ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Feb 16: No School; Staff Development Day

Feb 19: No School - Presidents Day

Feb 22: School Board Study Session and Evening Meeting

*May 29 will now be a regular school day. Updated calendars are posted on our website.

A reflection on the Florida shooting

Dear families,

Once again our nation has witnessed another tragic school shooting. On February 14, a gunman took the lives of 17 at a high school in Florida. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

These tragedies remind us of the necessity to take stock in our own lives and ensure that we are doing all we can to keep children safe in our schools.

Student and staff safety is our utmost priority, and we are committed to providing the safest environment we can. We have a district safety team that meets regularly to review plans, discuss concerns and plan a coordinated response to emergencies. We have close partnerships with the Anacortes Police and Fire Departments, including a full-time School Resource Officer. We have an online anonymous tip line if anyone has information, tips or concerns regarding a safety issue:

As superintendent, and a father of three, these tragedies hit close to home for me. The idea of sending a child to school and never seeing that child again is unfathomable.

If appropriate, please take this time to check in with your students to see how they are feeling about yesterday’s tragedy. If your child needs additional support, please reach out to your school’s counselor or principal. We are here for you. Resources can also be found online for tips on talking to children about grief and tragedy:

I hope this weekend’s mid-winter break provides a meaningful time for family connection and respite.

- Mark Wenzel, Superintendent

Anacortes College Outreach Meetings

Anacortes College Outreach

February 22, AHS Library

7-7:30 pm College Fair and College Visits, a How-To

7:30-9 pm Smith College: All You Ever Wanted to Know (and more) About College Admissions

Smith College: the next College Outreach meeting will feature Smith College (, one of the "Seven Sisters" or women's Ivy League colleges. We are fortunate to have Cheryl Hammond, the Smith College Alumnae Admissions Coordinator, also the Seattle & National Alumnae Admissions Coordinator, Pacific West speaking to us not just about Smith but about how to get ready for college overall. She is a wealth of information and will answer any and all questions you have.


- April 26: Financial Aid Part 1, Special Guest TBA

- May 24: Financial Aid Part 2, What to do this summer

An hour-long mostly once-a-month gathering with students and parents to help you get started in your college exploration, and take you through the process. Start early and find the best fit academically, socially and financially. Bring your questions, share your experiences and where you are in the process. Come to whichever meetings best serve your needs. Start early and broaden your options for admission and financial aid. Ideal for current 7th-11th graders, all are welcome.

Questions? E-mail Shay at

Like us on Facebook @AnacortesCollegeOutreach! You’ll find timely and up-to-date curated information about what’s happening now in the world of College Admissions.

Exceptional Book Club

The Exceptional Book Club invites parents/ guardians, staff and community members who work with children with special needs to join us for treats for the mind and palate!


Feb 26

March 19

April 16

6-7:30 p.m. in the District Office West Conference Room, 2200 M Avenue.

More information is on our website.

Questions? Contact Connie Martin: or 360-293-1216

Parent Wellness Series: Hidden in Plain Site

Tuesday, Feb 27 - 6-7:30 p.m. at the Anacortes Middle School Library

Hidden in Plain Sight is an evidence-based program that provides an important educational tool for families of teens.

The program helps parents and caregivers notice warning signs for high-risk behavior such as substance abuse, but with a non-alarmist approach based in active listening, awareness, and fostering a caring environment. A mock teenage bedroom is displayed to show the audience visual examples of warning signs.

Duana Wilkins, founder of Change Addiction Now, a national organization focused on bringing family voice to addiction and recovery will be our guest presenter.

Limited on-site child care is available and must be arranged in advance with Nicole Mortimer at

Community Flyers

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.

AHS Spring Swing Band Fundraiser - March 9 - All proceeds will directly benefit the Anacortes High School Band Program. The Anacortes High School Band Booster Program raises funds to provide band equipment and support music education. We also help to fund student enrichment activities that include travel expenses to play at music performances and competitions.

Anacortes Boys and Girls Club - Taking new members! You can enroll your child at any time by stopping by during open Club hours at your local Club. Questions? Contact Andrew Worcester at or (360) 419-5526 or visit us at our website at

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Looking to stay fit and earn money? Anacortes Lacrosse Club is recruiting high school students and adults to become lacrosse officials!! Absolutely no lacrosse experience required and ALC will pay for your training! You can choose your officiating schedule and locations including Anacortes and around Western Washington. Interested?? Email for more information!

Anacortes Lacrosse Club has opened Spring 2018 Registration for our U-9 Girls team and K-2 Co-Ed Skills Clinic which begin after spring break! Practice times, days and information regarding our programs available on our website: Don't miss out on the fastest growing sport and the fastest game on two feet!!

Registration is now open for Anacortes Little League! Sign up today for players, coaches and volunteers at

City of Anacortes Parks & Rec Comprehensive Plan Public Meetings

City of Anacortes Parks & Rec Survey

City of Anacortes Public Works Open House - May 31

Registration is currently open for the 2018 Dallas Kloke Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run. The run scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. is open to all ages. For more information or to find out how to register for the run please visit our webpage at:

DASSH 5K - March 3

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

First Tee Link Program

Friends of Skagit Beaches - The Californians Are Coming!

Shifts in Range and Abundance of Northwestern Hummingbirds. CJ Battey, UW and Burke Museum of Natural History Doctoral Candidate, will explore the history of range shifts and changes in abundance in our local hummingbird populations on both evolutionary and human timescales. He will discuss why we have observed such dramatic change in such a short period of time. Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30pm., NW Ed. Services Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, For more info. contact: Matt Kerschbaum:

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy Registration Open. Scholarships Available!

Good News Club - Feb 13 - March 13

New Girl Scouts Troops Forming in Anacortes: Leaders Needed for Daisy and Brownie troops! More Girls Welcome!

Are you passionate about supporting girls’ leadership development? Are you organized, dedicated, and a clear communicator? Girl Scouts needs YOU to co-lead a troop in Anacortes! We have a group of four girls in K-3rd grades hoping to form a new troop near Fidalgo Elementary. It takes 5 girls and 2 adult leaders to form a troop, so all we need is one more girl and two adults, and this troop will be ready to go! Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12, offering programs from coast-to-coast and across the globe. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through outdoor exploration, community service, civic engagement, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), girls develop a positive sense of self, say “yes” to new experiences and adventures, and create lasting friendships by joining a worldwide community of sisters. For additional information, please contact: Susie Barr-Wilson, GSWW Community Engagement Specialist, (360) 658-8083, ext. 4400 / You may also visit our on-line catalog. Go to and click “Become a Girl Scout” to select a troop! Financial Assistance is available.

Kiwanis Noon Club Accepting Scholarship Applications - Due Feb 27

Northwest United FC - 2009 Girls Soccer Program: NWU has opening for our GU9 girls soccer program for girls born in the year 2009. If interested in this professionally coached player development program, please contact Joana Michaelson at

Parent Support Group

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salvation Army - currently enrolling students for their Troops and Music Programs. The Salvation Army Troops programs offer age appropriate Christian youth groups that foster kids potential and leadership abilities through a variety of experiences including: music, games, crafts, interactive activities and service projects. The Troops programs are held each Wednesday from 4:30-6:15 pm at The Salvation Army, 3001 R. Ave. and include a free dinner. Music enrichment courses are also available and include: Beginner Band, Piano, Timbrels, Beginner Guitar and Singing Company. Enrollment is free.

Contact or call 360-293-6682 or stop by The Salvation Army 3001 R. Ave, Suite 100.

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Kids Night Out @ Western, Friday, February 23 and April 14 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. at Shannon Point Marine Center. Enjoy a well deserved date night while your kids have a fun-filled evening at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Activities will include hands-on science exploration on the SPMC library and lab, and a movie at the end of the night. For more details and to register:

Skagit Parent to Parent February Events

Skagit Parent to Parent Upcoming Workshops - Resources for parents of children with special needs.

Free Preschool for 3-5 year olds! Skagit Valley College ECEAP Preschool now enrolling for the school year of 2017-2018. Income guidelines apply. Breakfast and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.

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