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Black Lives Matter at School Follow-up

A message from Principal Debbie Nelsen:

“Dear Hazel Wolf K-8 Families, 

Last week Hazel Wolf K-8 made Black Lives Matter Week a priority. We took time away from some of our typical daily learning to embrace this important work and to teach our students about the importance of the history leading to this week, as well as steps moving forward.  

Across the grade levels and content areas, the staff provided students with rich opportunities to dig deep inside themselves to understand and reflect.

On Monday, the MS (as a whole) attended an assembly on the history of and necessity for Black Lives Matter Week lead by Erin Jones. To help with the continuation of this work, Ms. Jones shared with us not only the power point presentation with accompanying notes, but also included additional slides about the N-word and suggestions about learning teachers could do moving forward.

On Tuesday, each MS grade level attended a presentation with Erin Jones in which they participated in a variety of interactive activities. She shared her story, including personal experiences with racism and the reasons she has devoted her life to this work. She also spoke about the importance of words and how they are used. She led the kids in an activity where they used post-its to write down negative words/phrases they have been called and have called others and then collected them. This was followed by an activity where the students then wrote down all of the positive words/phrases they have been called, have called others, or would like to hear used. Those were collected at the end of each session.

Throughout the remainder of the week and continuing into an additional week, students participated in specific Black Lives Matter lessons in their classes as well as in long-term units incorporating Black Lives Matter themes. 

As part of our conclusion to Black Lives Matter Week, MS students gathered in the courtyard for a symbolic ending to the use of those negative words where the post-its are burned in front of them. In the MS, their positive words were turned into a “positivity garland” hanging throughout the hallways as a visual reminder of what they want to hear and say.

We thank you for the conversations you have had, and hopefully continue to have, with your child.  If you have feedback about any of the activities during Black Lives Matter week that you would like to share please let me know.

For additional information, including resources from Erin Jones’ talk “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power and History of Words” at the PTSA General Session Jan. 22, 2020, visit the Racial Equity Committee webpage.

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Volunteers still needed for School Tours – Feb. 11 & 12

Do you like to talk about our school? Ready to show it off? We need your help with school tours coming up soon!

We have three tours scheduled: two in the morning and one in the evening:
Tues, February 11: 9:15-10:45am and 6:00-7:00pm
Wed, February 12: 9:15-10:45am

You don’t have to know a lot about our school. We make it easy by providing a script and directions for where to go. Your help is much appreciated! Sign up today!

Questions? Contact Zoe at communityoutreach@hazelwolfk8.org

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“We Will Rise” Spirit Gear Flash Sale — Now through January 17!

Back by popular demand, Hazel Wolf alum Luna Murfin Paz’s design, “We Will Rise”, printed in full color on a variety of items.

This Spirit Gear Flash Sale is ON, and it’s a quick one! Order by Friday, January 17 to get delivery Monday, February 3!

You can order now online through January 17. Paper forms will be sent out via Kid Mail when the kids go back to school.

Please note: Because all items are custom ordered, we cannot accept any returns or exchanges. Questions, compliments, ideas? Please contact spiritgear@hazelwolfk8.org.

How PTSA Supports Classroom Learning: Featuring Ms. Cater, 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Cater, Hazel Wolf 1st Grade Teacher

Hey Wolf Pack! Today you get to see Ms. Cater, one of our 1st grade teachers, as she shares the two main ways PTSA classroom grants have impacted her students. Thank you Ms. Cater for sharing your experience!

Key highlights:

  • Supplemental math materials such as games, hands on activities and online subscriptions that are highly engaging and motivate students. Also, the materials help her further differentiate teaching to the wide range of math learners in the classroom.
  • Update and expand her classroom library each year to provide a range of narratives that reflects and mirrors her students’ stories and creates a cohesive community of learners.

    Thank you to our community for your support! Donations to the PTSA provide classroom teachers like Ms. Cater the ability to witness the impact of these kind of resources on their students each year.

    The Hazel Wolf Online Auction is currently open and runs until Sunday, April 5th at 9:00pm.

Our HW Tutoring Program Supported by PTSA

Camille Mulchi, Hazel Wolf K-8 Tutor

While the Hazel Wolf Online Auction is open this week, we’ll be posting videos of some of our incredible Hazel Wolf staff, as they share how their programs and classrooms are supported by contributions from the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA.

Today we bring you a message from Camille Mulchi, on behalf of the Hazel Wolf K-8 Tutors.
Check out Camille’s video if you want to understand the importance of the tutoring program at Hazel Wolf and why additional funding support by the PTSA is vital to the program.

Key highlights from Camille Mulchi’s message:
While nothing about this spring semester has been even close to “normal”… Here’s what we do know about a “normal” year: Generally 20% of Hazel Wolf students need more than classroom instruction in reading. What Hazel Wolf is trying to do is support these students with evidence-based, proven-successful reading intervention. Arguably the biggest way is tutors.

Tutors support our students and our teachers.
Tutors facilitate small group reading intervention to help build those critical skills.
Tutors sometimes work one-on-one with students—cultivating those trusted relationships and celebrating them, as they uncover their academic gifts and realize just how brilliant they’ve always been.

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA contributes anywhere from $12-$14,000 per year from its operating budget to support tutoring efforts at Hazel Wolf. By participating in the online auction going on NOW, you can help support our students who need—and thrive—with these extra services, these extra moments, with tutors who can support their learning.

Thank you, Wolf Pack, for your consideration.

The Hazel Wolf Online Auction is currently open and runs until Sunday, April 5th at 9:00pm.

Auction Opens Today – Last chance to enter the Pick of the Auction Raffle

Hey Wolf Pack, today is the day! The Hazel Wolf Online Auction opens at 7:00pm.

It’s not too late to enter the Pick of the Auction Raffle. Until 6:00pm today, you can get registered on the auction site, buy a raffle ticket for $75 and have a chance to win ANY item from the auction. This could be a vacation, classroom art or really ANY item! We are selling only 100 tickets and not all are sold at this point– so the odds are very good to win. Don’t miss this chance! Just go the website now, click START BIDDING to register and go to the item “Raffle 2020!” to buy your ticket.

We are going to have a LIVE raffle drawing via Zoom tonight. The call will open at 5:45pm and the drawing will take place at 6:00pm. The Auction Committee and Principal Nelsen will be there, join us!

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/772814064
Meeting ID: 772 814 064

One more day! Get your raffle ticket by 6pm tomorrow.

Only one more day to go! Get your raffle tickets now to enter the Pick of the Raffle. Just make sure you are registered and purchase a raffle ticket by 6:00pm tomorrow.
Here is how to do it:
1) Go to the auction site
2) Click “START BIDDING” at the top of the page to get registered
3) Look for the item “2020 Raffle!” and purchase your raffle ticket(s)

What is Pick of the Raffle? This is your one and only chance to pick ANY item you want from the entire auction! For just $75 you could get a trip to Costa Rica, a priceless work of art created by your child’s classroom, or a cozy get away to Vashon Island. There are a limited number of tickets for sale, so pick one up now, before it is too late! Drawing will take place over a live video feed the night we kick off the auction, Friday, March 27, 2020.

Only two days to go! Hazel Wolf Online Auction Opens

On Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm, get ready to bid on awesome items such as original works of art created by our students, a Murder Mystery Party hosted by Principal Nelsen, sports and theater tickets, unique cooking experiences, and much, much more!

Here is your sneak peek at the amazing works of art that have been created by all K-5 classes and Ms. Mackin’s Middle School Art Class & 4th Grade Art Club.  (You can view classroom art by going to the menu in the top left corner and select ‘Classroom Art’ under ‘Categories’.)

We have a very special addition to our first all-online auction. For just $25, you can have one of our wonderful educator’s favorite children’s books with a personal message for your child. Check out all the fun options now. (You can view the books by going to the menu in the top left corner and select ‘Hazel Wolf’s Favorite Books’ under ‘Categories’.)

While you are on the auction site, you can register now and pick up a Raffle Ticket (there are only a few left), donate to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and contribute to the General Fund.

Preview the Hazel Wolf Online Auction

Dear Wolf Pack:

We acknowledge this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone. While each of us adjust to our ‘new normal’ and look for ways to create connection and community, we feel fortunate to continue our efforts supporting our school community and moving forward with our annual auction through an online platform. Here is a preview of our new Online Auction.

Ways you can support this year’s auction:

Pick of the Auction Raffle: This is the online version of the “Pick of the Live” raffle. This is your chance to win awesome trips and events for only the cost of a raffle ticket. Buy a ticket for $75 and make sure you’re available via phone for the live drawing on Friday, March 27th at 6:00pm. Only 100 tickets will be sold. You can register NOW to purchase an entry.

General Fund Donation: Instead of a Fund-a-Need, this year we are asking for your support in ensuring we can continue to offer family support programs like tutoring support, enrichment trip support and staff grants this year and in the future. We will begin accepting donations to our PTSA General Fund NOW and AFTER the Online Auction closes.

Online Auction: Online Auction includes items typically featured from the live portion of our Auction. The Online Auction will be open for bidding starting Friday, March 27th at 7:00pm. Be sure to preview the site and start strategizing to win your favorites!

REGISTER NOW
Click on START BIDDING at the top of the page to get registered.
Be sure to enter your cell phone number to receive convenient text reminders.

Hazel Wolf Online Auction will be OPEN for bidding
>>Friday, March 27, 7:00pm through Sunday, April 5, 9:00pm<<

Our Hazel Wolf community is amazing, and we appreciate everyone’s support during this unexpected time. We hope to see our community come together and have a successful Online Auction. Thank you for your patience navigating this new auction platform. If you have any questions, please contact: auctioncommittee@hazelwolfk8.org.

Sincerely,

Your Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Auction Committee

Support and Resources for Hazel Wolf Families During COVID-19 Closure

Below is a list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families during the COVID-19 school closure:

  1. For help with basic food needs, medicine for sick children, and basic utilities contact Principal Debbie Nelsen directly at dnelsen@seattleschools.org
  2. Ongoing support with groceries contact PTSA Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org
  3. School sites with meals for all students 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are 26 meal sites total. These sites will be a hub for resources. The three closest to Hazel Wolf:
    • Olympic Hills Elementary School, 13018 20th Ave NE. Enter/Exit through door near the southwest corner of building facing NE 130th Street drive-up area.
    • Eckstein Middle School, 3003 NE 75th St. Enter/Exit from courtyard area near portables through cafeteria doors on east side of building.
    • Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE. Enter/Exit through main entrance door on west side of building facing 30th Ave. Cafeteria will be down the hall on the right.
  4. Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19: https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources
  5. Seattle Public Schools Family Resources and updates: For written translations of the Seattle Public Schools webpage, use the “Select Language” drop down feature found on the upper right corner. https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources
  6. King County info about the coronavirus: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx
  7. Free two months of internet: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This speed increase will happen automatically – no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. https://www.internetessentials.com/  
  8. City of Seattle utility discount program: Customers financially impacted by COVID-19 are urged to set up payment plans with either Seattle City Light or Seattle Public Utilities by calling 206-684-3000 or sending an email 24/7. https://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program
  9. Mayor stops evictions (temporarily): Mayor Durkan signed an emergency order: temporary moratorium on residential evictions, to keep Seattle families from losing their homes as a result of impacts from coronavirus. This begins immediately in the City of Seattle for any residential eviction action related to the non-payment of rent. Tenants required to continue pay their rent if they are able and should work with their landlords on payment plans if they are experiencing financial hardship. 
  10. Health insurance (those without insurance): Washington State Health Benefit Exchange offers limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.   The special enrollment period runs through April 8 and will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Heathplanfinder. Until April 8, individuals seeking a special enrollment must contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator. https://www.wahbexchange.org/new-customers/who-can-sign-up/special-enrollment-period
  11. Educational Programming on SPS TV: Starting Monday, March 23, Seattle Public Schools will be providing educational programming on SPS TV. These videos will feature Seattle Public Schools educators in short segments to support optional learning in a variety of subjects and grade levels. We will also be offering aligned, printed materials at school lunch distribution sites for families who do not have access to TV or internet. https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/sps_tv
  12. Childcare: Seattle Public Schools is partnering with our five of our child care partners who operate at up to 12 Seattle school sites to re-open their child care spaces next week: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/child_care. The University YMCA also will run a special day camp during school closures: https://hazelwolfk8.org/2020/03/17/registration-open-special-ymca-program-starts-wednesday-march-18/

This information also is available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish.