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Membership Matchup

We’re competing with Alki Elementary to see who can sign up the most new PTA members from Jan. 19 to Feb. 28 (at a 2-to-1 ratio since Genesee has twice as many students).

Remember that memberships need to be renewed each year, so check to make sure yours is current. Spread the word and encourage all your friends to join too! Lastly, scholarships to cover the $15 membership fee are available, just email Rallying together we can secure our community bragging rights and support critical PTA initiatives. 

In honor of the Matchup, our Legislative Chair, Victoria Bhegani, wrote this fun poem!  So get inspired, show your support, and join here today!


There once was a school called Genesee,

that was built on a hill near a very tall tree.

It’s a school that has moxy,

and foxes that are foxy.

It is a wonder to see.


Now Genesee- this awesome school-

is in a race that’s pretty cool.

We need to fill our PTA

with new members without delay.

For on the last of February,

they’ll all be counted, each and every.


Alki school will count theirs too.

And then, when all the counting’s through,

a clear winner will be decided

and poetry will be recited

by the losing school, and so-

if YOU don’t want our fox to go

down to Alki in this state

join the PTA- it’s not too late!


(Also PTA is tops-

and thanks for being

a fantastic fox!)


2021 Direct Give Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t need a little motivation to get outside this time of year?  We have created a fun activity to get you moving around our community and maybe even giving a socially distant “Hello” to a fellow Genesee Hill family!

Starting Tuesday, February 23rd there will be yard signs popping up in GHE families yards.  Signs will be numbered and there will be a fun little item added to the sign – we are calling it the “treasure.”  Your job is to find the signs and then record the treasure.

Here is how to participate:

  • Get your Scavenger Hunt Tracking Form – forms will be available outside of school in a labeled box starting February 23rd or at this link right now!
  • Walk/bike/skip/drive around our community looking for the yard signs – they look like this:
  • Once you find a sign, record the treasure you found on the form – for this sign you would record #23 and ‘Lego Chicken Guy’
  • Repeat a bunch – how many signs can you find by Thursday, March 18th?

For fun, we are hosting a random drawing for prizes.  To enter the drawing, fill out the Scavenger Hunt Entry Form by 6:00pm on Thursday, March 18th.

Pro Scavenger Hunt Tips:

  • This is the current Genesee Hill attendance area map.
  • Don’t forget that the attendance area recently changed, and we still have many Genesee Hill families that live in the area North of ‘SW Charlestown St’ and South of ‘SW Hanford St’ to the east of ‘California Ave SW’.
  • Make a note of your favorite treasure you found- we have a question about it on the Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.

Share in the fun at #ghedirectgive

Note: Prizes will be randomly selected and delivered to the address provided on the Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.  All Genesee Hill students are welcome to participate- there is no correlation between donating to the Direct Give campaign and participating in the scavenger hunt.


Dine-Out at Mission Cantina Jan. 24 & 25

We are thrilled about our January Restaurant of the Month- Mission Cantina!  Please note that after the MOD Pizza “Where is my Pizza?” party, we emphasized with Mission Cantina the size and enthusiasm of the Genesee Hill Community. They have assured us that they will be able to handle our volume and offered creative ways to ensure that everyone is taken care of in a timely and efficient manner.  

This extended event will take place on Sunday January 24th and Monday January 25th!  Mission Cantina will generously donate 20% of ALL sales that the restaurant makes on those days, for their full hours of 11:00 am to 8:00 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.

In order to not overwhelm the facility, we broke up the days by grade level.  3rd-5th grade families will participate on Sunday, January 24th and Kindergarten thru 2nd grade families will participate on Monday, January 25th. This does include the pickup of the take and bake kits! To order regular menu items please call Mission directly at 206-937-8220. The restaurant will begin to take phone orders starting at 11am both days. Please note, 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.  

“The Whole Enchilada” Take and Bake Kit

This delicious kit gives you all of the items below for ONLY $60 plus tax (Gratuity not included). We are taking orders in advance for this awesome deal until January 21. Please use this sign up genius to reserve your dinners for pick-up on one of the two days, with payment at pick up.

  • Chips and salsa
  • Four child sized black bean and cheese enchiladas 
  • Six enchiladas – two potato, two carnitas and two chicken and green chili 
  • Red rice and Black beans
  • Cheese and three different enchilada sauces – roja, verde, and creamy chipotle

So enjoy an enchilada dinner, evening margaritas, lunch burritos, or all three! Avoid the rush by buying a gift card to use on another day! One thing’s for sure, it is definitely going to be spicy!  Thank you Jodi Lansky for finding these amazing places!


Virtual Magic Show Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm

Join us for an evening of astounding magic tricks, comedy and much more! Louie Foxx’s One-Man Side Show is coming to Genesee Hill (virtually) on Friday Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. Enjoy the 40 minute show and stick around to socialize with friends and neighbors afterwards in breakout rooms. Keep your eyes open for the link to join in the Thursday bulletin.

About Louie:
Louie Foxx is the consummate kid that never grew up and it’s evident as you watch him interact with audiences of all age. He is living his childhood dream of being a magician.

Learn more about Louie and his show on his website,

The Society of American Magicians voted Louie The Best Stage Magician and Best Close-Up Magician in Minnesota in 1996. Louie has also written several books about magic tricks for professional magicians, one of which has sold over 2,300 copies!

Louie is also a Two Time Guinness World Record Holder and has been on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the nationally syndicated television show How ‘Bout That, Evening Magazine, New Day Northwest, Otra Movida TV in Spain, and in London’s Guardian Newspaper!

Louie is enjoying life as the rockstar dad. He now has a valid excuse to go to the zoo once a week and build forts out of the sofa cushions.


Unity Night 2020

ALL are invited and welcome to celebrate Unity Night together next Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6-7:30pm. Ms. Sealey and Ms. Bronson will co-host this special evening featuring  live student performancesart, and music, plus multiple opportunities to connect with other Genesee Hill families. We’ll even have a virtual room for showcasing the amazing student projects focused on celebrating family culture that have become a Unity Night tradition. More details below:

Unity Night bowl of noodles - December 9

  • RSVP: If you haven’t already RSVP’d to attend this popular event, please do so here so that we can send you the Zoom link. Or find the login information in the weekly school bulletin.
  • Pre-Order Takeout: Pre-order a take-out meal from a local POC-owned business to participate in our Virtual Potluck!  Your family can pick up a delicious meal the afternoon of the event while supporting a small business. Choose from a home-cooked family meal of marinated pork loin with mac & cheese and grilled veggies, a mouth-watering fried chicken meal, or authentic Thai street food. View the menu options and pre-order your meal by 5 pm 12/7 using this Meal Pre-Order Form. (There is also an option to order Thai take-out the day of the event. Details are in the pre-order form.)
  • Pay It Forward: Since our first Unity Night in 2017, every family has been welcome to share our community table and enjoy a meal, whether or not they were able to contribute a dish to the potluck.  This year, families have the option to buy an extra Family Meal in their pre-order for a GH family who requests one, or for a GH staff member.  If you would like to request one of these meals, please contact our Equity Chair, Kristen, at Donors will be matched anonymously with families/staff who request a meal, and all meal requests will be kept confidential.
  • Community Cookbook: You can even recreate the potluck at home by preparing a recipe shared by other GH families in our very first Genesee Hill Community Cookbook which is available to view now! There is still time to submit your favorite family recipe. You can upload your recipe as text or a photo to the  GH Community Cookbook shared folder. Questions? Please contact Michele Guiao at

Even though we can’t gather in person this year,  we hope you will join us to build CommUNITY and support our connectedness while we are apart. Please invite your friends! We look forward to seeing you at Unity Night! 

"UNITY" in text and ASL letters with a rainbow behind



PTA meeting Wed, May 6 – your input is needed on what COVID-19 means for our school community!

Please join us on WEDNESDAY, May 6 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm for a virtual PTA General Membership Meeting. Please join using Zoom, meeting ID: 948 2874 5408. A reminder will be sent to PTA members prior to the meeting with dial-in details for those unable to join via app/web.  

TOPICS: PTA Funded Programs. Priorities for families and Genesee Hill Elementary School are being impacted by COVID-19. It’s expected that PTA funding is going to decrease next year so, as a group, we need to decide what programs and services the PTA will plan to fund. As parents, many of you ideated on what the school needed when we met in January. Now is your chance to continue that conversation and tell us what matters to you. 

But this is a Zoom meeting – what are we going to DO? In addition to getting updates on PTA finances, a recap from the auction, and a chance to ask questions about positions open for the election at the June 11 PTA General Membership Meeting (when we’ll also vote on next year’s PTA budget), we will have small group discussions about what to prioritize for the 2020-2021 school year.  

Not a PTA member? PLEASE still come*. You don’t have to be a member to provide input and ask questions of others that care about our school community.   

*Our PTA membership gatherings are open to everyone. You do not need to be a PTA member to attend. However, you must be a current PTA member to vote on PTA business. Your PTA membership is an annual membership (aka must be renewed each school year). If you are not sure if you are a current PTA member, please contact Jay Bitseff at If you are not a member, please consider joining the PTA here:


Save the Date – General PTA Membership Gathering Oct 4

Please join us at our first General PTA Membership Gathering of the school year on Thursday, October 4 from 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm in the Genesee Hill Elementary lunchroom.  Childcare is provided for school aged children.  Our Fall Membership Gathering gives our membership and community an opportunity to learn more about our PTA’s vision and goals, activities and events planned for the year and how you can get involved, whether it is sharing your time, talents or resources. Our Fall Membership Meeting is also where will we fill our open board position (Vice Treasurer), accept nominations for participation in the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly and review and approve our revised 2018-2019 PTA Budget.

PTA General Membership Meetings are open to all current PTA members and the community. However, if you are not a member and would like to vote at the meeting to elect the board and approve the budget, please join the PTA now. (Please note that your PTA membership is an annual membership and must renewed each school year.)

Open Elected Board Positions and Nominees
Greg Deviny – Vice Treasurer

Open Appointed Board Positions
Legislative Advocacy Chair(s)
Nominating Committee

*If you are interested in being nominated for one of the open board positions (elected or appointed positions), please let me know.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Erika Rasmussen, PTA President