Don’t Miss the April 26 PTSA General Session

The last PTSA General Session meeting of the year is Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Come elect next year’s executive officers and vote to approve the 2018-19 budget!

Every April our PTSA creates the budget for the upcoming school year. As a board, we have a duty to ensure that our budget is balanced, supports all members of our school community, and reflects the values of PTSA members. Also, if you are curious about how money raised is spent on PTSA programs and events to support our school community, please don’t miss it!

Free Electronics Recycling on Apr. 27

Happy Earth Day, Wolfpack!

In honor of Earth Day, Hazel Wolf K-8 will be collecting your used and broken electronics, otherwise known as e-waste. A free pickup or eCycling event has been arranged with 3R Technologies for Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. Drop off your items in the main office any time before then.

Items that will be accepted:

  • TVs & monitors – LCD and plasma
  • Computers & laptops
  • Servers & networking equipment
  • All printers, fax machines and scanners
  • AV equipment (DVD/VHS/stereo units)
  • UPS battery backups
  • Telecom equipment & cell phones
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Parts, peripherals, cables, etc.
  • Microwaves, too!

Why are we doing this?
To highlight the importance of proper disposal of the tons of e-waste that fills our landfills daily as well as pass on any items that are gently used to those in need.

Here are the benefits of eCycling:

  • Conserves natural resources. Recycling recovers valuable materials from old electronics that can be used to make new products. As a result, we save energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
  • Protects your surroundings. Safe recycling of outdated electronics promotes sound management of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.
  • Helps others. Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.
  • Create jobs. eCycling creates jobs for professional recyclers and refurbishers and creates new markets for the valuable components that are dismantled.
  • Saves landfill space. E-waste is a growing waste stream. By recycling these items, landfill space is conserved.

Collect Box Tops Year Round

We’ve made over $400 this year submitting Box Tops for Education. It’s easy and free and helps support the many fabulous programs we have at Hazel Wolf. If you haven’t already done so, encourage family and friends to clip them. While we only submit them twice a year, the collection box in the front office is available all school year.

Thanks for your support!

Afterschool Enrichment Info: Register Now for Apr. 30-Jun. 22 Session, Reserve a Spot for Next Year

Registration for the next session of afterschool enrichment classes is now open! This is the last session of the year and it runs from April 30 to June 22. 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).

If families would like to reserve their spot next year at the Y, please fill out this reservation form and return it to the YMCA Youth Program Director Miranda Gadau (

Also, the Y shared with us that Healthy Kids Day is this Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Family Y. There are a ton of fun giveaways, summer camp information/registration, and fun for the entire family. This is a free event. (Download the flyer)

Apr. 30-Jun. 22 Session Registration Information

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 ( or our site supervisor Maddie Shirk (

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, Fast Break Basketball on Wednesday, Carpentry on Thursday and Martial Arts on Friday are being provided by outside vendors and are $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 the Microsoft classes. The YMCA has its own transportation and will bus kids signed up for those classes from school, to the offsite locations, and back by 4:45 pickup on Wednesday or 5:45 pickup on Thursday.)

Sign up as soon as possible, as some classes have limited space! If you have any trouble registering or have any questions, please contact Miranda.

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

The schedule of offerings is outlined below with short descriptions. (To read the full class descriptions, download the registration form.) To register online for individual classes, you can click on the day of the week below to be taken directly to that day’s selection on the YMCA website. You will need to set up a login on the YMCA website to register online. 


  • Let’s Sing (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – learn and sing a variety of modern folk songs
  • Run the Bases (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – all games that involve bases (baseball, kickball, ultimate pickle, etc.)
  • National Park Road Trip Pt. 2 (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – “visiting” national parks, exploring nature, animals and more
  • Deal! (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – classic card games
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Tag Extravaganza (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – tag variations
  • Kid’s U Pen Pals (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – exchange letters, letter-writing skills
  • Dot to Dot: Extreme (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – intricate pictures using the dot-to-dot method
  • Drama Club (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – develop acting, singing and public speaking skills
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time

Wednesday (early release)

  • Fast Break Basketball with Overtime Athletics (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – game play and skills stations ($165/session)
  • Hip Hop (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – style and culture of hip hop dance
  • Kids Club (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – create your very own afterschool enrichment class!
  • Microsoft Club *grades K-2, 12 kids only* (2:20-4:45 p.m.) – coding and Minecraft challenges at the Microsoft Store in University Village
  • Dodgeball (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – new variations of dodgeball each week
  • Psychology for Kids! (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – explore how the brain works
  • Tiny Town (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – become city builders to create a tiny town
  • Kid’s U Spa (4:45-5:45 p.m.) *15 kids only*– make body scrubs, face masks and more
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Flag Football (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – learn the basics of flag football
  • Carpentry A *limit 8* (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – practical woodworking skills, safe use of hand tools ($165/session)
  • Creative Collages (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – collages, idea boards, dream designs and more
  • Microsoft Club *grades 3-8, 12 kids only* (3:35-5:45 p.m.) – coding and Minecraft challenges at the Microsoft Store in University Village
  • Carpentry B *limit 8* (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – practical woodworking skills, safe use of hand tools ($165/session)
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Imagination Station (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – channel your imagination in new and different ways
  • 3D Fuse Beads (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – making 3D projects such as cars, cubes and more
  • Martial Arts (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – gain confidence, respect, strength, age-appropriate self-defense skills ($165/session)
  • Friday Funtivities (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – combination of physical activity games and classic board and card games

2018-2019 Open Board Positions

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA has open 2018-2019 board positions. While each position has its own focus, the board collectively makes decisions about how we can best support our school. It does take some time and energy, but the rewards are supporting our school, meeting other families, and being connected to our community.

In particular, we would love the board to be more reflective of our school community in order to represent all families. It is important that we are able to have points of view from all our diverse communities, including families of color, families who speak other languages, families with children with special needs, LGBTQ+ families, and more!

The board meets one evening a month for two hours, with some occasional gatherings or events outside of regular meeting time depending on the position. If you have the time to devote to a board position, or if you feel your viewpoint is currently underrepresented, would you please consider joining us?

Current open positions:

  • Student Enrichment Coordinator – This individual will oversee enrichment events that we offer for our students. Some of these events include Literacy Night, the Spelling Bee, and Reflections Art content.
  • Family Support Coordinator – This individual will oversee our family support programs, such as our weekend food backpack program, coat drive, and vacation food drives, and continue to look for ways to support our community needs.
  • Co-marketing/communications Director – This individual will work with a partner to oversee PTSA communications such as the Paw Print newsletter, Friends of Hazel Wolf Facebook page, and the website.
  • Special Fund Manager – This individual will work with our Treasurers to manage the restricted and designated funds set up by the PTSA (fund-a-need funds and other special money that has been set aside).
  • Legislative Liaison – This individual will monitor educational happenings at the district and state level to keep our families informed.

Please contact Kim Steffensmeier at if you would like more information, or if you would like to be involved but don’t see the right role for you.

Neighborhood Cleanup Event on Earth Day, April 22

Spring Cleaning is happening in Lake City on Earth Day, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Join your neighbors to clean up Lake City! Sponsored by Lake City Future First. LCFF provides cleanup supplies, coffee, juice, snacks and awesome T-shirts (limited supply).

Three locations to clean up: meet at the Lake City Mini Park on NE 125th and Lake City Way.

This will be the kickoff to monthly cleanups through October.

Contact Zoe Leverson at with any questions!

Final Auction Numbers!

Thank you once again to everyone who helped to support the 2018 PTSA Galactic Auction! To our committee members who planned throughout the year, families who donated and procured items, our day-of volunteers who pulled it all together, and our families who were able to attend the event, thank you! It was a lovely to spend time with the families and staff from our community.

This year the event raised almost $121,000! Of that, almost $27,000 will be directed toward the fund-a-need project this year—technology to support multimedia and classroom communications. A special thank you to our teachers (especially Ms. Mackin!), room parents and volunteers who helped our students create beautiful art and baskets for the auction. Your projects generated $9,100!

Every April our PTSA creates the budget for the upcoming school year. If you are curious about how the money raised is spent on PTSA programs and events to support our school community, please come to the General Session meeting on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafetorium. We will also be electing officers for the 2018-2019 board.

If you were not able to attend the auction but would still like to make a donation to the general fund, you may go to

Thank you!