Friday, September 17th, 2021
Dear BFPP families,
I love that our program name highlights what is most important, Family Partnership. Thank you for being amazing partners. I wanted to take a couple minutes and bring forward a few sentiments of the BFPP culture and core values. From the beginning, we have invited families to join us on the journey of creating our program. We have used the phrase, "building the plane as we are flying it" to describe the sometimes messy process of developing BFPP. Each year we come with new hopes and dreams, not being satisfied with what was, and always striving for what could be. We dwell in the possibilities and push against status quo. That often means we are building from the ground up, with new blueprints, ever changing materials and evolving tools of efficiency.
We also fully embrace growth mindset and failing forward. Innovation calls for stepping into the unknown and taking risks. We are grasping for the gold rings, stretching for greatness which means that we sometimes make mistakes or fail. The greatest gains typically come from the greatest risks.
With the last few years and responding to COVID we have had many more opportunities to test these core values. In the greater community I am hearing give grace, be more flexible and live with the unknown. We sometimes look for the answers, predictable structures, and the comfort of the known. Schools are institutions that typically provide all three, we ask you to suspend those assumptions.
We don't always have the answers, but we will work toward them. We don't always have the solutions, but we are willing to find them. We don't always know what is next, but we are ready for it. We sincerely hope you are as excited to "build this plane as we are flying it" because this is the greatest journey and we wouldn't want to do it with anyone else. Thank you for giving grace, being flexible and living with the unknown.
In partnership with families enables us to do more together, wouldn't want it any other way! Let’s build this thing BFPP!
Reminder- No School Next Friday, September 24th
COVID Protocols for In-Person Classes
- Mask: Everyone wears masks while at school (even outdoor school), but it is ok to take a mask break while you are in class outside. Please keep your mask on your ears and pull it down over your chin for a break or put it on your wrist rather than laying it down someplace.
- 3 Feet Distance: We will be maintaining 3 feet distance while outside when we are together. You can hold your arms out to the side and make sure you are not touching anyone else to make sure you are 3 feet apart.
- Clean Hands: Washing hands frequently is important. Please wash your hands right before you come to class since we will be outside and won't have a sink to wash when you get here. Teachers will give everyone a pump of sanitizer when you arrive and before you go home. Maybe in the middle of class too!
- Have Your Owns Snacks/Water: We will not be sharing food or drinks, so make sure you bring your own water bottle.
- Stay Home If…: It is really, really important to stay home if you don't feel well even a little bit.
Volunteer Application for Parents
All parents remaining on site and/or inside during classes must complete the district volunteer application. This application includes uploading a copy of your driver's license and COVID vaccine card. Please contact your LPP with questions.
If you have not received a laptop yet, please come during the designated times below to pick one up. This is when we have staff to support the hand off.
- Come to the gym area, wear a mask, stay socially distanced and be prepared to wait a few minutes. As we are expecting multiple families, please limit how many family members accompany you.
- You will need to stay and try to log in to ensure it works and the laptop needs to synch to the network before taking it home.
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ONLY: We may need to reset passwords for middle schoolers, if they cannot remember their passwords from last year.
WHEN: September 20-23rd 9-10am Monday thru Thursday
Monday STUDENT LAST NAMES A thru G
Tuesday STUDENT LAST NAMES H thru N
Wednesday STUDENT LAST NAMES O thru S
Thursday STUDENT LAST NAMES T thru Z
WHERE: GYM AREA at Larrabee Building
Tuesday/Thursday Materials Pick Up
Materials pick up at BFPP is on Tuesdays from 9-10 am and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. & 4-5 p.m.
You don't need to come each week. You will be contacted when you have materials to pick up. This may include library holds, school supplies, curriculum you've requested, or kits/supplies for remote classes. Thank you for your patience!
Our address is 1409 18th Street in the Larrabee building. We don’t have a parking lot to pull into, so please pull along side the south end of the building on Larrabee, then turn right on 18th street which runs along the front of the school. The parking strip is the staging area.
Stay in your cars! A staff member will come to you, retrieve the materials and bring them back to your car. Please be ready to let them know what you are picking up (such as curriculum, tech, school supplies or class kit).
Browse our Library Book Inventory Online
Students can log into Destiny to browse and request books from their Learning Plan Partner by email.
Here are the steps:
- From our Family Partnership Program website click on the Library tab
- Then Select Library Catalog
- Click on Login at the top right hand corner
If on a district issued laptop, you can log in with Bellingham Schools Office 365 on the left side of the screen (it will automatically log you in)
If on a personal device, you can still use Office 365 but will need to manually type in your EMAIL Address and Password (same as your laptop password)
OR you can us the FOLLETT sign in on the right using the District Issued USER/PASSWORD
- District Issued USER: First 5 of Last name, first 3 of first name and 3 zero’s
- For Peggy Gallegos it would be “GALLEPEG000”
- PASS: First 3 of first name and birth date day
- I was born November 22 so my pass would be “peg22”
The books will show a red “OUT” when NOT available or a green “IN” when they ARE available.
Once you have identified the books you would like, please email your Learning Plan Partner with the list.
Math Enrichment Opportunities
-MOEMS contests (Math Olympiad) for 4th-8th graders
-AMC-8 for up to grade 8
-MathCounts for middle schoolers
-potential outside math activities with a WWU professor
New Club: Mythiclub
Have you ever wondered what tales were told hundreds of years ago? Look no further! Throughout the year, we will be researching and telling each other the fairytales of long ago, including the folklore of Japan, India, Greece, China, the Vikings, Britain, and more! The club will meet bi-weekly, on zoom for one hour. The first meeting is October 14th. We will then meet every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Each week, a new culture’s tales will be read aloud with images shown, discussions held, and (optional) show and tell featuring drawings, books, anything relating to mythology. The maximum capacity will be 10 kids to start. RSVP if interested and you will receive a club folder with various fun mythic materials to be used at each meeting. Contact MythiClub@Yahoo.com
Kindergarten: Play is Hard Work!
Save the Date~ Thursday, Oct. 14th~ MOD Pizza fundraiser for BFPP
Visit MOD Pizza's online order website. Use the coupon code GR201111B and 20% of your meal’s price on 10/14 will be donated back to BFPP. If you're ordering in store, mention BFPP to get your purchase counted.
Art Classes at Pace Atelier
Bellingham Coding and Robotics Club
Bellingham Coding and Robotics Club is proud to now be offering classes specially tailored to Homeschoolers! We are offering two classes at the same time (for those busy parents with multiple children, we get you) Tuesdays from 1:45pm to 3pm.
The first class is our signature elementary school based coding, robotics and STEM. It balances screen time with hands-on activities including 3D printing, Makerspace, and basic robotics, in addition to our signature coding curriculum that can take any little coder where they want to be!
The second class is our Middle School Robotics Team! Our Robotics teams develop students’ math, engineering, coding, and of course team-building skills as they work to complete in fun challenges with the robots they design and build. The teams of 2 to 3 will then take their robots to compete in VEX competitions in the PNW and possibly beyond!
See our website for information and to sign up!
YMCA Trail Blazers
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.
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.
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