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    August 15, 2019

    Dear Hazel Wolf K-8 Families,
    Welcome to all of our new families, along with those of you who are returning for another great year.  Our vision as Hazel Wolf K-8 is that students ask questions about the world around them, define problems and develop solutions, collaborate with diverse teams, justify thinking based on evidence, articulate their thinking, and model and practice attitudes that grow and support innovation.  Our E-STEM program enables students to learn these skills through a rigorous academic program, centered around the environment in which we live. 

    The year ahead will be a fantastic one!  We are beginning our new Amplify Science for grades 3-8, Envison math for K,1, and 5, and Caring School Community (Social Emotional Learning) for all K-8. 

    Enrollment and Class Configurations
    As of the writing of this letter, we have 751 students assigned, with all grade levels at capacity.  Teachers are as follows:

    K Alex Morales, Erica Wheeler, Jessica Turek   
    1st Jessica Dolin, Maddie Hall, Kristen Cater
    2nd Erica Dorje, Richard Musser, Melissa Boni
    3rd Derek Grandbois,  Susan Benefield, Jessica Thomashow (new hire from Green Lake replacing Kathryn Show)
    4th  Rebecca Hoff, Corinne Grand Bois, Leigh Holland
    5th  Brooke Einstein, Geoff Smith, Leena Dixon (new hire from Renton replacing Tamara Alston)
    4th-5th    Distinct Program Mary McGuire, Adam Jose, Rachel Franzen
    Elementary SpEd  Christy Lommers, Carrie Widener, Siobhan Ricci, Martha Taylor, Peggy Cunningham, Paul Beard, Camille Mulchi, Alex Monterrubio, Flora Peterson
    Elementary ELL Rachel Projansky, Michele Merklin, Idris Mawleed, Guesh Wubneh, and Ali Ugus
    Elementary Math Angie Armbrust and Hilary Peterman
    Elementary Literacy Amy Hicks

    Middle School 
    Keri Rotton (ELA/SS)   Genny Bisagna (Math)
    Tom Baltzell (ELA/SS)   Laura Mah (Math)
    Sean House   (ELA/SS and ELL)  Tamara Alston(Science)
    Katrina Rippa (ELA/SS)   Chris Blea (Science)
    Bev Ferguson (Math/MESA/Coding) JC Hsudeyin (Spanish)
    Middle School SpEd Rose Palmer, Michelle Lucas, Chase Brown, Henry Ranch, Martha Levenson

    School SpEd Support        Liz Scott, Phoebe Cheng, Natalie White, Anne O’Leary
    Counselors                      Cheryl Manor and Kristin Thomas (Manor’s intern last year)
    Office Staff                      Evelyn Shelby, Yolanda Jackson-Edwards, Eseosa Orhuozee 
    Nurse                             Suzanne Jonas
    Specialists                       Tamara Burnett, Matthew Riippa, Maggie Mackin, Eric Stevens,
                                         Rachel Krebs
    Librarian                         Debi Fournier
    Lunchroom Manager        John Chemeres
    Head Custodian              Mr. Bouavanh

    My administrative team has remained the same as last year and we’re very happy to work together for another year as we support students and teachers.  Both Janine Madaffari and Miriam Ranson return this year.  In general, each administrator’s focus is as follows:
    • Ms. Nelsen – K-2nd, and 5th Grade, and Elementary SpEd Teams
    • Ms. Ransom – 3rd and 4th Grade, ELL team, and Specialists
    • Ms. Madaffari – MS ELA, Social Studies, and Science and Specialists
    If you have any concerns throughout the year, feel free to contact one of us.

    Supply Information
    K-3 students - Should come to school with a backpack, water bottle, and a box of Kleenex.  If you need help with any of these items please contact Ms. Manor, our counselor or the front office.  We also ask for a $40 donation  to supply the remainder of the needed materials for students. An envelope for the donation will be included in the start of school packet. 

    4th – 8th Grade Students – Supplies needed are listed on our website.

    Afterschool Enrichment Program
    The University YMCA will be provided after school enrichment options this year.  Detailed information will be on both the school and PTSA website.

    Open House / Family Orientation August 28th
    We hope you plan to attend our start of school Open House and Orientation.  The schedule for the evening is below and food will be available.  Note that staff will not be on site during the Open House and rooms will not be available to view.  However, our library will be open.

    5:30 – 7:30 Open House & Food Available
    6:00 – 6:30 K-5 Orientation in Lunchroom
    6:45 – 7:15 MS Orientation in Lunchroom

    We will also post class lists, and MS students can pick up their schedules and locker assignments.

    Kindergarten Assessments
    WaKids – There is no school for Kindergarten students the regular first three days of school.  As part of the WaKids program, the teachers will use these three days to meet 1:1 with the family and student.   Kindergarten parents will be notified of their scheduled time.

    Drop Off / Pick Up Information
    Students should not arrive to school prior to 8:35 as there is no supervision.  Those arriving by car should be dropped off on 12th Ave NE, with a reminder that the street traffic is One Way (north only) during the drop off and pick up times.  Students should not be dropped off in the bus zone.  Parents may wait for students outside of the building, near the window by the living wall. 

    Middle School Athletics
    Fall sports packets will be available at the orientations for girls’ soccer and co-ed ultimate frisbee. A doctor-signed physical form is due every 24 months and can be found on-line at the Hazel Wolf web-site or in the packet.

    There are many exciting events ahead this year and it’s important that you keep up to date by checking the school website (, reading the monthly Paw Print, and reading my Sunday email updates.

    I look forward to seeing all of you.  If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to stop in and talk to me.  Remember, school begins Wednesday,  September 4th at 8:55 (doors open at 8:50), with a 3:25 dismissal for all students.  Supervision, including breakfast service, begins at 8:35. Kindergarten begins Monday,  September 9th.   Also note, that with the exception of the first day, every Wednesday students are released at 2:10 for staff professional development. 


    Deborah Nelsen, Principal