FOUR!… The Kids. – 1st Annual Fox Hole Golf Tournament JUNE 10th

fox$400 Foursome promotion is extended so register today! (Without a minimum of 110 golfers the event will be cancelled). 

West Seattle Golf Course on Friday, June 10, 2016 2:30 pm Shotgun Start (1:15 Check-in) There will prizes for: Hole-In-One * Jackpot Hole * Tee & Door Prizes KP’s * Longest Drives * Putting Contest

Register and Pay Online:

Questions: Robert Kelly:




Patricia London, a Schmitz Park parent, who also teaches an after school enrichment class on Life Skills & Etiquette, is working with some of all our teachers to roll out a cafeteria etiquette program.  We want to provide information about the program and share a copy of the Golden Rules (link – golden rules ), which she uses as part of her coaching. She could use a few volunteers to help, email her at: LiNKS Independent Living Skills.  (She will also be teaching a summer camp – please see below for flyers and a copy of her bio).

Bio for Patricia

Camp 1st thru 2nd grade 2016

Camp 3rd thru 5th grades 2016




your PTAJoin us at our next PTA meeting on Thursday, May 19 to vote on our proposed budget and our new board members. A copy of the proposed budget was emailed out on Monday, May 9. You can click HERE for a copy. New board members will be introduced and voted in. The building transition team will share updates on our new building, the transportation survey, summer events and timing of the move. Minutes from our last meeting can be found HERE. And remember we offer free child care for school aged children.

Proposed PTA Board Slate for 2016/2017 School Year

President – Kelley O’Connor
VP: Christine Kraynek
Treasurer: Michelle Wonder
Vice Treasurer: Steve Bierman
Communication: Julie Reindl
Advocacy Co Chair: Justin Anderson






We received an email from SPS Board Representative Leslie Harris on Friday, May 20 in response to our appeals earlier last week for the School District to work with the City and Mayor to develop a solution for our after-school care crisis here at Schmitz Park. We’re asking for equitable access to childcare, access that other schools have currently that Schmitz Park families have had eroded over the last few years due to removing busing, expanding boundaries and bell time changes for next year. Read her full email response: Email from Leslie Harris. And the follow up from our Legislative Chair: Response from Legislative Chair

It is clear that the School District’s primary responsibility is the education of our children. However, it is also clear, that because of policy changes unique to Schmitz Park School, that it is essential we create a long-term solution involving the use of community facilities and busing to insure that our parents have piece of mind – and – our kids are cared for after their school day is over in a reliable, nurturing way. We are all ready and willing to pay, but need the City to step in as a partner to help provide a location and access, or a waiver for the use of our new school facility.

CALL TO ACTION: Email our City Council representative Lisa Herbold and our Mayor, Ed Murray – ask them to work on a swift, reliable and flexible solution to our after school care needs. Whether your child is impacted or not, this is an issue that effects the entire Schmitz Park Community. For data and content to craft your message, read background information from original post below.  Send your messages TODAY!


The Schmitz Park PTA has sent a request for meeting and proposed solutions to both Lisa Herbold of the Seattle City Council and Leslie Harris, our representative on the Seattle School Board to address the crisis facing parents for after school care next year. Over 65 parents signed this letter on behalf of Schmitz Park families, and we encourage EVERY PARENT whether affected by the lack of after school care options or not, to email both representatives – compelling them to develop a solution to meet our care needs in West Seattle. For a full history of events leading up to our current predicament, read the full letter below, sent on behalf of parents by Legislative Co-Chairs Emily Giaquinta and Angela Cough.

Share your concerns via email to:,,,,

Dear School Board Director Leslie Harris and Councilmember Lisa Herbold,
On behalf of concerned parents at Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill Elementary, we write this letter asking for help to address a growing crisis for our families. Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill Elementary is the largest elementary school in the District with 642 students enrolled for the 2015-2016 academic year. Our student population grows faster than the District’s increased enrollment figures resulting in the addition of 300 new seats since 2008. With our facility burdened by over enrollment, and portable count at the maximum allowed by City land use permits, we were given the gift of a new 650 seat school built on the nearby Genesee Hill campus. Our teachers, staff and students will move into the new building for the 2016-2017 school year.
Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill also is the only Madison/West Seattle High attendance area school that utilizes its own facility for Seattle Park & Recreation’s Hiawatha After School Care Program. We do not have a community center or public facility at our disposal within our school zone. For several years, our current building could not host a program large enough to fill the needs for the Hiawatha After Care Program because of square foot limitation. In July 2014, SPS eliminated bussing to other local community centers with available off site child care which added to the number of working parents at a loss for wrap around child care. Our PTA petitioned SPS to reinstate bussing to off site child care due to our facility limitations. They answered no.
The Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill community is eager to leave capacity restrictions behind us with the move into our new 90,000 square foot building. Unfortunately, that will not be the case. Preliminary enrollment figures have our student population reaching 700 students next year, including projections for 6 kindergarten classes. This results in multi-purpose classrooms, or “flex-areas”, designed and constructed for varied curriculum must be used for homeroom classes. The ripple effect of using those use flex-areas for classrooms means Hiawatha’s After Care Program will actually be reduced instead of expanded next year. Hiawatha currently offers after school care for approximately 100 students and there is a current wait list of 56. Next year, the program will only offer 60 slots and those were all filled this week by lottery to families already in the program receiving priority placement. 35 families losing their places in the program are now top of the wait list. Hiawatha hosted open enrollment to new families needing after school care yet none were placed including families with additional children entering school. These new families will be placed on the wait list starting at #36. Hiawatha cannot offer slots if their license is limited due to lack of facilities. If Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill enrolls 700 students, classroom space will be allocated for school use and not available for After Care slots. Our PTA petitioned SPS in 2014 to delay expanding our reference area boundaries because enrollment projections were exceeding the number of seats of the new building. They answered no.
Next year will bring a new Bell Time Schedule with Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill Elementary being dismissed at 2:05pm. Madison Middle School and West Seattle High are dismissed at 3:15pm. These bell time changes will prevent families from relying on older siblings or students for after school care. The new Bell Schedule makes the need for Hiawatha After Care even MORE dire as parents scramble to make up for the additional hour of after-school care required to accommodate this change. Yet, Instead of growing the After Care program to meet the increase in demand, it is being reduced. Our PTA petitioned SPS in 2015 to keep our Bell Schedule in Tier 2 to help mitigate the loss of older sibling or student provided after care knowing Hiawatha already could not meet the needs of our families. They answered no.
We now make our plea to you, our elected leaders, to act on our behalf. There are two possible solutions to address this problem:
1. Use the Schmitz Park Elementary building as a community facility allowing Hiawatha to operate an additional before and after school care program. There is no public plan for this building and it will be sitting vacant. The demand supports the ongoing use of this facility for a school or school care program.
2. Review the City Child Care license policy and allow Hiawatha to use common spaces for child care operations. At present, the new gymnasium, lunchroom, nor library can be used as After School Care spaces. 90,000 square feet of building yet Hiawatha is told only 60 children can join the program.
We know this will require pulling District and City resources together to solve this problem jointly for families and ensure that working parents have the security of knowing immediately that child care is in place when we return to school in September. The parents signing this letter below are here to ensure that meeting occurs and occurs soon. We have pursued all other avenues towards containing this crisis and now need a team effort. Please contact myself or Angela Cough, Schmitz Park-Genesee Hill Elementary PTA Legislative Co-Chairs if we can provide any further perspective or to set up a time to meet. We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Kind Regards,
Emily Giaquinta & Angela Cough
Schmitz Park Elementary PTA Legislative Chairs
Jennifer Elger, Tony Martinez, Tracy Martinez, Jeff Jorgensen, Laurel Price, Jodi L. Kelly, Chantelle McCall, Chau Pho Tung, Kimberlee Soares, Alice Thavis, Rachel Merta, Ruth Williamson, Alicia Cummings, Amanda Nielsen, Stacie Langtry, Ellen Marson, Kathleen Reynolds, Michael Reynolds, Monica Miller, Sarah Colton, Nathan Todd, Merrick Bodmer, Fleur Godfried, Michael Godfried, Adam Wuerl, Valerie McDonald, Lindsay Campau, Jennie Wanamaker, James Wanamaker, Alison Read, Phil Read, Jennifer Taylor, Mark Taylor, Michelle Comazzetto, Ryan Comazzetto, Julie Riendl, Madeline Klem, Courtney Garcia, Jeff and Katie Chapman, Stacia Allen, Anthony and Catherine Caputo, Jenny Lau, Nicole Ott, Kevin Ziemer, Diane Bellisario, Michael Turner, Jessica Turner, Melissa Anderson, Erin Wagnild, Satomi Petty, William & Kelsey Edralin, Liza Anderson, Bruce Williamson, Jennifer S Allers, Cara Egan, Melinda & Chris Carter, Kelley O’Connor, Eleda West, Kimberly Johnson, Brandis Paden, Ludylyn Jumamil


Schmitz Park History Celebration on June 3

1956 pictureSchmitz Park History Celebration – Friday, June 3rd @ 6:30!
Come and join the Schmitz Park Elementary Community, to honor the legacy of the last 60 years. Along with members of the Schmitz family, we will be joined by teachers, staff, parents, and students, past and present.
Historical information, pictures, and memorabilia will be on display.

We will use the whole school and grounds to visit, lets hope for lovely weather!

6:30 – 7 pm  Meet and Greet, played in by the WSHS band
7 pm Brief Presentation, Front Courtyard followed by Cake and Coffee

7:15 – 8 pm Open House

For more questions or more information on how to get involved, please email Fiona at or visit our web page.


Move-A-Thon 2016

MAT_2016It’s time to move it, move it one last time for Schmitz Park Elementary!! Our Move-A-Thon Fundraising goal is $55,000. All proceeds go to the PTA General Fund which helps support core fundamental needs like our reading tutors, recess supervisors, school supplies and programs like Passport, visual arts, library and physical education at our school.

PLEDGE A STUDENT Move-A-Thon_Pledge_ButtonNOW: Collect pledges here, click on the Move-A-Thon Pledge button to pledge now.

  • Or go, door-to-door with your pledge envelope and Thank You cards
  • Send out emails with the PayPal link. Click on Move-A-Thon Email, to download a template to send to out-of-town friends and family!

The first collection date: Friday, May 13th. Turn in pledges and earn a temporary tattoo. Turn pledges in on all three collection dates and collect all three temporary tattoos!

A big thank you to this year’s Move-A-Thon sponsors. Click image below for clearer detail.

sponsors mat 2016




1st Annual “Fox Hole Classic Golf” Golf Tournament

foxSchmitz Park Elementary PTA is hosting the 1st Annual “Fox Hole Classic Golf” Golf Tournament benefitting our local schools!

We hope you can join us at West Seattle Golf Course on Friday June 10, 2016

2:30 pm Shotgun Start (1:15 Check-in)

There will prizes for: Hole-In-One • Jackpot Hole • Tee & Door Prizes KP’s • Longest Drives • Putting Contest

Registration Starts: May 5, 2016 Cost: $125 per golfer Early Bird Foursome Special: $400 if signed up by 5/16

Register and Pay Online or submit this form with check:

Questions, please contact Robert Kelly at

Golf Tournament Flyer_v2



robinRobin is mom to Helen (9), June (6) and Laura (4). She logged 18.6 hours in April working in Mrs. Marroquin & Mr. Oschrin’s class.  She also helped with Passport, field trips and FUN Outdoor activities.

She loves exploring nature with her children and practicing yoga and also volunteers for both the Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey Naturalist Programs.  She also enjoyed teaching Spanish for the Enrichment program and hopes to continue next year.

“Robin has been a consistent presence in our classroom. Whether she is making copies for me or reading with the kids, I appreciate her so much!”  Mrs Marroquin

“Robin Lutton’s generosity with her time and energy has made a huge impact on my class. She has been instrumental in coordinating our art curriculum, and has been a reliable and enthusiastic participant in the Finding Urban Nature program.  Her dedication to the Schmitz Park community is inspiring. Thanks Robin!”  Mr. Oschrin

Thanks so much to Robin for your service to our school.  She also gets the reserved volunteer parking space for the month of May!!



surveyThe Building Transition Team has been hard at work over the last few months coordinating many aspects of the move to our new campus, Genesee Hill. The Safety and Transportation portion of this team is now working with SDOT and SPS to help create plans for mobility around the new campus. These plans will include pick up and drop off systems as well as suggested routes for pedestrians and bikes. The transportation committee created a survey to help identify areas of need as well as community concerns that may impact this process. The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. Please only complete the survey only once per family.

Our group could use more helpers now (planning, communications, etc) and in the fall (Walking School Bus leaders, etc). Please consider joining us! If you would like more information on how to become involved in the transportation committee, or to participate in future transportation initiatives at our new school, please provide your information in the survey fields when completing the survey. Our next ALL Building Transition Team meeting is May 3 from 3:30-5PM in the staff lounge.

Click HERE for the survey. Click HERE for a site map for the new building.