Aaron Rysemus of Live Property Solutions is parent to Lucy in 5th grade and McCall in 4th grade and has been a proud PTA sponsor for four years, including being a generous Den Sponsor this year. He also produced the terrific ‘Raise the Paddle’ video shown during the live auction, which can be viewed here.

For more about Live Property Solutions, click here.


Hoedown Fundraiser for West Seattle Elementary

We had a terrific hootenanny of a Hoedown – thank you to all of the families who joined in the fun! And a special thank you for all Hoedown participants who raised $1,200 for West Seattle Elementary 5th Graders to go to Islandwood Camp.

Today, PTA President Christine Kraynek dropped off the check to West Seattle Elementary’s Assistant Principal Ms. Washington.



Thank you, Jonathan

Jonathan Martin is a Fox sponsor for the Genesee Hill PTA and father to Genesee students, Callie and Chloe. He is also the founder and president of coolblueweb, an eCommerce web development agency located in Pioneer Square.

A little about coolblueweb:
Jonathan started coolblueweb in 2009, with a focus on helping online stores succeed and become more profitable. coolblueweb is a full-service web development company that designs and develops websites for eCommerce companies all across the US. Specializing in Magento, WordPress, WooCommerce, and custom web development, coolblueweb has the expertise to help many different eCommerce companies increase their revenues online.


Thank you, Rene

Rene Bibaud of Ropeworks is parent to a first grader and a Genesee Hill PTA sponsor. She has also stepped up to the plate to take the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Genesee Hill for the 2018/19 school year. We are so thankful for her continuing generous contributions of time and money.

A little more about her:

Ropeworks: The art of jumping rope
Rene has won five world championships; toured the world as a coach and featured performer for the renowned Cirque du Soleil; appeared on television, in feature films, and on thousands of stages; provided color commentary for ESPN; and, created her own business with a mission of youth motivation and fitness. She excels at sharing the benefits of the single best fitness tool available – the jump rope. Products include PE Curriculum packs, DVD’s, accessories and more. Services include teacher workshops, youth programs, performances and more.

Learn more about Ropeworks.



June Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Brynne Burkhalter, our June Volunteer of the Month.

Brynne clocked over 30 hours in the month of May volunteering, but she’s always a shining star for being instrumental in the success of Staff Appreciation Week each year.

A little about Brynne: I have been a part of Schmitz/Genesee Hill for 7 years and counting. One daughter is at Genesee Hill now—3rd grader Ashton, and I have a Gen Hill alum—6th grade daughter Maryn. When I’m not running the two kids all over Timbuktu or volunteering at the elementary school or Madison MS, I work at the children’s consignment boutique, My Three Little Birds, near the Morgan Junction. I’m also heavily involved in the church we attend, helping run various children/family programs . I’m a big foodie—I love to cook and eat!! So you may see me out walking our puppy, biking, or at Barre3 working off some cals to support my hobby.



Thank you, Jon

Silver Fox Sponsor Jon Slatkin of BPM is parent of 3rd grader Eli and is a proud supporter of the Genesee Hill Community.

He contributes sound/ lighting equipment and consulting for school events, and performs benefit shows with local PTA super-group, “DAD”.

In addition to his after school drumming program, Jon’s new studio, located in South Admiral/ Belvidere, combines innovative teaching methods with state-of-the-art technology to create uniquely engaging, immersive learning experiences.



Thank you, Skylar and Alicia Pond

Skylar and Alicia Pond, owners of Sports Medicine Northwest (and parents to Sullivan Pond, 4th grade), have been sponsoring Schmitz Park/ Genesee Hill PTA for over five years. In addition to Sullivan, they also have a 9th grader at West Seattle High School, who attended Schmitz Park way back when there were only two classes per grade! Their boys keep them busy playing year round competitive sports, but when they have a free moment, they love to get outdoors or get away to places they have never been.

A little about Sports Medicine Northwest:

At our clinic, we offer Chiropractic, Exercise Rehab, Massage, and Acupuncture. Skylar is our chiropractor and Alicia is the acupuncturist. In addition, we currently have four highly talented massage therapists. Our mission is to help patients heal quickly and arm them with tools to increase stability, flexibility, and mobility so they can prevent and minimize future injuries and recurrences.

Our clinic shares space with a CrossFit gym called Northwest Strength and Performance, which is owned by longtime friends of ours. We are in the  SoDo neighborhood, right on 1st Avenue S. between Silver Platter Records and Rejuvenation. We are in-network providers with most of the major insurance networks on the local area.

To take a closer look at who we are and what we are about, or to request an appointment, please visit our website,



Thank you, Chris and Cami MacDonald

West Side Music Academy joined the West Seattle community in 1998, when owners, Chris and Cami MacDonald (parents of Miles and Mitch) began teaching lessons from their home on SW Dakota Street. Today, WSMA boasts a great line-up of vibrant teachers offering a wide variety of lessons as well as group classes, camps, music therapy, and instrument rentals.

All of our teachers are experienced musicians who are actively performing and recording while guiding budding musicians. Each teacher has their own unique way of drawing out the creative juices.

West Side Music Academy prides itself on providing a positive musical experience. Lessons are custom tailored to fit each student’s learning style. Students and instructors work together to create musical goals and implement a plan to reach and, in most cases, soar above those goals, instilling confidence, patience, and a passion for the creative process.

Whether you’re a beginner, regular player, or in need of a refresher, our teachers get you where you want to be.


Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Schoeb Chiropractic

Thank you, Molly and Ryan

Molly and Dr. Ryan Schoeb are thrilled to be open in West Seattle for almost one year!

Schoeb Chiropractic, PLLC is a family friendly chiropractic office that specializes in sports injury treatment, pregnancy pain, headaches, disc injury, and back pain. Full term pregnant patients can lay face down on our adjusting tables!

Come check out the clinic in person or at




Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Snip-Its Kids Salon & Spa

Thank You, Duc and Brian

Snip-Its Kids Salon & Spa is a Silver Fox Sponsor for the Genesee Hill PTA. Duc and Brian are dads to kindergartner, Justine. They opened Snip-Its to provide a fun and magical place for kids to get their hair cut that was also relaxing for parents. Snip-Its turns an ordinary haircut into an adventure. From the bright colors to the cast of characters, there’s no mistaking they’re all about kids.

The fun starts with an adventure club pass that kids wear around their wrist while sitting in a styling chair that’s just their size. The stylists are specially-trained to work with kids of all abilities and offer kid-friendly fun, such as crackers, lollipops, bubbles, and tablets to ensure a great haircut. And at the end of the haircut, kids turn in their adventure pass for a prize from the Magic Box. Snip-Its is a walk-in salon, so no appointment needed.