Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

It is certainly spring! The tulips in front of the school sway their stately heads, our garden beds are cleared and await seeds, and occasionally the sun makes a dazzling appearance.  It is a beautiful time of year at Island View.

Spring is also a busy season for students and staff. Classroom activities this time of year are many and varied; teachers will communicate specific details to families. But for your planning purposes, I include some important “save-the-date” information below. Specific times and other information will be sent closer to the event.

  • May—state testing (dates have been mailed to grades 3rd-5th families)
  • June 7—Island View talent show
  • June 11—Fun Run at Washington Park (for students who qualified)
  • June 18—Awards Assembly
  • June 19—school picnic and field days
  • June 21 at 10:30—5th grade moving-up ceremony

Allow me to share an inspiring interaction I had with a new family as I recently gave them a tour of the school. We visited a couple classrooms and walked the halls together, interacting with staff and students along the way. Half-way through the tour, the mom stopped in the middle of the hall, looked me in the eye, and said — “Look, I know all the schools in Anacortes are great, but what makes this school so different? It’s special. You feel it. From the office staff to the classrooms, you feel it’s a special place.”

I feel it, too. Our school is a special place.  I explained to the parent that our school community truly cares about one another: parents, students, staff, community volunteers all work together to support kids in their education and emotional well-being. It is that caring attitude that is palpably felt in our building. It’s what I call proud, soarin’ flight.

I hope you feel it, too😊.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions—360-503-1490 or

Brian Hanahan, Principal










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