ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Jan 29: 6-12 Early Release (end of semester)

Feb 11-14: K-5 Early Release (conferences)

Feb 15: No School - staff and students

Feb 18: No School - Presidents Day

Latest issue of the Pride is here

The latest issue of the Pride features reflections from retiring school boardmember Karl Yost, robotics, friendship, and much more.

If you would like additional copies, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Board accepting applications for upcoming vacancy

Karl Yost has announced that he will be stepping down from the School Board in March to devote more time to his work and family.

The board will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Yost’s term, which ends in November, 2019. The board is accepting applications now. Applications can be found online or at the District Office, and are due by February 15. The newly appointed board member will be sworn in at the March 21 school board meeting.

The appointee may or may not choose to run for election in November. Filing week for the November, 2019 election is May 13-17, 2019. More information on local elections can be found on the Skagit County Auditor’s website.

The district and board will hold an informational meeting for anyone interested in applying, or running, for school board on January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office, 2200 M Avenue.

More information on the appointment process can be found on the district's website.

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

High School Construction Update Meeting

Monday, Jan 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Anacortes High School Library - 1600 20th Street

Join us for an update and Q&A for the latest on the high school construction project, as we continue with the final phase.

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

Equity Film Series: Gender Revolution

Please join the Anacortes School District and community partners for a special *free* monthly film series featuring current documentaries and great conversations exploring topics of equity and inclusion. Race, gender, disability, displaced families and other complex issues will be our themes as we share in the immersive experience of film and engage in discussion after each documentary. Bring a group of friends and join the conversation!

This month's film:
Gender Revolution - January 31 @ 7:00 pm - AHS Library

A fascinating National Geographic documentary hosted by Katie Couric, Gender Revolution explores the complex science of gender identity and increasing cultural awareness of a gender spectrum. This profoundly important and moving film focuses on real lives and families. Our discussion panel includes school leaders, Skagit PFLAG and Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services. Gender Revolution is unrated but most suitable for ages 13+. See the trailer here:

For more information, please contact Keiko McCracken, ASD Community Engagement Coordinator, at (360) 503-1208 or

Annual Health Screenings

Annual health screenings for hearing and vision will take place for students in grades K-3, 5, and 7.

The schedule is below:

Monday, February 4th: Mount Erie 9-2 pm

Tuesday, February 5th: Fidalgo 8:15-1:15 pm

Wednesday, February 6th: AMS 8-11 am and Whitney 12-2:30 pm

Thursday, February 7th: Island View 9:05-2:30 pm

If your student does not receive passing results on either screen, you will be contacted by the school nurse with individual results.

Unlike previous years, if your student’s screening results are within normal range you will not receive a notice home. Please note: This screening does not replace a professional examination.

Questions? Contact District Nurse Emily Wade - 360-503-1552.

Challenge Program Important Dates


More information about the Challenge Program can be found here.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm

Prospective Applicants of the Challenge Program Informational Meeting for Parents/Guardians

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Challenge Referral Forms Due for All Children to be Evaluated for the Program (form link at the end of newsletter)

March 18th-22nd, 2019

2019 District Sponsored Challenge Testing

Questions? Contact Carrie King - (360) 503-1212 or

After School Arts Program - Winter Menu

THE AFTER SCHOOL ARTS PROGRAM WINTER MENU is now available! Classes offered this session: Let's Bake, Creating Cool Stuff with Clay, Spanish at the Start, Storytime Yoga, Drawing classes for the K-1 and 2-5 and more! Classes will fill up quickly so don't wait to register.

Winter Menu

AMS Let's Bake II - 6-8th grade students

For more information, contact Tina Franulovich-Martin at Scholarships/Free and reduced rates available.

Special Education Book Club

The Student Services Department is organizing a book club for parents/guardians of students in the Anacortes School District who would like to meet monthly to discuss books that will specifically address students with special needs.

Our first book will be "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper

Our first meeting will be on February 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the District Office Conference Room. Attendance will be by RSVP only and we will provide the book and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to Sue Matto ( by Friday, January 24th.

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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.

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

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 Lacrosse Club: Calling all new and returning lacrosse players! Registration for the Anacortes Lacrosse Club’s Spring 2019 season is now open! We have teams for boys and girls in grades 1-8. We will also have a 4-week clinic for players in grades K-2. No experience necessary. Come join us as we grow the “fastest game on two feet” here in Anacortes! Contact with questions and register here:

Anacortes Little League registration is OPEN for the 2019 baseball & softball seasons! Early registration discount of $10 per player ends Jan. 31st! Please visit our new website at for more info.

Anacortes Parks and Recreation offering Youth classes during February early release days (Feb. 11-13). For more information and to register CLICK HERE.

Anacortes Public Library Project Design Meetings - January

Anacortes Public Library - Hamiltunes - Feb 2

Book Drive - Jan 26

Blood Drive - Jan 28

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

CrossFit Anacortes

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

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Forage Fish in the Southern Salish Sea: Please join us for the first lecture of our annual Winter Lecture Series! Forage fish species are critical strands in the food web of the Salish Sea and support many other species including salmon, seabirds, and marine mammals, Dr. Todd Sandell, PhD, Senior Forage Fish Biologist, WDFW, will discuss recent studies that will help lead to better understanding, protection, and management of these crucial fish species, their habitats, and the species that depend on them. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. (Donations are welcome). For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Guardstart - Junior Lifeguarding Program

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Illuminight Winter Walk - Jan 25

Anacortes Cinema and Island View PTA invite you ALL to a special screening of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part on Saturday, February 9th at 10am. Tickets are just $10 for admission, a small popcorn, and a small drink.

Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 am
(Doors open at 9:30 am)
Anacortes Cinemas

Students must be accompanied by an adult. (This is not a drop-off event.) BRING YOUR FRIENDS! This event is open to ALL!

Buy your tickets in advance online at:

Morrison Gymnastics Academy

Flip on in and check out Morrison Gymnastics Academy. Where kindness, teamwork, and determination follow children into adulthood. Don’t just do it; do it right!

Mt Baker Ski Bus

Relay for Life Kickoff - Feb 9

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Parent to Parent January Newsletter

Skagit Kid Insider

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…

Skagit Financial People Project Volunteer Educator Workshop

Skagit Symphony Family Concert - Jan 27

Strengthening Families Program - Jan 15-Feb 26

Tulip Ambassador Candidate Packet

Valentines Clay Workshop - Feb 2

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.

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