Hazel Wolf 12th Annual Coat Drive

Give the gift of warmth! Donate a coat to our Annual Coat Drive

Each year Hazel Wolf hosts a Coat Drive to make sure all Hazel Wolf students and families have a new winter coat. We are anticipating an increase in requests this year.

If you would like to sponsor a child(ren), please shop our Target wish list. The list will be updated in real-time as requests come in, so please check back regularly. Orders will be shipped directly to a coat drive specialist during checkout and will be delivered through the Family Support delivery system. Prices range from $20-$52.

Thank you to our generous Hazel Wolf community for your ongoing support of this program.

Family Support & Community Outreach presentation: making an impact and supporting our HW community

Zoe Leverson and Tracy Buckingham, Hazel Wolf PTSA board volunteers, have been leading the Community Outreach and Family Support team efforts for our Hazel Wolf school community. They presented at the General Session Meeting on Wedsnesday, October 14th and shared all about the team’s work since March 2020 and the meaningful impact that has been made. Thank you Tracy, Zoe, volunteer organizers and drivers– and to our Hazel Wolf community for your continuing support during this time. Below is the presentation, common questions and answers and how anyone can help!

Questions & Answers:

Question: If I go to a Seattle School food site for food, would I be taking free school lunches from someone who needs them if I go?

Answer: School lunches are for everyone. In fact, if they are not used enough, sites could be shut down. They also have breakfast and dinners. So please visit them so they don’t get shut down (this is coming from the people working at these places). You can get as many as you want, including doing pickup for the whole week on one day. You might also see friends or other Hazel Wolf families at pick up sites. I know I have and it’s been great to see people!

Question: What kind of support are you doing? How do you know if people use or want it?

Answer: We have families fill out weekly Google forms with a list of things available, including household item list, food, produce/pantry boxes from Food Lifeline, produce boxes from Farmer Frog in Woodinville and SPS meals/lunches and backpacks. Every week what is available changes and programs are subject to change at any time. We used to get produce from Food Lifeline but since we are in a different phase, the contracts have changed and they are now pantry boxes. Not all of our families use canned goods, so this is less helpful for us. We have been going to Farmer Frog once a week now for food boxes. Families receive a customized order based on what they need.

Question: How do you deliver? Do you social distance? What if families are busy at that time?

Answer: We follow social distancing and wear masks. Most families are available for delivery but some prefer to pick up. We also have some drivers that deliver at later times, when it works best for the family. There are always options if families can’t do those times. Please check the data of our families!

Question: How can I help?

Answer: We have a Target wish list and we always need Kirkland paper towels & Marathon toilet paper from Costco because it’s individually wrapped and still limited to one per checkout. The Target Wish list will ship directly to Tracy’s house (it will show up during checkout). You are also welcome to look at the Target wish list and then shop locally. Donating many of one single item is more helpful than a bag of different items because we do weekly forms for what is available and only list an item when we have enough to offer it to many families.

Also, we just started the Coat Drive this year and check out the Facebook post and PTSA communications being sent out to donate a coat. It looks different this year. We have a wish list at Target and you buy a coat and during checkout it ships to one of the people running the coat drive. Then the coat will be delivered to a family through the Family Support delivery system. The coats range from $20-$52. Thanks to Tracy Moran & Kelly Martineau for organizing the drive.

Please email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for more info about family support or to get donate & drop off information.

Presented October 14, 2020 by:
Tracy Buckingham, Family Support
Zoe Leverson, Community Outreach

No more clipping Box Tops! Scan your receipts

Did you know that Hazel Wolf receives 10 cents for every valid Box Top for Education that we submit? Last year we made over $400 from families, friends, and staff who clipped them and dropped them off in the front office.

This year we are going digital! Have you heard about the Box Tops app on your phone? It’s the new way to earn cash for our school—no clipping required.

HOW IT WORKS:
1. Download the Box Tops app at https://www.boxtops4education.com
2. BUY participating products.
3. SCAN your receipt with the app. Use the app to snap a photo within 14 days of purchase.
4. EARN cash for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school.

Look for Box Tops on everything from granola bars to plastic bags. You can find a list of products here.

Thank you for supporting Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA!

PTSA General Session Online Meeting – Weds. Oct 14, 6:30pm

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Fall General Session online meeting this Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:30pm. This meeting will take place remotely via Zoom. Pre-register at: https://bit.ly/hwptsa

Connect with other parents and hear the latest PTSA updates and plans for this year. We will also be joined by SPS central office staff who will share the District’s Strategic Plan and answer any questions.

You do NOT have to be a PTSA member to attend. We invite everyone to join us to better build community that allows all our students to thrive. We hope to see you there!

Open (Air) Studio for Reflections Art Contest – Oct. 4

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Let’s come together to make art for Reflections! (Socially distanced, of course.) The Reflections theme this year is “I Matter Because…”

Where: We will meet at the lower part of Maple Leaf park near the east baseball field at the corner of NE 82nd St. and 14th Ave NE.

When: 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4.

What to bring: a blanket or something to sit on. Also please bring your own water bottles, sunscreen, and snacks. Hard surfaces (such as cardboard or clipboards) that can be put under paper while it is being used would be appreciated. Feel free to bring art supplies too (not required).

Tatiana Kaminsky, our volunteer Reflections Chair, will bring art materials kids can use (paper, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.) in addition to wipes for cleaning equipment between kids’ use and hand sanitizer. She also will have the forms kids and their parents/guardians need to submit with their Reflections entries, which are due Oct. 30.

Please fill out an online form so that I can plan and make sure I have enough materials for the kids!

THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT – parents/guardians must stay with the kids. MASKS ARE A MUST!

Questions? Email Tatiana at tatiana.kaminsky@gmail.com

More information about this year’s Reflections Art Contest

Racial Equity Committee Update: About The Pushback to the Community of Practice for White Women

By Maureen McCauley, Communications, Hazel Wolf K-8 Racial Equity Committee (REC)

The Hazel Wolf Community of Practice (CP) for White Women began in June 2020. It is an action of the Hazel Wolf PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC). In the month or so after the CP was announced, we received at least three emails from White people about why we created a group “segregated by race and gender,” as one writer termed it. 

Here’s a bit of background on our CP, and our response to those who’ve asked about why we did this:

The PTSA Racial Equity Committee (REC) formed in 2018. Since that time, we have sponsored multiple events open to the entire HW school community promoting racial equity in our school. I can share a separate document that gives an overview of REC’s work to anyone who’s interested. The HW REC, by the way, is currently made up of 60% Black, Asian, and mixed race members. The decision to create these CPs arose from the groundwork of other general offerings. 

In particular, the Community of Practice for White Women evolved from a March 2020 event, when the four White women on REC held a workshop titled “White Women: How Can We Do Better Talking About Race and Racism?” We undertook the creation of the CP in consultation with the leadership and support of our Black and Brown REC members. REC approved the idea of a CP for White women, in part so that we White women could do the anti-racism work that is desperately needed without asking more labor from our Black and Brown colleagues. Some of you may be familiar with affinity groups or racial caucuses. Our CP is similar in concept.

I want to stress that we White CP facilitators report back to REC on what we are doing, and they offer insights and advice as they are able to do so. 

REC was asked also about forming a CP for White men, and two volunteers stepped forward, again with the agreement/support of REC, and they created that CP. 

The possibility of a CP for BIPOC was raised but, at this time, no one is available to volunteer to lead such a group. 

We focused separately on White women and White men (those who identify themselves as such—we are of course open to trans women or men, or non-binary folx) because of the power dynamics in society related to genders. We have had conversations in our CP for White women about healing from sexism to become better allies in anti-racist work. White men are the dominant, historic power-holders in our society, and of course we White women hold great power as well. We hope to create a community that reflects on how racism has been formed in us as White people from childhood on, and how we can be better allies and accomplices in anti-racist work. We rely on resources and readings by BIPOC, and we regularly check in with our colleagues on REC. Some of the focus has been on how White parents can help their White children to talk about and speak out against racism.

The CP for White women has met eight times so far. We always provide a resource list that is almost exclusively based on articles and books by BIPOC. We are working on accountability and anti-racist actions.

The CP for White men has met, I think, four or five times. They have been focusing on Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy workbook. Like the CP for White women, they have checked in regularly with REC members.

On a related note, following the October 2019 peaceful protest, HW began a task force on creating affinity groups for Black and Brown students. That is still being discussed by school administrators and a Task Force, but since schools closed in March, I believe it’s been on a sort of hold, and I am not certain what it might look like this fall.

HW also has a Racial Equity Team (RET) that is comprised of HW teachers, staff, and administrators. Like most public schools in America, the HW teachers, staff, and admins are mostly white. The RET work has largely focused on curriculum issues and professional development. REC and RET members have attended trainings together on racial equity in schools a couple of times.

I’d like to stress that the HW PTSA has declared racial equity work as a priority, and has supported the work of REC in many ways, for which we are grateful. The two new PTSA co-chairs (Marina Gray, a Black woman, and Camille Mulchi, a White woman) were formerly members of REC, and both are active in anti-racist work in and outside the school.

A reality in racial equity work is, for me at least, the expectation that folx  (whatever their race) will question and push back on almost everything. We White folx are especially prone to making mistakes and offending or even harming BIPOC. We nonetheless have to keep moving on in this work, learning from our mistakes, apologizing and making amends whenever possible, and encouraging open dialogues and growth. 

Here are some resources we shared with our CP regarding white women in anti-racist work:

Take care, everyone. Stay well.

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!