Reminder! PTSA General Session Meeting – Wednesday Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf K-8 parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year this Wednesday, Jan. 22. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be available at that time. Childcare also will be provided.

The meeting will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will include important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and a guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

Erin Jones will also be presenting to our student community during Black Lives Matter at School Week. She will lead all students in grade-level appropriate assemblies. Also she will be collaborating with Middle School teachers and holding a “Creating Community” day for Middle School students. We hope parents will take this opportunity to learn from Erin and make connections with what their children will be learning about during BLM at School Week.

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We hope to see you there!

PTSA General Session Meeting With Guest Speaker Erin Jones "Black Lives Matter at School: The Power and History of Words" – Jan. 22

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to the Cafetorium for the second General Session meeting of the year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to hear important Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) updates and to stay for the guest speaker, Erin Jones: “Black Lives Matter at School: The Power of History and Words” (updated title).

The PTSA has invited Ms. Jones in light of the increased awareness of work and education that is needed following the recent student-led protest about harmful racial slurs being used in our community. Ms. Jones will be discussing why it is important to address these issues, defining diversity vs. racial justice (equity), race, ethnicity, culture, and the history of the n-word and other similar words and why they’re so dangerous. Also, there will be interactive activities to get our community talking. Lastly, she will provide a helpful list of videos, podcasts and tools for parents to use and continue their own learning and their children’s learning.

More about our speaker: Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

We invite everyone to join us to better building community that allows all students to thrive. You do not have to be a PTSA member to attend. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Self-declare for the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Executive Board Nominating Committee

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA nominating committee plays an important role in identifying Hazel Wolf community members to serve in PTSA executive board roles as they open up. For the 2020-2021 school year, we anticipate the following executive board roles to fill: Co-President and VP of School Community.

You are encouraged to be a part of the important process by self-declaring your intent to serve on this important committee. Contact Adrienne Kortas at president@hazelwolfk8.org by Monday, January 20th to express your interest in serving as a nominating committee member or if you have any questions about the process.

At the January General Session Meeting on the 22nd, PTSA members will elect 2-3 people to serve on the nominating committee.

 

ELL Enrollment Night — Thurs. Feb. 6

English Language Learning (ELL) families face prohibitive barriers when it comes to enrolling their children in Option Schools like Hazel Wolf K-8. In the interest of creating equity within the enrollment process, we have created an event to help ELL families navigate the Option School enrollment process. Our goal is to provide equitable access to the program so that our demographics match the demographics of our geo-zone.

This year’s ELL Enrollment Night will take place on Thursday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Hazel Wolf Library. Interpreters and admissions staff will be available to help ELL families register for the 2020-2021 school year and complete choice forms. Children are welcome.

Additionally, do you have relatives, neighbors, or friends that speak a language other than English who are interested in enrolling at Hazel Wolf? If you do, contact Rachel Projansky at raprojansky @seattleschools.org or 206-252-4610 (ext. 4623) with any information you have and the ELL Enrollment Team will reach out to you soon.

If you have questions about the ELL Enrollment Night event, please contact Kelly: operations@hazelwolfk8.org.

If you would like to volunteer to support the event, check out the volunteer sign up!

Black Lives Matter at School Week is Feb. 3-7, 2020–Share your thoughts

Hazel Wolf’s RET (Racial Equity Team – committee of staff and teachers) wants to be responsive to our community and is collecting input about the upcoming Black Lives Matter at School week happening February 3-7, 2020.

Please provide your feedback using the survey form and return to the front office by December 31. Thank you!

BLM survey in English
BLM survey in Amharic
BLM survey in Arabic
BLM survey in Spanish
BLM survey in Tigrinya

 

Consider Making a Year-End Gift to Hazel Wolf PTSA

Dear Hazel Wolf Family,

Hazel Wolf K-8 is a vibrant learning community that invites and values parent involvement.  The PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) is here to help facilitate that involvement and to support our school in many ways.

We provide financial support to the school – Every teacher receives a PTSA classroom grant to support their teaching. Additional funds are dedicated to our library, arts programs, field trips, overnight/outdoor programming, tutors, and more.

We support families in need – Programs like our annual coat drive, weekend food backpack program, and our vacation food drives help support our families needing extra help. We provide financial aid to families with specific school-related needs and we provide grants to other non-profit organizations.

We build community – Through fun, relaxed social occasions, meals at school events, volunteer opportunities, and other activities, we help families connect. We support our Homeroom Representatives to find grade-level social activities and support special events such as the Multicultural Potluck that was held for the second time this fall.  This year we are especially committed to partnering with neighboring schools, offering enriching Parent Education events, and increasing racial equity in cooperation with the Racial Equity Committee and the school.

This work relies on donations from our families. Please consider making a year-end gift today. Your contribution helps fund important programs that support our children and school community.   Our goal is $14,000 for our direct appeal!  Thank you for your generosity.

Ways to give:

  • Online: https://hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/give
  • Cash or check: Please make checks out to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA. Fill out this donation form and include it with your contribution in an envelope. Please return it to your student’s classroom/home teacher or the office.

Matching gifts: If your employer matches your donation, please let us know.  If you have any questions, contact our Fundraising Chair, Kelli Charboneau at fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org

Thank you!
Adrienne Kortas
PTSA President

Hazel Wolf K8 PTSA is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

Food and supplies needed for Staff Appreciation Breakfast – Fri. Dec. 20

Let’s show our appreciation and gratitude to our teachers and staff as we all head off to Winter Break. A breakfast is being planned for Friday, December 20.

Please sign up to help make this breakfast a success! There are many ways to contribute: bring food, bring supplies, set up, clean up or decorate. Sign up here!