New coats hanging in the hallway of Cordata Elementary School

New coats will keep kids warm this winter thanks to local firefighter association

The Winter Warming Coat Distribution at Cordata Elementary School took place in December as part of Operation Warm, an annual project of the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF) Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters Association delivered hundreds of new winter coats for the 362 students enrolled at Cordata,…

Birchwood Elementary School third grade teacher Valerie Califf

National board certified teachers 2019, empowered and elevated

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Five staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned national board certification in December 2019 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers bring the total number of NBCT staff in the…

Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

Student taking photographs in the garden

Seesaw offers elementary families a ‘window into the classroom’

Even if “nothing” is the default answer to, “what did you do in school today?” elementary families now have snapshots from their students’ day thanks to Seesaw, a digital student portfolio available to all elementary schools. Families who sign up can see their student’s work and the communication between their student and teacher, both online…