Special Presentation – Understanding Our Kids’ Online & Offline Social World: Friendships, Cliques & Power Plays

The Genesee Hill PTA is hosting bestselling children’s author Trudy Ludwig, who will be talking to parents about topics that have become more and more prevalent for kids growing up today: cyberbullying, social ostracism and how kids can engage in kind, caring ways.

Trudy’s emphasis is on empowerment – giving school communities the tips, tools, and resources that help children connect and engage with their peers in kind, caring ways. In this adult presentation, she’ll discuss the latest research in relational aggression, cyberbullying, the nature of boys’ and girls’ friendships, social ostracism and inclusion, kindness in a digital world, and many other timely and important topics related to bullying. On September 26, Trudy will lead student presentations for K-2 and 3-5 grades to address bullying/friendship issues in an age-appropriate manner. She will also provide a staff presentation to help school staff members in their ongoing efforts to promote a safe, social-emotional learning environment for our students.

The presentation will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 25 at Genesee Hill Elementary, and all community members are welcome. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2xsk6KJ. Child care will be provided for school age kids.

*We will have a handful of books available to purchase the night of the event. 


September Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Michael Busby, our September  Volunteer of the Month.

Our volunteer of the month is Mike Busby.  Mike is our Treasurer on the PTA and is a great example of a volunteer who contributes to our school outside of school hours.  In his role as Assistant Treasurer and now his second year as Treasurer, Mike leads the PTA Finance team in the enormous role tracking our expenditures and keeping us financially responsible.   In addition to the hundreds of hours he spends each year in writing checks, balancing our books, maintaining our non-profit status, and preparing our taxes, he also continuously challenges the PTA to ensure the dollars we spend are true to our mission and our membership created and approved budget.   And yes…this is a volunteer position!

Mike is dad to Aidan (5th Grade) an Ian (2nd Grade).  He has worked at T-Mobile for 8 years in Telecom Product Strategy.  When not at his day job or doing volunteer work for the school, Mike is an avid skier, cyclist and loves camping with his kids and wife, Maureen.

Congratulations and thank you for all of hard work, Mike! Enjoy your dedicated parking spot in front of the school for a month!

Have an idea for our next Volunteer of the Month?  Let us know:   volunteers@geneseehillpta.org


Apply to Volunteer and Make a Difference

Students are motivated to achieve more when parents, caregivers or other significant adults get involved in their school. 

We are building a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent volunteer program to best serve our students. We encourage people of different cultural, ethnic, educational and national backgrounds to apply to volunteer at Genesee Hill.

Apply now so you’re ready when opportunities arise! We are currently seeking volunteers for the following: Click on the link to sign up for each job.  The volunteer application process includes:

Complete the online Volunteer Application (required yearly)

Have a copy of your current, government issued photo ID available to upload – or present to the front office or to volunteer coordinator, Rene Bibaud

Complete the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (online). If you taken the course previously, please submit a copy of your certificate of completion or the month/year the course was completed.

If you need a paper application, please request it from the school office where you wish to volunteer.

Rene Bibaud – Volunteer Coordinator volunteers@geneseehillpta.org


Volunteer Opportunity – Lunch Room Monitors Needed for Back to School

Looking for  an opportunity to help out at school? We need volunteers to supervise the lunchroom daily from 11 AM – 12:15 PM.

Volunteers for lunch will report to the lunchroom and ask another parent volunteer what is needed.

Please look on this as an opportunity to fill a very necessary role and sign up for a shift HERE.

NOTE: Volunteers need to complete paperwork and a background screening annually.  Volunteer applications can now be submitted online HERE.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator Rene Bibaud


First Grade Cohort – Before School Recess Volunteers Needed

1st Grade Cohort, it is your turn for before-school recess duty! This group is responsible from September 5th – November 2nd. Take a look at the Sign-up Genius and help when you can.

Before School Recess – sign up HERE.

Be sure to register as a volunteer (needs to be done each year) online HERE.

Our school is committed to providing supervision for our students on the playground from 7:30 to 7:50 am. With the increasing number of students, we need additional help to ensure everyone’s safety. Each cohort will be responsible for specific weeks of coverage, with two volunteers per morning.

Contact the Rene Bibaud, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@geneseehilllpta.org for more information


Volunteers Needed for Fall 2018 Enrichment

The PTA is seeking parent volunteers in exchange for priority enrollment and a 50% – 100% tuition discount for your child(ren). This is a great way to guarantee you will get the class(es) your child wants (plus skip the registration frenzy)! Volunteers are needed as follows:

1.    PTA Chaperones: The PTA requires 2 to 3 adult volunteers daily to act as chaperones in order for enrichment classes to be offered. Chaperones are needed to perform regular class check-ins, assist with attendance (if needed), and be available on campus to assist instructors in the event of an emergency.

 2.    In-class Parent Volunteers: Some enrichment classes have requested a parent volunteer to assist the instructor with attendance and classroom management: Art Wizards (1-5), Chess (2-5),  Creative Story Drama (1-2), Fashion Club (1-5), French (1-5), Lego Club (2-5), Little Coders (1-2), 3D Engineering (3-5),  Musical Minds (1-5), Spanish (3-5).

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Enrichment Coordinator as soon as possible to receive a discount code for your child(ren).


Fall 2018 Enrichment Preview and Registration Details

Hot off the press – the Fall 2018 Enrichment Class Schedule is now available to preview! View it on the  Enrichment Course Descriptions page or download a PDF version of the schedule HERE. Please note that this is only a preliminary schedule and that some class days and fees may be subject to change so please check the blog for latest updates. 

The Fall enrichment season will start on September 24 and run through December 14, 2018.  Some classes have earlier/later start dates, so please check the class schedule carefully. Fall enrichment classes are open to students in grades 1-5 only.  Kindergarten students are welcome to enroll starting Winter session.

SAVE THE DATE! Online registration will open on Monday, September 10th at 7:00 PM.  Starting  registration will take place via Homeroom – a mobile friendly after school enrichment portal that will allow you to enroll, purchase and manage all your student(s) classes in one convenient location.  You’ll only have to sign up one time, your student(s) profile will be saved for future sessions, plus the site is mobile friendly so you register and access real time class information from your phone! Class schedule and details can also be viewed in real time via Homeroom (NOTE: Classes are still being added and will be finalized on September 10, 2018).

Questions? Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator.


Fall 2018 Study Club Registration Starts September 4, 2018

SAVE THE DATE! Online registration will start on Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 AM and will remain open until the session starts (9/10/18), or all spots are filled.

Starting this year, registration will be done via Homeroom – an online after school enrichment portal that will allow you to enroll, purchase and manage all your student(s) classes in one convenient location.  You’ll only have to sign up one time, your student(s) profile will be saved for future sessions, plus the site is mobile friendly so you register and access real time class information from your phone!

The Fall session of Study Club will start on Monday, September 10, 2018 and run through Thursday, December 20, 2018. An early dismissal class for Friday, December 21st, will be added later this Fall.  Families have the option of registering for the full 14 week session, or for just the pre- and post-enrichment week(s) only. Students participating in Enrichment classes can also choose to register for just pre-enrichment days (from September 10 – 21, 2018), post enrichment days (from December 17-20, 2018)  and/or early dismissal Study Club on December 21, 2018. Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $15/class.

More details available on the Study Club page.



Aaron Rysemus of Live Property Solutions is parent to Lucy in 5th grade and McCall in 4th grade and has been a proud PTA sponsor for four years, including being a generous Den Sponsor this year. He also produced the terrific ‘Raise the Paddle’ video shown during the live auction, which can be viewed here.

For more about Live Property Solutions, click here.


Hoedown Fundraiser for West Seattle Elementary

We had a terrific hootenanny of a Hoedown – thank you to all of the families who joined in the fun! And a special thank you for all Hoedown participants who raised $1,200 for West Seattle Elementary 5th Graders to go to Islandwood Camp.

Today, PTA President Christine Kraynek dropped off the check to West Seattle Elementary’s Assistant Principal Ms. Washington.