**Kindergarten Welcome — Tues, Sept 2, 1pm**

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:37

You're invited to visit your Kindergarten classroom from 1-2pm on Tuesday to meet your teacher and classmates and drop off your classroom supplies. The Open House is immediately followed by the last Kindergarten Playdate.

On the first day of school, after dropping off your kindergartener at 9:25am, please join us in the lunchroom for the First Day Welcome. There will be coffee and treats (and tissues) and information on the different ways you can get involved at Bryant.

Also, mark your calendars for the Ice Cream Social on Friday, Sept 5, at 6:30pm. It's a fundraiser for the 4th graders and a good time to visit with new friends — for both kids and adults.



Community Resources for Extra Care

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:22

The first day of school is right around the corner. Because our very popular before and after school program, LASER, still has many families wait listed, we wanted to educate families on potential alternatives.

Bryant's After School Enrichment program has dozens of after school programs lined up for our students this year. Like last year, the breadth of classes range from art to yoga and everything in between.

There are also several clubs that meet after school including running club, chess club, choir/bell choir and math club.

All ASE programs and Bryant clubs are held on site at Bryant and typically run for an hour, releasing students at 4:40pm.

Read more for community after school programs with transportation


Note from Principal Sanger

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:02

Welcome back Bryant families!

I hope your summer has been wonderful! The teachers, staff and our new assistant principal, Julie Pearson and I are excited to see you. Everyone is eager to begin the new school year.

This year, teachers will be informing you of your children's class placements on Thursday afternoon, 8/28 or Friday 8/29 by email or phone. Please be patient. All families will be informed by Friday evening.

I will have a letter to you in the opening packet that shares a bit about where we are in regards to program and staffing at Bryant this year. I will also post this on our website over the holiday weekend.

Again, welcome to a great new school year at Bryant!

Dan Sanger
Principal, Bryant Elementary


Annual Ice Cream Social

Monday, 25 August 2014 20:37

So, here’s the scoop...

Let's wrap up the first week of school at the Ice Cream Social!

Please join us Friday, September 5th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Bryant lunchroom.

One bowl for $3.00 or two bowls for $5.00. The new 4th grade class will be our volunteer scoopers as they begin their fundraising efforts for their turn at the 5th grade IslandWood camp. So come, bring your family and friends and eat lots of ice cream! This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with everyone you haven’t seen all summer and meet families that are in your child’s class. We hope to see you there!

(Please enter through the set of three doors on the southwest side of the building adjacent to the Bryant "Hands On Garden.")


Welcome to 2014-15 ASE

Friday, 22 August 2014 12:36

Please Note: ASE Registration will open September 3rd — the first day of school. (If you try to register prior to that time, no options will be available to you. )

All ASE classes will start the week of September 15th. (Session end dates will vary depending on the class.)

Registration for ASE classes will be done online. Payment of your registration fee and enrollment into the class will be through the Bryantschool.org PTSA web site.

Payment for the class will be handled directly by the class provider after your student is enrolled through bryantschool.org. By enrolling through bryantschool.org, your student will be guaranteed a spot in the class (provided maximum enrollment has not been exceeded—you will see this when you register).

If payment is made directly to the teacher without enrolling online, a spot cannot be guaranteed and the student may be put on a waiting list and/or money refunded. It is very important to start with the bryantschool.org online enrollment first.

There will be a $15 ASE registration fee per class. (Last year it was a one-time fee.)

Registration will open on the first day of school.

The class schedule should be posted by August 27th.


Multi-Grade Classrooms at Bryant

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:43

Dear Bryant Families,

Over the last few months, a strong group of Bryant teachers, administrators and specialists have been meeting frequently to form an intentional, proactive plan for multi-grade instruction at Bryant. I have been very pleased with their work and with the results for the two identified classrooms, a 1st /2nd grade to be taught by Ms. Alphin and a 3rd/4th grade taught by Ms. Bernard.

To better prepare, Ms. Alphin and Ms. Bernard have met with grade level teams, observed instruction and systems, reached out to coaches and had release planning time in anticipation of next year. Their hard work will continue into the summer.

This short review of our planning includes quotes from research, key facts about multi-grade experience, a bibliography and elements that we have defined for our own program here at Bryant.

Thank you,
Dan Sanger
Principal, Bryant Elementary

Read more about Multi-Grade Classrooms at Bryant


Bike Month results are in!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:47

By Michele Solis

Check out how much our amazing Bryant students biked in May!

  • 57 kids rode a total of 802.5 trips (roundtrips to school, or other places, like the library, grocery store, etc). This amounted to as much as 1,283 miles, the distance from Seattle to Tijuana, Mexico.
  • 27 students rode to and from school every day in May. Several of these rode every day of the school year.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Arango's class for winning the coveted Bike to Bryant award! They had the most trips biked -- 125!
  • Mr. Garlid's class came in 2nd place with 92 trips.

Thanks to all students and their parents for supporting kid-powered transport to school. Have a great summer!


Thank you Room Parents!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:30

By Liza Caputo

A special thank you to all of our room parents! These volunteers are the hub of our school, from keeping us informed about important information, helping in class and organizing many events throughout the year. The parents, teachers, staff and students are extremely grateful to the following:

Ashley Allman, Jen Archer, Jessica Belzberg, Kerry Carty, Chris Castaneda, Jodie Davis, Darcy Dixon, Kelly Early, Marla Ellingsen-Totah, Anne Evans, Ellen Gryj, Balika Haakanson, Christine Hahn, Katie Hanson, LouAnn Haughton, Amy Henriques, Paige Hunt, Val Hwang, Maria Iams, Megan Jasek, Pamela Khutz, Ann Kwong, Tara Matsel, Susan Mayfield, Kathleen McGregor, Erin North, Patricia Parker, Julie Parmenter, Hillary Peterman, Amy Piper, Shelley Prosise, Kelley Reese, Maritza Rivera, Kirsti Rochon, Mindy Sexsmith, Ella Thompson, Alexandra Tucker, LeAnne West, April Wright and Kimberly Yost.


Lost and Found

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:38

Hard to believe the end of school is so near, but the warmer weather seems like it's here to stay so summer break must be coming! And while the kids are all excited to leave school, so are all their jackets, hats, lunchboxes and water bottles, so please take a moment to stop by the Bryant Lost and Found located in the main hallway to ensure that your student isn't leaving anything behind when they happily run out the door on June 19th! All unclaimed items will be bagged up and donated to SPS families in need. Thank You!


Adopt Bryant's garden for a week this summer

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:22

Happy Summer, Happy Gardening!

Please help in the Hands On Garden this summer with watering, weeding and harvesting. Check out the Sign-up Genius to claim your week. Ideally, you'd want to water 2-3 during the week, but you can tailor the watering schedule to the weather.

Contact Mikhaila with questions.


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