ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
Nominations open for Brodniak Cultural Education Award
Today is the deadline for nominations for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education.
The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021. Please use the online form to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The recipient will be recognized at the May 20th school board meeting.
If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month of the Military Child
April is designated as Month of the Military Child – a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas.
The district is invested in supporting our military students and families. We partner with leadership at NAS Whidbey to support our military families in the following ways:
• Moving to a new school
• Support during deployment
• Special Education and 504 process
• Support for special needs children
• Student help w/post-secondary plans
Navy Region Northwest MOMC video: https://youtu.be/48QUeEcuAhk
If you need support, please reach out to our Inclusive Services Department, (360) 503-1218, or contact Patrigna Murphy, Military Liaison with Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, (360) 257-6863, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highly Capable Program - referrals open now
The Spring Highly Capable Referral Window is open now until April 2. Identification of students, including teacher/parent recommendations, will take place at this time. Referrals can be made by any adult familiar with the child by completing the following form: HiCap Referral Form.
Parents who refer their own child will receive an email at the beginning of April, after spring break, letting them know when their child will be tested. For students who were referred for testing by another adult, parents will receive an email requesting their permission to test their child.
Contact Angie Miller, Director of Teaching and Learning, with questions at email@example.com or 360-503-1224.
Student School Board Reps- Accepting Applications
We are currently accepting applications for student board representatives to the Anacortes School Board. Two incoming juniors will serve along two rising seniors. This is a two-year commitment, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
Student board reps have an opportunity to gain real-life experience serving alongside the elected members of the school board.
To be eligible, you must currently be in your sophomore year in the Anacortes School District and be in good academic standing.
Application and more info is on our website: http://ahs.asd103.org/.../student_school_board_rep...
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are now available to eligible students in our school district. P-EBT is money for food for meals students missed at school during the school day because of the pandemic. Benefits are available to students who are:
· Eligible for free or reduced-price school meals AND
· Enrolled in our school district this school year.
There is no need to apply to receive these benefits. Each eligible student will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. If your family has moved within the last two years, make sure your address on file with our district is up to date. The first payment of these benefits will arrive in the mail soon.
Keep your P-EBT Card! More benefits may be added throughout the school year to students’ EBT cards if:
· Schools remain closed OR
· If students continue to miss meals served during the school day due to reduced school hours.
Students can continue to take part in free grab-and-go meal programs in our community and still get P-EBT. To learn more about our grab-and-go meal programs, visit our website at asd103.org.
Do you have any questions about P-EBT? If so, call the P-EBT Contact Center at
1-833-518-0282 or visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt.
For questions regarding your student’s Free or Reduced-price eligibility, contact:
Eligibility Official – Child Nutrition Office
Events may have changed or been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with organizers before attending or registering.
Washington Exposure Notifications - WA Notify
Salish Sea School
Community Service & Senior Experience Opportunities: High School Students - The Salish Sea School is located in Anacortes and has monthly marine conservation focused community service opportunities for high school students. Students can also earn volunteer hours by joining our Student Leadership Team which asks students to meet (virtually) monthly and help come up with the aforementioned monthly events, program ideas, and curriculum. We also provide Senior Experience Opportunities focused on marine biology and conservation. Please get in touch with Amy Eberling at email@example.com. Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements.
The Salish Sea School's Summer Program: Ages 10-17 - Join us this summer! We combined our three pillars of influence to create an incredible student summer program! Guardians of the Sea is a four-day summer program for students who are passionate about protecting the orcas and the ecosystems they depend on. Each day includes fun boat-based and local island-based adventures on the Salish Sea and throughout the San Juan Islands. Student participants experience a vast amount of environmental richness as they look at all levels of ecosystem health, from water quality to whales! Each day includes a different research project requiring active student participation for data collection to help monitor ecosystem health. This is great exposure to marine scientific inquiry, marine research equipment, survey methodologies, long term data sets, quantitative analysis, field research. We are so proud to also include discussions and suggestions of personal action steps each student can take to continue improving ecosystem health every day. Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. ENROLL HERE.
At-Home Bird Activity: ALL AGES - Learn about Fidalgo Island's local and migratory birds, complete our activity, earn a special Salish Sea School Reward! No printer access? Get in touch and we will mail you an ID guide! Learn more here!
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info
Anacortes Community Theatre is now accepting applications for our High School Senior College Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship for any high school senior that has been involved with Anacortes Community Theatre. The deadline for application submissions is May 15th. Below is a link to the application.
Anacortes Family Center - Mentor Program
We are looking for mentors who might be interested in working with kids either one on one or in small groups (under 5 people). This might look like: taking a walk, riding bikes, shooting baskets or playing catch, playing games, playing video games, doing art projects or hanging out here onsite. We think this would be invaluable to our residents and especially the kids. This is an ongoing need for us and the time commitment would be variable. Contact Karen Yost -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 360 293-2993 ext 112.
Anacortes Farmers Market: www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
Anacortes Lacrosse Club- Registration Open
Registration for the 2021 Lacrosse season is now open for all. As we have in the past, we will attempt to offer youth teams for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th. And as previously advertised, we are attempting to offer high school programs this season as well. The season start dates for our teams are projected for March and April with all end dates in June.
For more info:
Anacortes Waterfront Alliance is the organization that runs a number of learn to sail and competitive sailing programs in Anacortes. We operate the Spring and Fall High School Sailing Team, the Learn to Sail program at Seafarer's Memorial Park in the summer, and the Open Sail at the Seafarer's park from June through September. Open Sail offers anyone the opportunity to safely hop on a paddleboard for an hour or, with qualification, rent a small sailboat. We employ high school students to coach and operate the waterfront livery.
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!
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!
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.
The Whidbey Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) is again offering a $1500 scholarship to a deserving Anacortes High School graduating senior seeking college-level studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The scholarship is renewable for three additional years for a total of $6000! Additional details and the application form are available at https://www.whidbeyroost.org/scholarship.html. Deadline extended to April 22.
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, email@example.com
Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.