Extending inclusion and learning values into the Hazel Wolf lunchroom

“Food functions as a universal language, illustrating the history and culture of the place it represents while opening minds, raising awareness and encouraging diversity. And in teaching kids about other countries, many turn to food, leading young minds on a path of empathy and tolerance.”  ~Caring Magazine- Vivian Gatica Lopez

Imagine you’re a kid at lunchtime, finally getting to talk and laugh with your friends. Then someone says your favorite food, that your mom made and packed for you, smells funny or looks gross. It’s food from your family’s country and culture. You and your family love it.

At Hazel Wolf, we work to honor and celebrate our differences, and to foster an atmosphere of learning  and inclusion. These values extend into our lunchroom. No student should feel embarrassed or ashamed by others’ reactions to the contents of their lunches, but that has happened, and that’s not good for anyone. We want all of our students to be able to relax and enjoy lunch free from judgment. Sure, children can be curious about food that they have never seen, smelled, or tasted before, but their curiosity should be friendly, respectful, and kind.

Parents and caregivers, you can help... by talking to your children about respecting differences and practicing empathy. You can expose children to different cuisines, talk about food culture around the world, experiment together in the kitchen, and visit one of our neighborhood’s many wonderful international restaurants.

Another fun opportunity… talk, eat, and learn together at our Multicultural Potluck, Wednesday, October 16, 6:00-8:00pm in the Hazel Wolf Cafetorium. This PTSA event was a tremendous success last year—loads of families and lots of incredible food from around the world!

Food is a wonderful portal into learning about different cultures, and a meaningful way to “break bread” for conversation and understanding. We hope the Potluck will inspire your student to try new foods and make new friends. We hope to see you and your family Wednesday, October 16 at Hazel Wolf School!

Reflections Art Contest — Submissions due by Nov. 1

reflections 2019Reflections 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 “Look Within”.

Entries from students from all grades and all abilities are welcome. Students can enter submissions for six categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. (Students may enter art in more than one category but may only submit one entry per category.)

For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. Information is also available at: https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/ (located in the “Student Entry Packets” section).

Pick up an entry form today from the front office. Also, you can download an entry entry form and helpful checklist.

Entries must be turned in by the end of the school day on Friday, November 1. If you have questions or need help with accessing materials or filling out forms, please contact our Reflections Chair, Tatiana at tatiana.kaminsky@gmail.com.

Join us at the Multicultural Potluck – Wed. Oct. 16, 6:00-8:00pm


Hazel Wolf families: Please join us Wednesday, October 16, from 6-8:00pm in the Cafetorium. Let’s gather to share a meal and celebrate our community and its many different cultures. Please bring a dish to share that is special to your family, culture, or heritage. Come enjoy good food, good conversation and even some entertainment!

Please consider signing up to volunteer to help make this event run smoothly! Volunteers are needed before, during and after the event:  https://signup.com/go/niKRuuR




NEW Parent Education Event: Teaching Social Skills to Our Kids, Caroline Maguire – Oct. 8, 7pm

We have an exciting opportunity to hear Caroline Maguire, author of Why Will No One Play With Me, speak at our school on Tuesday, October 8:

PTSA Parent Education Speaker Event: Teaching Social Skills to Our Kids

Caroline Maguire, personal coach, author, teacher and speaker, will introduce the tools you need to become your child’s (or student’s) social skills coach. Caroline’s strategies can help you learn how to cope with the daily social dilemmas that come up and will teach you how to help your child navigate the challenges of social interactions.

Location & Time: Cafetorium, 7:00-8:30pm
Speaker and Q&A: 7:00-8:00pm
Discussion group: 8:00-8:30pm

(This event will replace the Parents Supporting Parents meeting previously planned for Oct 7th.)

Hazel Wolf Annual Coat Drive

This Fall season Hazel Wolf K-8 will hold its 11th annual coat drive!

Click to read this information in Spanish.

Is your child in need of a new winter coat this season? If you would like your child to receive a NEW winter coat with assistance from the coat drive, please fill out the “Coat Request Form” and return the completed form by Friday October 25th. Forms may be returned to your child’s teacher or to the Front Office (in the Coat Request Form return box located near the nurse’s office door). All information will be kept confidential.

Coat Request Forms are available for download below and printed forms are available in the Front Office.

Are you able to sponsor a child and be a coat donor? If you are able to sponsor a child, please email us at (HWcoatdrive@gmail.com) and we will send you a coat request. Please put “Coat Drive” in the subject line of the email. (To make coat shopping easy, we will include size, color preference and gender information for the request.)

The Hazel Wolf PTSA thanks you for your consideration and participation!

Join the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA

Consider joining the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA in working to make a difference in our school community. The mission of the Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA is to facilitate opportunities for family involvement. We work to enhance the learning experience for every child – in a way that fosters whole child well-being and success.

Become a member and join today by going to https://hazelwolfk8.org/join or complete the membership form and return it to the office.

Financial assistance is also available to offset all or part of the membership fee, please email president@hazelwolfk8.org for more information.

First PTSA General Session Meeting of the year – Thursday, Sept. 26

Hazel Wolf parents, staff and students are encouraged to join the Hazel Wolf K-8 Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) for our first general session meeting of the year. It is this Thursday evening, September 26, from 6:30-8:00pm in the cafetorium. You do not have to be a PTSA member to attend.

Meet our new PTSA board and what we’ve been up to the last couple months– setting PTSA priorities and establishing a budget for the year. Also, we will talk about upcoming PTSA activities and how you can get involved.

You’ll have an opportunity to hear from Principal Debbie Nelsen with a school update. Assistant Principal Janine Madaffari will talk about how teachers are bringing the practice of restorative justice to Hazel Wolf K-8. Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups, and it’s a growing practice at schools around the country.

Childcare will be provided by middle school students (childcare donations are suggested and will go directly to the students providing the care).

Please bring questions, suggestions, ideas—or just come listen and learn. We’ll see you on Thursday!