ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

May 25: Early Release - K-12 (staff and students)

May 28: Memorial Day Holiday

May 29: Regular School Day (no longer a make-up day)

Online new student enrollment now open

Enrollment is now open for new students for all grades for the 2018-19 school year.

New this year, we are using online enrollment. Follow these interactive instructions to walk you through the process.

Elementary preference can be requested as part of this process. Placement preference information can be found here on our website.

Questions? Contact Danette Riordan - (360) 503-1281 or

School Start Times - Public Forums

The Anacortes School Board plans to review research and engage the community in a conversation about school start times. Any proposed change would be for the 2019-2020 school year (the year after next). Nationwide and across Washington state, a number of school districts are moving to later start times for their middle and high schools. The main reason, based on brain and sleep research, is the development of the teenage brain.

More information is available on our website:

The district plans to hold two public forums to solicit input on this important topic.

Monday, May 21 - 5:45 - 7 p.m. - Island View Auditorium, 2501 J Avenue

Thursday, May 24 - 10 - 11:15 a.m. - NWESD Reid Harbor Room, 1601 R Avenue

Click here to RSVP for one of the forums.

Surveys will be sent out to families, students and staff soon. Watch your inbox for another opportunity to provide input!

Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 293-1211 or

District celebrates "Teacher Appreciation Week"

The district celebrates Teacher Appreciation week from May 7-11 and invites everyone to recognize our certificated staff who work hard each day to teach our students and empower them with a love of learning.

Anacortes prides itself on a high-quality teaching force with deep collaboration and a focus on leveraging relationships to ensure student success.

Superintendent Mark Wenzel issued a proclamation in support of our teachers and encourages everyone to show their appreciation for all they do to further the district’s mission of “inspiring every student every day with quality instruction that promotes creativity, growth, character, individual strength and a lifelong love of learning.”

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group - March 8 - June 7

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn© groups help families prepare their young children (birth to age 5) for success in school and life. This program, based on scientific evidence, reaches families in their neighborhoods at weekly, facilitated playgroups.

For more info, contact Nicole Mortimer -

Ready to Learn Fair Clothing Drive

Are you cleaning out your student's closet in anticipation of summer? Help every child in our community begin the coming school year with pride by saving your best for the Ready to Learn Fair Citywide Clothing Drive!

Donation bins will be in place the week of May 14 -18 at each school and at several locations throughout the community. Clean, stylish, gently used or new items in all sizes for children and teens are greatly needed! For more information, please contact Keiko McCracken,

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.

OSPI Seeking Input on Budget Priorities

Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website to help them plan for budget priorities:

Your feedback will help the OSPI as we develop a budget that moves our public schools from “basic” funding toward a system better designed to meet the needs of all learners. Please take five minutes to complete the entire survey – your feedback will be invaluable. The survey will remain open until Friday, June 8. Thank you!
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Amplify Camp - July 10-13 - Amplify Camp is a summer camp put on by area churches for any incoming 6-8 graders at Quaker Cove here in Anacortes July 10-13th.

Anacortes Boys and Girls Club - Taking new members! You can enroll your child at any time by stopping by during open Club hours at your local Club. Questions? Contact Zac Hunter at or (360) 419-5526 or visit us at our website at

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Anacortes Farmers Market

Opening Day of market season begins May 5th! 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 out website for more information at

Anacortes Parks & Rec Co-Ed 3rd - 6th grade Volleyball League - Deadline May 4

APRD is pleased to announce a Girls Basketball Camp offered from June 20-22. New high school coach Nate Dunham is presenting the camp. He was recently hired so this information did not make it into our Summer Activity Guide. If you have a daughter who will be going into 1st-8th grade and interested in participating please visit the registration link HERE to register them.

A-Town Spring & Summer Activities

Looking for something for your kids to do this summer? Check out the City of Anacortes A-town publication at: Registration for Anacortes Parks and Recreation programs begins on Monday, April 30.

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 16 – May 7


Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)

Cost is $15

Registration is currently open you can register by CLICKING HERE.

The Anacortes Relay For Life is having a Team Rally on May 16th at 6:00 pm at the Anacortes Christian Church at 1211 M Ave. Bring a friend or a new idea to enter into a drawing for a fun prize. For more information call Chris at 360 293-1650 or

The Anacortes Sister Cities Nikaho Student Exchange group presents a Taiko Performance & Fundraiser Dinner - Saturday May 19th at 5pm with Mayor Laurie Gere and a Representative from the Consulate-General of Japan (Seattle) at the American Croatian Club of Anacortes at 7th and N Ave.

Tickets are only $20 for the dinner and performance. Meet and Greet with the students, Mayor and Consulate Representative opens at 5pm with dinner at 5:30pm. Dinner will be followed by a dynamic performance by the Taiko drum performers from OKK Chijinsuu of Washington State.Limited seats are available. Pre-purchase by contacting or text/phone 360.265.5080. All proceeds go towards travel costs for our Anacortes middle and high school exchange students going to Japan in July 2018.

Cap Sante PTSO is holding a spring plant & flower fundraiser:

Car Wash Class of 2019

City of Anacortes Public Works Open House - May 31

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!

Farm Machinery Safety Workshop - Spring 2018

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Classes

Fidalgo Danceworks - STARS - Dance for Youth and Teens with Special Needs

Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center Public Sessions 3 Mondays left at Anacortes Public Library Annex on April 16th, May 1st, May 22nd from 5:30pm-7pm. Worthwhile presentation, Q&A and breakout sessions to give your input.

Food to Go Fundraiser - May 15

Friends of the Forest Discovery Program - Summer 2018

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy Registration Open. Scholarships Available!

New Girl Scouts Troops Forming in Anacortes: Leaders Needed for Daisy and Brownie troops! More Girls Welcome!

Are you passionate about supporting girls’ leadership development? Are you organized, dedicated, and a clear communicator? Girl Scouts needs YOU to co-lead a troop in Anacortes! We have a group of four girls in K-3rd grades hoping to form a new troop near Fidalgo Elementary. It takes 5 girls and 2 adult leaders to form a troop, so all we need is one more girl and two adults, and this troop will be ready to go! Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12, offering programs from coast-to-coast and across the globe. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through outdoor exploration, community service, civic engagement, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), girls develop a positive sense of self, say “yes” to new experiences and adventures, and create lasting friendships by joining a worldwide community of sisters. For additional information, please contact: Susie Barr-Wilson, GSWW Community Engagement Specialist, (360) 658-8083, ext. 4400 / You may also visit our on-line catalog. Go to and click “Become a Girl Scout” to select a troop! Financial Assistance is available.

Hawkeye Youth Wrestling Clinic - July 16-19

Northwest United Soccer Club - Tryouts and Registration here:

Parent and Child Yoga Classes

Quaker Cove Events:

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 30 - August 30; Week 2: August 6 - 10

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 at

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salish Sea Spring Expeditions

Salvation Army - currently enrolling students for their Troops and Music Programs. The Salvation Army Troops programs offer age appropriate Christian youth groups that foster kids potential and leadership abilities through a variety of experiences including: music, games, crafts, interactive activities and service projects. The Troops programs are held each Wednesday from 4:30-6:15 pm at The Salvation Army, 3001 R. Ave. and include a free dinner. Music enrichment courses are also available and include: Beginner Band, Piano, Timbrels, Beginner Guitar and Singing Company. Enrollment is free.

Contact or call 360-293-6682 or stop by The Salvation Army 3001 R. Ave, Suite 100.

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Ocean STEM -- After School- Mondays, April 16- May 21 from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm at Anacortes Middle School. Take ocean technology to a new level with underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and discover the vast world beneath the ocean. Design and construct an ROV. The cost is $99 for six sessions. Open to students in grades 5-8. To register:

Sharpe's Corner - Highway 20 Construction Update

Skagit Parent to Parent Workshops

Free Preschool for 3-5 year olds! Skagit Valley College ECEAP Preschool now enrolling for the school year of 2017-2018. Income guidelines apply. Breakfast and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.

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