Bryant PTSA February 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

February 9, 2016, 7pm

Welcome and Introduction, Leeann Huntington

Approve January Board Meeting Minutes

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report, Lauren Abraham & Jennifer Mahlum
  2. Legislative Update & report from WSPTSA Focus Day, Joan Crooks & Natalya Yudkovsky
  3. Update from the bell times task force, including discussion of the SPS decision to reclaim LASER’s designated spac, Leeann Huntington

Special Orders

New Business

  1. Board vote needed to approve $419.87 to purchase Bryant PTSA’s business checks, Lauren Abraham
  2. Bryant Blast update and kickoff meeting, Julie Ohrazda
  3. Preview March’s General Meeting, Leeann Huntington

Calling all K-3 scientists!

Do you like to figure out how things work? Are you interested in plants and animals? Do you ask your parents a lot of questions about the world around you? Do you like to mix things together, touch things, and perform experiments at home? Then, get ready to be a scientist at  K3 Science Night!

K- 3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 31st in the Bryant gym/cafeteria from 6:30-8:00PM.

Parents of young scientists should reserve a spot for their child by emailing me the the child’s name and grade. Due to space constraints, we have to limit the total number of presentations/demonstrations to 95, so sign up early to reserve a spot for your child or group. The deadline for sign ups is Monday, March 28th. Read more

Go Red for Ed!

Please join Bryant staff, students and families for a “Walk In” on Thursday, February 18, beginning at 8:45 in front of Bryant.

Funding for education is an issue across the nation. On February 17 and 18, educators, parents, students, and supporters will “walk in” at over 20 major cities across the U.S., including Chicago and LA. Parents, educators, and students gather in front of the school before school starts and “walk in” together. Read more

Bryant Blast needs you!

Thank you to all new and continuing parents that have volunteered for key leadership positions for this year’s Bryant Blast carnival. The Blast is a long-running tradition at Bryant and is planned for May 14, 2016. We have filled many key positions, but the following position remains:

Outdoor Activities – Plan and organize outdoor activities, magic show, ponies, etc. Past Blast leaders will be available to lend extensive guidance!

We encourage both new and returning families to contribute! If you can’t commit to a leadership position there will be numerous volunteer opportunities the day of the Blast; we will advertise those closer to the event. Contact Janie Booth and Kate Speizer with questions.

Two ways to advocate for our students

1. Make your voice heard in Olympia
The WA State PTA’s annual “Focus Day” in the State Capitol is coming up fast – Wednesday February 3rd. Join other parents from across the state in Olympia by registering here. If you can’t make the trip to Olympia, we will be taking some time at our February 9th Bryant PTSA meeting to send short messages to our legislators. This will be easy and motivating to do as a group, so please join in.

2. Vote For Seattle Schools on February 9th!
On February 9, 2016, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two expiring levies that provide essential funding for our schools. Neither of these levies is a new tax; they renew expiring levies. The Operations levy provides a quarter of the day-to-day operating budget for Seattle Public Schools. This levy funds everything from teacher and principal salaries to textbooks and classroom supplies – basic essentials that students need to succeed. If renewed, the Operations levy will direct $758 million to public education over three years. Read more