Lunch available for students at 26 school sites beginning March 16
Starting March 16, 26 schools will begin serving lunch for all SPS students from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday through Friday for the duration of the school closure. Grab and go meals are available for students, but students cannot stay at the school to eat them because of “social distancing”
guidance from state and local health agencies.
Students do not need to be present to get a meal. A parent or caregiver can pick up meals for the number of kids he/she has at home. If a person needs mobile accessibility support, staff are available to assist. Information on the 26 school sites and specific meal pick up information for each site can be found on the SPS site. The page can be translated into several different languages from the “Select Language” drop down in the top right corner of the page.
Please note SPS does not need volunteers for meal distribution since it is working to avoid community congregations.
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!
Make A Difference In One Hour!
Tutors Needed to Inspire Struggling Young Readers in the Seattle area! Reading Partners is a literacy nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling elementary student readers. No experience is required to volunteer! We seek volunteers who can commit a minimum of one hour/week for the school year. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum. Volunteers make an enormous impact: on average, students DOUBLE their rate of learning while enrolled in the program! Currently, we are only located in four schools, but we would love to partner with more schools in the future. Highland Park Elementary School is our highest need school and it would be incredible if we could get more volunteers there. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (206) 992-4484.
Camps & Activities
Here you’ll find a list of available camps and other children’s activities available from local businesses and enrichment program providers to Genesee Hill students.
Mandarin Experts (mandarinexperts.com): Set in Seattle’s International District, Chinese Cultural Exploration Summer Camp immerses kids in the language and culture of China. More details available here.
Ropeworks Jump Rope (learntojumprope.com): Highly acclaimed fun jump rope camps in the greater Seattle area, including one at Hiawatha Community Center and West Seattle VFW. Designed for kids aged 7 -14. Single rope skills, partner routines, long rope and double dutch jumping. Each person is challenged at their own skill level, and camp is open to kids of any skill level – from beginners to members of jump rope teams. More details available here.
Lee’s Martial Arts (lmawestseattle.com): Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Camp: This camp has been a favorite for over a decade. It includes: Tae Kwon Do, board breaking, acting games, bowling party, ice cream social, kickboxing, kids self-defense, fire safety, dodge ball, speaking Korean — and much more. For ages 4.5 to 12 years old. When: July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. (Doors open at 8:45 AM, after care available on request.) Where: Lee’s Martial Arts, 3270 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136 Contact: Lisa Skvarla (instructor), 206-938-375 Price: *Early Bird Special *discounts are available: June 2nd-31st: $275, after July 1st: $300
Playhouse NW Acting School: On-Camera Acting Camp for Kids 101: This introductory camp (101) will encourage your children (ages 7 and up) to use their imagination and to develop the techniques and confidence they need to create believable performances for the camera. This camp teaches the fundamentals of acting by using basic techniques and fun acting games. Children participate in class and work on improving their basic skills for auditions, improvisation, martial arts/fight choreography, Meisner technique and scene study. This camp prepares students for On-Camera Acting Camp for Kids 102 (Movie Camp).
When: Aug. 22-26, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM (Doors open at 8:45 AM; after care available upon request)
On-Camera Acting Camp For Kids 102 (Movie Camp) By the end of the week, all of our students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned by going into the second week (102) and participate in their very own short film production. This student production will be cast, written, rehearsed, taped and edited. Professional writers, directors and make-up artists will be involved, as well as the film and television students from Central Washington University’s film school. The kids production will be screened at a local theater or venue at a later date for their friends and family to enjoy. When: Aug. 22-26, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM (Doors open at 8:45 AM; after care available upon request) Where: Playhouse Northwest Acting School, 3270 California Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98136 (in the Lee’s Martial Arts building)
Contact: Lisa Skvarla (instructor), 206-938-3375 Price: *Camps may be attended separately but best done together.* Early Bird Special for both weeks: June 2nd – July 31st: $575, taken separately: $300 each. Financial aid is available.
About the instructor: Lisa Skvarla is the founder of Playhouse Northwest Acting School. She is a SAG/AFTRA actor and a certified stunt person. She has appeared on numerous national television shows including “Northern Exposure,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Case Closed” and the Discovery Channel’s “The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” She also has appeared in numerous commercials, industrials, web series and theater productions. Currently she is the executive producer for a three-season web series, “Divine Shadows,” that started filming in April 2015. In addition, Lisa is a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and the proud owner of Lee’s Martial Arts in West Seattle. For three years she served as the chairwoman for the American Women’s Self-Defense Association and has taught self-defense and rape prevention to women and girls across the country.