Kulshan Connect

March 25, 2022

Spring Sports!

Spring sports start Monday, April 11, which is the day after we return from Spring Break. Registration is open on Final Forms. We hope everyone can find something to participate in. If you have questions about Final Forms or your sports physical, please reach out to Lisa Scott, our Athletics Registrar. This spring we are offering:

  • Unified Soccer - open to all grades, all genders
  • Cross Country - open to all grades, all genders
  • Football - 7th and 8th grade, all genders
  • Girls Basketball - open to all grades

Lost and Found Clean Up!

Are you missing a jacket, sweatshirt, water bottle, lunch box, or umbrella? We are displaying our Lost and Found on the Kulshan Stage the week of March 28 - April 1. Then all items will be donated to a community group. PLEASE check out our Lost and Found on the stage and PLEASE take home your items. Thank you!

Kulshan Spring Dance!

We are so excited to host our Spring Dance on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:45 - 5:30 PM. Pre-sales for food tickets will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, during lunches. Mrs. Schuitema will sell them from the office window for $1 each. There are no refunds on food tickets, so only get what you think you will need. You can get more at the dance, if you need. Pizza will cost 2 tickets, everything else (i.e. candy, chips, drinks) will cost 1 ticket. We recommend that you write your name on the back of all your tickets and keep them in a safe place so you don't lose them. The dance is for Kulshan students only. There are no buses after the dance. Please arrange for your own transportation home. (i.e. walking, biking, WTA, parent pick up)

Volunteers Needed: Spring Dance

We are looking for a few volunteers for our Kulshan Spring Dance! Do you enjoy hanging out with teens, selling pizza, or running Open Gym? We would love to have adult volunteers help us out! Click this Sign Up Genius to volunteer. Thank you for helping out!

Family Spring Feedback Survey

Kulshan Parents - Have you filled out our Spring Feedback Survey yet? We would LOVE to have 100% participation from our Kulshan families. The survey is open until April 1. Please set aside 5-10 minutes and help us collect important information about how our families experience our school. Click the link here! We use this confidential information to help us know what we’re doing well and what we can improve on. Students will take the School Climate Survey in their T-Bird Time class next week. Thank you!

(NEW) Spring Music Clubs

Drumline will be after school every Tuesday in the Band Room starting March 22nd. Ukulele Club will be after school on Thursdays in the Orchestra Room starting March 24th. You do not need to have any musical experience or be in any music class to join. Both clubs are open to ALL STUDENTS and all instruments will be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own ukulele if you would like). If you have any questions, email Ms. Petaia or come chat with her in the music rooms before or after school.

Mental Health for Teens

Thank you to our KMS counseling team for providing a wide range of services to our Kulshan students and families. Our team presented some really useful information at our last PTSA meeting. Feel free to take a look at this information here. And reach out to anyone in Student Services if you have questions or need support!

March 26: Saturday Vaccine Clinic

Saturday, March 26 at Shuksan Middle School, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Appointments & walk ups available. Sign up online.

A $25 gift card will be provided to all individuals who get vaccinated at this event, courtesy of the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation.

Strengthening Families

Kulshan Middle School is partnering with WSU extension and Whatcom County Health Department to host a Strengthening Families Program Wednesday evenings 5:30- 8 pm April 13- May 25 for youth ages 10-14 And their Caregivers. Over seven weeks, families learn communication skills, stress management tools, and ways to connect. Families will meet once a week for 2 hours to connect and learn together. Meetings will be once a week, and a light dinner and childcare will be provided. Click here for more information and to register.

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Instructional Spotlight

Jason Sytsma has been at Kulshan Middle School for 5 years, teaching Physical Education. An impressive aspect of Mr. Sytsma's class is the opportunity for choice to ensure that all kids are moving and getting physical activity. During the a normal week, there are specific units (e.g. floor hockey) that students collectively focus on; however, Mr. Sytsma also involve a lot of choice based upon student interest. For example, students had the opportunity to choose between specific stations on a Fun Friday, and those stations were volleyball, badminton, football flyers, and Wii Sports.

By providing this choice, one can see a high level engagement in PE, where every student was doing something, moving their bodies and getting some physical movement going. By providing a balance of focusing on a specific sport for a unit, kids are introduced to new sports, games, and athletic concepts; however, if they move into a unit that may not be their favorite they have a lot of choice every once in a while. This reflects the thoughtfulness and attention to detail that Mr. Sytsma takes toward listening and learning from students.

Questions to Ask:

  • What types of movement or activity do you enjoy most? How can you build time in for those joyful activities?
  • What impact do you think having regular, joyful activities or movement can have on your week?
  • What opportunities do you create for trying new things?

Idle Free Pick Up

Idle Free Pick-up at Kulshan: Did you know that idling your car for 10 minutes can put a pound of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? As you pick up your students from school or practice and are waiting in your car, we ask that you refrain from idling cars. Thanks for helping us preserve healthy air for our kids while putting less carbon in the air!

WCHD Vaccine Clinics

Our Whatcom County Health Department continues to offer clinics and pop up clinics throughout Whatcom County. Check out all of the dates and locations. For some of the clinics, they are offering $50 gift cards for people getting a first or second dose. Yay!

Homework Club Snacks Needed

Our Kulshan Homework Club is growing and we are in need of snacks! We would love to have some (non-perishable) snacks and drinks donated so that students can get a snack while having a supportive place to work on homework. Please use this Sign Up Genius link. When dropping off your snack donations to our Main Office, please let our front office staff know that this is for Homework Club. (i.e. not our Food Pantry). Thank you!

New District Calendar

We have updated our district calendar here to make up for our winter weather and flooding. Please note that May 20 is now a normal, full school day. We have also updated our A/B Calendar. If you have any questions about our calendars, please reach out to our main office at Kulshan. Thank you.

Attendance Office Reminders

Just a reminder to parents: if you need to pick your student up early, please send them with a note to the front office when they arrive to school. You can also email Cindy Schuitema or Jeneen Durand or call 360-676-4886 before 9:00 AM. By taking this step, your child will be ready in the office when you arrive. Also, our automatic attendance messages to parents go out one time per day, at 3:45 PM. Thank you!

Human Growth and HIV Lessons

Our Kulshan PE teachers will be sharing out the Human Growth and Development and HIV lessons that we will be teaching this Spring. Washington State requires HIV/AIDS prevention education for all students, and families are often curious about the materials and information that will be shared with students. Our PE teachers teach specific lessons which can be previewed here. As always, families may opt their child out of these Human Growth and Development & HIV/AIDS lessons. Please let your child's PE teacher know in writing if that is your choice. Thank you!

Free Family Podcasts

We care about your family and want to help you stay strong together.

We encourage you to become familiar with this parenting local program, it is our hope to bring it to you at some point; however, check their online option, that can be done from the comfort of your home. There is no cost involved, just let us know you want to participate, Elsa Powell will be able to enroll you at no cost. Leave a message or text at 360 306 4165.

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Now Hiring!

Have you considered becoming a substitute or school volunteer? Our district is dedicated to keeping schools open and operational, but we need YOU! Being a substitute offers flexibility and helps support our schools, staff and Bellingham’s children in fulfilling The Bellingham Promise. We are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers, emergency certified substitute teachers, paraeducators, bus drivers, warehouse/delivery drivers, custodians, nurses, food service staff and office personnel. Join us!

Social Media Accounts

Have you seen concerning social media pages related to Kulshan students? Please report accounts to Instagram if the accounts are bullying or harassing or otherwise violating Instagram terms of service. This step is easy and anonymous. Send information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools by texting or calling 844-310-9560 or by visiting bellinghamschools.org/safe for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Safe Schools Zone

This fall, contractors installed security cameras inside and outside of several of our schools, including KMS. This project was approved by voters in our community as part of the 2018 school facilities bond. Security cameras will help us maintain the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors. For more information, see policy 6610.

Support for Tribal Affiliated Students

Did you know we have over 400 students in our district with tribal affiliation? Lummi Behavioral Health can serve students with ANY tribal affiliation/status. Here is the interest link for starting MH services with Lummi Behavioral Health. If you are interested or have questions please talk to your school counselors:Michelle Strobel, Lacey Bachman, or Aaron Tiger.

College Bound Application

Did you know college is free for qualifying families? Middle school is the only time that families can sign up for the College Bound Scholarship Program. The College Bound Program covers the average cost of tuition, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 Washington State colleges, universities and technical schools. Please fill out our district Free and Reduced Lunch Form to apply. Please let your KMS counseling team know if you have any questions.

LGBTQ Support for Families and Youth

Dear Families - Did you know that we have many local and online supports to help you with your LGBTQ+ or questioning student? These resources are just a few to help along the journey. Please feel free to reach out to our KMS counselors if you have any questions or need more support Aaron Tiger (cell 360-739-3991) or Michelle Strobel. Here is a list of local and online supports.
School Tip Line text or call 844-310-9560 or report online at bellinghamschools.org/safe

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