Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Kevin Broveleit / RE206PS

Thank You, Kevin Broveleit / RE206PS

Kevin is father to Joelle (2nd grade) and Dora (4th grade). There is no doubt many of us recognize Kevin from his tireless work in our school community, contributing countless hours to the Annual Auction, classroom volunteering, and many other activities. He and his real estate business also are generous financial contributors to the Genesee Hill PTA every year!

Kevin has been working in real estate since 2003 and specializes in helping people buy and sell real estate mostly in West Seattle, but also in the greater Seattle area. Learn more and connect with Kevin here.


February Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Molly Carson, our February Volunteer of the Month.

Have you seen that rockstar Volunteer of the Month parking space in the upper parking lot? This month, that space is specially reserved for use by our February Volunteer of the Month, Molly Carson.

Molly can most often be found in the classroom and has logged 81.4 hours of volunteer support this school year. If you see her around the neighborhood – be sure to share your thanks!

A little about Molly:

Molly is grandmother to Isaac (4th grade) and Ethan (1st grade). She is a former teacher of 34 years and now loves living close to her grandchildren and volunteering at the school, saying her “heart is nurtured” being around the children. She feels honored to have this opportunity to work with the students at Genesee Hill Elementary.


Spotlight on Move-A-Thon Sponsor: West Seattle Runner

Thank You, Tim & Lori McConnell from West Seattle Runner

These generous West Seattle business owners have sponsored our Move-A-Thon at Schmitz Park/ Genesee Hill for SIX years. The year that we switched the dates to spring, they sponsored us in both the spring and then again in the fall. All of our fast runners love getting a pair of running shoes from this local resource and West Seattle Runner also provides water jugs for our water stations on the day of the event. Be sure to stop by West Seattle Runner and thank them for their generosity and continued support!


A Little About Tim & Lori

Time and Lori McConnell opened West Seattle Runner in April of 2010, and it’s the first and only specialty running store in West Seattle.

As long-time residents of West Seattle, they understand that West Seattleites are proud to live here and prefer to do business locally. They sponsor many local races and events, and support the local schools and charities. Lori, Tim, and their staff are all trained in proper shoe fitting techniques and can assist with apparel and gear selection. They can also answer questions about nutrition and hydration, and offer suggestions on training plans.

They specialize in getting new runners and walkers out on the road and working towards their fitness goals. Every level of fitness is welcome at West Seattle Runner – they look forward to supporting the Genesee Hill family!

West Seattle Runner
Professionally fitting runners from toe to head.



Education & Democracy

Join us for a conversation about the vital role public education plays in our democracy, and how we can support civic learning in home and at school.

  • When: Thursday, January 11th
  • 6 PM – Dinner
  • 6:30 PM – Presentation & Discussion

Free childcare provided!

Presented by the Genesee Hill Equity Team Family Forum.


West Seattle Elementary Chess Tournament – December 9, 2018 (8 AM – 4 PM)

Calling all chess players! West Seattle Elementary will be hosting their first Chess Tournament on Saturday, 12/9 from 8 AM – 4 PM. This is a 5-round, state-qualifying tournament open to players in grades 1 through 6. Registration fee is $25 and the deadline to register is 12/8/17 (no refunds after 12/2; $5 refund fee). More details and registration link here. Contact Ritchie Garcia with questions.


2018 Girls on the Run Registration Starts December 4th

Registration for the Genesee Hill chapter of Girls on the Run (GOTR) opens this Monday, 12/4/17. GOTR is a nation-wide, after-school program that uses running to empower 3rd through 5th grade girls. Registrations are accepted until 2/16/18, however, there are only 15 spots on the team, so register early to reserve a spot! The program runs from 3/5 – 5/22, culminating with a 5K on 5/20/18. Classes will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 4 PM. The cost of the 10-week program is $200. Scholarships are offered on a sliding scale so that any girl who wants to can participate – no one will be turned away based on inability to pay. Please register directly on the GOTR Registration page. View the GOTR flyer here. Questions? Contact Chau Pho Tung or e-mail GOTR directly.

Volunteer Coaches Needed for GOTR Spring 2018 Season – We still need more coaches for the GOTR 2018 season. While we have enough coaches for one team, additional coaches allow us to offer a second team so that more GH girls can participate. View the GOTR coach information video here. For more details, please contact Chau Pho Tung or visit the GOTR Puget Sound website here.


Winter 2018 Enrichment Class Schedule Preview and Registration Dates for Winter Enrichment & Study Club

WINTER 2018 ENRICHMENT – Hot off the press – the Winter 2018 Enrichment Class Schedule is now available to view and download HERE! Please note that this is only a preliminary schedule and that some class days and fees may be subject to change so please check the blog for latest updates.

SAVE THE DATE!  Online registration will open on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM. Fall enrichment classes will start on January 8, 2018 and run through March 23, 2018.

WINTER 2018 STUDY CLUB –  Winter Study Club for grades K-5 will start on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and run through Friday, March 30, 2018.  Registration will open on Monday, December 11th at 9:00 AM.  Registrations  for Study Club will be accepted until the session starts (January 2, 2018) or all spots are filled. Students participating in Enrichment classes can also choose to register for only pre- and/or post- enrichment days (from January 2-5, 2018 and March 26-30, 2018). A limited number of 5 class punch cards are available for $75/card.

Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator, at with any questions.  Study Club questions should be sent to the Study Club Coordinator at .


Unity Night Tonight!

Be a part of our celebration!

Thursday, November 2nd
6 PM – 8 PM @ GHES

Unity Night is an evening designed to honor and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the students and families that make up our school community.


This is an opportunity for students and families to share their own cultural heritage, appreciate and connect with the many cultural traditions represented in our school.

Enjoy food provided by families and local restaurants, games from around the world, live performances, and sharing artifacts from our cultures and traditions.

We encourage you to contribute foods and artifacts that are important to your family. Perhaps it is a story about a day you celebrate or a special meal you have every Friday. Waffles for brunch on Sunday? A favorite game or book? Perhaps thinking outside our religious or national identities to include all the traditions that make us who we are.

Please RSVP here  and if you would like to participate, let us know!

Why Unity Night?

Because we believe when a school community honors and celebrates the cultural traditions of ALL families, it helps every student feel valued, welcomed, and empowered to do his or her best. In learning about, honoring, and embracing our differences, we come together. To quote our school song: “we are all a family under one sky.”

Equity Leadership Team working Mission Statement

Genesee Hill Elementary’ s Equity Leadership Team will lead school-based efforts to create a community-rooted, inclusive and equitable educational environment. We will lead community-wide equity trainings, aim to empower voices from our community that are not often heard, and continually analyze and improve upon our school culture.


West Seattle Boundary Changes

For those who missed today’s presentation by Ashley Davies, Enrollment Planning Director, and Flip Herndon, Associate Superintendent, we’ve attached it below. In it, you’ll find their enrollment projections along with several boundary scenarios they are considering.

We were lucky enough to have their full attention for over one hour and we covered a lot of territory with many thoughtful questions from the parents. Flip and Ashley have said they will provide responses to the questions, which we will share as soon as we have them!

In the meantime, any additional questions can be directed to