PTSA Summer Update – Aug. 10

The school year is officially over, but there’s still much happening! Here’s the latest updates:

2020-21 Reflections art program THEme:

The theme for the 2020-21 National PTA Reflections art program has been announced! It’s I Matter Because... We will be collecting submissions for student work to represent our school this fall and will have more information after school starts, but we thought students might want to begin working on submissions now.

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program for students in pre-K through grade 12 that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. For more information, visit: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE MEN

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday at 8 p.m., for the foreseeable future. During the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency.

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for White Men affiliated with Hazel Wolf. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community that wants to focus on a subject, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

Our next meeting is Sunday, Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the meetings. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Visit the Racial Equity Resource page on the PTSA blog for more information about anti-racist actions.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). We were able to fulfill the need for a dryer! However, donations have been low the past couple weeks. Please continue to support our community in need. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are still trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″ x D 23.5″ x W 27″)
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some open days at the end of August, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: If you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful.

PTSA Summer Update – August 3

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

recording available of July 29 Meeting with school board directors:

Thank you for joining us for the online community meeting with School Board Directors, Liza Rankin and Brandon Hersey, last Wednesday, July 29. If you were unable to join and would like to listen to the meeting, a recording is available here. The week of August 10, there will be more answers provided from SPS and Hazel Wolf K-8 about the start of school.

The PTSA plans to schedule another online meeting with School Board members after the August 12 Board vote. Additionally, the PTSA will be sending out a survey to our Hazel Wolf K-8 community to learn more about needs for this Fall. More details to come soon!

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE MEN

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with HW. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on a subject, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged.

If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We will send you the Zoom link and any info needed. If you missed our previous meetings, that is ok. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. Regular meetings are scheduled for 8pm every other Tuesday for the foreseeable future. During the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. Any questions? ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Our upcoming meetings are Sunday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the Zoom meetings, which now run for 90 minutes. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Kelly McIntyre had created a brief survey for CP attendees. Many thanks to those who have filled it out. One item from the survey was a request for some anti-racist actions. Reading books and articles about anti-Black and other forms of racism, about historical events, and about how to talk with others about anti-racism is an important start. Please check out the Racial Equity Resource page on the PTSA blog for more information about anti-racist actions.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). Donations have been low the past couple weeks. Please continue to support our community in need. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are still trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″xD 23.5″xW27″)
– electric clothes dryer
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some open days at the end of August, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: If you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful.

PTSA Summer Update – July 27

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Q&A with School Board Director Liza Rankin

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA invites you to an online community meeting this Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. with School Board Director, Liza Rankin. REGISTER HERE. During your registration, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions to allow us to consolidate similar questions and cover as many topics as possible. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the meeting via Zoom.

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

AN UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Our upcoming meetings are Aug. 9, and Aug. 23, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

On July 12, the Community of Practice for White Women held its fifth meeting, where we focused on how to respond to co-workers and neighbors when they make, intentionally or accidently), racist remarks. We had previously talked about handling those incidents with family members, as well as how to talk with our children about racism. Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the Zoom meetings, which now run for 90 minutes. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Kelly McIntyre had created a brief survey for CP attendees. Many thanks to those who have filled it out. One item from the survey was a request for some anti-racist actions. Reading books and articles about anti-Black and other forms of racism, about historical events, and about how to talk with others about anti-racism is an important start. Here are a few other possible actions:

Actions Against Racism

  • Take a free one hour Bystander Intervention workshop to stop many forms of harassment and violence, such as anti-Asian/American harassment and xenophobia; anti-Black racism; and anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry. Holla Back! offers these workshops and they are very good. Their mission is to put an end to the harassment and violence that is on the rise these days. They have a page titled “Take Action,” as well as a page of resources to prevent harassment in the workplace, online, and in the street. 
  • Patronize black-owned businesses. Here’s a list in Seattle.
  • You can buy face masks from black-owned sources. 
  • While I am a big fan of public libraries, I’d suggest when possible buying (not only borrowing) books by authors of color, for yourself and for your children. Ask your library to buy copies. Give them as gifts. Help boost their sales.
  • Check out organizations like Seattle-based Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. One size of racial justice organization does not fit all, I realize. Still, both of those have resource lists, videos, and more that may be of interest to you.

Check out websites such as theroot.com, blerd.com, essence.com, blackenterprise.com, discovernikkei.org, kwelijournal.com, latinosinkidlit.com, remezcla.com, koreanculture.org, thetoolkit.wixsite.com, lakotalaw.org, mixedfamilylife.com, abolitionjournal.org/studyguide, and the many more that exist and may take you out of your knowledge- or comfort-zone. I’m not endorsing any of these sites: your mileage may vary. Just recommending the value of seeking out others’ perspectives. For more information, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog or contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). Food Lifeline has been closed since earlier this month, so donations are more urgent these coming weeks. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are also trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″xD 23.5″xW27″)
– electric clothes dryer
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are about ten days open in August, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: If you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp. Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form and more information can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

PTSA Summer Update – July 20

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). Also, we wanted to thank Farmer Frog in Woodinville who donated all the potatoes, onions and apples. To learn more about this organization, check out their website: farmerfrog.org.

Food Lifeline has been closed since last week, so donations are more urgent these coming weeks. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items at this time are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are also trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″xD 23.5″xW27″)
– electric clothes dryer
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are about ten days open in August, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: If you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families: Available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Thank you for all who attended Talking About Anti-Racism: A Community Dialogue with Erin Jones on Thursday, July 9, 2020. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on this event. Please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/EDrfWs2VVhMD65nV9

If you were unable to attend a video, additional resources, and a complete set of Ms. Jones’ slides will be posted to the PTSA webpage very soon. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

The next for Community of Practive for White Men is tomorrow, July 21 at 8pm. For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the Communities of Practice for White Women and White Men, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog or contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Legislative Update

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a range of nationwide flexibilities to the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program to ensure America’s children receive the food they need throughout the 2020-21 school year as the nation recovers from the coronavirus. These waivers allowing for flexibilities around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times (to facilitate grab-and-go and other alternate service options), and parent/guardian pick-up of meals for kids for students participating in distance learning. Collectively, these waivers reduce barriers to meal service options that support a transition back to normal operations while simultaneously responding to evolving local conditions.

This summer families can use FNS’s Meals for Kids interactive site finder to locate free meals for children ages 18 and under at 67,000 sites across the nation.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp. Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form and more information can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

PTSA Summer Update – July 13

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Thank you for all who attended Talking About Anti-Racism: A Community Dialogue with Erin Jones this past Thursday, July 9, 2020. If you were unable to attend a video, additional resources, and a complete set of Ms. Jones’ slides will be posted to the PTSA webpage in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the Communities of Practice for White Women and White Men, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog or contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). This week, a farm in Woodinville donated 59 boxes of produce and six 50 pound bags of onions and we fulfilled the request for a lawn mower!

Most needed items at this time are long-lasting produce, pasta, rice, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, feminine hygiene products (pads are the highest need), dish soap and laundry soap. Pantries always need personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce also are always needed. Additionally, families are requesting bikes sizes 20″-26″. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

As a reminder, please do not leave any food items needing refrigeration, clothing or appliances at the pantry.

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some days left, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: if you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families: Available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have space! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form and more information can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

Legislative Update

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a range of nationwide flexibilities to the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program to ensure America’s children receive the food they need throughout the 2020-21 school year as the nation recovers from the coronavirus. These waivers allowing for flexibilities around meal patterns, group-setting requirements, meal service times (to facilitate grab-and-go and other alternate service options), and parent/guardian pick-up of meals for kids for students participating in distance learning. Collectively, these waivers reduce barriers to meal service options that support a transition back to normal operations while simultaneously responding to evolving local conditions.

This summer families can use FNS’s Meals for Kids interactive site finder to locate free meals for children ages 18 and under at 67,000 sites across the nation.

PTSA Summer Update – July 6

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

RSVP FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT: Talking about Anti-Racism: A Hazel Wolf Community Dialogue with Erin Jones. The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) invites all our Hazel Wolf families to an online community discussion Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about anti-racism during these difficult times. Please register today via this form. Please send any questions to: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Racism, police brutality, protests, and Black Lives Matter: all of these are in the news and on social media. How are you and your kids talking about them? What feelings are coming up for students around these issues, especially during this pandemic? What are your concerns about the safety and wellness of your family? In addition to hearing Ms. Jones, families will have the opportunity to talk together in small breakout groups about how things are going, and how we can support anti-racist work within our school community. Adults can attend with or without their students; we encourage students to have parents/guardians with them.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women We have introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We decided to continue meeting over the summer. For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men This is an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with Hazel Wolf that will meet through the summer starting Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00 PM, and regular meetings are scheduled for 8pm every other Tuesday for the foreseeable future. Going into the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency.

We started this CP for white men in response to interest from men following the formation of the CP for white women (see above). Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org for a Zoom link and any other info needed.

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the formation of these Communities of Practice, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

TWO PANTRIES NOW AVAILABLE — AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our new pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office.

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (more details below)
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Most needed items at the pantries are personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Additionally puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

**Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.**

About the Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry:
We opened a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office at 12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125. (This is different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time.)

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

Family Support Volunteer Opportunties:

  • Check on school pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory and keep it tidy. There are still some days left, so please consider signing up here on this Signup Genius.
  • Delivery drivers: if you’d like to be added to our list of drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families: Available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have some openings! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all field trips have been cancelled and replaced with on-site activities. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

PTSA Summer Update – June 29

While the school year is officially over, there is still much happening this summer during this unprecedented time. Here’s the latest updates:

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Talking about Anti-Racism: A Hazel Wolf Community Dialogue with Erin Jones. The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) invites all our Hazel Wolf families to an online community discussion Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about anti-racism during these difficult times. Racism, police brutality, protests, and Black Lives Matter: all of these are in the news and on social media. How are you and your kids talking about them? What feelings are coming up for students around these issues, especially during this pandemic? What are your concerns about the safety and wellness of your family? In addition to hearing Ms. Jones, families will have the opportunity to talk together in small breakout groups about how things are going, and how we can support anti-racist work within our school community. Adults can attend with or without their students; we encourage students to have parents/guardians with them. Please register today via this form. Please send any questions to: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org. We hope to see you there!

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Women. A couple weeks ago, we introduced an online Community of Practice (CP) for white women affiliated with Hazel Wolf, and it has been very well attended. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on anti-racism and related subjects, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaging. We decided to continue meeting over the summer. For meeting details, contact Maureen McCauley at ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

Hazel Wolf Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as white men: is an online Community of Practice (CP) for white men affiliated with Hazel Wolf that will meet every two weeks through the summer starting Tuesday, July 7. We started this CP for white men in response to interest from men following the formation of the CP for white women (see above). Each meeting will have a facilitator, who will send out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator will loosely guide the discussion, encouraging everyone to speak and to listen. The facilitator will keep an eye on the time, and draw the meeting to a close in a positive way, noting any major themes and letting participants know about the take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. If you are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org for a Zoom link and any other info needed.

For more information about the Racial Equity Committee and the formation of these Communities of Practice, please visit the REC section on the PTSA blog.

School Age Program 2020 Summer Camp

The Pinehurst School Age and Preschool Program (located at Hazel Wolf) is offering a school age summer camp and they still have some openings! Registration for children 5 years and entering kindergarten through 12 years old is now open. Summer camp hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. from June 22 – Aug. 31. The summer camp registration form can be found at www.pinehurstchildcare.org/School_Age_2.html. To register, please contact Director, Trudi Peterson at: tpeterson@soundchild.org. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all field trips have been cancelled and replaced with on-site activities. This program participates in the Child Care Assistance Program with the city of Seattle (to apply visit: https://www.seattle.gov/education/for-parents/child-care-and-preschool/child-care-assistance-program) and Working Connections Child Care (to apply visit: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-help/wccc)

FAMILY SUPPORT:

Honor Pantry at Hazel Wolf
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building. The most needed items at the pantry are personal hygiene and cleaning items: laundry detergent, shampoo (Pantene or Suave), hand soap (Dove), dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dish washer), bleach, and baby wipes. Additionally: puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards. Non-perishable food items and long-lasting fresh produce are always welcome. Shoe and clothing donations are not needed at this time. Also, we are trying to find a working lawn mower for a family. If you, or someone you know, are ready to pass one on, please let us know.

There are many ways to donate:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our Target wishlist.
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s house.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is open for donations.

If your family could use help with supplemental grocery delivery, or if you’d like to be added to our list of volunteer drivers, you can email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteers to check on pantry: We hope to have a volunteer check on the school pantry every day this summer to take general inventory, keep it tidy and make sure grains and produce are in bins away from critters. Please consider signing up for some days here on this Signup Genius.

The Hazel Wolf Lake City Pantry
We opened a second pantry to support families who live in the Lake City area. Items will be stored in the Build Lake City Together office at 12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125. This will be different than the Hazel Wolf school pantry, as items will not be out in public for families to pick up at any time. Families will need to contact the Family Support Team to pick up items there.

  • Drop off items for donation: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Pick up items: Contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up. The Family Support Team will continue to send out pictures of items available on a weekly basis.  Families can then contact Tracy or Zoe about the items they need and those items can be picked or delivered.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families: Available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhBzBYL5hmTXMjFMNkZcDIat3RdtYrE4gDj1Wtp6Rig/edit?usp=sharing

COVID Relief Fund still open for donations: Funds to support Hazel Wolf families are made available through the donor-supported COVID Relief Fund. Thank you to everyone that has been able to contribute to this fund at the auction. This fund is going to remain open for donations. If you’d like to make a donation to the fund to help support families during this time, you can make a donation here.

Bike donations: If you happen to be upgrading your child’s bike over the summer and it is in rideable condition, please considering donating it. We are happy to try to find someone who could use one and help get more kids safely active outside this summer. Please email Tracy at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. (If you have a bike that needs repairs, please consider donating to a non-profit like BikeWorks.)