Theme Announced for Next Year’s National PTA Reflections Art Contest

Hello Wolf Pack families! The theme for the 2019-2020 National PTA Reflections art contest has been announced! It’s Look Within. We will be collecting submissions for student work to represent our school next fall and will have more information after school starts, including setting up some open studio times for students to work on their artwork. But we thought that there may be students who want to work on submissions over the summer so wanted to share the theme now.

Categories for entries are: dance, film, literature, music, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D. This year’s rules haven’t been posted yet, but should be similar to this year’s. The link to find information about the contest and its rules is here.

Our most popular category is visual arts 2D and there are some specific dimensions to keep in mind before creating entries. Entries cannot exceed 24″ x 30″ x 1/2″ (INCLUDING matting). Those entries also must be mounted on a rigid material. Specific rules for the visual arts 2D category can be found here.

If you have any questions or are interested in helping with Reflections in the fall, please contact Reflections chair Tatiana Kaminsky (tatiana.kaminsky at gmail.com). We are looking forward to seeing students’ work in the fall– it’s always very inspiring!

More Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to support our school and to get more involved in our community. There are many volunteer opportunities available to support next school year’s programs and events!

Check out the volunteer page with the latest volunteer opportunities for next year. A new addition is Small Fundraising Lead– get the Wolf Pack together for a good cause by coordinating community fundraisers (e.g. dine-out nights) throughout the school year.

Also, there are new opportunities to support next year’s auction. The Auction Committee is looking for several people to fill some critical roles by the end of this school year to help make the 2020 auction run smoothly! There are all sorts of opportunities with varying time commitments– there is something for everybody and we all know many hands make light work. There is also a ton of history available for how to do all of these jobs, as well as people around who have done these jobs before.

2020 Open Auction Volunteer Jobs

Contact the Auction Committee at auctioncommittee@hazelwolfk8.org if you are interested or just mention it to Tabitha Burns, Jennifer Colaner, Sabrina Howell, or Kelli Charboneau, if you see us around at school.

Field Day is June 25

Field Day is happening on Tuesday, June 25, and we need your help to make this an amazing and memorable event for our students! Please consider signing up to help with activities.

Field Day schedule by grade:

  • K – 2nd: 10:00am – 11:30am –> volunteers report to Ms. Krebs by 9:00am
  • 3rd – 5th: 1:00pm – 2:30pm –> volunteers report to Ms. Krebs by 12:00pm
  • Middle School: 1:30pm – 3:00pm –> volunteers report to Mr. Riipa by 12:00pm

SIGN UP: https://signup.com/go/HrcdCua

If you have any questions, please contact Eva: studentenrichment@hazelwolfk8.org

Record number of students ride on Bike to School Day

We had a huge turnout at Bike To School Day on May 8th– the count was 99 bikes, so we broke our record and just barely missed our goal of 100 bikers. Let’s hit triple digits next year!

It was a beautiful morning and students enjoyed giveaways such as stickers, bracelets and snack bars. New this year, all kids who rode bikes or non-motorized scooters or boards received a raffle ticket to win a nice BPA-free water bottle or T-Shirt donated by Ride Bicycles (the bike shop located a mile or so down the bike lane on Roosevelt.). Thank you SDOT, Ride Bicycles and parents for the donations that helped make the day fun.

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(Photo credit: Ann Lipscomb, Zarah Rice)

New Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking to be more involved at Hazel Wolf but not sure how? The PTSA has an open board position. Also, we are looking for a few people to lead events/programs next year.

 

Here is a summary of the volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out our Volunteer page for more details on each role and contact information for any questions.

  • HOMEROOM REPRESENTATIVE COORDINATOR (Open Board Position): Support our classrooms during the 2019-2020 school year by recruiting K-5 room parents/MS classroom reps and support all staff appreciation events throughout the year. In addition this person attends monthly board meetings and participates in board decisions.
  • BOOK FAIR LEAD: Help the school organize the annual book fair in September working with our librarian Ms. Fournier to organize and support volunteers.
  • RECYCLING LEAD: Help save the planet and support our school by taking the lead on our on-going recycling programs (e.g., markers, batteries, corks).
  • READ-A-THON SUPPORT: Support our fall Read-a-thon by helping to collect forms, enter data, and generally support our wonderful librarian/Read-a-thon lead Ms. Fournier.

Goals and Takeaways from the Roundtable on Racism on May 15, 2019

Submitted by Maureen McCauley
Haze Wolf Parent Racial Equity Committee Member

The Hazel Wolf Parent Racial Equity Committee (REC) held a Roundtable on Racism on May 15. The program was student-centered, and featured two high schoolers and eight middle schoolers who stepped up with courage and dignity to talk about their personal experiences with racism. The black, Latinx, and Asian members of the REC sat with and stood by the students as they spoke. It was a powerful evening.

The goals for the event were these: To provide insight into how race and racism manifest in our school and community by sharing the lived experiences of students of color; To empower our students of color to share their experiences; To start a community dialogue about racism in a way that students of color feel supported; and To have the community acknowledge that racism, in all forms, still happens in our school and community.

The REC especially wanted to encourage people to have conversations about race with their children, noting that even small conversations create change that we can then build on, and that it’s OK not to have the answer and to figure out the right words together. We asked the community, “If you see something, say something”, and to support the staff within the school who are acting as our students’ advocates.

The event also provided the attendees with Action Items:

  • Have conversations about race with your child.
  • If your child is a student of color, help the child to find trusted adults to be a support network.
  • Be an accomplice, not an ally. Teach your children to be accomplices.

At the meeting, an extensive resource list was shared with the attendees, which includes links to great articles, books, and resources for learning and talking about racial issues, whether as a parent, a teacher, or a community member. The resource list is provided below. The list also defines terms such as Accomplice v Ally, Micro aggressions, White Privilege, and more. The REC hopes you take a look at the articles and links, and looks forward to presenting more workshops and actions in the next school year.

Roundtable on Racism Resource List May 15 2019

Many thanks to the PTSA and the Hazel Wolf administration and staff for their support of the work of the parent Racial Equity Committee. An especially deep bow of gratitude to the students of color who participated in the Roundtable, and to the friends, family, and advocates who support and love the students.

See You at Mini Golf Tomorrow, May 18!

The PTSA is so excited to host our first mini-golf open happening tomorrow, May 18!

Part engineering challenge, part community social, and all to support the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA. Come golf on Saturday, May 18, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Zylberschtein’s (sandwiches and hot dogs).

We’re still looking for a few volunteers! Please help by signing up for a shift at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ca9af2ea7f49-minigolf

Questions? Contact fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org for more information.