ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the Calendar
Feb 11-14: K-5 Early Release (conferences)
Feb 13: No Late Start - all schools
Feb 15: No School - staff and students
Feb 18: No School - Presidents Day
Board accepting applications for upcoming vacancy
Karl Yost has announced that he will be stepping down from the School Board in March to devote more time to his work and family.
The board will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Yost’s term, which ends in November, 2019. The board is accepting applications now. Applications can be found online or at the District Office, and are due by February 15. The newly appointed board member will be sworn in at the March 21 school board meeting.
The appointee may or may not choose to run for election in November. Filing week for the November, 2019 election is May 13-17, 2019. More information on local elections can be found on the Skagit County Auditor’s website.
The district and board will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in applying, or running, for school board on January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office, 2200 M Avenue.
More information on the appointment process can be found on the district's website.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office - (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adverse weather reminders
With snow potentially in the forecast this weekend, we ask that families, staff and students familiarize yourselves with our adverse weather procedures.
The district’s transportation supervisor and superintendent decide in the early morning hours whether students can safely reach school in case of snow or ice. We attempt to notify families by 5:30 a.m. if schools are closed, delayed or buses are on adverse weather routes. If we have to change from a 2-hour delay to a full-day closure, we will notify families and staff of this change by 7:30 a.m.
If we use adverse weather routes in the morning, we will notify everyone by noon that day if adverse weather routes remain in effect for the afternoon ride home. Please familiarize yourself with the adverse weather routes.
Students, staff and families are notified in the following ways by 5:30 a.m.:
- Flash Alert http://www.flashalert.net/: Families and staff are encouraged to sign up for Flash Alert for the most timely notifications. Local media outlets use this information.
- District website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Emails sent to families, staff and AHS and Cap Sante students.
- Text messages sent to families, staff and students who have opted in (Text Y to 67587 to opt in if you haven’t already done so).
- We do not typically call families in the event of adverse weather, to avoid phone calls in the early morning hours.
- Staff are alerted via phone.
If schools are delayed, staff are still expected to report to their work site as close to their normal time as possible. If you are delayed, or cannot report to work, please contact your supervisor.
Special Education Book Club
The Student Services Department is organizing a book club for parents/guardians of students in the Anacortes School District who would like to meet monthly to discuss books that will specifically address students with special needs.
Our first book will be "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper
Our first meeting will be on February 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the District Office Conference Room. Attendance will be by RSVP only and we will provide the book and light refreshments.
Please RSVP to Sue Matto (email@example.com) by Friday, January 24th.
Questions? Contact Nurse Emily Wade - firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Health Screenings
Annual health screenings for hearing and vision will take place for students in grades K-3, 5, and 7.
The schedule is below:
Monday, February 4th: Mount Erie 9-2 pm
Tuesday, February 5th: Fidalgo 8:15-1:15 pm
Wednesday, February 6th: AMS 8-11 am and Whitney 12-2:30 pm
Thursday, February 7th: Island View 9:05-2:30 pm
If your student does not receive passing results on either screen, you will be contacted by the school nurse with individual results.
Unlike previous years, if your student’s screening results are within normal range you will not receive a notice home. Please note: This screening does not replace a professional examination.
Questions? Contact District Nurse Emily Wade - 360-503-1552.
Challenge Program Important Dates
HIGHLY CAPABLE STUDENT SERVICES IDENTIFICATION
More information about the Challenge Program can be found here.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm
Informational meeting for parents/ guardians of prospective Challenge students.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Challenge Referral Forms Due for All Children to be Evaluated for the Program (form link at the end of newsletter)
March 18th-22nd, 2019
2019 District Sponsored Challenge Testing
Questions? Contact Carrie King - (360) 503-1212 or email@example.com
Anacortes Lacrosse Club: Calling all new and returning lacrosse players! Registration for the Anacortes Lacrosse Club’s Spring 2019 season is now open! We have teams for boys and girls in grades 1-8. We will also have a 4-week clinic for players in grades K-2. No experience necessary. Come join us as we grow the “fastest game on two feet” here in Anacortes! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and register here: http://anacorteslacrosse.uslaxteams.com/
Anacortes Little League registration is OPEN for the 2019 baseball & softball seasons! Players in Minor/Major/Junior divisions are encouraged to register now, as player evaluations will be held in mid-February. Please visit our new website at www.AnacortesLittleLeague.com for more info.
Anacortes Parks and Recreation offering Youth classes during February early release days (Feb. 11-13). For more information and to register CLICK HERE.
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!
Fidalgo DanceWorks - STARS - Dance for Youth and Teens with Special Needs
Southern Resident Orcas: The natural history and current conditions facing the species.
Today Southern Resident Orcas using the Salish Sea and nearby coastal waters are at a critically low point with only 74 individuals in the J, K, and L Pods. An Orca Task Force commissioned by Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been charged to identify reasons for the Southern Resident Orcas’ decline and recommend actions that will help the population recover. Howard Garrett of the non-profit Orca Network will present the unparalleled natural history of Orcas, the conditions that now threaten their survival, how and where field research is being conducted, and the emerging picture of diverse Orca populations worldwide. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit www.skagitbeaches.org
Anacortes Cinema and Island View PTA invite you ALL to a special screening of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part on Saturday, February 9th at 10am. Tickets are just $10 for admission, a small popcorn, and a small drink.
Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 am
(Doors open at 9:30 am)
Students must be accompanied by an adult. (This is not a drop-off event.) BRING YOUR FRIENDS! This event is open to ALL!
Buy your tickets in advance online at: https://www.islandviewpta.org/movie
Morrison Gymnastics Academy
Flip on in and check out Morrison Gymnastics Academy. Where kindness, teamwork, and determination follow children into adulthood. Don’t just do it; do it right!
Please join us on Sunday February 10th at 10 am, for the MTE Movie Morning with "The Lego Movie: The Second Part". Special PTA price of $10 includes popcorn and a drink, and helps support MTE PTA programs. Everyone is invited! Tickets are available ONLINE only at https://squareup.com/store/mtepta
February 11th-19th: Mt. Erie PTA is holding another Clothing and Textile Drive Fundraiser. Channel Marie Kondo and clean out your closets! Drop off at the trailer we will have parked at school. Your old stuff earns us $0.25/pound that funds PTA supported school programs, employs locals at our Value Village, and is recycled as affordable thrift store goods for local families. The trailer will be open weekdays from 7:30-5:30 pm. BAGGED items only (no boxes please). We accept gently-used clothing, linens, jewelry, shoes, accessories (such as belts and purses). Thank you to our Mt. Erie alumni parent, Charlene Janz, for loaning us the trailer!
Skagit Parent to Parent February Newsletter
Exciting News! Skagit Valley College Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) will have Full Day (6 ½ hour) classes, 4 days a week next school year 2018-2019. This is a free preschool for 3-5 year olds. Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.
Here is a copy of our application: https://skagit-my.sharepoint.com/…/EfXQIaAr4CxHnUXCkhN314YB…
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:
K.C. Knudson, Civil Rights Compliance/ RCW Coordinator, (360) 503-1214, email@example.com
Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, email@example.com
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221