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.



Thank you, Jonathan

Jonathan Martin is a Fox sponsor for the Genesee Hill PTA and father to Genesee students, Callie and Chloe. He is also the founder and president of coolblueweb, an eCommerce web development agency located in Pioneer Square.

A little about coolblueweb:
Jonathan started coolblueweb in 2009, with a focus on helping online stores succeed and become more profitable. coolblueweb is a full-service web development company that designs and develops websites for eCommerce companies all across the US. Specializing in Magento, WordPress, WooCommerce, and custom web development, coolblueweb has the expertise to help many different eCommerce companies increase their revenues online.


Thank you, Rene

Rene Bibaud of Ropeworks is parent to a first grader and a Genesee Hill PTA sponsor. She has also stepped up to the plate to take the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Genesee Hill for the 2018/19 school year. We are so thankful for her continuing generous contributions of time and money.

A little more about her:

Ropeworks: The art of jumping rope
Rene has won five world championships; toured the world as a coach and featured performer for the renowned Cirque du Soleil; appeared on television, in feature films, and on thousands of stages; provided color commentary for ESPN; and, created her own business with a mission of youth motivation and fitness. She excels at sharing the benefits of the single best fitness tool available – the jump rope. Products include PE Curriculum packs, DVD’s, accessories and more. Services include teacher workshops, youth programs, performances and more.

Learn more about Ropeworks.



June Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Brynne Burkhalter, our June Volunteer of the Month.

Brynne clocked over 30 hours in the month of May volunteering, but she’s always a shining star for being instrumental in the success of Staff Appreciation Week each year.

A little about Brynne: I have been a part of Schmitz/Genesee Hill for 7 years and counting. One daughter is at Genesee Hill now—3rd grader Ashton, and I have a Gen Hill alum—6th grade daughter Maryn. When I’m not running the two kids all over Timbuktu or volunteering at the elementary school or Madison MS, I work at the children’s consignment boutique, My Three Little Birds, near the Morgan Junction. I’m also heavily involved in the church we attend, helping run various children/family programs . I’m a big foodie—I love to cook and eat!! So you may see me out walking our puppy, biking, or at Barre3 working off some cals to support my hobby.



Thank you, Jon

Silver Fox Sponsor Jon Slatkin of BPM is parent of 3rd grader Eli and is a proud supporter of the Genesee Hill Community.

He contributes sound/ lighting equipment and consulting for school events, and performs benefit shows with local PTA super-group, “DAD”.

In addition to his after school drumming program, Jon’s new studio, located in South Admiral/ Belvidere, combines innovative teaching methods with state-of-the-art technology to create uniquely engaging, immersive learning experiences.




Thank you, Skylar and Alicia Pond

Skylar and Alicia Pond, owners of Sports Medicine Northwest (and parents to Sullivan Pond, 4th grade), have been sponsoring Schmitz Park/ Genesee Hill PTA for over five years. In addition to Sullivan, they also have a 9th grader at West Seattle High School, who attended Schmitz Park way back when there were only two classes per grade! Their boys keep them busy playing year round competitive sports, but when they have a free moment, they love to get outdoors or get away to places they have never been.

A little about Sports Medicine Northwest:

At our clinic, we offer Chiropractic, Exercise Rehab, Massage, and Acupuncture. Skylar is our chiropractor and Alicia is the acupuncturist. In addition, we currently have four highly talented massage therapists. Our mission is to help patients heal quickly and arm them with tools to increase stability, flexibility, and mobility so they can prevent and minimize future injuries and recurrences.

Our clinic shares space with a CrossFit gym called Northwest Strength and Performance, which is owned by longtime friends of ours. We are in the  SoDo neighborhood, right on 1st Avenue S. between Silver Platter Records and Rejuvenation. We are in-network providers with most of the major insurance networks on the local area.

To take a closer look at who we are and what we are about, or to request an appointment, please visit our website, www.sportsmednw.com.