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End of Year PTA Survey

The GHE PTA Board wants to hear what’s important to you! As we close out this school year, we want to hear from as many community members as possible about their opinions of our PTA’s events and programs.

Your input will help inform the work of the PTA Board as we kick off a new year. It will take only a few minutes to let us know what you think in our survey here. The survey is open to all Genesee community members – teachers, staff, parents, guardians, students, family, and neighbors. So share with everyone you know in the community!

We want to hear from you!

Summer Reading Resources

Usher in July by starting some anti-racist summer reading as a family!

Interactive Kids’ Anti-Racist Reading Room This virtual reading room full of beautiful picture books was created by Michelle Widawer Hamburger and Kimberly Slater Haim- two Kindergarten teachers from Valley Village, CA. You can click on anything in the room to learn or read. 

Anti-Racist Reading Challenge:  Below is a list of 25 picture books, early readers, middle grade, young adult and adult titles. Challenge your whole family to read some of these this summer!

Call for Golden Acorn nominations

Do you know someone who is an amazing volunteer? Someone who, whether it be quietly, or out in front of everyone, gives all they have to give to Genesee Hill Elementary School? Here is your opportunity to recognize them! We are seeking nominations for the Golden Acorn. Since 1937, the Golden Acorn is an award presented to individuals who have given outstanding volunteer service to children and youth. To submit your nomination(s) – feel free to nominate more than one person – please email by Monday, June 8. Thanks to everyone for the many ways you support our community!

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:

Enrichment Classes Going Online for Spring Session!

The following classes will be offered ONLINE so that students can continue to take virtual enrichment classes during the school closure:

  • Mondays: Little Coders K-2, Drawing & Painting Exploration 2 -5 (now open to 2nd graders!)
  • Tuesdays: Boom Dance Exploration K-3, Mandarin K-3, Chess 2-5 (new day for online classes only)
  • Wednesdays: Game Development (Int/Adv) 2-5, Jump Rope 1-5
  • Thursdays: Minecraft Server Modding 3-5, Tae Kwon Do K-3* (starts April 9th)
  • Fridays: Art Wizards K-5, Drumming 3-5 & 1-5 (new day for online classes only), Vocal Performance 2-5*

*Note: All classes will be offered “live” via Zoom, except Tae Kwon Do and Vocal Performance which will post weekly video lessons (with optional prompts and activities) for students to access at any time.

If your student is looking for fun and creative activities in the afternoon after a long day of homeschooling, I’d highly recommend giving one or more of these online classes a try.  In particular, Jump Rope and Drawing & Painting Exploration are both terrific classes, plus very good value! Not sure about if online classes are a good fit for your student? All classes have a satisfaction guarantee so your student take a trial class for free. There are still spots available for all online classes, so please contact the Enrichment Coordinator as soon as possible to enroll before the session starts on March 30th!

Food assistance for families in need

As many of you are aware, closure of Seattle Public Schools means more than just a postponement of learning for students. Many families rely on the schools for child care, meals and other community support. Members of the Genesee Hill community are proud of the strength of our community, and we’d like to step up the level of strength and support during this uncertain time. We are taking donations that will be used to purchase Safeway gift cards for distribution to families that rely on the school for food assistance. If you would like to participate, please donate here. The PTA Board will purchase the gift cards on a weekly basis for the duration of our school closure and give them to Principal Kischner for distribution. Thanks in advance for this support and all other means of support our community is providing during this time and stay healthy and safe!