Volunteers and staff welcomed families at the registration table.

Back-to-school event symbolizes community’s commitment to students and families

Bellingham Public Schools hosted the first annual Back-to-School Family Block Party and Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Bellingham High School. A committed group of community partners, volunteers and staff came together to support the hundreds of families in attendance, welcoming them to the new school year. Dr. Kristi Dominguez, assistant superintendent in the…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

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,…

Emily and Roxana hold their awards.

Lydia Place honors BPS staff with Housing Hero Awards

Local nonprofit Lydia Place recently honored BPS Homeless Liaisons Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum and Roxana Parise during their 2020 Housing Hero Awards on December 3. The online event recognizes local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond this year (2020)”.  Ashley Thomasson, Housing Program Director, presented the awards to Humphrey-Krigbaum and Parise, and the ceremony…

School board directors visited Alderwood Elementary School in December 2019.

School board directors discuss unprecedented spring 2020

In the June 2020 edition of InsideSchools, our community newsletter, school board directors Doug Benjamin and Jenn Mason discuss the unprecedented spring of the pandemic closure and widespread protests against systemic racism.  Photo above: (left to right) Alderwood Principal Micah Smith, Superintendent Greg Baker, Alderwood Assistant Principal Minh Nguyen with School Board Directors Doug Benjamin…

Student artist Elly Q. of Northern Heights holding her Delaunay-inspired drawing

Whatcom Museum collaborates with fourth graders for virtual art gallery

Traditionally, spring in Bellingham Public Schools includes a Children’s Artwalk reception highlighting art curriculum throughout our schools. In lieu of this exhibition, we would like to share this small collaboration with Whatcom Museum who spied one of our elementary learning menus at the fourth grade level. (It was one of the first learning menus put…