After-school Enrichment: Registration Information for Mar. 5-Apr. 27 Session

Online registration for session 4 is open for ALL GRADES K-8! The session will begin March 5 and end April 27. Classes are Monday through Friday after school until as late as 5:45 p.m., and there are three class times on Wednesday to accommodate early release (two class times the rest of the week). Please register by Friday, March 2.

For Enrichment Pass Families: For online registration, use the coupon code 17KIDSU100 to register. This should make your cart total $0, since you already pay a monthly fee. If the coupon code is not working for you, please fill out this registration form and turn the form in to the YMCA Youth Program Director Miranda Gadau (mgadau@seattleymca.org) or our site supervisor Maddie Shirk (mshirk@seattleymca.org).

Note: The Enrichment Pass option includes all five days and all class times (including early release on Wednesday) for $495/month ($440/month if you are a YMCA member). There is definitely cost savings with the Enrichment Pass if you need care every day.

Individual classes are $110 per session ($100 per session for YMCA members); however, Carpentry on Thursday is being provided by an outside vendor and is $165 per session. Also, Microsoft Club is a two-hour class and is therefore $220 per session ($200 per session for YMCA members).

All classes are onsite at Hazel Wolf, except Microsoft Club. The YMCA has its own transportation and will bus kids signed up for this class from school, to the offsite location, and back by 5:45 pickup.

For more information, download the registration form, which includes class descriptions.

Here is the direct link to register –
https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search?detailskeyword=&IsAdvanced=True&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&ActivitySiteID=15&ActivityDepartmentID=83&DaysOfWeek=0000000&SearchFor=0&SearchLevelID=2&maxAge=100&NumberOfItemsPerPage=50&IsSearch=true&_ga=2.32945662.1352655046.1512153404-273627581.1500917743. You’ll see other site locations listed, so be sure to register for only those with the location “Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM Schools.”

Financial assistance: The YMCA strives to make programs available to all children and confidential assistance may be provided to the extent possible. To learn more and apply, visit http://ykids.seattleymca.org/financial-assistance.

Principal’s Weekly Update – Feb. 12

Important Dates

  • Feb 12 (Mon) – Daytime Tour 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Feb 16 (Fri) – Book It Theatre Performance for K-5
  • Feb 19-23 – Mid Winter Break – No School
  • Feb 28 (Wed) – Game Night 6:00 – 7:30

New Information

1. Update on Walk to Math Program – Last week I sent out information in the parent bulletin informing families that the leadership team was currently reviewing this practice as we have seen several pros and cons to it over the last few years. At this point, we have many details to still work out, but the following are a few items we can share:

  • The plan is for the 18/19 school year, and may be adjusted as needed after that.
  • If your current child is already walking successfully, they will continue to do so
  • Kindergarten and at least the first half of 1st grade, if not all of first grade, will not walk up a grade. Instead, each grade level would have 4 equally created math classes which would enable all students to learn how to be a mathematician in school, and learn necessary behaviors and routines.
  • The plan would assure that no students would skip an entire grade, but instead have several opportunities to enter into an accelerated pathway where they would condense three years of material into two. An example might be a group of students in 2nd grade completing 2nd grade material and part of 3rd, then in 3rd grade, completing the 3rd grade curriculum as well as the 4th grade.
  • Criteria for any acceleration will be raised compared to where it is now
  • Fact fluency will become part of the criteria as it’s holding many students back
  • There will be several entry points into an accelerated program so a student not ready in 2nd, may still have another opportunity or two to enter at a later time.

As we work on this plan as a staff I will keep you updated and invite you to a forum in the spring to provide your own input.

2. 8th grade baby photos for the yearbook. Now or Never! Please send electronically to rmpalmer@seattleschools.org or bring copy to Ms Palmer and she will return it to you.
Also, 8th graders send in your quotes (song lyric, line from poem, or favorite saying) for the yearbook.

3. Jump Rope for Heart – The jump rope unit is in full swing in all elementary PE classes. In conjunction with the jump rope unit, Hazel Wolf is also partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise money for research and awareness of heart disease. Jump Rope for Heart fundraising for the AHA continues until February 28th. While online fundraising is the route AHA would prefer, Mrs. Krebs does have fundraising envelopes for students and families that would like to raise money via cash/check. Please let her know if you and your child would like one. This is an optional fundraising event, and is not required. Contact Mrs. Krebs with any questions: rakrebs@seattleschools.org

4. Auction Tickets – Have you bought tickets yet for the most fund parent social event of the YEAR? Don’t forget to book your babysitter!!

The auction is on Friday March 23rd from 5-11. Tickets are currently $40. The early bird pricing ends the second week of February and then tickets will be $50 online and then $75 at the door. Head to the PTSA website for the link to purchase tickets https://hazelwolfk8.org/auction/

5. Auction Procurement – We need AMAZING, fun, COOL stuff, items, experiences to make this auction a fantastic fundraiser!

Do you have Sounder tickets, Mariners, Storm, Seahawks? Enjoy the arts? Tickets to local musicals and theatres are always loved. Team up with other families to host a dinner party or art walk or pub crawl? Do you have access to back of the scenes tours? Always popular, our families love “back of the house” tours of fun places they might not be able to tour without someone in the know. Restaurant gift certificates , hotel stays, timeshare cabins? If you have any questions contact our procurement chair Tabitha Burns tburns71@gmail.com. If you need more procurement forms they are on the PTSA website https://hazelwolfk8.org/auction/

6. Middle school contact list – Do you have a current middle school student? We are working to develop a middle school parent contact list. Please fill out this quick survey so our middle school parent representatives have the correct information to communicate with you. https://goo.gl/forms/GqnhNzXDmHLgbNpo1

Reminders

1. Head and Assistant Volleyball Coaches are needed for the spring season starting soon. Practices start at 3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Hazel Wolf gym with matches on Saturdays mid-March through June. For more information contact Chrys Hunstiger at chhunstiger@seattleschools.org

2. Open Enrollment for School Choice – Remember SPS Open Enrollment is now through February 16. To enroll a new student in our program (or any program other than your assigned neighborhood school) requires that you turn in an enrollment choice form. The forms are available at https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=1855434

Principal’s Weekly Update – Feb. 5

Important Dates

  • Feb 5 (Mon) – Spelling Bee 3:40 pm
  • Feb 7 (Wed) – Evening Tour 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Feb 8 (Thur) – Daytime Tour 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Feb 12 (Mon) – Daytime Tour 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Feb 16 (Fri) – Book It Theatre Performance for K-5

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder – The back parking lot is not to be used for drop off and pick up. This is a safety issue and there is no supervision. Please drop off on 12th Ave only. After school, please park in the neighborhood and walk up to pick up your child, or have a set meeting place. There is not enough space for drive by pick up. If you are asked to move your vehicle by an adult, please be respectful.

New Information

1. Walk To Math Program – As most of you are aware, we currently have a math program which allows elementary students to receive instruction a year ahead, and middle school students up to two years when they demonstrate the ability to do so. The leadership team is currently reviewing this practice as we have seen several pros and cons of it over the last few years. We are committed to challenging your student where they are, nourishing their passion for math, and providing them a solid mathematical base to further assure their success at the higher levels. As we develop possible alternatives, or identify any changes for next year, we will provide a forum for parent input and feedback.

2. Jump Rope for Heart – Fundraising information coming home on Friday for K-5. Jump Rope for Heart is running until the end of February. Students will be learning to jump rope, learning jump rope skills and activities, and learning more information on how to keep the heart healthy! Participation in the fundraiser is optional, and not required.

3. Vision and Hearing Screening – Part of the school nurse’s role is to conduct vision and hearing screenings for grades K-3, 5, and 7. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified if a student fails a vision or hearing screen.

4. Auction Tickets – Have you bought tickets yet for the most fund parent social event of the YEAR? Don’t forget to book your babysitter!!
The auction is on Friday March 23rd from 5-11. Tickets are currently $40. The early bird pricing ends the second week of February and then tickets will be $50 online and then $75 at the door. Head to the PTSA website for the link to purchase tickets at https://hazelwolfk8.org/auction/.

5. Auction Procurement – We need AMAZING, fun, COOL stuff, items, experiences to make this auction a fantastic fundraiser!

Do you have Sounders tickets, Mariners, Storm, Seahawks? Enjoy the arts? Tickets to local musicals and theatres are always loved. Team up with other families to host a dinner party or art walk or pub crawl? Do you have access to behind-the-scenes tours? Always popular, our families love “back of the house” tours of fun places they might not be able to tour without someone in the know. Restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, timeshare cabins? If you have any questions contact our procurement chair Tabitha Burns at tburns71@gmail.com. If you need more procurement forms they are on the PTSA website at https://hazelwolfk8.org/auction/.

Reminders

1. 3rd Grade Students and Families – We are beginning our recorder unit in music class. Students will be given a recorder to use in class. Many students would like to be able to practice at home, but they cannot take home the classroom recorders. We will be selling both a recorder and a practice music book for a total of $10.00. The recorders will be just like the ones students use in music class. If, however, your students already have a recorder at home, then they have the option of just purchasing the book for $4.00. Scholarships are also available to students in need. Please email or call Ms. Burnett and let her know if your student needs a scholarship.

If you would like to purchase a recorder for your student, please go to The Source at https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/
Login with parent/guardian credentials and then click on. You will be able to use your credit or debit card. You can also send $4/$10 cash or checks made out to Hazel Wolf K-8 and give to Ms. Burnett. If you are able to donate a couple extra dollars for students needing a scholarship, that would be great, too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at teburnett@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-4638.

Principal’s Weekly Update – Jan. 29

Important Dates

  • Jan 29 (Mon) – Evening Tour 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Jan 30 (Tue) – Daytime Tour 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Jan 31 (Wed) – No School – Day between Semesters
  • Feb 1 (Thur) – ELL Enrollment Night 5:00 pm
  • Feb 2 (Fri) – Buddy Day – Spirit Day (Favorite Book Character)
  • Feb 5 (Mon) – Spelling Bee 3:40 pm
  • Feb 7 (Wed) – Evening Tour 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Feb 8 (Thur) – Daytime Tour 9:30 – 11:00 am

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminder – The back parking lot is not to be used for drop off and pick up. This is a safety issue and there is no supervision. Please drop off on 12th Ave only. After school, please park in the neighborhood and walk up to pick up your child, or have a set meeting place. There is not enough space for drive by pick up. If you are asked to move your vehicle by an adult, please be respectful.

New Information

1. 3rd Grade Students and Families – We are beginning our recorder unit in music class. Students will be given a recorder to use in class. Many students would like to be able to practice at home, but they cannot take home the classroom recorders. We will be selling both a recorder and a practice music book for a total of $10.00. The recorders will be just like the ones students use in music class. If, however, your students already have a recorder at home, then they have the option of just purchasing the book for $4.00. Scholarships are also available to students in need. Please email or call Ms. Burnett and let her know if your student needs a scholarship.

If you would like to purchase a recorder for your student, please go to The Source at https://ps.seattleschools.org/public/. Login with parent/guardian credentials and then click on SchoolPay. You will be able to use your credit or debit card. You can also send $4/$10 cash or checks made out to Hazel Wolf K-8 and give to Ms. Burnett. If you are able to donate a couple extra dollars for students needing a scholarship, that would be great, too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at teburnett@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-4638.

2. HW Spring Ultimate – More information coming soon, including tryouts for the MS Spring League/Spring Reign team, and the Elementary Intramural Program.

Reminders

1. ELL Enrollment Night – Please help spread the word that Hazel Wolf is hosting an ELL Enrollment Night for English Language Learners at Hazel Wolf on Thursday 2/1/18 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This will be an opportunity for families of potential students to complete application forms. Interpreters will be present.

If you are interested in helping to distribute flyers, donating refreshments, or lending a hand on the night of the event, please sign up on the volunteer spot, or email Kelly at: Operations@hazelwolfk8.org or sign up at http://signup.com/go/7T9HcH.

Do you have relatives, neighbors, or friends that speak a language other than English who are interesting in enrolling at Hazel Wolf? If you do, contact Rachel Projansky at raprojansky@seattleschools.org or 206-252-4610 (ext. 4623).

2. MS Sports: Girls Volleyball coaches needed for spring season March through June. Please pass the word and have any interested candidates contact Chrys Hunstiger for more information.

3. Volunteers Needed:

  • School Tours: We still need tour guides for the upcoming school tours. If you can help please sign up at http://signup.com/go/PmGZDFL
  • Spelling Bee: We still need several volunteers to have a successful spelling bee on 2/5. If you can help please email Christa Kleiner at studentextensions@hazelwolfk8.org

4. February 2018 Elementary Menu – download by clicking the link

Resources on Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism

Thank you to Aselefech Evans and Maureen McCauley for giving a thought-provoking presentation on “Talking With Your Kids About Race and Racism” at the PTSA General Session on Thursday. There were many takeaways from the discussion and Aselefech and Maureen shared a number of poignant examples from their own experiences. Aselefech brought up an example of something she, as a black woman, encounters very frequently: after she had just dropped her daughter off at her ballet lesson, two women approached her car and asked if she was their Uber driver—assuming that she was a service worker—even though she had just dropped her daughter off. This example sparked a lot of questions and discussion about microaggressions: brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.

Aselefech and Maureen also discussed the importance of educating ourselves and our friends and family about race and racism: this is hard, long-term work, and we all need to prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. Use the following links to download the Resource List they provided, download their presentation slides, and watch the video on white privilege that they shared during the presentation.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at this important discussion. Please contact us at info@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any questions, and remember to save the date for our next PTSA general session: Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm!

Aselefech Evans is the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Cross Cultural Health Programs. Maureen McCauley has an extensive professional background in child welfare advocacy, especially around adoption and foster care. Together, they are the black mother and white grandmother, respectively, of one of our Hazel Wolf students. They have given numerous presentations and workshops, together and separately, on the topic of race, as well as on interracial families, racial identity, cultural competency and more.

Have a Little Time to Volunteer?

Looking for a way to volunteer for Hazel Wolf? There a number of ways you can get involved, with minimal time investment! The latest volunteer requests are posted on our Volunteer page, and below is a summary.

Jan. 29–Feb. 12 – School Tours: Tour guides, greeters. Sign up »

Feb. 1 – ELL Open Enrollment Info Night: Distribute flyers, donate refreshments, night-of support. Sign up »

Feb. 5 – Spelling Bee: pronouncer, judges, registration. Sign up »

Please consider donating some of your time to help support our students. Thank you!

Principal’s Weekly Update – Jan. 22

Important Dates

  • January 24th (Wednesday):
    E-STEM Career Day
    PTSA General Mtg. & Parent Discussion 6:30 pm, and Reflections Recognitions 5:45
  • January 27th (Saturday):
    Pancake Breakfast 8 – 10:00 am
    Boys JV 1 at JAMS 8:30 am
    Girls JV at JAMS 8:30 am
    Boys JV 2 at Madison 12:45 pm
    Varsity Basketball at Ingraham 2:00 pm
  • February 5th (Monday):
    Spelling Bee 3:40 pm

New Information

1. ELL Enrollment Night – Please help spread the word that Hazel Wolf is hosting an ELL Enrollment Night for English Language Learners at Hazel Wolf on Thursday 2/1/18 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This will be an opportunity for families of potential students to complete application forms. Interpreters will be present.

If you are interested in helping to distribute flyers, donating refreshments, or lending a hand on the night of the event, please sign up on the volunteer spot, or email Kelly at: Operations@hazelwolfk8.org or sign up at http://signup.com/go/7T9HcH

Do you have relatives, neighbors, or friends that speak a language other than English who are interesting in enrolling at Hazel Wolf? If you do, contact Rachel Projansky at raprojansky@seattleschools.org or 206-252- 4610 (ext. 4623)

2. PTSA General Meeting and Parent Discussion Night! Join us at the PTSA January General Session meeting! We will have a short business meeting followed by a special presentation, “Talking With Your Kids About Race and Racism,” whether in the school yard, in the news, or around the globe. All Hazel Wolf K8 community members are welcome!

The presenters will be Aselefech Evans, who is the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for Cross Cultural Health Programs, and Maureen McCauley, who has an extensive professional background in child welfare advocacy, especially around adoption and foster care. We are excited to have our own community members lead this conversation.

Aselefech and Maureen are looking forward to a lively and thoughtful discussion. They welcome everyone to the table, and will provide resources for attendees to take home.

Wednesday, January 24
Location: Hazel Wolf Cafetorium
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Volunteer babysitting provided in the library (our babysitters accept tips!).

3. Library book limits have been increased. Due to the fantastic return rates of students, check out limits have been increased for everyone. (Thank you parents for your help!) Kindergarten students may now check out 2 books each week. All other students can check out as many books as they need and can take care of in one week.

4. PJs & Pancakes All School Social – Join other Hazel Wolf families for an all school social event on Saturday, January 27 from 8:30-10:30am in the cafetorium. A catered pancake breakfast will be provided and classic Saturday morning cartoons will be playing on the big-screen. Suggested donation of $5/person, but all are welcome! RSVPs strongly encouraged: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4BAEAD2FA3FD0-pjs

5. MS Sports: Girls Volleyball coaches needed for spring season March through June. Please pass the word and have any interested candidates contact Chrys Hunstiger for more information.

JV and Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball updated schedules of games available on the SPS website http://www.seattleschools.org/departments/athletics/schedules_information/. All five teams have games each weekend through March 10th with playoffs on March 17th. Come cheer on our players and GO WOLVES!!!

6. Student Drop Off – Just a reminder that students should not be dropped in the back parking lot, loading dock area as there is no supervision.

7. 8th graders are invited to submit a photo of themselves as a baby for this year’s yearbook. Ms Palmer’s first period class is creating our yearbook. Provide actual photo to Ms Palmer with name attached OR send an electronic copy (actual size) to rmpalmer@seattleschools.org.

ALSO
8th graders are invited to submit a quote, slogan, song lyric to include in the yearbook. Send it to Ms Palmer electronically with name attached.

7. Volunteers Needed!

Can you help with ESTEM Career Day? We need volunteers to help our presenters on 1/24 – am and pm shifts available. Email Shannon at estem@hazelwolfk8.org if you are interested or for more information

School tours are coming and we need tour guides! Help us show off our school to prospective parents in January and February. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/PmGZDFL

Spelling Bee Volunteers – We need several volunteers to help with judging and check in after school on 2/5. If you are interested please email Christa at studentextentions@hazelwolfk8.org