Walking School Buses Rev up this Friday, Oct 2

Bryant-meet-up-map2015Walktober, westOctober is International Walk to School Month, and we are ready to celebrate Bryant’s walkers. On Friday mornings of Oct 2, 16, and 23, come jump on a walking school bus. A walking school bus is a group of parents and kids who walk to school together. Parents can walk with their kids or drop them off and let them walk with the group.

  • 9:00 am Gather at one of the 4 meeting points. Meet other Bryant parents and kids while enjoying a fall time treat.
  • 9:10 am Start walking to school along the routes outlined in blue.
  • 9:20 am Arrive to Bryant in an awesome display of kid-powered transport! Read more

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – September 2015 *FINAL*

Notice of Meeting
Bryant Calendar & Bryant Weekly

Attendees
Jason Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Kathy Kereluck, Michelle Ireton, Andrea Schnee, Smriti Shelty, Anna Marburg, Daniel Griesbach, Jenn Duhamel, Sara Fenzl, Julianna Batho, Janna Rolland, Cherise Randell, Mark Batho, Leanne Huntington, Julie Ohrazda, Lauren Abraham, Jennifer Mahlum, Rachel Schaw, Kim Love, Kim Larsen, Janie Booth, Joan Crooks, Amy Shanafelt Carleen Confer, Amy Alphin, Dan Sanger, Julie Pearson

Welcome and Introduction (Leeann Huntington):
PTSA Board and parents, teachers, staff in the room introduced themselves.

Approve May Board Meeting Minutes (Rachel Schaw):
Minutes from the May 12th meeting APPROVED.

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report (Lauren Abraham, Jennifer Mahlum): Reviewed the 2014 – 2015 Treasurer report
  2. Legislative Report (Joan Crooks):
    • Joan shared a recap of the 2015 legislative session.
    • Forum with Seattle PTSA & women voters for candidates for School Board. More information is in the Bryant Weekly (Sign-up here).
    • In February there a vote to renew to levies to cover cover operational and capital costs.

New Business

  1. Conflict of Interest Statement (Rachel Schaw): PTSA Board members have received and signed the conflict of interest statements.
  2. Compliance Documents (Rachel Schaw): Compliance docs are in progress. Need some technical information about how we collect money for the annual campaign. Lauren is following up.
  3. Review additions to the standing rules (Lauren Abrahms): Mostly the same as last year. Updates include specifics who/when the Financial review happens and how state compliance is reported. Will be reviewed in the October meeting.
  4. Proposal to increase funding for Reading A-Z/Raz Kids (Julie Pearson): Majority voted to fund Reading A-Z and Raz Kids for the next year.

Meeting adjourned: 7:35

From the District: Advanced Learning apps due Oct 8

From Stephen Martin, Advanced Learning Program Manager

Information about Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning program can be found at the District’s website.

Application Forms: Advanced Learning is making every effort to “go green” this year by shifting to less paper-intensive systems. Find the application process for testing your student on the District’s website. Submit your electronic form by Oct 8. Testing for Bryant students will be on Sat, Oct 17 at Cascadia at Lincoln. Read more

Welcome to DJ Wilson, our new Playground Supervisor!

Please welcome DJ Wilson as our new Playground Supervisor to help supervise morning and lunch recesses. “Miss DJ” comes to us from LASER, where she is a counselor. DJ’s own children attended Laurelhurst, Eckstein, and Roosevelt, and now that they are grown she enjoys watching football and spending time with her grand-dogs. She is excited to join the Bryant staff in this new role since it gives her a way to “get to know the students I work with even better.”

Join (or renew) with the Bryant PTSA today!

Top Five Reasons to Join the PTSA:

  1. Build a partnership between our school and our families.
  2. Vote on the Bryant PTSA budget, on resolutions, and for the Bryant PTSA Executive Board.
  3. Help fund PTSA scholarships and grants.
  4. Provide a legislative voice for our children in Olympia and in Washington, D.C.
  5. Get exclusive member discounts at businesses like at Great Wolf Lodge and Kinko/FedEx

Your PTSA membership needs to be renewed every year. Hit the ground running this year. Download your membership form today and have your membership ready to go.

Advocate for Our Kids

By Joan Crooks, PTSA Legislative Chair

One of the key roles of the PTSA is to advocate for our kids and our schools. Here are three things you can do as we start off the school year:

1. Learn about the candidates for Seattle School Board – The Seattle Council PTSA and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a Seattle School Board Candidates Forum. The details: Thursday, October 8 from 7 to 8:30 pm, at Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Avenue. Registration is requested but not required. Read more

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting – September 2015

Bryant PTSA General Meeting Agenda

September 15, 2015, 6:30pm
NE Branch Library

Welcome and Introduction Leeann Huntington 6:40-6:50

Approve May Board Meeting Minutes 6:50-7:10

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report Lauren Abraham & Jennifer Mahlum
  2. Legislative Report Joan Crooks

Special Committee Reports
None

Special Orders
None

New Business

  1. Conflict of Interest Statement (7:10-7:15) Rachel Schaw
  2. Compliance Documents (7:15-7:20) Rachel Schaw
  3. Review additions to the standing rules (7:20-7:30) Leeann Huntington
  4. Proposal to increase funding for Reading A-Z/Raz Kids to match increased license costs from last year. (7:30-7:50) Julie Pearson