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

Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week

Join us in recognizing the achievements of our school bus drivers and transportation staff during National School Bus Safety Week October 19-23, 2020. During the coronavirus pandemic, our transportation staff continue to provide vital services, currently transporting a limited number of students to in-person learning, and ensuring the health and safety of our students while on the bus.

This year’s theme is “Red Lights Mean Stop!” As a reminder, drivers must stop for buses with red lights flashing and/or stop paddles extended -- it’s the law.

Superintendent Justin Irish recognized our transportation staff with a proclamation at this week's school board meeting.

"I am so grateful for the care and dedication that our transportation staff bring to their jobs every day," said Irish.

Our transportation staff continue to prepare for more students to return to limited in-person learning in November. District transportation is available to any enrolled student that needs it.

It’s important to remind students of important safety tips when riding the school bus:

  • Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.

  • Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups.

  • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street.

  • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street.

  • Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street.

  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

The district will be featuring some of our transportation staff on our Facebook Page throughout the week. Please join us in thanking all of them for their hard work and dedication to the safety of our students.

For more safety tips, check out the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

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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:

Eligible Families Strongly Encouraged to Apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs


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: 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:

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:

As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. The district does not necessarily endorse or sponsor any of these activities.

Events may have changed or been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with organizers before attending or registering.

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Mortgage Assistance

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:

¿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


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:

Or call Willow McLaughlin @ 360-395-8107

Cost: $100

AHS PTSA Poinsettia Sale

AmeriCorps - Trail Stewards Wanted

Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info

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 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:

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:

Anacortes Public Library October Updates

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

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!

Fidalgo DanceWorks 2020-21 Schedule

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Learn Celtic Music

Pacific Storm Tae Kwon Do

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

Red Door Thrift Shop Volunteer Opportunity

Salvation Army - COVID Assistance

Skagit Parent to Parent: Support for families of children with developmental disabilities and ongoing mental health needs.

Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund - Opens Nov. 16

Soar Fitness

This School District does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend any of the organizations, services or activities described in this information. This information is provided solely for the convenience of our students and parents to assist in their review of the safety and suitability of such organizations, services and activities. All School Districts shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney’s fees and judgments or awards.

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,

Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221,

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.

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