Dear Sehome Community,

Yesterday, I sent out a request for supplies for Sumas Elementary Staff and I was once again blown away by this community. When I was asked if I thought we could pull together care baskets for 50 people in just a few days, I didn't quite know how we would do it. But, when we come together as a community, we are able to accomplish big things. Please know how thankful I am for each one of you and how you show up to support our community.

This week, we have an early release on Wednesday and no school for the remainder of the week.

Progress reports for the first quarter will be mailed home in the coming days. This is new this school year. If you have any questions about first-quarter grades, please reach out to the specific teacher.

There are times when gratitude comes to us easily. There are also seasons where it is more challenging to find things that fill us with gratitude. I know for me, last week was a huge reminder of the things I am thankful for that I often take for granted. Today, I am thankful for hot water, electricity at the flip of a switch, dry clothes, fresh food in my fridge, and a vehicle that runs. I am also incredibly thankful for this community, our students who keep me grounded and inspired, and our staff who continue to show support to students and each other. I hope that you can find moments of quiet stillness in the coming days to find a space of gratitude.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback for me, please reach out.

Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you!

Sending so much love,

Sonia Cole


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1 – Care Baskets for Sumas Elementary Staff

2 – All-State Orchestra Results

3 – Sehome Girls’ Swim State Results

4 – November Holidays and Observances

5 – PTSA

6 – AP Examination Information

7 – After-School Dinner Program

8 – – Who Needs A Hot Meal?

9 – Youth Institute After School

10 – Voter Registration

11 – Sehome Learning Center

12 – Yearbook

13 – School Nurse Reminders

14 – Covid-19 Updates

15 – Sehome Points of Contact

1 - Care Baskets for Sumas Elementary Staff

Dear Sehome Community,

Have you been asking yourself how to help our north county neighbors? Here is a great opportunity!

Our goal is to create a care basket for each staff member at Sumas Elementary who will be moved with their class/group to another school for the unforeseen future.


Chocolate Treat

Non-Chocolate Treat

Savory/salty Snack

Tea/Hot Cocoa



Lotion/Hand sanitizer

Pen Set (whiteboard or regular)

Notepad/Sticky Notes

Personal Note of encouragement


We are hoping to have them ready to go the week of 11/29 which is a quick turnaround with no school Thursday and Friday.

Please use this Sign Up Genius to sign up if you are interested.

Bring all items to the main office before Wednesday, 11/24 at 1:30 PM. Thank you for considering helping our neighbors in this way!

Sonia Cole


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These students were accepted into the All-State Symphony Orchestra for this year:

David hagin

Virginia Arthur

Liam connor

Roisin Connor

Please congratulate these students on this fantastic achievement!

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The Sehome team placed 3rd in state this weekend, with point scorers in every event.

Florence Lo won the 100 breast and placed second in the 100 fly.

Martina Klecka won the diving event by over 50 points.

Lots of great swims by everyone. Thanks for your support of these great kids over the course of the season.

Coach Don Helling


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**** Crochet for Community is gearing up for the winter months and needs yarn…..we will be rehoming them into hats and mittens! No donation too small.

You can send them with your student or drop them off at the main office. See Amy Brewster with any questions ****


The Learning Center needs your help!

It’s a great sight to see the tables and chairs full of learners! However, it means we’re running low on snacks. We have enough snacks to get us through to Thanksgiving break, but after that it looks grim.

Here is a wishlist on Amazon that shares what snacks the students enjoy the most, but anything is great!

Thank you so much for your support!


AP Exams 2022 – Payment Information

Payments can either be made at the ASB Office with Cash/Check or Credit Card or online.

Payment for AP exams must be made between Oct. 12 – Apr. 2, 2022 online here.

  • Full payment fee = $43.50 per exam
  • Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam. You must submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form. (also available at the ASB Office)
  • Late registration fee (after 11/15/20) will incur an additional $40 charge.
  • Cancellation/Unused exam fee is $40.

For questions/assistance with payments please contact the ASB Office at (360) 676-4971 or e-mail

After School Meal Program


After-school dinner program free for all children 18 and under

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

Programa gratuito de cenas después de la escuela para todos los niños de 18 años o menos

Las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham sirven cenas calientes sin costo alguno a todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Las cenas se ofrecen de las 5 a las 6 de la tarde de lunes a jueves hasta el 16 de junio de 2022. La cena se sirve en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Shuksan, ubicada en el 2717 de Alderwood Avenue (en la esquina de Northwest y Alderwood). No importa a qué escuela asista en el distrito.

A los adultos acompañantes se les cobrará $4.75 dólares por comida - sólo en efectivo o con cheque. Todas las comidas deben ser consumidas en la cafetería de Shuksan.

El menú diario de la cena se encuentra por día en la página de internet de los menús escolares después del listado del lonche o almuerzo.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta: La cena no se servirá en los días festivos de la escuela o en los siguientes días de salida temprana de la escuela: 4 de noviembre, 24 de noviembre, 9 de diciembre, 10 de febrero, 10 de marzo y 28 de abril.


Message from one of our Sehome parents -


I just signed up to be a volunteer chef for a nationwide organization called Lasagna Love. AND, I learned after having no matches in week 1 that they do not have many meal requests from Bellingham. So this is a reach out – if you know ANYONE in Bellingham or nearby who is having a hard time with food, time, or money, and would benefit from a free family size lasagna, please send them to this organization to learn more and to request (top right menu) a lasagna for themselves or for someone they know. Then I can start cooking and taking care of my community. And of course, if you would like to volunteer to cook like I did, you can do that below too.

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Sehome’s AP Government new voter registration drive in conjunction with the League of Women Voters registered over 150 New Voters!

With a new WA state law, students aged 16-up can pre-register to vote. If your student missed registration, have them stop by room 268, Ms Eubank’s, to register!

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The tutoring center offers help with most subjects taught at SHS…Contact the Learning Center and we will try to find you the help you need.

About the tutors:

They work with students 1:1 or in small groups in their content areas of expertise

· Answer questions on course content

· Aid in comprehension of course material, review, and test preparation

· Patient, dependable, and responsible when working with students

· Friendly, flexible, and sensitive to demands of high school students

Schedule a tutoring appointment

Visit the learning center website


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Time to order your grad ads! This year all seniors get a quarter page in the yearbook for FREE. Grad ads are due Friday December 10th. Information about grad ads and how to place your order are included in the link . We do not accept upgrades. A quarter page is the only size we can accommodate. Please contact the Sehome yearbook staff with any questions at
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Reminder: As we enter cold and flu season, please continue to monitor your student(s) for symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, cough, fever, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, runny nose, recent loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and fatigue). If your child has 1 or more symptom of any duration, they cannot come to school for 10 days OR they can return after getting a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result. You can find information on the school district website: Testing is available through Whatcom County Health Department (360-778-6075) OR through the Bellingham airport site at


When a student requires medication at school, either prescription or over the counter (OTC), parents/guardians must return a completed medication authorization form with directions from a licensed health care provider (LHCP) to Sehome. One exception is that certain OTC medications that are self-administered do not require LHCP instructions, but they do require a parent/guardian to complete the medication authorization form. There is no situation that a student taking medications at school does not need a medication authorization on file.

The privilege of students self-caring their medications, whether prescription or OTC, requires students to take their medication as instructed on the authorization and being aware that they may not share their medications with anyone. Medications brought to school must be in the original prescription container or manufacturers labelled OTC container. Medication authorizations expire at the end of the current school year, or sooner as per LHCP instructions.

Link to Medication Authorization Form can be found here

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Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: