Box Tops For Education Program Returns to Hazel Wolf!

Hazel Wolf is reviving its Box Tops For Education collection program and it’s time to start clipping again!

Our school earns 10 cents for every Box Top for Education coupon panel. In previous years, we’ve earned close to $500 and this year we are aiming for $1000. That’s just over 12 box tops per student to reach our goal.

How it works: box tops don’t need to be perfectly clipped, but they do need to be current.  Expired box tops aren’t accepted. Rubber band or place them in a sandwich bag, then drop them off in the “Box Tops” box located in the main office. It’s that easy!

Help us reach $300 before November 1 by dropping them off at Curriculum Night on September 28 or during other school events. Contact Box Tops Program lead Alex Okubo (alexokubo@gmail.com) with any questions.

Discover Your Instrument at the Hazel Wolf Music Exploration Event

Do you have a 4th or 5th grader interested in learning a musical instrument this year? Join families at the Instrumental Music Exploration event on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 3:30-6:00pm in the Hazel Wolf Band Room.

Hazel Wolf Music Director and Instrument Instructor Eric Stevens will be joined by staff from Ted Brown Music to help students explore instruments, and answer questions for anyone undecided about which instrument they want to learn to play. Families can also learn more about the Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) program. EIM is a once per week group class, with instruction day varying depending on instrument section.

In addition to instrument support, Ted Brown Music staff will offer a convenient, on-site rental process for families. Students may have access to the event during school hours depending on their schedule, and can return to the band room with parents after school to answer questions and complete the rental process.

This event is primarily for 4th & 5th graders interested in the Elementary Instrumental Music program; however, families with students in any grade are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Hazel Wolf Music Director and Instructor Eric Stevens (erstevens@seattleschools.org).

Staff Appreciation Week Is May 1-May 5!

We love our Hazel Wolf teachers and staff and want to show our appreciation for all they do! Staff Appreciation Week is Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. Please join us in showing our appreciation by signing up here to bring food and supplies, or help with setup and cleanup. Any amount of time or donation of items is helpful!

Here’s a look at the week’s events and the many ways to participate:
– Monday is coffee and breakfast pastries before school.
– Tuesday is a Frozen Yogurt bar after school.
– Wednesday is a Soup Bar lunch.
– Thursday is a coffee cart service and other favorite beverages.
– Friday is more coffee and breakfast pastries before school, plus cards and gifts.

Boot, Scoot, and Boogie at the Housewarming Hoedown!

Join in Hazel Wolf K-8’s autumn celebration of our new home and incredible community. It’s the all-school Housewarming Hoedown, Chili Feed, and World Dance Party!

The fun happens next Saturday evening, November 5, 6:00-8:30 pm. Come one, come all and eat, dance and enjoy our beautiful new building. Music will be provided to try out the fun of circle, line, square and world beat dancing for all levels and ages!  This event has a sliding scale admission – pay if you can – with a suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family.

Volunteers are needed for room settin’, food bringin’ (your family’s favorite chili or stew for a taste-off), and post-hootenanny cleanin’. Y’all sign up here to pitch in.

Contact Marci Greenberg (marcigreenberg@comcast.net) with any questions.

Traffic Safety Changes are Afoot

Hazel Wolf staff have made some adjustments to the traffic flow immediately adjacent to the building during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup.

Changes include new “DO NOT ENTER” signs recently installed at the intersection of 12th Ave. NE and NE 117th St., and are highly visible during peak traffic times. The updated School Traffic Plan was sent to families in Principal Nelsen’s weekly email yesterday, and can also be viewed here.

The plan reiterates the required traffic flow with a convenient map, and offers examples of safe pedestrian and vehicle behavior to maximize safety around the school. Whether your student walks, rides the bus, or rides in a private vehicle to/from school, please review the plan with your family to help keep everyone safe.

Crossing Guard Recruitment Continues

Seattle Public Schools and Hazel Wolf K-8 are still recruiting candidates to fill an adult crossing guard position at a major intersection adjacent to the school. School is in session and this walking route is quite busy, so the need to fill this paid position is urgent. Any interested applicants should contact Yvonne Carpenter, SPS Field Staff Lead, by calling 206-252-0907, or email ylcarpenter@seattleschools.org.

Families can help by spreading the word to anyone they know who might be interested, and posting the attached flier at local businesses. Do you know someone who might be interested in a paid position? A grandparent, a retired neighbor or friend, a college student, or other adult with availability in the morning and afternoons?

This summer, some HWK-8 parents advocated for adult crossing guards with Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Schools Traffic Safety Committee. The committee agreed to fund two crossing guard positions but asked for the school community’s help in recruiting candidates. HWK-8 families distributed flyers and spread the word online, and the community continues its search for candidates.

To date, one person has been hired and is being trained for one of the two positions, but the other position is still vacant with no candidates. Please help spread the word for this second position.

Grand Community Debut and Housewarming for Hazel Wolf K-8

The Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM program made a grand entrance into the Pinehurst community yesterday. The official ribbon cutting and open house event featured comments by several local dignitaries and school district leaders, with hundreds of parents, students, teachers, staff and community members in attendance.

State Senator Maralyn Chase (32nd Dist.) addressed the audience, and spoke of her friendship with the school’s namesake. She shared how proud Hazel herself would have been of the school and its mission. Host-led building tours immediately followed the ceremony, and families visited classrooms where teachers and staff were busily setting up new learning spaces.

The new home of Hazel Wolf K-8 came to be as a result of dedicated community, parent and staff efforts, and Seattle voters who supported the recent BEX (Building Excellence) levy. Former Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee gave high praise for the cutting-edge and environmentally sound building design, with a hope that it would be very close to attaining a net-zero level of energy use. The official rating will be determined when the solar array is installed on the roof.

K-5 classroom assignments were posted near the main office, and Principal Nelsen shared that class schedules for grades 6-8 would be distributed to students on Wednesday, September 7 (the first day of classes for grades 1 through 8). Kindergarten classes start on Monday, September 12.

The grass was seeded just hours before the ceremony, and attendees were asked to take special care near the edge of sidewalks as the germination process begins. The play structure will be located on the south corner of the site, and will be installed after it arrives later this month.

The community celebration continued into the late afternoon and evening with delicious cupcakes provided by the PTSA, live music performed outside by students and parents, and other tasty items sold by local food trucks. It was a day of full tummies and full hearts.