March For Our Lives Seattle

On March 24th, families and kids will be taking to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end this epidemic of mass schools shootings. To support “March for Our Lives,” there will be marches held nationwide, including Seattle.

Genesee Hill families are coordinating efforts to get downtown together. The plan is to meet at the school at 9 AM, and then drive down to the Sodo light rail on 5th and Lander. They will then take the light rail up to Capital Hill. The starting place for the march (Cal Anderson park) is a very big space and there is no designated meeting place, but the Genesee Hill families will try to be towards the south/west end of the park. Look for the Genesee Hill banner (we hope to have it with us)!

If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Marisa ( or Rachel ( for more details.

Details on Seattle’s march can also be found on its Facebook event page HERE.

The march will begin at Cal Anderson Park and will end at International Fountain at Seattle Center. The most recent logistics information is copied below (collected from the Facebook event page):

*****Logistics Information*****

PROGRAM FOR 3/24: (updated 3-21-18)

(8:00 AM Signmaking party courtesy of our friends at Seattle Pride)
(9:00 AM Voter Registration and Fundraising Booths Open)

Cal Anderson
10:00 AM Introduction from Founders/Mission Statement
10:15 AM Speakers – to be announced!
10:45 AM Onstage Mass Voter Registration (more info coming)
10:50 AM Final Announcements
11:00 AM March Begins!
(1 Hr March)
International Fountain, Seattle Center
12:00 PM Youth Performances
12:25 PM Special Guest/More Speakers
1:00 PM Musical Guest
1:50 PM Call to Action
2:00 PM March Ends


Participants are encouraged to participate to whatever extent they can – we are committed to making this march inclusive to all.

TRANSPORTATION (updated 3-21-18)

For Transit users, we recommend downloading the TransitGo App and buying a day pass to speed up transit. More information in this link: >>>…/…/fares-orca/transit-go-ticket.aspx

We recommend Seattle-area high school and college students use their free Orca cards to reduce the cost of getting to the March. For participants using rideshare services, please select a drop-off point near a Link light rail stop to reduce congestion along the March route.

We would like to thank Lyft for offering March participants a discounted rate. For more information on this offer, please refer to the following link. Those who wish to redeem this offer must RSVP and receive a promo code.>>

After the March concludes at Seattle Center, Metro will have shuttle buses from 1st Ave N and Harrison St (outside KeyArena) to 3rd Ave and Pine St, adjacent to Westlake transit station. These shuttles will indicate “DOWNTOWN” on the lighted displays, and Metro staff will be on hand at Key Arena to assist with boarding. This is one block away from the Westlake Center light rail, which goes to Capitol Hill or the International District.

We realize this transportation plan has several legs, but will go a long way towards reducing congestion and the impact on the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Thank you!


  • TO YOUTH: Bring your driver’s license/learner permit so you can register to vote!!
  • We will have signs from our friends at Amplifier that are creating designs to be used nationally and also ones created at sign making parties at our booths that will be distributed, first come first serve
  • We’re still fundraising! Proceeds go towards march related expenses and any extra goes to local organizations and Parkland victims. Link:
  • Please keep in mind your impact on the community! Stay clear of their windows and front areas, clean up all litter, and return to businesses in the area after the march to compensate them for the lost business. Special mention goes to Molly Moon’s and Sugarpill, who have been adversely impacted in the past. Help us be good neighbors!
  • Dress for the weather! Current forecast is 47 and partly cloudy, and always a chance of Seattle rain
  • Those with clear backpacks are encouraged to use them! They are not required.

Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Nakean Media

Thank you, Nakean Wiciff

Nakean Wiciff is a Silver Fox Sponsor and father to a 1st grader. He produced our amazing Move-A-Thon video and you may have noticed him Saturday night taking pictures at the auction. Nakean also produced this year’s Raise the Paddle video (password: 2018Raisethepaddle) – you can view the video below.

A little bit about Nakean:

Nakean Wickliff is father to 1st grader Craiggan. He is a local Seattle photographer specializing in outdoor portrait and landscape photography. If you need headshots, portraits, or just need to cover some wall space, he is your guy! Check out his portfolio at



March Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Erika Rasmussen, our March Volunteer of the Month.

The Volunteer of the month for February is Erika Rasmussen. In February alone, she volunteered 67.61 hours. She is a room parent, volunteers in the classroom, is our PTA Board Vice President (and incoming President), and she spent February working on art projects for the Auction.

A little about Erika:

Erika Rasmussen is mom to Hannah (Kindergarten) and Dylan (4th) Slatten. Erika spent many years working for a national non-profit AmeriCorps program, where she placed AmeriCorps members in schools, developed education programs, developed assessments and evaluations of the programs, and ran community service events for their corporate sponsors. As a full-time mom, she is happy to use these skills as a classroom tutor and volunteer, as well as supporting school-wide events.


Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Emily Williams of FIT4MOM West Seattle

Thank you, Emily Williams

Emily Williams is a Silver Fox Sponsor for the Genesee Hill PTA and mom to a 1st grader. She owns FIT4MOM in West Seattle.

A little about Emily:

Emily Williaams is mom to Vance (1st grade), Finn (Pre-K), and Nash (terrible two).  She owns FIT4MOM West Seattle, a fitness program for moms offering pre- and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood.  FIT4MOM West Seattle offers local moms prenatal classes, stroller based workouts, HiIT classes, Run Club, Yoga, & more! In addition to healthy moms and healthy families, FIT4MOM West Seattle strives to foster community and has hosted the local West Seattle 4th of July Children’s Parade the past two years. For more information visit their website at or send Emily an email to say hi at

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

Thank you, Dr. Cook

Dr. Adrianne Cook is mom to a 1st grader here at Genesee Hill, and is one of six providers at West Seattle Natural Medicine, a Silver Fox Sponsor.

A little about Dr. Cook:

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


Save the Date! Registration for Spring 2018 Enrichment and Study Club

SPRING 2018 ENRICHMENT –  Online registration will open on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM. REGISTER HERE.

The Spring class schedule are now available to view and download on the Enrichment Course Descriptions page! Spring enrichment classes will start on April 2nd and run through June 15, 2018. Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and that some class days and fees may be subject to change.

You can also download a PDF of the SPRING 2018 Enrichment Registration Form

SPRING 2018 STUDY CLUB –  Online registration will open on Monday, March 12th at 9:00 AM.  REGISTER HERE.

Spring Study Club will start on April 2nd and run through June 22, 2018. Registrations will be accepted until the session starts (April 2, 2018) or all spots are filled. Students participating in Enrichment classes can also choose to register for only post- enrichment days (from June 18-22 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 .


Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: Brandee Paisano of Dog Jog

Thank you, Brandee

Brandee Paisano is the mom to Dresden in 4th grade at Genesee Hill Elementary and owner of Dog Jog in West Seattle, a Silver Fox Sponsor for our annual Move-A-thon.

A little about Brandee and Dog Jog:

My name is Brandee Paisano and I am a West Seattle mom and US Navy Veteran. I enjoy running, traveling, and photography. It was through these passions I was able to start Dog Jog.


Dog Jog provides your furry friends with one-on-one 30 minute runs or 15 minute potty breaks. We run through your local neighborhood, watch the seasons change, and take some really awesome photos of your pet while providing amazing care. We also recently expanded to house sitting so you can go out of town knowing your pup is in the best hands. Rain or shine, it’s Dog Jog Time!


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.