ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

May 25: Early Release - K-12 (staff and students)

May 28: Memorial Day Holiday

May 29: Regular School Day (no longer a make-up day)

May 31: School Board Meeting

School Start Times - Public Forums

The Anacortes School Board plans to review research and engage the community in a conversation about school start times. Any proposed change would be for the 2019-2020 school year (the year after next). Nationwide and across Washington state, a number of school districts are moving to later start times for their middle and high schools. The main reason, based on brain and sleep research, is the development of the teenage brain.

More information is available on our website:

The district plans to hold two public forums to solicit input on this important topic.

Monday, May 21 - 5:45 - 7 p.m. - Island View Auditorium, 2501 J Avenue

Thursday, May 24 - 10 - 11:15 a.m. - NWESD Reid Harbor Room, 1601 R Avenue

Click here to RSVP for one of the forums.

We will be providing an overview of the feedback received from our recent surveys to staff, students and families.

Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 293-1211 or

Long-time arts advocate receives Brodniak Award

Sherry Chavers is this year’s recipient for the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award for her work with students on poetry and literacy. Chavers shows a passion for learning and is able to connect with students on a creative level through her volunteer work.

Chavers spends time volunteering in classrooms teaching units on poetry. As one of her nominators said, she demonstrates a zeal for poetry which becomes infectious when she enters the classroom.

The Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award was created in 1977, upon Mr. Brodniak's retirement as Superintendent of the Anacortes School District, "to foster growth of the cultural arts in the District." The award is given each spring to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or community organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District during the current school year.

We invite the community to join us at a reception to recognize Chavers on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the Anacortes Middle School library. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact the Superintendent's Office at (360) 293-1211 or

WWII Survivor speaking in Anacortes

Ingrid Azvedo will share her personal story of tragedy and triumph with the Anacortes community during a public presentation on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at Island View Elementary.

Growing up in war-torn Berlin in the 1940s, Azvedo faced bombs, starvation and devastation. She credits the Berlin Airlift - where aircrews from western allies delivered supplies to West Berlin - with saving her life. Azvedo was invited to Anacortes by a team of Anacortes Middle School students who recently won the State History Day competition for their documentary on the Berlin Airlift.

The community is invited to attend this powerful event. The students will start the evening with a presentation of their documentary. Azvedo’s trip is co-sponsored by the Anacortes Senior College and the Majestic Inn and Spa.

Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office - 360-293-1211 or

Ryan Pike named Whitney principal, Cap Sante admin

Ryan Pike has been named as Whitney principal and Cap Sante administrator for the 2018-19 school year. He will also serve as director of Teaching and Learning, overseeing the district’s Challenge Program.

Pike was selected after a competitive search that included soliciting feedback from Whitney families and staff. Pike currently serves as middle school principal for the Moses Lake School District. He previously taught kindergarten, third and fifth grades and served as elementary principal. He brings experience working with underserved populations with a focus on improving student engagement and a passion for alternative learning.

“I am very impressed with Ryan’s reflective approach to leadership, experience in K-12 education and passion for excellence,” said Superintendent Mark Wenzel. “He is data-driven, kid-focused, and supportive of staff. This is a unique role in our district, and I believe Ryan is well-suited for the job.”

Pike holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Western Washington University. He and his family will be relocating to Anacortes this summer.

Anacortes Middle School Talent Show - June 7 at 6 p.m.

The Anacortes Middle School is looking for talented students grades 6 through 8!

Now holding auditions. Audition forms, rules, times and sign up sheets are located at the Middle School attendance window. Make sure to have your guardian sign the form before your audition.

Auditions end May 23rd.

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Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Group - March 8 - June 7

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.

For more info, contact Nicole Mortimer -

Ready to Learn Fair Clothing Drive

Are you cleaning out your student's closet in anticipation of summer? Help every child in our community begin the coming school year with pride by saving your best for the Ready to Learn Fair Citywide Clothing Drive!

Donation bins will be in place the week of May 14 -18 at each school and at several locations throughout the community. Clean, stylish, gently used or new items in all sizes for children and teens are greatly needed! For more information, please contact Keiko McCracken,

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.

OSPI Seeking Input on Budget Priorities

Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website to help them plan for budget priorities:

Your feedback will help the OSPI as we develop a budget that moves our public schools from “basic” funding toward a system better designed to meet the needs of all learners. Please take five minutes to complete the entire survey – your feedback will be invaluable. The survey will remain open until Friday, June 8. Thank you!
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Anacortes Public Library Summer Reading Program

Amplify Camp - July 10-13 - Amplify Camp is a summer camp put on by area churches for any incoming 6-8 graders at Quaker Cove here in Anacortes July 10-13th.

Anacortes Boys and Girls Club - Taking new members! You can enroll your child at any time by stopping by during open Club hours at your local Club. Questions? Contact Zac Hunter at or (360) 419-5526 or visit us at our website at

Anacortes Community Theater Classes

AHS PTSA Fundraiser

Anacortes Youth Football and Cheer Sign Up

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

APRD is pleased to announce a Girls Basketball Camp offered from June 20-22. New high school coach Nate Dunham is presenting the camp. He was recently hired so this information did not make it into our Summer Activity Guide. If you have a daughter who will be going into 1st-8th grade and interested in participating please visit the registration link HERE to register them.

A-Town Spring & Summer Activities

Looking for something for your kids to do this summer? Check out the City of Anacortes A-town publication at: Registration for Anacortes Parks and Recreation programs begins on Monday, April 30.

The Anacortes Sister Cities Nikaho Student Exchange group presents a Taiko Performance & Fundraiser Dinner - Saturday May 19th at 5pm with Mayor Laurie Gere and a Representative from the Consulate-General of Japan (Seattle) at the American Croatian Club of Anacortes at 7th and N Ave.

Tickets are only $20 for the dinner and performance. Meet and Greet with the students, Mayor and Consulate Representative opens at 5pm with dinner at 5:30pm. Dinner will be followed by a dynamic performance by the Taiko drum performers from OKK Chijinsuu of Washington State.Limited seats are available. Pre-purchase by contacting or text/phone 360.265.5080. All proceeds go towards travel costs for our Anacortes middle and high school exchange students going to Japan in July 2018.

Car Wash Class of 2019 - Sat May 19

City of Anacortes Public Works Open House - May 31

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 - Spring 2018

Fidalgo Danceworks Summer Classes

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

Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center Public Sessions 3 Mondays left at Anacortes Public Library Annex on May 22nd from 5:30 pm-7 pm. Worthwhile presentation, Q&A and breakout sessions to give your input.

The Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting its first-ever forum to show people in Skagit County the important science happening right in their backyard – Fidalgo Bay! Talks and displays will focus on local science topics like monitoring pollutants using mussels, wintering seabirds, Great Blue Herons, ocean acidification, the impacts of invasive green crab, and more. “Science on the “Bay” is free, and lunch is provided to attendees by Pizza Factory. All ages are invited. Come talk with the scientists about their projects! Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Northwest Education Services District bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. To see a more complete schedule please visit or Contact Natalie Lord at

Friends of the Forest Discovery Program - Summer 2018

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy Registration Open. Scholarships Available!

New Girl Scouts Troops Forming in Anacortes: Leaders Needed for Daisy and Brownie troops! More Girls Welcome!

Are you passionate about supporting girls’ leadership development? Are you organized, dedicated, and a clear communicator? Girl Scouts needs YOU to co-lead a troop in Anacortes! We have a group of four girls in K-3rd grades hoping to form a new troop near Fidalgo Elementary. It takes 5 girls and 2 adult leaders to form a troop, so all we need is one more girl and two adults, and this troop will be ready to go! Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12, offering programs from coast-to-coast and across the globe. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through outdoor exploration, community service, civic engagement, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), girls develop a positive sense of self, say “yes” to new experiences and adventures, and create lasting friendships by joining a worldwide community of sisters. For additional information, please contact: Susie Barr-Wilson, GSWW Community Engagement Specialist, (360) 658-8083, ext. 4400 / You may also visit our on-line catalog. Go to and click “Become a Girl Scout” to select a troop! Financial Assistance is available.

Hawkeye Youth Wrestling Clinic - July 16-19

Northwest United Soccer Club - Tryouts and Registration here:

Parent and Child Yoga Classes

Quaker Cove Events:

Day Camp at Quaker Cove - Week 1: July 30 - August 30; Week 2: August 6 - 10

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 at

Riverstone Climbing Gym

SABA: ANNUAL SPORTS PHYSICALS - for current 6th - 11th grade student athletes

Wednesday, May 30th

6-8 p.m.

Anacortes Middle School


Sponsored by Seahawk Athletic Booster Association

In one night, finish two school sports requirements-getting your child a qualified sports physical good for the next two years, and submitting required sports paperwork.

On May 30th, local health care professionals will donate their time, and complete sports forms will be readied for delivery to the appropriate school.

Proceeds from this event benefit SABA, a parent-run organization supporting every AHS athletic program.

NOTE: This event is for sports physicals only. Also, students with a current or past history of orthopedic or heart problems, diabetes, asthma or other serious medical problems cannot be examined at this event.

Come prepared to this event by completing all the necessary sports forms completed. You will be able to use the express lanes! Forms are available at:

Salish Sea Spring Expeditions

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Sharpe's Corner - Highway 20 Construction Update

Skagit Parent to Parent Workshops

Free Preschool for 3-5 year olds! Skagit Valley College ECEAP Preschool now enrolling for the school year of 2017-2018. Income guidelines apply. Breakfast and snack provided. Parent Activities and Educational opportunities. For more information or enrollment, call 360-679-5348.

Thunderbird Aquatic Club Summer Activities

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