It’s Staff Appreciation Week — Volunteers Needed this Friday

Show your teachers and staff how much they are loved by sending some notes or videos of appreciation this week. Even if your parent room rep is not organizing something for the whole class, you can still encourage your child to draw a picture or write a note. These small gestures are always appreciated by teachers and staff!

Also, the PTSA is planning some yummy treats our incredible staff – including breakfast, ice cream and snacks. You can check out the week’s schedule here. Staff who are teaching remotely have not been forgotten and will have treats delivered to their homes during the week.

On Friday, May 7, we have planned a Car Wash for our staff. We will be doing our best to run the car wash in an environmentally-safe manner with COVID precautions too. Come show your support and sign up to volunteer for a shift! We need six more volunteers during the AM and PM sessions to make this event a success. Middle school students are welcome.

Join Next Year’s PTSA Board

A strong PTSA is important to ensure our Hazel Wolf school community can remain engaged and thrive. Now is when our community needs to come together and find volunteers to serve on our PTSA Executive Board and General Board for the upcoming school year.

Board positions open for the 2021-22 school year:

* Executive Board:
– Co-Treasurers (2 1 of 2 positions open): treasurer@hazelwolfk8.org
– Co-VP: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

* General Board:
– E-STEM Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Fundraising Coordinator: fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org  
– Homeroom Rep Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Marketing & Communications Co-Coordinator (1 of 2 positions open): marcom@hazelwolfk8.org
– Membership Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Social Events Coordinator: socialevents@hazelwolfk8.org
– Special Fund Coordinator: president@hazelwolfk8.org
– Student Enrichment Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

Check out the board job descriptions

All current position holders are available to help with transition and questions. If you’d like to learn more, please send a message to the email contacts listed above for each position. We are speaking with interested candidates now. Then ideally we will vote on new Executive Board members at our next PTSA General Session Meeting on June 2nd. For general questions, please contact our co-presidents: Camille & Marina at president@hazelwolfk8.org.

AAPI Listening Session – Thurs. April 22nd at 7pm

Our Hazel Wolf family groups will host a listening session for the Asian American and Pacific Islander families on this Thursday, April 22nd from 7-8:30pm. 

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This is in response to the increasing hate crimes and racism happening to our Asian American and Pacific Islander community. While this is a specific forum for Asian American and Pacific Islander families, all are welcome. We ask that if you are not Asian American or Pacific Islander that you put yourself in a listening and learning stance to allow space for this community to talk and process. We will have break out rooms for more targeted discussion by race and ethnic groups.

Are you curious as to why there would be groups by different races when there is so much talk about anti-racism and inclusion? Please read this to learn more: Racial Affinity Groups Aren’t Racist – They are the Secret Sauce in Antiracist Schools

This event is sponsored by: FET, REC, PTSA and Hazel Wolf staff   
Racial Equity Committee: ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org 
Hazel Wolf PTSA: president@hazelwolfk8.org
Family Engagement Team Lead: sajida.rehman@gmail.com

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