ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
Changes to 2019-20 Calendar
Following the successful ratification of our teachers’ contract, there are some changes to the 2019-20 student and staff calendars.
New calendars are posted on the district’s website.
The changes are:
Oct. 31 - K-5 half day for elementary students and staff
Dec. 20 - K-5 half day for elementary students and staff
Jan. 24 - K-12 half day for all students and elementary staff
April 16 - K-12 half day for all students and elementary staff
The student art calendars that were mailed this week do not reflect these changes due to our print deadlines and the negotiations schedule. All online calendars are up to date. The first day of school remains Thursday, Sept 5 and the last day remains Thursday, June 18.
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office - 360-503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Important back to school info
The 2019-2020 school year starts on Thursday, September 5. Kindergarten begins on Tuesday, Sept 10. We hope your students are eager to start another successful year. Here is some helpful information as we get ready for the start of the year.
Elementary Supply Lists
Lists are posted on school websites:
Mt Erie Supplies -- *updated* from previous posting
We have moved our secondary schools to a later start time, and aligned our elementary schedules. We have also moved to early-release Wednesdays, instead of late-start. Schedules are posted on our website: http://www.asd103.org/for_students_and_families/school_start_times_discussion
New bus routes are posted on the Transportation page.
Elementary and classroom placement emails have been sent. If you did not receive one, please contact our Teaching & Learning Department at 360-503-1212 or email@example.com.
If you would like to appeal your building placement, please submit an appeal form to our Teaching and Learning Department via this link. Per district policy (3131), appeals must be submitted in writing.
Principals meet regularly to review appeals and make decisions based on class size, gender balance, and other district-approved guidelines. Classroom placement appeals must be submitted to your principal.
Meet & Greets
Sept 4: Elementary Meet & Greets - 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Annual District Mailing
The annual district mailing, which includes the handbook, student art calendar, transportation handbook, and free & reduced meal forms was sent to families on August 19. We send one packet per household to the primary contact. Additional student art calendars are available at the district office for $10 each.
Please contact the Superintendent’s Office if you don't receive a packet: (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WANTED: AVID Mentors!
You can make a difference! Be an AVID Mentor
Are you familiar with the college application process?
Do you want to help high school students reach their goal of college acceptance?
Are you able to meet with a high school senior one Thursday a month at 8:00 am September-April?
For more information contact:
Anacortes High School
Now accepting volunteer applications
Volunteers are essential partners in the success of our schools, and we truly appreciate their gifts of time and talent that fuel so many wonderful opportunities for our students. Individuals from throughout our community serve in variety of volunteer positions, from tutors and mentors to classroom assistants, special project committees, and so much more!
All volunteers must have a yearly application and background check on file with the district office prior to service in our schools.
Clearance is on a one-year basis, and all volunteers must re-apply each school year. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to complete the process, so that you can be ready to volunteer in the schools or chaperone a field trip.
The application link can be found here
The online application may be accessed from your home computer at any time. You also are welcome to contact the ASD District Office for assistance with the process, including help for anyone without a home computer to complete the application.
For more information, please contact the ASD District Office at (360) 503-1200, or email to email@example.com.
Visit the Anacortes Farmers Market - fresh produce, great food, crafts, live music, and more. Every Saturday starting May 4th, 9AM to 2PM at the Depot (7th St and R Ave) - Family friendly!
APL Balloon Fun at the Library -
Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with Bill “The Clown” Testerman, and his balloons on September 7 at 3 o’clock p.m. by the playground on the east side of the Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. Watch Bill as he twists and turns balloons into animals, flowers, headbands and a variety of other shapes—maybe he can make a special one just for you! Bill also will teach participants how to re-create his magical shapes. In case of rain, the show will take place in the Library’s Community Room. Cupcakes will be served.
Friends of the Library is sponsoring this event as part of the festivities celebrating the Friends’ 50th anniversary of serving the Anacortes Library. The Friends is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing and improving the services offered to the public by the Library. Its goal is to promote, raise funds, and advocate for the Library.
Anacortes Robotics Booster Club (ARBC)
We sponsor robotics teams within the FIRST progression of programs at all grade levels (K-12). Visit the ARBC website to learn more, or e-mail us at info@AnacortesRobotics.org with questions. Each program level has its own calendar of important dates for team formation, meetings, and tournaments.
ASF Fueling Education Fun Run - Sept 15 -
The 2019 Fueling Education Fun Run & Walk, presented by Shell Puget Sound Refinery and benefiting Anacortes Schools Foundation is set for 10 AM on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. This all-ages family event which brings together local industry and businesses, our city, the chamber of commerce and Anacortes Schools, to make it truly a community event. Dogs and strollers are welcome. Again the event will be held at Washington Park.
Check-in @ 8:30am
Kids Race @ 9:30am
5K Race @ 10:00am
Anacortes Senior College - Registration is open for the fall term of the Anacortes Senior College. Classes are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, to Thursday, November 21, at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Ave.
Online registration is available at www.seniorcollege.org, and printed copies of the course schedule and registration form are available at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.
Six-week classes are $30, and three-week classes are $20.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-503-1255.
Tuesday afternoon classes are:
Industries of Anacortes with Tom Kuhn
Anacortes Community Theatre: Behind the Curtain, Billy Hendrix
Memoir Writing with Teru Lundsten
Dragonflies: Their Fascinating History, Jim Walker
Anacortes Croatian Family Histories with Bret Lunsford
Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill Dietrich
First Aid for Cats & Dogs, Dr. Bill Testerman
Thursday afternoon classes are:
Our Amazing Constitution with Dr. Michael Newbrough
Ham Radio Principles & Operations, 8 instructors
Three Good Movies: Truth to Power with Mark Lundsten
Android Smartphones & Tablets, Norm Samuelson
The Anacortes Sister Cites Association (ASCA is sending ten AMS students to Japan and has discount Wild Waves tickets available for $15.99 ($9 off per ticket) between now and until June 16th and $25.99 ($19 off per ticket) between June 17th and September 7th. Season Passes are also available for a discount. Each ticket or season pass sold directly benefits ASCA fund raising needed to pay for the trip. Please buy online at tinyurl.com/AnacortesSCwild and thank you for your support!
Winter CSA Opportunity in Anacortes
Boldly Grown Farm is a certified organic farm in Skagit Valley. Our family farm grows fall & winter vegetables to feed our community during the typical off-season. Our Winter CSA (community supported agriculture) program has expanded to Anacortes this season! We are excited to partner with the Island Hospital Health Resource Center as a drop site.
With our CSA share, you can look forward to:
- 12 bountiful, biweekly veggie boxes from late October through early April
- High-quality, certified organic produce, from staples to specialty items
- Value-added products like kraut, chili powder and more
- Produce storage tips and recipes from your food-loving farmers
- Convenient drop sites in Seattle, Skagit Valley and Bellingham
All the details are on our website, so head on over to learn more about our CSA program and sign up to get your share at Island Hospital. We hope you'll consider joining us for a winter of local, sustainable—and of course, delicious!—eating.
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!
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