Childcare Options Available:

For families seeking full- or part-time child care during the school year, the Genesee PTA is aware of the following options:
Seattle Parks & Rec: Registration is now OPEN for full or partial weeks.  Scholarships are available. More information here.
Island Time Kids Place: Now accepting fall registration for full-day care Mon-Fri, 8-5 and after school care Mon-Fri, 3-5. More information here.
YMCA Leap Academy: Full-day program designed in partnership with each school district to support kids and families with learning, enrichment, and play this fall. More information here.
Seattle Public Schools has compiled a list of additional child care resources here.
If you are aware of any other childcare options, please send it to communications@geneseehillpta.org so we can help spread the word.

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 volunteersea@readingpartners.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. 

Clay Animation Network (cancancancan.com): Summer camps in Clay Animation, Brick Animation and Make Your Own Comic Book.  More details available here.

ChessMates Foundation (chessmates.org): Half & full day chess camps at the Orlov Chess Academy. More details available here.

Coding with Kids (codingwithkids.com): Half & full day coding camps for kids 5-15.  More details available here.

High 5 Arts  (www.high5arts.com):  Art camps in West Seattle (July  18-22) and Normandy Park (August 8-12 ) for kids ages 6-12.  More details and registration link available here.

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

TechVentureKids (techventurekids.org): Half & full day coding camps for kids 7-12. More details available here.

Trendy Crafts (trendycrafts.org): Crafty summer camps, including one at Haiwatha Community Center. More details available here.

Wilderness Awareness School (wildernessawareness.org): Outdoor day camps for kids 6-12, plus overnight camps for kids 11 – 14.  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.


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