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Reflections Art Program at Genesee

Entries due Oct. 25!

Genesee Hill PTA is excited to participate in the Reflections Art Program this year!

Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.

Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is I Will Change The World By… Students submit their completed works of art in one, or multiple, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Genesee’s students will be split into two divisions: grades K-2 and 3-5.

Students should submit their artwork and an entry form to their teacher by Monday October 25th.  Students may submit more than one artwork, but each must be in a separate category. Find the rules, submission details, and entry form in this document.

While the primary focus of Reflections is a celebration of creativity through positive recognition, there are awards offered at the national level. Finalists from Genesee will move on to the Seattle Council PTSA round, then finalists from the council will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. More information on the awards, along with the National PTA Reflections award winners for 2020-2021 can be found here.

Be on the lookout for a virtual exhibit of submitted artwork and a Reflections Celebration in December! If you’d like to help review submissions, please contact our Events Chair, Katherine, at


October is Disability History Month!

As the current GHE legislative/ advocacy chair I’d like to briefly write about what Disability History Month is and the work our school is doing to recognize it.

In 2008 the WA State Legislature established Disability History Month as a civic holiday to raise awareness and understanding of disability rights and recognize the contributions disabled people have made to society. Disability History Month is now observed annually and promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities. The month has been recognized in many ways. One of my favorites is the video series, “One Out of Five” that The Office of the Education Ombuds created in 2019. This is one of the videos and features  Shorewood High School graduate Kenassa Sarka.

In terms of recognizing the month at GHE, Assistant Principal Lisa Clayton led a staff training on teaching about disabilities. Many teachers are doing lessons around disability history, and some are hopefully using the incredible virtual rooms that our own virtual room rock star Leigh Ann Johnson created for the Seattle Special Education PTSA for Disability History Month this year (children’s virtual roomteens and adults virtual room). The Foxes of a Different Breed group is also planning a talk for the end of the month that will be open to all GH families. 

The Kids’ Disability History and Awareness Virtual Room from the Special Education PTSA

In a WA state report on the 2020/21 school year, 17% of GHE’s students were listed as being disabled— a pretty significant number. I know a lot of us on the Board have disabled kids, and that they are one of the reasons we are involved in the school like we are. To families of disabled kids, having a supportive school community can mean a lot, and I appreciate the work you all do to make this happen.

Thank you,



October GHE PTA Newsletter

Welcome to our October 2021 Newsletter, with new information about cohorts and an interview with the new kinder teacher Elizabeth Owen. Learn about the many PTA-led events in October, including equity speaker Vishavjit Singh, our first PTA General Membership meeting of the year, and a Dine-out at Mission Cantina.

If you want to read more, we also have a page on our site that houses the Newsletter archive. If you have a topic that you would like to see spotlighted in an upcoming newsletter, or have a question you’d like to have addressed, please reach out to

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Dine-Out at Mission Cantina Oct. 19 & 20

Get ready for our October Dine-Out for Genesee Hill- Mission Cantina! Help support our school and one of our great neighborhood businesses!

Mission Cantina will generously donate 20% of ALL sales that the restaurant makes on those days, for their full hours of 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  No need for a special code or link!  This includes all food, alcohol, gift cards, and Mission Cantina’s “Whole Enchilada” take and bake kit.

• Mission Cantina, 2325 California Ave SW – (206-937-8220)
• October 19th & 20th – 4 pm-10 pm for pickup or dine-in.
• Due to the size of our school, Mission has asked us to break the days up by grade level. Tuesday, October 19th is kindergarten to second grade. Wednesday, October 20th is third to fifth grade.
All to-go orders need to be placed the day before pickup because of the volume of orders.
• We are encouraging families to work with the restaurant directly rather than use 3rd party apps such as Grubhub and Ubereats to help the staff get more of the funds from tips and orders.  
• Payment is taken at pickup for all to-go orders.

The Whole Enchilada” Take and Bake Kit

This delicious kit feeds 4-5 for ONLY $60 plus tax (Gratuity not included). Order in advance for this awesome deal until Sunday, Oct. 17. Please call Mission to reserve your dinners for pick-up on one of the two days, with payment at pick up. One kit includes:

  • Chips and fire-roasted tomato salsa
  • Four child sized black bean and cheese enchiladas 
  • Six enchiladas – two sweet potato, two carnitas and two chicken and green chili 
  • Spanish red rice and black beans
  • Monterey Jack cheese and three different enchilada sauces – roja, verde, and creamy chipotle
  • Adult beverages can be added when picking up. Unfortunately they cannot do modifications or substitutions for enchiladas.
  • **Pre-orders for the enchilada kits need to be made by Sunday, October 17th.

Enjoy a “date-night” with your loved one, dine-in with the entire family, or grab take-out! Avoid the rush by buying a gift card to use on another day! It all helps our school!

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2021 End-of-Year Survey Summary

What were the results of the June 2021 PTA Community Survey?

First of all, thank you so much to the 98 Genesee community members who took the time to respond to the survey!  We can feel more confident that these results represent our community because so many responded.  And though the majority of the respondents were PTA members, 33% were not (or not sure), so we got a wider range of feedback.  Here’s a quick look at who filled out the survey:

These are the top three responses for the main multiple choice questions:

What do you view as the most important work of the Genesee Hill PTA?
98 Total Responses# responses% responses
Advocating for students and families6869.40%
Supporting teachers and school staff6566.30%
Promoting equity and inclusion6364.30%
Which PTA events and programs were most enjoyed by or important to you this year?
93 Total Responses# responses% responses
Teacher/Staff Appreciation6064.50%
Black Lives Matter at School Week Activities4447.30%
Unity Night4144.10%
Which traditional PTA events or programs did you miss the most this year?
91 Total Responses# responses% responses
Monster Mash4448.40%
Cohort Events4145.10%

If you’d like to see the full list of responses, please visit this spreadsheet.

The answers to the question “What ideas do you have for PTA events and programs that you’d like to see? Or not see? Or change?” are more challenging to summarize because the responses were so rich, creative, and plentiful.  But some things stood out.  Though most answers were one-off ideas, 19% of the responses asked for our PTA to fundshift some PTA-raised funds to other schools with smaller PTAs.  And 17% of the responses asked for more community building from the PTA. The other responses held similarly big picture ideas for fundraising, events, and programs, some of which we’ll pass on to Genesee teachers, staff, and administration, while others will be worked on within the PTA.

As for the question “What can the PTA do to better represent you and engage you?” the most common answer called on the board to ask the community for more input. The other answers were wonderful ideas around meetings, events, communication, equity and advocacy, which have been shared with all PTA board members.

As for the question around communications, we heard loud and clear that folks prefer this newsletter to be embedded in email, so here it is!  Please see this month’s president’s letter in the September Newsletter to read more about how the PTA board is using the survey data.


September GHE PTA Newsletter

Welcome to our first PTA Newsletter of the year! In our September 2021 edition, we’ve got a new format and fun articles to start the school year. We’ve interviewed the new music teacher Janelle Murray and shared the results of the June 2021 PTA Community Survey. Hear from one of our new co-presidents and learn about the other new PTA board members as we work on building the Genesee community in this unique year.

If you want to read more, we also have a page on our site that houses the Newsletter archive. If you have a topic that you would like to see spotlighted in an upcoming newsletter, or have a question you’d like to have addressed, please reach out to


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End of Year PTA Survey

The GHE PTA Board wants to hear what’s important to you! As we close out this school year, we want to hear from as many community members as possible about their opinions of our PTA’s events and programs.

Your input will help inform the work of the PTA Board as we kick off a new year. It will take only a few minutes to let us know what you think in our survey here. The survey is open to all Genesee community members – teachers, staff, parents, guardians, students, family, and neighbors. So share with everyone you know in the community!

We want to hear from you!


GHE Virtual Book Fair

Calling all readers! Genesee Hill PTA is partnering with the local bookstore Paper Boat Booksellers to offer a virtual book fair. The fair started June 1st and will run through  June 14th, and Genesee Hill Elementary will receive a credit of 25% of all sales to spend on books for the school library. From reticent readers to bold bibliophiles – all are welcome to fill up on books for the summer! Check out the fair here.

If you’re looking for ideas for books to buy, SPS created this fantastic summer reading list with options for each grade. Also, the book fair has wonderful librarian-curated lists for different categories. Enjoy!

The Fine Print:

  • All purchases on Bookshop will be shipped from the wholesaler’s warehouse directly to the purchasers (or to gift recipients). There is not an option for in-store pickup. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping for books in stock.
  • There is a shipping charge for all purchases, but Bookshop also discounts most books between 8-10%, which covers much of the shipping costs.


June GHE PTA Newsletter

While parting is such sweet sorrow, we are proud to close out the school year with one final fun and informative newsletter. This edition is packed with timely details on the final happenings of the year including our virtual book fair, Move-A-Thon, and celebrating Juneteenth. You’ll also find a membership update and a rousing interview with GH’s Hayley Craig. Learn more about how our budget works and give us feedback with our end of year survey. We hope you have found value in the monthly newsletters this year and we look forward to bringing you fresh new content in the fall. 

If you want to read more, we also have a page on our site that houses the Newsletter archive. If you have a topic that you would like to see spotlighted in an upcoming newsletter, or have a question you’d like to have addressed, please reach out to