ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Nov 12: No School - Veterans Day Observed

Nov 19-20: 6-12 Early Release (Conferences)

Nov 21: Early Release - all schools

Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving Break

Superintendent reflects on Veterans Day

Greetings Families:

Our schools celebrated Veterans Day this week with patriotic songs, student and guest speeches, and recognition of our military families. There was a sense of deep gratitude across our schools for the service of the men and women who serve, as well as the sacrifices their families make on behalf of our national defense. One of my favorite moments was hearing a packed auditorium of fully-engaged elementary students sing the Armed Forces Medley -- Anchors Aweigh!

We have many local families who have loved ones deployed or recently returned from overseas. One middle school student choked up as she spoke about her father's deployment, and the deep sense of respect and love she has for her parents. The message at all the assemblies was loud and clear: Dads, moms, grandparents and other family members looked on with pride.

As we celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, it's a good opportunity to reflect on all the rights we enjoy as a nation: speech, religion, due process of law, etc. We should celebrate the 110 million citizens who voted this week, an example of the American people engaged in civic activity at the core of our democracy. We should also encourage our students to be grateful and to make the most of the amazing opportunities they have in our schools, community and nation.

In commemoration, please note that the Veterans Memorial at Rice Field will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. It's a great opportunity to stop by, read the inscriptions about our nation's wars and conflicts and reflect for a moment on the sacrifice provided by so many.

Thank you, veterans and active military personnel. We deeply appreciate your service.

- Dr. Mark Wenzel, Superintendent

Veterans Memorial Plaza Open for Veterans Day

We invite the community to visit Veterans Memorial Plaza at Anacortes High School this Veterans Day and show appreciation to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country.

The plaza will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 11 and on Monday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No events are planned; rather we invite the community in for reflection and tribute. The plaza is comprised of a memorial designed by local architect Brooks Middleton, with input from the Veterans Memorial Committee, as well as a display honoring two Medal of Honor recipients with local connections. The Anacortes School District is closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

Questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

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Text Messaging - opt in now!

Text messaging - opt in by November 30!

The Anacortes School District will begin using text messaging as an additional communication tool to alert families and staff about closures and emergencies.

You must opt in to begin receiving text messages. Please see the district's website for instructions:

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group


Kaleidoscope Play & Learn© groups help families prepare their young children (birth to age 5) for success in school and life. This program, based on scientific evidence, reaches families in their neighborhoods at weekly, facilitated playgroups.

At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers. Family members learn about:

● Activities they can do at home to support children’s learning

● Turning everyday activities- such grocery shopping, cooking and bath time- into early learning opportunities

● Child development from birth to five

● Skills children are expected to have when they start school

● Community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group will be offered at Fidalgo DanceWorks Annex, located at 909 3rd St., Anacortes. The program is free of charge and will be held on Tuesdays 11:00-12:15, October 16 through December 11, 2018.

For more information, contact Nicole Mortimer:

This program is made possible through a partnership between Anacortes School District and Fidalgo DanceWorks and sponsored by Kiwanis Noon Club.
As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. All notices were submitted by outside organizations to keep your family updated about opportunities; the Anacortes School District does not necessarily endorse or sponsor these activities.

Anacortes Parks & Rec Breakfast with Santa

Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for our annual Breakfast With Santa event - Saturday, Dec. 1st

Tickets are on sale or call APRD office at 360-293-1918. The following live performances will take place during the event:
8:30-9am Fidalgo Dance Works
9am-9:30am Fidalgo School Choir
9:30-10am- AHS Choir
10am-10:30am- Mt. Erie Mustang Choir
10:30-11am- Anacortes Harmonaires

Tickets will sell out... so plan ahead.

Anacortes Schools Foundation Celebrate the Season Dinner & Auction - Dec 1

Anacortes Boys Basketball 1st- 6th grade registration is now open until December 14th. Sign up today at or call APRD office at 360-293-1918.

FYI- CONSTRUCTION AT THE HIGH SCHOOL WILL PUT SOME CONSTRAINTS ON GYM SPACE FOR THE 2019 SEASON. Because of this, each team will only practice once per week and games will be held on Saturdays. 1-hour practices will be scheduled between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on weekdays. Some weekday games may be scheduled as well. Teams are formed by the Parks and Recreation staff. Volunteer coaches are needed, especially coaches who can coach during the weekday times of 4-6 pm.

Anacortes Cinemas & Island View PTA invite you to two special movie screenings:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - November 17th at 10:00 am

Ralph Breaks the Internet - November 24th at 10:00 am

For just $10 you will get to see the movie and enjoy a small popcorn and soda while supporting Island View PTA!

Tickets must be pre-purchased. Only 150 tickets available for each show, so get yours today!

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Anacortes Food to Go - This is a weekend backpack food program for Anacortes students. If you are in need, please contact Food to Go - (360) 708-3037 or

Anacortes Sister Cities Japan Exchange Program is looking for 6-8th grade students for 2019-2020. Applications due Dec 5th.

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

CrossFit Anacortes

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

Fidalgo DanceWorks Enrolling for the Fall - FDW is currently accepting new students of dance. Classes range from ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop. There is something for everyone. Check out the fall schedule at and call the office to enroll. 360-299-8447.

FIRST Robotics 2018-19 Sign Ups: Anacortes FIRST Robotics is now accepting advance signups for 2018-2019 FLLJr/FLL team information for elementary and middle school teams. FIRST is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon with space-themed challenges at all levels. Teams will be starting at the beginning of the school year. Don’t let your child miss out; sign up in advance for team registration information. No obligation or commitment. Send e-mail to with a subject of “Program Announcements” and we will add you to the mailing list.

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team Sign Up

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Harry Potter Night - Nov 15

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

IRG Ski Conditioning Class - Nov 27 - Free class to interested skiers, age 10 & up. Please RSVP to Space is limited.

Love & Logic Parenting Class - Sept 26-Dec 12

Mt Baker Ski Bus - Sign up meeting Nov 15

Lions Club Annual Christmas Parade - Dec 8

LED Lightbulb Sale - Dec 8

Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts - Fall Classes

Port of Anacortes Veterans Day Celebration - Nov 12

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent to Parent Workshops - IEPs

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:…/EfXQIaAr4CxHnUXCkhN314YB…

Skagit Financial People Project Volunteer Educator Workshop

Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund Nov 12 - Dec 7

Strengthening Families Program - Jan 15-Feb 26

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