Welcome Letter from Principal Nelsen

August 19, 2016

Dear Hazel Wolf K-8 Families,

Welcome to all of our new families, along with those of you who are returning for another great year. Our vision as Hazel Wolf K-8 is that students ask questions about the world around them, define problems and develop solutions, collaborate with diverse teams, justify thinking based on evidence, articulate their thinking, and model and practice attitudes that grow and support innovation. Our E-STEM program enables students to learn these skills through a rigorous academic program, centered around the environment we live in.

The year ahead will be a fantastic one as we enter our new learning environment and beautiful setting on our new site. Our new building is full of amazing environmental opportunities as well as large outdoor class spaces. With additional technology coming with the new building, we will be able to continue expanding on our use of it with students. We have also hired Joe Bailey-Fogarty as our new E-STEM Coordinator, and Christine Benita will continue to work part time in our building to transition him into our program.

As a staff, in addition to learning how to best utilize our new building, we will continue to focus on our students who have not yet demonstrated the growth we know they are capable of. As well as our overall scores look (above state and district 3rd-8th in both math and ELA), we still have students who we must continue to close the opportunity gap for.

Enrollment and Class Configurations
As of the writing of this letter we continue to grow and we currently have 732 students assigned K-8. Our configurations and core teaching assignments are as follows:

K                 67       Alex Morales, Erica Wheeler, Anuska Chorba
1st              72        Jessica Dolin, Derek Grand Bois, Jessica Turek
2nd            80       Erica Dorje, Richard Musser, Melissa Boni
3rd             76        Kathryn Show, Susan Acker, Liz Kranich
4th             84       Rebecca Hoff, Corinne Grand Bois, Leigh Holland
5th             84       Brooke Einstein, Tamara Alston, Geoff Smith
1st-4th     Autism Self Contained     Siobhan Ricci
K-4 Access          Christy Lommers

Middle School
Keri Rotton (ELA/SS) Patrick Gray (Math)
Tom Baltzell (ELA/SS) Laura Mah (Math)
Unfilled (ELA/SS) David Ketter (Science)
Katrina Rippa (ELA/SS) Chris Blea (Science)
Bev Ferguson (Math/MESA/Coding) Rose Palmer (Inclusion)
A full listing of our entire staff will be in our parent handbook, which will go home with our first week packet
My administrative team has changed a little for this year. I welcome back Chrys Hunstiger as my Assistant Principal, and welcome Sarah Morningstar as our 2nd Assistant Principal this year. We look forward to working with all of our great families.

Supply Information
Elementary – Students should come to school with a backpack, water bottle, and a box of Kleenex. If you need help with any of these items please contact Jamshid Khajavi our counselor or the front office. We also ask for a $30 donation to supply the remainder of the needed materials for students. An envelope for the donation will be included in the start of school packet.
Middle School – Supplies needed are listed on our website. Special electives may have an additional list and will be given out the first week of school.

Afterschool Enrichment Program
Again this year the ARC/Seattle Parks and Rec will manage the HWK8 AEP program. The schedule will be available soon, and classes will be offered 5 days a week. You will be able to sign up online, over the phone, or in person at any community center. More details will be coming soon.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Open House/Family Orientation
We invite all of you to our ribbon cutting ceremony on September 1st at 1:00 pm. The ribbon cutting will be followed by tours of the building and student orientations. We have scheduled two orientations to choose from based on your own family schedule. The full schedule is below.

1:00 – 3:00 Ribbon Cutting and Tours (for community)
Class lists put up at this time

K – 5 Orientations in Auditorium (3:00 and 6:00)
K-5 Teachers in Classrooms (3:30 – 4:00 and 6:30 – 7:00)

MS Orientations in Auditorium (3:30 and 6:30)
MS Teachers in Classrooms (4:00 – 4:30) and (6:00 – 6:30)
Mount Rainier Information Sessions (for 6th grade families) in Auditorium – 4:30 and 5:30

Kindergarten Assessments
WaKids – There is no school for Kindergarten students the regular first three days of school. As part of the WaKids program, the teachers will use these three days to meet 1:1 with the family and student. Kindgergarten parents will be notified of their scheduled time.

Drop Off / Pick Up Information
New procedures will be shared at the orientations and put on the website when completed. Please be patient with school staff and other parents as we begin new routines and all get used to them.

Middle School Athletics
Fall sports packets will be available at the orientations for girls’ soccer and coed ultimate. A doctor signed physical form is due every 24 months and can be found on-line at the Hazel Wolf web-site or in the packet.

There are many exciting events ahead this year and it’s important that you keep up to date by reading the monthly Paw Print, listening to my regular Sunday robo call, and reading school e-mails.

I look forward to seeing all of you. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to stop in and talk to me. Remember, school begins Wednesday, September 7th at 8:45 (MS) and 8:55 (1st-5th) with a 3:15 dismissal for all students. Supervision begins at 8:30 including breakfast service. Kindergarten begins Monday, September 12th.

Deborah Nelsen, Principal

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