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F.U.N. volunteers needed

Help make environmental science education happen at Genesee Hill! Volunteers are needed for our Finding Urban Nature (F.U.N.) program.

Volunteers will teach four science lessons outdoors to a small group of 3rd graders this fall (Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4.).

Your time commitment for each of the dates will be 11:55 to 2:20, plus the volunteer training that’s happening on Friday, Sept. 30th at 12:30 outside the main entrance to the school.

Interested? If so, please contact Vincent Della Pella at vadellapella@seattleschools.org.

To apply, update or renew your volunteer application, please follow this link: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/volunteer/

September Genesee Hill PTA newsletter

The start of the school year has arrived and so has our September newsletter. We’re kicking things off with a note from our co-presidents, fall events, and some useful news. Here are some highlights:

Swag store is live

Visit the Genesee Hill swag store and represent your school in style! The store has sizes for all ages and fun accessories.

The Family Committee for Equity and Inclusion at Genesee Hill (FCEIGH)

We are members of the Genesee Hill community who strive to create an inclusive and equitable educational environment and school community at GHE. We’d love for you to join us in this critical work.

Letter from PTA co-presidents

“This year, we’re planning some great in-person events that we hope fosters strong connection to the school and to each other. The first is a Welcome Back to School potluck on Friday, September 30th. It will be a great way to kick off the school year. Look for more information next week.”

Keep reading the September newsletter.

April Genesee Hill PTA Newsletter

Spring has arrived and so has your April PTA newsletter. This month’s edition features an interview with Genesee Hill’s Reading Interventionist, Gina Frazzini, as well as a spotlight on the PTA budget. Finally, our community question highlights the latest developments with volunteering at school. Enjoy!

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 communications@geneseehillpta.org.

March GHE PTA Newsletter

Your March PTA Newsletter is here and is packed with awesome content to keep you in-the-loop! This latest edition includes a staff spotlight interview with Genesee Hill’s leading literary lady, librarian Lindsay Yost. Also included is an update on PTA Board nominations. Make sure to check out the open positions and nominate yourself or fellow community members. Finally, you’ll find the latest details on Genesee Hill’s first-ever hybrid auction, which is less than two weeks away! Happy reading.

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 communications@geneseehillpta.org.

The Genesee Hill Auction is Back!!

This year we are offering our first ever hybrid auction event! This auction will be truly unique, as all of the live auction items will be available to both those who are in-person and remote. Also, the silent auction will be held online so anyone can participate. In-person tickets are limited, so are likely to sell out quickly! Get all the details below to be ready for tickets sales on Tuesday:


Auction theme: Seattle Glam…Come as you are

When: Saturday, March 12, 2022 6:00-9:30 pm

Where: Brockey Center at South Seattle College and Online

How: Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, February 15th at 7 pm, via this link

Ticket prices:

In-Person: $85/person, $170/couple

Remote: We are asking each virtual participant to make a $25 suggested donation to help offset the cost of the broadcasting and software.


How do you participate?

In-Person: 

  • We will be selling tickets up to 50% of the venue capacity (around 100 tickets available), 6 people per table. You can purchase 6 tickets together to reserve a whole table or individual/couple tickets to be placed at random.
  • There will be heavy appetizers and a Dessert Dash with no formal dinner.
  • The dessert dash is one of the highlights of the auction! If you are inspired to donate a purchased or homemade sweet treat to contribute to our excellent spread, we invite you to sign up here!
  • Proof of vaccination is required for all guests. Boosters and testing within 72 hours are strongly encouraged. Participants will need to upload a copy of their vaccination card in advance.
  • Masks requirements will follow state regulations.
  • Color-coded wristbands will be provided to indicate interaction comfort level.
  • The silent auction will be done online, prior to the event. A small amount of silent auction items may be held for the event and will still be available online as well.
  • Live auction will be held as normal with remote guests able to participate online.
  • Sadly there will be no dancing due to Covid restrictions, but we’ll have plenty of time to mingle.
  • And last, but not least, come ready to support Genesee Hill with a fun evening of food, drinks and bidding! 

Remote:

  • Organize a watch party with your friends and family to tune in to the live broadcast and auction together, or participate on your own.
  • The silent auction will be done online, prior to the event. A small amount of silent auction items may be held for the event and will still be available online as well.
  • Live auction will be held in real time with remote participants bidding through app or website.
  • If you purchase a virtual participant ticket, you will receive an invitation on 3/12 with a link to join the event. Dress up and make it a fun evening your own way!

Silent Auction:

  • The silent auction will be held online, and anyone is welcome to participate in it, regardless of attendance at the auction.
  • The silent auction will go live on March 5.
  • To participate in the silent auction, register your information here. Everyone who has registered will receive an invite to participate in the silent auction.
  • This is the first year the silent auction items will be 100% online, so make sure to tell your friends and family about it since folks can participate from anywhere.

Start talking to your Genesee Hill friends about forming tables for the in-person event or plan a watch party with your pod to enjoy remotely. Either way, get excited to support our amazing school! The auction may look different this year, but it will still have the fun, exciting auction items, and community building that we all love!

February GHE PTA Newsletter

February may be the shortest month, but the PTA monthly newsletter is not short on content. Take some time to check out this month’s staff spotlight on Vice-Principal Lisa Clayton, enjoy a spotlight on Black Lives Matter at School Week, tune in for an auction update, and read our community question about the enrichment program this year. Happy reading!

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 communications@geneseehillpta.org.

January GHE PTA Newsletter

Check out our January GHE PTA Newsletter! Get all the details about our upcoming Dine-Out at Lady Jaye on Jan. 23 and our workshop on microaggressions from Families of Color Seattle on Jan. 31. Learn more about P.E. teacher extraordinaire, Ms. Sealey and about a fun Tacos for Teachers event. Finally, get prepped for WSPTA Advocacy Focus Week and hear the answer to a very common question about our membership fee.

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 communications@geneseehillpta.org.

WA State PTA Advocacy Focus Week

Would you like to advocate for a better education for kids across our state? The best time to do this in 2022 is coming up this month!


The Washington State legislative session is opening in Olympia and to advocate for the Top Legislative Priorities Washington State PTAs (like ours!) voted in, we will be having Washington State PTA Advocacy Focus Day on January 17 and Advocacy Focus Week from January 17 to 21. During these sessions, advocates will have an opportunity to explain why these priorities matter to them and their PTAs. We want legislators who represent all parts of Washington to hear our voices, data, and stories about why these priorities are so critical. This will ensure that we can have the greatest impact on state legislation that affects Washington schools.   


To take advantage of the upcoming awesome opportunities to advocate, this is what you can do.


1. Fill out the Focus Day Interest Google Form In this form you will sign up to receive alerts about who to send messages to during Focus Week and also notifications about virtual meetings you can join. You do not need to be a PTA Board member to sign up. We are District 34 and our Legislators are Sen. Joe Nguyen, Rep. Eileen Cody, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. All Democrats.


2. To stay informed about this upcoming session, subscribe to the Focus on Advocacy newsletter and sign up for WSPTA Action Alerts. To sign up for the Focus on Advocacy newsletter, scroll to the bottom of any WSPTA newsletter you receive, and click on subscriptions, or email support@wastatepta.org. WSPTA also has Focus on Advocacy Day/Week resources, including tips on how to meet with legislators.


Thanks for your interest! Please contact me, Victoria Bhegani at legislativechair@geneseehill.org with any questions or if you want me to be in a meeting with you (I will try!)