PTSA Summer Update – July 20

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

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). Also, we wanted to thank Farmer Frog in Woodinville who donated all the potatoes, onions and apples. To learn more about this organization, check out their website: farmerfrog.org.

Food Lifeline has been closed since last week, so donations are more urgent these coming weeks. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are also trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″xD 23.5″xW27″)
– electric clothes dryer
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

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 (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
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 about ten days open in August, 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

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Thank you for all who attended Talking About Anti-Racism: A Community Dialogue with Erin Jones on Thursday, July 9, 2020. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on this event. Please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/EDrfWs2VVhMD65nV9

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 very soon. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

The next for Community of Practive for White Men is tomorrow, July 21 at 8pm. 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.

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.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp. 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)

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