Later Pick-Up Time? Use the Afternoon Study Club

This year, classes will be dismissed at 2:05pm, 40 minutes earlier than last year.

To serve families who need a later pick-up time after school, we are considering offering an Afternoon Study Club during the first two weeks of school – just until Enrichment classes begin on September 26.

If there is enough demand, the Study Club would continue year round. We have tentative staff available for this, and now need to know the interest.

Study Club would start September 12th and run from 2:15 to 3:45 PM. It would run through the year, possibly including Fridays when there are not other Enrichment classes. The cost would be $10 to $20 per day depending on enrollment.

If you are interested, please let us know soon by completing a brief pre-registration form here.

If you are interested in helping to staff this Study Club throughout the year (as a paid position), or would be interested in volunteering once a week in exchange for free coverage for your child on other days, please email Chau Pho Tung at

We would love to make the Afternoon Study Club a reality – please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible!


Attention Kindergarten Parents – Here’s What to Expect with Slow Start

For the first time, Slow Start will be a part of Kindergarten orientation at Genesee Hill Elementary, providing a great opportunity for the Kindergarten Team to gain a better understanding of the cohort before jumping in with both feet on September 12th.

By now, you should have all received your Slow Start assignment. Please remember that this is a time for students only – parents and caregivers will drop-off and pick-up their students at the assigned times as if it were a normal school day.

During your child’s scheduled time, he/she will have:

  • A one-on-one “getting-to-know-you” meeting with his/her teacher. This will provide a chance for your child to meet their new teacher, see the classroom, and provide an initial view for the teacher about your child’s starting point at the beginning of this important journey.
  • An opportunity to work with the reading specialist and tutor team in both large and small group activities that should give them more information about important aspects of each child’s developmental level.
  • Recess! Play is a very important aspect of child development and they learn a lot about them during recess time.

On Friday afternoon (9/9), the entire team will look at all the data they have collected over the week and make any classroom placement changes that they deem necessary to maintain balance among all the Kindergarten classes.

On Thursday, 9/8, at 6pm, please remember to join us for Kindergarten Orientation. All families will start in the cafeteria, then parents will move to individual classrooms while students learn about playing on the playground. While they want you to focus on your new Kindergarten student, younger siblings are welcome, and the playground will be available for parents to supervise toddlers.

If you have any questions or concerns, our tireless Assistant Principle, Liz Dunn, has said not to hesitate contacting her: 206.252.9642 |


Library Volunteers Needed This Week!

As you know, teachers and staff are busy unpacking and getting things set up for the first day of school.

We need some “attention to detail” oriented volunteers to help unpack and set up the new library (knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system helpful, but not compulsory if you are a quick learner). We have several shifts and volunteer times to choose from. Any help you can provide is very much appreciated!

To sign up, click here.


Save the date for back-to-school events!

Each cohort will hold one back-to-school event on the new Genesee Hill campus in August. Please save the date, since the campus will remain closed except for for scheduled events! If you have questions, contact your cohort leaders. Need to find out who they are? Email

Incoming Kindergarteners (class of 2029) – Tuesday, August 23, 5-7 pm
Incoming 1st graders (class of 2028) – Thursday, August 11, 5-7 pm
Incoming 2nd graders (class of 2027) – Wednesday, August 10, 5-7 pm
Incoming 3rd graders (class of 2026) – Tuesday, August 9, 5-7 pm
Incoming 4th graders (class of 2025) – Wednesday, August 17, 5-7 pm
Incoming 5th graders (class of 2024) – Tuesday, August 16, 5-7 pm

See you at Genesee Hill! Have a wonderful summer.


Schmitz Park History Night

The Schmitz Park History Night, held on June 3rd, was a really nice event thanks to our community. It was great seeing current staff and families, the Schmitz family, and past staff, students and parents.  You can view pictures from the night at the Schmitz Park Elementary website.  Also, we have our Schmitz Park Keepsake Book available for $20, for order through the end of June.  Please email Fiona at to make arrangements.

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Team Boyer wins the “Fox Hole Golf Classic”

foxA big thank you to all the golfers that participated in the 1st Annual “Fox Hole Classic”. It was a blast, nothing like having a golf course to yourself!

IMG_7176Congratulations to Team Boyer: Tom Boyer, Tom Lazar, Larry Hudson and Geno Timmons. Who came home with the 1st place trophy!

And congratulations to Tom Lazar with “Best Score – 76”! What a team.


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Mark Armstrong and Adam Cox, cruising in the golf cart!


Some happy spectators!



Walking_School_Bus-390x234Genesee Hill’s walking school buses are a great way to get to school next year! A walking school bus is simply a group of students who walk to school under the supervision of one or more adults. Adults work together to form teams and take turns walking children in their area to school. This program encourages physical activity, helps students practice safe pedestrian skills, and gives students a chance to socialize before school begins each day.

We are working to recruit teams of adults to become bus “drivers” next year. “Driving” a bus would entail a commitment to becoming a screened volunteer (using the same process volunteers currently use) and walking a group of 4-6 students to school at least one day per week. If you are interested please send your name and cross streets to

Join us at our planning meeting on Monday, June 13 at 7PM at the Windermere Real Estate Offices in the junction.  Be on the look out for members of the transportation committee before and after school in the coming weeks to answer any additional questions you may have about the walking school bus program!



your PTAWe are excited to welcome the new board for our Genesee Hill School! A big thank you to our outgoing board members: president- Robert Kelly, legislative-Emily Giaquinta, communications-Cheri Carl and fundraising- Lorie Bennett for all the work they did on our PTA board this past year. It was a crazy ride with the teacher strike, teacher cuts, fully funding k-8 at the state level, bell times, after school care, moving schools and meeting our fundraising goals. This all takes initiative, collaboration, leadership and so much more. Thank you!! Look for your new PTA board members at cohort play dates this August as well as our opening ceremony at the new school.

President: Kelley O’Connor
VP: Christine Kraynek
Secretary: Tara Calvo
Treasurer: Michelle Wonder
Vice Treasurer: Steve Bierman
Communication: Julie Riendl
Advocacy Co Chairs: Justin Anderson and Angela cough
Teacher Representative: Renee Marroquin
Volunteer Coordinator: Athena Frederick
Fundraising: Olga Hasty


Also a BIG thank you to Alice Thavis who served as our Cohort Coordinator for the past two years. We’re excited to have Sarah Villavicencio move into this role for the 2016/2017 school year.


FOUR!… The Kids. – 1st Annual Fox Hole Golf Tournament JUNE 10th

fox$400 Foursome promotion is extended so register today! (Without a minimum of 110 golfers the event will be cancelled). 

West Seattle Golf Course on Friday, June 10, 2016 2:30 pm Shotgun Start (1:15 Check-in) There will prizes for: Hole-In-One * Jackpot Hole * Tee & Door Prizes KP’s * Longest Drives * Putting Contest

Register and Pay Online:

Questions: Robert Kelly: