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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

PTSA Program Update – February 2021

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Program Update – February 2021

PTSA funding has been supporting Hazel Wolf students and our community in so many important ways this unusual school year. Your donations, fundraising events and membership dues make up this funding, so that all these programs are possible. Read more to learn how PTSA funds have been spent so far this year. Thank you to our community for your continued support of these programs.

Teacher Classroom Grants – Every certified teacher at Hazel Wolf receives a PTSA Classroom Grant that allows them to enhance the learning experience of their students or meet the educational needs of a student. The grant can be used for classroom supplies, curricula, books, software, and website or magazine subscriptions. This year, grants have been particularly helpful to support online teaching and have allowed teachers to purchase items to enhance their virtual classroom, such as whiteboards for backgrounds, books, posters, charts and laptop accessories.

Additionally, PTSA funds helped purchase a Nearpod license for Hazel Wolf. Nearpod helps educators make lessons more interactive to enhance online learning and engagement. Hazel Wolf teachers have already begun using this tool for class lessons and assignments.

Tutoring Program – The PTSA provides funding for seven tutors working with students in 1st-8th grade. Tutors are working with individual students and small groups, which is a vital component during remote learning for student engagement, social and emotional well-being and academic success. For elementary grades, this has added up to over 100 hours per week of tutoring for over 75 students.

The gap between middle school students experiencing academic success, and those who are not, has always existed. Unfortunately, this year that gap is looming larger than ever. Hazel Wolf has expanded the role of middle school tutors to help fill this gap. Tutors oversee classroom chats, run small groups and support students more impacted by the pandemic and remote learning. Tutors provide support during asynchronous time, lunch and after school– wherever and whenever they can reach the students who need them the most.

CARES Fund – The CARES Fund supplements the PTSA Family Support pantry with high need items including diapers and cleaning household items. The funds are distributed by Principal Nelsen and the CARES Support Team (consists of Hazel Wolf administrators, counselors and ELL teachers). With support from this fund, in-kind donations and community partners, the Family Support volunteers provide twice weekly deliveries to over 50 families in our Hazel Wolf community. This effort began last Spring and continues to provide vital support for many families directly impacted by the COVID pandemic.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Fifty five Hazel Wolf teachers and staff enjoyed a delicious catered lunch last October. Some staff stopped by the school to pick up their lunch to go, while others opted to have lunch delivered to them at home. PTSA volunteers organized lunch orders and delivered to staff all around the Seattle area. The PTSA purchased the lunch using an available credit from last year’s cancelled auction event. 

Translations – Sometimes Google Translate just doesn’t provide a clear enough translation and human translations ensure accurate communication. The PTSA funds translations by our Hazel Wolf Instructional Assistants for our ELL families. These translations are important to help keep as many ELL families included and informed.

Field Trip for 5th Graders – PTSA funding has supported a NatureBridge virtual field trip for Hazel Wolf 5th graders this year. While virtual is no substitute for the direct experience of in-person outdoor learning, 5th graders will still have the benefit of NatureBridge expertise and instruction through a series of online sessions with a program called “Elwha River Restoration”. The topic supports the 5th Grade E-STEM Storyline topic: How can humans help restore and reclaim natural environments? The experience will be highly engaging and provide a solid foundation for understanding the complex realities of reclaiming natural environments. 

Thank you again for your support of these programs!

Option School Transportation Community Meeting

This Saturday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. Directors Leslie Harris and Lisa Rivera-Smith will be hosting an Option School Transportation Community Meeting.

The Directors are hoping to hear from families who would be directly affected if yellow/First Student bus service were cut for the 2021-22 school year. They would especially like to hear from families of color and families whose socio-economic status would prevent them from continuing at their student’s current option school.

Please share this information with any families that you think would be able to share at the meeting.

Register for the meeting and request interpretation at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdeGgqDkiGNKyYOCkik5EHLht6ED1I0_S

Invitation for community business and corporate sponsors

Are you a business owner looking for an additional marketing opportunity? Have you donated business services or products to the Hazel Wolf auction in the past? You may have heard, we are not able to have our annual auction, and this year we are running a direct appeal campaign beginning in March. We are reaching out to neighborhood businesses and to those in our own community who are business owners, and we invite you to support our students during this unprecedented school year of virtual learning.

Would you consider making a donation and be named a corporate sponsor of our event? By giving to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA, you’ll be helping us maintain programs that have been deemed vital during our virtual school year, such as math & reading tutors, family support programs and staff grants.

We are offering two Sponsorship Levels and Benefits: 

$250: Your business and logo will be highlighted as a corporate sponsor on our PTSA website Direct Appeal landing page where 750+ families and staff will come to seek out information and donate during our two-week campaign. After the campaign is over, your business logo will continue to have a presence on our website for the remainder of the school year.

$500: In addition to the placements on our website, your business name and logo will have a spot on our 2021Corporate Sponsorship banner. This banner will be located outside of our school on the fence along Pinehurst Way for the remainder of the school year.

This is an opportunity for sponsors to make an impact on our student community and to enjoy the benefits that come from recognition of your support of our school.

Please contact Kelli at fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org for more information or to inquire about other ways to participate. Deadline is February 20, 2021.

Save the Date for the 2021 Direct Appeal – March 1-14

This year, we are sadly unable to hold our annual auction event, which is typically our biggest fundraiser of the year. However, we are hopeful to find new ways to successfully engage with our generous community during our Direct Appeal Campaign, running March 1-14, 2021.

In a normal year, our annual auction typically raises over $90,000 and is only successful because of donors and families, like you. This year our campaign goal is $40,000, which will enable us to maintain our most important school support programs during this virtual school year.

By giving to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA, you’ll be investing in every student and ensuring consistent funding of our existing programs, such as our: Reading and Math Tutors who are successful providing extra support to struggling students, Staff Grants that support our (virtual) classrooms, supplies and enrichment materials, and SO MUCH MORE.

Thank you for saving the date and considering a financial commitment to your child, to every child, through our Direct Appeal.

Join the PTSA General Session Meeting Tonight – Weds. Jan 20, 6:30pm

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA General Session meeting tonight– Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30pm. This meeting will take place remotely via Zoom. Register at: https://bit.ly/3bFARXO

  • Updates from your PTSA
  • Principal’s Discussion on Learning Updates during Covid
  • Call for Nominations Committee for PTSA board positions: 2021/2022 school year

We invite everyone to join us to better build community. We hope to see you there!

Seattle Public Schools Option School Enrollment Open Feb. 1-19

The time for new students to register to attend Hazel Wolf for the 2021-2022 school year is coming up soon!  The window to submit a choice application for an Option School is Monday, Feb. 1  through Friday, Feb. 19.

We want to reach out and give a special welcome to families who may be new to the country and who speak languages other than English.   We need YOUR help.  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 with any information you have and the ELL Enrollment Team will reach out to you soon.

More information, including translated informational videos and contact numbers for bilingual enrollment specialists can be found at Seattle Public Schools district website: https://www.seattleschools.org/admissions/registration