ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the calendar

Oct 16, 6:30 p.m. - ASD Bands Fall Concert: Honoring Veterans at AMS Gym

Oct 21 - 6 p.m. - Choir Concert at AHS Commons

Oct 23, 5:30 p.m. - High School Construction Neighborhood Meeting at AHS Commons

Calendar Updates

We have made several changes/ clarifications to the 2019-2020 school calendar. We appreciate everyone’s patience with these updates. Updated staff and student calendars are posted on the district’s website.


  • Friday, Dec 20 -- half day for all grades K-12 (staff and students)

  • Wednesday, Feb 12 -- no early release at AMS and AHS (due to elementary half day for conferences)

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

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Text Messaging - opt in now!

The Anacortes School District uses text messaging as an additional communication tool to alert families and staff about closures and emergencies. If you haven't already done so, opt in now.

You must be in our Skyward system and opt in to receive text messages. Instructions are on the district's website:

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

Now accepting volunteer applications

Volunteers are essential partners in the success of our schools, and we truly appreciate their gifts of time and talent that fuel so many wonderful opportunities for our students. Individuals from throughout our community serve in variety of volunteer positions, from tutors and mentors to classroom assistants, special project committees, and so much more!

All volunteers must have a yearly application and background check on file with the district office prior to service in our schools.

Clearance is on a one-year basis, and all volunteers must re-apply each school year. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to complete the process, so that you can be ready to volunteer in the schools or chaperone a field trip.

The application link can be found here

The online application may be accessed from your home computer at any time. You also are welcome to contact the ASD District Office for assistance with the process, including help for anyone without a home computer to complete the application.

For more information, please contact the ASD District Office at (360) 503-1200, or email to


Recently the district was made aware of chickenpox (varicella) illness in our community. While there have been no specific school exposures, this serves as a reminder to get vaccinated and be aware of symptoms.

Chickenpox has a characteristic itchy rash that often starts on the trunk and face with pink spots and tiny fluid-filled blisters (“pox”) that then dry and become scabs in 4 to 5 days. The rash may be the first sign of illness and sometimes occurs with fever and general fatigue.

An infected person may have anywhere from only a few pox to more than 500 (average 300-400) pox on their body during the illness. Chickenpox can sometimes have severe complications such as bacterial skin infections and pneumonia.

Please see this fact sheet for more information. If you believe your child has been exposed, please see your health care professional.


You can make a difference! Be an AVID Mentor

  • Are you familiar with the college application process?

  • Do you want to help high school students reach their goal of college acceptance?

  • Are you able to meet with a high school senior one Thursday a month at 8:00 am September-April?

For more information contact:

Kecia Fox

AVID Coordinator

Anacortes High School


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.

Tsunami Siren Testing

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management will be conducing monthly tsunami siren tests beginning on Oct. 7 at noon. Testing will continue each month on the first Monday at noon and will last about 30 second. *For an actual tsunami, the siren will wail for 3 minutes*

Questions? Hans Kahl, or 360-416-1855

Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame Ceremony

Former Anacortes coach Mike Compton will be inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in a ceremony on November 2 at the Yakima Convention Center. The ceremony will be part of the annual WSWCA Northwest Wrestling Coaches Clinic, held at the Yakima Convention Center this year November 1-3.

WSWCA will be celebrating the 36th class of inductees and the three new members will bring the total number of Hall of Fame members to 145. The Class of 2019 will include high school head coaches Mike Bressler (Decatur, Seattle Christian), Mike Compton (LaConner, Anacortes, Burlington-Edison) and Don Owen (University).

Hall of Fame Ceremony tickets can be purchased online at

Anacortes Chamber Halloween Donations

After School Arts Classes for Kids - new days!
After School Spanish Classes for Kids - new days!

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 Fire Dept Open House - Oct 12

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 Robotics Booster Club (ARBC)

We sponsor robotics teams within the FIRST progression of programs at all grade levels (K-12). Visit the ARBC website to learn more, or e-mail us at with questions. Each program level has its own calendar of important dates for team formation, meetings, and tournaments.

ABRC FIRST Lego League JR Boomtown Build
ABRC FIRST Lego League City Shaper

Did you know that the Anacortes School District has 26 individual robotics teams that operate each year? There are also 4 levels of robotics in our district that serve students from as young as kindergarten all the way through high school. The Anacortes Robotics Booster is supporting the fundraising process for all the teams that work with kids, grades K-12. The annual budget for this major undertaking runs an average of $56,000 a year that is not funded through district money. This is possible because of partnerships with local businesses and generous donations from our community. October 26th is a dinner fundraiser. This is an adult only costume party with dinner and both a live and silent auction. Please consider buying a ticket, or even a table! Tickets are available at Watermark Books, and online at:

Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:

APRD is partnering with Challenger Sports to offer a Tiny Tykes Soccer Program. (See this flyer for registration information.)

There are much more APRD recreation opportunities listed in our Fall A-Town Publication which can be found online HERE.

Anacortes Parks & Rec Haunted Run - Oct 26

ASF Celebrate the Season

Anacortes Senior College - Registration is open for the fall term of the Anacortes Senior College. Classes are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, to Thursday, November 21, at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Ave.

Online registration is available at, and printed copies of the course schedule and registration form are available at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.

Six-week classes are $30, and three-week classes are $20.

Information: or call 360-503-1255.

Tuesday afternoon classes are:

  • Industries of Anacortes with Tom Kuhn

  • Anacortes Community Theatre: Behind the Curtain, Billy Hendrix

  • Memoir Writing with Teru Lundsten

  • Dragonflies: Their Fascinating History, Jim Walker

  • Anacortes Croatian Family Histories with Bret Lunsford

  • Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill Dietrich

  • First Aid for Cats & Dogs, Dr. Bill Testerman

Thursday afternoon classes are:

  • Our Amazing Constitution with Dr. Michael Newbrough

  • Ham Radio Principles & Operations, 8 instructors

  • Three Good Movies: Truth to Power with Mark Lundsten

  • Android Smartphones & Tablets, Norm Samuelson

Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info

City of Anacortes Municipal Fiber Contest & Gala

CrossFit Kids & Teens

Winter CSA Opportunity in Anacortes

Boldly Grown Farm is a certified organic farm in Skagit Valley. Our family farm grows fall & winter vegetables to feed our community during the typical off-season. Our Winter CSA (community supported agriculture) program has expanded to Anacortes this season! We are excited to partner with the Island Hospital Health Resource Center as a drop site.

With our CSA share, you can look forward to:

  • 12 bountiful, biweekly veggie boxes from late October through early April
  • High-quality, certified organic produce, from staples to specialty items
  • Value-added products like kraut, chili powder and more
  • Produce storage tips and recipes from your food-loving farmers
  • Convenient drop sites in Seattle, Skagit Valley and Bellingham

All the details are on our website, so head on over to learn more about our CSA program and sign up to get your share at Island Hospital. We hope you'll consider joining us for a winter of local, sustainable—and of course, delicious!—eating.

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 is now accepting new students of all ages! Ballet, jazz, tap, modern and many more classes are currently enrolling for September. Please see our full schedule at Classes are filling fast!

Fidalgo Pool Community Input Meetings - Oct 7 & 17- Join us for one of our last two Community Input meetings to learn about the plans for the new facility and share what you and your family would like to see in the new facility. It is our mission to better serve our community now and decades from now. It is imperative that we hear from Anacortes families and youth!

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy - Friends of Skagit Beaches - Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Join us for our 8th annual great day of learning and discovery brought to you by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Spend a day with top scientists and local community leaders presenting on a wide range of environmental topics. Our Keynote Speaker will be Jack Hartt, recently retired from 40 years in the Washington State Park system – 14 of those as Park Manager at Deception Pass State Park. Jack will present “Love and Beauty in the Time of Turbulence”, a talk based on reflections from a new forest monitoring project in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. He will emphasis how we have within and among ourselves the power to make a difference and will weave together the rhythms of hope and encouragement that keep us harmonizing in the coming turbulent times. For the day, choose 3 from 6 breakout sessions such as “Sharks of Washington State”; “Wetlands: What are They and Why Should We Care?” and much more. Registration is required and please get your tickets soon. Visit to register online as well as Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page to learn more. Call (360) 299-0641 for information/questions. Free Clock hours (5) available to educators. Saturday, October 19, 2019. 8:45 am – 3:15 pm. 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Island View PTA Fundraiser - last weekend!

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups

Learn Celtic Music

Pacific Storm Tae Kwon Do

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent to Parent October Newsletter

Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund - Sign Up Nov 11-Dec 6

Trunk or Treat - Oct 30

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

The Anacortes School District provides interpretation and translation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.

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