Registration for Winter Enrichment and Study Club

Online registration for Winter 2017 enrichment classes will open on Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 PM.  Register here.  Winter enrichment classes will run from January 9 – March 24, 2017. Class descriptions, days/times, fees and a downloadable version of the registration are available on the Enrichment pages.

Online registration for the Winter 2017 session of Study Club will open on Monday, December 5th at 9:00 AM.  Register here. Winter Study Club will run from January 3 – March 31, 2017, including early dismissal days and gap weeks before/after enrichment classes.

Questions? Contact the Enrichment Coordinator at


Genesee Hill Book Fair – Starts 11/18 @ 2:15pm

We’ve spent the day getting ready for the book fair and  – WOW! – it’s going to be amazing!

image1Book fairs are a great way to build an incredible home library and support your school library! All proceeds are used to buy new books for our school library.

Come by the book fair before or after your conference or in the evening with your family! Students are more than welcome to stay in the library during your scheduled conference time.

Book Fair Hours
Friday, Nov. 18: 2:15 pm–5:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 21: 8:00 am–7:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 22: 8:00 am–7:30 pm


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help us make this event a success!

Sign up to volunteer here: Book Fair Volunteers


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The 2017 General & Special Education Conference

One of the largest science-based, educational learning conferences is coming to Seattle in March of next year. The 2017 General & Special Education Conference: Brain-Based Science, Learning & Achievement-Pre-K through 12th Grade will be held at the Washington State Convention Center on March 8, 9, and 10, 2017. Twenty-four, full-day courses will be offered on a variety of topics by some of the “giants” in educational research. Courses are designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, therapists, professional support staff and administrators. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Go to the conference website at for all of the conference details, or click here to download a program and poster.


Fall Chess Tournament – November 19 at Broadview Thompson Elementary

Does your child love to play chess? Join other Genesee Hill chess players to form a team to compete in the Fall Chess Tournament on November 19 at Broadview Thompson Elementary. Sending a team makes the event more fun, plus it qualifies Genesee Hill to potentially home a school trophy!  Entry fee is $16/player  (scholarships available) and the early registration deadline is November 9th.  Please contact Chau Pho Tung to register for the tournament.  More details available on the Chessmates website.

Fall Chess Tournament flyer


Community Meeting: Positive Conflict Engagement

Seattle Special Education PTSA will be hosting a meeting Tuesday, November 1st, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the John Stanford Center.

Special guest speaker, Greg Abell of Sound Options Group will be joining us to talk about positive conflict engagement. Sound Options Group contracts with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Department of Early Learning (DEL) to provide Mediation for parents, school districts, and service providers working under the IDEA.

Why this is important:

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn more about navigating conflict and engaging in difficult conversations – useful skills for us all, but particularly important for parents who find themselves needing to advocate around educational issues for their children.

Hope to see you all there!


A Halloween update from Mr. Kischner

I want to take a few minutes to address the heartfelt concerns raised this week by our fifth grade cohort about our Fall Festival plans for Friday. This cohort is the keeper of the traditions we fostered at Schmitz Park, and they lead us in helping to create a new vision for our new school. The comments that parents have shared on this topic have ranged from focus on communication and decision-making, the importance of following rules, how to protest rules we don’t like, equity, inclusiveness and fairness, the importance of making memories and having fun at school. Every one of these issues is important to me and the rest of the staff at Genesee Hill, and I appreciate the good thinking and discussion on these topics. It would be easy to dismiss the questions about Halloween and costumes as not very important, but I actually take them very seriously because all of these essential issues are at stake. Please bear with me.

First, I want to explain how we made our decision around Halloween. The recommendation to “leave behind” our Halloween tradition at Schmitz Park was made this past spring by our Building Transition Team, a committee of parents and teachers. This recommendation was presented at our PTA meeting in May, and we proceeded with this understanding as we focused on opening the new building. As Curriculum Night approached, teachers started wondering what they should explain to parents about what to plan for Halloween, so we took a survey of the staff to identify what the concerns and preferences of the staff were. These concerns ranged from the difficulty of some families to provide a costume, the hassle of helping children with their costumes, the inclusiveness of a schoolwide celebration of a holiday that not all families celebrate (a few families in many classes have kept their children home every year because of perceptions of Halloween as a cultural or religious event), the sheer size of our numbers, etc. Complicating the issue this year is the fact that Halloween falls on a Monday – not a great set-up for the week if we were to do something that day. While we did not survey parents, it should be noted that a high number of teachers on the staff are also GH parents – another attribute that makes GH great.

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