ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

Sept 5: School Board Special Meeting - 6:15 p.m.

Sept 5: First Day of School (grades 1-12)

Sept 10: First Kindergarten Day

Changes to 2019-20 Calendar

Following the successful ratification of our teachers’ contract, there are some changes to the 2019-20 student and staff calendars.


New calendars are posted on the district’s website.


The changes are:

  • Oct. 31 - K-5 half day for elementary students and staff

  • Dec. 20 - K-5 half day for elementary students and staff

  • Jan. 24 - K-12 half day for all students and elementary staff

  • April 16 - K-12 half day for all students and elementary staff


The student art calendars that were mailed this week do not reflect these changes due to our print deadlines and the negotiations schedule. All online calendars are up to date. The first day of school remains Thursday, Sept 5 and the last day remains Thursday, June 18.



Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office - 360-503-1211 or tramsay@asd103.org

Important back to school info

The 2019-2020 school year starts on Thursday, September 5. Kindergarten begins on Tuesday, Sept 10. We hope your students are eager to start another successful year. Here is some helpful information as we get ready for the start of the year.


Elementary Supply Lists

Lists are posted on school websites:

Fidalgo Supplies

Island View Supplies

Mt Erie Supplies -- *updated* from previous posting

Whitney Supplies


School Schedules

We have moved our secondary schools to a later start time, and aligned our elementary schedules. We have also moved to early-release Wednesdays, instead of late-start. Schedules are posted on our website: http://www.asd103.org/for_students_and_families/school_start_times_discussion


Transportation

New bus routes are posted on the Transportation page.


Elementary Placement

Elementary building placements were emailed to families on the morning of Friday, August 16.

Classroom placements will be emailed to families on Monday, August 26.


If you would like to appeal your building placement, please submit an appeal form to our Teaching and Learning Department via this link. Per district policy (3131), appeals must be submitted in writing.


Principals meet regularly to review appeals and make decisions based on class size, gender balance, and other district-approved guidelines. Classroom placement appeals must be submitted to your principal.


If you didn’t receive a placement email or you have other questions, please contact our Teaching & Learning Department Program Assistant Wendy Durham, (360) 503-1212 or wdurham@asd103.org.


Orientation & Meet & Greets

August 26-27: AHS Seahawk Startup

August 27: AMS WEB Orientation - 9 a.m. - noon

August 27: 8th Grade Open House - 6-9 p.m.

August 28: 7th Grade Open House - 6-9 p.m.

August 29: 6th Grade Open House - 6-9 p.m.

Sept 4: Elementary Meet & Greets - 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Annual District Mailing

The annual district mailing, which includes the handbook, student art calendar, transportation handbook, and free & reduced meal forms was sent to families on August 19. We send one packet per household to the primary contact. Additional student art calendars are available at the district office for $10 each.


Please contact the Superintendent’s Office if you don't receive a packet: (360) 503-1211 or tramsay@asd103.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:


Kecia Fox

AVID Coordinator

Anacortes High School

kfox@asd103.org

360-503-1304

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 anacortesvolunteer@asd103.org.

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.

The Summer edition of the Anacortes A-Town Publication is available online HERE. This publication has activities and events that are happening over the next several months.


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 ftgAnacortes@gmail.com


Anacortes Hawkeyes Youth Wrestling Pre-season Meeting - Sept 8


Anacortes Public Library Summer Reading List


APL Balloon Fun at the Library -

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun with Bill “The Clown” Testerman, and his balloons on September 7 at 3 o’clock p.m. by the playground on the east side of the Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. Watch Bill as he twists and turns balloons into animals, flowers, headbands and a variety of other shapes—maybe he can make a special one just for you! Bill also will teach participants how to re-create his magical shapes. In case of rain, the show will take place in the Library’s Community Room. Cupcakes will be served.

Friends of the Library is sponsoring this event as part of the festivities celebrating the Friends’ 50th anniversary of serving the Anacortes Library. The Friends is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing and improving the services offered to the public by the Library. Its goal is to promote, raise funds, and advocate for the Library.


Anacortes Robotics Booster Club

Come join us for free ice cream next week at Open Streets and learn more about how you can be a part of the fun in FIRST robotics! Grades K-12

Where: 3rd & Commercial

When: Sunday, Aug 25 - 1 p.m. (till it's gone)

Or email us at: info@anacortesrobotics.org


Anacortes Schools Foundation Newsletter


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: info@seniorcollege.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



The Anacortes Sister Cites Association (ASCA is sending ten AMS students to Japan and has discount Wild Waves tickets available for $15.99 ($9 off per ticket) between now and until June 16th and $25.99 ($19 off per ticket) between June 17th and September 7th. Season Passes are also available for a discount. Each ticket or season pass sold directly benefits ASCA fund raising needed to pay for the trip. Please buy online at tinyurl.com/AnacortesSCwild and thank you for your support!


Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info


Bright Beginnings Play Dates - July 8-August 26


Click Arts Camp - Aug 18-23


CrossFit Anacortes



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.


Cub Scout Info Night - Sept 10


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 Summer Programs


Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Camps for kids


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: anacortestft.com.


Food Resources for Summer - 2019


Girl Scouts in Anacortes


Riverstone Climbing Gym


Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info


Skagit Parent to Parent - August Newsletter


Skagit Kid Insider

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.

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, kknudson@asd103.org

Fran McCarthy, Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, (360) 503-1216, fmccarthy@asd103.org

Connie Sheridan, Title IX Coordinator, (360) 503-1221, csheridan@asd103.org


Written complaints to: 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221

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