Principal's Message

December 1, 2021

Island View Families:

It is hard to believe that our pumpkin and jack-o-lantern artwork is being replaced by turkeys in our hallways and classroom windows. One little turkey in the north hallway even dons a Santa suit. The holidays are approaching quickly.

While the holiday season is filled with joy, it also brings added stress with family obligations, heightened expectations, and even memories of loss. Please take care of yourself first. Rest when you need a pause. Breathe deeply and laugh lots. Children look to adults to know how they should navigate stressful situations. Children also thrive with routines—so maintain school and sleep schedules. Enjoy time with your children reading books, playing games, watching movies, and enjoying meals together. Use the time to create memories that will sustain you throughout the year.

As the calendar year ends and we all take stock of our blessings, I am once again humbled by our school community. Your students inspire me daily. Recently, for instance, I had the following exchange with a second grader regarding a read-aloud I posted:

“Mr. Hanrahan, I loved The Sandwich Swap! What was your favorite part of the book?” 

“Hmmmmm,” I thought, “I think my favorite part was when they tasted each other’s sandwich and loved them.”

“That was my favorite part, too!” A hug around my legs ensued.

What I loved about the exchange was a 7-year-old asked me the question. Your students are amazing little people—smart, curious, and kind. I am honored to be your principal. As always, please contact me at or at 360-503-1490 with your questions, concerns, and suggestions.

In Thanksgiving-Brian Hanrahan




The Anacortes School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, and the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. The Anacortes School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Inquiries regarding compliance and and/or grievance procedures may be directed to:

Connie Sheridan, RCW, Title IX Coordinator ……..(360) 503-1221

Shannon Gilbert, Section 504 Coordinator ......(360) 503-1216

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