ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the calendar

Jan 17 - No School (Staff Development)

Jan 20 - No School; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 23 - School Board Meeting

Jan 24 - K-12 Half Day

Anacortes School District Superintendent Search Survey

Your participation in this anonymous survey will assist the Anacortes School District Board of Directors and Northwest Leadership Associates in developing the position description and leadership profile that will guide the selection of the next superintendent. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts. Please continue to watch the school district's website for additional ways to provide input to the Board regarding the selection of the next superintendent. PLEASE NOTE: You will only be allowed to submit this survey one time from this computer.

More information about the superintendent search process is on our website:

Anacortes Middle School Builders Club will be having a clothing Drive in January. If over the holiday you're thinking of throwing some clothes away remember Rachel's closet is a great place for them to stay. Donate your gently used clothing in January to Rachel's closet. Please drop off items at the middle school.

Anacortes Junior Cheer Clinic

Clinic will be at Anacortes Middle School Tues Jan 21st and Wed Jan 22 6-7 pm • Dance, cheers, jumps and chants instructed by AHS Varsity Cheerleaders • Cheerleaders will cheer at the AHS home game on Jan 24th vs. Lynden Christian • Entry into the game for the cheerleader is included in the cost of clinic. • Family is encouraged to come to the game and watch the Cheerleaders. Spectator cost for Adults $6 Children $3

Registration form here.

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.
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Anacortes Early Music Concert

Enjoy The Artistry of Tanya Tomkins!

Start your New Year on a high note with The Artistry of Tanya Tomkinsfeaturing the renowned cellist Tanya Tomkins of the world-famous Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco) and the inimitable fortepianist Tamara Friedman.

January 17, 7 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Center: 801 5th Street, Anacortes. Adults $25 and children & students free; no tickets; cash or check.

Ski/Snowboard Bus Info

The Anacortes/Burlington Mt. Baker Winter Ride Program is open to all students in 6-12 grade.
-8 week program starting January 4th 2020 (Saturdays only)
- No experience necessary
-Ski/snowboard equipment rental available
-Lessons available & optional
-Transportation is provided by a private charter bus
-Restroom facilities available during travel

Sign ups will run through December 15th and are in a first come first serve basis. All weekly trips are chaperoned.

Please join the Facebook page “Anacortes Winter Ride” for more details or contact: Stacy Doyle - (360) 840-5133

Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info

Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Upcoming Dates:

January 17 - No School Day

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club will be offering a sign up for the no school day January 17 through this No School Day Sign up 1/17/20 or at our Front desk. We will need at least 20 members signed up to be open. There is a $25 fee for each member attending. The deadline to sign up will be Friday, January 10.

January 20- Martin Lurther King Jr. Day - Club Closed for Staff Development

January 24 - K-12 Half Day - Club Open

After School Arts Classes for Kids - new days!

After School Spanish Classes for Kids - new days!

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 Little League registration opens January 1, for the 2020 season! Get an early bird discount of $10 per player until Jan. 31. For more information and to sign up, visit

Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:

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

After School Arts Program -- Kids are you ready to bake! Back by popular demand kids baking classes are being offered after school through the Anacortes Parks and Recreation department. Specific class information with dates, times, and locations are listed on our website HERE. Don’t wait, make sure to sign-up today as there is limited space in each class! For more information about the After School Classes please contact APRD at 360-299-1948 or email:

It is that time of year to sign-up for APRD’s Boys Youth Basketball League! Visit our website at: to get more information or to register your child online. We are also looking for coaches for all age divisions. If you are interested please let us know. The league is not possible without the dedicated efforts of our volunteer coaches!

Anacortes Mountain Bike Team Rides - Jan 19 and Feb 9

Anacortes Public Library Jazz at the Library

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

Class Act: Kindergarten - 2nd grade Friday - January 10th - February 28th from 4-5:15 pm. (No class on 1/17 and 2/14)

So you want to be a spy? Then you should attend spy school! Students will create a unique personality for a spy character and play fun theatre games that will develop acting skills and the ability to work with others. Students will be a part of a narrated performance, complete with costumes and stage make-up, demonstrating what it means to be a super spy. All classes will be held at ACT’s Annex Stage and the performance is scheduled for the final day of class. or call 360-293-6829

Cost: $100

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!

Elks National Hope Shoot Free Throw Contest

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!

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!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Winter Lecture Series

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series:

“Blue Legacy: Vanishing Glaciers in Washington’s National Parks”. Friday, January 17, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. NW Educational Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Join us for the first of our 2020 Friends of Skagit Beaches Winter Lecture Series. Dr. Jon Riedel focuses on glacial changes in the last century and the implications for the water supply in Skagit Valley, Puget Sound’s largest watershed. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more info. about the Lecture Series, please visit

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

History Day- Interested in good news about young people?

If you have a few minutes to explore what History Day is about, you can find information about the national program at and information about Washington History Day as a program of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at

The Washington State Historical Society provides supporting information at

In addition to explanations of what History Day is and what its value is to participating students, you will see examples of good student work.

Time commitment can be as little as one Saturday morning (7March20) or a few hours on your own time at your computer whenever you like in February.

Anacortes Middle School students will be among the participants for the third time in school history. One group of students took their work all the way to the national contest at the University of Maryland in June of 2018.

Randy Schnabel, Coordinator

Northwest Region History Day


Human Rights Conference - Jan 18

Illuminight Winter Walk - Jan 31

Learn Celtic Music

Ocean Career Day at Seattle Aquarium - Jan 25

Pacific Storm Tae Kwon Do

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salish Sea School: This summer, learn how students can help the endangered orcas!

Join us for four fun days where we explore the Salish Sea's ecosystem connection from water quality to whales.

Enrollment is open today for "Guardians of the Sea" at

Space is limited (5 students max per session).

Guardians of the Sea Jr (10-12 year olds)

Guardians of the Sea I (13-17 year olds)

We have 5 student scholarships left!

The Salish Sea School invites students and families once a month, February through May for our FREE “Students & a Scientist” lecture series!

Learn about the incredible work local scientists are doing for endangered orcas! Ask about their career and research! Observe fish eggs under a microscope! Learn ways you can act to help these Orcas!

February 18 – Former rescue dog Eba has the important job of sniffing out orca poop. Dr. Deborah Giles, UW Friday Harbor Labs

March 31 – Listening to orca acoustics. Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute

April 21 - Samish Indian Nations work to save their J-Pod orca relatives. Todd Woodard, Director of DNR for Samish

May TBD - Using drones to measure orca health. Dr. Holly Fernbach, SR3

May 19 – Award winning documentary “Dammed to Extinction” + free pizza! Howard Garrett, Orca Network

Each talk is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Anacortes High School. All ages welcome. Learn more:

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Service Academy Workshop

The Deans of Admissions from all 5 United States Service Academies (West Point, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine) will be presenting a joint Service Academy Workshop for interested students and family members on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the University of Washington (Architecture Hall Rm 147) from 4-6:30 PM. There is no cost to attend this unique opportunity to hear about Academy admissions directly from the men and women who oversee the process. Interested individuals should register at this link. Questions about this event can be directed to Anacortes High School's Naval Academy representative, LCDR Josette Curtis, at

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent 2 Parent January Newsletter

Skagit Symphony Family Concert - Jan 26

Tulip Ambassador Application Packet - 4th & 5th Graders

Try Rugby - Feb 15

WWU Youth Programs want you! – to come join us and explore our marine science programs.

Western Washington University Youth Program is offering several opportunities for school age students in 2020 at Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.

Coming this winter/spring:

Feb 11-13th, 1pm-5pm: Ocean After School: 3 afternoons during early release week for students in grades 3-5 to join staff at Shannon Point Marine Center to learn more about our ocean from top to bottom. Learn more and register on our website:

Registration ends Feb 4th, 2020

Friday March 13th, 6-9pm: Kids Night Out @ Western – Anacortes: Students in grades K-5 join us for an evening of hands on marine science activities and learning.

Learn more and register on our website:

Registration ends March 8th, 2020

Find out more about other programs in Anacortes and Bellingham at our website:

Valentines Parent Child Clay Workshop - Feb 8

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 services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.

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