Registration Is Open for YMCA Afterschool Program Session 3 (Jan. 7-Mar. 1)

Session 3 for Kid’s U is officially open! The session will run January 7 to March 1. The Y is offering some exciting new classes exclusively for our 6th-8th graders (Mountaineers and Chess), as well as a chess club for K-5 (from Orangutan Chess Academy). Also, don’t miss Art Wizards, offered on Tuesdays with our very own 4th grade teacher Mrs. Holland!

Instructions for registering are on the Afterschool Programs page. You can also download the registration form for more info.

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for YMCA Afterschool Classes!

The latest session (Session 2) started this past Monday (October 29) and goes through December 21, and there are still openings in most classes. While online registration is closed, you can definitely still sign up! For the latest info on the Y’s afterschool offerings and how to register, visit the Afterschool Programs page on the PTSA website at

Need Care When School is Out Next Friday, Oct. 12?

Next Friday, October 12 is an in-service day and there is no school. If you’re looking for activities and/or care for your child(ren) that day, we’re fortunate to have the YMCA afterschool program on site, which will be offering programming from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hazel Wolf Cafetorium!

To register online, follow this link:

When you register, it may give you a “schedule conflict” error, but just press “ignore conflict” at the bottom of your screen to override it.

The YMCA will have the rest of their no-school-day offerings up and open soon. For more information or to register by email or phone, contact Miranda at 206.524.1400 or

New Afterschool Class: Art Wizards – Starts Tues, Sept. 11

Information about this opportunity went home via Kidmail last week. You can also sign up online at or contact Veronica at

Art Wizards – Tuesdays from 3:35-4:45, $165, 9/11 to 10/23

In Art Wizards, kids learn to draw the things that kids find exciting. The most important part of learning to draw is learning to see. Many adults never developed that skill. Most teens, too. And all elementary students regardless of age need these skills. That’s where we start. We give them all the information they need to be successful, but not so much that we stifle their imagination or limit their opportunities. They learn that a problem can have more than one solution, that small changes can have a big effect, and that there is more than one way to look at the world around them. With consistent and ongoing practice throughout the school year, our students are amazed at the progress they make. Projects include fish, birds and animals of all kinds, people, landscapes, still life, mythical creatures, movie characters and cartoons. We show them how to break down a scene or character so it comes out looking like what they intended. We show them how easy it can be when they know how to use chalk and oil pastels, when it’s better to use colored pencils and where markers and watercolor fit in. It’s easy! It’s exciting! It’s rewarding! And it has a super-positive effect on all other subjects.

Afterschool Enrichment Planning

For new and returning families thinking about childcare for next year, we’ve created an Afterschool Programs page on this website with detailed information about Kids University, the onsite afterschool program provided by University YMCA. We’ll post updated Kids U information on that page, as well as information about other afterschool opportunities that come up during the school year.

Session dates for next year:

  • Session 1: September 5 – October 26
  • Session 2: October 29 – December 21
  • Session 3: January 7 – March 1
  • Session 4: March 4 – May 3
  • Session 5: May 6 – June 20

Register for fall:

Plan ahead and register for fall Session 1 now! Families can register online, return the paper registration form to, or deliver the form in person to the University Family YMCA. For more information, download the registration form, and you can also visit the Afterschool Programs page.

Afterschool Enrichment Info: Register Now for Apr. 30-Jun. 22 Session, Reserve a Spot for Next Year

Registration for the next session of afterschool enrichment classes is now open! This is the last session of the year and it runs from April 30 to June 22. Classes are Monday through Friday after school until as late as 5:45 p.m., and there are three class times on Wednesday to accommodate early release (two class times the rest of the week).

If families would like to reserve their spot next year at the Y, please fill out this reservation form and return it to the YMCA Youth Program Director Miranda Gadau (

Also, the Y shared with us that Healthy Kids Day is this Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Family Y. There are a ton of fun giveaways, summer camp information/registration, and fun for the entire family. This is a free event. (Download the flyer)

Apr. 30-Jun. 22 Session Registration Information

For Enrichment Pass Families: For online registration, use the coupon code 17KIDSU100 to register. This should make your cart total $0, since you already pay a monthly fee. If the coupon code is not working for you, please fill out this registration form and turn the form in to the YMCA Youth Program Director Miranda Gadau ( or our site supervisor Maddie Shirk (

Note: The Enrichment Pass option includes all five days and all class times (including early release on Wednesday) for $495/month ($440/month if you are a YMCA member). There is definitely cost savings with the Enrichment Pass if you need care every day.

Individual classes are $110 per session ($100 per session for YMCA members); however, Fast Break Basketball on Wednesday, Carpentry on Thursday and Martial Arts on Friday are being provided by outside vendors and are $165 per session. Also, Microsoft Club is a two-hour class and is therefore $220 per session ($200 per session for YMCA members). (All classes are onsite at Hazel Wolf, except the Microsoft classes. The YMCA has its own transportation and will bus kids signed up for those classes from school, to the offsite locations, and back by 4:45 pickup on Wednesday or 5:45 pickup on Thursday.)

Sign up as soon as possible, as some classes have limited space! If you have any trouble registering or have any questions, please contact Miranda.

Financial assistance: The YMCA strives to make programs available to all children and confidential assistance may be provided to the extent possible. To learn more and apply, visit

The schedule of offerings is outlined below with short descriptions. (To read the full class descriptions, download the registration form.) To register online for individual classes, you can click on the day of the week below to be taken directly to that day’s selection on the YMCA website. You will need to set up a login on the YMCA website to register online. 


  • Let’s Sing (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – learn and sing a variety of modern folk songs
  • Run the Bases (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – all games that involve bases (baseball, kickball, ultimate pickle, etc.)
  • National Park Road Trip Pt. 2 (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – “visiting” national parks, exploring nature, animals and more
  • Deal! (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – classic card games
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Tag Extravaganza (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – tag variations
  • Kid’s U Pen Pals (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – exchange letters, letter-writing skills
  • Dot to Dot: Extreme (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – intricate pictures using the dot-to-dot method
  • Drama Club (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – develop acting, singing and public speaking skills
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time

Wednesday (early release)

  • Fast Break Basketball with Overtime Athletics (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – game play and skills stations ($165/session)
  • Hip Hop (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – style and culture of hip hop dance
  • Kids Club (2:20-3:35 p.m.) – create your very own afterschool enrichment class!
  • Microsoft Club *grades K-2, 12 kids only* (2:20-4:45 p.m.) – coding and Minecraft challenges at the Microsoft Store in University Village
  • Dodgeball (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – new variations of dodgeball each week
  • Psychology for Kids! (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – explore how the brain works
  • Tiny Town (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – become city builders to create a tiny town
  • Kid’s U Spa (4:45-5:45 p.m.) *15 kids only*– make body scrubs, face masks and more
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Flag Football (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – learn the basics of flag football
  • Carpentry A *limit 8* (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – practical woodworking skills, safe use of hand tools ($165/session)
  • Creative Collages (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – collages, idea boards, dream designs and more
  • Microsoft Club *grades 3-8, 12 kids only* (3:35-5:45 p.m.) – coding and Minecraft challenges at the Microsoft Store in University Village
  • Carpentry B *limit 8* (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – practical woodworking skills, safe use of hand tools ($165/session)
  • Think Tank (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – homework help, worksheets/interactive games, reading time


  • Imagination Station (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – channel your imagination in new and different ways
  • 3D Fuse Beads (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – making 3D projects such as cars, cubes and more
  • Martial Arts (3:35-4:45 p.m.) – gain confidence, respect, strength, age-appropriate self-defense skills ($165/session)
  • Friday Funtivities (4:45-5:45 p.m.) – combination of physical activity games and classic board and card games

Spring Ultimate Frisbee Info

Hazel Wolf K-8 continues its amazing turnout for Ultimate Frisbee at both the elementary and middle school levels.

Information for Middle Schoolers:


All Hazel Wolf middle schoolers are invited to play co-ed Ultimate frisbee!

If you are new to Ultimate, click here to learn more about the sport. Also, click here to read about the Sprit of the Game.

In the spring, Ultimate is not a school district sport, but the Hazel Wolf community has a strong tradition of playing ultimate – both through DiscNW’s organized leagues and tournaments, and less formally after school or on weekends.

This spring there is a small group of parent volunteers coordinating some recreational and competitive activities, as follows:


Kent Koth will host pick-up Ultimate at Maple Leaf park on Saturdays starting March 17. All are welcome, but Kent needs contact information to coordinate. Please contact Kent if interested / for more information: 206-617-2882;

There may also be some after-school pick-up opportunities on Mondays and Wednesdays at Pinehurst Park – we have the field reserved and are looking for a parent/guardian who can commit to hosting that activity! Please contact Kent if you can help: 206-617-2882;


Kevin Rack will coach a limited-roster, competitive team in DiscNW’s Spring League (starting March 10), and if invited to participate, Spring Reign tournament (April 28-29).

Information for 3rd-5th Graders:

Download the registration form

We have changed a few things this year for 3rd–5th graders. Here are the basics:

  • We are not playing with Disc NW league. This means no Saturday games.
  • We will be playing intramural style (an in-house league) with one day of practice (Tues) and of one of games (Thurs) each week after school. (Teams to be determined)

What: Elementary Ultimate Frisbee 3rd – 5th Graders

Who: Any 3rd-5th graders who sign up. Coaches: Malcolm Hooper, Kara Dowidar and Craig Guyer with more volunteers as needed.

When: Practices/games Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5pm, starting March 13 – May 3 (no practice/games spring break week)

Where: Practice/games: Pinehurst field

Extras: We hope to travel a few times to Greenlake or other to schools to play against elementary teams. We will need help with carpools to make this happen on practice days.


  • We will walk players to and from the Pinehurst play field. Pick up is at 4:50 at Pinehurst Playfield or at school by 5pm. (sharp please)
  • If your student has permission to leave the field or school without the group please let us know or we will not let them go.
  • Cleats recommended but not required.
  • School provides jerseys for games.
  • Cost $5 payable to PTSA. Scholarships are available. (covers equipment costs)

Fill out and turn in the registration form to the school office.

Volunteering: Please contact any of the coaches if you are interested or able to help out.

  • Coaches: We have reached out to Ingraham for help with coaching. Depending on how many kids register we may need more parent help. MS or other HS students are great helpers as well if you know any that might be interested. It counts as volunteer time. If we have loads of kids we will need more adults.
  • Team Manager: To organize an email list and handle some seasonal communications.
  • Carpool Coordinator: Help find rides or organize carpools as needed.

A Last Note:
We are developing this program at HW because Ultimate is a fabulous sport for kids of all ages to play. Although it is an after-school activity, it is for kids who want to learn about and build their skill in Ultimate Frisbee.

These are the basics. Please let Malcolm, Craig or Kara know if you have any questions.

Malcolm Hooper, HW 3rd grade parent (
Kara Dowidar, HW 4th grade parent (
Craig Guyer, HW 5th grade parent (