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!

See You Saturday Morning! PJs and Pancakes

We’re excited to see you Saturday morning, January 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cafetorium for pancakes and cartoons! Professional pancake flipper, Chris Cakes, will provide regular and gluten free pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Classic Saturday morning cartoons will be featured on the big screen. Hope to see you there! All Hazel Wolf families are welcome. This is a free event.

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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.

Winter Food Drive Donations and Requests Until Tuesday, Dec. 17

The Hazel Wolf Winter Food Drive is wrapping up to collect donations and support families in need over winter break.

If you can support Hazel Wolf families in need this winter break, please bring in non-perishable, non-expired food donations by Tuesday, Dec. 17. We’re also seeking donations of new or used re-usable grocery bags. Deliver items to the bin in the front lobby near the main office. To improve efficiency, we are asking each grade to donate specific foods:

  • Kindergarten: mac & cheese and granola bars
  • 1st grade: cookies and cereal
  • 2nd grade: peanut butter and jelly
  • 3rd grade: milk in aseptic cartons and tortillas
  • 4th grade: canned meat/tuna and crackers
  • 5th grade: pasta, pasta sauce and rice noodles
  • 6th grade: pancake mix and applesauce/canned fruit
  • 7th grade: dried/canned beans and rice
  • 8th grade: canned soup/stew and dried fruit

Are you in need of extra food this winter break? If you would like to receive a food box during winter break, please complete a request form. The form is available online or at the front office. Return the completed form to the front office by Tuesday, Dec. 17. You can pick up your food bags from the Hazel Wolf office from Dec. 18 – 20 or you can request to have them delivered.

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!

Registration Is Open for YMCA Afterschool Program Session 3 (Jan. 6 -Feb. 28)

Session 3 for Kid’s U is open! Kid’s U is Hazel Wolf’s afterschool program run by the University YMCA. The session will run Jan. 6 to Feb. 28, 2020.

Go to the Afterschool Programs page to find all the details, download the registration form and learn how to register for classes.

Please note, online registration ends Jan. 3, 2020, however families are welcome to register anytime after that by contacting universityprograms@seattleymca.org or calling 206-524-1400.