Principal's Message


To begin this final message of the 2017-18 school year, I would like to thank our incomparable PTA for some amazing student and family experiences and events. Most recently, we shared special moments together at our first (annual?) color run. An estimated two hundred students and family members ran with smiles under a sunny sky. Students raised over $13,000 by having fun and being healthy. That is a win-win event to celebrate! Thank you, Island View PTA.

As we slip into summer, I would like to remind parents how important it is that kids continue to read while on break. Kids who have access to books during the summer and who read 20-30 minutes a day, outperform their non-reading peers when returning to school in the fall. Fortunately, the Anacortes Public Library offers many fun reading programs during the summer months, including Libraries Rock! Kids who log 800 minutes or more of reading will receive prizes throughout the summer. Below are some important dates:

  • June 1 – Summer Reading sign-ups begin ~ Visit our website at
  • July 9 – Halfway Prizes are available in the Children’s Library – bring your reading log!
  • August 1 – Prize Book pick up begins (or whenever you finish)
  • August 31 – Prize Books end
  • Tuesday, September 4 – Prize Drawing!

Recently I had a warm conversation with a 3rd grade student whom I have known since he was in kindergarten. We talked about many things, including his dream of becoming a professional “coder” because, as he put it, “it’s fun and I could make up to $100.00 an hour.” While I listened to him talk, I remembered him as a 5-year-old student, somewhat shy and very quiet. As the principal of Island View, I am given a gift: I get to watch kids grow, progress, and soar toward their dreams.

Thank you for sharing your gifts—your little ones—with the Island View staff. I wish you a joy-filled and safe summer.

Brian Hanrahan, Principal

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