Category Archives: Fund Raising

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!


Dream Dinners Dine-in December 1-10

Our Dine-out for December is a Dine-in with Dream Dinners! Enjoy your meals at home whenever you want!  Dream Dinners is a local meal prep business that takes care of menu planning, grocery shopping, and prep so you can enjoy stress free dinners with your family!   Stock your freezer from a menu of 20 chef crafted meals in December (and potentially beyond) so that you will spend less time worrying about what to make for dinner and more time doing what you love!  

The dates for meal pick up are listed below along with the hyperlink to order food.   The cost is $50 per medium dinner package (3 meals, each serving 2-3 people). You will be able to pick out three meals from the link below, pick them up on that date and store for using at their own convenience!   There are 30 slots available (10 per date.)  We receive $10 for every family that participates in this fundraiser.  Additionally, if you place a full size order within one week of your pick-up, Dream Dinners will donate an extra $20 to Genesee Hill Elementary!!

You can start reserving their meals now and up to 36 hours prior to the order pick up time.   Please see below.  The links provide the order form and the menu of dinners available on those dates!   Enjoy!

Thursday, December 3rd Pick-Up   Place order by December 1st!

Saturday, December 5th Pick-Up- Place order by December 3rd!

Saturday, December 12th Pick-up- Place order by December 10th!


Supply Drive and Swag!

Even though we had to postpone our Ice Cream Anti-Social until Sept. 16, we still launched the Supply Drive today!

As part of the PTA’s mission to support all the students at GHES, the PTA has provided the funding necessary for the teachers and staff of the school to purchase all the supplies a student might need throughout the school year in bulk. The PTA does this to help ensure that the teachers have the exact supplies they need, and each student has school supplies, no matter his or her circumstances. In addition, it should make the start of school a little bit easier on parents & guardians, since you don’t have to go through the hassle of finding just the right number 2 pencil or red marker. The cost of supplies works out to be about $20 per student.

In order to offset the expense, please consider making a tax-deductible donation for the cost of student supplies, so that the PTA can continue to purchase supplies in the years to come. If you can give a little extra, that would be most appreciated! Please donate here.

Also, the Genesee Hill online swag store is now open! Just in time for the new school year.  Shop for your new gear and show your Genesee Hill Elementary school spirit!

There will be samples of the latest GHE fashions at the PTA ice cream for supply drive on Sept. 16, 3-6, at Dakota Homestead!  Be sure to check it out!



fox1It didn’t take a Sign Up Genius to predict that the Fox Family would inhabit the home of Schmitz Park’s Volunteer Coordinator Athena Frederick. William, 2nd grader (…what’s with all the 2nd graders?) found the Foxes early Monday and, in true Schmitz Park form, asked his mom if he could help move the Family to their next destination. Based on William’s choice of Batman Gear, it’s safe to say Mom took him up on his offer. fox2




Help Us Support Gatewood Elementary

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As you may have heard, Gatewood Elementary is facing an involuntary staff reduction of one of their first grade teachers due to lower than expected school-wide enrollment by 26 children across all cohorts. Since 1st grade has the lowest overall enrollment in the school it was decided by SPS to reduce the number of 1st grade classes and increase class size. The Gatewood teacher is being asked to transfer to Fairmount Park Elementary because that school is facing a staff shortage due to higher than anticipated enrollment. The 1st grade teacher will be assigned a 4th grade class. As a PTA Board, we feel decisions like these are highly disruptive and completely avoidable; we hope you do too.
How to show support:
1.      Inform the School District that:

a.      Decreases to school budgets made after the school year has begun does not serve every child, every classroom, every day.

b.      Involuntary Staff transfers within a community does not foster the family support we strive to build across our schools.

c.       Enrollment projections that lead to staffing assignments should be supported – and only in the case of higher than expected should schools ADD to their resources. Never should a teacher be made to leave a school after students have been assigned to a class.

2.      Send email to Linda Sebring, Interim Budget Director

3.      Donate to Gatewood – Parents of Gatewood are trying to fundraise $90,000 by this Thursday, October 9th – an amount that the school district has informed them must be paid to retain this teacher. Through amazing effort, they have raised over $55,000 to date – if you’d like to help out or know someone who can, please write a check to ‘Friends of Gatewood’ and drop it off at the Chase Bank at Thriftway in West Seattle.

We hope you can join us in this important cause,

Joe Turcotte
President – Schmitz Park PTA


“Rio 2” Kicks Off Outdoor Movie Nights on August 12

Rio 2”  kicks off our outdoor movie nights on Tuesday, August 12. We hope you can join us and don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs!

  • Doors Open: 6:30 PM
  • Showtime: At dusk, around 8:30 PM (ish)
  • Cost: $3 per person (Children 3 and under are free)
  • Concessions: Pizza will be available for purchase by the slice, along with drinks, popcorn
    and other snacks. All items will cost $2 or less.

Please invite your neighbors and friends at your  Neighborhood Block Party, the more the merrier.
Print out the Outdoor_Movie_Night_flyer-Rio2 and distribute!

Also, Save-the-Date for the next movie night:

  • Tuesday, 8/19/14: Muppets Most Wanted

All proceeds benefit the 4th grade trip to Islandwood!

Thank you, 4th Grade Cohort


Exceeded our 2013-2014 Fundraising Goal!

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We have raised $204, 278.53 as of June 3, 2014. Our goal was $187,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. There are checks still coming in for deposit and will know the final total by July 1 or sooner. This has been an amazing year for all of us. I want to Thank YOU for taking an active part in your child’s learning and supporting the Schmitz Park community as we continue to strive for excellence in academics and personal growth. Schmitz Park IS a great school because of YOU. Thank you for allowing me to be your PTA Fundraising Chair representative this year. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe Summer. See you in the Fall, and around town, Nazleen Patel-Ejarque (Parent of a 2nd grade graduate).


Volunteer Positions – we need you!

Are you ready to help lead our Schmitz Park community and continue a legacy of great parent involvement? We’re looking for parents that have the knowledge and drive to continue to make great things to happen at Schmitz Park.  The PTA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for:

  • PTA Board Officers = Help determine PTA direction; voted in; meet 1x per month for PTA board, and 1x per month for General PTA meeting
  • Open Chair Positions = Oversee particular events and activities; not voted in;  only attend relevant meetings
  • Other = Help the above where possible; not voted in;  no meeting requirements

If you are interested in nominate yourself (or someone you know!), please contact Jeff Rayner at

Proposed PTA Board Members 2014/15 (Voted-in)

PresidentGuide the PTA board to ensure you are meeting your PTA’s goals and fulfilling PTA’s missionJoe Turcotte
Vice PresidentServe as president elect of SP PTA, support president in running PTA meetings as needed. Support other SP commitees as needed, identify needs for new initiatives as needed.Robert Kelly
SecretaryThe secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. These records are the permanent history of the PTA. Promptness, accuracy, and knowledge of PTA policies are key to this job. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meetingAlyse HuffordAlyse Hufford
TreasurerUnderstand the status of current fundraising activities, what money is available to be spent versus what is owed, and the bylaws as they relate to the treasurer’s responsibilities. Tom Boyer (roll over)
Vice Treasurer Serve as Treasurer elect, support Treasurer in running financials as needed. Michelle Wonder (appointed)
LegislativeTrack issues that affect the SP community at the district, local state and national levels. Frame issues and decision points for PTA and larger SP community. Create and execute action plans to support PTA positions on issuesEmily Giaquinta & Angela Cough
FundraisingOversee Moveathon, One Campaign and support auction leads. Develop and lead volunteer commitee to support activitiesLorie Bennett & Derek Birnie
CommunicationsCreate content and share across communications vehicles to engage SP community in PTA activities. Manage SP PTA blog, social media accounts and web pages on SPS site.Cheri Libby

Proposed Other Members 2014/15 (non voted-in, including Chairs)


  • Standing roles = year round
  • Special roles = event based positions on an ad hoc (as-needed) basis

Auction Co-ChairHelp coordinate the auctionRob Kelly
Auction ChairHelp coordinate the auctionPam Linxweiler
Bike RodeoOversee this fun event near the end of the school year
CapacityKeep up-to-date on the new school at Genessee Hill and associated issuesEmily Giaquinta
Communications - blog managerKeep our blog as up to date as possible, as this will be our main source of information for parents and the community
Communications - FacebookKeep our FB postings up to date and link them to the blogAnita Lavine
Communications - signageEnsure our main signs reflect the current PTA activities and eventsLorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Communications - SPS websiteEnsure the official website through the PTA is maintained and references the PTA blog where appropriateLorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Give BackOversee the GiveBack campaign, work with local businesses and support procurement activitiesJeff Rayner
Membership Recruitment of members, lead member engagement and benefitsJeff Rayner
Move-A-ThonOversee the MATKara Centioli, Jodie Bennett
PassportAssist with ensuring our Passport program is running as neededJen Watt
ProcurementHelp garner conversations and donations from local businessesAthena Fjeld, Melissa Pederssen
Parent EducationWork with teachers, PTA board and blog manager to ensure educational content is relevant and helpful. Also assists with once a year events like Math Night
Schmitzville Festival Oversee this once a year eventKatie Hamilton, Jodie Bennett
Systems/Data Assess needs, implement and manage systems and software to manage SP PTA data accross functions including membership, finance, fundraising and others

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FUNDRAISING: it’s not too late to donate

We are excited to say that we have surpassed our fundraising goal of $187,000. It was because of YOU the school has the much needed supplies and support to help our children become successful in academics and in the community.

It takes a village to raise a child, and we are THAT village.  – Nazleen, Fundraising Chair


However, as we look forward to next school year, there are changes ahead. Those changes will depend on HOW we act now.  As you know, our math curriculum is in jeopardy as The Seattle Public Schools Math Adoption Committee has recommended enVision Math for all Seattle schools.  We may need to fund our math program once again, which adds a potential $80,000 to next year’s fundraising budget that was not accounted for in in this year’s.

In order to continue and upgrade a math program that has not only enriched our children’s education, but will provide our teachers with valuable tools not previously available to them via Singapore Math, we need to have 100% participation in the One Campaign from our parent community.
Many families have given already, however we have a few in each class that have yet to do so.  Our goal was $320 per child but whatever amount is greatly appreciated and will help to offset the costs and fundraising budget for next year. Thank you to all the families who have generously supported and believed in Schmitz Park. Your financial support, whatever the amount, is greatly appreciated.  
Please contact with questions regarding donating to Schmitz Park. Click here to make a gift online