Kulshan Connect

February 2020

In our Kulshan Community, we are courageous, kind, and committed!

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High School Registration Process

Attention 8th grade Parents: This is a very exciting time of year as we prepare your student for their transition to high school. Your Kulshan student will be participating in the high school registration process this spring. High school counselors will visit Kulshan the week of March 2-6 to help students view the Course Catalog and choose classes. All 8th grade students will be touring their attendance area high school on Thursday, February 27 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Do you have questions about high school registration? Please contact one of our Kulshan counselors with your questions. Thank you!

Thurs, Feb 6: MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Mark your calendar to attend ASB’s MOD Pizza Fundraiser. MOD will donate 20% of proceeds to our ASB, but you must mention Kulshan ASB. Tell all your friends to come, too! See you there! Don't forget to mention Kulshan ASB when you pay.

Winter Sports Updates

We have had an amazing kickoff for our Winter Sports season! We have 73 students signed up for Girls Volleyball and 60 students signed up Girls/ Boys Wrestling. What a success! It is not too late to sign up. If your student wants to sign up for Volleyball or Wrestling, please have them check in with Lisa Scott in our Main Office. Also, please note that we have a very successful middle and high school Girls Wrestling teams - if your daughter has not signed up for wrestling, but is interested, have them check in with the Main Office or our Wrestling Coach, Josh Knight. We post all Winter Sports season information here. We invite you to check this page frequently during the season.

Students Attending Kulshan on a Transfer

Just a reminder! If your student is attending Kulshan on transfer, it is time to renew your request. All transfer requests are due by February 15. If you have questions about the transfer process or the request, please email or call Viry Ferreira, our Kulshan registrar, in our Student Services area.

Strengthening Families 2020

Registration for the Strengthening Families Program is now open. Designed for families of youth who are ages 10 to 14, Strengthening Families is a nationally recognized program to enhance parenting skills, strengthen family bonds, learn effective communication and solve problems together. The upcoming winter sessions will be held in English at Kulshan Middle School starting Feb. 11 and in Spanish at Shuksan Middle School beginning Jan. 8. At Kulshan Middle School, it will run from 5:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 through March 24, 2020. Click here to register. At Shuksan Middle School, it will run from 6:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, 2020. Register in person at the Family Resource Center, Portable D at Shuksan (no online registration).

Local Author Visits Kulshan

On March 19, Kulshan is hosting local author Christine Day, who wrote I Can Make This Promise. Day is a member of the Upper Skagit tribe and the book takes place in both Seattle and the Suquamish ancestral lands. This book will be read aloud and discussed in 6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Language Arts classes. We are also setting up a Village Books pre-sale prior to the author visit.

Kulshan Clubs

Did you know that Kulshan has 23 clubs? Check out our list of Kulshan clubs and find a group that sparks your interest. Clubs are a great way to connect with friends and meet new friends in the New Year!

Important Dates

Sat, Feb 1: Regional Junior Ensemble and Solo at Kulshan

Thurs, Feb 6: Early Release @ 12:00 PM

Thurs, Feb 6: Kulshan Band and Orchestra Concerts

Feb 3-6: MAP testing (Math and Reading)

Wed, Feb 12: PTSA meeting @ 6:15 PM

Mon, Feb 17: No school/ President's Day Holiday

Fri, Feb 21: Eighth grade Orchestra field trip to WWU

Thurs, Feb 27: Eighth graders visit high schools

High School Open Houses

Wed, March 4: SQHS @ 6:00 PM

Mon, March 9: SHS @ 6:30 PM

Tues, March 10: BHS @ 6:30 PM

Thurs, March 12: OHS @ 6:30 PM

Every Wed and Fri: Open Gym

Did you know we host Open Gym with Mr. Sytsma every Wednesday and Friday morning from 7:45 to 8:45 AM? You do not need to sign up to Open Gym. Just show up during this time to have fun playing basketball or soccer. Open Gym is available to all students, any grade. We will run Open Gym every Wednesday and Friday morning from January 22 until Spring Break.

Cooking with Common Threads

Classes in all grades are enjoying monthly cooking lessons through March 12th. This month, our student chefs will prepare and taste a chickpea curry and a rice pilaf! Keep an eye out for recipes coming home and visit https://commonthreadsfarm.org/recipes/ for more! As spring approaches, our school garden is looking for any gardening tools that are in good shape (especially rakes and pruners) and black agriculture plastic for covering cover crops. If you can help with this or if you’re interested in getting involved, please contact me: ruby@commonthreadsfarm.org

Lost and Found Clothing & Lunch Boxes

We have an overabundance of items in our Lost and Found bins. Be sure to stop by KMS and grab your Lost & Found items! We have over 100 lunch bags, coats, and sweatshirts. We recommend that parents write their student's name clearly on the outside or inside of their lunch box and clothing items. This helps us reunite students and items. Our PTSA donates Lost and Found items to local charities every 4-5 weeks. Thank you!

New Semester Begins Monday, Feb 3

We have wrapped up Semester 1 and we will begin Semester 2 on Monday, February 3. For some students, this means they will have a new Enrichment class or a new Extended Learning class. For Semester 1, teachers will be posting grades in Skyward by February 13. Semester 1 report cards will go home with students on Thursday, February 27.

KMS Account at Wee Ones Reruns

We have created a consignment account at Wee Ones ReRuns (next to Trader Joes) for Kulshan Middle School. You can request that your Wee Ones proceeds go to Kulshan Middle School’s account. Our school will get the credit for the items that sell. (They will give us 40% of the sale price of each item, which goes towards our KMS PTSA.) Our account code is K945 but if you forget, they have this on file. A special thank you to parent Teddi Johnson Anshus, our Kulshan Clothing Closet Coordinator.

Now Hiring in Bellingham Public Schools!

Are you interested in any of our substitute positions? We are interviewing and hiring substitutes custodial, food service and bus drivers. We encourage you (and people you know) to apply. Please tell your neighbors, friends, and family. You are our best recruiters!

Kulshan Office Hours

Main office 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Attendance 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Counseling 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM



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