ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the calendar

Annual School calendar, with start & end times is posted on our website.

National School Bus Safety Week

Join us in celebrating and recognizing our transportation department next week! Our bus drivers, substitute drivers, mechanics, dispatcher, and transportation supervisor all deserve our gratitude for getting our students to and from school safely every day. We'll be highlighting a few of them throughout the week on the district's Facebook page.

Update to facility rentals

We take great pride in our district facilities, and enjoy the many partnerships we have with our community in allowing use of these facilities to outside groups and agencies.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we need to limit facility rental by outside groups for the foreseeable future. Our current priority is keeping students and staff in our buildings during the school day. Staff schedules have been shifted to support in-person learning for our students, and therefore, causing an impact to our ability to rent and staff our facilities in non-school hours.

We know that offering exercise and activities is also vital to our students. We will continue to make adjustments to these limitations as we are able.

Currently, we are reviewing all requests for facility rental on a case-by-case basis. Priority will be given in the following manner:

1: School District and/ or School Affiliated Nonprofit Groups

2: Nonprofit groups that support youth and/or ASD mission

3: Nonprofit groups that support “select” youth activities

We are not currently able to rent to groups in categories IV and V - nonprofit adult groups and/or service clubs, and commercial and/or for-profit groups.

Rental of these spaces is not available until further notice:

  • Elementary schools - all spaces (classrooms, gyms, etc)

  • Classrooms, computer labs, kitchens

Rental of spaces in our secondary schools will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, using the priority list above, and dependent on availability of staff. Per district policy, facility use requires district-custodial services.



Our highest priority is to keep our students in school. Current health and safety guidelines require a much higher degree of cleaning and sanitizing than prior to the pandemic. Our staff have been redeployed throughout our schools to support this need.

Can’t we just clean up after ourselves?

We know that our community partners treat our facilities with the care and respect they deserve. However, our custodial teams are highly trained in proper use of proper cleaning procedures and materials. Especially during the pandemic, we need to ensure that our facilities are cleaned and maintained to the safest degree possible to keep students in school.

What’s next?

Anyone with a current facility reservation in our system will be contacted by a district staff member to let them know the status of their request. To make a facility request, please use our online system:

Policy, Procedure, and Fees can all be found on our website:

Policy 4260: Use of School Facilities

Procedure 4260-P: Use of School Facilities

Table 4260T: Facility Fee Table

Questions? Contact Maintenance Supervisor Andy Wilken, or (360) 503-1229

Impact Aid Surveys Now Available

The annual Federal Impact Aid form is now available in Skyward.

Please log into your Skyward Family Access
Account account and complete the Impact Aid Form.

This survey provides vital information for determining how much Impact Aid funding the Anacortes School District will receive from the federal government.

The Impact Aid law (now Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)) provides assistance to local school districts with concentrations of children residing on Indian lands, military bases, low-rent housing properties, or other Federal properties and, to a lesser extent, concentrations of children who have parents in the uniformed services or employed on eligible Federal properties who do not live on Federal property. These funds help to make up for lost tax revenue to local school districts due to non-taxable federal property within their boundaries. The amount of Impact Aid is determined by the number of students with parents who live or work on federal property. Even if you don't believe you qualify, please submit a form.

Information about Impact Aid, and support for our military families, can be found on our website:

If you haven't yet made your annual updates in Skyward, please also do so.

Annual Family Update - Skyward

Each year, we ask that you review and update your family and student information. This includes information about students, families, emergency contacts, updated health forms and more. This year it is especially important as the state is requiring updated race and ethnicity information according to their newly expanded codes.

Please login to your Skyward Family Access Account, and follow the link to the Annual Student Information Update for each of your students. If you have forgotten your Login ID or password, please select the link "Forgot your Login/Password?" A message will be sent directly to your email address containing the reset link.

Questions? Contact your school's secretary.

College/ Military Virtual Visits

College/Military Virtual Visits

  • This information can also be found in the ASD Weekly Community Bulletin (emailed weekly), the AHS Daily Bulletin (emailed daily) and The Current (emailed monthly). The Daily Bulletin and The Current are always accessible on our AHS webpage. The ASD Community Bulletin is always accessible via ASD webpage.

  • Students please check Zoom links ahead of time as some webinars require pre-registration.

October 20th:

2:30-3:00 Pacific Lutheran University - Shannon Burlingame, Host

3:00-3:30 Eastern Washington University - Adan Meza, Host

Central Washington University will be hosting an Open House on October 23rd!

October 27th:

2:30-3:00 Grand Canyon University - Roxanne McCloud, Host

Link to Come

3:00-3:30 US Navy - Nicholas, Spragg, Host

Link to Come

Gonzaga University Fall Update

Gonzaga has decided to offer test-optional admission indefinitely. Students who apply without a test will have the same access to admission, automatic merit scholarships, direct admission to nursing and engineering, special scholarships, and the Honors Program. We will place more weight on the evaluation of grades, curriculum, and writing in the absence of scores. For more details, please review our Test-Optional FAQ page.

Another important note is we only offer one Regular Decision application deadline of December 1. Our decision was intended to alleviate student stress and provide our applicants with equal access to Gonzaga. Students who apply by December 1 receive an admission decision by late February.
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Celebrate Disability History Awareness Month

October is Disability History Awareness Month to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for people with disabilities, and to bring a greater sense of pride to people with disabilities. Approximately 40.7 million Americans are identified with disabilities and they lead independent, self-affirming lives above and beyond their disability. Here in Anacortes we celebrate our students and families with disabilities.

If you are interested in more information about disability awareness please visit the Disability History Museum that hosts virtual artifacts, exhibits, and curriculum designed to foster research and provide historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.

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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.

Class Act School of the Performing Arts

The Great Christmas Escape

An acting class and mystery production

For 6th – 12th grade students

Mondays 3:15 – 5:15 pm

Wednesdays 2:15 – 4:15 pm

Tuition: $175

“Do you need an escape from your hum-drum Christmas

celebrations? Well, then you’re in luck! You’ve won an all-

expense paid trip to The Great Christmas Escape.”

Would you take this trip if you didn’t remember ever entering the contest? When a group of strangers decide to do just that, they find themselves at a beautiful holiday mansion that seems too good to be true. “The Great Christmas Escape” is an escape-room style mystery full of fascinating characters, comic laughs and dramatic moments that all lead to a delightfully heart-warming conclusion.

This class, designed for 6th - 12th grade students, starts with the experience of auditioning, and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup on December 10th at 7 pm, December 11th at 2 pm and 7 pm, and December 12th at 2 pm.

Go to to learn more about the class, production, health/safety guidelines or to register!

Anacortes Public Library Updates

Happy October from the Anacortes Public Library!

Anacortes Public Library Updates

Our library storybook pumpkin patch is waiting for you! Bring in a pumpkin decorated like your favorite book character (without carving or cutting it) and we will plant it in our patch. We also have outdoor storytimes, new STEAM kits, and Halloween fun to share with families. Questions? Please visit our website: or call us at (360) 293-1910. The library is open Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturday 11am - 4pm. Click the link for updates!

Salish Sea School

Community Service & Senior Experience Opportunities: High School Students - The Salish Sea School is located in Anacortes and has monthly marine conservation focused community service opportunities for high school students. Students can also earn volunteer hours by joining our Student Leadership Team which asks students to meet (virtually) monthly and help come up with the aforementioned monthly events, program ideas, and curriculum. We also provide Senior Experience Opportunities focused on marine biology and conservation. Please get in touch with Amy Eberling at Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements.

The Salish Sea School's Summer Program: Ages 10-17 - Join us this summer! We combined our three pillars of influence to create an incredible student summer program! Guardians of the Sea is a four-day summer program for students who are passionate about protecting the orcas and the ecosystems they depend on. Each day includes fun boat-based and local island-based adventures on the Salish Sea and throughout the San Juan Islands. Student participants experience a vast amount of environmental richness as they look at all levels of ecosystem health, from water quality to whales! Each day includes a different research project requiring active student participation for data collection to help monitor ecosystem health. This is great exposure to marine scientific inquiry, marine research equipment, survey methodologies, long term data sets, quantitative analysis, field research. We are so proud to also include discussions and suggestions of personal action steps each student can take to continue improving ecosystem health every day. Masks are required and group size is limited for CV19 safety as we follow Washington State's Outdoor Activity requirements. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. ENROLL HERE.

At-Home Bird Activity: ALL AGES - Learn about Fidalgo Island's local and migratory birds, complete our activity, earn a special Salish Sea School Reward! No printer access? Get in touch and we will mail you an ID guide! Learn more here!


Registration for the Anacortes Hawkeyes Wrestling Club is open!

Registration for the Anacortes Hawkeyes Wrestling Club is open! Practice for all groups will begin the week of November 15th at the Anacortes High School Auxiliary Gym. Information for practice groups is as follows:

Beginners: new to wrestling - this group will focus on movements associated with wrestling

Practice day is Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Emphasis is skill development and not competition

Season begins November 16 and ends February 6

Cost $80

Intermediate: either new to wrestling and has good listening/movement skills or has wrestling experience but still needs to develop basic skills

Practice days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Emphasis is skill development and beginner level tournaments possibly

Season begins November 16 and ends February 6

Cost $160

Advanced: ready to move on to more advanced skills

Practice days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Emphasis is adding to skillset and freely attending open tournaments

Season begins November 15 and ends February 20

Cost $240

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Practice days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Emphasis is development of beginners all the way through advanced and competition within tournaments that suit ability level

Season begins November 15 and ends February 20

Cost $240

High School (grades 9-12)

Practice days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Emphasis is development of beginners all the way through advanced and competition at open tournaments

Season begins November 15 and ends February 20

Cost $160

Use the QR code above or visit to log in, add athletes, and select appropriate program.

Email head coach Rodney Bickely at, or call (360)630-9859, with questions.

Looking forward to returning to the mats!!!

AmeriCorps - Trail Stewards Wanted

Anacortes Family Center - Mentor Program

We are looking for mentors who might be interested in working with kids either one on one or in small groups (under 5 people). This might look like: taking a walk, riding bikes, shooting baskets or playing catch, playing games, playing video games, doing art projects or hanging out here onsite. We think this would be invaluable to our residents and especially the kids. This is an ongoing need for us and the time commitment would be variable. Contact Karen Yost -- or 360 293-2993 ext 112.

Anacortes Farmers Market:

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 Rec: Mt. Erie Road and Trail Run coming up soon!

Anacortes Waterfront Alliance

Anacortes Waterfront Alliance is the organization that runs a number of learn to sail and competitive sailing programs in Anacortes. We operate the Spring and Fall High School Sailing Team, the Learn to Sail program at Seafarer's Memorial Park in the summer, and the Open Sail at the Seafarer's park from June through September. Open Sail offers anyone the opportunity to safely hop on a paddleboard for an hour or, with qualification, rent a small sailboat. We employ high school students to coach and operate the waterfront livery.

Anacortes Waterfront Alliance - Sailing Team

Youth Archery Camp

It’s time to register for the October youth archery camp! No experience or equipment required. If your child has their own bow they are welcome to bring it!

Coach Stephanie will work on teaching fundamentals and safety, as well as working with archers on their shot process. She has a variety of games, targets, and lessons to create a fun and safe experience, with other archers their age, learning to shoot archery.

Ages 10-17

Monday nights 5-6pm or 6-7pm

$40* for the 4 weeks

Maximum 10 archers per hour

Silver Arrow Bowmen

20409 East Hickox Rd

Mount Vernon, WA

Registration is open at

Stephanie Rustad


***We 2 scholarships available for October donated by an archery friend. If you would like to nominate a child who would love to shoot archery and would benefit from one of these scholarships, please send an email to***

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

Boys and Girls Scouts Info Flyer

Registration open for Chuckanut Bay Rugby ages 5-18 co-ed. Register at Contact

Deception Pass Park Foundation invites you to join our team in promoting Conservation and Environmental Stewardship of our Parks. We are looking for motivated Teens who are interested in conservation, restoration and building up their professional skills in an active community of Naturalists, Rangers and Interpreters.

Here's the link for the information flyer:

Program info and online application can be found here:

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!

ECEAP - Tuition Free Preschool

Fidalgo DanceWorks - Fall Classes

Registration is open and classes are filling quickly for the 2021-22 school year at Fidalgo DanceWorks! It's time to return to the classes you love or branch out and try something new. We offer nearly 70 classes each week in more than a dozen styles of dance, tumbling, and fitness for toddlers through adults, so there is truly something for everyone.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Fidalgo DanceWorks strives to make dance accessible for all. We believe economic hardship should never keep a student from dancing and maintain a scholarship fund ready and waiting to assist you. Come dance with us!

Fidalgo DanceWorks Scholarship Applications

Fidalgo DanceWorks Fall Schedule

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girls Scouts - Anacortes Scavenger Hunt

Island Hospital’s Health & Wellness Center – Community Health Needs Assessment

You can help shape the future of health and wellness in our region. Island Hospital’s future Health & Wellness Center will offer preventative and chronic care management classes. Classes will be based on the needs and wants of our community – that’s you! By taking this short survey, you’re helping influence the variety of classes that will be offered. As a thank you, we will give a $5 gift card to the first 50 people who respond. To participate in the survey, click this link: For questions please call Community Education at 360-299-4204.

Northwest Academic Anchor - NAS Whidbey's Newsletter for families

Pacific Mammal Research

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 County Vaccination Info

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

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 Inclusive Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.

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