ASD Weekly Community Bulletin
News and Events from the Anacortes School District
On the calendar
Jan 17 - No School (Staff Development)
Jan 20 - No School; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 24 - K-12 Half Day
Plan ahead for winter weather
We encourage families to familiarize yourselves with the district’s procedures in the event of inclement weather.
The district’s transportation supervisor and superintendent decide in the early morning hours whether students can safely reach school in case of snow or ice. We attempt to notify families by 5:30 a.m. if schools are closed, delayed or buses are on adverse weather routes. If we have to change from a 2-hour delay to a full-day closure, we will notify families and staff of this change by 7:30 a.m. We try to avoid this situation whenever possible but weather and road conditions can be difficult to predict.
If we use adverse weather routes in the morning, we will notify everyone by noon that day if adverse weather routes remain in effect for the afternoon ride home. Please familiarize yourself with the adverse weather routes.
STUDENTS, STAFF AND FAMILIES ARE NOTIFIED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
Flash Alert http://www.flashalert.net/: Families and staff are encouraged to sign up for Flash Alert for the most timely notifications. Local media outlets use this information.
Emails sent to families, staff and AHS and Cap Sante students.
Text messages sent to families, staff and students who have opted in and are in the Skyward system. Instructions are posted on our website. We will do a test of the text system on Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. for all who have opted in prior to this.
We do not typically call families in the event of adverse weather, to avoid phone calls in the early morning hours.
Staff are alerted via phone.
Anacortes School District Superintendent Search Survey
Your participation in this anonymous survey will assist the Anacortes School District Board of Directors and Northwest Leadership Associates in developing the position description and leadership profile that will guide the selection of the next superintendent. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your thoughts. Please continue to watch the school district's website for additional ways to provide input to the Board regarding the selection of the next superintendent. PLEASE NOTE: You will only be allowed to submit this survey one time from this computer.
More information about the superintendent search process is on our website: http://www.asd103.org/departments_and_programs/human_resources/superintendent_search
Anacortes Junior Cheer Clinic
Anacortes Early Music Concert
Enjoy The Artistry of Tanya Tomkins!
Start your New Year on a high note with The Artistry of Tanya Tomkins – featuring the renowned cellist Tanya Tomkins of the world-famous Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco) and the inimitable fortepianist Tamara Friedman.
January 17, 7 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Center: 801 5th Street, Anacortes. Adults $25 and children & students free; no tickets; cash or check.
Ski/Snowboard Bus Info
The Anacortes/Burlington Mt. Baker Winter Ride Program is open to all students in 6-12 grade.
-8 week program starting January 4th 2020 (Saturdays only)
- No experience necessary
-Ski/snowboard equipment rental available
-Lessons available & optional
-Transportation is provided by a private charter bus
-Restroom facilities available during travel
Sign ups will run through December 15th and are in a first come first serve basis. All weekly trips are chaperoned.
Please join the Facebook page “Anacortes Winter Ride” for more details or contact: Stacy Doyle - (360) 840-5133
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Enrollment Info
Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Upcoming Dates:
The Anacortes Boys & Girls Clubs' Torch Club is having a bake sale to help develop leadership and communication skills. The club will be selling brownies, cupcakes, and other baked goods!
January 17 - No School Day
The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club will be offering a sign up for the no school day January 17 through this No School Day Sign up 1/17/20 or at our Front desk. We will need at least 20 members signed up to be open. There is a $25 fee for each member attending. The deadline to sign up will be Friday, January 10.
January 20- Martin Lurther King Jr. Day - Club Closed for Staff Development
January 24 - K-12 Half Day - Club Open
After School Arts Classes for Kids - new days!
After School Spanish Classes for Kids - new days!
Anacortes Little League registration opens January 1, for the 2020 season! Get an early bird discount of $10 per player until Jan. 31. For more information and to sign up, visit www.AnacortesLittleLeague.com
Anacortes Parks & Rec Programs:
There are many more APRD recreation opportunities listed in our Fall A-Town Publication which can be found online HERE.
After School Arts Program -- Kids are you ready to bake! Back by popular demand kids baking classes are being offered after school through the Anacortes Parks and Recreation department. Specific class information with dates, times, and locations are listed on our website HERE. Don’t wait, make sure to sign-up today as there is limited space in each class! For more information about the After School Classes please contact APRD at 360-299-1948 or email: email@example.com.
It is that time of year to sign-up for APRD’s Boys Youth Basketball League! Visit our website at: https://www.anacorteswa.gov/549/Boys-Basketball to get more information or to register your child online. We are also looking for coaches for all age divisions. If you are interested please let us know. The league is not possible without the dedicated efforts of our volunteer coaches!
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.
Class Act: Kindergarten - 2nd grade Friday - January 10th - February 28th from 4-5:15 pm. (No class on 1/17 and 2/14)
So you want to be a spy? Then you should attend spy school! Students will create a unique personality for a spy character and play fun theatre games that will develop acting skills and the ability to work with others. Students will be a part of a narrated performance, complete with costumes and stage make-up, demonstrating what it means to be a super spy. All classes will be held at ACT’s Annex Stage and the performance is scheduled for the final day of class. www.acttheatre.com/class-act or call 360-293-6829
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!
All fourth graders are eligible to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! This program provides fourth graders and their families access to public lands (NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, WILDLIFE AREAS, BLM, ETC.) for one year. Passes can be printed and brought with the child on their park visit. Encourage fellow educators, parents and friends with fourth graders to download their Every Kid Outdoors pass today!
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!
History Day- Interested in good news about young people?
If you have a few minutes to explore what History Day is about, you can find information about the national program at www.nhd.org and information about Washington History Day as a program of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/resources-subject-area/social-studies/national-history-day-washington-state.
The Washington State Historical Society provides supporting information at http://www.washingtonhistory.org/education/historyday/.
In addition to explanations of what History Day is and what its value is to participating students, you will see examples of good student work.
Time commitment can be as little as one Saturday morning (7March20) or a few hours on your own time at your computer whenever you like in February.
Anacortes Middle School students will be among the participants for the third time in school history. One group of students took their work all the way to the national contest at the University of Maryland in June of 2018.
Randy Schnabel, Coordinator
Northwest Region History Day
Salish Sea School: This summer, learn how students can help the endangered orcas!
Join us for four fun days where we explore the Salish Sea's ecosystem connection from water quality to whales.
Space is limited (5 students max per session).
Guardians of the Sea Jr (10-12 year olds)
Guardians of the Sea I (13-17 year olds)
We have 5 student scholarships left! thesalishseaschool.org/scholarship-application
**STAY TUNED FOR OUR "STUDENTS & A SCIENTIST" LECTURE SERIES COMING FEB-MAY 2020!**
Service Academy Workshop
The Deans of Admissions from all 5 United States Service Academies (West Point, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine) will be presenting a joint Service Academy Workshop for interested students and family members on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the University of Washington (Architecture Hall Rm 147) from 4-6:30 PM. There is no cost to attend this unique opportunity to hear about Academy admissions directly from the men and women who oversee the process. Interested individuals should register at this link. Questions about this event can be directed to Anacortes High School's Naval Academy representative, LCDR Josette Curtis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWU Youth Programs want you! – to come join us and explore our marine science programs.
Western Washington University Youth Program is offering several opportunities for school age students in 2020 at Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.
Coming this winter/spring:
Feb 11-13th, 1pm-5pm: Ocean After School: 3 afternoons during early release week for students in grades 3-5 to join staff at Shannon Point Marine Center to learn more about our ocean from top to bottom. Learn more and register on our website:
Registration ends Feb 4th, 2020
Friday March 13th, 6-9pm: Kids Night Out @ Western – Anacortes: Students in grades K-5 join us for an evening of hands on marine science activities and learning.
Learn more and register on our website: https://oce.wwu.edu/youth-programs/programs/kids-night-out-western-know-anacortes
Registration ends March 8th, 2020
Find out more about other programs in Anacortes and Bellingham at our website:
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
The Anacortes School District provides interpretation services upon request as needed. Please contact the Student Support Services Department for more information: (360) 503-1216.