ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

May 16: School Board Study Session and Evening Business Meeting

May 24: K-12 Early Release

May 27: No School - Memorial Day

May 28: Regular School Day (was snow day)

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Julius-Carver receives Brodniak Award

Long-time music educator Laurie Julius-Carver was selected as this year’s recipient for the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award for her consistent support of our district choir programs.

Julius-Carver has been an active music educator in Anacortes for more than 30 years. She has supported Anacortes middle and high school band and choir programs both in and out of the classroom. She recently helped prepare Anacortes students for league solo and ensemble competition, in which district students garnered critical acclaim.

“She is always willing to jump in,” said ASD choir director Carole Leander. “I couldn't do this job without Laurie on our team. I think 30 years of supporting music programs and children in Anacortes is a huge statement to her work ethic, love for this community and for the arts.”

The Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award was created in 1977, upon Mr. Brodniak's retirement as Superintendent of the Anacortes School District, "to foster growth of the cultural arts in the District." The award is given each spring to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or community organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District during the current school year.

The community is invited to a reception to honor Julius-Carver’s contributions on Thursday, May 16 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Anacortes High School Commons. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

College & Career Outreach Meeting - May 20

How to Pay for College Without Breaking the Bank.

May 20 - 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Anacortes High School Library

Financial aid, in the form of scholarships, loans and grants, may be the first thing that comes to mind. But there is so much more to it than that! It is about understanding how a student can position themselves to be most competitive, most desirable, to a school of their choice. It is about finding colleges that are generous with the type of financial aid your family needs. It is about making sure the student attends a college where they are most likely to succeed and graduate within four years. It is about learning to plan, years ahead, and save. It is about maximizing the high school experience through participation and doing your best academically. And more.

On May 20th we'll do a review of these topics: how do we find the right school, how does your student become competitive for a given school, and a more in-depth look at what constitutes financial aid.

For students starting high school next year this is an outstanding time to get started, and for those already in high school we'll provide good information to get you started or continue on your college search path.

Remember, students and parents can attend together or separately, and all are welcome.

Check out the Facebook page Anacortes College Outreach to see timely relevant articles.

Questions? Comments?

Sizzlin' Summer Art Camp

ASD SIZZLIN' SUMMER ART CAMP is now taking registrations for summer session!

Classes are July 15-19

Registration due by July 8. Classes fill up fast - register now!

Classes offered: Sculpture Madness, Storytime Yoga, Kidz Culinary Camp, World Music, The Art of a Horse and Summer Fun Desserts. Classes are for students in grades K-6.

Scholarships are available.

The registration form is on our website or available at the District Office (2200 M Avenue).

Questions? Contact Tina Franulovich-Martin at

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups

Did you know that we offer Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups? These free groups help families and their young children - birth to 5 - prepare for success in school and life.
At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers.

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, March 5 through May 21, 2019. For more information, contact Nicole Mortimer:

Innovation Expo

May 29 - 5-7 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School

The Innovation Expo is an opportunity for families, the community, and industry partners to take a peek at the work being done in ASD classrooms. The Anacortes School District would like to show the community how their continued support has allowed students access to high quality learning experiences every day.

Free admission and all are welcome! ASD’s food services will provide baked goods during the event to showcase their scratch cooking and partnership with Viva Farms and Cairnsprings Mills.

Questions? Contact Amy Colburn (360) 503-1223 or

RFP available to lease space for early learning

The Anacortes School District is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease space at the Whitney Early Childhood Education Center with a preference given to programming that supports early learning for children ages 3-5.

Earlier this spring, the district made the difficult decision to end its district-run, tuition-based preschool program due to budget constraints. Since that time, several groups have shown interest in taking over the program.

“The RFP process allows us to fairly evaluate all proposals and choose the one that makes the most fiscal sense for the district and best serves our future students,” said Superintendent Mark Wenzel.

The complete RFP is posted on the district’s website: Proposals are due by noon on Thursday, May 30, addressed to: Anacortes School District, Attention Fran McCarthy, 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.

Questions? Contact Fran McCarthy, Executive Director of Student Support Services, (360) 503-1216 or

District completes civil rights review

The Anacortes School District successfully completed its Consolidated Program Review, which monitors a local education agency’s implementation of critical civil rights requirements under state and federal law. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction administers the review. Each district must complete the review every four years.

K.C. Knudson, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, led the district’s efforts to ensure compliance.

“District staff spent hours compiling, updating, and reviewing documents to ensure that we are compliant with state and federal law,” said Knudson. “While time-consuming, it is important to make sure we are properly notifying our students and staff of their rights and responsibilities.”

During the review, the district updated its nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and affirmative action policies and procedures, among others. All updated language is available in the district and school handbooks, posted on the district website:

The district also conducted a review of its services provided to students with special needs, highly capable learners, and English learners. A full list of the Civil Rights checklist can be found on OSPI’s website.

Questions? Contact K.C. Knudson, or (360) 503-1214

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.

The Summer edition of the Anacortes A-Town Publication will be mailed out this week. Also, it is available online HERE. This publication has activities and events that are happening over the next several months.

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!

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 Hawkeyes Wrestling Camp - July 15-18

The AHS Volleyball program is putting on a youth volleyball camp for all kids who are going into 3rd-6th grade next year. Below is the link to sign up or you can also call the APRD office at 360-293-1918.

The camp is a 3 days Monday- Wednesday June 10-12, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Middle School Gym. Cost is $40 and you get a camp t-shirt.

Anacortes Little League Challenger Division

Announcing the inaugural season of the Challenger Division for 2019! The Little League Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. This is the first year that Anacortes will offer this program and we can’t wait to share our love of baseball with this fantastic group of kids! This team is open to children age 4 to 18: or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school. For more information, please email or register online at

Anacortes Parks & Recreation Youth Track and Field Program

Put on those running shoes, warm-up your throwing arm, and get ready to have some fun. Boys and girls in grades 1st-6th are eligible to participate in a fun and exciting program. Kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic FUNdamentals of sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and safety javelin. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their skills in an organized track meet on the last day of the program, and ribbons will be handed out to all competitors. The details are as follows.

Mondays, April 15 – May 13

5:30-6:45 pm

Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)

Cost is $15

Registration is currently open you can register by CLICKING HERE

Anacortes Sister Cities Wild Waves Fundraiser - 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 and thank you for your support!

Anacortes Waterfront Festival - June 1-2

Anacortes Youth Football and Cheer Sign Ups

Ages: 7-14 years old

When: April 13th & May 4th (Both Saturdays)

Where: Village Pizza (upstairs)

Time: 9:30 - 11:00

Questions Contact: Brandon Spitali - Football 360-391-0133 Evenings

Lindy Evans - Cheer leading 360-298-2270 Evenings

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Cap Sante PTSO Spring Fundraiser

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

Classical Music Events

Click Arts Camp - Aug 18-23

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!

Emotion Coaching - Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Programs

First Tee Link Program

Learn life skills, the 9 core values, how to play golf and have fun with The First Tee at the Swinomish Golf links. Youth 7 - 18 are welcome and you can join at any time. Check out our flyer and visit our website:

Fly Fishing Class - July 2019

Foster Care Awareness Month - May

Your high schooler can earn volunteer hours by hosting a French exchange student!

When: June 30-July 20

Who: Girls and boys ages 14-16

Why: This 3 week program gives the French students the experience of being a teen in America! They're very excited to be a part of your family and use their English skills.

Where: They are coming to Anacortes to be a part of our community, and they will also go on two full-day excursions including a Mariner's game, The Seattle ferris wheel and a trip out to the San Juans.

What a fantastic opportunity to show your child the joy of experiencing another culture in the comfort of your own home.

Please contact Stacy O'Hagan for more information.

360-899-2046 (call/text)

Friends of the Forest Family Hikes

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Guardstart - Junior Lifeguarding Program

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Island Adventure Art Camp - Summer 2019

Marathon March Point Walk and Run - June 22

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Safety Tips

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6 - 6-8 p.m. at Storvik Park

Nike Volleyball Camp is coming to Anacortes June 15 & 16. The camp is designed for players entering 6th-8th grade. Directed by Seattle University Head Volleyball Coach, James Finley, this Washington volleyball camp at Anacortes Middle School teaches boys and girls the proper fundamentals and mechanics of volleyball. Using a variety of games, drills and scrimmaging, this skill development camp will help campers improve their game and build confidence on the court. The goal of this summer volleyball camp in Skagit County is to provide players with an impactful and rewarding weekend of volleyball, where they are challenged to improve in a fun and safe environment.


  • Instruction from Seattle University (DI) Coach and his expert staff
  • 4-5 hours of daily training
  • 1:10 staff to camper ratio
  • All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes!

To register:

Park Aide Employment/ Volunteer Opportunities

Public Works Open House - May 30

Quaker Cove Events:

Kids' Culinary Camp

1st-2nd Grade: 9 - 11 AM, June 24, 26, & 28

3rd-5th Grade: 12 - 3 PM, June 24, 26, & 28

Middle & High School: 10 AM - 1 PM June 25 & 27

1st-5th Grade: July 1-3, 9 AM - 12 PM

July 1-3, 2 - 5 PM

Do you know a young chef in the making who jumps at the chance to learn new skills in the kitchen? Kids' Culinary Camp is just the thing for them. Camp Director Karl is a professionally trained chef, and he'll teach kids about ingredients, recipes, and prepare a meal together. Adults will oversee the kitchen. Dishes and skills will be tailored to age appropriate levels. Check out our website to register your budding chef.

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 29 - August 2

Week 2: August 5 - 9

Week 3: August 12 - 16

Day Camp is for kids entering grades 1st - 6th. Campers will investigate and learn about plants, animals, and nature. We will take them into the forest, onto the beach, out to our vegetable garden, and under the open air for sky gazing. Registration is open now.

Relay for Life - June 22 - The Anacortes Relay For Life Team Rally is Thursday, May 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Anacortes Christian Church on M Ave and 12th St. Everyone is welcome to join in this fun and informative event. This is a great time to get your questions answered. Come and join in the fight against cancer. For more information call Chris at 360 293-1650 or visit

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Event on Tuesday, May 14th at Island View Elementary. Come help distribute FREE BOOKS to students and help foster their love of learning! Sign up here:

Riverstone Climbing Gym

SABA Sports Physicals - May 29

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Seahawks Youth Football Camp - June 24-25

Skagit Parent to Parent May Newsletter

Skagit Kid Insider

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 Fisheries Enhancement Group Events

Star Spangled Sing Off - Relay for Life Fundraiser

Teen Yoga Classes - May 7-30

WSDOT Art Competition

Register now for Western Washington University summer Youth Programs, held at Shannon Point Marine Center.

Western’s Youth Programs foster academic growth through enrichment and recreational activities. Offerings available this summer in Anacortes include:

Grandparents U: Marine Animal Adaptations

Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren. Does your child wonder why crabs have claws and sea stars have no bones? We dive into the how’s and why’s of different marine animal characteristics and investigate the tops of kelp forests and deep ocean canyons to discover how marine habitats influence species diversity.

Grades: 1 - 8

Dates: Monday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 23

Times: Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $260 per grandparent/grandchild pair

Odyssey of Science and Arts: Adventures of a Marine Scientist

Dive into investigating science and arts. Does your child have an interest in marine science? In this program they have the opportunity to engage with marine scientists at Shannon Point Marine Center. Through hands-on activities, participants apply the principals of the scientific method to discover unique aspects of the marine world.

Grades: 3 - 6

Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Location: Shannon Point Marine Center

Cost: $173 (if registered before May 14)

To learn more and register, visit

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:

K.C. Knudson, Civil Rights Compliance/ RCW Coordinator, (360) 503-1214,

Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216,

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

Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221

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