Reflections Art Contest – Submissions due by Oct. 30

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Reflections Art Contest

Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? We would love to have them unleash their inner artist with an entry for the PTA Reflections arts program! This year’s theme is “I Matter Because”.

Students can submit artwork in six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production,Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts (2D or 3D). Only one entry per student per category is accepted, though students can enter work in more than one
category!

Grade categories are preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. There is also a special artist category for children who receive accommodations.

For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

Find common questions, rules, entry forms and more at the PTA Reflections website:
wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections

Tatiana Kaminsky, our volunteer Reflections Chair, is organizing this program for HW students again this year. Contact her by email for any questions: tatiana.kaminsky at gmail.com

FAQ:

  • Are there certain specifications for entries? Yes, there are some rules. Please check the Reflections website and click on ‘Student Entry Packets’ for more details about each category.
  • Do I need an entry form? Yes, it’s available at the Reflections website. Click on ‘Student Entry Packets’. There is a link: 2020-21 Student Entry Form. Hard copies of entry forms are also available through our Reflections Chair, Tatiana Kaminsky. 
  • How do I submit my child’s artwork and entry form? Contact Tatiana to arrange pickup.
  • I’m not sure how to fill out the entry form? If you need some help filling out the form, contact Tatiana for help.
  • How do I contact Tatiana? Email: tatiana.kaminsky at gmail.com

Download the 2020-21 Reflections flyer

Community-based technical support

Dear Hazel Wolf Community:

We understand this new year is bringing many new technical challenges, and we are trying to figure out ways to support you all. HW Parent, Mat Martineau, has emerged as an incredible resource, and we are all so thankful!

In partnership with Mat, we have set up a new page on our blog that will be updated regularly with helpful info and tips based on feedback and questions received from the community. There is a lot of discussion on Facebook, but we realize not everyone uses Facebook, so we are trying to make information more easily accessible for everyone.

Also, we have set up a new tech support email address for our community: it@hazelwolfk8.org. You can send issues and questions to this email address. We are gathering issues and reporting to SPS in order to advocate for our community and get feedback.

Hazel Wolf K-8 Community-based Technical Support page

SPS Technical Support page

Introducing HW Parent Wolf Packs!

This year, instead of homeroom reps, we are introducing a new program: Parent Wolf Packs. The strength of this program relies on community engagement and keeping groups small. Our goal is to create groups of about 10 families including one lead.

This means we need at least 9 volunteer leads per grade level.  And we promise to keep the volunteer lead role simple – we know you have a lot on your plate! The PTSA and School admins will ensure that these leads have all the latest information, helpful tools, and even suggestions for family-driven connections.

If you’re interested in volunteering – fill out this Google Form:  http://bit.ly/parentwolfpack. Thank you for helping us keep the Hazel Wolf community going strong during this time of social distancing!

Sign up to shop at the Clothing Swap

The Clothing Swap is open for HW community sign ups! You do NOT need to donate, just sign up for a time slot and pick up what you want for free! Sign ups are required so we can maintain social distancing at the event.

The Clothing Swap will be open during each of the materials pick up times: Weds. 11:30am – 1:30pm, 1:45-3:45pm and Thursday 12-4:00pm. We have collected clothing and shoes for all sizes, adults, children, and babies.

Sign up for a time slot so we can maintain social distancing at the event. Masks required.

Volunteers still needed! We love offering these events to support our community, but we need volunteer support to make them run smoothly. If you can spare a one or two hours, please consider helping out at the event. Sign up to support our event.

Please message Tracy Buckingham with any questions: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org

Volunteer at the HW Clothing Swap

Come volunteer at the HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Wear a mask while being socially distant – Help keep the event organized –> Sign up

Wed, September 9: 11:30am-1:30pm, 1:45-3:45pm
Thurs, September 10: 12-4pm
(This event is during HW school materials pick-up)

We are still accepting donations!
Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please ONLY donate items in VERY good condition. No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: 
familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.

PTSA Summer Update – August 18

The school year is officially over, but there’s still much happening! Here’s the latest update:

2020-21 Reflections art program THEme:

The theme for the 2020-21 National PTA Reflections art program has been announced! It’s I Matter Because... We will be collecting submissions for student work to represent our school this fall and will have more information after school starts, but we thought students might want to begin working on submissions now.

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program for students in pre-K through grade 12 that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, finalists from local PTAs will move on to their council PTA (if applicable), then finalists from councils will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. For more information, visit: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections

Hazel Wolf PTSA RACIAL EQUITY COMMITTEE (REC):

Read the latest message by Ardel Jala, REC Co-Chair: Pandemic Pods and More

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE MEN

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday at 8 p.m., for the foreseeable future. During the summer, in these unprecedented times, we expect that folks will miss some sessions, but hope that folks will participate with consistency.

As part of the Hazel Wolf Racial Equity Committee, we have created an online Community of Practice (CP) for White Men affiliated with Hazel Wolf. The focus is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community that wants to focus on a subject, learn from each other, and be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging, and engaged. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening, and accountability. We are looking to grow, learn and be better allies together and welcome people at all stages of their anti-racist work.

UPDATE ON THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CP) FOR WHITE WOMEN

Our next meeting is Sunday, Aug. 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.The Community of Practice for White Women meets every other Sunday. Once school starts, we will decide what schedule makes sense for facilitators and community members.

Our focus as a community is to create accountability for anti-racism, and we have done so by sharing resources, ideas, and conversations. Some participants are at the beginning of working through what it means to be white in our society today; some have been doing anti-racist work for years. We are all continuing to learn. Our four facilitators (REC members Kristen Cater, Zoe Leverson, Maureen McCauley, and Kelly McIntyre) have taken turns leading the meetings. We continue to use breakout rooms, and talk together as a group.

Visit the Racial Equity Resource page on the PTSA blog for more information about anti-racist actions.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, email ptsa_rec@hazelwolfk8.org.

FAMILY SUPPORT:

GET YOUR DONATIONS READY FOR THE HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Event date to be announced. Donations start NOW.
Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please only donate items in VERY good condition.
No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • We are hoping to schedule this event during Hazel Wolf school supplies and technology distribution (date to be determined).
  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.
  • To limit exposure/groupings of people/time, we are planning this eve

TWO PANTRIES AVAILABLE AT HAZEL WOLF SCHOOL AND IN LAKE CITY
Thank you to our incredible community for your continued support of the Honor Pantry at the school building and our pantry in Lake City at the Build Lake City Together office (12544 Lake City Way NE, 98125). Please continue to support our community in need. Non-perishable food items, pantry staples (pasta, rice, cereal, beans) and long-lasting fresh produce are always needed. Most needed items are personal hygiene and cleaning items including: feminine hygiene products (pads), laundry detergent, dish soap (sink), dish washing detergent (dishwasher), toilet paper, paper towels and bleach. Puzzles, books (for kids and adults), art supplies, games, and playing cards are appreciated by families.

We are still trying to track down the following items to support some of our families:
– 20-26″ bicycles in working condition
– front loading washing machine (at least H 35″ x D 23.5″ x W 27″)
– metal plant stands/shelves
Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org if you have any leads!

There are many ways to DONATE:
1) Drop off items at the Honor Pantry at the front of the school at any time -or- at the Lake City Pantry on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or contact Tracy Buckingham or Zoe Leverson to set up a time for pick up.
2) Drop off items at a volunteer’s house (email familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org for address).
3) Order from our updated Target wishlist (and ship directly to volunteer’s address)
4) Order from your store of choice and ship to a volunteer’s address.
5) Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Does your family need supplemental grocery delivery? Please email Tracy Buckingham at familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org.

Does your family or student need help meeting your basic needs? Such as needs for your student to learn and play or needs for your family to remain healthy? Principal Nelsen has access to a limited fund to help support our families. To request support please fill out this form. *NOTE: While we will do our best to connect students and families with resources available, we do not make any promises to fulfill these needs directly. Any information will only go to the Family Support Team.

Updated list of immediate support resources for Hazel Wolf families available in Amharic, Tigrinya and Spanish. Please share with anyone you know that might find this useful.

Get your donations ready for the HW Clothing Swap

HAZEL WOLF CLOTHING SWAP
Event date to be announced. Donations start NOW.

Donate clothing & shoes in ALL sizes for babies, children and adults.
Please ONLY donate items in VERY good condition.
No toys or baby gear.

Email or text for donation drop off information: 
familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org or 206-445-3548

More details about how this event will work:

  • We are hoping to schedule this event during Hazel Wolf school supplies and technology distribution (date to be determined).
  • Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • There will be a sign-up for time slots to increase social distancing.
  • For equity purposes, priority sign-ups will go to HW Family Support families.
  • Next priority sign-ups will go to HW families donating items from a food list (coming soon!) or donating clothing.
  • Third priority sign-ups will go to all remaining HW families.
  • To limit exposure/groupings of people/time, we are planning this event for HW families only.