Bike to School month continues!

The Bike Fairy has finished number crunching, and so far Bryant students have amassed 393 trips total in the first 2 weeks of Bike Month. This amounted to 395-745 miles, which would get bikers at least as far as Bend, OR! Ms. Bodine’s class has taken the lead as the class with the most trips.

This is respectable bike riding, but at this rate, Ms. Loftin’s hair is safe for the summer! But the Bike Fairy has a sneaking suspicion that some trips are going uncounted, so please remember to track your trips!

In the meantime, please make plans to join us for Obstacles and Popsicles on Friday, May 27, after school on the playground to celebrate the end of Bike Month. Test your skills on our bike obstacle course, then cool off with a frozen treat!

Thanks for participating in Bike Month!

Clint Loper, irrepressible bike to school advocate, dies

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Bike2Bryant mourns the loss of Clint Loper, who passed away on May 18. One of the parent founders of Bike2Bryant, Clint was instrumental in growing a culture of walking and biking to Bryant. He could often be found by the bike racks before school, hatching plans with other parents and amiably encouraging the kids. To get a sense for how far things have come, read his post about what Bryant was like in 2004, when his eldest started kindergarten.

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Two weeks ago, Clint emailed to say that it had made his day to see all the Bryant students in the neighborhood pedaling toward our Bike to School Day meetup at Top Pot. Bike2Bryant will strive to keep alive his vision of kid-powered transport and people-friendly streets in our little nook of the universe.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Leslie (the first Bryant Bike Fairy), and their two daughters. The Seattle Bike Blog has posted a tribute to Clint.

Bryant Blast Online Auction – Thank you!

The auction ended late Monday night and we raised over $23,000! We surpassed our goal and could not have made it without the support of the Bryant community.

Now what? All winning bidders will receive an email with the total amount of their winning bids. Payment drop off and item pick up will be available on Saturday, May 21st from 8-10:30am and on Sunday, May 22nd from 2pm-4pm. We will be in the small parking lot next to the Bryant Elementary Playground.

Thank you again for the supporting our Bryant students. If you have any questions please email us.

Thank you from the Bryant Blast Auction Committee.

Field Day, June 17th!

Mark your calendar for Field Day on Friday, June 17th!

Grades K-2 will participate in games during the morning, and events for grades 3-5 will be held in the afternoon. Please sign up to join the fun. Shifts will run from approximately 9:15-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-3:40 p.m. You must have a current WATCH form in order to volunteer. If you’re not able to attend Field Day but would still like to help, we also need families to fill water balloons (provided), donate sidewalk chalk, and loan large plastic tubs.

Please feel free to contact Jenny Estep or Julie Matz for more information.

Yearbook needs your Blast photos

The yearbook team relies on the families of Bryant students to collect all those amazing photos for the yearbook each year. We can’t do this without you! We have already shipped the 2016 yearbook to the printer, but our tradition is to include photos of each year’s Bryant Blast and Field Day in the following year’s book. That’s right, we’re already working on the 2017 yearbook! Email your photos to bryant.elem.yearbook@gmail.com.

Keep up the biking in May!

It’s time to log your child’s trips during May 9-13 on our online trip tracker. A round trip to and from school counts as one trip. Biking to other places, like the library or grocery store, also counts. Trips from Week 1 may also be recorded on this form, if needed.

Our awesome Bryant bikers rode a total of 184.5 trips in the first week of Bike to School Month. Certainly impressive, but at that rate, Ms. Loftin will probably keep her hair. Hmmm, can we get to 1000 trips?

Other highlights from the week:

  • Did you know Bryant’s librarian, Ms. Aliverti, is riding in May? Give her a high five next time you see her!
  • Biking is a great way to notice things you might not when going by car. One family reports seeing tadpoles, a kingfisher, and ducklings at a pond they biked by on their way back from swimming lessons at Meadowbrook.
  • Mrs. Bernard’s class is in the lead with the most trips so far. Do not underestimate the pedal power of 3rd graders!

Please let us know if you have questions, and thanks for participating in Bike to School Month!