Communications and Community Relations provides information to a variety of stakeholders, including students, staff, families, news media and community members.

We communicate accurate and timely news about schools, programs, achievements of students and staff, opportunities for input, decisions and district policies, programs, procedures, achievements, decisions, critical education issues and emergency/weather information.

Media Relations:

Reporters can contact Dana Smith, Assistant Director of Communications, via email or at 360-676-6520.

Family Handbook and Calendar

An annual publication of Bellingham Public Schools sent in the summer mailing ahead of the start of school every school year. The 2022-23 version is found online.



InsideSchools is our community newsletter. It is mailed to homes and businesses three to four times per year. See the latest editions below.

Spring 2022

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Summer 2021

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Summer 2020

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

Recent Awards:

The following Communications projects received recognition from state and national communications organizations, shining light on the great people and work of Bellingham Public Schools:



  • Class of 2024: catching up with students we first started following through video when they were the first cohort to be in full-time kindergarten in Bellingham Public Schools. In this video, we caught up with them in their first year of high school, which happened during the pandemic. (WSPRA, 2022)

Special publication

Social Media


Jackie Brawley
Executive Director
Dana Smith
Assistant Director
Lezlie Fox
Executive Administrative Assistant


Public Records


Resources for Families