Parents Supporting Parents – Monday, Dec. 2, 7pm

Parents Supporting Parents – How did parent-teacher conferences go? Does your child need some extra help and support at school? Join us on Monday, December 2 to learn more about accommodations, 504s, and IEPs or just to ask questions and share resources around other challenges. The meeting starts at 7:00pm and will be in the Hazel Wolf library. Email elliskatherinem@gmail.com with questions. Hope to see you there!

Get ready for the Toy Swap & Shop – Sat. Dec. 7

The annual community TOY SWAP & SHOP is on Sat. Dec. 7 at 10am-12pm

Trying to motivate your children to let go of unloved toys? Want to clear space in your home before the holidays? Interested in making a little extra holiday cash?

It’s still a few weeks away… but it’s time to get ready and put in a request to rent table space at the event.

Table space rental is $6/adult and $4/student (per half lunch table). If interested, contact Zoe at communityoutreach@hazelwolfk8.org

JUST WANT TO SHOP? FREE ENTRY! CASH ONLY EVENT

Sign up for the Clean Up/Weeding Party on Sat., Nov. 16, 10am-2pm

Parents, students, and community members are all welcome to join us for a Clean Up/Weeding Party for our school! If you are able to help, please let us know by signing up. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.

We will be focusing on the courtyard and council circle areas. Some weeding tools will be provided, but please bring your own gloves and any gardening/pruning tools if possible. We are also looking for people with pruning experience!

Please contact Joe Fogarty with any questions at jcbaileyfogart@seattleschools.org

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board Response to the Peaceful Protest

The mission of the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA is to facilitate opportunities for family involvement in the school community, and we work to enhance the learning experience for every child – in a way that fosters whole child wellbeing and success. We recognize the importance of a safe and welcoming school environment for all students, where today we have a concern about racist language being used toward children at our school. We encourage the school to address racial bullying and inequities that exist. We also seek to ensure that any actions taken on this matter, and that involve our children, are done in a developmentally appropriate way. As a PTSA, we continue to keep students and their wellbeing at the center of our efforts.

Our understanding of the peaceful protest that took place on Friday, October 25th in front of the school was that it was meant to give a voice to our students’ experiences with racism and how hurtful language should not, and does not, have a place at our school. The PTSA board of directors and members did not have oversight of the way the protest was conducted, though we were informed the day before – as was the school administration. What was at stake here as we understood it – addressing racism at school – was and is a shared priority by all. PTSA President Adrienne Kortas, along with Principal Debbie Nelsen, voiced support to the PTSA Board and school staff for the student-centered demonstration and offered our communication channels to help get the word out to the community as quickly as possible.

We have learned a lot from this experience, including how parents and families need to be informed about and involved in things that concern the safety and wellbeing of our children. We are committed to improving our communication about this work while continuing to move forward within established processes for our Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA.

We also know our work is just beginning. At the start of this school year, the PTSA Board agreed that increasing racial equity was a key area of focus for us, and we know this to be true for the school as well. We all seek to move in the same direction and effect change. Together, we will lead the way in our school district for implementing key policies that dismantle racism and increase equity. Together, we will do hard, messy, and uncomfortable work. And we will do it all for our kids.

Sincerely,

The Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Board

Reminder: Reflections Art Contest Deadline–tomorrow Friday, Nov. 1

Just a reminder that all entries for the Reflections Art Contest are due by this Friday, November 1 at the end of the school day. You can find the entry box and entry forms in the front office.

Additional contest details can be found here: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/.

Have questions? Contact Tatiana at tatiana.kaminsky @gmail.com

Spirit Gear Swap

Hazel Wolf students and families have the opportunity to visit the Spirit Gear Swap bin to choose a previously loved (but still in good condition) Hazel Wolf clothing item. We want all students to be able to proudly rock their Hazel Wolf gear! The bin is located in the front office. There are many items in smaller and larger sizes.

Do you have any previously loved Hazel Wolf Spirit Gear? Please donate any clean and still in good condition Hazel Wolf clothing items in the box located in the school office lobby. We will collect any Hazel Wolf Spirit Gear that your child has outgrown and/or no longer wears. Thank you!