Bussing Suspended Starting Monday

Hi Wolfpack Families

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:

  1. Parents/guardians who can drive carpools
  2. Parents/guardians who can walk with kids to school
  3. 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!

Year-end Donation to Hazel Wolf PTSA

Dear Hazel Wolf Family,

Hazel Wolf K-8 is a vibrant and resilient learning community that supports and cultivates family engagement. The PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) is here to help facilitate that engagement and to serve and uplift our school community in many different ways.     

We provide financial support to the school – Every teacher receives a PTSA classroom grant to support their teaching. With the new landscape of remote learning—and the extra creativity it requires—this grant is more important than ever. Also we nearly doubled the funds (from $12,000 to $22,500) dedicated to our tutors this year for both elementary and middle school. We know how challenging this year is, and we want all students to have every opportunity available to succeed.

We support families in need – In this challenging year of living through a global pandemic, programs like our annual coat drive, food pantry and our food and household supply drives, are even more essential than they’ve been in the past. In addition, we’ve created a CARES (Community Assistance Response) Team to help identify and provide financial aid to families with specific school-related needs.

We build community – One way we are building community and connection while we are apart is through virtual parent education forums. Topics have ranged from presentations from our School Board Directors, Online Safety, Coping During Remote Learning and Racial Equity. We have also established Parent Wolf Packs, as well as the new Family Engagement and Action Team, to help nurture and facilitate community building. In addition, we are continuing our commitment to partnering with neighboring schools and increasing racial equity in cooperation with the Racial Equity Committee and the school.

These important programs that support our children and school community rely on donations from our families. Please consider making a year-end gift today. 

In light of our current situation, direct donations will serve as the majority of our fundraising budget for this school year due to the inability to hold our regular annual auction. Please give what is meaningful to you and your family at this time– this might be a one-time year-end gift or a recurring monthly gift. We are grateful for your generosity in supporting our community and your child’s education through this historic time. We are all stronger together.

Ways to give:

Matching gifts: If your employer matches your donation, please let us know.  If you have any questions, contact our Fundraising Chair, Kelli Charboneau at fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org.

Thank you!

Marina Gray and Camille Mulchi
PTSA Co-Presidents

Appreciations for Ms. Eseosa Orhuozee and her impact at Hazel Wolf

Dear Hazel Wolf Community,

We wanted to share with you more about our wonderful Eseosa Orhuozee’s news. She has been such an important and loved part of our community. Now she is off to work in a larger role for the district to make an impact on more students and to further her work in alignment with her educational goals.

We know she will be sorely missed! We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to say goodbye and express their appreciation for her before she moves in to her new role. 

Ways to celebrate Eseosa: 

Virtual Well Wishes – You can upload your video of gratitude and well wishes by Tuesday, Dec 22nd. All the videos will be combined and then sent to Eseosa to enjoy. Please feel free to speak in your native language, send well wishes in a manner that most resonates with your cultural traditions, read a poem, sing or play a quick jingle or simply say thank you and show your gorgeous smile. Eseosa has done so much to support the Hazel Wolf community. Feel free to let her know how much you appreciate her work and support. She’d love to know. 

https://app.vidhug.com/thank-you-eseosa/ryRzXlDhw/record

Come see her off in person this Friday!! Eseosa will be in the building 9am-3pm this Friday, so you could stop by during these hours to bring a card, gift, flowers or even give a social distance wave. 

Contribute to a gift card via Cash app $ZoeLeverson, Venmo @Zoe-Leverson, or PayPal zoezowie@msn.com

Support our community with household donations – through Friday, Dec. 18

We are accepting donations to the Winter Household Drive to support those in our HW community who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. While keeping cultural diversity in mind this winter season, we are focusing our Winter Drive on household supplies instead of food. Each grade is assigned one type of item.

You can buy that item from the Target wishlist or you can buy it elsewhere locally. Target Wish List: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/HWwinterdrive

ITEM LIST:
K – laundry detergent
1st grade – paper towels (if not available, soap bars like Dove)
2nd grade – toilet paper (if not available, baby wipes)
3rd grade – dish soap
4th grade – deodorant
5th grade – shampoo
6th grade – conditioner
7th grade – toothbrushes
8th grade – Nutella

We will keep track of donations based on a point system with items costing about $5 equal to one point. We’ll do our best to keep track fairly. The winning grade will win a virtual DANCE PARTY with Principal Debbie Nelsen! We will announce the winning grade after the break to allow time for all shipments to be delivered.

You can have items shipped to Tracy Buckingham the PTSA Family Support Lead (Target registry automatically ships to her) or drop off at her house. Please email Tracy for drop off info and any questions: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. Thank you Wolfpack for your support!

Congratulations to our Wolfpack Readers for completing the Read-A-Thon!

Now it’s time to add up your minutes read, collect your pledges and turn in your forms!

Forms and pledges can be turned in and participation bookmarks will be distributed at the school this week on December 2 & 3 (Weds & Thurs) from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the library book pick-up.

You can also email forms to fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org. Sponsors can make their donations online through December 6, here: https://hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2020ReadAThon 

Winning fundraisers and raffle winners will be announced soon!

Get ready to Read-a-Thon: Packet pick up Thurs. & Friday, 2:30-4:30pm this week

It’s nearly time for the annual Hazel Wolf Read-a-Thon! Check out this video to meet our new librarian Dr. V and get more details about this year’s Read-a-Thon:

The Read-a-Thon reading period starts November 16 and goes through November 28.

Come to the HW library book pick up at school this Thurs. or Fri., Nov. 12 or 13 from 2:30pm-4:30pm and get your Read-A-Thon packet and meet Dr. V. When you pick up your packet, you can also get a hot cocoa packet to enjoy during the Read-A-Loud with Dr. V to kick off Read-A-Thon. (If you can’t come pick up during this time, packets will also be available in front of the school and online here.)
 
Read-A-Thon 2020 kicks off with a Read-a-Loud event with Dr. V on Mon, Nov. 16. This is another chance to meet Dr. V. and will bring together grade bands at 6:30pm for K-2; 6:45pm for 3-5, and 7:00pm for 6-8. Get your hot cocoa ready and don’t forget your cozy jammies! To participate, register here.

Happy reading, everyone!

Key Dates:

  • November 12 and 13 – Packet & Hot Cocoa Pick-up from 2:30-4:30pm at Hazel Wolf
  • November 16 – Read-A-Thon Kickoff and cozy Read-a-Loud with Dr. V! (K-2 at 6:30pm; 3-5 at 6:45pm; 6-8 at 7:00pm)
  • November 19 – One last library book pick-up before the break.
  • November 23 – Read-a-Loud with Mystery Reader (K-2 at 6:30pm; 3-5 at 6:45pm; 6-8 at 7:00pm)
  • November 28 – Last day of Read-A-Thon
  • November 29 – December 2 – Count minutes & collect pledges
  • December 2 & 3 – Turn all funds and paperwork in at Hazel Wolf from 2:30-4:30pm or via email to fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org. You can make Read-A-Thon contributions online at: https://hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2020ReadAThon

Spirit Gear on Sale through Sunday, Nov. 15

Spirit Gear Flash Sale is on now and ends soon!!! Do not delay, this sale is a quickie– online orders are due Sunday, November 15th.
 
Don’t miss out on the classics like the Wolf Pact T-shirt and logo baseball T-shirt. Also check out the fun *new gear* like the Hazel Wolf masks and bracelets.
 
Order online now!

Deliveries/pickups will be coordinated in mid/late December around the winter break. This is your one and only chance to order Hazel Wolf swag and “put a wolf on it” until spring.  

As always, proceeds from Spirit Gear sales make Hazel Wolf K-8 programming available to everyone. Thanks for your support, Wolfpack!

– Your Spirit Gear folks, Traci, Noriko and Mark
Questions, compliments, ideas? Email: spiritgear@hazelwolfk8.org