Summer Wolfpack Meetups

Enjoy an opportunity to socialize with other Hazel Wolf families this summer.

Summer meetups are scheduled for K-5, Middle School and grade-level meet ups at park playgrounds. Bring your own snacks or picnic. Meetups will follow local Public Health guidelines. Be sure check the PTSA blog or Facebook Events for updates.

Download the Summer Wolfpack Meetups flyer with the full schedule.

PTSA General Meeting with guest speaker David Lewis – Wed. June 9th

Everyone is invited to join the final PTSA General Meeting of the school year on Wed. June 9th. We’ll be hearing from guest speaker, David Lewis, Psy.D., who is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. He will be focusing his talk on anxiety, related to our students’ experiences this past year during the pandemic and their transition into full-time in person learning next year.

Also, we will be voting to approve the 2021-22 Executive Board and budget. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss! The meeting is on Weds, June 9th and begins at 6:30pm.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More about our speaker David Lewis:

David Lewis, Psy.D. is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. The department is dedicated to lowering discipline rates, increasing attendance, and positively impacting the social emotional well-being (and academic achievement), proportionately for all students.

Lewis is an Affiliate Professor at UW in Seattle/Bothell, where he lectures across various departments within the realms of Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, and Education. He is most known for his expertise and research related to the content area of Neuroscience, and that includes topics related to; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Elevated Anxiety, Complex Trauma, and Toxic Stress.

Read the Parent Map article about David Lewis: This Researcher and Father Is Ensuring That Schools Value More Than Just Academics, Meet David Lewis, the guy helping shape Seattle Public Schools’ programs and policies around social-emotional learning

It’s Staff Appreciation Week — Volunteers Needed this Friday

Show your teachers and staff how much they are loved by sending some notes or videos of appreciation this week. Even if your parent room rep is not organizing something for the whole class, you can still encourage your child to draw a picture or write a note. These small gestures are always appreciated by teachers and staff!

Also, the PTSA is planning some yummy treats our incredible staff – including breakfast, ice cream and snacks. You can check out the week’s schedule here. Staff who are teaching remotely have not been forgotten and will have treats delivered to their homes during the week.

On Friday, May 7, we have planned a Car Wash for our staff. We will be doing our best to run the car wash in an environmentally-safe manner with COVID precautions too. Come show your support and sign up to volunteer for a shift! We need six more volunteers during the AM and PM sessions to make this event a success. Middle school students are welcome.

AAPI Listening Session – Thurs. April 22nd at 7pm

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on this Thursday, April 22nd from 7-8:30pm. 

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This is in response to the increasing hate crimes and racism happening to our Asian American and Pacific Islander community. While this is a specific forum for Asian American and Pacific Islander families, all are welcome. We ask that if you are not Asian American or Pacific Islander that you put yourself in a listening and learning stance to allow space for this community to talk and process. We will have break out rooms for more targeted discussion by race and ethnic groups.

Are you curious as to why there would be groups by different races when there is so much talk about anti-racism and inclusion? Please read this to learn more: Racial Affinity Groups Aren’t Racist – They are the Secret Sauce in Antiracist Schools

This event is sponsored by: FET, REC, PTSA and Hazel Wolf staff   
Racial Equity Committee: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org 
Hazel Wolf PTSA: president@hazelwolfk8.org
Family Engagement Team Lead: sajida.rehman@gmail.com

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.

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

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.