Seattle Public Schools Option School Enrollment Open Feb. 1-19

The time for new students to register to attend Hazel Wolf for the 2021-2022 school year is coming up soon!  The window to submit a choice application for an Option School is Monday, Feb. 1  through Friday, Feb. 19.

We want to reach out and give a special welcome to families who may be new to the country and who speak languages other than English.   We need YOUR help.  Do you have relatives, neighbors, or friends that speak a language other than English who are interested in enrolling at Hazel Wolf?  If you do, contact Rachel Projansky at raprojansky@seattleschools.org with any information you have and the ELL Enrollment Team will reach out to you soon.

More information, including translated informational videos and contact numbers for bilingual enrollment specialists can be found at Seattle Public Schools district website: https://www.seattleschools.org/admissions/registration

Parents Supporting Parents Virtual Community Discussion – Wednesday, Jan. 13

We’re in the thick of it right now, this online learning. Would you like to know what other parents have learned? What tricks work for them? Come to our first Parents Supporting Parents meeting of the school year. Be ready to share three things you’ve found that helps your kid stay focused, help you do some work, or help your household run. Ideas for self care? That’d work too. It all counts! Also bring your top three greatest challenges. What do you need help with? 

Join us for a virtual community discussion for all parents next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m., and be ready to share your ideas and your struggles. 

Register here: http://bit.ly/3oaumzR

We are all stronger together!  

Parent Education Seminar: Coping During Online Learning – Wednesday, Dec. 16

Join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA and two trauma-based pediatric therapists on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to discuss coping strategies and to know when to ask for more help or support for yourself and your children.

K-4th grades: 5 – 6 p.m.
Register: https://bit.ly/3kOdZXe (Ctrl + Click to follow link)

5th-8th grades: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Register: https://bit.ly/2ITRlPY (Ctrl + Click to follow link)

Please submit your questions in advance!

Afterschool Ski Lessons – Registration Open!

Due to COVID-19, there will be no ski bus offerings this year. However, Snow Sports Consulting Service, LLC (SSCS) and Webbski are doing mid-week lessons at Summit Central Ski Area in Snoqualmie and Hazel Wolf students will be grouped together. You will need to provide your own transportation to the mountain.

Lesson instructors will be in charge of kids properly wearing masks and following COVID protocols during the duration of the lesson. 

2nd – 8th grade ski lessons – wednesdays

SSCS will offer ski lessons 3 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit Central Ski Area in Snoqualmie. Space is limited to 30 students. First graders can sign up with prior ski experience. 

Cost: $200 for 6 weeks.

School Registration Deadline is Nov. 24, 2020. To register, visit: http://www.snowsportsconsultingservice.com/student-forms.html – see “Pinehurst”

For any questions, email Sarah Burris

Middle school ski lessons – fridays

WebbSki will offer 1 ¼ hour ski lessons at Summit Central Ski Area in Snoqualmie on Fridays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Cost: $90 for 5 weeks.

For registration with WebbSki call (206) 782-5641 or visit www.webbski.com

For any questions, email Lorraine.lewis.phillips@comcast.net

We encourage you to talk with your friends and make a plan to take lessons and/or free ski together! 

Open (Air) Studio for Reflections Art Contest – Oct. 4

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Let’s come together to make art for Reflections! (Socially distanced, of course.) The Reflections theme this year is “I Matter Because…”

Where: We will meet at the lower part of Maple Leaf park near the east baseball field at the corner of NE 82nd St. and 14th Ave NE.

When: 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4.

What to bring: a blanket or something to sit on. Also please bring your own water bottles, sunscreen, and snacks. Hard surfaces (such as cardboard or clipboards) that can be put under paper while it is being used would be appreciated. Feel free to bring art supplies too (not required).

Tatiana Kaminsky, our volunteer Reflections Chair, will bring art materials kids can use (paper, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.) in addition to wipes for cleaning equipment between kids’ use and hand sanitizer. She also will have the forms kids and their parents/guardians need to submit with their Reflections entries, which are due Oct. 30.

Please fill out an online form so that I can plan and make sure I have enough materials for the kids!

THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT – parents/guardians must stay with the kids. MASKS ARE A MUST!

Questions? Email Tatiana at tatiana.kaminsky@gmail.com

More information about this year’s Reflections Art Contest

Racial Equity Committee Update: About The Pushback to the Community of Practice for White Women

By Maureen McCauley, Communications, Hazel Wolf K-8 Racial Equity Committee (REC)

The Hazel Wolf Community of Practice (CP) for White Women began in June 2020. It is an action of the Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC). In the month or so after the CP was announced, we received at least three emails from White people about why we created a group “segregated by race and gender,” as one writer termed it. 

Here’s a bit of background on our CP, and our response to those who’ve asked about why we did this:

The PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) formed in 2018. Since that time, we have sponsored multiple events open to the entire HW school community promoting racial equity in our school. I can share a separate document that gives an overview of REC’s work to anyone who’s interested. The HW REC, by the way, is currently made up of 60% Black, Asian, and mixed race members. The decision to create these CPs arose from the groundwork of other general offerings. 

In particular, the Community of Practice for White Women evolved from a March 2020 event, when the four White women on REC held a workshop titled “White Women: How Can We Do Better Talking About Race and Racism?” We undertook the creation of the CP in consultation with the leadership and support of our Black and Brown REC members. REC approved the idea of a CP for White women, in part so that we White women could do the anti-racism work that is desperately needed without asking more labor from our Black and Brown colleagues. Some of you may be familiar with affinity groups or racial caucuses. Our CP is similar in concept.

I want to stress that we White CP facilitators report back to REC on what we are doing, and they offer insights and advice as they are able to do so. 

REC was asked also about forming a CP for White men, and two volunteers stepped forward, again with the agreement/support of REC, and they created that CP. 

The possibility of a CP for BIPOC was raised but, at this time, no one is available to volunteer to lead such a group. 

We focused separately on White women and White men (those who identify themselves as such—we are of course open to trans women or men, or non-binary folx) because of the power dynamics in society related to genders. We have had conversations in our CP for White women about healing from sexism to become better allies in anti-racist work. White men are the dominant, historic power-holders in our society, and of course we White women hold great power as well. We hope to create a community that reflects on how racism has been formed in us as White people from childhood on, and how we can be better allies and accomplices in anti-racist work. We rely on resources and readings by BIPOC, and we regularly check in with our colleagues on REC. Some of the focus has been on how White parents can help their White children to talk about and speak out against racism.

The CP for White women has met eight times so far. We always provide a resource list that is almost exclusively based on articles and books by BIPOC. We are working on accountability and anti-racist actions.

The CP for White men has met, I think, four or five times. They have been focusing on Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy workbook. Like the CP for White women, they have checked in regularly with REC members.

On a related note, following the October 2019 peaceful protest, HW began a task force on creating affinity groups for Black and Brown students. That is still being discussed by school administrators and a Task Force, but since schools closed in March, I believe it’s been on a sort of hold, and I am not certain what it might look like this fall.

HW also has a Racial Equity Team (RET) that is comprised of HW teachers, staff, and administrators. Like most public schools in America, the HW teachers, staff, and admins are mostly white. The RET work has largely focused on curriculum issues and professional development. REC and RET members have attended trainings together on racial equity in schools a couple of times.

I’d like to stress that the HW PTSA has declared racial equity work as a priority, and has supported the work of REC in many ways, for which we are grateful. The two new PTSA co-chairs (Marina Gray, a Black woman, and Camille Mulchi, a White woman) were formerly members of REC, and both are active in anti-racist work in and outside the school.

A reality in racial equity work is, for me at least, the expectation that folx  (whatever their race) will question and push back on almost everything. We White folx are especially prone to making mistakes and offending or even harming BIPOC. We nonetheless have to keep moving on in this work, learning from our mistakes, apologizing and making amends whenever possible, and encouraging open dialogues and growth. 

Here are some resources we shared with our CP regarding white women in anti-racist work:

Take care, everyone. Stay well.

Legislative Update: WSPTA Seeks Input on Priorities

What issues are most important to you? Your voice matters!

You have until Friday, Oct. 9 to complete the online Washington State PTA survey to have your say in selecting the top 5 legislative priorities for Washington.

The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will meet Oct. 24-25, 2020, to vote on the Top 5 Legislative Priorities for the next two years. Prior to the vote, there is an e-survey open to the entire Hazel Wolf K-8 community to provide feedback on what issues should be the top legislative priorities.

Please take a few minutes and complete the Hazel Wolf PTSA e-survey.

There’s a wide range of advocacy issues. The survey also includes other proposed positions that delegates will vote on to develop the WSPTA platform. The issues all support the health, education, and welfare of children and youth but the proposed platform covers a wide spectrum of advocacy positions and legislative policies from increasing access to mental health to preventing gun violence and suicide to closing the digital divide. There are also eight resolutions with topics ranging from access to recess and unstructured play to improving outcomes in special education to dismantling institutional and systemic racism. Plus one new principle against racism, discrimination, and oppression.

The WSPTA Voters’ Guide has all the details; the survey is titles only. Take a few moments to review that information as you take the e-survey.

But don’t delay, the e-survey closes on Oct. 9!