5th Grade – Class of ’26

6/21/19 – Graduation Morning

When: 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, with ceremony immediately following
Where: Genesee Hill Cafeteria 
RSVP here (Note: 2 adults per student may attend)

6/19/19 – End of Year BBQ

When: Wednesday, June 19th, 3:30 – 7:00pm
Where: Lincoln Park Beach Shelter #3 (by the water) 
Details: We’re continuing the tradition of a 5th grade graduation BBQ! Please plan on joining us for hot dogs/veggie dogs (all provided by PTA), and lots of fun at Lincoln Park. You can absolutely come empty handed, but if you’re able to sign up to bring an item or fill a volunteer shift, that’d be great too! Sign up to bring items and volunteer here!

6/6/19 – Celebration Concert

Music at 6:30pm in the cafeteria followed by culminating projects and reflections from Islandwood. More details to come!

3/27/19 – Early Release Bowling

When: Wednesday, March 27 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Where: West Seattle Bowl
Details:  Head down to the bowling alley for our annual date with the pins! We’d love to see as many people as possible for our sixth and final Class of ’26 bowling event. Please bring $8 (preferably cash) to cover the lane and shoes. And note that this is not a drop-off event; please stay with your kiddo. Siblings are welcome.

2/8/10 – Family Bingo Night – CANCELLED

The 5th grade cohort is helping host the upcoming family bingo night and spaghetti dinner for the school on Friday, 2/8 from 6:30-8pm.
It should be lots of fun, so mark your calendar and show how 5th graders GET IT DONE.  Sign up here.

9/29/18 – Parents Only Party

The party will be at the home of Kelley and Sean O’Connor (thank you, friends!) at 3241 36th Ave SW from 7 to 10 p.m.
So call your sitter and look forward to a great evening with other 5th grade parents. No need to bring anything but yourself — and maybe a cash contribution to cover your drinks.

Events from the 2017-2018 school year

6/14/18 – Celebration of Learning

Who: 4th Graders and parents

When: 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Genesee Hill Elementary

Here’s the schedule for the evening:
5:45 – Students/families arrive, drop off potluck food at buffet tables
6:00 – Students stand next to their displayed work in the gym; families walk around to view the work presentations
6:35 – Students join families at the potluck and eat (in cafeteria or outside, depending on weather)
7:30-8:00 – Clean up

4th graders will choose a piece of work they created in class this year and share it with visitors. After viewing the work, families will enjoy a potluck meal together. This is an all-family event — bring siblings along to enjoy the fun. More details, including the schedule for the evening, are available in the Sign Up Genius.

Speaking of which, WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this event a success; please sign up to bring items and volunteer!

12/13/17 – West Side Baby Service Event

Who: 4th Graders and parents

When: choose 6-7pm OR 7-8pm on Wednesday, December 13th

Where: West Side Baby Warehouse on 14th Ave. in White Center (10002 14th Ave. SW. Seattle, 98146).

4th graders and one of their parents can join us for a service event at WestSide Baby on December 13th. There are two time slots: either 6:00-7:00pm or  7:00-8:00pm. We will be helping to sort donations for the organization.

Please RSVP here. You MUST RSVP to attend. This is not a drop off event as we are required to have adult supervision with the students.

11/8/17 – Early Release Bowling

When: Wednesday, November 8th from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Check in starts at 1:15 p.m.
Where: West Seattle Bowl,  4505 39th Ave SW, Seattle
How: $7 per bowler, please bring cash to expedite the check-in process

Join us at West Seattle Bowl for our annual bowling extravaganza! RSVP here.

10/14/17 – Parents Night Out

When: October 14th from 7-10pm
Where: Kelley & Sean O’Conner’s home, 3241 36th Ave SW, 98126

Join other 4th grade families at the O’Conner’s – line up your babysitter now. Snacks provided, please bring cash if you want to contribute for drinks. Let us know if you can make it on our RSVP.

9/5/17 – 4th Grade Popsicle Party

When: 2:00-3:30pm
Where: GHE Playground

Join other 4th grade families on the school playground for a back-to-school popsicle party!

Events from the 2016-2017 school year

3/25/2017 – Barre and Bubbles for Mom

When: 9:00am – 11:00am PDT
Where: 4800 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Let’s get together…without the kids!…for a fun morning of Barre & Bubbles at EvoFit.

First, we’ll participate in a fun, but challenging 60 minute EvoBarre class. Then, we’ll have time to mingle and catch up over a “mom-osa” bar and LuluCakes mini cupcakes (vegan, dairy free, egg free)! Please sign up so we can make sure we have enough space (and bubbles and cupcakes!) for everyone. This class is for ALL fitness levels, so come and have fun!

Suggested donation of $5.

http://RSVP and further details here.

3/22/2017 – Early Release Bowling

When: 12:20pm – 2:20pm

Where: West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave. SW 98116

Join the 3rd grade cohort for bowling on our next early release on March 22nd. Please bring $8 cash/check  for each bowler in order to expedite the check-in/payment process.

1/8/2017 – Family Roller Skating

Where: Southgate Roller Rink – 9646 17th Ave SW

When: 1:00pm-4:30 pm

Cost: $7.50 (includes skate rental)

Please wear your Genesee Hill Elementary t-shirts and join us at Family Skate at Southgate Roller Rink!

11/5/2016 – Volunteer Work Party

Where: Dragonfly Pavillion

When: 10am

Come and volunteer with the 3rd grade cohort and the Nature Consortium. We will be planting trees and removing invasive species in support of Seattle’s largest urban forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt. To sign up, visit the Nature Consortium website at www.naturec.org/volunteer. Click on the big “Volunteer” button and look for the Genesee Hill event on Nov. 5.

10/26/2016 – Early Release Bowling

When: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Where: West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave. SW 98116

Back by popular demand! The Third Grade Cohort will meet for a bowling party on the October early release day. The cost is $7.75 for 2 hours of bowling + shoes. (Check in at the counter.)

Please remember that this isn’t a drop-off event. An adult needs to be present to supervise the children you bring.

A light snack will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday, 10/24, if possible! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4badaa2da5fe3-early

10/22/2016 – Parent Social

When: 7-10pm

Where: Chris and Chris O’Claire House, 4031 54th Ave SW

Let’s get together to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. We’ll have some “Howlin’ Fun Games”, a Costume Contest, light nibbles and ghoulish drinks.

Help spread the word- bring someone new! Time to get our cohort together to celebrate. Halloween costumes optional. Donations for food and drinks appreciated.


Save the date for back-to-school events!

Each cohort will hold one back-to-school event on the new Genesee Hill campus in August. Please save the date, since the campus will remain closed except for for scheduled events! If you have questions, contact your cohort leaders. Need to find out who they are? Email cohorts@geneseehillpta.org.

Incoming Kindergarteners (class of 2029) – Tuesday, August 23, 5-7 pm
Incoming 1st graders (class of 2028) – Thursday, August 11, 5-7 pm
Incoming 2nd graders (class of 2027) – Wednesday, August 10, 5-7 pm
Incoming 3rd graders (class of 2026) – Tuesday, August 9, 5-7 pm
Incoming 4th graders (class of 2025) – Wednesday, August 17, 5-7 pm
Incoming 5th graders (class of 2024) – Tuesday, August 16, 5-7 pm

See you at Genesee Hill! Have a wonderful summer.

Events from the 2015-2106 school year

West Duwamish Greenbelt Service Event

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (2 shifts)
Pigeon Point Park, 1901 SW Genesee St.

The 2nd grade cohort is partnering with the Nature Consortium to help restore the city’s largest urban forest. Join the class of 2026 cohort families as we unite to give back! The teams will be responsible for removing invasive plants and putting down mulch to support native plants and trees.

There are two shifts. 10-11:30 am and 12:30-2 pm. Park in the Pathfinder K-8 School parking lot and meet behind the school at your shift time.

MEN’S Night Out

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7 pm
Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California Ave. SW

Come meet other parents from the 2nd grade cohort, reconnect with old friends and play darts, billiards and shuffleboard!

LADIES’ Night Out

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7 pm
Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California Ave. SW

Come meet other parents from the 2nd grade cohort, reconnect with old friends and play darts, billiards and shuffleboard!

Early Release Bowling

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1:30-2:30 pm
West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave SW

Trying to figure out what to do with your kids on early release day? Look no further!

Bring them to West Seattle Bowl for a bit of bowling. For just $5.75, kids get shoe rental + one hour of bowling. (That price includes tax too!) Siblings are welcome.

THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT. Parents MUST accompany the children they bring, and stay with them the entire time.

Halloween Party – ADULTS only!

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7-10 pm
Home of Chris and Chris O’Claire, 4031 54th Ave SW

This year, the fall moms’ and dads’ party has a Halloween theme. Wear your favorite costume and make it fun! It’s an adults-only party for the parents of the Class of 2026. Come for the entire time or just drop in for an hour — whatever suits your schedule. Please bring a donation for the keg; we’ll donate any extra to the cohort.

Roller Skating and Pizza

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm
Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St.

We’ll meet at Alki Community Center for a pizza dinner followed by a skating party in the gym. This event takes place as part of the community center’s regular Friday Night Skate. The cost to rent skates is $3. (Bring your own, if you have them!) Also, please bring a cash donation to offset the cost of the pizza. We’ll send a SignUp Genius, so we know how much pizza to order.

Events from the 2014-2105 school year

Poetry Slam

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:30 pm
Where: Schmitz Park Elementary Cafeteria

We will come together to listen to all of our star students reading their poetry! Teachers will work with the students on their poems leading up to their special debut when they read them from the stage. Stay tuned for more details!

Roller Skating

When: February 13, 2015, 6-8 pm
Where: Southgate Roller Rink, 9646 17th Ave Sw, Seattle

Come join the second graders for an evening of roller skating. We will be heading to Southgate Roller Arena on Friday, February 13 from 6-8pm. Price is $7/ skater. We hope you can join us. All are welcome. http://www.southgaterollerrink.com

Christmas Ships

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4:30pm
Where: Alki Beach (meet across the street from the Starbucks, and look for the glow sticks!)

Join us on Alki to enjoy the Alki Christmas Ships, a 20-minute holiday concert broadcast onshore, and a warm bonfire (thanks to the Parks Department). Some of our own West Seattle students will be performing. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit with family and friends!

Formal events start at 4pm and last until 6:30. Our plan is to gather at 4:30, in time to enjoy the ships and concert. Feel free to stay longer!

Schedule of formal events:
4:00 – Alki Bathhouse opens – musicians and singers begin performing
5:10 – Argosy Christmas and Parade ships arrive
5:10-5:30 – the Dickens Carolers perform a 20-minute holiday concert, broadcast onshore
6:30pm – end of formal event

Afterwards, stay with family and friends to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant!


Meeples Games Gathering

When: Monday, November 24, 2014, 2-4 pm (NOTE: this is a date correction!)
Where: Meeples Games, 3727 California Ave SW at Charleston, http://meeplesgames.com/
Who: 2nd grade families

During the week of Thanksgiving break/conferences, meet us at Meeples Games to join your classmates in some game playing. They will put out a bunch of 2nd grade appropriate games for the kids to enjoy and learn how to play. You may even be able to get some holiday gift ideas while seeing what your kid enjoys!

Parents’ Halloween Bash

When: Friday, October 24, 2014, 7-10pm
Where: Jones House, 4016 45th Ave SW, Seattle
Who: Schmitz Second Grade parents/guardians (no kids!)

You can come for the night,
you can come for a flash…
But come have fun
at our Halloween bash!

Bring a donation for the keg, a dessert, snack/appetizer or another beverage of choice.  Costumes are encouraged but optional.

6/6/19 – Celebration Concert

Music at 6:30pm in the cafeteria followed by culminating projects and reflections from Islandwood. More details to come!