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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:

Direct Appeal Campaign Results

WOW! Thank you doesn’t quite seem to match how we’re feeling right now. Our Wolfpack came through and proved, even though we are physically apart, we are a force when we come together.

Because of YOU, we raised OVER $50,000 during our first ever Direct Appeal campaign– crushing our goal!
Because of YOU, we will be able to maintain our most important programs during this unusual year.
Because of YOU, we are more connected than ever.

We appreciate you, Wolfpack. We are indeed, better together!

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA

Building Resilience Through Mindfulness Workshop – Tuesday, March 16

As the tedium of Covid continues, parents are feeling a teeny bit stressed and our kids pick it up. Join a supportive workshop for simple family-friendly practices that help you step away from anxiety to revive your energy and boost family connections, taught by Hazel Wolf special education teacher Andrea D’Asaro.

Register in advance for this meeting: http://bit.ly/2O5ArjX

Parents will enjoy proven practices like soft belly breathing, mindful eating and unrestricted movement that engage all of your senses and create islands of serenity for those tough moments. We will enjoy self-compassion practices that transform worries and bring deep care to ourselves and our families. We’ll have fun with infectiously funny animal breathing that can soothe difficult moments with your student and help overcome online frustrations.

Letter to Gov. Inslee supporting equitable rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

On March 1, the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee asking for an equitable roll out of COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable BIPOC communities, with a statement of support for educators, staff and child care providers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure a safe transition to in-person learning. The Board asked for an equitable and balanced roll out to educators while considering the needs of the most vulnerable minority groups that are disproportionately infected by COVID-19. The letter was authored by members of the board and approved by vote.

Any questions, please email: legislative@hazelwolfk8.org

Donate to the 2021 Direct Appeal Campaign

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA programs are made possible by the generous donations by our school community. Our Direct Appeal campaign goal is $40,000 this year! We are raising funds for our most essential programs that support our students and build community during this challenging school year. Our campaign runs until March 14.

We appreciate all contributions. Regardless of how much you can give, our goal is 100% participation. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. Help us meet our goal this year so that all students can benefit!

Have you seen our Guide to Participation? If you are wondering what this fundraiser is all about, this guide gives you all the details— why to donate, how much, what your donation supports and how funding choices are made. Still have questions? You can email our Fundraising Chair, Kelli Charboneau at fundraising@hazelwolkk8.org.

CHECK OUT OUR GUIDE TO PARTICIPATION HERE

Don’t miss our videos of Hazel Wolf staff and PTSA leadership sharing about the many amazing ways YOUR donations fund important programs that support our student community. You’ll see our Principal Debbie Nelsen, PTSA co-Presidents Camille Mulchi & Marina Gray, Teachers Corinne & Derek Grandbois, Counselor Kristin Thomas, Reading Specialist Amy Hicks and the HW tutoring team. We hope you enjoy hearing from these wonderful educators as they share firsthand experiences and how PTSA programs impact our students.

VIEW STAFF & PTSA VIDEOS

2021 Direct Appeal Letter to Our Community

March 1, 2021

Dear Hazel Wolf Families and Staff,

This school year, so much has changed, but we continue to maintain our commitment to enhancing the learning experience and well being for all of our children. Since we are unable to hold our annual auction, usually our largest fundraiser of the year, we are taking this opportunity to try something new– we are excited to announce the kick off of our first Direct Appeal campaign!

Our goal for this year’s Direct Appeal campaign is $40,000. Your contribution to this year’s Direct Appeal makes up 61% of all activities financed by the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA. This unusual academic year has narrowed the scope of our spending to these major areas of focus: School & Staff Grants, Family Support Programs, Tutoring, and Racial Equity & Inclusion. 

We’ve created a 2021 Direct Appeal Guide to Participation which will explain more about WHY you should donate, WHAT your financial gift supports and HOW funding choices are made by the PTSA. We hope this guidance will help each family feel more informed as they consider making a donation to this year’s Direct Appeal campaign. 

Also, all this week, we are bringing you videos of some familiar faces of staff and teachers. They will be sharing about the amazing work being done through the programs and activities supported by YOUR donations to the PTSA. The videos are posted on the PTSA blog and will be shared daily on the Friends of HW Facebook page.

We know this is a difficult year for many families, and we understand that each family has a different ability to donate. We appreciate all contributions. Regardless of how much you can give, our goal is 100 percent participation. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. 

Donations can be made two ways: 1) by mail: checks payable to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA, 11530 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, and 2) online: hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2021DirectAppeal 

On behalf of the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA and our entire school community, we are so grateful you are part of the Wolfpack.

Sincerely,

Marina Gray and Camille Mulchi
PTSA Co-Presidents

Parents Supporting Parents Virtual Community Discussion – Tuesday, March 2

Thanks to everyone who came to the last meeting. There was so much helpful information shared that we decided to have another meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. By then we’ll be coming up on a year of COVID. It’s a good time to take stock and think about where we are now and what we’ve learned. How are we doing? How are we tending to our mental health? How about our kids’ mental health? Let’s get together and share some ideas. Everyone is welcome! 

Register here: https://bit.ly/36odVJm