ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Nov 1: School Board Site Visit - Fidalgo Elementary

Nov 12: No School - Veterans Day Observed

Superintendent Update on ASD Suicide Prevention

Dear families:

Suicide has had severe impacts on both our nation and our local community. Recent research found that between 2010 and 2015, the number of teens feeling “useless and joyless” jumped 33 percent in large national surveys, teen suicide attempts in the U.S. increased 23 percent, and the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent. Researchers suggest an increase in screen time is a factor in increased teen depression rates.

Suicide has also affected our local community. The Anacortes American reported last month that Anacortes police received 58 police calls in 2017 related to suicide attempts, with 79 suicides between 2000 and 2017 in our community. We have tragically lost two high school students to suicide in the last two years.

Building on previous work to generate greater awareness and support for students and families in need, Anacortes School District will implement an evidence-based suicide prevention program called Signs of Suicide (SOS) later this fall in middle and high school. The goals of the program are to:

  • decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression
  • encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend
  • reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment
  • engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention by understanding mental health challenges and how to respond

As part of this process, we also plan to reach out to community mental health partners to discuss aligning resources and deepening communication around student and family mental health services.

One small step in this effort is to make sure students and families are familiar with the national suicide hotline. The number is 1-800-273-8255. Counselors are on hand to support callers in crisis.

In addition to our plans, a community group is sponsoring an opportunity for students, parents and community members to share perspectives and coordinate efforts on November 8, 7-8:30 p.m., at City Hall.

Thank you for your support in these efforts. We will communicate specific outreach to students and families in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you have questions.


Mark Wenzel, Superintendent

District's Annual Goals

The district and school board have adopted their annual goals for the 2018-19 school year, as part of the District's Improvement Plan.

Goals include:

  • Development of a Cap Sante Strategic Plan
  • Enhanced family engagement and communication
  • Implementation of a scratch cooking plan
  • and more

Check out the District's website for more information.

Coming soon: text messaging

The district plans to begin using text messaging to alert families in case of school closures or emergencies. Watch this space for more information!

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.
Seahawks Choir Boosters Mattress Fundraiser - Nov 3

FAQs posted here.

ASD staff can receive a $100 discount.

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.

Support Anacortes Alumna for Miss Washington!

On November 3-4, Anacortes Alumna Angela Terek (class of '09) will compete for Miss Washington. They have a “People’s Choice” where the public can choose who they would like to win Miss Washington. Voting is open until Nov. 3rd and people may vote up to once a day. The woman with the most votes will advance to semi-finals.

Ms. Terek is hoping to advocate for abused factory farm animals if she wins Miss Washington.

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 Chamber - Accepting Candy Donations for Downtown Trick-or-Treating

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Annual Anacortes High School PTSA Poinsettia Fundraiser

With the holiday season is right around the corner, it is time once again for the Anacortes High School Parent Teacher Student Association Annual Poinsettia Sale!!

The AHS PTSA Annual Poinsettia Sale runs October 8th-November 9th.

Orders Due with payment by November 9th.

Proceeds from this important fundraiser go to support the PTSA’s drug and alcohol free graduation night celebrations, as well as scholarships and other student-oriented activities.

Poinsettias will be available in red, white and pink in assorted sizes for your holiday decorating and enjoyment. Poinsettias make great teacher or hostess gifts! Order forms are available on the AHS website under the PTSA page at

Anacortes Robotics Booster Club Gala Fundraiser - Oct 27

Anacortes Farmers Market

Markets are every Saturday, 9am-2pm at the Depot. We have fresh produce, baked goods, dairy, meat, cheese, honey, delicious hot food and wonderful local arts and crafts, and so much more. Live music 10am-1pm and frequent kids activities. We accept EBT - ask us about our matching program! Well behaved dogs welcome. See our website for more information at

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. Info meeting Nov 16th and applications due Dec 5th.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Accepting New Enrollment

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County will begin enrollment for new members on Monday, August 20th for Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley, and Mount Vernon Clubs. All current memberships must be renewed by Aug 31st, 2018. Registrations are accepted in-person at each Clubhouse. Waiting lists may apply. Forms and additional information can be found at Clubs are for youth ages 6 (or completed kindergarten), through high school. Clubs operate after school, and on select no school days, offering a safe, fun, positive environment, and targeted programs within three priority outcomes, Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship.

Cap Sante PTSO Discount Cards

Cap Sante PTSO Fundraiser - Mums

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!

Family Life's Harvest Fest - Oct 31

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

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

Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts - Fall Classes

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

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