Keep on tracking your trips!

We are off and pedaling for Bike Month 2018! We had a spirited Bike to School Day meet up at Top Pot, which involved 120 donuts, 3 coffee boxes, lots of bike decorations, and plenty of cheer. We counted 124 kid bikes parked in the racks in the morning. Thanks for coming out!

Now it is time to track trips for Week 2 (May 7-11) on our online trip tracker here. A new input this year is mileage; it’s optional, but if you choose to enter it, include all bike rides taken during the week. We know many of you bike more than the prescribed school days, and we are curious about the distance accumulated.

Ride on, right on!

Questions? Michele Solis or Will Mitchell.

Time to track your bike trips in May!

The neighborhood is lively with kid bikers, which means that it’s time to track trips for Week 1 of Bike Month! Please go to our online trip tracker and tell us how many times you biked this week. There will be prizes this year for students who bike the most trips in May, for the classroom that has the most trips, and other categories. Remember, if your child is not able to bike to school, you may count other biking trips such as to the library, grocery store, sports practice, etc, and of course, simple pleasure cruises count as well!

Also, remember to make plans to get up early next Wednesday, May 9, for our annual Bike to School Day celebration. Meet at Top Pot in Wedgwood (6855 35th Ave. NE) after 7am for free donuts and coffee, then head to school with your friends and parents. ** This year the Bike Fairy will not lead a parade; instead she will see you off at Top Pot before she heads to another school to spread more Bike to School magic.

Today the Bryant Bike Fairy counted 83 bikes in all (including 2 unicycles!), and caught 7 students riding to school. Way to go!

Questions? Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Writers’ Celebration 2018! Thursday, May 24th

What is the Writers’ Celebration?  Every year at Bryant the PTSA celebrates the accomplishments of all our student writers by hosting the Writers’ Celebration, a school-wide event during which each student has the opportunity to share a piece of writing – a book, story or poem he or she has authored — in small, multi-age groups. This is one of the few activities at Bryant that mixes all grade levels, and it is heartwarming to watch the older students help and encourage the younger ones. The students work long and hard on these projects and are very proud to share them with their peers.

Where do you come in?  We will need volunteers to lead a group of six or seven enthusiastic students for 50 minutes.  Each group will be facilitated either by 1-2 volunteer leaders or by a teacher.  Please note that due to space constraints, we will be unable to accommodate any additional parent spectators.

How do you sign up?  

  • Step 1: In order to lead a group, you must complete all SPS volunteer requirements (which include a screening disclosure form, taking a short online course, reviewing online docs, and providing copy of photo ID). Review the 2107-2018 Volunteer Requirements. Please take a moment to complete all volunteer requirements. If you have already done so this year, you do not need to do it again.
  • Step 2: Complete the volunteer request web form or complete and return the paper form that will come home with your child in early May.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Lead, Brent Aliverti.

 

The Writers’ Celebration bookmark contest is here!

The 2018 Writers’ Celebration is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for the annual bookmark design contest! Bryant students are invited to design a bookmark based on a book (or related to a book or reading). Two winners from each grade will have their bookmarks copied and distributed during this year’s Writer’s Celebration (May 24th). Download your entry form, or look for it in kid mail.

Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9th.
Questions? Contact Rachel Gleeson

Time to gear up for Bike Month!

Bike to School Ride 2017

Calling all Bryant bikers — May is Bike Month, and it is Bryant’s tradition to celebrate all month long. First up is Bryant’s Kickoff event on Friday, April 27, on the playground after school. Bring your bike for free bike tuning! Decorate your bike and your helmet! Play the ever popular paper toss game! Sign up to track how many bike trips you make in May.

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Bryant online auction an amazing success

The final numbers are in…and the Bryant online auction raised $34,472! That’s a huge win for our school, and it will make a big difference in funding the important programs sponsored by the PTSA.

We want to thank each and every person who participated in the auction. Together, we built our community and made a difference for our students.

On behalf of the entire auction committee, thank you for making this auction such a success. We sure had fun putting it together for you! If you’re interested in helping us assemble next year’s auction we’d really love to hear from you at bryantonlineauction@gmail.com! The auction is a big undertaking, and having a larger team would help spread the load. And of course, it’s a ton of fun and very rewarding. Please join us!

Bryant PTSA Board resolution: Advocating for Gun Violence Prevention Measures

The Bryant PTSA is joining the Seattle Council PTSA Board and the National PTA in its demands that Washington State and federal governments adopt legislation to accomplish policy goals that would protect our schools and families from gun violence.

 

Approved by the Bryant Elementary PTSA Board on March 13, 2018

Whereas, in the 5 years since the December 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings in America, with at least 1,829 people killed and 6,447 wounded as of February 2018, and more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings; and

Whereas, in the past five years, eight school shootings have occurred in Washington state, four of which resulted in injury or death, and facilities in the Seattle School District, and districts around Washington State, have far too often been the scenes of gun violence and threats of gun violence; and

Whereas, gun violence presents a clear and present danger to the students, parents, educators, paraeducators, administrators, and support staff of the Seattle School District; and

Whereas, more guns result in more homicides, children of color are victims of homicide by firearms at a higher rate than white children in King County,  and our nation is now aware that persons of color are more likely to be wrongfully shot by persons in positions of power, and these facts lead to the conclusion that arming educators could have a disproportionately adverse and lethal impact on students of color;  and

Whereas, the National PTA has advocated for a variety of measures to address gun violence, including mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services, measures to educate students, educators and community members on firearm safety and violence prevention, as well as laws and regulations in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention; and

Whereas, a National School Walkout has been organized for March 14th at 10AM, and a National March for Our Lives will be held by student leaders on March 24th, and both of theseevents are intended to bring attention to this important issue and to demand action from our legislators; and

Whereas, gun violence, and threats of gun violence, in schools undermine the sense of security that all students should have in their learning environments; and

Whereas, we believe that every child deserves to learn in an environment that is safe and to have the opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy adult.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bryant Elementary PTSABoard joins the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, and the WA State and National PTA in its demands that Washington State and federal governments adopt legislation to accomplish the following policy goals:

– Require universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm.
– Re-enact a federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.
– Lift any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence; and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board also supports laws and regulations that would accomplish the following:

– Increase the Federal minimum purchase age to 21 for all long-guns (rifles) to match current federal regulations for handguns.
– Implement Enhanced Background Checks and waiting periods for assault weapons.
– Ban the purchase and sale of any accessories designed to increase a gun’s rate of fire.
– Eliminate private gun sale loopholes.
– Restrict non-Washington state residents from purchasing any firearms in Washington state.
– Require firearm safety training prior to the purchase of a firearm.
– Develop a state registry that allows one to voluntarily opt-out of the ability to purchase a firearm.
– Support prevention, intervention and community re-entry programs that reduce community and gun violence.
– Increase funding for programs and school staffing that support student mental health, social and emotional learning, and bullying.
– Establish safety programs in schools that do not include arming educators or staff; and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board wholly rejects the misguided suggestion by local, state or federal officials, organizations or individuals that it is either desirable or appropriate to arm teachers in schools for any purpose, and supports existing prohibitions of firearms in Seattle schools and will not support any effort to arm educators or staff; and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board supports legislation currently under consideration by the Washington State Legislature that would enact some of the above measures, including, but not limited to, Engrossed Senate Bill 5992, Senate Bill 6620 and House Bill 3004; and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board supports solidarity activities on the National School Walkout scheduled for March 14th and the National March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24th, 2018.