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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 events@geneseehillpta.org.

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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!

Email questions to fundraising@geneseehillpta.org.

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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.


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Virtual Move-A-Thon

The Move-A-Thon activities will be virtual this year, but you still get your chance to earn the infamous plastic feet throughout the week. Activities will be released on June 1st, with the FINISH LINE on Friday, June 4th at the Genesee Hill playground from 4-6 pm! Masked participants can pick up their earned ‘feet’ along with ice cream for participation. If your grade earns the most feet, your whole grade will earn a Pajama Day at school – thanks Principal Kischner! RSVP here for the Finish Line Event.

Here’s how it will work! On Tuesday, June 1, an all-school email will kick things off by sharing the checklist for earning plastic feet. The activities for earning feet will include running for a certain number of blocks, riding something with wheels for a certain number of blocks, and exercises you can do anywhere, like push ups, squats and jumping jacks. Do the activities at home or in a park with friends. Track your earned feet on the checklist with a maximum of 10 feet possible! Gather pledges as you go and direct friends and family to donate on our Move-A-Thon donation page. Let’s get moving!

The PTA has donated $8,000 to the school for supplies for every child. This ensures that each child is able to start school and maintain the year with fresh supplies. We hope to raise the funds for supplies with the Move-A-Thon this year. You might even see our very own Genesee Hill Fox at the Finish Line doing a workout to earn those feet… will you beat the Fox?? 

THE FINE PRINT

Earning Feet  

Because we are doing virtual activities, this years feet earning is all honor system! Bring your checklist to the “Finish Line” tables on Friday, June 4th, 4-6pm to show our volunteers how many you’ve earned. If you forget your checklist, we will have extra printed for you to fill out. Make sure you ask Friends and Family to donate as well to cheer you on! The grade with the most participation earns an extra Pajama Day at school.

Activities

Students have all week to complete any of the challenges on any day.if you are unable to run, bike, do pushups – Substitute any of the activities for 15 minutes of your own preferred method of movement to earn a foot. The goal is move your body for fun.

Finish Line – Friday June 4th, 4-6pm

Masks required for playground entry. Please stay 6‘ apart from your classmates while on campus. All tables and lines will be spaced out 6’ from other students and tables. There will be separate Group A (AM), Group B (PM) and Group C (Remote) lines to separate cohorts. Feet and pre-packaged ice cream will be handed out by parent volunteers with masks, gloves and sanitizer. If you cannot make the Finish Line at the time listed, please contact Amanda Baker at bakerdesigner@gmail.com for alternate distribution.


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May 23 Dine Out at Lady Jaye

Our May Dine-Out event will feature Lady Jaye in Alaska Junction on Sunday May 23, from 2 – 7:30 PM.  Genesee Hill will receive 20% of all sales on this day. This includes takeout orders, dine in, gift cards, drinks and the Lady Jaye special Take and Bake. Lady Jaye makes everything super easy with their excellent online ordering system.

Their seating reservations opened on May 1st!   Make sure you book your spot early.   The times and availability are limited and they do have to turn people away. Click here to reserve a table and here to see the menu and order some of their delicious items!

Key Details for May’s Dine out

  • Event Date and Time- May 23rd 2pm-7:30pm.  This includes walk-ins and pickups.  They STRONGLY recommend placing all orders and reservations online. All orders need to be made by 7:30 pm.
  • They have limited seating. Tables can be reserved here starting May 1st. Patio reservations (6 outdoor tables) availability: 2pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Take and Bake Option – There will only be 50 of these items available for pick up on May 23rd.  Order here starting May 10th.  There will be two options.  Both options feed up to 4 people for $60.00
    1. Braised brisket over roasted garlic mac & cheese topped with buttermilk biscuit breadcrumbs
    2. Three cheese roasted garlic mac & cheese with smoked Vashon Island tofu burnt ends
  • Lady Jaye has a lovely list of to-go cocktails.  The pricing varies from $25-35 and each is equivalent to 3-4 drinks.
  • The Lady Jaye General Store has tasty items for your kitchen such as their house rubs, local raw honeycomb, and farm-made caramel sauce. Add a couple onto your take-out order!
  • Gift cards can be purchased that day and 20% will go to the school.

We hope you’ll support our school and a local business while enjoying this delectable food. Invite all your friends too!


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Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week is May 3-7. There are many ways we can show our appreciation to the amazing teachers and school staff who have worked hard – and creatively! – to teach and support our students during this school year.  Read below or check out the flyer for details.

We love our teachers a Latte! Staff can stop by Hotwire coffee any day this week for a drink of their choice. How You Can Help: donate any amount via PayPal (paypal.me/dawnfranklin1) or Venmo (@Dawn-Franklin-6) 

Sign up here to help shower our staff with gifts of gratitude.  Deliver gifts to the school between Monday, May 3rd and 10am on Thursday, May 6th.

Teaching is a work of heart! How You Can Help: click here to head over to our Jamboard to have your student leave a heart filled note to our staff 

Let’s sing out our praises for our amazing staff. Snap a photo of your student with a note of thanks to be included in our video to staff. Send photos to Noirin at hapachik@mac.com by Wednesday May 5. Click here for photo ideas (video edited for student privacy). 

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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 membership@geneseehillpta.org. 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!)

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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.

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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!

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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, https://louiefoxx.com/.

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.

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