks are available at the south side of our building. Scooters and skateboards can be stored in the main office. Please be safe! We care about you.

ParentSquare

Bellingham Public Schools is now using ParentSquare to streamline school-to-home communications. ParentSquare is used for mass communications, classroom communication, and related school services. The platform will allow families to update their contact preferences and manage their messages from schools and the district. Go to bellinghamschools.org/parentsquare for more information.

COVID-19 guidance update for 2022-23

Bellingham Public Schools continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff as we start this school year co-existing with the COVID-19 virus. While we still take COVID-19 seriously, it’s not the emergency it once was. We will continue to follow protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools as established by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD). You can check our COVID-19 webpage for updates. Staff and volunteers are still required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Boosters are recommended. Masks are still required in the health room. Any person testing positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for five days. We will follow the DOH symptom flow chart. Rapid antigen testing will be available at all schools and sites. Rapid antigen test kits are available to send home. Health Services will continue to maintain the dashboard as a means of notification and follow WCHD outbreak response requirements. Feel free to contact BPS.Health@bellinghamschools.org if you have questions.

KMS Garden Update

Did you know we have an amazing school garden? Are you a Kulshan parent interested in helping out in our Kulshan Garden? Yay! We are so excited to meet you. Please email Common Threads with “Kulshan Garden Volunteer” in the subject line if you are interested in helping and let us know your availability.

TDAP Reminder

For the 2022-2023 school year, all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine. For students in 7th through 9th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry. Skyward Family Access will have a current list of the vaccinations we have received for your child. Please login to your Skyward account to check if we have received record of this vaccine for your child. To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record to the Counseling Office. Thank you!

2022-2023 District Calendar

We thought it might be helpful for you to have a list of key dates and trainings for the 2022-23 school year. Please mark your calendars as needed. Online School and District Calendars: https://bellinghamschools.org/calendars

School Tip Line text or call 844-310-9560 or report online at bellinghamschools.org/safe

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