Volunteers needed for Book Fair

The Book Fair is now open through Thursday, September 19. We are in need of more volunteers to make sure this event runs smoothly! Please consider signing up.

We still have several shifts that need support– especially before and after school. You can bring your kids with you too.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f44a9ac2ea7fd0-book

The Book Fair will be open before school, at lunch and after school AND all evening the night of Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 18 (after school until 8:30 p.m.).

Any questions, please contact: Eva at studentenrichment@hazelwolfk8.org

Call to Action: Save Student Meals

Action alert: USDA is proposing a rule change that could leave thousands of WA kids hungry by eliminating eligibility for subsidized school meals for kids from middle-income families. This may be especially a problem for Seattle families whose incomes seem higher, but they can have substantial housing and childcare costs, leaving them food insecure. Take action by submitting a public comment asking the USDA to withdraw the proposed Revision of the Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Below is some information and suggested language from WA State PTA. While form letters are a good start, specific individual comments raising important issues are more likely to compel a change in the final rule.

Please feel free to customize the pre-written comment below, and then go to https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001  to leave your comment.

(Note that under category you may select ‘Association-Local’ if commenting on behalf of your PTA. Otherwise, ‘Individual’ is appropriate.)

Pre-written Comment to USDA:

I am a parent of a student in Washington state. Good nutrition is essential to children’s health and well-being. Federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school meals are vital to ensuring that all children can learn and thrive in school and at home. I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making on a Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed rule would cause serious harm to Washington state students and families and should be withdrawn.

Under current guidelines, states have the option to eliminate asset tests and use a higher income threshold to determine SNAP eligibility for working families with significant housing and childcare expenses. This current policy option is known as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). The proposed rule would greatly limit states’ ability to use BBCE, thereby eliminating SNAP benefits for 1.7 million households nationwide.

While the proposed rule failed to include the rule’s impact on the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program in its Regulatory Impact Analysis, reports indicate that the rule would jeopardize automatic access to free school meals for more than 500,000 students nationwide. Students whose households participate in SNAP are directly certified to receive free school meals. This rule change would mean at least 17,000 Washington state students could lose their school meals.

In Washington state, when about two-thirds of the student body is automatically enrolled in free meals, the Community Eligibility Provision allows that school to offer free meals to every student without collecting meal applications. If those eligibility numbers drop below the two-thirds threshold as a result of students losing SNAP, the school will lose the ability to provide free meals to everyone. This means the number of students at risk of losing free meals in the state has the potential to be much greater than 17,000.

SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in our state and communities. By limiting families’ access to SNAP and jeopardizing children’s participation in school meal programs, the proposed rule would lead to poor health outcomes and diminished academic results among children and contribute to food insecurity in households in Washington and across the country.

SNAP is an investment in the future, as receipt of SNAP in early childhood leads to improved high school graduation rates, adult earnings, and adult health. The Federal Government should continue this investment in the future of our nation’s children, and withdraw the proposed rule change.

2019-20 Mandatory School Forms – Available for Download

Welcome to the new school year, everyone!

Mandatory and optional school forms are now available for download!

They’re form-fillable, meaning you can fill them in on your computer and then email them to hazelwolf.attendance@seattleschools.org without needing to print them. You can also print them out, fill them in by hand, and deliver them to the office or return via Kidmail.

Also included is a reading packet, you can download here. Please read so you are familiar with school and district new school year information.

The office is asking that the Emergency Contact form for each child is due ASAP, while all other forms are due by September 30. Please return them either by email or by hard copy. We appreciate your cooperation, as this is a big coordination effort to try to conserve resources and save you time!

Hazel Wolf 2nd Annual Snack Drive – Sept. 16 – Oct. 10

The Hazel Wolf Snack Drive aims to provide snacks for students in grades 4 – 8 who can’t provide their own or who find themselves in need. Snacks are distributed to students by staff, such as teachers, counselors, office and school nurse.

Please consider dropping off a donation in the office collection bin between Monday, Sept. 16 – Thursday, Oct. 10.

Guidelines for donations:

  • Individual commercially wrapped items
  • Nutritious dry goods
  • Low sugar snacks
  • Energy sustaining snacks

Are you All In? Tickets available for annual Hazel Wolf K-8 Texas Hold ‘Em event

New to the Wolf Pack? Missed the auction? You are in LUCK! We have a limited number of tickets remaining for new Hazel Wolf parents/friends/supporters (adults only!). All ADULTS are encouraged to take part in this super fun event. This is a fundraiser for the PTSA. Here are all the details:

Are you ALL IN? Come join us for the Annual Hazel Wolf K-8 Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. You all know it as THE best party of the year! You don’t have to know how to play, you just have to know how to have fun! The top three winners walk out with fabulous prizes, the big winner gets a magnificent trophy to show off for the year with their name emblazoned upon it for all eternity, not to mention eternal bragging rights. The rest get to hang out in the infamous Loser’s Lounge – because it’s all about the Loser’s Lounge!! Delicious food and dangerous beverages are included. 30 spots available at the tables. Tickets cost $75 a seat. Gamblers can bring a non-tournament playing guest for $35.

DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm, Tournament begins at 6:30pm

EMAIL: Carolyn Rohrs <crohrs@gmail.com> or Tabitha Burns <tburns71@gmail.com> to reserve your spot at the winning table by September 18.

THANKS TO: Donovan Deakin & Carolyn Rohrs | Shelly Sementi | Denise & Nicholas Suhadolnik | Tabitha & Thom Burns | Tatiana Kaminsky & Mark Hill| Sarah Murfin Paz & Alex Paz

Parent Social and Fundraiser at Hellbent Brewing Co. – Sept. 18 and 25

We’re starting off the year with a parent social following the K-5 Back to School Night and Middle School Curriculum Night. Head over to Hellbent Brewing Company to socialize with other Hazel Wolf parents and grab a drink to celebrate the new school year! This event is a fundraiser too! $1 of every drink purchased goes back to our PTSA. When you order, let the server know you’re with Hazel Wolf. Please note, Hellbent is a 21+ establishment.

Wednesday, September 18 – following K-5 Back to School Night
Wednesday, September 25 – following Middle Curriculum Night

Hellbent Brewing Company
13035 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Book Fair is coming Sept. 16-19! Volunteers Needed

The Book Fair is coming up the week of Monday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19. We need some book-loving volunteers to make it happen! Please consider signing up to help set up, assist during the Book Fair, break down the Book Fair or re-set up the library!

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f44a9ac2ea7fd0-book

The Book Fair will be open before school, at lunch and after school AND all evening the night of Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 18 (after school until 8:30 p.m.). We are partnering with Third Place Books again this year. Start the school year off right with some new books and support for our school and a great local book store!​