PTSA Summer Update – July 13

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Thank you for all who attended Talking About Anti-Racism: A Community Dialogue with Erin Jones this past Thursday, July 9, 2020. If you were unable to attend a video, additional resources, and a complete set of Ms. Jones’ slides will be posted to the PTSA webpage in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the Communities of Practice for White Women and White Men, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog or contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

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). This week, a farm in Woodinville donated 59 boxes of produce and six 50 pound bags of onions and we fulfilled the request for a lawn mower!

Most needed items at this time are long-lasting produce, pasta, rice, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, feminine hygiene products (pads are the highest need), dish soap and laundry soap. Pantries always need personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce also are always needed. Additionally, families are requesting bikes sizes 20″-26″. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

As a reminder, please do not leave any food items needing refrigeration, clothing or appliances at the pantry.

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.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some days left, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: if you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

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: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have space! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form and more information can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

Legislative Update

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a range of nationwide flexibilities to the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program to ensure America’s children receive the food they need throughout the 2020-21 school year as the nation recovers from the coronavirus. These waivers allowing for flexibilities around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times (to facilitate grab-and-go and other alternate service options), and parent/guardian pick-up of meals for kids for students participating in distance learning. Collectively, these waivers reduce barriers to meal service options that support a transition back to normal operations while simultaneously responding to evolving local conditions.

This summer families can use FNS’s Meals for Kids interactive site finder to locate free meals for children ages 18 and under at 67,000 sites across the nation.

PTSA Summer Update – June 29

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Talking about Anti-Racism: A Hazel Wolf Community Dialogue with Erin Jones. The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) invites all our Hazel Wolf families to an online community discussion Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about anti-racism during these difficult times. Racism, police brutality, protests, and Black Lives Matter: all of these are in the news and on social media. How are you and your kids talking about them? What feelings are coming up for students around these issues, especially during this pandemic? What are your concerns about the safety and wellness of your family? In addition to hearing Ms. Jones, families will have the opportunity to talk together in small breakout groups about how things are going, and how we can support anti-racist work within our school community. Adults can attend with or without their students; we encourage students to have parents/guardians with them. Please register today via this form. Please send any questions to: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We hope to see you there!

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women. A couple weeks ago, we introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We decided to continue meeting over the summer. For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men: is an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with Hazel Wolf that will meet every two weeks through the summer starting Tuesday, July 7. We started this CP for white men in response to interest from men following the formation of the CP for white women (see above). Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org for a Zoom link and any other info needed.

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the formation of these Communities of Practice, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have some openings! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all field trips have been cancelled and replaced with on-site activities. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

FAMILY SUPPORT:

Honor Pantry at Hazel Wolf
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building. The most needed items at the pantry are personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Additionally: puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always welcome. Shoe and clothing donations are not needed at this time. Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.

There are many ways to donate:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is open for donations.

If your family could use help with supplemental grocery delivery, or if you’d like to be added to our list of volunteer drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteers to check on pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory, keep it tidy and make sure grains and produce are in bins away from critters. Please consider signing up for some days here on this Signup Genius.

The Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry
We opened a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office at 12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125. This will be different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time. Families will need to contact the Family Support Team to pick up items there.

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

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: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

COVID Relief Fund still open for donations: Funds to support Hazel Wolf families are made available through the donor-supported COVID Relief Fund. Thank you to everyone that has been able to contribute to this fund at the auction. This fund is going to remain open for donations. If you’d like to make a donation to the fund to help support families during this time, you can make a donation here.

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.)

Legislative Update: Two USDA Programs Help Kids Get Food Through Summer

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a nationwide extension of a program that has been helping to feed families. Local partners – such as schools and nonprofit organizations – have been serving meals to kids during coronavirus school closures. These partners will be able to continue serving free meals to all children through August 31. This extension is for a waiver of  area eligibility, allowing all children in all areas to receive free meals. Typically, USDA-funded summer meals sites are only for low-income areas. The nearest location to Hazel Wolf with this service is Olympic Hills elementary school at 13018 20th Ave NE.

In addition, a new USDA program called Pandemic-EBT provides food-purchasing benefits, equal to the value of school meals, to households with children who would qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school based on household income. To see if this can help your family, call the Lake City customer service center at 206-684-7526 or visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/basic-food

Families can also use Meals for Kids, an interactive finder with more than 60,000 sites to find free meals for children in their area.

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Statement on Racial Inequities and Injustice

The deaths of George Floyd and too many others weigh heavily on all of us, including the PTSA
at Hazel Wolf. We are also in the midst of a pandemic crisis that is also impacting our
vulnerable communities disproportionately during this time. This is a time to pause, to listen,
to contemplate, and – most importantly – to stand up and take action.

Generally, the work of the PTSA is not controversial: it’s about fundraising to support tutoring,
playground equipment, overnight camping trips, and pancake breakfasts. We are proud at
Hazel Wolf to have funded grants for art, music, PE, and engineering; to have helped with the
Read-A-Thon and Back to School Nights; to have held annual auctions and restaurant nights. All
of this work, which involves hundreds of hours and dozens of volunteers, is directed to
enhancing the quality of life for students and teachers, as well as to providing valuable
community building.

Sometimes, we are called to step up our efforts at community building in more complex ways.
The Hazel Wolf PTSA last year decided that “increasing awareness of racial equity” would be
our primary area of focus for the 2019-2020 school year. We publicly declared that we would
focus on making decisions using a racial equity lens, by listening to students and parents of
color and by offering community, staff, parent, and student education opportunities. We meant
it, even as we acknowledge that the focus, if it is to be meaningful, requires stepping out of
traditional comfort zones, and taking actions as well as saying words.

Last October, the students of Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School in north Seattle held a peaceful
protest. The students, supported by the PTSA’s Racial Equity Committee (REC), were protesting
the use of the N-word and other racial slurs at school, and asking for accountability around
what happens to those who use the slurs. Our principal, Ms. Nelsen, and other administrators,
teachers, and staff, as well as dozens of family members and siblings, listened to and cheered
for the students who spoke out. The peaceful protest lasted about 15 minutes in front of the
school and received some coverage in Seattle media.

The protest and the coverage evoked a lot of emotions. There was shock that racist incidents
happened at Hazel Wolf. There was dismay that the protest was mentioned in the news. For
some, the students’ descriptions of racist incidents were a wakeup call. For others, it was
nothing new. The recent murder of George Floyd, one in a tragic series of similar events, has
brought great grief to our community. As parents and as PTSA members, we work hard for the
betterment and safety of our beloved children.

Among 46-year-old George Floyd’s words while dying were a call for his deceased mother, a
wrenching reminder of the bond of family that we all share. We also know he leaves behind a 6-
year-old daughter who has lost her father in a public, painful way.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are all names in the news these days due to
racist violence—they are also folks like us with moms and dads and children. The recent
protests not only here in Seattle but across the country and the world have reminded us in
daunting ways of the work to be done to heal our community from the trauma of racism. As
happened after our peaceful October protest, the recent deaths and reactions are shocking to
some, old news to others.

We know that a PTSA cannot solve these problems. We at Hazel Wolf also know that we cannot
look aside. We cannot shrug our shoulders. We will continue to do the work we have done
successfully in the past: supporting the needs of our teachers and students, through the
traditional and valuable events and grants. More than that, though, we will take seriously our
responsibility to create equity for our black students, our immigrant students, our students of
color. We will continue to support Black Lives Matter at School and Black History Month, as we
have done every February. We have also offered to support professional development for our
teachers (who, as is true at most schools, are predominantly white) around racial equity
trainings. We will support efforts to bring in more black and other teachers of color, who are
role models for all our students. We will fund our Family Support programs, which provide food
and other supplies to our low-income families. We will recognize that many of our low-income
families are families of color, due to the systemic and entrenched history of racism that has
created tremendous disparities in health care, education, employment, and more.

The REC has created an online Community of Practice for white women to focus on anti-racism
work. The REC is also offering an online Community Gathering and Healing Space for black
parents and caregivers. As we learned from Erin Jones, our guest speaker at the January
General Session, we have so much more in common and we must continue to make progress as
a united front – with authenticity and appreciation for each other as human beings. We, as the
REC and PTSA, are grateful for the way our whole school community has not just talked (though
talking is important) but is also walking the difficult path toward racial justice.

Sincerely,

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board and Racial Equity Committee

Nathan Hale High School Racial Equity Team Hosts Antiracist Car/Bike Parade Saturday, May 30

From Nathan Hale High School:

Antiracist Car/Bike Parade – Tomorrow, May 30
Join us Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. – Car/Bike Parade Begins at 10 a.m.

Dear Families,

To encourage our community to strive towards an antiracist mindset, to show our commitment to antiracist action and to demonstrate our solidarity with those who have been victims of racial injustice throughout our nation, the Nathan Hale High School Racial Equity Team invites you to join us for an informal car parade in the Lake City area this Saturday, May 30. We will start congregating in the Nathan Hale staff parking lot (corner of 110th St and 30th Ave NE) at 9:30 a.m. and then begin our drive at 10 a.m. along the following route: from school we will drive north on Lake City Way, turn east (right) on 135th, south (right) on 35th,  west (right) on 130th, and then south (left) on Lake City Way to return to school.

Click Antiracist Protest Map_5.30.20.jpg for a map of the route.

We hope you can roll with us on Saturday. Bring your voice, your signs, and your commitment to justice for all people. Let’s make some noise.

NOTE: We will be adhering to social distance guidelines during this event.

Wolf Pack Wins Reflections Art Contest

Washington State Parent Teacher Association Reflections Art Contest update!

Out of thousands of entries from across the country, only about 200 are given awards. And one of them went to a member of our Wolf Pack!

Sending a BIG congratulations to 8th grader Micah K.! His photography entry “Ella with Paint” in the 2019-20 Reflections art contest won the Washington state middle school photography category and earned a Merit Award in the national contest! This is the first artist to represent Hazel Wolf at the national competition!

This year’s theme was “Look Within.” Hazel Wolf K-8 had students at all grade divisions enter work in two of the six arts categories (photography and visual arts). We sent 17 pieces to the Seattle City Council (14 visual arts and 3 photography). Two of those pieces were finalists and were judged at the state competition in March. Five received “honorable mention” awards.

CONGRATULATIONS to Micah K. and to all of our student artists. They did a great job with their work this year.

“Ella with Paint” by Micah K.

Join the PTSA Board!

There are several Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) board positions opening for the 2020-21 school year, and if you’ve ever thought of joining the board, now is a great time as we plan for the next school year and how the PTSA can play a meaningful role in our school community.

Three executive board positions are opening, including: Co-President, Vice President of School Community and Vice President of Operations; as well as some really interesting coordinator roles to get you directly involved with the students, staff, and community (E-STEM, Equity, Legislative, Membership, Staff Appreciation/Homeroom Reps, Student Extensions, and Staff Support). Also, we are still looking for volunteers to lead the charge in planning next year’s auction.

Descriptions of the roles can be found here.

Contact Adrienne Kortas if you have any questions, to share your interest or to nominate someone for one of these roles!