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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Our 2012 goals for Newcastle

January 6, 2012

  • The city must do all it can to facilitate the redevelopment of Mutual Materials’ brick plant site, a major change with potential opportunity for Newcastle’s future.
  •  The Newcastle library will open this summer, with a lot of opportunities for public involvement through classes, book clubs, book sales, homework helpers and more. It could very well become the city’s de-facto community center. Let the celebration begin!
  •  Continue to encourage business development in Newcastle’s downtown along the lines of recently revised requirements that are more development friendly. Now is also a good time to look at sign codes, fees and customer service. Also work with the chamber of commerce and landlords to identify businesses that would add to the mix in Newcastle and reach out to them to fill vacant storefronts.
  • Create a city Celebrations Committee to plan both Newcastle Days and other new city traditions and events. It need not be a commission with paid staff involvement, although any plans must be coordinated with City Hall.
  •  Seek a long-term budget fix that will get revenue on pace with expenditures in the next five years. Many projections show the city could be in real trouble if this isn’t addressed.
  •  Fund projects that enable connectivity and mobility via sidewalks and trail systems. Residents have repeatedly said that this is important!
  •  Continue to pursue a ZIP code for the city of Newcastle.
  •  Continue working with the Renton School District to implement the Safe Routes to School program, primarily near Hazelwood Elementary School. The continued exchange could lead to grant money for sidewalk improvements and is a great way to get kids active and walking to school.
  • School leaders and citizens should set aside their opposition to cutting the school year by four days, provided the total hours of class time remains the same. It offers a good way to save precious education dollars.
  •  Voters need to be committed to learning all of the pluses and minuses of school construction bonds coming before voters in February and April. For Renton, it means a new junior high school in Newcastle. Issaquah’s bond includes improvements to Liberty High, Maywood Middle and Newcastle Elementary schools. But is the time right?

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 Elementary boundaries to change

January 6, 2012

The boundaries for Newcastle’s Hazelwood Elementary School will change after the Renton School Board voted at its Nov. 30 meeting to reopen Honey Dew Elementary School as a full kindergarten through fifth-grade school next year.

The new boundaries will go into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Creating boundaries for Honey Dew Elementary, 800 Union Ave. N.E., Renton, triggers changes to boundaries for eight other elementary schools — Hazelwood, Bryn Mawr, Campbell Hill, Highlands, Kennydale, Lakeridge, Maplewood Heights and Sierra Heights.

Other district elementary schools do not have boundary changes. There are no boundary changes for the district’s middle and high schools.

The boundaries were presented to the public at meetings held Dec. 7 at Bryn Mawr Elementary School in Seattle and Dec. 8 at Highlands Elementary School in Renton.

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Hazelwood seeks volunteers for Reading Express

January 6, 2012

Hazelwood Elementary School is seeking volunteers for its Reading Express program.

The annual program is designed to create a love of reading for students who struggle with the subject.

The school needs volunteers who can commit 20 to 30 minutes per week, per student to read out loud to a child from books from the Hazelwood library.

The commitment is once per week until the end of the school year.

Email Margaret Campbell at margaret.campbell@rentonschools.us or Donna MacGregor at donna.macgregor@rentonschools.us to learn about how to volunteer.

Diamond Awards recognize businesses, residents who serve Newcastle community

November 10, 2011

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Nov. 10, 2011

Members of the Newcastle community who contribute time, energy and service to make the city a better place to live were recognized at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards on Nov. 10.

Karin Blakley, Diamond Award emcee and chamber board member, said recipients in the event’s youth, education, business, community service and the mayor’s choice categories exemplify service and community pride that make Newcastle a great place to call home and do business.

Kent Coburn and Roland Deex were honored with a Diamond Award in the youth category.

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Newcastle teacher surprised in classroom with radio station award

September 30, 2011

NEW — 3:05 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011

Kate Ingalls has won STAR 101.5’s Teacher of the Week award for the week of Sept. 30.

The radio station’s afternoon show host Corine McKenzie made a surprise visit to Ingalls’ second grade Hazelwood Elementary School classroom in Newcastle to announce the award on Friday.

Each student in Ingalss’ class received a goody bag full of prizes from Applebee’s, Washington State Employees Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of Washington and other sponsors.

Ingalls received a personalized plaque from Issaquah Trophy and Awards, a $100 check from Washington State Employees Credit Union and $100 Applebee’s gift certificate.

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Skyhawks camps filling up for the summer

July 1, 2011

Skyhawks summer camps in Newcastle are filling up quickly for the summer.

Most courses have fewer than 10 spots remaining. The first camp begins July 5.

Camps are for children ages 5-12, and they include golf, basketball, tennis, cheerleading and Mini-Hawk, which includes basketball, baseball and soccer.

Camps are five days each and range in price from $69 to $145. They will be held at Lake Boren Park, Renton Academy or Hazelwood Elementary School.

Get the full list of camps by going to https://register.skyhawks.com, and enter your ZIP code.

Call Newcastle Parks and Recreation at City Hall at 649-4444 or the Skyhawks at 800-804-3509, toll free, with questions.

Hazelwood Elementary School seeks volunteers for bicycle safety courses

May 6, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School is seeking volunteers to assist in bicycle safety courses this month.

Thanks to a grant from the county, the school received 30 bicycles and helmets for most of the month, as well as a basic curriculum that teaches students to ride safe and smart.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-graders will use the bikes during physical education from 1:30-3:10 p.m. on select days through May 20. The school is seeking two to four volunteers to help students learn to ride and fix helmets, and understand the curriculum.

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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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