ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the calendar

Nov 8 - No School (Staff Development Day)/ District office open (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Nov 11 - No School (Veterans Day)

Nov 21 - School Board Retreat

Nov 25-26 - 6-12 Half Days/ Conferences

Nov 27 - K-12 Half Day/ District office open (8 a.m - noon)

Nov 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break

Veterans Memorial Plaza Open for Veterans Day

We invite the community to visit Veterans Memorial Plaza at Anacortes High School this Veterans Day and show appreciation to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country.

The plaza will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, November 11. No events are planned; rather we invite the community in for reflection and tribute. Restrooms will be open during this time. The plaza is comprised of a memorial designed by local architect Brooks Middleton, with input from the Veterans Memorial Committee, as well as a display honoring two Medal of Honor recipients with local connections. The Anacortes School District is closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

United Way Campaign Underway

We are proud to partner with United Way of Skagit County to help contribute to their annual giving campaign. The district's campaign will run from now until November 27. United Way of Skagit County provides a much-needed safety net for our community, including early-childhood support, parent mentoring, financial literacy, Varsity in Volunteerism, and much more. Last year, Anacortes staff contributed more than $13,000. This year, we'd like to raise at least $14,000.

More information about United Way's programs can be found here:

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

AHS/ Cap Sante/ AMS Annual Update

Once a year, we ask families to review your family's information in Skyward to ensure accuracy. Please complete an update for each student you have in our district.

Please login to Skyward Family Access to verify your information:

You can confirm/ change:

  • Mailing address
  • Phone numbers
  • Emergency contacts and more

If you newly enrolled a student this year, you do not need to update your information.

Questions? Contact Wendy Durham, (360) 503-1212 or

HIV/ AIDS Prevention Education Info Night

Parents of 5th graders are invited to attend the district's info night related to HIV/ AIDS prevention education on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office, 2200 M Avenue.

Curriculum and materials that will be used for HIV/AIDS education will be presented and available for inspection. HIV/AIDS prevention education is an annual state requirement, beginning in Grade 5.

A student may be removed from HIV/AIDS prevention education if the student’s parent or guardian, having attended a district presentation, objects in writing to such participation.

Parent requests to exempt their children from the HIV/AIDS Education Awareness Program will be honored. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for parents to review the curriculum materials. An exemption form will be available at the meeting.

Questions? Contact District Nurse Emily Wade -
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.

Ski/Snowboard Bus sign-up:

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

Information and Sign up locations areas follows:

November 6th 5:30-7:30
Northwest Career and Technical Academy - 2205 West Campus Place
Mount Vernon 98273

November 7th 5:30-7:30 at the Anacortes High School commons.

A Mt. Baker representative will be on hand for those purchasing seasons passes and to answer questions. 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

Club Updates:

No School Day Friday, November 8- Club Open 7 am -6 pm (members that have signed up through the no school day sign up)

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club will be open to members that have signed up either online at No School Day Sign Up Form . or through the club and have paid the $25 All day fee for each member in attendance. If you have any questions please let me know.

Veterans day Monday, November 11 - Club Closed

Thursday, November 21st- Club Closed at 5 PM

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club will close early Thursday, November 21st at 5 pm due to our Annual Dinner with Friends Event.

November 25-27 - 6th-12th-grade conferences- Club Open

Wednesday, November 27th Half day - Club Open after school

November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Break Club Closed

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 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

Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:

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

ASF Celebrate the Season

ASF Celebrate the Season Marketplace - Vendors Needed - Due Nov 30. The ASF is looking for Student/Club/Team vendors for the Celebrate the Season Marketplace December 7th and 8th, from 11-3pm. Come sell your art, crafts, gifts, packaged foods or fundraiser items at the Family Holiday Fair at the Port of Anacortes. Space is limited so submit your application asap.

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!

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!

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Girls Scouts Troop Kickoff - Nov 15

Take the Lead Like a Girl Scout! When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. When you think Girl Scouts, you might think cookies, campfires and friendship bracelets. And sure, those things are all part of this exciting, life-changing journey, but there’s so much more to it!

Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models. They design robots, start garage bands, and improve their communities—and yes, they sell the best cookies on the planet. Every day, Girl Scouts unleash the power of G.I.R.L. to make amazing things happen. Is your 4th/5th grade girl ready? Discover the adventure with Troop 41822 Kick-Off Pizza Party in Anacortes!

Holiday Clay Workshop

ISLAND VIEW PTA invites you to join us at Anacortes Cinemas for a special showing of FROZEN II on Saturday 11/23 at 10:30 am. Tickets are just $10 and include your own popcorn and drink. ALL ARE WELCOME but seats are limited so don't delay, buy today:

ISLAND VIEW invites you to our Pizza Factory Restaurant Take-Over from 5pm to 8pm on Sunday 11/24. Pizza Factory will generously donate 20% of all sales (dine in, take out, and delivery) to Island View during this special event. So enjoy some pizza on Seahawks Sunday with us at Pizza Factory!

Jingle Bell Dash - Dec 14

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups

Learn Celtic Music

Mt. Erie Elementary Food Drive November 4-15th: We are collecting non perishable food goods to help local food banks fill their shelves before the holidays. Donation boxes will be in each classroom to make it easy for students to contribute.

Mt. Erie Elementary Scholastic "Snow Much to Read" Book Fair, November 12th -19th in the library (open to public school days 8:30-4:30pm ):

Our MTE Library earns a percentage of sales that they can spend through Scholastic on more books, technology, equipment and more. Earnings from the Winter Scholastic Book Fair enhance the library experience for all our students.

MTE Movie Morning - Frozen 2, 10:30 AM Sunday November 24th: Special PTA ticket pricing is $10 and includes a small popcorn and drink. Tickets limited to 140, so buy your tickets now to get your seat! Doors open at 10 AM, show starts at 10:30

Help Mt. Erie get an Electronic Message Board! A new electronic sign board costs approximately $11,000 to purchase and install at the school. This will allow the school to easily communicate upcoming events like Picture Day, Harvest Night, Conference Week and other schedule changes to families. The PTA has already saved $5000 towards this sign, but we need your help to raise the additional $6000 so we can get this sign up at school NOW, not 6 years from now. Please consider donating on the PTA Facebook page or online

Pacific Storm Tae Kwon Do

Quaker Cove Gingerbread House Party

Saturdays, December 7 & 14, 10 AM - 1 PM

Sundays, December 8 & 15, 1 - 4 PM

A family event at Quaker Cove. Decorate a home made gingerbread house and enjoy free hot chocolate, cider, and popcorn. Each gingerbread house is $7.50, with candy and icing included of course. We will have some food available for sale as well. This event will be happening both Saturday Dec. 7th and 14th from 10am-1pm and Sunday Dec. 8th and 15th from 1-4pm. Please pick the best day and time for you, this helps us prevent over-crowding, and purchase one ticket per house you would like to decorate. We will have a set amount of extra tickets available for each time slot for purchase on the day of the event. Please come within the hour of your ticket so that we have enough space for everyone. If you need to change your reservation time or are delayed, please come anyway and we will do our best to fit you in in a timely manner. We want everyone to have the chance to participate!

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Salish Sea School - Guardians of the Sea - Rising 9th-12th grade students! Come aboard and become a scientist! Explore the Salish Sea! Experience all of the incredible marine life that call the Salish Sea home! Participate in environmental service projects at local islands! Earn community service credit! Connect with like-minded students in a small group environment! Become a leader in marine conservation ecology!

The Salish Sea School announces the launch of Guardians of the Sea for rising 9th-12th grade students!

Guardians of the Sea is a boat-based, hands-on STEAM program that takes place on the Salish Sea.

Each session is four days long (eight hours per day) and will include student citizen science data collection for ongoing research projects (tufted puffins, water quality, marine microplastics, bull kelp), environmental service projects, hikes at nearby islands, mindfulness in nature practices for stress reduction, and much more.

Enrollment for Summer 2020 sessions is open today at Space is limited. Student scholarships are available, please inquire at

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent to Parent November Newsletter

Skagit Land Trust Opt Outside - Nov 29

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

WA State Senate Page Program

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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