Celebrate Bryant at Winterfest Thursday

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:55

Winterfest 2014: December 18th at 7pm

Before checking out for winter break, be sure to make it to Bryant's Winterfest on Thursday, Dec 18th at 7pm! Bring the entire family to take in Bryant's celebration of the holidays.

  • Tune in to a seasonal concert by the Bryant music program, including the bell and vocal choirs and the band
  • Cookies, cupcakes, rice krispies treats, holiday treats! Please stop by the Winterfest bake sale this from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baked items and Bryant stickers are on sale for $1. We will be located in the hallway outside of the Lunchroom. All proceeds benefit the 4th grade's IslandWood fundraising efforts.
  • Shop the Book Fair in the Library open all week before and after school, with extended hours through the Winterfest festivities. Don't forget, you can shop online or at the University Bookstore using the code BES so that the Bryant Library will receive 25% of all your purchases

See you there!

 

Yearbook deadline extended to Friday

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:02

There is still time to get your Yearbook orders in as we're continuing to receive orders this week. Please order online or return the paper form and check. We do order a specific number, so please get your order in before the winter break. Thank you!

 

ASE signup period extended!

Monday, 15 December 2014 08:36

In order to accommodate school play announcements on December 19th, registration for ASE classes has been extended to December 29th. This will give Bryant families a little bit of extra time to evaluate and plan which classes are best suited for students interested in taking ASE classes. Be sure to check out the various classes being offered — there is still room in Art Wizards, Cakes, How Stuff Works, Creative Coding and more!

 

PTSA Board votes to fund tech

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:16

At the December meeting the PTSA Board voted to fund a grant of no more than $15,000 to Bryant Elementary to help pay for the Technology Coordinator position for the second half of the 2014-15 school year. The position will be a .8-time position, with Bryant paying for.25 and the PTSA's grant covering the remaining .55 of the position. The PTSA's portion comes from the unallcoated funds portion of the 2014-15 budget. Principal Dan Sanger will be posting the position through the district in the coming weeks.

Watch for notices in February and March to take part in budget discussions for the 2015-16 school year and voice your opinion on how we should prioritize and fund programs like technology, reading, and the arts at Bryant.

Thank you to Patricia Parker who helped to demonstrate the value of a technology program, allowed us to gain support from teachers and parents, and who will continue to run the pilot tech program for the remainder of the semester.

 

Winterfest Book Fair!

Monday, 01 December 2014 10:52

Come support the wonderful Bryant Library at the upcoming Winterfest Book Fair, December 15-19. There will be a broad selection of children's books, including the season's bestsellers. We will also have a selection of popular adult and young adult titles, as well as gift items. The library receives 25% of all sales!

The hours will be:

  • Monday, December 15: 3:40-4:40 pm
  • Tuesday, December 17: 8:40-9:25 am; 3:40-4:40 pm
  • Wednesday, December 18: 8:40-9:25 am; 3:40-4:40 pm
  • Thursday, December 19: 8:40-9:25 am; 3:40-9:00 pm
  • Friday, December 20: 8:40-9:25 am

In addition, Bryant will receive 25% of online purchases at ubookstore.com from December 15-21. When prompted, just use the Bryant reference code BES. Purchases made at the University Book Store in the U District (except those in the Tech Center, textbooks or gift cards) during the Book Fair week will also benefit the Bryant Library. So mark your calendars!

Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Check Lost and Found before winter break

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:11

If you haven't already, please take a moment to go through the Lost and Found racks and boxes located in the school lobby. There are many warm coats and sweatshirts, water bottles, lunch boxes, and miscellaneous items that are waiting for their families to reclaim them. You may be surprised at what you find, but never knew was missing! Please note that all items remaining will be donated to charity during the end-of-year break. Thank you!

 

Critical Blast leads needed by January 16th!

Monday, 08 December 2014 15:40

The Bryant Blast requires volunteer chair positions to make the day a success. The Blast's focus is a community building/carnival event that celebrates our awesome students, teachers, staff and parents. Members of the PTSA Leadership have developed a theme for this year's Blast and we need a few parents to volunteer organize and run the event. If we don't have anyone committed to the following positions by January 16th we will have to cancel the Blast this year.

  • Bryant Blast Event Chairs - Coordinate this year's Bryant Blast. Join the Blast Team to communicate and market the event, plan activities, order equipment, etc. Past Bryant Blast Chairs will be available to lend guidance.
  • Bryant Blast Food Chairs - Plan the menu and food booths for the hungry community at the Bryant Blast! Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, candy store and more!

A huge thank you for those who have already stepped up to plan the Bryant Blast!

2015 Blast Team

Event Planning Assistant Jamie Lynn Kimbrough

Sno-Cones Chris Hubbard

Raffle Baskets Emi Bevacqua, Hillary Peterman, Sarah Fox, Mary Kae Lindsey, Debra Pralle

Cake Walk Becky Mackle, Wendy Sykes

T-Shirts Lauren Elgee, Jamie Lynn Kimbrough

Silent Auction Chairs Kristi Barnes, Allison Broadgate, Tom Jennings

Recycling Katie Salisbury

Bankers/Accounting Lauren Abraham, Amy Shanafelt

Volunteer Coordinator Chairs Julie Ohrazda, Janie Booth

 

Speak up for Bryant at Focus Day Jan 19

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:11

Here's your chance to stand up and speak up for YOUR school and our kids and support the full funding of our schools. Members of the Bryant PTSA are planning to attend Focus Day on Monday January 19th, 2015 (also MLK day), where we will have the opportunity to meet with our legislators, listen to speakers discuss important issues and stand up with others in support of public education. The all-day event is free for PTSA members and their families. Yes — bring the kids too! This year, Seattle Council PTSA will be providing transportation. We'd love for you to join us! Bryant PTSA Legislative Chair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it will be helping to coordinate. More information about the details of the event and how to RSVP will be coming soon.

In the meantime, you have the opportunity to take action right now. Fill out this survey and tell your legislator to fulfill their promise to amply fund education. We will print your personalized response as a postcard and PTA members will hand deliver them to your legislator on Focus Day. Last year we delivered 4,600 postcards to each of the 18 Seattle delegates and the governor. Help us double that number this year, and plan on being there in person, too. You can create a postcard for yourself and everyone in your family! We were able to deliver 5,000 in 2014, and we're looking forward to topping that in 2015!

 

Winter Caroling

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:06

Are you interested in singing Winter songs after school on December 19? Everyone is welcome to carol! Join us for a practice session on the stage in the cafeteria after school on Friday, December 12, from 3:45- 5:00pm. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

From the District: Nyland named Superintendent

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:49

At a Special Meeting of the Board on December 10, Dr. Larry Nyland was approved by a vote of 5 to 2 to serve as the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.

Dr. Larry Nyland was appointed by the Board in August to serve as Interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, through June 30, 2015. This motion allows for the Board President to negotiate a Superintendent contract with Dr. Nyland through June 30, 2017. A completed contract is expected to be brought to the Board for approval at its January 7 meeting.

He has 40 years of experience in public education having worked in Pasco, Highline, Shoreline, and Marysville school districts.

 

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