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Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Response to Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Hate Crimes

Anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the U.S. Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia are not new phenomena. It has been part of our histories for a long time. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. Even before the horrific shooting in Atlanta, Anti-Asian and Asian American hate crimes have been on the rise including our own neighborhood of Pinehurst. The Hazel Wolf Parent Racial Equity Committee (REC) and the greater Hazel Wolf Parent, Student, Teacher Association (PTSA) stand in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to condemn harassment, racism and xenophobia.

The “Model Minority” myth and a shared value in many Asian cultures of respecting elders and authority have lead to many Asian and Asian Americans to not rock the boat and speak out about racist acts they have faced. Our Hazel Wolf community supports our AAPI families and we want our AAPI community to be seen, heard, and valued.  

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on the evening of Thursday April 22ndZoom (Coming soon!)

Sponsored by: Family Engagement Team, Racial Equity Committee, PTSA and the Hazel Wolf staff.    

Here are some resources (we know there are many more!!) and things you can do to support:

Update from Spring General Session Meeting 6/9/21

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Spring General Session on Wed. June 9. We approved the 2021-22 budget and elected executive officers for the 2021-22 school year. Click on these links to view the presentation slides and approved budget .

Congratulations to the members of our 2021-22 Board!
Co-President: Marina Gray
Co-President: Camille Mulchi
Treasurer: Rebakah Minarchek
VP Operations: Christa Kleiner
Co-Marketing & Comms: Katherine Ellis
Co-Marketing & Comms: Jade Blocker
Fundraising Coordinator: Gloria Okada
Community Outreach: Zoe Leverson
Family Support: Tracy Buckingham
Legislative: Dan Mitchell
Staff Representative (non-voting): Jessica Dolin

To our outgoing board members, amazing work was accomplished this challenging school year. We thank you for your time and service to the Hazel Wolf K-8 Community and PTSA. THANK YOU to Sarah Burris, Chris Johnson, Rachel Hoover, Ann Lipscomb, Kelli Charboneau, Sabra Warren, Traci McCallick, Kevin See and Corrine Grandbois.

There are still open board positions to fill! We need YOU to help make our return to in-person school in the Fall a success! If you think PTSA-organized programs are important to your child’s school experience and to our community– please consider joining our board. Open positions include: Secretary, E-STEM Coordinator, Homeroom Rep/Staff Appreciation Coordinator, Student Enrichment Coordinator, Membership, Social Events, Special Fund. Also, we are looking for a volunteer to be our Spirit Gear Lead. Check out the role descriptions here. If you have questions or you’re interested in learning more, please contact one of the board members or Camille & Marina at president@hazelwolfk8.org.

Also thank you to David Lewis for joining our meeting. If you missed his talk and would like to view his presentation, you can access his slides here.

Summer Wolfpack Meetups

Enjoy an opportunity to socialize with other Hazel Wolf families this summer.

Summer meetups are scheduled for K-5, Middle School and grade-level meet ups at park playgrounds. Bring your own snacks or picnic. Meetups will follow local Public Health guidelines. Be sure check the PTSA blog or Facebook Events for updates.

Download the Summer Wolfpack Meetups flyer with the full schedule.

PTSA General Meeting with guest speaker David Lewis – Wed. June 9th

Everyone is invited to join the final PTSA General Meeting of the school year on Wed. June 9th. We’ll be hearing from guest speaker, David Lewis, Psy.D., who is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. He will be focusing his talk on anxiety, related to our students’ experiences this past year during the pandemic and their transition into full-time in person learning next year.

Also, we will be voting to approve the 2021-22 Executive Board and budget. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss! The meeting is on Weds, June 9th and begins at 6:30pm.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More about our speaker David Lewis:

David Lewis, Psy.D. is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. The department is dedicated to lowering discipline rates, increasing attendance, and positively impacting the social emotional well-being (and academic achievement), proportionately for all students.

Lewis is an Affiliate Professor at UW in Seattle/Bothell, where he lectures across various departments within the realms of Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, and Education. He is most known for his expertise and research related to the content area of Neuroscience, and that includes topics related to; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Elevated Anxiety, Complex Trauma, and Toxic Stress.

Read the Parent Map article about David Lewis: This Researcher and Father Is Ensuring That Schools Value More Than Just Academics, Meet David Lewis, the guy helping shape Seattle Public Schools’ programs and policies around social-emotional learning

It’s Staff Appreciation Week — Volunteers Needed this Friday

Show your teachers and staff how much they are loved by sending some notes or videos of appreciation this week. Even if your parent room rep is not organizing something for the whole class, you can still encourage your child to draw a picture or write a note. These small gestures are always appreciated by teachers and staff!

Also, the PTSA is planning some yummy treats our incredible staff – including breakfast, ice cream and snacks. You can check out the week’s schedule here. Staff who are teaching remotely have not been forgotten and will have treats delivered to their homes during the week.

On Friday, May 7, we have planned a Car Wash for our staff. We will be doing our best to run the car wash in an environmentally-safe manner with COVID precautions too. Come show your support and sign up to volunteer for a shift! We need six more volunteers during the AM and PM sessions to make this event a success. Middle school students are welcome.

Join Next Year’s PTSA Board

A strong PTSA is important to ensure our Hazel Wolf school community can remain engaged and thrive. Now is when our community needs to come together and find volunteers to serve on our PTSA Executive Board and General Board for the upcoming school year.

Board positions open for the 2021-22 school year:

* Executive Board:
– Co-Treasurers (2 1 of 2 positions open): treasurer@hazelwolfk8.org
– Co-VP: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

* General Board:
– E-STEM Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Fundraising Coordinator: fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org  
– Homeroom Rep Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Marketing & Communications Co-Coordinator (1 of 2 positions open): marcom@hazelwolfk8.org
– Membership Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Social Events Coordinator: socialevents@hazelwolfk8.org
– Special Fund Coordinator: president@hazelwolfk8.org
– Student Enrichment Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

Check out the board job descriptions

All current position holders are available to help with transition and questions. If you’d like to learn more, please send a message to the email contacts listed above for each position. We are speaking with interested candidates now. Then ideally we will vote on new Executive Board members at our next PTSA General Session Meeting on June 2nd. For general questions, please contact our co-presidents: Camille & Marina at president@hazelwolfk8.org.

Fill the Truck Goodwill Fundraiser, Sun. April 25, 2-5pm

We’re teaming up with Seattle Goodwill to accept your reusable donations! Clear Clutter, Raise Funds and Reduce Landfill. Fill the Truck!

Just come by Hazel Wolf School on Sunday, April 25, 2-5pm. Goodwill of Seattle will donate $600 to our school if we can “Fill the Truck”!

You can bring almost anything, just make sure it’s not bigger than an end table. Donate items like clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, household items and toys. No mattresses, hazardous waste or items in need of repair.

AAPI Listening Session – Thurs. April 22nd at 7pm

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on this Thursday, April 22nd from 7-8:30pm. 

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This is in response to the increasing hate crimes and racism happening to our Asian American and Pacific Islander community. While this is a specific forum for Asian American and Pacific Islander families, all are welcome. We ask that if you are not Asian American or Pacific Islander that you put yourself in a listening and learning stance to allow space for this community to talk and process. We will have break out rooms for more targeted discussion by race and ethnic groups.

Are you curious as to why there would be groups by different races when there is so much talk about anti-racism and inclusion? Please read this to learn more: Racial Affinity Groups Aren’t Racist – They are the Secret Sauce in Antiracist Schools

This event is sponsored by: FET, REC, PTSA and Hazel Wolf staff   
Racial Equity Committee: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org 
Hazel Wolf PTSA: president@hazelwolfk8.org
Family Engagement Team Lead: sajida.rehman@gmail.com