PTSA Summer Update – Aug. 10

The school year is officially over, but there’s still much happening! Here’s the latest updates:

2020-21 Reflections art program THEme:

The theme for the 2020-21 National PTA Reflections art program has been announced! It’s I Matter Because... We will be collecting submissions for student work to represent our school this fall and will have more information after school starts, but we thought students might want to begin working on submissions now.

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program for students in pre-K through grade 12 that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. For more information, visit: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

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

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday at 8 p.m., 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.

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for White Men affiliated with Hazel Wolf. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community that wants 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. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

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

Our next meeting is Sunday, Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. 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 meetings. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

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

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, email 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). We were able to fulfill the need for a dryer! However, 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″ x D 23.5″ x W 27″)
– 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.