ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the calendar
- October 27-29: Elementary Conferences
- October 30: K-5 Half Day
Reopening Q&A Webinar
Monday, Oct. 26th, 5-6pm
This is an online event.
Reopening schools update
Planning continues across the district as we prepare to bring elementary students back to in-person learning in early November.
We are holding a public Q&A virtual session on Monday, October 26 from 5-6 p.m. (https://asd103.zoom.us/j/89620788234) to go over our reopening plans and answer your questions. We will also record this and post it on our website, if you are unable to attend the live session.
As you know, students in grades K-3 will return to schools on November 2, and grades 4-5 on November 9. Students will return on a half-day schedule M,T,R,F, with a remote learning day on Wednesday. We continue to plan for middle school students to return in early December, and high school students on February 8. If you have questions please contact your principal.
Skagit County is currently at 49.5 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. You can see the full risk assessment dashboard here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard
We continue to plan for students to return to our schools in early November, but families should be aware that if coronavirus cases continue to rise, our medical professionals may ask us to delay our in-person learning plans. We are in constant communication with the Skagit County Health Department and local medical professionals, and we will follow their advice.
Staff In-Person Health and Safety FAQs
Our team has developed a list of Health and Safety FAQs for staff that we believe will also be helpful for families. Please take a look, and let us know if you have specific questions. A few items to highlight:
- We will have extra face masks for children and adults in each building and on school buses.
- Remind your child of the need to maintain physical distancing.
- Water fountains are turned off. Please send your child to school with a water bottle.
- Families will be required to submit a digital, daily health attestation confirming that their child is free of any COVID-related symptoms. A daily email will be sent for families to submit their electronic form prior to their child arriving at school.
How do we get numbers down?
We can’t overemphasize enough the importance of following all of the health guidelines at school and in your personal life. In addition to physical distancing, masks, hand washing, and staying home when sick, Skagit County Health Dept is also urging community members to:
- Avoid indoor gatherings
- Avoid unnecessary travel
- Avoid large gatherings
Annual Student Info Update Open
Annual Student Information Update is NOW OPEN in Skyward. This is required information (previously collected in paper form) for each student, including emergency contacts, a housing survey, a photo/video opt-out form, and more.
Please log into your Skyward Family Access account, and follow the prompts for Annual Student Information Update. If you have forgotten your Skyward login/password, please click the "Forgot your Login/Password?" link, and login instructions will be sent to your email address on file at your student's school.
If you have questions, or need help accessing your Skyward account, please contact the Tech Dept at (360) 503-1220.
October Pride hits homes this week
Check it out for stories about:
- Remote and hybrid learning
- Student poet laureate Lucy Shainin
- Your shout outs and more!
The Anacortes Pride is mailed to all households in Anacortes. If you would like additional copies, please contact the Superintendent's Office (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com.
Meals for Students
We will be offering Grab-n-Go meals to all students and children age 1-18 at no cost to families through Dec 31st.Everything you need to know about free school meals (video)
More information is on our website: http://www.asd103.org/departments_and_programs/food_and_nutrition_services
Eligible Families Strongly Encouraged to Apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs
ANACORTES SCHOOL DISTRICT FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE A FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL APPLICATION FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR
While all students may be provided free meals through the end of this school year, it is still critical that eligible families complete the application this fall
WHY? Eligibility for Free or Reduced-price meals has many benefits! Reduced or waived fees for certain school programs, and lowered fees for some local services - such as some internet access, are just some of the benefits families could receive. In addition, Free/Reduced eligibility drives funding and support to schools for essential programs!
HOW? An application is available online through our school district website, at any school, or by calling the Child Nutrition Office. It is easy to complete, all information is strictly confidential, and is available in many languages.
WHERE? Drop off your completed application at any school, or mail to CHILD NUTRITION OFFICE 1600 20th ST, ANACORTES WA 98221. You may also scan and email the completed application to: firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be processed within 10 days of receipt.
If you think you may be eligible for Free/Reduced meal benefits, we encourage you to apply! Not only could you benefit from eligibility, but your school may also benefit! If you have any questions, contact the Child Nutrition Office at 360-503-1377 or email to: email@example.com
K–12 Internet Access Program Allows More Students to Learn from Home
The program, officially launched by the state, allows students from low-income families to connect to their learning online from home at no cost to them. OSPI will cover the costs of internet connectivity for eligible students for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year.
More information is here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAOSPI/bulletins/2a3ba61
Events may have changed or been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with organizers before attending or registering.
Have you missed your mortgage payment because your income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance. Funding is available to help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments because their income has fallen due to COVID-19. Applications are available online and will be accepted from October 1 until November 23, or until all funds have been spent. Completed applications can be mailed or hand-delivered from 9am-4pm to Skagit County Public Health, 700 S 2nd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
More information and application materials can be found here: https://www.skagitcounty.net/.../HumanSer.../HousingMain.htm
¿Ha faltado el pago de su hipoteca porque sus ingresos se han visto afectados negativamente por COVID-19? Usted puede ser elegible para recibir asistencia. Hay fondos disponibles para ayudar a los propietarios de viviendas de bajos ingresos que se han atrasado en los pagos de la hipoteca porque sus ingresos se han reducido debido al COVID-19. Las aplicaciones están disponibles en línea y se aceptarán desde el 1 de octubre hasta el 23 de noviembre, o hasta que se hayan gastado todos los fondos. Las aplicaciones completas pueden enviarse por correo o entregarse personalmente de 9 am a 4 pm hasta a Salud Pública del Condado de Skagit, 700 S 2nd Street, Room 301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Puede encontrar más información y materiales de aplicación aquí:
ACT - Class Act session for K-2 students
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Tuesdays and Thursdays
October 6th - November 13th
4:00 - 4:40 pm
Class Title: FAIRY TALE MIX UP
Our storyteller dropped her book and all of the fairy tales fell out and got mixed together! Well, the audience is here, so she'll read them anyway and see what happens! In this class, each student will get to have fun playing multiple fairy tale characters as they learn a short script and perform it at the end of each class. These short performances will be recorded and edited into a final video that will be provided to each actor at the end of the class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games and work on their acting skills. This class will be offered online via Zoom.
To register: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?class=anact
Or call Willow McLaughlin @ 360-395-8107
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info
Anacortes Parks and Recreation - fall programs:
Mt. Erie 2020 Virtual Run - 20 day vertical challenge
Our annual Mt. Erie Run has a different look this year. If you are up to the challenge or want to find out what it is all about please visit the website at: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/889/DK-Mt-Erie-Road-Trail-Run
Let's Bake After School (Kids Baking Class - virtual)
Chef Jackie is back! However, this class will look differently as so many classes and programs do. Please CLICK HERE for more information or to register for the class.
Skyhawks Fall Soccer Skills Program
After running a successful summer camps in July and August. Skyhawks Sports are back to run a soccer skills camp on Wednesdays through the month of October. To get more information and to register please visit: https://www.skyhawks.com/
Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for iClubhouse!
Could your child use some fun and a chance to socialize? Register them for iClubhouse where they can try their hand at being an artist, a scientist, a dancer, or a world traveler while connecting with staff and other members in real-time via Zoom. It is available for anyone grades 1st-12th. We have members joining from as far as Arizona. It's free for current Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County members, and new members only need to pay a $5 application processing fee. Register your child at www.iclubhouse.org
Dogs on Call - Volunteer Opportunity - We need YOU and YOUR PET to help kids in need with Dogs on Call! If you are interested, click on the flyer!
All fourth graders are eligible to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! This program provides fourth graders and their families access to public lands (NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AREAS, BLM, ETC.) for one year. Passes can be printed and brought with the child on their park visit. Encourage fellow educators, parents and friends with fourth graders to download their Every Kid Outdoors pass today!
Reading tutor available in Anacortes. Can work with grades 1st and up. I have taken children's literacy classes and am currently working toward a BA in Elementary Education. Can provide references upon request. Call or text Tia Austin at 360-982-9170
Skagit Parent to Parent: Support for families of children with developmental disabilities and ongoing mental health needs.
Nondiscrimination: The Anacortes School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Shannon Gilbert, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1433, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, email@example.com
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
The Anacortes School District provides interpretation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.