Principal's Message

March 22, 2020

Dear Island View Families:

I thought about our students a lot this past week. It is an understatement to say I miss their smiling faces, positive energy, and hallway hugs.  I have also been thinking about parents. Coping with the sudden closure of schools is no small feat—logistically, emotionally, or financially. If I can offer any assistance during this unprecedented situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or at 360-503-1490.

I have several reasons for this communication.

First is reassurance. We are an amazingly strong and resilient school community. We will get through this challenging time with our trademark proud, soarin’ Island View eagle flight. In fact, your students continue to inspire others even when they are not in the building. Last week, for instance,  I received the following note from a staff member: “Yesterday, as I walked down the hallway, I really paid attention to the student art and writing in the hallways. I found their art and writing truly inspiring. I especially enjoyed reading about the legacy that each student hopes to leave behind.  So many of them mentioned a legacy of kindness. That gave me the big dose of hope that I wasn't even aware that I needed.”

Clearly, your students are already incredible community builders and sustainers. Be proud.

I am also writing to let families know the Island View staff is committed to checking in with students and families on a weekly basis throughout the closure. As Dr. Wenzel explained in an email on Friday, there are many resources available to assist families and students during the closure. While all student experiences are optional and ungraded, please feel free to reach out to staff members whenever your child has a question or needs guidance. We are here to help.

As you work with your students at home, it might be helpful to start the day with a recitation of the Island View Pledge, which is how we begin all mornings at school. While I am sure your students know the pledge, here it is: 

I am an Island View eagle.

I have hopes and dreams for my future.

I am talented, hard-working, and capable of success.

I will fly toward my goals and dreams every day.

All of us at Island View will succeed.

Additionally, our eagle traits expect students to be responsible, respectful, productive, and kind. As you work with your students at home, please continue to hold them accountable to these school-sponsored expectations. If they fail to follow our eagle traits, please know I am available for supportive telephone/Facetime conferences with you and your student. I’m quite serious about that offer😊.

Finally, we all know how difficult this situation is for students. We also know children look to adults for guidance, so be sure to take care of your own physical and emotional health. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Laugh with your kids and with other adults. Smile a lot. Each day think of one specific thing you are grateful for in your life. Expressions of gratitude can positively reframe thoughts and emotions. Your students will feel the effects of your good health and positivity. Trust me. I see the effects every day at Island View.

More specifically, I received the following resource from the University of Washington, which you might find helpful in processing the situation with your students.

The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.

To close, please know we are a community responding to this present challenge. If you need support in any way, please reach out to me. I see nothing but hope and promise in the Island View and larger Anacortes community. For that, I am truly grateful.

Stay healthy and happy. See you soon.

Brian Hanrahan, Principal








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