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



October Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Joe Jeannot, our September Volunteer of the Month.

Joe joined the PTA Board in a new position of Events Chair and has worked tirelessly this first month of school to ensure the success of our school events. Joe has earned the highly coveted Volunteer of the Month Parking Space out front for the month of October. If you see him around the neighborhood, let him know how much we appreciate his hard work.

A little about Joe:

Being involved in education and event planning has always been part of my life. It has been a great opportunity to become part of the Genesee Hill community through volunteering. As a Seattle native and resident of West Seattle for the past 10 years, you will find me after school hours enjoying time with my family and friends.


Tools to Support Media Management in Your Family

Genesee Hill recently showed the film Screenagers to our Genesee Hill community.

Even though our students are not ‘Screenagers’ yet, we wanted to offer a starting point for navigating the use of tech in your homes, including everything from gaming to social media to general personal device use.

We were fortunate enough to partner with South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools on this showing. Below you’ll find links to the materials distributed at this event.

If you missed it, another showing is happening Saturday, October 7th at South Seattle College. For details, click here.

South Seattle College Materials

  • Quick Tips
  • Screen Media – Family Resources


  • Parent Guide
  • Be a Mindful Media Family
  • 8 Simple Steps to Strengthen Family Connections Every Day

Sponsorship Opportunities: Community Business Partners

Washington State Education Is Still Severely Underfunded

The recent recommended budget by our state legislature does not achieve the state’s paramount duty to fully fund education. Because of this, PTA funding is more necessary then ever to maintain the integrity of our children’s education.

To quote our Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, “On July 26, the School Board adopted the final 2017-18 budget. […] The budget put forward by the Legislature does not achieve the state’s paramount duty to fully fund education. It also raises taxes for Seattle homeowners, results in budget deficits for the district, limits our local ability to make ends meet and restricts how we use any new state funding received.”

With that in mind, Genesee Hill Elementary is reaching out to our West Seattle Community to partner with us in bridging the funding gap. Your generous contributions will help us continue to support core fundamental needs like school supplies and classroom materials, library books, reading and math tutors, playground supervisors and equipment, and programs like geography, visual arts, library, physical education, and teacher professional development.

  • The Move-A-Thon, scheduled for October 12, 2017, is a special fundraiser in which students raise money for their school and celebrate fitness. The students, staff, and parents jog, walk, or skip around a 1/10-mile course for 30 minutes trying to get as many laps as they can.
  • Or, donate an item or service from your business to be used at our Auction on March 17, 2018. Genesee Hill Auction is an amazing community event bringing together over 400 parents, teachers, and staff.

For details on the sponsorship opportunities, click here.

For a procurement form, click here.

Questions? Feel free to email our Fundraising Chair, Olga Hasty, at