Unfortunately, due to the labor shortage and vaccine mandate, Seattle Public Schools’ bus vendor does not have enough drivers to operate the busses for our general education students starting this Monday. They are doing their best to hire more drivers to reinstate the bus routes. You can read more from SPS here.
In the meantime, we need to work together to get our kids to school.
We need volunteers for these three jobs:
Parents/guardians who can drive carpools
Parents/guardians who can walk with kids to school
Parents/guardians who can work as crossing guards and traffic control near school
If you can volunteer to help in any of these ways, please complete this Google Form.
If you need help getting your child(ren) to school, complete this Google Form to provide day, time and location information.
This should help us connect families who can work together and support each other.
Also remember that the Hall of Fame Team Camp (HOFTC) provides afterschool care for days when it’s difficult to get your child home. Scholarships are available. You can check out the options here: Hall of Fame Team Camp at Hazel Wolf K-8
Looking for other ways to connect with wolfpack families in your hood and coordinate driving? Some have had luck with this app. https://karpoolclub.com/ Subscribe to the Hazel Wolf School group.
Want to let someone know exactly how you feel? You can reach Governor Inslee here. If his office is flooded with requests it may help move them to bring in the National Guard to get the kids to school. It’s not just for your kid(s) sake but for all the kids who don’t have other options.
We’re sorry this is hard and frustrating. We’re right here with you and know that if we pull together we can get all these kids to school. We GOT this wolfpack!
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 22nd. Zoom (Coming soon!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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.