ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the calendar
Oct 7-11: Homecoming Week
Oct 9: K-5 Half Day (Conferences; No early release at AMS & AHS)
Oct 9, 6:30 p.m. - Financial Aid Night, AHS Commons
Oct 10, 5:15 p.m. - School Board Special Meeting
Oct 16, 6:30 p.m. - ASD Bands Fall Concert: Honoring Veterans at AMS Gym
Oct 21, 6 p.m. - Choir Concert, AMS
Oct 23, 5:30 p.m. - High School Construction Neighborhood Meeting at AHS Commons
We have made several changes/ clarifications to the 2019-2020 school calendar. We appreciate everyone’s patience with these updates. Updated staff and student calendars are posted on the district’s website.
Wednesday, Oct 9 -- no early release at AMS and AHS (due to elementary half day for conferences)
Friday, Dec 20 -- early release for all grades K-12 (staff and students)
Wednesday, Feb 12 -- no early release at AMS and AHS (due to elementary half day for conferences)
Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office (360) 503-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Text Messaging - opt in now!
The Anacortes School District uses text messaging as an additional communication tool to alert families and staff about closures and emergencies. If you haven't already done so, opt in now.
You must be in our Skyward system and opt in to receive text messages. Instructions are on the district's website: http://www.asd103.org/for_students_and_families/emergency_information/text_messaging
Questions? Contact the Superintendent Office at (360) 503-1211 or email@example.com
Now accepting volunteer applications
Volunteers are essential partners in the success of our schools, and we truly appreciate their gifts of time and talent that fuel so many wonderful opportunities for our students. Individuals from throughout our community serve in variety of volunteer positions, from tutors and mentors to classroom assistants, special project committees, and so much more!
All volunteers must have a yearly application and background check on file with the district office prior to service in our schools.
Clearance is on a one-year basis, and all volunteers must re-apply each school year. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to complete the process, so that you can be ready to volunteer in the schools or chaperone a field trip.
The application link can be found here
The online application may be accessed from your home computer at any time. You also are welcome to contact the ASD District Office for assistance with the process, including help for anyone without a home computer to complete the application.
For more information, please contact the ASD District Office at (360) 503-1200, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANTED: AVID Mentors!
You can make a difference! Be an AVID Mentor
Are you familiar with the college application process?
Do you want to help high school students reach their goal of college acceptance?
Are you able to meet with a high school senior one Thursday a month at 8:00 am September-April?
For more information contact:
Anacortes High School
Tsunami Siren Testing
Questions? Hans Kahl, email@example.com or 360-416-1855
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 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 info@AnacortesRobotics.org with questions. Each program level has its own calendar of important dates for team formation, meetings, and tournaments.
Did you know that the Anacortes School District has 26 individual robotics teams that operate each year? There are also 4 levels of robotics in our district that serve students from as young as kindergarten all the way through high school. The Anacortes Robotics Booster is supporting the fundraising process for all the teams that work with kids, grades K-12. The annual budget for this major undertaking runs an average of $56,000 a year that is not funded through district money. This is possible because of partnerships with local businesses and generous donations from our community. October 26th is a dinner fundraiser. This is an adult only costume party with dinner and both a live and silent auction. Please consider buying a ticket, or even a table! Tickets are available at Watermark Books, and online at: http://charityauction.bid/ghoulsandgearsgala.
Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:
Registration is currently open for our 2019 Girls Basketball League. Please visit our website to register. Deadline to register is October 4.
APRD is partnering with Challenger Sports to offer a Tiny Tykes Soccer Program. (See this flyer for registration information.)
There are much more APRD recreation opportunities listed in our Fall A-Town Publication which can be found online HERE.
Anacortes Senior College - Registration is open for the fall term of the Anacortes Senior College. Classes are held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, to Thursday, November 21, at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Ave.
Online registration is available at www.seniorcollege.org, and printed copies of the course schedule and registration form are available at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.
Six-week classes are $30, and three-week classes are $20.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-503-1255.
Tuesday afternoon classes are:
Industries of Anacortes with Tom Kuhn
Anacortes Community Theatre: Behind the Curtain, Billy Hendrix
Memoir Writing with Teru Lundsten
Dragonflies: Their Fascinating History, Jim Walker
Anacortes Croatian Family Histories with Bret Lunsford
Napoleon Bonaparte, Bill Dietrich
First Aid for Cats & Dogs, Dr. Bill Testerman
Thursday afternoon classes are:
Our Amazing Constitution with Dr. Michael Newbrough
Ham Radio Principles & Operations, 8 instructors
Three Good Movies: Truth to Power with Mark Lundsten
Android Smartphones & Tablets, Norm Samuelson
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!
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 www.fidalgodanceworks.org. Classes are filling fast!
Fidalgo Pool Community Input Meetings - Oct 7 & 17- Join us for one of our last two Community Input meetings to learn about the plans for the new facility and share what you and your family would like to see in the new facility. It is our mission to better serve our community now and decades from now. It is imperative that we hear from Anacortes families and youth!
Fidalgo Shoreline Academy - Friends of Skagit Beaches - Fidalgo Shoreline Academy
Join us for our 8th 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 environmental topics. Our Keynote Speaker will be Jack Hartt, recently retired from 40 years in the Washington State Park system – 14 of those as Park Manager at Deception Pass State Park. Jack will present “Love and Beauty in the Time of Turbulence”, a talk based on reflections from a new forest monitoring project in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. He will emphasis how we have within and among ourselves the power to make a difference and will weave together the rhythms of hope and encouragement that keep us harmonizing in the coming turbulent times. For the day, choose 3 from 6 breakout sessions such as “Sharks of Washington State”; “Wetlands: What are They and Why Should We Care?” and much more. Registration is required and please get your tickets soon. Visit www.skagitbeaches.org to register online as well as Friends of Skagit Beaches Facebook page to learn more. Call (360) 299-0641 for information/questions. Free Clock hours (5) available to educators. Saturday, October 19, 2019. 8:45 am – 3:15 pm. 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.
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, email@example.com
Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, email@example.com
Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221