Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Response to Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Hate Crimes

Anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the U.S. Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia are not new phenomena. It has been part of our histories for a long time. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. Even before the horrific shooting in Atlanta, Anti-Asian and Asian American hate crimes have been on the rise including our own neighborhood of Pinehurst. The Hazel Wolf Parent Racial Equity Committee (REC) and the greater Hazel Wolf Parent, Student, Teacher Association (PTSA) stand in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to condemn harassment, racism and xenophobia.

The “Model Minority” myth and a shared value in many Asian cultures of respecting elders and authority have lead to many Asian and Asian Americans to not rock the boat and speak out about racist acts they have faced. Our Hazel Wolf community supports our AAPI families and we want our AAPI community to be seen, heard, and valued.  

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on the evening of Thursday April 22ndZoom (Coming soon!)

Sponsored by: Family Engagement Team, Racial Equity Committee, PTSA and the Hazel Wolf staff.    

Here are some resources (we know there are many more!!) and things you can do to support:

Direct Appeal Campaign Results

WOW! Thank you doesn’t quite seem to match how we’re feeling right now. Our Wolfpack came through and proved, even though we are physically apart, we are a force when we come together.

Because of YOU, we raised OVER $50,000 during our first ever Direct Appeal campaign– crushing our goal!
Because of YOU, we will be able to maintain our most important programs during this unusual year.
Because of YOU, we are more connected than ever.

We appreciate you, Wolfpack. We are indeed, better together!

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA

Donate to the 2021 Direct Appeal Campaign

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA programs are made possible by the generous donations by our school community. Our Direct Appeal campaign goal is $40,000 this year! We are raising funds for our most essential programs that support our students and build community during this challenging school year. Our campaign runs until March 14.

We appreciate all contributions. Regardless of how much you can give, our goal is 100% participation. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. Help us meet our goal this year so that all students can benefit!

Have you seen our Guide to Participation? If you are wondering what this fundraiser is all about, this guide gives you all the details— why to donate, how much, what your donation supports and how funding choices are made. Still have questions? You can email our Fundraising Chair, Kelli Charboneau at fundraising@hazelwolkk8.org.

CHECK OUT OUR GUIDE TO PARTICIPATION HERE

Don’t miss our videos of Hazel Wolf staff and PTSA leadership sharing about the many amazing ways YOUR donations fund important programs that support our student community. You’ll see our Principal Debbie Nelsen, PTSA co-Presidents Camille Mulchi & Marina Gray, Teachers Corinne & Derek Grandbois, Counselor Kristin Thomas, Reading Specialist Amy Hicks and the HW tutoring team. We hope you enjoy hearing from these wonderful educators as they share firsthand experiences and how PTSA programs impact our students.

VIEW STAFF & PTSA VIDEOS

2021 Direct Appeal Letter to Our Community

March 1, 2021

Dear Hazel Wolf Families and Staff,

This school year, so much has changed, but we continue to maintain our commitment to enhancing the learning experience and well being for all of our children. Since we are unable to hold our annual auction, usually our largest fundraiser of the year, we are taking this opportunity to try something new– we are excited to announce the kick off of our first Direct Appeal campaign!

Our goal for this year’s Direct Appeal campaign is $40,000. Your contribution to this year’s Direct Appeal makes up 61% of all activities financed by the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA. This unusual academic year has narrowed the scope of our spending to these major areas of focus: School & Staff Grants, Family Support Programs, Tutoring, and Racial Equity & Inclusion. 

We’ve created a 2021 Direct Appeal Guide to Participation which will explain more about WHY you should donate, WHAT your financial gift supports and HOW funding choices are made by the PTSA. We hope this guidance will help each family feel more informed as they consider making a donation to this year’s Direct Appeal campaign. 

Also, all this week, we are bringing you videos of some familiar faces of staff and teachers. They will be sharing about the amazing work being done through the programs and activities supported by YOUR donations to the PTSA. The videos are posted on the PTSA blog and will be shared daily on the Friends of HW Facebook page.

We know this is a difficult year for many families, and we understand that each family has a different ability to donate. We appreciate all contributions. Regardless of how much you can give, our goal is 100 percent participation. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. 

Donations can be made two ways: 1) by mail: checks payable to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA, 11530 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, and 2) online: hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2021DirectAppeal 

On behalf of the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA and our entire school community, we are so grateful you are part of the Wolfpack.

Sincerely,

Marina Gray and Camille Mulchi
PTSA Co-Presidents

PTSA Program Update – February 2021

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA Program Update – February 2021

PTSA funding has been supporting Hazel Wolf students and our community in so many important ways this unusual school year. Your donations, fundraising events and membership dues make up this funding, so that all these programs are possible. Read more to learn how PTSA funds have been spent so far this year. Thank you to our community for your continued support of these programs.

Teacher Classroom Grants – Every certified teacher at Hazel Wolf receives a PTSA Classroom Grant that allows them to enhance the learning experience of their students or meet the educational needs of a student. The grant can be used for classroom supplies, curricula, books, software, and website or magazine subscriptions. This year, grants have been particularly helpful to support online teaching and have allowed teachers to purchase items to enhance their virtual classroom, such as whiteboards for backgrounds, books, posters, charts and laptop accessories.

Additionally, PTSA funds helped purchase a Nearpod license for Hazel Wolf. Nearpod helps educators make lessons more interactive to enhance online learning and engagement. Hazel Wolf teachers have already begun using this tool for class lessons and assignments.

Tutoring Program – The PTSA provides funding for seven tutors working with students in 1st-8th grade. Tutors are working with individual students and small groups, which is a vital component during remote learning for student engagement, social and emotional well-being and academic success. For elementary grades, this has added up to over 100 hours per week of tutoring for over 75 students.

The gap between middle school students experiencing academic success, and those who are not, has always existed. Unfortunately, this year that gap is looming larger than ever. Hazel Wolf has expanded the role of middle school tutors to help fill this gap. Tutors oversee classroom chats, run small groups and support students more impacted by the pandemic and remote learning. Tutors provide support during asynchronous time, lunch and after school– wherever and whenever they can reach the students who need them the most.

CARES Fund – The CARES Fund supplements the PTSA Family Support pantry with high need items including diapers and cleaning household items. The funds are distributed by Principal Nelsen and the CARES Support Team (consists of Hazel Wolf administrators, counselors and ELL teachers). With support from this fund, in-kind donations and community partners, the Family Support volunteers provide twice weekly deliveries to over 50 families in our Hazel Wolf community. This effort began last Spring and continues to provide vital support for many families directly impacted by the COVID pandemic.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Fifty five Hazel Wolf teachers and staff enjoyed a delicious catered lunch last October. Some staff stopped by the school to pick up their lunch to go, while others opted to have lunch delivered to them at home. PTSA volunteers organized lunch orders and delivered to staff all around the Seattle area. The PTSA purchased the lunch using an available credit from last year’s cancelled auction event. 

Translations – Sometimes Google Translate just doesn’t provide a clear enough translation and human translations ensure accurate communication. The PTSA funds translations by our Hazel Wolf Instructional Assistants for our ELL families. These translations are important to help keep as many ELL families included and informed.

Field Trip for 5th Graders – PTSA funding has supported a NatureBridge virtual field trip for Hazel Wolf 5th graders this year. While virtual is no substitute for the direct experience of in-person outdoor learning, 5th graders will still have the benefit of NatureBridge expertise and instruction through a series of online sessions with a program called “Elwha River Restoration”. The topic supports the 5th Grade E-STEM Storyline topic: How can humans help restore and reclaim natural environments? The experience will be highly engaging and provide a solid foundation for understanding the complex realities of reclaiming natural environments. 

Thank you again for your support of these programs!

Option School Transportation Community Meeting

This Saturday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. Directors Leslie Harris and Lisa Rivera-Smith will be hosting an Option School Transportation Community Meeting.

The Directors are hoping to hear from families who would be directly affected if yellow/First Student bus service were cut for the 2021-22 school year. They would especially like to hear from families of color and families whose socio-economic status would prevent them from continuing at their student’s current option school.

Please share this information with any families that you think would be able to share at the meeting.

Register for the meeting and request interpretation at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdeGgqDkiGNKyYOCkik5EHLht6ED1I0_S

Save the Date for the 2021 Direct Appeal – March 1-14

This year, we are sadly unable to hold our annual auction event, which is typically our biggest fundraiser of the year. However, we are hopeful to find new ways to successfully engage with our generous community during our Direct Appeal Campaign, running March 1-14, 2021.

In a normal year, our annual auction typically raises over $90,000 and is only successful because of donors and families, like you. This year our campaign goal is $40,000, which will enable us to maintain our most important school support programs during this virtual school year.

By giving to Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA, you’ll be investing in every student and ensuring consistent funding of our existing programs, such as our: Reading and Math Tutors who are successful providing extra support to struggling students, Staff Grants that support our (virtual) classrooms, supplies and enrichment materials, and SO MUCH MORE.

Thank you for saving the date and considering a financial commitment to your child, to every child, through our Direct Appeal.