PTSA Program Update – February 2021

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Program Update – February 2021

PTSA funding has been supporting Hazel Wolf students and our community in so many important ways this unusual school year. Your donations, fundraising events and membership dues make up this funding, so that all these programs are possible. Read more to learn how PTSA funds have been spent so far this year. Thank you to our community for your continued support of these programs.

Teacher Classroom Grants – Every certified teacher at Hazel Wolf receives a PTSA Classroom Grant that allows them to enhance the learning experience of their students or meet the educational needs of a student. The grant can be used for classroom supplies, curricula, books, software, and website or magazine subscriptions. This year, grants have been particularly helpful to support online teaching and have allowed teachers to purchase items to enhance their virtual classroom, such as whiteboards for backgrounds, books, posters, charts and laptop accessories.

Additionally, PTSA funds helped purchase a Nearpod license for Hazel Wolf. Nearpod helps educators make lessons more interactive to enhance online learning and engagement. Hazel Wolf teachers have already begun using this tool for class lessons and assignments.

Tutoring Program – The PTSA provides funding for seven tutors working with students in 1st-8th grade. Tutors are working with individual students and small groups, which is a vital component during remote learning for student engagement, social and emotional well-being and academic success. For elementary grades, this has added up to over 100 hours per week of tutoring for over 75 students.

The gap between middle school students experiencing academic success, and those who are not, has always existed. Unfortunately, this year that gap is looming larger than ever. Hazel Wolf has expanded the role of middle school tutors to help fill this gap. Tutors oversee classroom chats, run small groups and support students more impacted by the pandemic and remote learning. Tutors provide support during asynchronous time, lunch and after school– wherever and whenever they can reach the students who need them the most.

CARES Fund – The CARES Fund supplements the PTSA Family Support pantry with high need items including diapers and cleaning household items. The funds are distributed by Principal Nelsen and the CARES Support Team (consists of Hazel Wolf administrators, counselors and ELL teachers). With support from this fund, in-kind donations and community partners, the Family Support volunteers provide twice weekly deliveries to over 50 families in our Hazel Wolf community. This effort began last Spring and continues to provide vital support for many families directly impacted by the COVID pandemic.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Fifty five Hazel Wolf teachers and staff enjoyed a delicious catered lunch last October. Some staff stopped by the school to pick up their lunch to go, while others opted to have lunch delivered to them at home. PTSA volunteers organized lunch orders and delivered to staff all around the Seattle area. The PTSA purchased the lunch using an available credit from last year’s cancelled auction event. 

Translations – Sometimes Google Translate just doesn’t provide a clear enough translation and human translations ensure accurate communication. The PTSA funds translations by our Hazel Wolf Instructional Assistants for our ELL families. These translations are important to help keep as many ELL families included and informed.

Field Trip for 5th Graders – PTSA funding has supported a NatureBridge virtual field trip for Hazel Wolf 5th graders this year. While virtual is no substitute for the direct experience of in-person outdoor learning, 5th graders will still have the benefit of NatureBridge expertise and instruction through a series of online sessions with a program called “Elwha River Restoration”. The topic supports the 5th Grade E-STEM Storyline topic: How can humans help restore and reclaim natural environments? The experience will be highly engaging and provide a solid foundation for understanding the complex realities of reclaiming natural environments. 

Thank you again for your support of these programs!

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