ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the Calendar
Sept 10: First Kindergarten Day
Sept 12: AHS Open House - 5:30 p.m.
Sept 19: School Board Meeting
Welcome Back from Superintendent Wenzel
Welcome back to school!
I had the opportunity to visit each school on our first day and it was rewarding to see smiling faces as students reconnected with friends and school staff. I saw excited conversations about summer; students forming a circle to share something special about themselves with classmates; and elementary teachers enthusiastically using new display board technology with photos and daily schedules.
One student was overheard: "Summer lasted FOREVER. I'm so glad school finally started!"
We are too.
Several teachers shared that they couldn't sleep because of the anticipation of school starting today. I think that speaks to the level of investment and care we feel for the work we do with your students. It made me proud.
Our strategic plan spells out six deeply held beliefs about the children we serve and the work we do. They provide a foundation for our daily interactions and strategic approach to learning.
1. We believe that each child has tremendous POTENTIAL and is worthy of our best effort. We provide a safe environment where students can thrive and know they are valued.
2. We believe that QUALITY INSTRUCTION is essential to student success. We deliver educational experiences that challenge, empower, build character, and foster a love of learning.
3. We believe in powerful, positive RELATIONSHIPS. We foster strong connections among and between students, staff, families, and community.
4. We believe in being bold. We create an environment where INNOVATION matters and students learn from taking risks.
5. We believe in HOPE. We build school cultures where students are fully engaged in the present, excited for the future, and committed to helping others.
6. We believe in OPPORTUNITY. We provide a dynamic, well-rounded education that builds a foundation for what students choose to do in life and who they become.
Thank you for being part of our school community. Here's to a vibrant, enriching, connected year of learning and growth.
Best regards, Superintendent Mark Wenzel
Bus Route Info
Click here for route information: InfoFinder
Families use Infofinder to find their student's bus and route information. With just a few clicks, the user-friendly service can identify the location of the nearest bus stop, pick-up and drop-off times and allow parents to sign-up for transportation notifications and alerts.
Just click on the link above and provide your student's home address, school of attendance and grade level. Please note that by state law, you must be outside a one-mile radius from your home school to receive bus transportation.
If you can't find your route, or have other questions, please contact Transportation at (360) 503-1155.
If you are currently not receiving bus transportation and would like to, please contact our transportation office. If you have moved or need to report changes to your child's account, please contact your child's school to get your information updated.
A parent or guardian must be present at the bus stop to pick up their Kindergarten child at the end of the day. If a guardian is unable to be present, they may designate another adult by submitting a written note to the Transportation Office in advance. Submit your request to the Transportation Director, Karen Garrison, email@example.com or call (360) 503-1155.
Walking To School
The district partners with the City of Anacortes Safe Routes to School program to support families with resources such as a Walking School Bus, Bike Trains and other safe route resources. If you have any questions regarding walking routes, please call our staff at 360-360-1155.
Flu Shot Clinic - Sept 25
The Anacortes School District is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide a Flu Shot Clinic this fall.
Flu shots will be available at Anacortes Middle School (2202 M Avenue) Commons on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 3-7 p.m.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE, over six months of age, should be vaccinated against the flu.
The clinic will be open to all Anacortes School District children (four years of age and older), their families and community members.
All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill almost all insurance plans, but are not able to accept Cigna or Provider One. Flu shots are considered preventive care and normally are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. Students 18 years and under without current health insurance coverage will be offered a flu shot at no cost.
Adults without current insurance coverage may pay the $40.00 immunization fee for standard Quadrivalent with cash or check.
Patient Consent Forms are available here. Please complete one for each person and bring the form(s) with you to the event. Forms will also be available at the clinic.
Questions? Contact District Nurse Emily Wade – firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-503-1552.
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 email@example.com
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 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
Tsunami Siren Testing
Questions? Hans Kahl, email@example.com or 360-416-1855
Anacortes Community Theater -- Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Fridays September 13th - October 18th; 4 -5:15 pm
Step into the future where robots are on the rescue team ! The Robot Rescue Team has been hard at work rescuing humans and aliens alike. At their weekly debrief the Team Leader will share the stories of their daring rescues and the audience will get to see each moment acted out! In this class, each student will create a unique personality for a circus character to help tell this story. This play will be performed on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games and work on their acting skills. Cost: $100
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!
Fidalgo DanceWorks is now accepting new students of all ages! Ballet, jazz, tap, modern and many more classes are currently enrolling for September. Please see our full schedule at www.fidalgodanceworks.org. Classes are filling fast!
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