Community-based technical support

Dear Hazel Wolf Community:

We understand this new year is bringing many new technical challenges, and we are trying to figure out ways to support you all. HW Parent, Mat Martineau, has emerged as an incredible resource, and we are all so thankful!

In partnership with Mat, we have set up a new page on our blog that will be updated regularly with helpful info and tips based on feedback and questions received from the community. There is a lot of discussion on Facebook, but we realize not everyone uses Facebook, so we are trying to make information more easily accessible for everyone.

Also, we have set up a new tech support email address for our community: it@hazelwolfk8.org. You can send issues and questions to this email address. We are gathering issues and reporting to SPS in order to advocate for our community and get feedback.

Hazel Wolf K-8 Community-based Technical Support page

SPS Technical Support page

Introducing HW Parent Wolf Packs!

This year, instead of homeroom reps, we are introducing a new program: Parent Wolf Packs. The strength of this program relies on community engagement and keeping groups small. Our goal is to create groups of about 10 families including one lead.

This means we need at least 9 volunteer leads per grade level.  And we promise to keep the volunteer lead role simple – we know you have a lot on your plate! The PTSA and School admins will ensure that these leads have all the latest information, helpful tools, and even suggestions for family-driven connections.

If you’re interested in volunteering – fill out this Google Form:  http://bit.ly/parentwolfpack. Thank you for helping us keep the Hazel Wolf community going strong during this time of social distancing!

Sign up to shop at the Clothing Swap

The Clothing Swap is open for HW community sign ups! You do NOT need to donate, just sign up for a time slot and pick up what you want for free! Sign ups are required so we can maintain social distancing at the event.

The Clothing Swap will be open during each of the materials pick up times: Weds. 11:30am – 1:30pm, 1:45-3:45pm and Thursday 12-4:00pm. We have collected clothing and shoes for all sizes, adults, children, and babies.

Sign up for a time slot so we can maintain social distancing at the event. Masks required.

Volunteers still needed! We love offering these events to support our community, but we need volunteer support to make them run smoothly. If you can spare a one or two hours, please consider helping out at the event. Sign up to support our event.

Please message Tracy Buckingham with any questions: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteer at the HW Clothing Swap

Come volunteer at the HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Wear a mask while being socially distant – Help keep the event organized –> Sign up

Wed, September 9: 11:30am-1:30pm, 1:45-3:45pm
Thurs, September 10: 12-4pm
(This event is during HW school materials pick-up)

We are still accepting donations!
Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please ONLY donate items in VERY good condition. No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: 
familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.

PTSA Summer Update – August 18

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

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):

Read the latest message by Ardel Jala, REC Co-Chair: Pandemic Pods and More

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:

GET YOUR DONATIONS READY FOR THE HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Event date to be announced. Donations start NOW.
Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please only donate items in VERY good condition.
No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • We are hoping to schedule this event during Hazel Wolf school supplies and technology distribution (date to be determined).
  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.
  • To limit exposure/groupings of people/time, we are planning this eve

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). 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 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.

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.

Get your donations ready for the HW Clothing Swap

HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Event date to be announced. Donations start NOW.

Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please ONLY donate items in VERY good condition.
No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: 
familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • We are hoping to schedule this event during Hazel Wolf school supplies and technology distribution (date to be determined).
  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.
  • To limit exposure/groupings of people/time, we are planning this event for HW families only.

Pandemic Pods and More: A Message from our HW PTSA REC Co-Chair

by Ardel Jala, Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee Co-Chair

My colleague on a zoom call for work asked me, “Did you hear the news? Seattle Public Schools will be 100% online learning in the fall.”  With the transmission rates rising, I knew this announcement from Superintendent Juneau was likely.  It still felt like a gut punch.  What would we do?  I didn’t want a repeat of the spring.  It had been difficult to keep our boys focused and engaged in the virtual classroom.  When working at home this spring, I realized in my workday I was never fully present either as a parent or an employee.  It was frustrating and I know I wasn’t alone in that feeling.

It took me awhile to figure out that the online recommendation by the Superintendent was not a done deal.  Seattle Public Schools (SPS) still had to negotiate the terms of returning to school with the Seattle Education Association (SEA) – the union that represents Seattle Public School Educators.  The school district came up with draft recommendations for a return to school, including draft remote learning schedule, special education services, and grading policies.  Those teaching and learning recommendations must be voted on by the School Board on August 12.  More info planning for re-entry can be found on the SPS website here

It is almost three weeks before school and we don’t have the specifics about what school will look like when we go back to school.  Amidst all of this uncertainty, families are trying to figure out what is best for their child’s learning and family situation as a return to school.  As you look at solutions, ask yourself, is the solution you are considering equitable?  Covid19 is affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color the most. There is already an educational opportunity gap in this country.  What happens to that gap when students move to private schools or are provided learning opportunities that their peers do not have?  Who gets left behind?

Families may be considering private school or homeschooling.  Please reconsider. By withdrawing your child from Seattle Public Schools, that will directly take funds away from the school district.  Those funds are needed to keep as robust a learning experience as possible for all.  You may think that by moving your child from SPS, another student will have an opportunity to join this option school.  That is true.  However, why are you moving your student?  What are you solving? What access to learning is private school affording that public school is not?  While changing schools may make sense on some levels, is this solution equitable?

Families may be considering pandemic pods for their children.  Some families may need these for childcare.  They may be seeking them for social interaction.  Others see a potential gap in what the schools may be able to provide via virtual learning and want to provide supplemental learning.  Much has been written about the inequity of pandemic pods.  See articles here and hereIn some areas, public school teachers have been approached to lead these private pandemic pods.  Please don’t do that.  We need all our Hazel Wolf K8 teachers.

This article “On Covid 19 and Micro-schooling, Pods and More” by Integrated Schools shared these items to consider:  

  1. In thinking about my own childcare needs, am I thinking about solutions that do not further exacerbate existing inequities? 
  2. Am I clear on what is a need and what is a desire?
  3. Can I consider how I might be more focused on equity – on solutions for those with the most needs?
  4. Instead of thinking “how can I make sure my (privileged) kid doesn’t fall behind?” – can I ask myself, “how can I help to strengthen the public institutions we all depend on?”
  5. How can I channel my energy, fear, rage into demands that benefit ALL kids? Into supporting structures that will help my entire community?
  6. Are my solutions for my kids founded on a fear of missing out on what my privileged peers are getting for their children, or on what my kids truly need?
  7. Can I think about what’s best for my child in the same way we think about public health  – that is, as something where the solutions lie not in maximizing individual benefit, but in working together for the greater good, as a community?
  8. Can I lean into relationships in my community to inform my ideas about what may be needed for my community in the fall?   
  9. Can I consider giving my district a chance to offer support to the most vulnerable first – special education students, emerging English language speakers, kids who rely on school for meals, etc, before making demands that serve my kid?  
  10. Have I searched for local organizations (particularly those run by BIPOC) who are pushing for equitable approaches to these current situations and can I join with them? 

I don’t know that we will have a clear vision of what return to school will look like for our children until we actually return to school.  And even then, I think that vision will need to be fluid and adapt to changing student needs as school and family situations change during this health epidemic.  Throughout this year, I hope that we can come together as a community to figure out how best to adapt.  I hope that return to school and virtual learning doesn’t extend inequalities. I hope that we as a community find ways to support all Hazel Wolf K8 students, especially our English language learners, those with individual education plans (IEPs), those who are food insecure, our special education students and those students furthest removed from educational justice.

While the above reflects my personal opinion, I’ve posted it to this site with the agreement and support of the Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee.  Pandemic pods and withdrawing students from SPS are examples of the growing inequities surfacing as public schooling evolves during Covid19.  There is no single solution that will work for all.  Please feel free to send comments or questions to:  ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org We welcome all dialogue.