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!

Join the PTSA General Session Meeting Tonight – Weds. Jan 20, 6:30pm

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are invited to join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA General Session meeting tonight– Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30pm. This meeting will take place remotely via Zoom. Register at: https://bit.ly/3bFARXO

  • Updates from your PTSA
  • Principal’s Discussion on Learning Updates during Covid
  • Call for Nominations Committee for PTSA board positions: 2021/2022 school year

We invite everyone to join us to better build community. We hope to see you there!

Support our community with household donations – through Friday, Dec. 18

We are accepting donations to the Winter Household Drive to support those in our HW community who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. While keeping cultural diversity in mind this winter season, we are focusing our Winter Drive on household supplies instead of food. Each grade is assigned one type of item.

You can buy that item from the Target wishlist or you can buy it elsewhere locally. Target Wish List: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/HWwinterdrive

ITEM LIST:
K – laundry detergent
1st grade – paper towels (if not available, soap bars like Dove)
2nd grade – toilet paper (if not available, baby wipes)
3rd grade – dish soap
4th grade – deodorant
5th grade – shampoo
6th grade – conditioner
7th grade – toothbrushes
8th grade – Nutella

We will keep track of donations based on a point system with items costing about $5 equal to one point. We’ll do our best to keep track fairly. The winning grade will win a virtual DANCE PARTY with Principal Debbie Nelsen! We will announce the winning grade after the break to allow time for all shipments to be delivered.

You can have items shipped to Tracy Buckingham the PTSA Family Support Lead (Target registry automatically ships to her) or drop off at her house. Please email Tracy for drop off info and any questions: familysupport@hazelwolfk8.org. Thank you Wolfpack for your support!

Congratulations to our Wolfpack Readers for completing the Read-A-Thon!

Now it’s time to add up your minutes read, collect your pledges and turn in your forms!

Forms and pledges can be turned in and participation bookmarks will be distributed at the school this week on December 2 & 3 (Weds & Thurs) from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the library book pick-up.

You can also email forms to fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org. Sponsors can make their donations online through December 6, here: https://hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2020ReadAThon 

Winning fundraisers and raffle winners will be announced soon!

Read-a-Thon — November 16-28

Do you want to get your child more excited about reading and help them meet a goal? The PTSA has some great incentives for this year’s Read-a-Thon to get kids reading!

Reading dates are November 16-28. It’s ok if you start a little late, you can still participate! Check out the Read-a-Thon packet that contains all the program details, sponsor sheet, reading log and a bonus coloring activity sheet.

The PTSA has also designed the program this year to increase reading participation!

  • Every participant will receive a special edition HW bookmark.
  • The class with the most participants (top class per grade level) will get a cookie coupon for each student in the winning class.
  • Top fundraiser per grade level will receive a book of their choice and a Super Reader Goodie Bag.
  • Last but not least– if your child reaches their recommended grade-level reading goal, they will be entered into a raffle to win an awesome prize– a $50 shopping spree at Math ‘n’ Stuff or Third Place Books with Dr. V. There will be one raffle prize per grade level.

To be eligible for prizes, please return forms and collected pledges in person at Hazel Wolf on December 2nd or 3rd from 2:30-4:30pm or by emailing to fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org.

Packet PDF, sample pledge letter and key dates can be found at: www.hazelwolfk8.org/read-a-thon.

Check out books from Hazel Wolf Library: Tuesday, November 17th is the last day to put library books on hold to check out before the break! Here is a how-to guide. This week is extra special as there will be ten “Golden Tickets” placed in random books. There’s only one way to be a winner… you have to check out some books! Book pick-up will be on Thursday, November 19th from 2:30-4:30.

Get ready to Read-a-Thon: Packet pick up Thurs. & Friday, 2:30-4:30pm this week

It’s nearly time for the annual Hazel Wolf Read-a-Thon! Check out this video to meet our new librarian Dr. V and get more details about this year’s Read-a-Thon:

The Read-a-Thon reading period starts November 16 and goes through November 28.

Come to the HW library book pick up at school this Thurs. or Fri., Nov. 12 or 13 from 2:30pm-4:30pm and get your Read-A-Thon packet and meet Dr. V. When you pick up your packet, you can also get a hot cocoa packet to enjoy during the Read-A-Loud with Dr. V to kick off Read-A-Thon. (If you can’t come pick up during this time, packets will also be available in front of the school and online here.)
 
Read-A-Thon 2020 kicks off with a Read-a-Loud event with Dr. V on Mon, Nov. 16. This is another chance to meet Dr. V. and will bring together grade bands at 6:30pm for K-2; 6:45pm for 3-5, and 7:00pm for 6-8. Get your hot cocoa ready and don’t forget your cozy jammies! To participate, register here.

Happy reading, everyone!

Key Dates:

  • November 12 and 13 – Packet & Hot Cocoa Pick-up from 2:30-4:30pm at Hazel Wolf
  • November 16 – Read-A-Thon Kickoff and cozy Read-a-Loud with Dr. V! (K-2 at 6:30pm; 3-5 at 6:45pm; 6-8 at 7:00pm)
  • November 19 – One last library book pick-up before the break.
  • November 23 – Read-a-Loud with Mystery Reader (K-2 at 6:30pm; 3-5 at 6:45pm; 6-8 at 7:00pm)
  • November 28 – Last day of Read-A-Thon
  • November 29 – December 2 – Count minutes & collect pledges
  • December 2 & 3 – Turn all funds and paperwork in at Hazel Wolf from 2:30-4:30pm or via email to fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org. You can make Read-A-Thon contributions online at: https://hazelwolfk8.ejoinme.org/2020ReadAThon

Spirit Gear on Sale through Sunday, Nov. 15

Spirit Gear Flash Sale is on now and ends soon!!! Do not delay, this sale is a quickie– online orders are due Sunday, November 15th.
 
Don’t miss out on the classics like the Wolf Pact T-shirt and logo baseball T-shirt. Also check out the fun *new gear* like the Hazel Wolf masks and bracelets.
 
Order online now!

Deliveries/pickups will be coordinated in mid/late December around the winter break. This is your one and only chance to order Hazel Wolf swag and “put a wolf on it” until spring.  

As always, proceeds from Spirit Gear sales make Hazel Wolf K-8 programming available to everyone. Thanks for your support, Wolfpack!

– Your Spirit Gear folks, Traci, Noriko and Mark
Questions, compliments, ideas? Email: spiritgear@hazelwolfk8.org