ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Sept 3: Labor Day/ Offices Closed

Sept 6: 1st day of school (1st-12th)

Sept 11: 1st Kindergarten Day

Please check out our online calendars for updated information:

Student Calendar - note that AMS open house dates have been updated.

Staff Calendar - includes August/ September dates and the PLC schedule for the year.

Dear ASD Families:

Welcome to 2018-2019!

It's exciting to see our students and families, as we prepare for the new school year. I particularly enjoyed watching visitors take in the new high school during Seahawk Start Up this week. In chatting with students and parents, everyone seemed truly excited. I kept hearing students say: "It feels like a college," while many adults were heard commenting, "It makes me want to go back to high school."

We realize this is a tremendous community investment, and we want to express our deep gratitude. It will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our high school students. Put September 28 on your calendar, as we will have a ribbon cutting and ice cream social from 4-5:30. It's also Homecoming Day.

Next Thursday is a big day for us as we welcome back students to school. Then kindergartners will join us on September 11 for their brand-new experience. Go get 'em, Class of 2031!

Our vision in ASD is that students reach their fullest potential, embrace the future and make a difference. We can't wait to partner with you to bring those words to life in making this the best year ever for our students and families.


Superintendent Mark Wenzel

Start of school signals traffic to slow down

Anacortes Schools start on Thursday, September 6, and we would like to urge drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians, especially in school zones. School zones can be particularly busy, especially before and after school. Drivers are reminded to share the road with pedestrians, school buses, and bicyclists. The speed limit in school zones is 20 MPH.

The area around the high school remains a construction site as we move into phase III of the project – remodeling of Brodniak Hall and the gym, and construction of a new Career and Technical Education, drama and music wing. Please be mindful of construction vehicles and changing road conditions as we work to finish the project.

The National Safety Council ( offers a number of good tips for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. We urge everyone out there to be safe and follow the rules of the road.

AHS Ribbon Cutting & Ice Cream Social

Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony & ice cream social to celebrate the opening of the new Anacortes High School!

Friday, September 28 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Thanks to our project partners FORMA Construction and Hutteball & Oremus Architecture!

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

Elementary Placement

Classroom placement letters were sent out this week. If you haven't received it yet, please contact your school directly. If you don't know your school assignment, contact the District Office: 360-503-1200.

Calendars/ Family Packets Out Now

2018-19 Calendars featuring student artwork are now available! These calendars were included in a mailing that was sent out to each household recently. If you would like additional calendars, they are available for purchase at the district office for $10 each.

If you did not receive a packet in the mail, please contact the Superintendent's office at (360) 503-1211 or

Anacortes College and Career Outreach Meetings

Anacortes College & Career Outreach provides additional support and outreach to families and students in their college search and admissions process. The group meets monthly the high school library. More information can be found on the Anacortes College & Career Outreach Facebook page.

September 17

October 15


December 17

January 14, 2019

February 19 (Tuesday)

March 18

April 15

May 27

ALL meetings from 6:30 - 8 pm in the AHS library. (Schedule subject to change.)

Questions? Contact Dr. Shay Schual-Berke at

District updates phone system; new numbers

The school district recently updated its antiquated phone system, resulting in new phone numbers across the district. One advantage of the new system is a consistent prefix (503) for all district phone numbers and more predictive main numbers.

New phone numbers are:

  • District Office: (360) 503-1200
  • Anacortes High School: (360) 503-1300
  • Anacortes Middle School: (360) 503-1230
  • Fidalgo Elementary School: (360) 503-1600
  • Island View Elementary School: (360) 503-1400
  • Mt Erie Elementary School: (360) 503-1500
  • Whitney Early Childhood Education Center: (360) 503-1550
  • Transportation: (360) 503-1155

This new phone system is part of several communications improvements the district is rolling out this year, to allow us to better serve our customers and communicate more efficiently.

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

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.

Boys and Girls Club Summer Food Service Program

  • Anacortes Boys & Girls Club – 904 6th St., Anacortes, WA 98221

    • Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Afternoon snack will be served from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Excludes the July 4th week

    • You may contact Elizabeth Hanna at (360) 588-9045

  • John Storvik Park – 1110 32nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221

    • Lunch will be served from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm, June 18th to September 4th

    • Excludes the week of July 4th week

AAUW Talk with Mayor Gere - Sept 13

Anacortes Community Energy Fair - Sept 15

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

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 Parks & Recreation Department is offering a flag football clinic. Come try out flag football, learn fundamentals of the game, get some conditioning and most importantly have some fun playing flag football with friends in a way that is organized, competitive and spirited. Each day of turn out, kids will warm up, rotate thru various drills, play mini scrimmages and end with a fun game.

No cleats or football pads needed. Please wear running shoes and bring a water bottle.

To sign up call APRD 360-293-1918 or…

Open to all 3rd-5th grade boys and girls.
Friday's only starting Sept. 7-28 4-4:45pm. Cost is $30.

AGB (Anacortes Girls Basketball) - Free Girls Basketball Clinic & Team Placement. Sunday, September 9th at AMS. Grades 3-5 1:00-2:30pm. Grades 6-8 3:00-4:30pm. Parent meeting during clinic to go over our new program, and discuss the upcoming SWISH season, which is October 27th – December 15th. See our Facebook page for more info or call 360-708-8610.

Anacortes Police Department - Education Citation Program to curb underage drinking

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.

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 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 -

Fueling Education Fun Run - Sept 16, 2018

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

NAMI Family to Family Education Course - Sept 17-Oct 25

Northwest United FC Micro-program - Come and be part of our ever growing Micro Program!! A chance for all players to learn all aspects of soccer in a FUN way! The Micro Program is 5 weeks long, running every Friday evening!

Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts - Fall Classes

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Celebrate the Skagit River and the return of the salmon at the Skagit River Salmon Festival. The Festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at Edgewater Park in west Mount Vernon. The Festival is a family-centered event featuring a Kidz Zone with activities and crafts, raptor shows, local artisans, recreational and educational booths, live music, and food vendors. For more information about the Skagit River Salmon Festival, visit

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…

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