Bellingham Public Schools

SchoolMessenger Communications

SchoolMessenger is a communications service that Bellingham Public School uses to stay in touch with families.  This service helps us send announcements, school newsletters and district news via email, phone or text. 

Managing Your SchoolMessenger Contact Preferences for the First Time
Email addresses and the primary phone number are pulled into the SchoolMessenger system automatically from Skyward. Update email addresses in Skyward Family Access. Contact your school secretary or registrar to update your primary phone number and emergency contacts.

To opt-in for text messaging and/or Early AM phone notification (weather closures, etc.), please follow the instructions below.  PIN numbers required.  Please call 676-6520 or e-mail  if you need assistance.

To add your contact preferences to receive important school/district news and manage other phone/text contact preferences, please use the instructions below, then click on this URL to start: Create Your Account or Log In to Manage Your Contact Preferences

Instructions for Activating Your Account For the First Time — For Families

SchoolMessenger Activación de la Cuenta para los Padres del Distrito

Instructions for Activitating Your Account For the First Time — For Staff

SchoolMessenger is a quick alert messaging service that the Bellingham School District and its schools use for emergencies, weather-related closures/delays, attendance and general communications such as important school announcements and e-news. SchoolMessenger enhances our ability to communicate regularly with parents and staff in multiple languages using phone calls, e-mail and text messaging. Bellingham Public Schools do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your cell phone provider for possible charges. Text messaging in SchoolMessenger is opt-in only.

Community E-News

If you do not have a child in Bellingham Public Schools or you are not a staff member and want to receive district e-news and information via e-mail, please click here to provide your e-mail address.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for SchoolMessenger?
Parents and guardians need to log on to the SchoolMessenger Contact Manager , follow the instructions above, and select how they would like to be contacted (phone, e-mail and text message*). Parents should also review their contact information to ensure it is accurate. See instructions above.  If you do not manage your preferences, you will receive some phone notifications, but only for one home phone number.  E-mail (e-news) and text messages will not be included

How do I update my primary number contact information?
Please contact your child's school. It is important that your child's school has up-to-date contact information in order to reach you regarding your child.

What type of messages will I receive from SchoolMessenger?
SchoolMessenger will be used to send everything from snow closure alerts to attendance messages and school news. The district can send emergency messages or general information to the entire district and principals can send information to their school community.

How do I receive e-news or e-mail from school?
Log in to SchoolMessenger to manage your contacts and check E-mail in the General Outreach column.  Enter your e-mail address. Select Early AM or Emergency to receive these types of notifications via e-mail.

Is SchoolMessenger secure?
Your student's information is stored on a secure server and all personal data is sent in an encrypted format. SchoolMessenger has a strict privacy policy and does not sell or distribute your contact information to any third party. Please remember, just like with any application, if you give your password to anyone, including your child, your contact information can be changed and messages regarding attendance, grades and emergencies can be diverted or discontinued.

Can messages be sent in languages other than English?
Yes, SchoolMessenger can send information in 14 languages for phone delivery, and 30 languages for e-mail delivery. Messages will be delivered in the home language that your school has on file for your family.

A recorded message from the school was delivered to my home phone, I said “hello” and no message played. What should I do?
Log on to your SchoolMessenger account to see a list of all messages sent to your home and review the message. SchoolMessenger can work like a mailbox, giving you a place to review messages you may have missed.

How can I find the log on page for SchoolMessenger?
The log on page can be accessed through the district's Web site or from a link on your school's Web site. You should also bookmark this link on your computer:

I have forgotten my password for the SchoolMessenger Contact Manager, what do I do?
Log on to the SchoolMessenger Contact Manager and click the link that says “Forgot your password." Follow the prompts to retrieve your password.

Can I receive information on my students at a long distance number?