April 2021 Newsletter
Hello Cordata Families, and Happy Spring!
Here at Cordata we are enjoying the return to in-person learning for all grades. The school has been a joyful place filled with laughter and learning. Some of you may be aware that Governor Inslee has recently held press conferences regarding in-person learning in our state. Please continue to keep an eye out for messages from our Superintendent, Dr. Baker! These messages will be important as we look at the remaining weeks of school between now and summer vacation.
This month's newsletter contains some important information for you! Please take a look below to find information about our preschool, Fall 2021 Kindergarten registration, and EBT updates. And....have you ever thought about working for Bellingham Schools? There's information below about applying for positions in our district. We would love to have you on our team!
As always, we appreciate your partnership. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at the school if you have suggestions or just want to connect! Have a safe Spring Break and a wonderful month.
Julie van Wijk
Kindergarten Registration is Open for Fall 2021!
Registration for kindergarten has begun in Bellingham Public Schools. All children who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2021 can be registered for kindergarten. Families can register their kindergartner online through the link on our kindergarten webpage. Registering now helps us hire staff, balance our classes, connect with families and ready our schools to welcome our kindergartners.
All children who are currently enrolled in Promise K will automatically be enrolled in kindergarten for the fall and do not need to re-register.
We plan to start in-person learning at every elementary school this fall with strong safety protocols in place. We will be ready to support our early learners and welcome the class of 2034 to our schools.
Kindergarten open house videos and virtual tours will be posted on school websites and sent to registered kindergarten families in May.
To find out more about attendance areas, registration and childhood immunization schedules, please visit bellinghamschools.org/kindergarten or contact our elementary schools directly. And thanks in advance for letting a friend or neighbor with a future kindergartner know the registration window is open and ready for them!
Now Enrolling for Free Public Preschool at Alderwood and Cordata Elementary Schools
Bellingham Public Schools are pleased to offer free half-day preschool for children who are 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2021 and live in the Alderwood or Cordata attendance areas and qualify for the program.
If you are interested in enrolling your child into one of our Title I preschool programs, please complete this online registration form or call Debbie Haney at 360-746-4045 by May 30, 2021 so we can schedule a screening appointment to see if your child qualifies.
Pandemic EBT 2.0 is Now Here!
If you haven't already done so, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals, making them automatically eligible for P-EBT 2.0. This EBT program provides additional support during the pandemic. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.
If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282
¡Ya está aquí el EBT de la Pandemia 2.0!
Para más apoyo durante la pandemia, invitamos a que las familias apliquen para el lonche reducido o gratuito si es que aún no lo han hecho para este ciclo escolar, haciéndolos elegibles para el P-EBT 2.0. Vaya a bellinghamschools.org/food-services para llenar el formato en línea de la aplicación de lonche reducido gratuito.
Para asistencia con la aplicación del lonche reducido o gratuito, por favor llame al 360-676-6456. Todas las preguntas sobre la elegibilidad para el P-EBT pueden ser dirigidas al centro de contacto de P-EBT al 833-518-0282.
Now hiring for substitute paraeducators, food services staff, teachers, bus drivers, and more!
Bellingham Public Schools is hiring for part-time supervision paraeducators as well as other substitute paraeducator positions. Hours for the supervision para are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This might be the perfect opportunity for someone looking for shorter hours on a school year schedule.
We also have openings for substitute teachers, bus drivers and food services staff for the remainder of the school year.
To view current vacancies and to apply online, go to bellinghamschools.org/jobs. If you have questions after visiting the website, please call (360) 398-5572 about substitute work and (360) 319-3999 about other positions.