PTSA Summer Update – July 13

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):

Thank you for all who attended Talking About Anti-Racism: A Community Dialogue with Erin Jones this past Thursday, July 9, 2020. If you were unable to attend a video, additional resources, and a complete set of Ms. Jones’ slides will be posted to the PTSA webpage in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the Communities of Practice for White Women and White Men, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog or contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). This week, a farm in Woodinville donated 59 boxes of produce and six 50 pound bags of onions and we fulfilled the request for a lawn mower!

Most needed items at this time are long-lasting produce, pasta, rice, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, feminine hygiene products (pads are the highest need), dish soap and laundry soap. Pantries always need 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. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce also are always needed. Additionally, families are requesting bikes sizes 20″-26″. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

As a reminder, please do not leave any food items needing refrigeration, clothing or appliances at the pantry.

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some days left, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: if you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

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

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.

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 space! 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 and more information can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. 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)

Legislative Update

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a range of nationwide flexibilities to the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program to ensure America’s children receive the food they need throughout the 2020-21 school year as the nation recovers from the coronavirus. These waivers allowing for flexibilities around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times (to facilitate grab-and-go and other alternate service options), and parent/guardian pick-up of meals for kids for students participating in distance learning. Collectively, these waivers reduce barriers to meal service options that support a transition back to normal operations while simultaneously responding to evolving local conditions.

This summer families can use FNS’s Meals for Kids interactive site finder to locate free meals for children ages 18 and under at 67,000 sites across the nation.

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