May Volunteer of the Month – Kiki Elbel

Congratulations Kiki Elbel - May Volunteer of the Month

Kiki’s name comes up every time we discuss the volunteer of the month recognition and I’m so proud to finally announce Ms. Kiki as this month honoree.  

Kiki is involved in so many volunteer positions that it’s hard to keep track.  She has logged HUNDREDS of hours, donating her time to the student’s and staff of GHES.

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Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Dr. Adrianne Cook of West Seattle Natural Medicine

Thank you, Dr. Cook!

Dr. Adrianne Cook is mom to a 2nd grader and Kindergartner here at Genesee Hill, and is one of seven providers at West Seattle Natural Medicine. We thank her for being a Den level Sponsor of Genesee Hill Elementary.  Den Level sponsor businesses provide at least $1000 of support within a school year.

West Seattle Natural Medicine Clinic provides naturopathic primary care to all ages. Dr. Cook specializes in digestive disorders, fatigue, thyroid disorders, and hormone balance. Dr. Cook says it is a pleasure living and working in such a great neighborhood community.


April Volunteers of the Month – Julie Forcum and Christine Kraynek

Congratulations to both Christine Kraynek and Julie Forcum – the co-chairs for the Fundraising committee and our Volunteers of the Month.  As the fundraising chairs, the team set out early in September finding creative and meaningful ways for our school to raise funds to meet the needs of our students staff and families.  Both of these incredibly committed volunteers have done so with such an incredibly considerate eye on inclusion,making sure many voices were heard throughout their efforts. And they continue to do so.   Julie is mom to Avery in 2nd grade and Brayden a 5th grader at Fairmount Park. Christine is mom to William in 2nd grade and Samual in 4th grade.   
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Post Auction Online Sale

Our auction was a great night! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make our auction a great night for our school. Please check out more on our auction page. And for those who did not attend (or those who did) help us reach our fundraising goal (we did not meet it) buy shopping at our online site. There are some great sign up items!

Click here now to shop (requires registration)


New Spring Enrichment Class! Animation Maker (3-5)

We have just added a new beginner Animation Maker class for grades 3-5 for Spring session. The class will be offered on Thursdays and taught by Coding with Kids (, the same vendor who offers the popular Little Coders and Game Development classes.

Animation Maker – Beginner (3-5), Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, $245/session (10 classes):  Enter the world of movie and game animations! Students will learn the core skills of creating simple animated movies, creating 2D and 3D characters and animating them. Take your learning beyond stop-motion animation with real animation design tools. You will get to create real computer graphics and build animations like the pros!  NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a tuition discount. Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator prior to enrollment. 

Enrollment for Animation Maker will open tonight (Friday, 3/15) at 7 PM.  The enrollment deadline for this class will be extended to 3/29 at 5 PM.

REGISTER via Homeroom HERE

Enrollment for Spring enrichment classes and Study Club is currently still open and will close on Friday, 3/22 at 5 PM. Login to Homeroom to check class availability.


March Volunteer of the Month – Lisa McGinty


Congratulations to Lisa McGinty 

Lisa is new to our school this year having moved back to West Seattle after five years away in California and Michigan.  They moved back this Summer and Lisa hit the ground running. 

I first met Lisa at our VERY first volunteer opportunity helping fill back to school packets.  And she hasn’t stopped since.  She is a constant contributor at our school, helping in big and small ways sharing her talents and skills with our lucky students. 

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Spring Enrichment and Study Club Enrollment Starts 3/5 @ 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE! Enrollment for Spring Enrichment and Study Club classes will open on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 PM.

Spring enrichment classes  start on Monday, April 1st, and run through Friday, June 14, 2019.  Study Club will also start on April 1st but will run through June 21, 2019.  Students enrolled in enrichment classes also have the option of registering for post-enrichment Study Club classes (June 17-21, 2019). Course days/time, fees and descriptions can be viewed the  Enrichment Course Descriptions page.

Enrollment is online only and will take place via Homeroom – an online after school enrichment portal where you can enroll, purchase and manage all your student(s) classes in one convenient location.   If you already have a Homeroom account, all you have to do is login to book classes.  If you do not have an account, you’ll only have to sign up once and your student(s) profile will be saved for future sessions.  Note: Enrichment course offerings can be viewed on the Homeroom site in advance, however, classes cannot be added to your cart until registration goes live at 7 PM on 3/5.

REGISTER via Homeroom HERE

Videos and detailed instructions on how to enroll are available on the Enrichment page.

Questions? Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator.


The Genesee Hill PTA Needs You!

We currently have the following board positions open:
1.     Legislative and Advocacy Chair(s)
2.     Membership Chair

In addition to these open board positions, we have the following needs for support:
1.     Nominating Committee
2.     Volunteers on activities and committees; please check out the Volunteer page
3.     People interested in board positions for next year

Please let us know if you are interested in the above board and volunteer positions or if you have any questions about them. Contact PTA President, Erika Rasmussen, at