ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Oct 26: No school - staff development day

Mini Surplus Sale - Oct 22

We will hold a small surplus sale on Monday, October 22 at Island View Elementary, 2501 J Avenue.

The sale will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Cash or checks required for purchase. Items are sold as is, and by best offer. Items must be removed by the buyer at the time of purchase. The district will not transport or deliver surplus items. All surplus items are sold as-is. The district does not offer any warranties either expressed or implied.

Items for surplus are posted here:…/C…/Memo%20re%20Surplus%209-20-18.pdf

Park on the north side of the building. Items are located inside a fenced area.

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

National School Bus Safety Week

Did you know that our bus drivers drove 228,000 miles in 2017-18? And that our mechanics have regularly received top inspections from the Washington State Patrol?

Join us in recognizing the achievements of our drivers and transportation staff during National School Bus Safety Week October 22-26, 2018. Schools across the district will recognize the hard work that our bus drivers, mechanics and transportation staff do to keep our students safe every day.

Here are some tips to share with your students:

· Be an early bird. Be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

· Maintain a safe distance. Stand at least 6 feet away from the curb when the bus approaches, and keep the line away from the street.

· Get the all clear from the bus driver. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it's okay to step onto the bus.

· Remain visible at all times. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead of it before you cross. Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.

· Use the handrails to avoid falling. But be careful to make sure clothing and backpacks don't get caught in the handrails or doors when exiting the bus.

· Never walk behind the bus. Again, always make sure that you're in the driver's line of sight.

· If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up, because the driver may not be able to see you.

For more safety tips, check out the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

Questions? Contact Transportation Supervisor Karen Garrison at or 360-503-1151.

Harvest day a success!

Earlier this week, we celebrated Harvest Day with scratch cooking, local produce and a visit by a local farmer from Viva Farms. Menu was homemade meatballs, roasted carrots and potatoes, and fresh baked rolls with salad. All local. Expert baker Jerilyn Brusseau came to help us make the honey butter rolls rolls with flour from Cairnspring Mills in Burlington. Feedback, particularly from the older kids, was very positive. One student said it was the best meal he had ever had. They especially liked the roasted vegetables. This is part of ASD's scratch cooking initiative, outlined in our strategic plan, which we hope to grow this year and in following years. Thanks to food services supervisor Paula Lindbo and her hard-working staff, consultant Kent Getzin and local farmers for making the day a success!

District's Annual Goals

The district and school board have adopted their annual goals for the 2018-19 school year, as part of the District's Improvement Plan.

Goals include:

  • Development of a Cap Sante Strategic Plan
  • Enhanced family engagement and communication
  • Implementation of a scratch cooking plan
  • and more

Check out the District's website for more information.

Coming soon: text messaging

The district plans to begin using text messaging to alert families in case of school closures or emergencies. Watch this space for more information!

Equity Film Festival: Becoming Bulletproof

Please join the Anacortes School District and community partners for a very special *free* monthly film series this school year 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: Becoming Bulletproof - October 25, 7:00 p.m. at the AHS Library

Building community, transcending stereotypes, and celebrating each person's joyful gifts is at the heart of Becoming Bulletproof, a fascinating "story within a story" about a film company that casts young adult actors with and without disabilities. You will laugh, weep, and be transformed by the emotional truth of this film. Bulletproof is unrated but is most suited for older teens and adults, due to mild language and frank discussion of some issues. Our discussion partners include Kiwanis Aktion Club and Class ACT. See the trailer here!

Check out our poster for more upcoming films in our Equity Film Series.

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

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group


Kaleidoscope Play & Learn© groups help families prepare their young children (birth to age 5) for success in school and life. This program, based on scientific evidence, reaches families in their neighborhoods at weekly, facilitated playgroups.

At a Kaleidoscope group, children have fun participating in activities and being around their peers. Family members learn about:

● Activities they can do at home to support children’s learning

● Turning everyday activities- such grocery shopping, cooking and bath time- into early learning opportunities

● Child development from birth to five

● Skills children are expected to have when they start school

● Community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group will be offered at Fidalgo DanceWorks Annex, located at 909 3rd St., Anacortes. The program is free of charge and will be held on Tuesdays 11:00-12:15, October 16 through December 11, 2018.

For more information, contact Nicole Mortimer:

This program is made possible through a partnership between Anacortes School District and Fidalgo DanceWorks and sponsored by Kiwanis Noon Club.
As a courtesy, the Anacortes School District posts information here for non-school related community events and information that benefits students. All notices were submitted by outside organizations to keep your family updated about opportunities; the Anacortes School District does not necessarily endorse or sponsor these activities.
Seahawks Choir Boosters Mattress Fundraiser - Nov 3

FAQs posted here.

ASD staff can receive a $100 discount.

Anacortes Parks & Rec Breakfast with Santa

Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for our annual Breakfast With Santa event - Saturday, Dec. 1st

Tickets are on sale or call APRD office at 360-293-1918. The following live performances will take place during the event:
8:30-9am Fidalgo Dance Works
9am-9:30am Fidalgo School Choir
9:30-10am- AHS Choir
10am-10:30am- Mt. Erie Mustang Choir
10:30-11am- Anacortes Harmonaires

Tickets will sell out... so plan ahead.

Anacortes Boys Basketball 1st- 6th grade registration is now open until December 14th. Sign up today at or call APRD office at 360-293-1918.

FYI- CONSTRUCTION AT THE HIGH SCHOOL WILL PUT SOME CONSTRAINTS ON GYM SPACE FOR THE 2019 SEASON. Because of this, each team will only practice once per week and games will be held on Saturdays. 1-hour practices will be scheduled between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on weekdays. Some weekday games may be scheduled as well. Teams are formed by the Parks and Recreation staff. Volunteer coaches are needed, especially coaches who can coach during the weekday times of 4-6 pm.

Anacortes Chamber - Accepting Candy Donations for Downtown Trick-or-Treating

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

Annual Anacortes High School PTSA Poinsettia Fundraiser

With the holiday season is right around the corner, it is time once again for the Anacortes High School Parent Teacher Student Association Annual Poinsettia Sale!!

The AHS PTSA Annual Poinsettia Sale runs October 8th-November 9th.

Orders Due with payment by November 9th.

Proceeds from this important fundraiser go to support the PTSA’s drug and alcohol free graduation night celebrations, as well as scholarships and other student-oriented activities.

Poinsettias will be available in red, white and pink in assorted sizes for your holiday decorating and enjoyment. Poinsettias make great teacher or hostess gifts! Order forms are available on the AHS website under the PTSA page at

Anacortes Robotics Booster Club Gala Fundraiser - Oct 27

Anacortes Farmers Market

Markets are every Saturday, 9am-2pm at the Depot. We have fresh produce, baked goods, dairy, meat, cheese, honey, delicious hot food and wonderful local arts and crafts, and so much more. Live music 10am-1pm and frequent kids activities. We accept EBT - ask us about our matching program! Well behaved dogs welcome. See our website for more information at

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Accepting New Enrollment

Boys & Girls Club Member Info

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County will begin enrollment for new members on Monday, August 20th for Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley, and Mount Vernon Clubs. All current memberships must be renewed by Aug 31st, 2018. Registrations are accepted in-person at each Clubhouse. Waiting lists may apply. Forms and additional information can be found at Clubs are for youth ages 6 (or completed kindergarten), through high school. Clubs operate after school, and on select no school days, offering a safe, fun, positive environment, and targeted programs within three priority outcomes, Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship.

Camp Korey - Oct 20

Cap Sante PTSO Discount Cards

Cap Sante PTSO Fundraiser - Mums

Chess Club - After School at Mt Erie

Chess Club - After School at Fidalgo

CrossFit Anacortes

Cub Scouts - Info Meeting Oct 21

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

Fidalgo DanceWorks Enrolling for the Fall - FDW is currently accepting new students of dance. Classes range from ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop. There is something for everyone. Check out the fall schedule at and call the office to enroll. 360-299-8447.

FIRST Robotics 2018-19 Sign Ups: Anacortes FIRST Robotics is now accepting advance signups for 2018-2019 FLLJr/FLL team information for elementary and middle school teams. FIRST is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon with space-themed challenges at all levels. Teams will be starting at the beginning of the school year. Don’t let your child miss out; sign up in advance for team registration information. No obligation or commitment. Send e-mail to with a subject of “Program Announcements” and we will add you to the mailing list.

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 8:45am – 3:15pm

Join us for our 7th annual great day of learning and discovery brought to you by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Spend a day with top scientists and local community leaders presenting on a wide range of topics. Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jude Apple, Research Coordinator, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – presenting “Eeelgrass, Blue Carbon and Climate Change”. Choose 3 from 9 breakout sessions such as “Return of the Sea Otter”, “Stories of March Point”, “Great Blue Herons” and much more. Registration is required and opens online Sept. 14. Visit to register online as well as Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page to learn more. Free clock hours (5) available to educators. Call (360) 299-0641 for information/questions. Free clock hours (5) available to educators. Event location: NW Educational Services District Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team Sign Up

Foster Care Family Recruitment

Healthy Students Healthy Communities Newsletter

Holiday Kids Clay Workshop - Nov 17

Love & Logic Parenting Class - Sept 26-Dec 12

NAMI Family to Family Education Course - Sept 17-Oct 25

Northwest United FC Micro-program - Come and be part of our ever growing Micro Program!! A chance for all players to learn all aspects of soccer in a FUN way! The Micro Program is 5 weeks long, running every Friday evening!

Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts - Fall Classes

Pizza & Pages - Anacortes Public Library - Oct 23

Riverstone Climbing Gym

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Skagit Kid Insider

Skagit Parent to Parent - Support for parents whose children have special needs.

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 Valley Herald Christmas Fund Nov 12 - Dec 7

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