ASD Weekly Community Bulletin

News and Events from the Anacortes School District

On the Calendar

April 2-6: Spring Break (District Office Open Monday - Thursday)

*May 29 will now be a regular school day. Updated calendars are posted on our website.

2018-19 School Calendar

The School Board has approved the 2018-19 student calendar. It is available on our website.

The first day of school (1st-12th grades) will be Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

First Kindergarten day will be Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018.

Spring Break is April 1-5, 2019.

The last day of school will be Friday, June 21, 2019.

Community invited to participate in AHS History Wall Project

Artist Mary Ennes Davis has been commissioned to create a public art installation in the new Anacortes High School. The piece will include the history of the schools, the significance of the location of Anacortes, and reflections that represent the uniqueness of the schools, prominent Anacortes figures and early days of the town.

The artist and the Anacortes Museum are seeking input through a community gathering to be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Maritime Heritage Center, 703 R Avenue, Anacortes.

Input can include stories, memories or photographs--anything that pertains to the history of the schools. Mary and museum representatives will be present to meet community members, ask questions and listen to stories. They are hoping for a lively discussion!

Any photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia you can share would be helpful. The museum will create appropriate paperwork depending whether the items are to be loaned or donated. (Loaned items will be scanned and returned.)

If you are unable to attend but have items that you would like to be considered for the wall please email museum staff at or drop off items for the wall at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 8th Street, Anacortes. Call the museum at 360-293-1915 for more information.

In 2016, Mary completed a similar history wall created for the La Conner School District. Follow this link to see the beautiful history panels now installed in the La Conner Middle School on Sixth Street in La Conner.

Please plan to attend this community gathering and pass the word. Invite retired teachers and alumni to attend this event and participate in the creation of our own History Wall.

Applications available for Student Board Reps

Applications are available now to apply as a Student Representative on the Anacortes School Board.

Student board reps have an opportunity to gain real-life experience serving alongside the elected members of the school board. The position is a two-year commitment, serving with two seniors.

To be eligible, you must be entering your junior year in the Anacortes School District in the fall of 2018 and be in good academic standing.

Expectations and Benefits:

  • Student reps are expected to attend all school board meetings and site visits (twice a month)
  • Annual Research Project
  • Attend conferences and/ or Legislative Conference in Olympia
  • Leadership Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • And more!

To apply, please fill out the application and return it to AHS Principal Jon Ronngren by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Students will be sworn in at the May 31 board meeting.

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

Kindergarten registration coming soon

Are you Round Up Ready?

Anacortes School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Round Up on April 26-27 to register incoming kindergartners. Children eligible to enter kindergarten must be five years old by August 31, 2018. An informational packet with registration requirements can be found on our website, at our elementary schools or the district office (2200 M Avenue).

Online enrollment will be available on April 11:

A Kindergarten parent information night will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Anacortes Middle School Cafeteria, 2202 M Avenue.

Kindergarten Round Up takes place at the Anacortes Christian Church, 1211 M Avenue. The schedule is:

Thursday, April 26 – child’s last name begins with A-E, register between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; child’s last name begins with F-L, register between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday, April 27 – child’s last name begins with M-R, register between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; child’s last name begins with S-Z, register between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Existing families:

Do you currently have a student enrolled in the Anacortes School District? If so, you already have a Skyward Family Access account, even if you’ve never used it. To gain access to this account, proceed to the District’s website:, click on Skyward Family Access, and follow the prompts for “Forgot your Login/Password.” From here, you can enroll your incoming Kindergartner beginning April 11.

New families:

If you are new to our district, the student enrollment link will allow you to create a new account. This link will be available on our website beginning on April

Once online enrollment is active, we encourage families to log in, set up their account, and submit their online enrollment form prior to arriving at Kindergarten Round Up. This will help expedite the process at Round Up.

Questions? Contact the District Office – 360-293-1200.

Nominations Open for Brodniak Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter A. Brodniak Award for Cultural Education. The Brodniak Award was created to foster growth of the cultural arts in the school district. Brodniak, Anacortes School District Superintendent from 1973 to 1977, was a staunch believer in the powerful contributions that arts make to our community. Each year, the award is given to a student, faculty member, administrator, school director, community member or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural arts in the Anacortes School District in the past year.

Nominations are due to the Superintendent’s Office by 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018. Please use the online form to submit your nomination. A selection committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the School Board. The recipient will be recognized at the May 31, 2018 board meeting.

If you have questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 293-1211 or

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 -

Anacortes College Outreach: Financial Aid 101

Tuesday, April 17 - High School Library: 6:30-7:30 for middle school families; 7:45-8:45 for high school families

The topic will be Financial Aid 101 or, How to find Colleges that will help me pay to attend!

Spring break is around the corner; it's a terrific time to work a little more on your list of colleges that interest you and continue to develop your relationship with them. Are you going somewhere for a vacation? Consider adding a college visit to your travels. Staycation? We have so many wonderful campuses to take a look at as well.

Questions? Contact Shay Schual-Berke -

Voices - Resilience Through the Arts

Please join AHS and CSHS students for a very special, one-time event at Brodniak Hall on Friday, April 27, 7 p.m.

is a student-sponsored, student-created multimedia performance in the arts showcasing real experience and resilience in the lives of Anacortes teens.

VOICES celebrates authentic student stories expressed through music, film, dance, drama, spoken word, visual arts and more. For anyone interested in supporting and celebrating our youth, this is the event of the year to attend.

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.

Anacortes AAUW presented $1,500 STEM scholarships to three Anacortes High School 12th graders and $100 STEM awards to four Anacortes Middle School 8th graders at their meeting on March 8, 2018.

Front row (left to right): Pilots Lt. Anna Middleton and Lt Caitlynn Pollini from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, who discussed their careers in naval aviation.

Back row (left to right): 12th grade $1,500 AAUW STEM Scholarship recipients Madison Richardson (mathematics), Giulia Wood (science), 8th grade $100 AAUW STEM award recipients Isabel Shanin, (science), Caitlin Brar (mathematics), Lucy Shainin, (science), and Kanane Haratani (mathematics). Not shown: Katherine Butler, 12th grade (technology).

Celebrate National Foster Care Month and Kinship Caregiver Day

Each year in May, Children’s Administration and the Seattle Mariners plan Washington’s celebration of National Foster Care Month and Kinship Caregiver Day. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the We Are Family event, celebrated at the Mariners’ Safeco Field in Seattle. We Are Family helps us say “Thank You” to foster parents and kinship caregivers, along with the agencies and community partners who support and serve children in foster care across the state.

We Are Family this year will be held on Sunday, May 20th at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Tickets must be purchased on-line at the Mariners website: Use the promo code: WeAreFamily Everyone who purchases a ticket under We Are Family will receive a Seattle Mariners beanie.

These special tickets are not available at the gate and the final day for purchase is: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

If your family would like to take in a major league baseball game, this is a wonderful opportunity join us and help celebrate Foster Care Month in Washington! Our foster care recruitment partners, Olive Crest’s Fostering Together program and Eastern Washington University’s Fostering Washington program, along with other private agencies will be there sharing information about Washington’s need for more foster parents all across the state.

For more information, contact Meri Waterhouse, Program Manager / Foster Care Recruitment & Retention

Children’s Administration

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

360-902-8035 /

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

Looking to stay fit and earn money? Anacortes Lacrosse Club is recruiting high school students and adults to become lacrosse officials!! Absolutely no lacrosse experience required and ALC will pay for your training! You can choose your officiating schedule and locations including Anacortes and around Western Washington. Interested?? Email for more information!

Anacortes Lacrosse Club has opened Spring 2018 Registration for our U-9 Girls team and K-2 Co-Ed Skills Clinic which begin after spring break! Practice times, days and information regarding our programs available on our website: Don't miss out on the fastest growing sport and the fastest game on two feet!!

Anacortes Parks & Rec Co-Ed 3rd - 6th grade Volleyball League - Deadline May 4

Anacortes Parks & Recreation Youth Track and Field Program

Put on those running shoes, warm-up your throwing arm, and get ready to have some fun. Boys and girls in grades 1st-6th are eligible to participate in a fun and exciting program. Kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic FUNdamentals of sprinting, mid-distance and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus, and safety javelin. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their skills in an organized track meet on the last day of the program, and ribbons will be handed out to all competitors. The details are as follows:

Mondays, April 16 – May 7


Rice Field (Track and field area behind the AHS)

Cost is $15

Registration is currently open you can register by CLICKING HERE.

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 - STARS - Dance for Youth and Teens with Special Needs

First Tee Link Program - Have fun learning GOLF and life skills based on the 9 core values of Respect, Courtesy, Responsibility, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Judgement, Perseverance, and Integrity. Three week Winter Clinics starts on March 3 and March 24. Check out our flyer and sign up online. Sponsored by Kiwanis Sunrisers.

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

Island Art Camp Adventure - Summer 2018

Northwest United FC Micro Soccer Program - March 16- April 13

Parent Support Group

Quaker Cove Events:

Kids' Culinary Class - April 7, 9 am -12 pm or 1 - 4 pm

Do you know a young chef in the making who jumps at the chance to learn new skills in the kitchen? Quaker Cove's one-day Kids' Culinary Class is just the thing for them. Kids in 1st-6th grades will learn from Karl, a professionally trained chef, on Saturday, April 7th. Karl will teach kids about ingredients, recipes, and prepare a meal together. Adults will oversee the kitchen and dishes and skills will be tailored to age appropriate levels. You can choose between our morning or afternoon session by checking out our website at to register your budding chef.

Open House at Quaker Cove - April 21, 10 am - 2 pm

Come join us for a fun day at Quaker Cove! Our camp has been here since 1930, and we'd like to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves and get to know more of you! Take a tour of the camp, have a hotdog and a s'more on us. Enter our raffle to win a free week for your child at our day camp in August or win other prizes! Kids can get a free balloon and have their face painted too. You can also explore our beach or take a walk in our forest. Our staff and board members will be on hand to show you around and answer your questions.

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

Salvation Army - currently enrolling students for their Troops and Music Programs. The Salvation Army Troops programs offer age appropriate Christian youth groups that foster kids potential and leadership abilities through a variety of experiences including: music, games, crafts, interactive activities and service projects. The Troops programs are held each Wednesday from 4:30-6:15 pm at The Salvation Army, 3001 R. Ave. and include a free dinner. Music enrichment courses are also available and include: Beginner Band, Piano, Timbrels, Beginner Guitar and Singing Company. Enrollment is free.

Contact or call 360-293-6682 or stop by The Salvation Army 3001 R. Ave, Suite 100.

Secret Harbor - Foster Parent Info

Ocean STEM -- After School- Mondays, April 16- May 21 from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm at Anacortes Middle School. Take ocean technology to a new level with underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and discover the vast world beneath the ocean. Design and construct an ROV. The cost is $99 for six sessions. Open to students in grades 5-8. To register:

Kids Night Out @ Western, Friday, April 20 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. at Shannon Point Marine Center. Enjoy a well deserved date night while your kids have a fun-filled evening at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Activities will include hands-on science exploration on the SPMC library and lab, and a movie at the end of the night. For more details and to register:

Sharpe's Corner - Highway 20 Construction Update

Skagit Parent to Parent Upcoming Workshops - Resources for parents of children with special needs.

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.

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