SPS Volunteer Requirements 2015-2016

Bryant parent volunteers who have direct contact with students such as classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, volunteers providing support on the Playground and in the Lunchroom; volunteers providing support in the Computer Lab, Library, Running Club, Math Champs, Chess Club, Art Docents, Room Parents, Writer’s Celebration, Field Day, Bryant Blast, Drama and other activities need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete the Screening form (WATCH) annuallyand provide a copy of valid photo ID*(school year)
  2. Complete the Volunteer application annually– (school year)
  3. Review the Volunteer handbook annually – available in multiple languages (school year)
  4. Complete the Volunteer Agreement, p. 18,19 in Volunteer Handbook annually (school year)
  5. Review Volunteer Policy #5630 annually (school year)
  6. Complete the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention on-line course  ( 17 minutes) (one time)** (send a screen shot of ASM certificate or make a copy)

For more information on the District’s volunteer requirements, refer to their web page.

*Only submit your ID if it has expired since the last time you submitted a WATCH form.

**If you have completed the on-line Adult Sexual Misconduct course during the 2014-2015 school year, Bryant has your ASM certificate on file.

If you have any problems watching the ASM on-line video or obtaining a certificate of completion, please contact Ann Marie Patterson immediately.

Bryant parents with students at other SPS- elementary, middle or high schools
Complete all the volunteer requirements at Bryant and Ann Marie Patterson will send your forms to the other schools that you designate.

Volunteer forms- hard copy
A hard copy packet of the required Volunteer forms/information is available outside the Bryant office. Be sure to review the Volunteer Handbook and Volunteer Policy 5630 online and complete the online video course, (ASM) Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention.

Volunteer forms submission:
Volunteers may submit forms electronically to Ann Marie Patterson or turn forms into the Bryant office.

Volunteer confirmation
After volunteer forms are received and approved, including completion of the on-line Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course, volunteers will be notified via email. Volunteers will be added to a list of approved parent volunteers for each classroom teacher. If volunteering for a PTSA sponsored activity, committee chairs will submit volunteer names and Ann Marie Patterson will verify completion of volunteer requirements with the specific committee chair.

Volunteer sign-in at Bryant office
Please sign in the white volunteer binder in the Bryant office every time you come in to volunteer, and remember to sign out when you leave. Include your name, volunteer category (F- family), check volunteer activity, location, time in/out. Please wear an orange volunteer badge.

Bryant parents, family members and community members who are visiting Bryant on a one-time or non-regular basis who have no unsupervised contact with students, are considered “Visitors.” Please sign in at the office and wear a Visitor badge. Visitors include guest speakers, classroom party attendees, lunchroom visitors and family classroom observers.

Volunteer welcome and orientation for new parents

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Bryant Lunchroom
Presenters: Janie Booth, PTSA Volunteer Coordinator and Ann Marie Patterson, Community Volunteer Coordinator

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Bryant Library
Presenters: Kate Speizer,PTSA Volunteer Coordinator and Ann Marie Patterson, Community Volunteer Coordinator

The Bryant School community warmly welcomes you to explore rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn when and how to be involved in your student’s classroom. The opportunities are many: reading groups, science, computer, class parties, project prep, data support and room/materials management. Beyond the classroom, the Bryant PTSA has many volunteer opportunities to fit the busiest of parent schedules. Parent involvement benefits every student in our school. Room parents are strongly encouraged to attend. We’ll also discuss the current Seattle Public School volunteer requirements for school volunteers.

Questions, contact Ann Marie Patterson at 206.252.5220 or ampatterson@seattleschools.org.

Thanks for a Great Bike Month!

Bike to School Month has wrapped up, and Bryant students impressed us as usual! In May 90 kids logged their bike trips which amounted to 962 total! Way to go!

Though this did not reach the 1000 trips needed for the Close Shave challenge (Ms. Loftin gets to keep her hair for the summer), there were plenty of other notable stats:
30 kids rode their bike every day in May – a new Bryant record!
Average trips per day was 50.6 – also a new record!
Ms. Kereluck’s class came in first place for the most trips – the first time a kindergarten class has won. Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our Bike Month events. And thanks to the Seattle Department of Transportation for funding through a Safe Routes to School grant. We’ll see everyone in the fall with Walk to School month events in October.

More parent volunteers needed for Field Day

Field Day, another fun Bryant tradition, will take place on the Bryant playground next Friday, June 12th! We are still in need of parents to help with activities like the hula hoop relay and the water balloon toss. Shifts run from approximately 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. for grades K-2, and 1:15 to 3:40 p.m. for grades 3-5. If you are not able to attend, there are other opportunities to help, such as filling water balloons, donating sidewalk chalk, or loaning large plastic tubs needed for games. Please sign up here. (A completed WATCH background check is required in order to participate).

Writers’ Celebration 2015!

What is the WritersCelebration? Every year at Bryant the PTSA celebrates the accomplishments of all our student writers by hosting the WritersCelebration, a schoolwide 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?  

  1. In order to lead a group, you must complete a your volunteer requirements
  2. Complete and return the volunteer request form that will come home with your child in early May.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Lead, Brent Aliverti.

Celebrate with the Community at the Bryant Blastival!

community-flyer-2015-700Bryant Elementary hosts its annual carnival this Saturday, May 9 from 1-5pm on the school playground and gym. This year’s Blastival will feature games and entertainment for kids of all ages.

  • Live magic shows
  • Balloon artists
  • Pony rides
  • Outdoor games
  • Cake Walk
  • Craft station
  • Pie the principals!
  • Carnival games with prizes

A $2 wristband gets you in the gates and access to the magic shows. Bring your cash for games, snacks and hot dogs and your shot to win one of a dozen fabulous raffle baskets. And don’t forget to check out our online auction. See you there!