This Thursday (1/17): School Levies Info Meeting

Join the discussion regarding SPS LEVIES – The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy and The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy  

On Thursday, January 17, school staff and the PTA will be hosting a discussion regarding Seattle Public Schools funding and the upcoming SPS Levies to be voted on in February 2019. A representative from Seattle Public Schools will be here to discuss what’s on the BEX V and EP&O Levies. People will have time to ask questions about the ballot propositions, the process, and how this will impact our school. To learn more about these levies please see the Seattle Public School’s School Levies webpage. 

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner (pizza) provided
  • 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentation, Discussion and Q&A
  • 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Learn how you can become more involved and informed on what is going on at GH 

*RSVP* if you would like to join us for dinner or need childcare, please: Please let us know if you will be able to attend so we can plan accordingly. (RSVP is not required to attend; it just helps with planning.) *Child care will be available with games and activities provided in the gym. Younger children are welcome to join us, as well, for the presentation.


January Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Noirin Lynch, our January Volunteer of the Month.

Noirin has been such a helpful volunteer at school.  We are so thankful to her contributions here at Genesee Hill.  When asked to comment on her contributions to our school, here’s what just a handful of folks had to say:

“Noirin is amazing! She is always available and willing to go above and beyond whenever I’ve asked her for help. Noirin gives up her time to come and help in the classroom and also comes in each week and supports the art teacher during our art lessons. Noirin has come in and done amazing art projects with the class not only donating her time, but supplies too. She also will make and donate games that she has made that support the curriculum. She is thoughtful, kind and the kids and I are lucky to have her!”
Mrs. Marroquin
“Noirin didn’t hesitate for a moment when I asked if she could help coordinate the flag ceremony for our November assembly.  She worked directly with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and the group leader for Boy Scouts.  Because of her efforts, the flag ceremony went off without a hitch.” Mr Della Pella

She teaches Genius Hour – Kitchen Chemistry for 1st grade

She organizes the lost and found/coat donation for the office

She’s room parent for Ms. Williams (3rd grader – Akemi Sheibley is her daughter) this year

Last year, she was room parent for Ms Henderson (Kinder – Quinn Sheibley) and Ms Fraizer (2nd grader – Akemi)

She’s also on the Cohort Coordinator Team for 3rd grade this year,  2nd grade last year

Staff Appreciation Week help and coordination

She leads a girl scout troop

Wow – that’s alot of hard work and dedication. Thanks Noirin

Congratulations and thank you for all of hard work, Noirin! 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:


GHES 2019 Auction:  March 23rd – DISCO FEVER

Join us a the Seattle Design Center on March 23rd!  Tickets go on sale on Friday January 11th and go fast. Join us for a raffle, silent auction, live auction, dinner, dancing and more!  Can’t make the auction or not able or interested in attending?  We still want you to be involved!  We’ll have an online auction for many items as well. Details to be announced.  But we hope you can make it in person and get down with the funky town foxes as we raise money to support our school.  Disco/70’s attire encouraged but not required.  Have fun, meet with new and old friends and support our school.

Questions? Suggestions? Or want to volunteer at or before the auction, let us know!

Are you thinking about donating a sign-up event, a gift certificate, a lesson or a vacation stay to raise funds for the school during the annual auction?  Don’t delay and sign up now!  Please reach out to your friends family and community connections!   We are always looking for vacation stays, tickets to sporting events or theater shows, gift certificates to restaurants or retailers, fine art or jewelry, experiences or services such as child care, yard work, classes or lessons!  Thank you for supporting the students, teachers and staff at Genesee Hill Elementary!  Questions?  Contact


JUST ADDED! Jr. Robotics & Robotics for Winter Enrichment

We have just added two new Robotics classes to the enrichment class schedule for Winter session. These classes will be offered on Wednesdays and taught by BEAM Experiences/Bricks4Kidz (

  • Jr Robotics K-2 (Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, $235/session – 9 classes): BEAM Experiences uses the popular Bricks 4 Kidz Jr. Robotics curriculum, teaching students how to turn their next LEGO creations into a robot, programmed to do exactly what they tell it to do! This offers all the fun of building with LEGO Bricks, plus the challenge of computer programming. Using drag-and-drop, icon-based WeDo software provides an introduction to the world of programming and robotics that will equip children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. BEAM encourages students to think creatively while experimenting with Cubelets. This fun, action-packed class combines real life skills with real kid fun! Class limit: 10.
  • Robotics 3-5 (Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM, $235/session – 9 classes) : Unleash the creative powers of the hands-on LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 by building robots that can race, dodge walls, and complete obstacle courses! The aim of this course is to have students utilize their critical and creative thinking skills by building robots that they design and program. Students will physically piece together logic with modular building blocks, build circuits, and discover how robotic creations operate in today’s world. Although this course heavily uses Mindstorms EV3, students will learn how a variety of robots are built using the latest cutting-edge systems. Class limit: 10.

Enrollment for these classes will open tomorrow (Thursday, 12/13) at 9 AM.  The enrollment deadline for these classes will be extended to 12/21 at 5 PM.

REGISTER via Homeroom HERE


Don’t Miss It! Family Game Night on Friday 12/7

Don’t miss family game night 

Play games and meet new friends at Family Game Night 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm December 7 in the cafeteria. Admission is free and you won’t want to miss the raffle prizes! Pizza, salad and sweet treats will be available for purchase. Help support our school and West Seattle Elementary by buying a game now for your own home or as a gift to the school. Wishlists by grade level are online! 30% of every order comes back and will help us purchase games for West Seattle Elementary.

Can’t make it but still want to buy a game for you or the school?  No problem – click here to view and order.


Winter Enrichment and Study Club Enrollment Starts 12/4 @ 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE! Enrollment for Winter enrichment and Study Club will open on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 PM.

Winter enrichment classes will start on January 7 and run through March 22, 2019.  Study Club will also start on January 7 but will run through March 29, 2019.  Students enrolled in enrichment classes also have the option of registering for post-enrichment Study Club classes (March 25 – 29). Class schedules and descriptions can be viewed the  Enrichment Course Descriptions page.

Enrollment is online only and will take place via Homeroom – an online after school enrichment portal where you can enroll, purchase and manage all your student(s) classes in one convenient location.   If you already have a Homeroom account, all you have to do is login to book classes.  If you do not have an account, you’ll only have to sign up once and your student(s) profile will be saved for future sessions.  Note: Enrichment course offerings can be viewed on the Homeroom site in advance, however, classes cannot be added to your cart until registration goes live at 7 PM on 12/4.

REGISTER via Homeroom HERE

Videos and detailed instructions on how to enroll are available on the Enrichment page.

Questions? Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator.


Thank you to our 2018-2019 Sponsors!

Community businesses also play an important role in supporting our students, staff and teachers at Genesee Hill Elementary School.  Local businesses, many affiliated or owned by parents of our students, sponsor our school with monetary and in-kind donations.  This support goes towards the budget maintained by the PTA and is a critical part of our fundraising efforts.

Check out this year’s sponsors as they will be featured on the right hand side of this website all year long (and in your printed yellow Student Directory)!  And please consider being a patron of these fine local businesses. They offer a wide range of great services.

Still want to be a sponsor but missed the Fall cutoff?  We would still love your support and can find new ways to showcase your business. Contact us:


November Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Robin Lutton, our November  Volunteer of the Month.

Robin is a doer!  Field trips, birthday bashes, passport.  If you put out a sign up genius request for volunteers, her name is probably on it.  Also she is a co-chair of the passport program.
She’s passionate about environmental education and a person who authentically cares for all the children in our school that she comes in contact with. She is generous with her volunteer time and gifted at teaching.
She has given many years to The fourth grade finding urban nature and is very good at explaining wildlife and plants. She’s also a beach naturalist and enjoys volunteering in the community on low tide days.
She was in the Peace Corps and loves music! She has a 6th, 4th and 1st grader – all girls
Here’s what one friend said about Robin:
“Robin is someone I admire because she’s quietly committed to and passionate about the school being the best it can be. Our conversations are always deeply enriching to me, because she’s thoughtful, inquisitive and engaged. She’s always willing to jump in and help, as well as learn about the community and its needs. She’s a valuable asset, and our community is so lucky to have her and her family here. “

Robin is a rockstar parent volunteer and we so appreciate her contributions, big and small to help our school succeed!  You probably see Robin in all kinds of roles around school like passport testing, recess and lunch monitor, in the classroom and more.


Congratulations and thank you for all of hard work, Robin! 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:


Join us this FRIDAY 8AM! Donuts, Donations & Discussion

Gather and discuss our school’s fundraising approach and how we use PTA Funds.   We committed to these interactive discussions when we started our Direct Give campaign this year, and the need for such discussions is clear given recent news articles about equity in PTA funding.  We strongly encourage you to come and participate in these discussions.   Please join the PTA Board, Principal Kischner, and fellow GHES parents to learn and share your thoughts.

Please join the conversation:  Friday, 11/2 – 8AM:  School Cafeteria