ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Spring Forward - this weekend!

Friday, March 15 - Now a regular school day (snow make-up day)

Updated calendars

Our updated schedule based on snow make-up days is below:

- Friday, March 15 becomes a full school day for students. (This was previously a no-school/ staff development half day.)

- Tuesday, May 28 becomes a full school day for students. (This was our built-in snow day.)

The last day of school remains an early release day on June 21.

An updated schedule is posted on our website.

Calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school year have also been approved and are posted on our website:

School Board appoints Matt Cutter to fill vacancy

Matt Cutter has been appointed by the Anacortes School Board to fill the seat that Karl Yost is vacating on March 21. Yost is retiring after 10 years on the school board to devote more time to his work and family.

Cutter was selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants. The board received 10 applications for the vacant seat. Through a deliberative review process, four candidates were selected for final interviews. Other finalists were Jennie Beltramini, Brian Gentry, and Miri Levi.

Cutter will be sworn in at the March 21 evening board meeting. The board will also recognize Karl Yost’s long-time commitment to the district at this meeting. Cutter, a retired Naval officer, currently works as a program manager for flight instruction for the EA-18G aircrew.

Read more about it here:…/school_board_appoints_matt_cutter_t…

Challenge Program Important Dates


More information about the Challenge Program can be found here.

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Challenge Referral Forms Due for All Children to be Evaluated for the Program (form link here. )

March 18th-22nd, 2019

2019 District Sponsored Challenge Testing

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

Student Art Show - March 1-20

March 1st -March 20th

Depot Arts Center • 611 “R” Avenue

Artist Reception: Friday, March 1st 6:00-8:30 pm

Gallery is open for viewing on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 8th 12-5 pm
  • Tuesday, March 12th 1-5 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13th 10-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 14th 10-5 pm
  • Friday, March 15th 12-5 pm
  • Tuesday, March 19th 1-5 pm
  • Wednesday, March 20th 10-4:30 pm

Nominations open for Brodniak Cultural Education Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education.

The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019. Please use the online form ( to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the School Board. The recipient will be recognized at the May 16, 2019 board meeting.

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Kindergarten enrollment now open

Online registration for kindergarten is now open! Children entering kindergarten must be age 5 on or before August 31, 2019, in order to register. For online registration information,click here. We will host a Kindergarten Parent Information Night on April 22 at 6 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School.

Kindergarten Round Up will be on Thursday April 25 and Friday April 26, 2019. We request that you register online before attending Kindergarten Round Up.

Plan to attend Kindergarten Round Up with your child. Health and developmental screenings will be provided. You choose which session to attend. You may arrive at Round Up at any time during a scheduled session, but please be sure to allow up to one hour for the entire process. Bring the following required paperwork with you to Round Up:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport

  • Completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS)

  • Child’s Immunization Record

  • If applicable, parenting plan/court order and/or proof of guardianship

Additional registration and Kindergarten Round Up information can be found in our Kindergarten Registration and Round Up Information flier.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, March 6 - online registration opens

  • Monday, April 22 - 6 p.m. - Kindergarten Parent Information Night in Anacortes Middle School Commons, 2202 M Avenue

  • Thursday, April 25 - 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Friday April 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Kindergarten Round Up at Anacortes Christian Church 1211 M Avenue.

Don’t have access to a computer for online registration?

No problem! Call 360-503-1200 to schedule time to use a laptop at our District Office at 2200 M Avenue.

Anacortes Public Library also has computers available for use.

Questions? Call the district office at 360-503-1200 or email Nicole Mortimer,

Food to Go Annual Fundraiser

Food to Go Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, March 14 - 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Majestic Inn & Spa Ballroom


Tickets are $95/ each, or a table of 8 for $760 - available online at

Upcoming Anacortes College & Career Outreach meetings

March 18 - 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Anacortes High School Library

"How to Build Your College List".

You'll learn how to find schools that "fit" and are affordable. This is a helpful seminar for 8th graders on up and their families. Parents/ guardians are welcome without their student, students are welcome without their parents, but you are encouraged to come together if you can.

April 15 - 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Anacortes High School Library

Hear from an admissions officer at Chapman University, a private university in California with a broad selection of colleges and majors, from business, to science and healthcare, to media arts and more. They have generous need and merit-based financial aid. This is an open opportunity to ask about any aspect of college admissions, including financial aid regardless of whether Chapman is a school that interests you. We'll also continue our discussion of how to find your best colleges, and how to make them want you!

Questions? Email Shay at

Positive Parenting Classes - March

Positive Parenting Classes

These Brigid Collins “Triple P” Parenting Classes are for parents of children ages 0-8 years old.

Classes provide parents with ideas and strategies to raise happy and confident kids, manage misbehavior, set rules and routines, encourage desirable behavior and for parent self-care.

When: Thursdays, March 7 – 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Whitney School in library, 1200 M Ave, Anacortes. Cost*: $40/person or $50/per couple (parents or guardians of shared child/ren)

*Scholarships available based on need. Must be requested in advance.

Instructor: Kari Pendray, Parenting Skills Coach, Brigid Collins Family Support Center Class

Registration: Call (360) 299-4204 or online at Limited free onsite childcare (ages 2-8). Childcare requires advance registration.

Email Nicole Mortimer to reserve childcare:

Parenting classes are made possible by a partnership with the Anacortes School District & Island Hospital and funded in part by United Way of Skagit County.


The Anacortes School District and The Skagit River Poetry Foundation present a showing of the movie Deaf Jam with a Student Poetry Slam Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 at the Anacortes High School Library. High School and College students are welcome to attend and read their poetry. Admission is free.

Deaf Jam is an inspirational documentary about students at a New York City high school for the deaf performing their poetry using ASL signing. Dialogue combines both audio and subtitles. See the trailer, here

Students wishing to read their work need to sign up at 6:00 on the day of the performance in the AHS library. The slam will not be judged but there will be prizes for each poet. The slam will begin at 6:30 with the 70-minute film to follow after.

Both the slam and the film will be open to the public and all students.

Please contact Molly McNulty or Steven Dolmatz at:



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.

AAUW STEM Presentation - March 14 - Our featured speaker is Retired Navy Captain and NASA Astronaut Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, presenting "My Story: an example of a STEM Career." Her multimedia presentation will be of great interest to students, parents, and the public.

We will be awarding three $1,500 scholarships to AHS girls for achievements in science, technology, and math. We will be awarding four $100 awards to AMS girls for achievements in science and math. It is free, the public is welcome, and it is at the Anacortes Public Library -- hospitality at 6:45, program at 7:00 pm.

American Red Cross Babysitter Training - March 11

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

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 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

Is your child interested in trying lacrosse? Anacortes Lacrosse Club is offering its annual Spring Clinic on 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10 from 5:00pm-6:00pm at Smiley's Bottom fields near the High School. The Clinic is for players in grades K-2nd. Cost is $50 and no experience or equipment is required (except for a mouthguard). Come out and learn all about this fun team sport! Register here:

Anacortes Little League registration is open for the Rookie and T-Ball divisions through March 17. The new adaptive baseball Challenger division will remain open for registration until April 11. Please visit our website at for more info.

Anacortes Little League Challenger Division

Announcing the inaugural season of the Challenger Division for 2019! The Little League Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. This is the first year that Anacortes will offer this program and we can’t wait to share our love of baseball with this fantastic group of kids! This team is open to children age 4 to 18: or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school. For more information, please email or register online at

Registration is currently open for the 2019 Dallas Kloke Sunset Loop 10-mile Relay Run. The run scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. is open to all ages. For more information or to find out how to register for the run please visit our webpage at:

Anacortes Public Library - Pizza and Pages - March 26

APL Loves Books

ASF Scholarships - Due March 29

Anacortes Senior College is taking enrollment for the spring term, April 9 to May 16. Classes meet Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School. Intriguing topics among the 11 classes offered include: how tools has defined human history, your amazing body’s response to physical exercise, the ins/outs of investing in stocks and bonds, and discovering the best ways to learn a new language.

To register, go to or, pick up a printed copy of classes and a registration form at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center. For info: call 360-503-1255 or email

Blood Drive - March 25

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Spring Break registration for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

Clubs in Anacortes, Concrete, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley will be open for Spring Break, April 1-5, 2019. Current members can register online at from now until March 15. New members are encouraged to contact their local Club about membership. Registration is required for participation and the cost is $160 per member for the week. More information can be found at Waiting listings may apply.

Anacortes Club

Spring Break Hours: 7am to 6pm

Contact: Andrew Flores

360-419-3723 x13

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!

Farm Machinery Safety Workshop - March 18-29

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

First Tee Link Program

Learn life skills, the 9 core values, how to play golf and have fun with The First Tee at the Swinomish Golf links. Youth 7 - 18 are welcome and you can join at any time. Check out our flyer and visit our website:

Fly Fishing Class - July 2019

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring: Long-term Active Biological Monitoring of Nearshore Contaminants: Toxic contaminants are entering the nearshore food web of the Puget Sound, especially along shorelines adjacent to highly urbanized areas. Jennifer Lanksbury, wildlife biologist, WDFW, will discuss how mussels are being studied as pollutant monitors through very successful collaborative efforts among conservation groups, citizen science volunteers and government partners. She will share the results of two rounds of mussel monitoring specifically in the Puget Sound. Friday, March 15, 2019. 7:00-8:30 p.m. NW Ed. Services Dist. Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. 7:00–8:30pm. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Girl Scouts in Anacortes

Girl Scouts Daisy Info meeting - March 11

Guardstart - Junior Lifeguarding Program

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Help Pass House Bill 1135

Kids Can Save the Planet - March 28

Park Aide Employment/ Volunteer Opportunities

Public invited to open house at Cornet Bay Retreat Center - The public is invited to visit the Cornet Bay Retreat Center at Deception Pass State Park for an open house in March. The event will showcase the center and its many features to businesses, community members and event planners. The open house is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Deception Pass State Park, 400 Cornet Bay Road, Oak Harbor. (Driving directions.)

During the open house, attendees can explore the center on their own, ask for a guided tour and take part in several interesting programs.

The day’s programs include:

  • Junior Ranger activities at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. for children ages four to 12.
  • An introduction to the two new AmeriCorps members at Deception Pass.
  • Guided nature hike to the Goose Rock area at 3 p.m.
  • Information about the upcoming Deception Pass Bridge painting project.

The open house is an opportunity to get to know community groups such as the Audubon Society, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Deception Pass State Park Foundation. Information booths will cover topics such as forage fish, Pacific mammals and plastics education.

That evening, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Deception Pass State Park Foundation will also hold its annual meeting at the retreat center. The meeting is open to the public.

Deception Pass State Park Manager Jason Armstrong, Deception Pass Park Foundation President Matt Klope and Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski will speak about the successes of 2018 and future plans for the park, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Refreshments will be served at the evening meeting.

About Cornet Bay Retreat Center
Cornet Bay Retreat Center sits on the shore of Cornet Bay in a stand of old-growth trees, and it features spectacular views of Mount Baker. The retreat center hosts small and large groups Guests enjoy a variety of activities including kayaking, fishing and miles of hiking trails.

The center can accommodate up to 186 persons overnight. During the shoulder season, it can be split into two separate facilities, accommodating smaller groups up to 50 and 82 persons. More information:

Public Works Open House - May 30

Anacortes Relay For Life Team Kickoff

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm

Place: Anacortes Christian Church on M Ave and 12th St.

Everyone is welcome to join in this fun and informative event.

This is a great time to get your questions answered.

For more information contact Chris at 360 293-1650 or visit

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Serenity Ball - March 9

Skagit Financial People Project Volunteer Educator Workshop

Skagit Parent to Parent March 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…

Smile Drive - March 4-29

Tulip Ambassador Candidate Packet

US Navy and ROTC Info Meeting - March 10

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.

Anacortes School District

Anacortes students rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference.

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