Hazelwood PTSA hosts auction at The Golf Club at Newcastle

March 23, 2012

NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 23, 2012

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA will host its spring fundraiser and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. today at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The event will feature the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar when the doors open with a live auction and dessert dash to follow.

There will be many items to bid on, including fun and creative class projects.

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Hazelwood Elementary PTSA Pancake Breakfast / Feb. 11, 2012

February 29, 2012

Hazelwood community garden takes students back to nature

February 3, 2012

Every year, the Renton School District provides teachers in each grade science kits that enable them to teach hands-on basic science in three categories: life, physical and earth sciences.

Kindergarteners get the animals two-by-two kit, where they study the structure and behavior of snails. First-graders use units about insects and seeds.

But Kate Ingalls, whose second-grade class will tackle the air and water kit this year, said she’s ready to take that hands-on learning to a whole new, integrated level by way of founding Hazelwood Elementary School’s first community garden.

She said she wants to see the students with dirt under their fingernails while they expand their relationship with the world around them.

“We certainly have involved parents, we have the space and we have a PTSA that is very supportive of us,” she said. “I started looking at the possibility of doing a garden but tying it in to the science that we’re already doing.”

After reading child advocacy expert Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” Ingalls said she started to grasp just how out of touch today’s generation of children can be from nature and the outdoors.

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Hazelwood Elementary pancake fundraiser rescheduled for Feb. 11

January 30, 2012

NEW — 10:50 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA pancake breakfast and book fair is back on after inclement weather forced organizers to reschedule the Jan. 21 event. The largest fundraiser of the year for the PTSA is rescheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at the school.

Pre-sale tickets are still valid for the new date and time. Residents can still purchase tickets at the door. The event is open to any member of the community, and children 2 and younger are free, while tickets for other children and adults are $4 or $5.

The breakfast features sausage, fruit, Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

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Breakfast, book fair benefit Hazelwood Elementary

January 6, 2012

About 400 parents, students and community members are expected to mingle and chow down at the Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA annual pancake feed this January.

Lisa Tintinger, PTSA member and event chairwoman, said the fair is a way to meet people within the Newcastle community while supporting a worthy cause.

“The pancake breakfast itself is a community-building event,” she said. “It’s a great way to get together with parents of other kids and members of the community to get a feel for school. It helps build a friendly atmosphere for the school.”

Matthew Martin, 6, and Zach Martin, 3, (from left) enjoy pancakes with their mother, Jenny Martin, and Brooke Sanders, 5, at the 2009 Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA pancake breakfast. Contributed

For the second consecutive year, the pancake breakfast will be held in conjunction with the school’s Scholastic Book Fair.

The breakfast features sausage, fruit, Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate and all-you-can-eat pancakes. It will be held from 8-11 a.m. Jan. 21 at Hazelwood Elementary.

All proceeds from the breakfast and book fair benefit Hazelwood’s PTSA and the school’s library.

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Hazelwood to celebrate International Walk to School Day

October 5, 2011

NEW — 3:50 p.m., Oct. 5, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School in Newcastle will join schools from around the world this week to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Students from Hazelwood Elementary will walk and bike to school Oct. 7 along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

The event will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. with kids and parents walking from different locations in their neighborhood. Walkers and bikers, who include fourth- and fifth-graders — will arrive at the school at 9:45 a.m.

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Valley Medical Center to host chamber event May 12

May 11, 2011

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 11, 2011

Valley Medical Center’s Newcastle clinic, 7203 129th Avenue S.E., will host a Newcastle Chamber of Commerce after-hours event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 12. The free event will showcase local businesses as well as the Newcastle Elementary School and Hazelwood Elementary School PTSAs.

There will also be an update on the Newcastle Library construction in addition to games and giveaways for children who attend.

Mayor John Dulcich will speak to open the event.

Call or email organizer Debbie Bird at 206-992-1669 or Debbie_Bird@Valleymed.org for more information.

Council members Lisa Jensen, Steve Buri file for re-election

April 1, 2011

UPDATED — 1:45 p.m. April 4, 2011

Councilwoman Lisa Jensen and Councilman Steve Buri have announced they will seek re-election this November.

Jensen and Buri, whose terms expire at the end of the year, each announced the news in March. Jensen sits in Position 1 and Buri sits in Position 3 on the City Council.

All council positions represent the entire city.

Steve Buri

Lisa Jensen

Councilman Sonny Putter’s and Councilwoman Carol Simpson’s terms also expire at the end of the year, but they said they had not yet decided whether they wanted to run for re-election.

Jensen and Buri were both first elected to the council in 2007.

Jensen said she filed to continue making Newcastle an even better community.

“I believe Newcastle is a great community for a lot of reasons, but it’s the people that make it special,” she said. “I believe that Newcastle has a great future, and I want to do my part.”

She said she also wants to continue encouraging community involvement in events such as Newcastle Days, and maintain communication between city government and residents.

Jensen said she feels the biggest issues facing the city are budgetary. She said the city still has significant challenges ahead when it comes to living within its means.

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Hazelwood teams with Youth Theatre Northwest for ‘Pinocchio’

April 1, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School teamed up with Mercer Island-based stage company Youth Theatre Northwest early this year for a production of “Pinocchio.” The students performed the play March 10 during an assembly for students and March 11 in the evening for parents.

The production featured a cast and crew of 40 Hazelwood students, and for the first time since the school moved into its new building in 2005, the play was performed at the school instead of at Renton’s IKEA Performing Arts Center.

Mercer-Island-based theater company Youth Theatre Northwest brought costumes to Hazelwood Elementary School for its production of ‘Pinocchio.’ By Tim Pfarr

“We just really wanted to try doing it at school and see how it went,” said Hazelwood Elementary PTSA Vice President Gretchen Paletta, who chaired and coordinated the play. “It worked great, especially to have the assembly for the kids. It’s fun for the kids in the cast to get to perform in front of their friends.”

This was also the first time the school worked with an external theater company to produce a play. Theater-savvy parent Mark Smith directed plays from 2007-2009, but when his children moved to middle school, the school found itself in a pickle.

Paletta’s daughter, Maya Paletta, had acted in two Youth Theatre Northwest productions, so Paletta teamed up with the theater company’s Show to Go program, in which the company brings a director, sets, costumes and scripts to the school.

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Celebrities to come to Newcastle in June for golf tournament

April 1, 2011

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. April 1, 2011

A crew of celebrities will take to The Golf Club at Newcastle June 27 for the fifth-annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic, event organizers announced in March.

The Jim Mora “Count On Me” Family Foundation is organizing the event, which raises money for Special Olympics Washington, the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue and other local children’s charities.

The 2010 tournament raised more than $211,000, and the money benefited 17 charities.

Celebrities who attended last year’s event included Super Bowl champion football Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Faulk; five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell; NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens; former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner; former NBA players Detlef Schrempf and Slick Watts; and Hall of Fame NFL player, five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin.

The tournament is free and open for the public to attend, although those who wish to participate must pay a fee. Organizers will announce this year’s list of attendees in early May.

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