PTSA Summer Update – July 27

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

Q&A with School Board Director Liza Rankin

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA invites you to an online community meeting this Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. with School Board Director, Liza Rankin. REGISTER HERE. During your registration, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions to allow us to consolidate similar questions and cover as many topics as possible. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the meeting via Zoom.

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

AN UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Our upcoming meetings are Aug. 9, and Aug. 23, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

On July 12, the Community of Practice for White Women held its fifth meeting, where we focused on how to respond to co-workers and neighbors when they make, intentionally or accidently), racist remarks. We had previously talked about handling those incidents with family members, as well as how to talk with our children about racism. Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the Zoom meetings, which now run for 90 minutes. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Kelly McIntyre had created a brief survey for CP attendees. Many thanks to those who have filled it out. One item from the survey was a request for some anti-racist actions. Reading books and articles about anti-Black and other forms of racism, about historical events, and about how to talk with others about anti-racism is an important start. Here are a few other possible actions:

Actions Against Racism

  • Take a free one hour Bystander Intervention workshop to stop many forms of harassment and violence, such as anti-Asian/American harassment and xenophobia; anti-Black racism; and anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry. Holla Back! offers these workshops and they are very good. Their mission is to put an end to the harassment and violence that is on the rise these days. They have a page titled “Take Action,” as well as a page of resources to prevent harassment in the workplace, online, and in the street. 
  • Patronize black-owned businesses. Here’s a list in Seattle.
  • You can buy face masks from black-owned sources. 
  • While I am a big fan of public libraries, I’d suggest when possible buying (not only borrowing) books by authors of color, for yourself and for your children. Ask your library to buy copies. Give them as gifts. Help boost their sales.
  • Check out organizations like Seattle-based Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. One size of racial justice organization does not fit all, I realize. Still, both of those have resource lists, videos, and more that may be of interest to you.

Check out websites such as theroot.com, blerd.com, essence.com, blackenterprise.com, discovernikkei.org, kwelijournal.com, latinosinkidlit.com, remezcla.com, koreanculture.org, thetoolkit.wixsite.com, lakotalaw.org, mixedfamilylife.com, abolitionjournal.org/studyguide, and the many more that exist and may take you out of your knowledge- or comfort-zone. I’m not endorsing any of these sites: your mileage may vary. Just recommending the value of seeking out others’ perspectives. For more information, 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). Food Lifeline has been closed since earlier this month, 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 Buckingham 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.

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)