ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
Last call for nominations for the Brodniak Award!
Nominate someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in our schools during the current school year. Nominations are due April 19. The recipient will be recognized at a reception on May 16th.
Dedicate a bench in new AHS plaza
Want a chance to own a piece of Anacortes history? We are offering community members the opportunity to purchase and dedicate a bench to be a part of the new AHS plaza, opening in fall 2019. Only 6 benches remain!
Benches will be custom made with re-finished glu-lam beams from Brodniak Auditorium. Dedications will be affixed to the benches. Individuals, families, classes, service clubs or business can purchase a bench. Total cost is $5,000.
More information, including a link to apply to purchase a bench, is on our website: http://www.asd103.org/…/facilit…/a_h_s_custom_bench_purchase
Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENT POETRY SLAM
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 https://vimeo.com/28547215
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:
Get to know your school board
The Anacortes School Board is committed to furthering the mission and vision of the district, by setting policy and ensuring sound fiscal oversight so that all students rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference.
The five-member school board is also committed to open, fair, and transparent governance and invites community feedback. Did you know that school board meetings, including site visits and study sessions, are open to the public?
The school board meets regularly a few times a month, and throughout the year - including summer.
The board visits each of our 7 schools throughout the school year to hear an update on student achievement, gap closing measures, and progress toward each school’s improvement plan. Following a report from the principal, the board visits classrooms to watch students and teachers in action. These meetings typically take place on the first Thursday of the month from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Prior to the evening board meeting, the board holds a study session to discuss items in more depth and detail. Meetings include presentations from staff and provide an opportunity for the board, and student board members, to ask questions and provide input on key district initiatives. No decisions can be made in a study session. The district will now hold the study sessions at the district office, rather than the high school to allow for easier access for both staff and the community. These meetings typically take place on the third Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Evening business meetings:
Evening business meetings are where the board conducts its regular business and votes on items before them. These meetings include a public comment period, student representative presentations, staff reports, board reports, financial updates, and other items requiring action by the school board. These meetings typically take place on the third Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m. in the Anacortes High School library.
Occasionally the board needs to hold other meetings to conduct their business: special meetings, including those with executive sessions, and exempt meetings are a few examples. Executive sessions and exempt meetings are closed to the public, and must meet strict legal circumstances for the board to hold one of these meetings. There are eight circumstances that a school board can meet for executive session (RCW 42.30.110). Exempt meetings are exempt from the Open Public Meetings Act, and are held for the purposes of discussing collective bargaining and grievances, amongst other specific matters (RCW 42.30.140).
In addition to state law, the board follows the standards set forth by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). More information on board standards, open public meetings, and board policy can be found on their website: www.wssda.org. More information about the Anacortes School Board can be found on their website:https://board.asd103.org/
We want to hear from you!
The board invites feedback and questions from our community. Please attend a meeting or write to us:
Bobbilyn Hogge, board president: email@example.com
Erin Rieger, vice president: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Cutter, email@example.com
Marilyn Hanesworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bill Shaw, email@example.com
If you have any other questions, contact the Superintendent’s Office - 360-503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications open for Student School Board Reps
We are currently accepting applications for our next Student Board Representatives. Two students serve during their junior and senior years alongside the board and provide student voice to important board decisions. The deadline for applications is April 26th.
If you know of any sophomores who might be interested, please encourage them to apply: http://ahs.asd103.org/…/student_school_board_rep_application
Just when you can’t take the gray skies any longer, you can escape to a night in a tropical paradise. On April 19 and 20, you can flip flop the night away with the Arts Festival as they raise money for the Anacortes School District’s art programs. Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band will perform all of Jimmy’s greatest songs and classic rock tunes that keep you dancing all night long! The event will feature music, dancing, a margarita bar, costume contest, cheeseburgers, parrothead swag for sale and hours of non-stop fun. The event is at the Transit Shed and Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with Margarita Happy Hour and giveaways until the band jumps on stage at 7:30 p.m. Find all of your island clothes, add a little Buffett-flair (or buy some of ours) and escape for the night for a great cause! More information and tickets at anacortesartsfestival.com.
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!
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: http://anacorteslacrosse.uslaxteams.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=109314&org=ANACORTESLACROSSE
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 challenger.anacortesLL@gmail.com or register online at www.anacorteslittleleague.com.
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 15 – May 13
Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)
Cost is $15
Registration is currently open you can register by CLICKING HERE
Ages: 7-14 years old
When: April 13th & May 4th (Both Saturdays)
Where: Village Pizza (upstairs)
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Questions Contact: Brandon Spitali - Football 360-391-0133 Evenings
Lindy Evans - Cheer leading 360-298-2270 Evenings
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!
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: anacortestft.com.
2019 Forest Discovery Day Camp
Plan ahead for summer - register online starting April 2nd!
What: The Forest Discovery Program is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. Each day we explore a different area of our community forest lands. As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals, native plants and different habitats.
Where: Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.
When: There will be 2 sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. Dates and times are as follows:
Session 1: July 23rd, 24th, & 25th
Session 2: August 6th, 7th, & 8th
10-12 year olds from 9 am to 11:30 am daily
7-9 year olds from 1 pm to 3:30 pm daily
*Registration is required in advance. Each session is limited to 12 participants. Sign up early! Now introducing online registration!
Register online today at www.friendsoftheacfl.org
Questions ? Please contact 360-293-3725 or email: email@example.com
Friends of Skagit Beaches - Plankton of the Land - April 12: Plankton are the foundation of life in the ocean. Is there an analogy in terrestrial ecosystems? Yes there is! In the Pacific Northwest, the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems is the “Stegnon”, the layer of organic life just above, within, and below the soil of the forest floor. Here in the Stegnon, mosses, lichens, and fungi play an important role in forest ecosystems. Naturalist and author of The Boundary Layer, Kem Luther, PhD, Vancouver Island, will present a look at the environmental services these inhabitants of the Stegnon provide as they process and convert organic matter into nutrients in a form usable by other organisms. Friday, April 12, 2019. 7:00pm - 8:30pm, 1601 R St., NW Educational Services District Bldg., Anacortes. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, the lecture is free and open to all ages. For more information please visit www.skagitbeaches.org or contact Matt Kerschbaum: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your high schooler can earn volunteer hours by hosting a French exchange student!
When: June 30-July 20
Who: Girls and boys ages 14-16
Why: This 3 week program gives the French students the experience of being a teen in America! They're very excited to be a part of your family and use their English skills.
Where: They are coming to Anacortes to be a part of our community, and they will also go on two full-day excursions including a Mariner's game, The Seattle ferris wheel and a trip out to the San Juans.
What a fantastic opportunity to show your child the joy of experiencing another culture in the comfort of your own home.
Please contact Stacy O'Hagan for more information.
Open House at Quaker Cove - CANCELLED
We won't be hosting an Open House in 2019, but we would be happy to give you a tour or chat about our programs anytime. Please call our office at 360-399-1195 or send us an email at email@example.com
Kids' Culinary Camp
1st-2nd Grade: 9 - 11 AM, June 24, 26, & 28
3rd-5th Grade: 12 - 3 PM, June 24, 26, & 28
Middle & High School: 10 AM - 1 PM June 25 & 27
1st-5th Grade: July 1-3, 9 AM - 12 PM
July 1-3, 2 - 5 PM
Do you know a young chef in the making who jumps at the chance to learn new skills in the kitchen? Kids' Culinary Camp is just the thing for them. Camp Director Karl is a professionally trained chef, and he'll teach kids about ingredients, recipes, and prepare a meal together. Adults will oversee the kitchen. Dishes and skills will be tailored to age appropriate levels. Check out our website to register your budding chef.
Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 29 - August 2
Week 2: August 5 - 9
Week 3: August 12 - 16
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.
Skagit Parent to Parent April Newsletter
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: https://skagit-my.sharepoint.com/…/EfXQIaAr4CxHnUXCkhN314YB…
Register now for Western Washington University summer Youth Programs, held at Shannon Point Marine Center.
Western’s Youth Programs foster academic growth through enrichment and recreational activities. Offerings available this summer in Anacortes include:
Create memories to last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren. Does your child wonder why crabs have claws and sea stars have no bones? We dive into the how’s and why’s of different marine animal characteristics and investigate the tops of kelp forests and deep ocean canyons to discover how marine habitats influence species diversity.
Grades: 1 - 8
Dates: Monday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 23
Times: Monday, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Shannon Point Marine Center
Cost: $260 per grandparent/grandchild pair
Dive into investigating science and arts. Does your child have an interest in marine science? In this program they have the opportunity to engage with marine scientists at Shannon Point Marine Center. Through hands-on activities, participants apply the principals of the scientific method to discover unique aspects of the marine world.
Grades: 3 - 6
Dates: Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Location: Shannon Point Marine Center
Cost: $173 (if registered before May 14)
To learn more and register, visit wwu.edu/youth.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216, email@example.com
Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221