Kulshan Connect

April 1, 2022 (see if you can find our April Fool's post!)

Kulshan 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

April 11-15: 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 April 11 - 15. 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!

KMS ASB MOD Pizza Night!

Support Kulshan ASB by eating pizza! Get dinner (or lunch! Or Both!) at MOD pizza on Wednesday, April 13, and support Kulshan ASB! Mention "Kulshan ASB" when you order in person or by phone, or use the code GR204674K for online or app orders. 20% of all Kulshan ASB fundraising will go to this year's charity partner, Northwest Youth Services. More information can be found here!


Thank you to all the parents, ASB leaders, staff, and especially custodial staff who helped make our school dance/social happen! Despite some bumps (we blew the amp on the first song and ran out of food much sooner than expected), kids had a great time and everyone seemed to roll with everything. Thanks for supporting our Thunderbirds.

Free COVID Tests

Testing before returning to school after Spring break can help our community stay healthy. At-home rapid tests are available to families and staff on a weekly basis. Please come to your school’s front office to pick up tests. Testing continues to be available for staff and students at our schools and the Family Resource Center at Shuksan Middle School each school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The testing center will be closed over Spring Break.

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!

Do you have questions about lice?

From our Nurse, Amy Eisenhauer:

Lice have been around for thousands of years, and they are always in our community and schools. Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of a person with a lice infestation. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) is uncommon. Everyone should do their best to keep an eye out for lice. Doing weekly comb-outs or lice checks on your household members is a great way to avoid an infestation. If you do find nits (eggs) or live lice, regular combing and nit-picking is an effective way to treat them. Please start treatment right away. We don’t exclude students from school due to nits or lice. Here is more information on finding and treating lice.

(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!

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

Julie Capper is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher, and has been teaching at Kulshan for five years. In 7th grade, our students learn about Washington State history, and one of those episodes in history that we have a lot to learn from is known as the "fish wars". Student learn about what led up to the Boldt Decision, a legal case that created the co-managing of salmon and other fish based upon prior treaties. This time period is used as a means to discuss about the importance of looking at different historical perspectives, and how events have an impact on a variety of stakeholders.

What is most impressive about Ms. Capper's instruction is her consistent return to essential questions. Students are exploring: How do socio-political developments within our state lead to dilemmas that affect a variety of stakeholders? Ms. Capper leads students to analyze historical documents and stories given from many perspectives on an issue, and student continually return to this question as they learn more about a topic. By returning to these essential questions, student begin to see how their thinking changes over time. One artifact of this thinking is through the interactive journals that students use to record their observations, learning, and reflections about the different stories or historical documents they look at in class.

When interviewing one of her students and asked what they are learning and why it is important, as student responded "A lot of our history can be told from one perspective, and it is important learn about historical events from the perspective of many different groups. It helps us have a better understanding of what happened"

Some great historical thinking happening in 7th grade.

Questions to Ask Your Student:

  • How can looking at different perspectives of history help us create a better understanding of what happened?
  • What voices have typically been left out in the stories we tell?
  • How has our understanding of historical events changed over time?
  • What actions can we take to create a deeper understanding of current events?

Therapy Pet Joining KMS

We know that many students would benefit from having a therapy pet on site at Kulshan. Therefore, we have worked with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to select a local salmon to be our new therapy pet at Kulshan. We have also partnered with the National Alliance of Therapy Pets to train our new addition. He will live in a tank in the library and he will wear a special "Therapy Pet" vest so that staff, students, and visitors know that he is a fully trained therapy pet. We have not yet decided on a name, so if you have a good idea for our therapy fish name, please email Mr. Dockins. Thank you! (please note: the salmon in the photo is not the actual fish coming to Kulshan, we just used a stock photo for this newsletter)

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 will share about protecting youth against substance abuse. Children and youth do best at home, school and with friends when their parents use both love and limits. The better you are at setting limits and showing love and caring the more likely it is your child will get through the teen years without getting into serious trouble.

English Episode #7

Spanish Episodio#7

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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