Kulshan Connect

May 27, 2022

Sat, May 28: Middle School Mega Band

The BPS Middle School Mega Band will be marching in the Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28! Come cheer for and support our band students from Kulshan, Whatcom, Fairhaven and Shuksan middles schools! They will be combining to create one MONSTER SIZED ensemble and playing The Hey Song (click link here). If you know that song, add your voice to our chorus of “Hey!”s while watching their performance on the parade route!

Wed June 1: KMS ASB Fundraiser

Let's raise money for KMS while eating pizza! Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at MOD Pizza (Barkley: 2925 Newmarket St) and mention "Kulshan ASB" when you order. If you order online or via your phone, please use the code GR204675K. We appreciate your support!

Resources for Families

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of this week's tragedy in Texas and we want to share some resources for talking to children about violence and traumatic incidents. Keeping our students and staff safe at school is our top priority; we encourage you to learn more at our school safety webpage. I encourage anyone struggling to reach out to us. Remember that Kulshan Middle School is filled with people who love your student and we are here to help you and your family.

due June 3: 8th grade Baby Photos

Our PTSA is creating a bulletin board to display baby photos of our 8th graders. Please drop off your baby photo to the main office by June 3 with the student's first and last name on the back. Please do not send original photos, as the photos will not be returned. If you don't have access to a printer or a copy of a photo, please email the photo to our PTSA President, Cyndi Johnson. She is more than happy to print your photo for you!

June 15: Summer Send Off

Our amazing KMS ASB is planning our all-school Summer Send Off on Wednesday, June 15 from 3:45 - 5:30 PM in the outdoor spaces at Kulshan. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please use this Sign Up Genius link. Thank you!

June 16: 8th grade Celebration

Eighth families are invited to attend our 8th Grade Celebration in our Kulshan Commons from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. This ceremony showcases student talent and student leadership. After the celebration, families often hang out in the Commons to re-connect with other families and enjoy cookies and juice. Are you interested in donating items or your time to our 8th grade events? Please sign up by June 15. Here is the link. We appreciate you!

Kulshan Library News

All library books are due Friday, June 10. Please look around and find those hidden tomes. Reminders will go out each Friday for any books that are overdue. Summer checkout starts June 13. Please pick up an agreement form in the library if you would like to participate in KMS Summer Checkout!

Sat, June 4: Whatcom Youth Pride

Our annual Whatcom Youth Pride parade and festival is Saturday, June 4 at Bellingham High School. We are excited to celebrate our amazing LGBTQIA+ and ally community. There will be a short, 15-20 minute parade (starting at the corner of Cornwall and Halleck – in front of BHS) followed by a festival at BHS. Info and details at www.whatcomyouthpride.com.

Transition Time

On Thursday, our 8th graders had a chance take in a production of Cinderella in the morning at Sehome High School and then visit their future high schools in the afternoon. We also recently welcomed our next year’s 6th graders for a tour of Kulshan and got to meet many of our new Kulshan families. We are SO excited to be thinking about next year as we finish strongly this year! Thank you to everyone for the amazing transition events!

Food Pantry Re-Stock Time

Our Kulshan pantry is a resource for families in need of basic toiletries or extra food over the weekend. Click this link to see which items we are requesting. Please reach out to the counselors if you would like more information or would like to donate.

Summer Theatre

Current 8th graders/ incoming 9th graders are welcome to audition for Mamma Mia! this summer. The Squalicum Musical Theatre Institute is offering a three-week summer musical theatre intensive. https://www.squalicummusicaltheatre.org/ Auditions run May 31 and June 1, rehearsals June 27 - July 14, with performances July 15-17. Please reach out to Aaron Tiger if you have questions.

Summer School Opportunities!

Did you know that incoming 9th graders can take high school classes this summer? They can choose between health and/or tech literacy. Students just need to fill out a summer school application. They will then give their application to Mr. Tiger or Ms. Newbauer to sign and turn in. The classes will be in-person at Options High School from June 27 - August 4, Mondays through Thursdays. Students can choose to attend first morning (8:30-10:00 AM) or second morning (10:30-12:00) sessions. Please reach out by email to Roni Weston, Summer School Principal or phone: 360-647-6871.

Summer Opportunities!

The City of Bellingham has published the Spring/Summer 2022 Playbook (formerly known as Leisure Guide) which includes several high school sports camps. The COB offers $200/person annual scholarships for Parks and Rec/Arne Hanna Programs. The Pass Program through Every Kid Sports provides up to $150 to athletes ages 4-18 for recreational sports programs. Families are expected to contribute $10 towards the camp or program. Blue Skies for Children in Bellingham provides funding through their Little Wishes programs. Still needing help? Contact Laurel Peak for assistance.

Debate Club

Bellingham United Debate Team is hosting a weeklong workshop for middle school and incoming high school students to learn and practice the basics of competitive debate. This will be a fun, engaging, and exciting summer opportunity that will give you lasting memories and valuable skills. Monday June 27th - Friday July 1st from 9:00am - 12:00pm, all 5 days at Bellingham High School. For more information about the Bellingham Summer Debate Workshop or the Bellingham United Debate Team, please email Coach Nick Phillips.

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!

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!

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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