Call for Career Day Presenters – Feb. 11

We will host our annual E-STEM (Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Day on Tuesday, Feb. 11!

We are looking for a few more presenters to come in for the day and talk about your STEM career to middle school students. Presenters will deliver two sessions of about an hour each, with about 25 students in each session. Ideal presenters work in a STEM field with an environmental focus. Presentations will focus on your own background, what brought you to this career and how you got here, details of the issues you get to deal with in your job, and information about the tools and processes you use. If you’ve never done this before, or if you’re unsure about how to create and deliver such a presentation, Hazel Wolf teachers will be happy to work with you to develop it. We especially encourage women, people of color, and immigrants to join us. Our kids need to see that STEM fields aren’t just for white American males – engineering our way through the world’s tricky problems happens through all our efforts, and we want our kids to see themselves reflected in the professionals who have taken on this challenge.

Contact Joe Fogarty to volunteer or ask questions.

Reminder! PTSA General Session Meeting – Wednesday Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf K-8 parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year this Wednesday, Jan. 22. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be available at that time. Childcare also will be provided.

The meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will include important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and a guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

Erin Jones will also be presenting to our student community during Black Lives Matter at School Week. She will lead all students in grade-level appropriate assemblies. Also she will be collaborating with Middle School teachers and holding a “Creating Community” day for Middle School students. We hope parents will take this opportunity to learn from Erin and make connections with what their children will be learning about during BLM at School Week.

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We hope to see you there!

Game Night – Thursday, Jan. 30

Play with Purpose at Hazel Wolf’s Game Night on Thursday, Jan. 30th from 6-7:30 p.m.

We’ve all had the pleasure of learning from books and teachers, practicing our skills on paper and laptops, and listening to an engaging speaker, but sometimes it’s better to have an active, playful role in learning. All of our teachers have powerful and diverse toolboxes of learning resources that they call upon daily.

During Game Night we invite the Hazel Wolf community to join us to experience some of our dynamic, hands-on, game-based learning tools. Each grade level will present games and activities that they use to ‘gamify’ learning. Gaming can be a great way to address any subject and involve kids in fun, interactive learning. Our teachers (and their helpful students) will show you how we can ‘play with purpose’ as we continue to learn.

Math ‘n’ Stuff, the fabulous game store in Maple Leaf, will also bring many games to play. They’ll also have new games available for purchase.

Bring your favorite games! What are the learning games you play at home? Bring them in to teach other kids! We will have an area set aside in the Cafetorium for families to bring in games from home that address the ‘play with purpose’ theme. We welcome games that teach words, math, science, history, logic, engineering, communication, or deductive reasoning. If you do bring in a game or two, make sure it’s clearly labeled with your name. Also, be prepared to spend 20-30 minutes with your game, teaching and playing with other interested kids. 

We need volunteers! We are looking for volunteers to help set up, and clean up during Game Night. Sign up online. Questions? Email Joe Fogarty.

PTSA General Session Meeting With Guest Speaker Erin Jones "Black Lives Matter at School: The Power and History of Words" – Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to hear important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and to stay for the guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We invite everyone to join us to better building community that allows all students to thrive. You do not have to be a PTSA member to attend. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Hazel Wolf 7th Annual Spelling Bee – Monday, Jan. 27

Hey Hazel Wolfers!

What do “deny,” “pressure,” “investigation,” “campaign,” and “misdemeanor” all have in common? They are all words on the 2019-2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee study list, of course!

The Seventh Annual Hazel Wolf Spelling Bee is on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. – still a ways off, but there is no time like now to start stretching those mind muscles.

You can find a printed copy of the full 2019-2020 School Spelling Bee List in the communications center next to the Living Wall, or email studentenrichment@hazelwolfk8.org and we will email you a PDF.

Winter Food Drive Donations and Requests Until Tuesday, Dec. 17

The Hazel Wolf Winter Food Drive is wrapping up to collect donations and support families in need over winter break.

If you can support Hazel Wolf families in need this winter break, please bring in non-perishable, non-expired food donations by Tuesday, Dec. 17. We’re also seeking donations of new or used re-usable grocery bags. Deliver items to the bin in the front lobby near the main office. To improve efficiency, we are asking each grade to donate specific foods:

  • Kindergarten: mac & cheese and granola bars
  • 1st grade: cookies and cereal
  • 2nd grade: peanut butter and jelly
  • 3rd grade: milk in aseptic cartons and tortillas
  • 4th grade: canned meat/tuna and crackers
  • 5th grade: pasta, pasta sauce and rice noodles
  • 6th grade: pancake mix and applesauce/canned fruit
  • 7th grade: dried/canned beans and rice
  • 8th grade: canned soup/stew and dried fruit

Are you in need of extra food this winter break? If you would like to receive a food box during winter break, please complete a request form. The form is available online or at the front office. Return the completed form to the front office by Tuesday, Dec. 17. You can pick up your food bags from the Hazel Wolf office from Dec. 18 – 20 or you can request to have them delivered.

Registration Is Open for YMCA Afterschool Program Session 3 (Jan. 6 -Feb. 28)

Session 3 for Kid’s U is open! Kid’s U is Hazel Wolf’s afterschool program run by the University YMCA. The session will run Jan. 6 to Feb. 28, 2020.

Go to the Afterschool Programs page to find all the details, download the registration form and learn how to register for classes.

Please note, online registration ends Jan. 3, 2020, however families are welcome to register anytime after that by contacting universityprograms@seattleymca.org or calling 206-524-1400.