Genesee Hill PTA News

May 5, 2023

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Spring events

May 8-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11: 1st Grade Musical

May 19: Hot Beverage Day at Hotwire

May 23: School Nights at The Good Society

June 7 & 8: Spring musical for 4th & 5th graders 

June 20: PTA General Membership Meeting

June 23: Moveathon

June 27: Field Day & Pride celebration

June 28: 5th Grade Graduation

June 30: Last day of school potluck

Dear Genesee Hill community,

It’s hard to believe we're a few months out from the end of school. As always we enjoy seeing many of you out and about at school events and in the community overall.

We look forward to seeing you at next month's general membership meeting (Tuesday, June 20 at the school), where a major agenda item will be the approval of the 2023-2024 PTA budget.

As we've discussed over the past few months, the budget challenges faced by the Seattle School District will have an impact on every school in the district. In consultation with the budget committee and school leadership, the PTA board will present a budget to you that responds to those challenges. We are planning informational sessions for general membership prior to June's meeting, so look for dates soon.

School funding, both at the state level and at the district level, will present challenges to Genesee Hill and other schools over the next few years. And while our community is generous, even we can not fill the gaps that will be created. Now, more than ever, this creates a great opportunity for our community to come together and support our kids. Leveraging our voice in Olympia and with the school board to ensure adequate funding for public education is essential and is our responsibility as parents and community members. We will be working diligently next year to organize opportunities for our community to advocate for our students. 

Another important commitment we can make to help fill these gaps is by devoting our time as volunteers to support the Genesee Hill staff, teachers, and students. As your PTA we will help organize all the ways to engage and be a part of your child’s experience at Genesee Hill.

In addition to the important work outlined above, this year is also critical, as our Building Leadership Team (BLT) is working to develop Genesee Hill’s 2023-2026 Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP). For those of you who don’t know, the CSIP is an action plan for our school that identifies the areas our school plans to focus on in the next two school years, the performance goals we as a school want our students to achieve, and how we plan to collaboratively meet those goals. This document also outlines a Family Engagement Plan. As your PTA presidents, we help represent each of you on the BLT and we help bring the student and family voice to this process. And while we have worked hard to explore what strong family and school partnerships looks like this year, we ask ourselves what does Family Engagement look like to you?

Please let us know your thoughts. We encourage great conversations over this next month as we ask ourselves this important question and we hope to hear your ideas.

As always, thank you for your time and commitment to our kids and our community at Genesee Hill and West Seattle at large. We are excited to celebrate our Teachers with you this coming week at Teacher Appreciation Week!

In community,

Michael and Lia, PTA co-presidents

Join the PTA board

At the June 2023 membership meeting, the Genesee Hill Elementary PTA will be electing officers for the 2023-2024 PTA year. We need your help to convene a responsive, thoughtful, and community-focused board. If you are interested in joining the board or know someone who would be a great community leader, please submit a nomination or an inquiry form today!

Joining the PTA board is an exciting and interesting way to get involved in our Genesee Hill community. Some good reasons to join the PTA board are:

  • You'll help build an inclusive and equitable Genesee Hill community 
  • You'll meet other great moms and dads serving on the board
  • You'll get to know teachers and the school administrators personally
  • You'll make a big difference and feel more connected than ever to your Genesee Hill community 

Hesitant about signing up alone? You can partner up with a friend to co-chair any open position!

If you are interested in joining the PTA Board or if you know someone who might be interested, please submit an inquiry form or nomination by April 30, 2023. Submitting a nomination or inquiry isn't a commitment, it just starts a conversation!

Curious about what each position does? Check out this list of positions and descriptions

Any questions? Your friendly nominating committee is here to help. Contact us anytime: Stephanie Scott at

Volunteer for Teacher Appreciation Week

The Genesee Hill PTA has planned a full agenda for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), and even kids can get involved by bringing a flower, homemade card, or homemade gift to school on May 8.

We're recruiting volunteers to help coordinate the events listed below. Just pick the level of participation that’s best for you. The PTA will fill in the gaps to honor our school staff, from grade level teachers to administration.

Here’s how you can help give our teachers the extra credit they deserve:

Monday, May 8: Flowers & homemade gifts

All are invited to send their students to school with flowers, homemade cards, or other homemade gifts or drawings for their teachers. To coordinate the effort, we need volunteers to collect the gifts before school starts. Sign up here

Tuesday, May 9: Coffee day

Every teacher, specialist, and staffer will receive a drink of their choice from Hotwire Coffeehouse, courtesy of the PTA. 1-2 volunteers are needed to unload the coffee order before school starts. Sign up here

Wednesday, May 10: Sweets and treats

Drop off homemade or store-bought baked goods at the front of the school, before school starts. They’ll be distributed in the teacher’s lounge. Sign up here

Thursday, May 11: Snacks for teachers

Drop off snacks and finger foods at the front of the school before school starts, for distribution in the teacher’s lounge. Sign up here

Friday, May 12: Potluck for teachers

Drop off a dish or beverage at the front of the school before school starts, and contribute to a lunchtime potluck for staff. Sign up here

Volunteer info

Application process for new volunteers

If you're looking to volunteer in your child’s classroom or in another volunteer role in a school building, the School District has a required application process. We recommend getting your application now in preparation for end-of-year events and even the next school year. Get the details: Application Process for New Volunteers - Seattle Public Schools (

Volunteer of the month nominations and hours matching:

Membership news

Genesee Hill PTA recognized with the Platinum Membership Growth Award

Our PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Platinum Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least 20% more members this year than last year. That means our PTA growth has been truly exceptional!

Thank you to all 225 members who have joined so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2022-2023 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for our school.

Volunteer of the Month: Kathe Dizard

It is such a treat to volunteer at Genesee Hill. My name is Kathe Dizard and I’m grandmother to Lily, in Mrs. Frazier’s third grade and Louis, in Mr. Washington’s kindergarten. I’m so lucky to have my two children live in the Genesee service area and all four of my grandchildren have, and will, attend Genesee Hill. 

We are longtime West Seattle residents. It all started with my grandparents. They lived in a brick triplex that is still located on 35th way back in the fifties. I worked in the Kent School district for over thirty years as a classroom teacher. The best part of my career was working with children. That’s why I enjoy volunteering in the classroom, lunchroom and library. Lots of opportunities to help out.

Along with my two children and their children, I have a husband, Bob and two cats, Stormy and Ernie and a darling parti poodle named Poppy. In the past, I have volunteered at the animal shelter and been a lake monitor on Lake Meridian in Kent. My husband and I live on Bainbridge Island where we like to walk and help with beach cleanup projects. It is a lovely place to live with lots of time to view birds and wildlife.

I feel very lucky to be part of two wonderful communities. I love the walkability of West Seattle and how there are so many lovely homes that are so unique. It’s close to Lincoln Park and Alki, both wonderful places to enjoy a meal or walk. I look forward to many more years volunteering at Genesee Hill!


Hot beverage day at Hotwire Friday, 5/19

Hotwire Coffeehouse will donate 20% of hot beverage sales to the Genesee Hill Elementary PTA on the third Friday of each month. Try the Foxy Latte, designed for Genesee supporters. Order your drink in person at 4410 California Ave SW or through textwire at (206) 321-0387. Check out the menu at

West Seattle 5K is Sunday, May 21

The West Seattle 5K is returning this year on Sunday, May 21st for the first time since 2019. The 12th running of the WS5K is presented by the West Seattle High School PTSA. Participants will enjoy a beautiful five-kilometer course along Alki Avenue SW. The course begins at the Alki Bath House and proceeds east along Alki Avenue SW. At Anchor Park, runners return to the starting point. Register now:

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