May Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Olga Hasty, our May Volunteer of the Month.

Our volunteer of the month is Olga Hasty. Olga attended the very first Coffee with the Principal on her daughter’s first year at Schmitz Park Elementary and signed up immediately with a volunteer role as the Art Room Coordinator. Since then, she has been involved in the classroom and various areas throughout the school. Most recently in her role as Fundraising Chair on the PTA Board, she has helped the school raise $600K over the past two years.

A little about Olga: Olga is mom to Callum (1st grade) and Iliana (3rd grade). Before becoming a full time parent, she worked at REI and the National Geographic Society. She feels very fortunate to be able to volunteer directly in the kids’ classrooms and to support the entire school through PTA events. Though born and raised in Russia, Olga has been calling West Seattle home for the last 10 years.



Roll your way to school with family and friends as Genesee Hill celebrates national Bike to School Day!

Wheeling or walking, Bike to School Day is all about getting our bodies moving in environmentally friendly and healthy ways – and is open to all parents, staff, and students, culminating in a before-school party with snacks, giveaways, music, and high-fives all around. Get this on your calendar – your students won’t want to miss the most fun commute of the year! (Map of route idea below)


Great events like this don’t happen with volunteer support – SIGN UP to take this day and our kids fun to the next level!


Route Ideas



Thank you, Angela and Jeff!

Here at Genesee Hill, you may recognize Angela and Jeff as the parents to Samantha (4th grade) and August (kindergarten). Outside of Genesee Hill, you definitely know them as the owners of Hotwire Coffee, Flying Apron, The Shack, and Havana Social Club. At Coffee with the Principal, you can thank them for the delicious coffee!

A little about Angela and Jeff:

Angela and Jeff have owned Hotwire for about two years, but were long-time regulars and personal friends of the previous owner and staff. They jumped at the opportunity to purchase their beloved coffee shop and they’ve been running the show ever since.

Jeff moved to Seattle, WA in 1992, planting roots through music, family, and various business investments (including building a small coffee/baked-goods empire). For those tuned into the local music scene, you’ll know Jeff as the drummer in local rock band, Hobosexual.

Angela was born and raised in West Seattle, attending Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, and West Seattle High School. She was one of the first members of a little-know Seattle-based startup called… Six years and two kids later, Angela decided to leave Redfin to join Jeff in running their various businesses, pursue a black belt in martial art of Tang Soo Do, and (of course) shepherd their children, Samantha and August.

Other than Hotwire, the pair own and operate The Shack and Flying Apron, and are silent owners of Havana Social Club, employing over 50 people in the area! Jeff and Angela are entrenched in (and constantly seeking) new challenges and adventures with the goal of keeping Seattle truly locally owned.

Tap into their local roots at one of their delicious businesses:


Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: West Seattle Bowl

Thank you, Andy and Cheri of West Seattle Bowl

West Seattle Bowl has been a Genesee Hill sponsor for the past five years. Owners Andy and Cheri Carl (parents to 4th grader Ryan) and Mike Gubsch believe in giving back to the community and support fundraising and local schools through discounts for charity bowling events and in-kind donations. Annually, this support totals nearly $100,000.

This is the 6th year for their Kids Bowl Free Program, which gives kids two free games of bowling, every day, all summer long. Click here for details.


Staff Appreciation Week 2018

May 7 – 11, 2018
We have a fun week full of celebration planned for our hard working Genesee Hill staff, but we need lots of parent help to pull it off with success!
It’s never too early to plan, so please take a look at these two Sign Ups for ways to help out!

Spotlight on Genesee Hill Sponsor: The Law Offices of Susan Carroll, PLLC

Thank you, Susan Carroll (Silver Fox Sponsor)

Susan Carroll is mother to Benjamin (2nd grade). She and her two associates, Betsy Crumb and Amy Kahler, focus their practice on family law, helping clients with stressful times when families and law intersect. With skill and compassion, they assist with divorces, estate planning, child custody, child support, prenuptial agreements, mediation, collaborative divorce, property agreements, third party custody, adoptions, anti-harassment protection, and domestic violence cases.

For more information, please see or check out the firm’s Facebook page.


March For Our Lives Seattle

On March 24th, families and kids will be taking to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end this epidemic of mass schools shootings. To support “March for Our Lives,” there will be marches held nationwide, including Seattle.

Genesee Hill families are coordinating efforts to get downtown together. The plan is to meet at the school at 9 AM, and then drive down to the Sodo light rail on 5th and Lander. They will then take the light rail up to Capital Hill. The starting place for the march (Cal Anderson park) is a very big space and there is no designated meeting place, but the Genesee Hill families will try to be towards the south/west end of the park. Look for the Genesee Hill banner (we hope to have it with us)!

If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Marisa ( or Rachel ( for more details.

Details on Seattle’s march can also be found on its Facebook event page HERE.

The march will begin at Cal Anderson Park and will end at International Fountain at Seattle Center. The most recent logistics information is copied below (collected from the Facebook event page):

*****Logistics Information*****

PROGRAM FOR 3/24: (updated 3-21-18)

(8:00 AM Signmaking party courtesy of our friends at Seattle Pride)
(9:00 AM Voter Registration and Fundraising Booths Open)

Cal Anderson
10:00 AM Introduction from Founders/Mission Statement
10:15 AM Speakers – to be announced!
10:45 AM Onstage Mass Voter Registration (more info coming)
10:50 AM Final Announcements
11:00 AM March Begins!
(1 Hr March)
International Fountain, Seattle Center
12:00 PM Youth Performances
12:25 PM Special Guest/More Speakers
1:00 PM Musical Guest
1:50 PM Call to Action
2:00 PM March Ends


Participants are encouraged to participate to whatever extent they can – we are committed to making this march inclusive to all.

TRANSPORTATION (updated 3-21-18)

For Transit users, we recommend downloading the TransitGo App and buying a day pass to speed up transit. More information in this link: >>>…/…/fares-orca/transit-go-ticket.aspx

We recommend Seattle-area high school and college students use their free Orca cards to reduce the cost of getting to the March. For participants using rideshare services, please select a drop-off point near a Link light rail stop to reduce congestion along the March route.

We would like to thank Lyft for offering March participants a discounted rate. For more information on this offer, please refer to the following link. Those who wish to redeem this offer must RSVP and receive a promo code.>>

After the March concludes at Seattle Center, Metro will have shuttle buses from 1st Ave N and Harrison St (outside KeyArena) to 3rd Ave and Pine St, adjacent to Westlake transit station. These shuttles will indicate “DOWNTOWN” on the lighted displays, and Metro staff will be on hand at Key Arena to assist with boarding. This is one block away from the Westlake Center light rail, which goes to Capitol Hill or the International District.

We realize this transportation plan has several legs, but will go a long way towards reducing congestion and the impact on the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Thank you!


  • TO YOUTH: Bring your driver’s license/learner permit so you can register to vote!!
  • We will have signs from our friends at Amplifier that are creating designs to be used nationally and also ones created at sign making parties at our booths that will be distributed, first come first serve
  • We’re still fundraising! Proceeds go towards march related expenses and any extra goes to local organizations and Parkland victims. Link:
  • Please keep in mind your impact on the community! Stay clear of their windows and front areas, clean up all litter, and return to businesses in the area after the march to compensate them for the lost business. Special mention goes to Molly Moon’s and Sugarpill, who have been adversely impacted in the past. Help us be good neighbors!
  • Dress for the weather! Current forecast is 47 and partly cloudy, and always a chance of Seattle rain
  • Those with clear backpacks are encouraged to use them! They are not required.