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Happy Friday families,

We are entering our last 8 full weeks of school and we know they will zip by quickly.  Please make sure you are marking your calendars with key events coming up and reach out to teachers should you have any questions. 

In this last push of the year, we tend to notice students getting a little more energetic, especially when the sun is out.  To continue promoting a positive learning environment that feels safe to learn, we have continued to review our daily Mustang Way expectations.  This time around, students from leadership club and in Ms. Ahlfors class re-taught lessons for demonstrating the Mustang way of “Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible” to all students.  They did such a fantastic job and students were very engaged during their presentations. 

From home, we ask that you reinforce the expectations and encourage children to continue doing their very best each day.  Yes, summer is just around the corner, but there is yet so much exciting work to be done!

Appreciatively,

Principal Gasaway

April 2024 KEY DATES!  

April 22nd

NATIONAL EARTH-SPIRIT DAY

April 25th

Coffee/Tea and Cookies with Admin 5:30-6:30 pm

April 26th

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:30-9:30 am

April 5th, 19th, 26th

Late Start Fridays-School Begins at 10:00 am

Classroom Communities 2024-2025

We will begin the process of developing classroom lists for the 24-25 school year in late May/early June. At Hazelwood, we strive to create balanced classrooms that ensure students will experience rich learning opportunities all year.  All our teachers are phenomenal educators, and we have high confidence that they will provide each of our learners with an exceptional education. 

We highly value your input too and as we begin to think about next year, we want to hear from you.  Please share with us what is important about your children to consider as we create classroom communities.   Please take a moment to fill out the family input survey linked below and submit by April 25th, 2024. 

Be aware there is no guarantee of acquiring a specific teacher should you indicate a specific request. 
Thank you so much in advance for filling out the survey!

Family Input Survey for 2024-2025

SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT DATES

State required smarter balanced assessments are set for the following dates:

  • April 30-May 2: English Language Arts (ELA) Assessments (3rd-5th grades)
  • May 14-16: Math Assessments (3rd-5th grades)
  • May 21: WCAS Assessment (5th Grade only)

To learn more about these assessments, visit this website: https://smarterbalanced.org/member-state/washington/

There, you can find some resources, tools and learn about accommodations that may be necessary for your child if they have an IEP or 504 plan.

This year, we are providing snacks at school, so no need for families to donate. 

From home, you can support by ensuring your children get a full night of sleep, have a full breakfast, and encourage them to do their best!

Note: If a family would like to exclude their child from testing, they must fill out the form and submit to the principal.  Should you choose to take this path, please email claire.tilson@rentonschools.us or your teacher for a copy of the form to submit.

READ ALOUD WITH DR. HARVEY

This week, our students were treated to a wonderful read aloud surprise! Both our Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Shannon Harvey and Mack the Mustang visited Hazelwood to read aloud the story of “Stacey’s Extraordinary Books”.  

Dr. Harvey Read Aloud.jpg 

EARTH SPIRIT DAY APRIL 22ND

Students can join our next Hazelwood’s next Spirit Day on April 22nd by dressing in earth colors or wearing any gear that supports sustainability of our earth.  On this day, we will engage in a few activities throughout the day to join the efforts nationwide of caring for our environment and learning why it is so important to care for our earth!

COFFEE/TEA AND COOKIES WITH ADMIN NIGHT MARCH 21 5:30-6:30 PM 

Join us April 25th at 5:30 pm at Hazelwood for a Coffee/Tea and Cookies with Principal Gasaway and Assistant Principal Porto. 

One of our goals at HWE is to connect with families and learn from you what is most important about your children’s educational experience.   As admin, we are setting up a few evenings for the remainder of the year to have dialogue with families around topics of interest.  

Our time is meant to listen and learn from our community.  Anything goes! See you then.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT AND POTLUCK WITH STAFF MAY 23RD AT 5 PM 

Like last year, our staff will be hosting another fun family/staff game night for our community.  This year, we are inviting all families to join us in a potluck.  If you are able and would like to bring a dish, please note below the suggestions assigned for each grade:

Grade

Category

Kindergarten

Finger Foods

First

Desserts

Second

Main Dish

Third

Main Dish

Fourth

Vegetarian Dishes

Fifth

Fruits, Veggies, Salads

If you have more than one child at school, feel free to select a grade to bring an item from. We look forward to this evening of fun and great food!

KINDERGARTEN FAIR-MAY 30TH! 

If you or a family you know have an incoming kindergartener, this event is for you.  On May 30th, we invite all families with children entering kindergarten this fall to join us for our Kindergarten fair.  The fair will be from 4-5:30 pm at Hazelwood elementary.   

This is a great opportunity to meet our kindergarten teachers, teacher specialists, and many more staff.  You will learn about the kindergarten curriculum program for academics, social emotional learning, sciences, and more.  Please help us spread the word!  

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY AT HWE APRIL 26TH  

The best thing we have experienced at HWE is the enormous number of volunteers! So many of the things we have done this year would not be possible without the time each has invested to our school.  As a small token of our appreciation, Hazelwood staff invite all our volunteers to a breakfast potluck on Friday, April 26th from 8:30-9:30 am.  For anyone that has volunteered this year, this invitation is for you.  Please mark your calendars and we hope you will be able to join us!  

Please RSVP here if you can make it: Volunteer Breakfast RSVP

FIFTH GRADE PROMOTION JUNE 17TH AT 4 PM 

Fifth (5th) Grade Promotion will be on June 17th at 4 pm at Hazelwood Elementary.  This event is open to friends and families of our 5th graders to join in the celebration of these young learners moving on to the next phase of education. We are so immensely proud of the wonderful people each of them is becoming and cannot wait to see them grow.  Make sure to mark your calendars.  

Our 5th grade team is coordinating a few activities for the day of 5th grade promotion. We would love volunteers to support as feasible. Fourth grade families, it has been a tradition at HWE to support on the day of promotion to allow families to enjoy the ceremony. If you can, we would love your support!  

Families, please click the sign-up genius to sign up for a spot! Thank you in advance.  

5th Grade Promotion Volunteer Sign UP 

READY K PROGRAM IN 2024-2025 

Renton School District is excited to announce a new school program for 4-year-olds called Ready Kindergarten. Ready K is a free, full-day program that begins this fall and runs Monday-Friday at elementary schools and follows the Renton School District calendar. 

Qualifications include: 

  • Child turns 4 on or before August 31 of the current school year. If your child is 5 by August 31, they can register for traditional Kindergarten.  
  • Currently live within the boundaries of the Renton School District.  
  • Child does not have access to high-quality learning experiences prior to Kindergarten.  
  • Demonstrated need through a screening process based on financial, academic, and/or social or emotional needs. 

Students qualify through a screening process. Eligibility is based on financial, academic, and/or social or emotional needs. Ready K will focus on essential academics, social emotional skills, and learning habits to support children’s kindergarten success. 

Learn more, and complete the Ready K interest form, at https://shorturl.at/nAFKL

24-25 SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  

Especially for families with children turning 5 before August 31st, make sure to get your children registered as soon as possible.  Later this spring, Hazelwood will host a Kindergarten Orientation for families to learn more about our K program.  Over the summer, we will host another Kinder jumpstart.  You won’t want to miss out, so make sure to register today! Go to this link to find enrollment information.  

Registration - Renton School District 403 (rentonschools.us) 

PTSA UPDATES!  

ONLINE AUCTION SUCCESS!

The results are in.....and Hazelwood has come up with the win at the finish line!!! Thanks to all who participated in the Class Project and Staff Experiences online auction. There were some tight races for the top bidder spots and so many great items were won. If you were a winner, please be on the lookout for an email with more details on how to claim your items & experiences.

For those of you attending the auction, we will see you on Friday at Newcastle Golf Club!

Hazelwood Yearbook - on Sale Now!

Get your 2023-2024 Hazelwood yearbook –  purchase online by April 30!

Please use updated link below to order!

https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/Hazelwood2024

Educator Appreciation Week: May 6 - 10

Help us thank our amazing educators and staff at Hazelwood.  More details for ways to show our appreciation will be sent out next week. In the meantime, take a look at our staff favorites:

https://www.hazelwoodptsa.org/donate/

Next PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm in the Library

Childcare for school aged children provided by Right at School - Sign up here.

We are excited to introduce our new 2024-2025 PTSA board!

President: Jessica Veazey

Treasurer: Alexis Fleming

Secretary & co-VP Commuinications & Outreach: Inge Kaiser

co-VP Programs: Brittany Crosser

co-VP Programs: Ashley Phillips

co-VP Communications & Outreach: Tanya Johnson

co-VP Events & Fundraising: Katy Matson

co-VP Events & Fundraising: Christina Burmester

VP Grants: Teaessa Chism

Outdoor Movie Night - May 17

Join us for an outdoor movie night! FREE ADMISSION!

Doors will open at 7:30pm and movie will begin at 8:00pm. Movie viewing will be located behind school in covered concrete playground area-- bring your own chairs/blankets for comfortable seating.

MOVIE: Minions, the Rise of Gru (Rated: PG)

This is NOT a drop off event.

Bring your own snacks & beverages! (Reminder: no alcohol is allowed on school property!)

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP - CLICK HERE!