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!

Hazel Wolf Welcomes Incoming Kindergarteners

The transition to school is a big step in your child’s life. In this anxious, unsure time for so many of our families, we wanted to illustrate how hard our Kindergarten team has been working to make this weird start to the year as warm and welcoming as possible for our kiddos. That’s why, even before school officially starts, we want to begin a connection with our families.

Last week, the incoming class of Hazel Wolf Kindergartners participated in a reimagined Jump Start and received their very own “Welcome to Kindergarten” kits – stocked with art and school supplies to inspire drawing, writing and creativity.

Here’s an update from the Kindergarten team about how it went:

As with everything else right now, Jump Start 2020 looked a little different than in previous years but it was still a great week!  The kindergarten teachers created a week of virtual videos and activities for our incoming kindergartners to do at home to get ready to join the Wolf Pack.  We ended the week with a socially distanced “Meet the Teachers” event where each kindergartner got to see their teacher, wave hello and then take home a Kindergarten Kit!  These kits are filled with all kinds of school supplies and tools for our kindergartners to use at home: scissors, number cards, alphabet tiles, counters, and so much more.  This event meant so much to all of us but for the teachers, it was the highlight of our summer!  Seeing our students smiling, even in their masks, jumping up and down and waving to us was just what we needed.  The kindergarten teachers are going to do everything we can to make this first year special for our kindergartners and their families.  We can’t wait for a great year together! 

❤ Mrs. Dixon, Ms. Turek & Mrs. Wheeler

And here’s what Rebakah, a parent of an incoming Kindergartener had to say:

I think it is safe to say that “this” is not how I pictured the start of elementary school for my 5 year-old daughter. Yet, here she is in her flower dress that she picked out for the special day of meeting her new teachers. She’s just as excited as I envisioned. As she jumps/skips up to the front of Hazel-Wolf to meet her teachers and pick up her kindergarten packet in a socially-distanced event, I realize that my expectations for her experience are dragging us down. Once I put those aside and reflect on her excitement, I see that this is all new to her and perfectly meet her own expectations as there is no precedent for her.

She’s thrilled to listen to Ms. Turek explain in a posted video of what she’ll find in her new kindergarten kit. Her eyes light up as Mrs. Dixon, Ms. Turek, and Mrs. Wheeler introduce themselves and their favorite colors in a video posted on Youtube for the first day of Jump Start. “That’s my favorite color too!” she exclaims. There has been so much planning by the Kindergarten team in order to change a week-long in-person Jump Start program into a virtual experience and it shows. They realized long before I did that regardless of the details, this is an exciting time in our students’ lives.

Thank you, Hazel-Wolf Kindergarten team for all your work, helping my daughter prepare for this new chapter in her life, and teaching us parents that just because experiences look a bit different doesn’t mean they can’t be filled with wonder and joy.

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PTSA Summer Update – Aug. 10

The school year is officially over, but there’s still much happening! Here’s the latest updates:

2020-21 Reflections art program THEme:

The theme for the 2020-21 National PTA Reflections art program has been announced! It’s I Matter Because... We will be collecting submissions for student work to represent our school this fall and will have more information after school starts, but we thought students might want to begin working on submissions now.

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program for students in pre-K through grade 12 that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. For more information, visit: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE MEN

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday at 8 p.m., for the foreseeable future. During the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency.

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for White Men affiliated with Hazel Wolf. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community that wants to focus on a subject, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

Our next meeting is Sunday, Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the meetings. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Visit the Racial Equity Resource page on the PTSA blog for more information about anti-racist actions.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, email 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). We were able to fulfill the need for a dryer! However, donations have been low the past couple weeks. Please continue to support our community in need. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are still trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″ x D 23.5″ x W 27″)
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

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 (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
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 open days at the end of August, 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.

PTSA Summer Update – July 27

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

Q&A with School Board Director Liza Rankin

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA invites you to an online community meeting this Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. with School Board Director, Liza Rankin. REGISTER HERE. During your registration, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions to allow us to consolidate similar questions and cover as many topics as possible. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the meeting via Zoom.

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

AN UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Our upcoming meetings are Aug. 9, and Aug. 23, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

On July 12, the Community of Practice for White Women held its fifth meeting, where we focused on how to respond to co-workers and neighbors when they make, intentionally or accidently), racist remarks. We had previously talked about handling those incidents with family members, as well as how to talk with our children about racism. Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the Zoom meetings, which now run for 90 minutes. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Kelly McIntyre had created a brief survey for CP attendees. Many thanks to those who have filled it out. One item from the survey was a request for some anti-racist actions. Reading books and articles about anti-Black and other forms of racism, about historical events, and about how to talk with others about anti-racism is an important start. Here are a few other possible actions:

Actions Against Racism

  • Take a free one hour Bystander Intervention workshop to stop many forms of harassment and violence, such as anti-Asian/American harassment and xenophobia; anti-Black racism; and anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry. Holla Back! offers these workshops and they are very good. Their mission is to put an end to the harassment and violence that is on the rise these days. They have a page titled “Take Action,” as well as a page of resources to prevent harassment in the workplace, online, and in the street. 
  • Patronize black-owned businesses. Here’s a list in Seattle.
  • You can buy face masks from black-owned sources. 
  • While I am a big fan of public libraries, I’d suggest when possible buying (not only borrowing) books by authors of color, for yourself and for your children. Ask your library to buy copies. Give them as gifts. Help boost their sales.
  • Check out organizations like Seattle-based Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. One size of racial justice organization does not fit all, I realize. Still, both of those have resource lists, videos, and more that may be of interest to you.

Check out websites such as theroot.com, blerd.com, essence.com, blackenterprise.com, discovernikkei.org, kwelijournal.com, latinosinkidlit.com, remezcla.com, koreanculture.org, thetoolkit.wixsite.com, lakotalaw.org, mixedfamilylife.com, abolitionjournal.org/studyguide, and the many more that exist and may take you out of your knowledge- or comfort-zone. I’m not endorsing any of these sites: your mileage may vary. Just recommending the value of seeking out others’ perspectives. For more information, 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). Food Lifeline has been closed since earlier this month, so donations are more urgent these coming weeks. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are also trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″xD 23.5″xW27″)
– electric clothes dryer
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

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 (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
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 about ten days open in August, 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.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp. 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)

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.