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Reminder! PTSA General Session Meeting – Wednesday Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf K-8 parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year this Wednesday, Jan. 22. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be available at that time. Childcare also will be provided.

The meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will include important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and a guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

Erin Jones will also be presenting to our student community during Black Lives Matter at School Week. She will lead all students in grade-level appropriate assemblies. Also she will be collaborating with Middle School teachers and holding a “Creating Community” day for Middle School students. We hope parents will take this opportunity to learn from Erin and make connections with what their children will be learning about during BLM at School Week.

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We hope to see you there!

Game Night – Thursday, Jan. 30

Play with Purpose at Hazel Wolf’s Game Night on Thursday, Jan. 30th from 6-7:30 p.m.

We’ve all had the pleasure of learning from books and teachers, practicing our skills on paper and laptops, and listening to an engaging speaker, but sometimes it’s better to have an active, playful role in learning. All of our teachers have powerful and diverse toolboxes of learning resources that they call upon daily.

During Game Night we invite the Hazel Wolf community to join us to experience some of our dynamic, hands-on, game-based learning tools. Each grade level will present games and activities that they use to ‘gamify’ learning. Gaming can be a great way to address any subject and involve kids in fun, interactive learning. Our teachers (and their helpful students) will show you how we can ‘play with purpose’ as we continue to learn.

Math ‘n’ Stuff, the fabulous game store in Maple Leaf, will also bring many games to play. They’ll also have new games available for purchase.

Bring your favorite games! What are the learning games you play at home? Bring them in to teach other kids! We will have an area set aside in the Cafetorium for families to bring in games from home that address the ‘play with purpose’ theme. We welcome games that teach words, math, science, history, logic, engineering, communication, or deductive reasoning. If you do bring in a game or two, make sure it’s clearly labeled with your name. Also, be prepared to spend 20-30 minutes with your game, teaching and playing with other interested kids. 

We need volunteers! We are looking for volunteers to help set up, and clean up during Game Night. Sign up online. Questions? Email Joe Fogarty.

PTSA General Session Meeting With Guest Speaker Erin Jones "Black Lives Matter at School: The Power and History of Words" – Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to hear important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and to stay for the guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We invite everyone to join us to better building community that allows all students to thrive. You do not have to be a PTSA member to attend. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Self-declare for the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Executive Board Nominating Committee

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA nominating committee plays an important role in identifying Hazel Wolf community members to serve in PTSA executive board roles as they open up. For the 2020-2021 school year, we anticipate the following executive board roles to fill: Co-President and VP of School Community.

You are encouraged to be a part of the important process by self-declaring your intent to serve on this important committee. Contact Adrienne Kortas at president@hazelwolfk8.org by Monday, January 20th to express your interest in serving as a nominating committee member or if you have any questions about the process.

At the January General Session Meeting on the 22nd, PTSA members will elect 2-3 people to serve on the nominating committee.

 

ELL Enrollment Night — Thurs. Feb. 6

English Language Learning (ELL) families face prohibitive barriers when it comes to enrolling their children in Option Schools like Hazel Wolf K-8. In the interest of creating equity within the enrollment process, we have created an event to help ELL families navigate the Option School enrollment process. Our goal is to provide equitable access to the program so that our demographics match the demographics of our geo-zone.

This year’s ELL Enrollment Night will take place on Thursday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Hazel Wolf Library. Interpreters and admissions staff will be available to help ELL families register for the 2020-2021 school year and complete choice forms. Children are welcome.

Additionally, do you have relatives, neighbors, or friends that speak a language other than English who are interested in enrolling at Hazel Wolf? If you do, contact Rachel Projansky at raprojansky @seattleschools.org or 206-252-4610 (ext. 4623) with any information you have and the ELL Enrollment Team will reach out to you soon.

If you have questions about the ELL Enrollment Night event, please contact Kelly: operations@hazelwolfk8.org.

If you would like to volunteer to support the event, check out the volunteer sign up!

January 2020 Paw Print

The January edition of the Paw Print, the monthly newsletter of the PTSA, is now available online! In this edition, don’t miss Ms. Fournier’s update on Read-a-thon and all our amazing readers.

The Paw Print newsletter always contains reminders about upcoming events. Also, we include a PTSA Treasurer’s update, volunteer opportunities, as well as news from around the school. If you have school news you want to share, please send your submission to: communications@hazelwolfk8.org.

We are trying to save resources, so hard copies are no longer being sent home via Kidmail. All editions are available as PDFs on the PTSA website in the Stay Connected section.

See You Saturday Morning! PJs and Pancakes

We’re excited to see you Saturday morning, January 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cafetorium for pancakes and cartoons! Professional pancake flipper, Chris Cakes, will provide regular and gluten free pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Classic Saturday morning cartoons will be featured on the big screen. Hope to see you there! All Hazel Wolf families are welcome. This is a free event.

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