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!

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

Parents Supporting Parents Virtual Community Discussion – Wednesday, Jan. 13

We’re in the thick of it right now, this online learning. Would you like to know what other parents have learned? What tricks work for them? Come to our first Parents Supporting Parents meeting of the school year. Be ready to share three things you’ve found that helps your kid stay focused, help you do some work, or help your household run. Ideas for self care? That’d work too. It all counts! Also bring your top three greatest challenges. What do you need help with? 

Join us for a virtual community discussion for all parents next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m., and be ready to share your ideas and your struggles. 

Register here: http://bit.ly/3oaumzR

We are all stronger together!  

Parent Education Seminar: Coping During Online Learning – Wednesday, Dec. 16

Join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA and two trauma-based pediatric therapists on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to discuss coping strategies and to know when to ask for more help or support for yourself and your children.

K-4th grades: 5 – 6 p.m.
Register: https://bit.ly/3kOdZXe (Ctrl + Click to follow link)

5th-8th grades: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Register: https://bit.ly/2ITRlPY (Ctrl + Click to follow link)

Please submit your questions in advance!

Legislative Update: WSPTA Seeks Input on Priorities

What issues are most important to you? Your voice matters!

You have until Friday, Oct. 9 to complete the online Washington State PTA survey to have your say in selecting the top 5 legislative priorities for Washington.

The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will meet Oct. 24-25, 2020, to vote on the Top 5 Legislative Priorities for the next two years. Prior to the vote, there is an e-survey open to the entire Hazel Wolf K-8 community to provide feedback on what issues should be the top legislative priorities.

Please take a few minutes and complete the Hazel Wolf PTSA e-survey.

There’s a wide range of advocacy issues. The survey also includes other proposed positions that delegates will vote on to develop the WSPTA platform. The issues all support the health, education, and welfare of children and youth but the proposed platform covers a wide spectrum of advocacy positions and legislative policies from increasing access to mental health to preventing gun violence and suicide to closing the digital divide. There are also eight resolutions with topics ranging from access to recess and unstructured play to improving outcomes in special education to dismantling institutional and systemic racism. Plus one new principle against racism, discrimination, and oppression.

The WSPTA Voters’ Guide has all the details; the survey is titles only. Take a few moments to review that information as you take the e-survey.

But don’t delay, the e-survey closes on Oct. 9!

Legislative Update: Two USDA Programs Help Kids Get Food Through Summer

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a nationwide extension of a program that has been helping to feed families. Local partners – such as schools and nonprofit organizations – have been serving meals to kids during coronavirus school closures. These partners will be able to continue serving free meals to all children through August 31. This extension is for a waiver of  area eligibility, allowing all children in all areas to receive free meals. Typically, USDA-funded summer meals sites are only for low-income areas. The nearest location to Hazel Wolf with this service is Olympic Hills elementary school at 13018 20th Ave NE.

In addition, a new USDA program called Pandemic-EBT provides food-purchasing benefits, equal to the value of school meals, to households with children who would qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school based on household income. To see if this can help your family, call the Lake City customer service center at 206-684-7526 or visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/basic-food

Families can also use Meals for Kids, an interactive finder with more than 60,000 sites to find free meals for children in their area.