PTSA Summer Update – July 6

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

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

RSVP FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT: Talking about Anti-Racism: A Hazel Wolf Community Dialogue with Erin Jones. The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) invites all our Hazel Wolf families to an online community discussion Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about anti-racism during these difficult times. Please register today via this form. Please send any questions to: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Racism, police brutality, protests, and Black Lives Matter: all of these are in the news and on social media. How are you and your kids talking about them? What feelings are coming up for students around these issues, especially during this pandemic? What are your concerns about the safety and wellness of your family? In addition to hearing Ms. Jones, families will have the opportunity to talk together in small breakout groups about how things are going, and how we can support anti-racist work within our school community. Adults can attend with or without their students; we encourage students to have parents/guardians with them.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women We have introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We decided to continue meeting over the summer. For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men This is an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with Hazel Wolf that will meet through the summer starting Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00 PM, and regular meetings are scheduled for 8pm every other Tuesday for the foreseeable future. Going into the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency.

We started this CP for white men in response to interest from men following the formation of the CP for white women (see above). Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org for a Zoom link and any other info needed.

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the formation of these Communities of Practice, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES NOW 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 new pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office.

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. (more details below)
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Most needed items at the pantries are personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Additionally puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

**Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.**

About the Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry:
We opened a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office at 12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125. (This is different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time.)

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

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 days left, 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

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have some openings! 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 can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all field trips have been cancelled and replaced with on-site activities. 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)

PTSA Summer Update – June 22

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. So we’ll be sending out a PTSA summer update at the beginning of each week. This week we have updates from REC and the Family Support Team:

HW PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men: We are creating an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with HW. The focus will be anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on a subject, to learn from each other, and to be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged. We are starting this CP for white men in response to interest from men following formation of the CP for white women.

Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time.

Possible focus subjects are the following:
– What does it mean to be white?
– How can parents/fathers best talk with their kids about racism and racist events?
– What actions can we take as white men, beyond reading books, especially if we don’t know any BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)?
– How do we as white men talk with white family or friends who have racist views, who “don’t see color,” who say “all lives matter”?

If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We will send you the Zoom link and any other info needed.

We will begin next week, Tuesday, June 23rd at 8:00 pm, then decide on the schedule going forward (every other week, for example). Going into 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

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women continues this Sunday 4:00-5:00pm. A couple weeks ago, we introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended with more than 40 participants. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We will continue to meet weekly for one hour each Sunday in June from 4:00-5:00pm. We will then decide if we continue on a weekly basis or switch to a different schedule (every other week, for example). For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Please check out the REC section on the PTSA blog to learn more about the formation of these CPs.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building. The most needed items at the pantry are personal hygiene and cleaning items– laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Additionally: puzzles, books (kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards.

Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always welcome. Shoe and clothing donations are not needed at this time. Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.

There are many ways to donate:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Amazon wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is open for donations.

If your family could use help with supplemental grocery delivery, or if you’d like to be added to our list of volunteer drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteers to check on pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory, keep it tidy and make sure grains and produce are in bins away from critters. Please consider signing up for some days here on this Signup Genius.

Introducing the Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry! We are opening a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office on Lake City Way. This will be different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time. Families will need to contact the Family Support Team to pick up items there.
Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry location:
Build Lake City Together office
12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11am-1pm
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

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

COVID Relief Fund still open for donations: Funds to support Hazel Wolf families are made available through the donor-supported COVID Relief Fund. Thank you to everyone that has been able to contribute to this fund at the auction. This fund is going to remain open for donations. If you’d like to make a donation to the fund to help support families during this time, you can make a donation here.

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.)

Today at 5pm – Hazel Wolf Community Gathering – Support Black Lives

Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee invites our school community to join together to stand united in support of all Black lives and against racial injustice.

When: Friday, June 12 at 5pm

Gathering at two locations: Hazel Wolf K-8 School AND Lake City Way at 125th St. (SE Corner near Chase Bank)

Come rain or shine. Bring your Black Lives Matter signs. We’ll be practicing social distancing, so bring a mask if you have one. Any questions, please contact Zoe at communityoutreach@hazelwolfk8.org  

HW Black Lives Matter Sign Making – Fri. June 12, 10:30-11:30am

Hey Wolfpack! Let’s get together to make Black Lives Matter signs. We’ll provide the sign making supplies. You can make a sign for the Judkins Park Black Lives Matter March, your home OR your neighborhood.

When: TOMORROW, Friday, June 12
Two locations: Hazel Wolf K-8 School AND Lake City Public Library
Time: 10:30-11:30am

Come rain or shine! We’ll be practicing social distancing. Please bring a mask if you have one. Honor Pantry donations (food items or cleaning supplies) are welcome.

Please encourage friends to join and spread the word! For questions, please contact Zoe, communityoutreach@hazelwolfk8.org

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA announces 2020-21 Board Members

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Spring General Session on April 28, where we approved an initial budget and elected executive officers for the 2020-21 school year. Because nothing goes according to plan this year, we had a change to the Co-Presidents since then. The board’s intention is to appoint them over the summer and hold another election during the Fall General Session. Congratulations to the members of our 2020-21 Board! They are:

Co-President (to be appointed): Marina Gray
Co-President (to be appointed): Camille Mulchi
Secretary: Jenny Wilson
Co-Treasurer: Sarah Burris
Co-Treasurer: Chris Johnson
VP Operations: Christa Kleiner
VP School Community: Rebakah Minarchek
Co-Marketing & Comms: Rachel Hoover
Co-Marketing & Comms: Ann Shim Lipscomb
Fundraising Coordinator: Kelli Charboneau
Community Outreach: Zoe Leverson
Membership: Stephanie Nishar
Family Support: Tracy Buckingham
Social Events: Sabra Hall Warren
Staff Support: Traci McCallick
Special Funds: Kevin See
Staff Representative (non-voting): Corinne Grandbois

To our outgoing board members, we thank you for your time and service to the PTSA and the Hazel Wolf K-8 Community! Kelly McIntyre, Shannon Warner, Nimi Joshi, Rachel Lipsky, Elaine Walters, Eva Wright – THANK YOU! To our outgoing auction committee leads, we thank you for all your effort as well, especially this year! Tabitha Burns, Sabrina Howell, Erika Krebs, and Jennifer Colaner – THANK YOU!

Open Positions include: E-STEM Coordinator, Legislative Coordinator, Homeroom Rep/Staff Appreciation Coordinator, Student Enrichment Coordinator, and Board Advisor (non-voting). We also need online auction leads for next year! Descriptions of board roles can be found here: https://hazelwolfk8.org/ptsa-board-job-descriptions. Contact one of the above board members, or Adrienne Kortas at president@hazelwolfk8.org, if you’re interested in learning more.

Family Support Update – June 9

The Family Support Team has been diligently working on distributing donated masks and items to families and the Honor Pantry. We are still searching for a used electric clothes dryer, if you happen to have one or see one available, and a 20″ BMX bike.

We received some amazing donations this past week — 21 produce boxes from a farm in Woodinville, as well as fifteen 20# bags of potatoes and six 50# bags of onions. They have been delivered to families along with some of the masks. Additionally, we have picked up and delivered food from Food Lifeline, which has included some dairy, meat, other protein, pantry items and produce.

Biggest needs at the Honor Pantry: toilet paper, dish soap and hand sanitizer. We still have the Amazon Wish posted and updated. You can also shop locally and drop it off at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for an address) or you can order from somewhere else and have it delivered to a volunteer. The COVID-19 relief fund is also still open. Many ways to donate! While the school year will be ending soon, please know that the needs aren’t ending.

You can always find the latest Family Support info on the Family Support section on the PTSA blog.

A special THANK YOU to all of the people volunteering to deliver. Families are very grateful and repeatedly thanking us for all the food and supplies they have received. We are an amazing community! Thank you for being a part of us.

Honor Pantry Update – May 20

Please take what you need and leave what you can! Thank you all for your continued support of the honor pantry at the school building. Drop off items at the front of the school at any time.

The fastest moving and most requested items at the pantry are:

  • personal hygiene items: such as hand soap*, shampoo (Suave, Pantene), toothpaste, diapers, toilet paper*, hand sanitizer, tampons and pads
  • cleaning supplies*: such as bleach, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, dish soap and paper towels

    *Please note: Since many of these items have limits on purchases at stores, we appreciate those who can pick up an extra when they shop and donate to the pantry. Many families have limited transportation and therefore do not have the ability to shop around to track down hard to find essentials in stock.

Families are also appreciating fun games, activities and arts & crafts sets.

Additionally you can contribute to the pantry through an updated Amazon Wishlist.

If your family could use help with supplemental grocery delivery, or if you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.