PTSA Summer Update – June 29

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Talking about Anti-Racism: A Hazel Wolf Community Dialogue with Erin Jones. The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) invites all our Hazel Wolf families to an online community discussion Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about anti-racism during these difficult times. Racism, police brutality, protests, and Black Lives Matter: all of these are in the news and on social media. How are you and your kids talking about them? What feelings are coming up for students around these issues, especially during this pandemic? What are your concerns about the safety and wellness of your family? In addition to hearing Ms. Jones, families will have the opportunity to talk together in small breakout groups about how things are going, and how we can support anti-racist work within our school community. Adults can attend with or without their students; we encourage students to have parents/guardians with them. Please register today via this form. Please send any questions to: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We hope to see you there!

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women. A couple weeks ago, we introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We decided to continue meeting over the summer. For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men: is an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with Hazel Wolf that will meet every two weeks through the summer starting Tuesday, July 7. We started this CP for white men in response to interest from men following the formation of the CP for white women (see above). Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org for a Zoom link and any other info needed.

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the formation of these Communities of Practice, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have some openings! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all field trips have been cancelled and replaced with on-site activities. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

FAMILY SUPPORT:

Honor Pantry at Hazel Wolf
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building. The most needed items at the pantry are personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Additionally: puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always welcome. Shoe and clothing donations are not needed at this time. Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.

There are many ways to donate:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is open for donations.

If your family could use help with supplemental grocery delivery, or if you’d like to be added to our list of volunteer drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteers to check on pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory, keep it tidy and make sure grains and produce are in bins away from critters. Please consider signing up for some days here on this Signup Genius.

The Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry
We opened a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office at 12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125. This will be different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time. Families will need to contact the Family Support Team to pick up items there.

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families: Available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

COVID Relief Fund still open for donations: Funds to support Hazel Wolf families are made available through the donor-supported COVID Relief Fund. Thank you to everyone that has been able to contribute to this fund at the auction. This fund is going to remain open for donations. If you’d like to make a donation to the fund to help support families during this time, you can make a donation here.

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.)

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