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Special Presentation – Understanding Our Kids’ Online & Offline Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays

The Genesee Hill PTA is hosting bestselling children’s author Trudy Ludwig, who will be talking to parents about topics that have become more and more prevalent for kids growing up today: cyberbullying, social ostracism and how kids can engage in kind, caring ways.

Trudy’s emphasis is on empowerment – giving school communities the tips, tools, and resources that help children connect and engage with their peers in kind, caring ways. In this adult presentation, she’ll discuss the latest research in relational aggression, cyberbullying, the nature of boys’ and girls’ friendships, social ostracism and inclusion, kindness in a digital world, and many other timely and important topics related to bullying. On September 26, Trudy will lead student presentations for K-2 and 3-5 grades to address bullying/friendship issues in an age-appropriate manner. She will also provide a staff presentation to help school staff members in their ongoing efforts to promote a safe, social-emotional learning environment for our students.

The presentation will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 25 at Genesee Hill Elementary, and all community members are welcome. RSVP here: Child care will be provided for school age kids.

*We will have a handful of books available to purchase the night of the event. 


Public Education in a Democratic Society – GH Equity Team Family Forum

How do we support democratic values in today’s classrooms? How does this connect to the conversations we are having (or not having) at home?

Join us for a conversation about the vital role public education has played—and continues to play—in our democracy. Free dinner and childcare provided onsite.

Date: May 4
Location: Genesee Hill Library

Dinner served at 6pm
Discussion and presentation begin at 6:30


Genesee Hill Book Fair – Starts 11/18 @ 2:15pm

We’ve spent the day getting ready for the book fair and  – WOW! – it’s going to be amazing!

image1Book fairs are a great way to build an incredible home library and support your school library! All proceeds are used to buy new books for our school library.

Come by the book fair before or after your conference or in the evening with your family! Students are more than welcome to stay in the library during your scheduled conference time.

Book Fair Hours
Friday, Nov. 18: 2:15 pm–5:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 21: 8:00 am–7:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 22: 8:00 am–7:30 pm


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help us make this event a success!

Sign up to volunteer here: Book Fair Volunteers


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ANNUAL AUCTION – Co-Hort Packages

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It’s time to raise the funds for our Cohort Auction Donations! The Cohort packages were a great success last year and brought in almost $11,000 at last year’s auction. This year we are doing the following packages:

K & 1st – Great Wolf Lodge – we buy 3 $360 gift cards and Great Wolf Lodge donates gift certificates for 3 one night stays in a family suite. Paypal GWL package..

2nd Grade – Ski Package – The Second Grade is putting together a very fun snow ski package. The more we raise the more fun we can put into this package!  Paypal Ski package.

3rd Grade – Wine Lot – There will be details about how you can donate a bottle of wine to this package. If you would like to donate money instead you can use this paypal link.

4th & 5th Grade – Holland America Cruise – This is our auction raffle prize again this year. We purchase a cruise at a discounted price of $1000 for a 7 day cruise to anywhere Holland America goes. Paypal Cruise Raffle.

Please contact your cohort leaders or Suzanne Shoemaker with questions.  Thank you everyone!


Schmitzville Carnival this Friday, Sept. 25 – Looking for Volunteers

Schmitzville: Schmitz Park PTA

The Schmitzville Carnival has been rescheduled for this Friday Sept 25 from 5:30-8pm.

This annual event is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and rejoice in our community being back together at school! Plus with six food trucks no one has to make dinner that night!

But we can’t do it without your help. We’ve broken down the shifts to just 1/2 hour. Please sign up on the link below to work a shift and/or donate baked goods for the popular cake walk.

Thanks for volunteering and see you at the carnival!



Fall Enrichment Class Registration Starts This Week

enrichmentJust a reminder that Fall enrichment classes are posted on our blog under the enrichment tab.

Registration will go live this Thursday at noon.

As we gear up for classes we are looking for an assistant coach to work with Ms. Santana for basketball – this will allow us to accommodate more students!  If you are interested email , your child may attend basketball with you for free!







Last PTA Meeting Tonight!

PTA-meetingPlease join us tonight, Thursday May 28th at 6:30pm for our last PTA Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year!  Tonight’s meeting is crucial as we vote in new board members for the 2015-2016 school year and vote on the budget.  Free childcare for school age children is provided in the gym.

And please join us as at Prost after the meeting to celebrate another successful school year.  Hope to see you there!


Schmitz Park Science Night is Coming

Join us for the 2nd Annual Schmitz Park Science Celebration Night on Thursday May 14th from 6:30-8pm.

At Schmitz Park science is in every aspect of what our kids do — from composting in the lunch room and helping replant native plants in our own Schmitz Park forest. In the classroom, our teachers lead our students through many scientific discoveries from textiles, terrariums and soil in the lower levels to salmon cycles, Islandwood and Salish Seas at the upper levels.  Science night is an opportunity to celebrate our discoveries and learn more through science organizations in our Seattle community.

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Image Courtesy West Seattle Blog

Last year’s Science Night was a great success with salmon from Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, squid dissection by Ms. Poole and robots from the Museum of Flight. They will be back along with others including Arduino boards from the Seattle App Academy, the Seattle Aquarium, Camp Long where you can compare your athletic abilities to our local animals… and so many more. Come celebrate this year!

For more information on Science Night, please click here.

We are in need of volunteers and have many fun ways to get involved.  Please sign up here


Room Parents – Staff Appreciation Ideas


Schmitz Park Room Parents:

As you know, we’re not allowed to collect money in the front office or classrooms. Below are ideas for different ways you can collect gifts or donations for your class’ teacher appreciation gift.

  • We’ve set up a special Teacher Appreciation Wish List made specific to each teacher. The Wish List contains a link for Amazon email gift cards. Parents can select the amount of their email gift card, put in teacher email address for who the gift is going to, select date for delivery Friday, May 8th and then pay for the gift card. Your teacher will receive all of the gifts cards from each family on Friday. No collecting money and purchasing gift.
  • Go to this site:, set-up an account and send out link to parents. They can donate money to you directly to purchase a gift for your teacher.

Below is the list of specialists assigned to the grades. Room parents for each grade have been reaching out to each other and taking one day each to do something small along with what they’re doing for their teacher. Basically each class can take a day.

  • K – Ms. Lew
  • 1st – Ms. Sealey
  • 2nd – Ms. Dunn
  • 3rd – Ms. Vaninni
  • 4th – Ms. Bronson
  • 5th – Ms. Cochran

Parents of children who use room 5 & 6, we’d like to set up a group to treat the teachers and aids that help support our children. Email if you’d like to participate. If you don’t want to be part of the group, please send a thank you note in with your child one day next week to give to their specific supporters. Cheri Carl and I would like to replenish their toy stash, give them flowers and Starbucks cards.


Staff Appreciation Week

imageOur Staff Appreciation Week gets underway May 4-8th. Plans for our staff range from providing flowers, cards, sweet treats, and much more as a way to recognize staff for all their hard work and support they give our children. In addition, the PTA is supplying brunch, coffee, and lunches to staff on the following days:

  • Monday: Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Pannini Luncheon
  • Wednesday: Staff gifts passed out
  • Thursday: Starbucks delivery with fresh baked good
  • Friday: Salmon luncheon

Also, look for an email from your classes room parent for specific ideas on what your class can do.