ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the calendar
- May 9: Mother's Day
- May 12: School Nurse Appreciation Day
- May 12: Reopening Our Schools Town Hall - 5:30 p.m. - Rice Field (Info Below)
- May 20: School Board Meeting
Reopening Our Schools Town Hall
Wednesday, May 12th, 5:30-6:30pm
1600 20th Street
The Anacortes School District will host a town hall regarding its reopening plans, health department guidelines, and next steps, on Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Seahawk Stadium’s Rice Field, 1600 20th Street. In-person attendance will be allowed up to 400 people, socially distanced and masked. The event will also be live streamed: youtube.com/ahslive
Superintendent Justin Irish, members of the Anacortes School Board, and district staff will provide an overview of the district’s decisions throughout this school year, including information on health department guidelines, chain of command, and next steps for fall, 2021. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
Please pre-register if you plan to attend in person: https://forms.gle/zidq1MXVuTHt47Uy6
Questions? Contact Torhil Ramsay, (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
District weekly update
We wrap up another week with another successful change to some schedules as elementary students returned to full-day schedules four days a week. Below are some scheduling updates.
Friday, May 28 will remain a fully remote half day for all grades - Pre-K-12. Monday, June 21 is now an in-person half day for all grades. Tuesday, June 22 remains a half-day, and will also be in-person for all grades.
Our online calendar is updated to reflect these changes.
Wednesdays remain an asynchronous day for all grades. Elementary teachers, specialists (PE and Music), and special education staff will now hold optional office hours on Wednesday mornings instead of required zoom meetings on these days. Attendance will be based on completing assignments and asynchronous work provided by your teacher. Teachers will also be available if students need extra help.
Colleen Marinkov receives Brodniak Cultural Arts Award
Fidalgo third grade teacher Colleen Marinkov is this year’s recipient of the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award for consistently using art in her classroom to bolster student learning.
Marinkov has been teaching in the Anacortes School District for more than 30 years, and has consistently used art as a way to reach students through creativity.
“Mrs. Marinkov teaches required content through art, which makes learning in her classroom engaging and rewarding,” said Stephanie Ward, Fidalgo second grade teacher, in her nomination of Marinkov. “By using several different types of media, she reaches more students. Over the years, students have learned that they have a true gift for performing in front of an audience because they had the opportunity with a play or musical that she organized.”
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.
“I am honored to receive this award and especially to be recognized by my peers,” said Marinkov. “I love teaching through art, and I especially love seeing how children apply their creativity in different ways.”
Marinkov will be recognized at the May 20th school board meeting at 6:15 p.m. in Brodniak Hall. In-person attendance at school board meetings is allowed up to 25 percent capacity. In-person attendees are encouraged to pre-register: https://forms.gle/hExsnVzXt3t2EPAcA
Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com
Asian American & Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month
District school and students recognized for achievements
History Day achievements
Three Anacortes Middle School students will advance to the History Day national competition in June. Sixth graders Mailee Hilburn, Sidra Marshall, and Mara Wolfswinkel took first place in the recent state competition for their performance “Simply Hidden in the Quilt Stitches: The story of how quilt codes led slaves to freedom.”
History Day hosts a regional competition, and then a state competition for those who qualify. The top two state winners advance to national competition. Eighth grader Morgan Dickison earned 3rd place at state for her performance: “The Ultra Project - the impact on WWII and Today.” Twenty-two AMS students earned entry into the state competition.
“History Day brings out tremendous creativity, hard work, and dedication from our students,” said AMS Principal Patrick Harrington. “I’m always excited to see the topics they choose, and how they bring them to life.”
For more on AMS students’ History Day projects, check out the latest issue of the Anacortes Pride.
Anacortes High School
Anacortes High School has once again been named a “best high school” by U.S. News and World Report. Anacortes High School ranked 23rd out of 300 ranked Washington high schools and 1,507th out of 17,857 ranked high schools nationwide.
AHS has a 57 percent participation rate in Advanced Placement tests and a 96 percent graduation rate. Overall, it scored 91 out of 100 points in the magazine’s annual ranking. Schools are ranked on students’ math and reading achievement; graduation rate; performance of non-white and low-income students; and college readiness. These rankings reflect scores from the 2018-19 school year.
“We are proud of our students and staff for these achievements,” said AHS Principal Kecia Fox. “These scores reflect our ongoing commitment to excellence for all students. As we continue to support our students through the pandemic, we know there will be more work to do to continue this high level of achievement and we are committed to that work.”
More information on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings can be found here: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/washington/districts/anacortes-school-district/anacortes-high-school-20711
Questions? Superintendent’s Office - 360-503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School Meals Update
School Meals Update:
Our delivery schedule has changed! Meal packs will now be available once a week on Wednesdays only. Curbside pickup is at the Anacortes High School from 12:00-1:00pm. We will no longer be delivering to other locations.
For more information and to order meals, use this link.
Actualización sobre las comidas escolares:
¡Nuestro horario de entrega ha cambiado! Los paquetes de comida ahora estarán disponibles una vez a la semana solo los miércoles. La recogida en la acera es en la escuela secundaria Anacortes de 12: 00-1: 00pm. Ya no realizaremos entregas a otras ubicaciones.
Para obtener más información y pedir comidas, utilice este enlace.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are now available to eligible students in our school district. P-EBT is money for food for meals students missed at school during the school day because of the pandemic. Benefits are available to students who are:
· Eligible for free or reduced-price school meals AND
· Enrolled in our school district this school year.
There is no need to apply to receive these benefits. Each eligible student will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. If your family has moved within the last two years, make sure your address on file with our district is up to date. The first payment of these benefits will arrive in the mail soon.
Keep your P-EBT Card! More benefits may be added throughout the school year to students’ EBT cards if:
· Schools remain closed OR
· If students continue to miss meals served during the school day due to reduced school hours.
Students can continue to take part in free grab-and-go meal programs in our community and still get P-EBT. To learn more about our grab-and-go meal programs, visit our website at asd103.org.
Do you have any questions about P-EBT? If so, call the P-EBT Contact Center at
1-833-518-0282 or visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt.
For questions regarding your student’s Free or Reduced-price eligibility, contact:
Eligibility Official – Child Nutrition Office
Events may have changed or been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check with organizers before attending or registering.
Island Hospital Foundation Programs
Take Your Child from Picky Eater to Fabulous Feeder
Monday, May 17 @ 2:00pm
The Essentials for Fun & Safety in the Great Outdoors with Anacortes Fire Department Division Chief, Nick Walsh
Tuesday, May 18 @ 3:00pm
All our programs are free and are online; however, the classes are live via Webex and require registration. The evening entertainment and Wellness Experience Finale do not require registration.
All of this information can be found at www.myihf.org/welljourney
Skagit County Public Health Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, May 15th, 10am-3pm
301 North Burlington Boulevard
A teen and family focused Pfizer vaccine clinic will be held at the Burlington Edison High School Field House on Saturday, May 15.
Date: Saturday, May 15- 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Burlington Edison High School Field House, 301 North Burlington Boulevard, Burlington WA 98233
Registration Link: https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/0061605892
Tips for registering in PrepMod:
- Each person needs to be registered separately. If multiple family members are registered with different time spots they can come at the earlier time and go through the clinic together.
- 16 and 17 year-olds should arrive with a parent or guardian OR have a parent available for phone consent when they arrive at the clinic.
- The clinic date and location are found at the top of the registration screen. Spanish language registration is available via a button in the upper right of the screen.
- The time selection is the first screen that appears. If you are assisting with registration please write down the time you choose because it does not appear again when registration is complete.
- The registration consists of 4 screens. Save and move to the next screen and be sure to complete through the review page until you receive your confirmation.
- Fields are required to be filled in but you can be flexible with what is entered. For instance if someone does not have an email use: email@example.com. Phone numbers are important, please try to provide a good phone number.
- Insurance information is not collected beyond the single type of insurance question. We do not bill insurance and there is no fee for vaccination.
- All print materials are available in English and Spanish at clinics. We have Spanish translators available at the clinic.
- Pfizer is a 2 dose vaccine. You will automatically be reserved an appointment at the Dose 2 clinic held on June 5 at the same time and location.
Questions? Call 360-416-1500
Vaccines at Skagit Fairgrounds
SKAGIT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS PFIZER DOSE 1 VACCINE CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT THE LINKS BELOW – REGISTER NOW, DON’T WAIT! NOW IS YOUR WINDOW TO GET FULLY VACCINATED BEFORE SUMMER! CHILD WATCHING PROVIDED!
FRIDAY 05/07 - 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.: https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov//reg/0210621589 - Special evening hours!
COVID-19 Vaccines at Island Hospital
Island Hospital is currently offering appointments for the Moderna vaccine. Moderna is approved for individuals 18 years and older and requires two doses administered approximately 28 days apart.
To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.islandhospital.org/coronavirus/.
End of day, Extra Dose Walk-up Vaccine Appointments – Help us use every dose!
End of day, extra COVID-19 vaccine doses may be available at Island Hospital. We are now taking “walk-ups” at the end of the day to use every dose.
Be at the COVID-19 clinic by 4 p.m. on clinic days, which are typically Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If we have an extra dose available, we will take your name and number and ask you to wait in your car until we are ready for you.
If you see more than 10 people waiting, you most likely will not receive a dose that day.
Individuals without access to the internet or those who are in need of assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment may call our vaccine message line at 360.299.1367 and leave their name and phone number.
Calls are being returned in the order received.
2nd Dose Appointments
Second dose appointments are guaranteed for anyone receiving their first dose from Island Hospital. Your second dose appointment will be scheduled when you come in for your first dose. If you received your first dose at another location but would like to schedule your second dose appointment with Island Hospital, please check first that the vaccine being administered is the same type you received. Current vaccine type is listed at https://www.islandhospital.org/coronavirus/.
Washington Exposure Notifications - WA Notify
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info
Anacortes Community Theatre is now accepting applications for our High School Senior College Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship for any high school senior that has been involved with Anacortes Community Theatre. The deadline for application submissions is May 15th. Below is a link to the application.
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 -- email@example.com or 360 293-2993 ext 112.
Anacortes Farmers Market: www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
Anacortes Lacrosse Club- Registration Open
Registration for the 2021 Lacrosse season is now open for all. As we have in the past, we will attempt to offer youth teams for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th. And as previously advertised, we are attempting to offer high school programs this season as well. The season start dates for our teams are projected for March and April with all end dates in June.
For more info:
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.
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 www.iclubhouse.org
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!
All fourth graders are eligible to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! This program provides fourth graders and their families access to public lands (NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AREAS, BLM, ETC.) for one year. Passes can be printed and brought with the child on their park visit. Encourage fellow educators, parents and friends with fourth graders to download their Every Kid Outdoors pass today!
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!
The weather is getting warmer and that means it's time to think about summer fun! Fidalgo DanceWorks has a jam-packed schedule full of camps, classes, and workshops for dancers of all ages planned for July and August. Registration is open now. Don't miss out!
Foundation for Academic Endeavors Summer Academy - priority registration closes May 15
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
Skagit Parent to Parent: Support for families of children with developmental disabilities and ongoing mental health needs.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Sheridan, Civil Rights, RCW, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, email@example.com
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
The Anacortes School District provides interpretation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.