Registration Is Open for YMCA Thanksgiving Break Camp (Nov. 25 – 27)

Registration for University YMCA’s Thanksgiving Break Camps at Hazel Wolf is open!

Camps will run 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from Nov.  25- 27.
 
Cost per day is $40 for YMCA members; $55 for community members.
 
Register online here.

For more information contact universityprograms@seattleymca.org or call 206-524-1400.

Second-Fifth Grade Ski Bus Registration Ends Nov. 19

Snow Sports Consulting Service and a parent coordinator will provide six weeks of after school ski bus service on Wednesdays to Summit Central Ski Area in Snoqualmie. The bus will have adult chaperones and will load at school at 2:30 p.m. and return at approximately 8 p.m. This program is for second through fifth grade students. Classes begin at 4 p.m. and are 2 1/2 hours long. Lessons are taught by Snow Sports Consulting Service LLC, with 36 years of teaching experience in the greater Seattle area. Snowboarding lessons are NOT available through this program.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, and is limited to the first 35 applicants.

SESSION DATES

Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 (If a cancellation occurs, the program will extend the number of trips missed.)

REGISTRATION FORM

Snow Sports Consulting Service Registration Form

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Mail: Mail the completed form with tuition to SSCS 204 165th Ave SE Bellevue, WA 98008-4726. Please do not hand deliver to this address. Enrollment is secured on a first come, first served basis and registration must be accompanied with payment to secure your space. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019

Literacy Night is Nov. 13: Join Us and Sign Up to Volunteer

Literacy Night is a school event that focuses on how to support our kids with reading.

Join us Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in your pajamas for some fun reading activities. As always, there will be cookies!

We will have activities for students in Kindergarten though third grade. We also will have resources and conversations with parents (in all grades) about how to help support your student with reading.

Hope to see you there!

Can you volunteer to set up, clean up or serve cookies? Sign up for a time slot here

Traffic Safety Presentation and Discussion, Wednesday, Nov. 7

Join us 6 – 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, to hear from Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), who will provide a traffic safety presentation and discuss safe ways to get kids to school and back home using “active transport” (such as walking, wheeling, etc.)

Please personally invite your neighbors! We want broad community representation.

SDOT has generously offered to provide dinner. Childcare will be available.

Here is a tentative agenda:

  • SDOT presentation and questions (30 minutes)
  • Seattle Council PTA presentation and Northshore case (10 minutes)
  • District 5 and 6 Councilmember priorities (5 minutes)
  • Small group discussions (30 minutes)
  • Close out and networking (15 minutes)

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board Response to the Peaceful Protest

The mission of the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA is to facilitate opportunities for family involvement in the school community, and we work to enhance the learning experience for every child – in a way that fosters whole child wellbeing and success. We recognize the importance of a safe and welcoming school environment for all students, where today we have a concern about racist language being used toward children at our school. We encourage the school to address racial bullying and inequities that exist. We also seek to ensure that any actions taken on this matter, and that involve our children, are done in a developmentally appropriate way. As a PTSA, we continue to keep students and their wellbeing at the center of our efforts.

Our understanding of the peaceful protest that took place on Friday, October 25th in front of the school was that it was meant to give a voice to our students’ experiences with racism and how hurtful language should not, and does not, have a place at our school. The PTSA board of directors and members did not have oversight of the way the protest was conducted, though we were informed the day before – as was the school administration. What was at stake here as we understood it – addressing racism at school – was and is a shared priority by all. PTSA President Adrienne Kortas, along with Principal Debbie Nelsen, voiced support to the PTSA Board and school staff for the student-centered demonstration and offered our communication channels to help get the word out to the community as quickly as possible.

We have learned a lot from this experience, including how parents and families need to be informed about and involved in things that concern the safety and wellbeing of our children. We are committed to improving our communication about this work while continuing to move forward within established processes for our Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA.

We also know our work is just beginning. At the start of this school year, the PTSA Board agreed that increasing racial equity was a key area of focus for us, and we know this to be true for the school as well. We all seek to move in the same direction and effect change. Together, we will lead the way in our school district for implementing key policies that dismantle racism and increase equity. Together, we will do hard, messy, and uncomfortable work. And we will do it all for our kids.

Sincerely,

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board

Peaceful Protest – Friday, Oct. 25

Students of Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School, with the support of the PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) and school administrators and staff, will hold a Peaceful Protest at the school at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

The protest will be held because of concerns about several incidents at the school involving the use of the N-word and the word “monkey” against black students, some of whom are
immigrants.

The REC and student-led protest will speak out about the following:

  • the need to educate the school and the larger community about the harmful impact of
    racial slurs on black and immigrant students,
  • the importance of reporting and documenting racist incidents,
  • the value of transparency in communication regarding racist incidents, and
  • the empowerment of and support for black/immigrant students and their families
    after racist incidents have occurred.

We invite community members to join us and bear witness against racism. We will not tolerate racist incidents in our school.

If you are able to attend the Peaceful Protest tomorrow, we ask you to wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt or black clothing, if possible. If you can, bring signs that say Black Lives Matter, Immigrant Lives Matter, Racist Bullying Is Not OK, and We Reject Verbal Violence.

For further information, please contact the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee Communications at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Thank you!

Registration Is Open for YMCA Afterschool Program Session 2 (Oct. 28 -Dec. 20)

Session 2 for Kid’s U is open! Kid’s U is Hazel Wolf’s afterschool program run by the University YMCA. The session will run Oct. 28 to Dec. 20, 2019.

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 Nov. 1, 2019, however families are welcome to register anytime after that by contacting universityprograms@seattleymca.org or calling 206-524-1400.