PTSA Summer Update – August 3

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

recording available of July 29 Meeting with school board directors:

Thank you for joining us for the online community meeting with School Board Directors, Liza Rankin and Brandon Hersey, last Wednesday, July 29. If you were unable to join and would like to listen to the meeting, a recording is available here. The week of August 10, there will be more answers provided from SPS and Hazel Wolf K-8 about the start of school.

The PTSA plans to schedule another online meeting with School Board members after the August 12 Board vote. Additionally, the PTSA will be sending out a survey to our Hazel Wolf K-8 community to learn more about needs for this Fall. More details to come soon!

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE MEN

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with HW. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on a subject, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged.

If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We will send you the Zoom link and any info needed. If you missed our previous meetings, that is ok. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. Regular meetings are scheduled for 8pm every other Tuesday for the foreseeable future. During the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. Any questions? ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org

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 Sunday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

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. Please check out the Racial Equity Resource page on the PTSA blog for more information about anti-racist actions.

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). Donations have been low the past couple weeks. Please continue to support our community in need. 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: 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 still 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 still some open days at the end of 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.