Update from Spring General Session Meeting 6/9/21

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Spring General Session on Wed. June 9. We approved the 2021-22 budget and elected executive officers for the 2021-22 school year. Click on these links to view the presentation slides and approved budget .

Congratulations to the members of our 2021-22 Board!
Co-President: Marina Gray
Co-President: Camille Mulchi
Treasurer: Rebakah Minarchek
VP Operations: Christa Kleiner
Co-Marketing & Comms: Katherine Ellis
Co-Marketing & Comms: Jade Blocker
Fundraising Coordinator: Gloria Okada
Community Outreach: Zoe Leverson
Family Support: Tracy Buckingham
Legislative: Dan Mitchell
Staff Representative (non-voting): Jessica Dolin

To our outgoing board members, amazing work was accomplished this challenging school year. We thank you for your time and service to the Hazel Wolf K-8 Community and PTSA. THANK YOU to Sarah Burris, Chris Johnson, Rachel Hoover, Ann Lipscomb, Kelli Charboneau, Sabra Warren, Traci McCallick, Kevin See and Corrine Grandbois.

There are still open board positions to fill! We need YOU to help make our return to in-person school in the Fall a success! If you think PTSA-organized programs are important to your child’s school experience and to our community– please consider joining our board. Open positions include: Secretary, E-STEM Coordinator, Homeroom Rep/Staff Appreciation Coordinator, Student Enrichment Coordinator, Membership, Social Events, Special Fund. Also, we are looking for a volunteer to be our Spirit Gear Lead. Check out the role descriptions here. If you have questions or you’re interested in learning more, please contact one of the board members or Camille & Marina at president@hazelwolfk8.org.

Also thank you to David Lewis for joining our meeting. If you missed his talk and would like to view his presentation, you can access his slides here.

Summer Wolfpack Meetups

Enjoy an opportunity to socialize with other Hazel Wolf families this summer.

Summer meetups are scheduled for K-5, Middle School and grade-level meet ups at park playgrounds. Bring your own snacks or picnic. Meetups will follow local Public Health guidelines. Be sure check the PTSA blog or Facebook Events for updates.

Download the Summer Wolfpack Meetups flyer with the full schedule.

PTSA General Meeting with guest speaker David Lewis – Wed. June 9th

Everyone is invited to join the final PTSA General Meeting of the school year on Wed. June 9th. We’ll be hearing from guest speaker, David Lewis, Psy.D., who is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. He will be focusing his talk on anxiety, related to our students’ experiences this past year during the pandemic and their transition into full-time in person learning next year.

Also, we will be voting to approve the 2021-22 Executive Board and budget. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss! The meeting is on Weds, June 9th and begins at 6:30pm.

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More about our speaker David Lewis:

David Lewis, Psy.D. is currently the Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services for Seattle Public Schools. The department is dedicated to lowering discipline rates, increasing attendance, and positively impacting the social emotional well-being (and academic achievement), proportionately for all students.

Lewis is an Affiliate Professor at UW in Seattle/Bothell, where he lectures across various departments within the realms of Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, and Education. He is most known for his expertise and research related to the content area of Neuroscience, and that includes topics related to; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Elevated Anxiety, Complex Trauma, and Toxic Stress.

Read the Parent Map article about David Lewis: This Researcher and Father Is Ensuring That Schools Value More Than Just Academics, Meet David Lewis, the guy helping shape Seattle Public Schools’ programs and policies around social-emotional learning

Join Next Year’s PTSA Board

A strong PTSA is important to ensure our Hazel Wolf school community can remain engaged and thrive. Now is when our community needs to come together and find volunteers to serve on our PTSA Executive Board and General Board for the upcoming school year.

Board positions open for the 2021-22 school year:

* Executive Board:
– Co-Treasurers (2 1 of 2 positions open): treasurer@hazelwolfk8.org
– Co-VP: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

* General Board:
– E-STEM Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Fundraising Coordinator: fundraising@hazelwolfk8.org  
– Homeroom Rep Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Marketing & Communications Co-Coordinator (1 of 2 positions open): marcom@hazelwolfk8.org
– Membership Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org
– Social Events Coordinator: socialevents@hazelwolfk8.org
– Special Fund Coordinator: president@hazelwolfk8.org
– Student Enrichment Coordinator: schoolcommunity@hazelwolfk8.org

Check out the board job descriptions

All current position holders are available to help with transition and questions. If you’d like to learn more, please send a message to the email contacts listed above for each position. We are speaking with interested candidates now. Then ideally we will vote on new Executive Board members at our next PTSA General Session Meeting on June 2nd. For general questions, please contact our co-presidents: Camille & Marina at president@hazelwolfk8.org.

Direct Appeal Campaign Results

WOW! Thank you doesn’t quite seem to match how we’re feeling right now. Our Wolfpack came through and proved, even though we are physically apart, we are a force when we come together.

Because of YOU, we raised OVER $50,000 during our first ever Direct Appeal campaign– crushing our goal!
Because of YOU, we will be able to maintain our most important programs during this unusual year.
Because of YOU, we are more connected than ever.

We appreciate you, Wolfpack. We are indeed, better together!

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA

Donate to the 2021 Direct Appeal Campaign

Hazel Wolf K-8 PTSA programs are made possible by the generous donations by our school community. Our Direct Appeal campaign goal is $40,000 this year! We are raising funds for our most essential programs that support our students and build community during this challenging school year. Our campaign runs until March 14.

We appreciate all contributions. Regardless of how much you can give, our goal is 100% participation. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. Help us meet our goal this year so that all students can benefit!

Have you seen our Guide to Participation? If you are wondering what this fundraiser is all about, this guide gives you all the details— why to donate, how much, what your donation supports and how funding choices are made. Still have questions? You can email our Fundraising Chair, Kelli Charboneau at fundraising@hazelwolkk8.org.

CHECK OUT OUR GUIDE TO PARTICIPATION HERE

Don’t miss our videos of Hazel Wolf staff and PTSA leadership sharing about the many amazing ways YOUR donations fund important programs that support our student community. You’ll see our Principal Debbie Nelsen, PTSA co-Presidents Camille Mulchi & Marina Gray, Teachers Corinne & Derek Grandbois, Counselor Kristin Thomas, Reading Specialist Amy Hicks and the HW tutoring team. We hope you enjoy hearing from these wonderful educators as they share firsthand experiences and how PTSA programs impact our students.

VIEW STAFF & PTSA VIDEOS

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!