Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – November 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Attendees: April Wright, Dorey Rue, Patricia Parker, Craig Arango, Steve Garlid, Sam Fogy, Kim Love, JulieOhrazda, Ellen Gryj, Laura Cr, Kate Speizer, Lauren Abraham, Daniel Griesbach, Rachel Schaw, Michelle Ireton, Lean Pu, Kim Larsen, Kimberly Latwesen, Rachel Gleeson, Tiffany Morgan, Jason Smith, Mary-Britt Love, Charise Randell, Jennifer Mahlum, AmyShanafelt, Amy Alphin, Dan Sanger

September Board Meeting Minutes-Approved

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer Report
    Nothing too notable
  2. Annual campaign – did very well
  3. ASE
    265 paid slots. Down ~100 slots this session from the Spring.
    Winter sessions sign-ups start December 3rd -14th
    Having the ASE providers write the checks directly has saved hours in coordination

Q&A about Interventions and Extensions

  • Principal Sanger answered some questions
  • Craig Arango discussed why Math Champs was taken out of the curriculum in favor of walk to Math

Hunger Intervention Program (Leann Huntington & Kim Love)

  • Bryant is looking at teaming up with the Hunger Intervention Program
  • Program fills “weekend food packs” for kids in NE Seattle in need
  • Goal is to try to provide 50 backpacks a month, looking for community volunteers to help out

Arts Committee make a request to fund limited ceramics program (Juliana Batho)
Arts committee has 2 questions to increase funding.

  • Item #1: Asking for an additional $332 to cover a deficit in the existing budget -Approved by the board
  • Item #2: Asking for an additional $950 to fund ceramics for either the 4th or 5th grade -On Hold
    Survey the teachers and provide schedule
    Bring it back for a vote

Unallocated playground funds (Amy)
Request from the building to use unallocated playground funds to install a fence

  • Request approval to spend up to $2000 -Approved by the board

Paramount Duty
Motion to adopt the resolution to align with Paramount Duty requesting that our state officials comply with Supreme Court and McCleary

  • Motion to approve that we adopt this resolution -Approved by the general memebership

Meeting Adjourned 8:34

Check the lost & found!

Coming in for your parent-teacher conference? Please remember to check the Lost and Found racks located in the main hallway, for any of your student’s lost items. There are many sweaters, coats, lunchboxes, water bottles and miscellaneous items that would love to be reunited with their owners! All unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Thank you!

Paramount Duty Resolution adopted by Bryant PTSA

The attached Paramount Duty Resolution was adopted and signed by the general membership at the PTSA Board meeting on November 10th.  It sends a message to our legislators that as parents, citizens and voters, we request they uphold the Washington State Constitution that mandates the State amply fund education for all children.

We are sending the signed Paramount Duty Resolution to our 46th District Legislators, Gov Jay Inslee and the Senate and House Education Committee Members. Read more

Join the Lunch Recess Parent Team!

We have immediate openings for lunch recess volunteers weekly (or alternating weeks) from 12 – 1:30 pm.

Our playground volunteers help make Bryant a safe and fun place to be by helping kids in small ways like tying shoes & giving out band-aids, to bigger ways like giving gentle reminders of school policy, reporting incidents to playground staff and building social skills. This is a great way to get to know our school and Bryant students of all ages! Read more

2018 Bryant Play FAQs

Why should my student be part of the Play?
The Bryant Play provides a unique opportunity for students to be introduced to the world of acting and backstage production. The Play is produced, directed and managed by Lathyrus Theater, which has worked with the Bryant Play for the last several years. For a minimal cost to families, students receive 12 weeks of instruction in the world of performing arts.

What are the dates for the Play?
The Play is scheduled in the evening on March 23rd and 24th. There is also one short day performance for the Bryant student body that week.

What is this year’s Play all about?
The Play is called “Peter Pan.”

This superb adaptation captures all the magic and charm of everyone’s favorite story.  The Darling children love to hear of Peter Pan’s adventures during his visits through the open window of the nursery.  Then one night after Nana has taken his shadow and Wendy has sewn it back on, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk the children off to Neverland to be part of the adventures.  Wendy, John and Michael become friends with the Lost Boys and Princess Tiger Lily and Wendy becomes everyone’s mother.  When the evil Captain Hook captures Wendy and the Lost Boys, Peter Pan comes to their rescue.  Together with the ticking crocodile, Peter Pan puts Captain Hook in his place and returns the Darling children to their home.

Where did this Play come from?
We purchased the script from Pioneer Drama Service based on recommendations from Lathyrus Theater. We reserve the right to change the play if enrollment numbers change.

How and when do students audition for acting roles in the Play?
The auditions will occur on the first day of rehearsals:

A play audition workshop will be held during lunch and recess the day before the audition.  Notices will be made for students wishing to participate in the audition workshops.  Students are not required to attend the audition workshops but they are highly recommended.  Please note that there will be NO auditions during the Play workshops. Two poems have been provided for students to choose one to rehearse as their audition.

The purpose of the auditions is to find the appropriate role for your child. Returning 5th graders with experience from last year will have priority for any of the larger roles.

What do the “Techies” do?
The techie role is the “back of the house” role where students do things such as build sets, create props, and do make-up, lighting and sound effects. They also have the opportunity to be in the chorus and have non-speaking roles in the play. There are a limited number of tech positions (historically 12 total).  Students will be chosen for these roles based on lottery from the total group of students who submit their paperwork by Dec 1, 2017.  We will let you know before the parent meeting if you were selected as techie.

Who comes up with role assignments?
The Lathyrus Theater group will assign each student to a role after the auditions at the first rehearsal. Specific role assignments will be announced at the read through of the script in January.   There are no changes made to your assignments after this point.

What are the Parent volunteer requirements?
All parents must attend the Parent Meetings in the school library:

Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30 pm to 7:30pm
Parents are also required to volunteer a minimum of five (5) hours of their time. There are several ways to volunteer:

  • Help manage rehearsals.
  • Provide production support on performance night.
  • Organize the bake sale, ticket sales, program production, etc.
  • Assist with set building, stage set-up or teardown, costume design, make up, etc.

Volunteer Sign-up Genius will be available on the Play Website and available at the Parent Meeting.

What are the expected costs/contributions for my child’s participation in the Play?

Enrollment Fee: There is a $175 enrollment fee for each child to participate in the Play. The fee covers costs to purchase the play and scripts, purchase production materials, hire the production team from Lathyrus Theatre, print the program, and provide snacks during rehearsals.

With each enrollment fee you receive a ¼ page ad in the Play program. Traditionally this “ad” has been a fun way for parents and friends to show support for their student’s efforts with a congratulatory message.

You can either create an ad yourself or use a generic template provided by the Play committee. Additional ¼ page ads can be purchased for $30 each. Please note that all ads are ¼ page – there is no variation in size. More details, along with an order form, will be available after rehearsals begin in January.

Students will receive one script as part of the enrollment fee, but will be expected to pay for lost or damaged scripts should they need another one.

This fee must be received by the parent meeting in order for your child to be considered part of the play.  If we do not have payment in full, on Dec 6, we will not assign your child a role.

If you need financial assistance with this fee, please reach out to Julie Pearson, Assistant Principal at Bryant Elementary.

Costume: Many costumes can be created by old clothes you might already have or by a trip to Value Village or Goodwill. We’ll also put out a request to the Bryant community for costume pieces. The techies will also have a costume – probably a t-shirt and/or hat. More details about costumes will be available once rehearsals begin in January.

Tickets: Tickets will cost $5.00 per person. Ticket orders will begin a few weeks prior to the production dates.

Bake Sale: There will be a bake sale during the performances. Parents are encouraged to bake/buy something to sell. Money raised by the bake sale helps cover Play expenses.

DVD Sales: A videographer will film the entire play during one of the performances and prepare a professional version of the play on DVD for parents to order (this is optional). The DVD will cost approximately $40. The drama program does not receive any money from the sale of the DVD.

What are the expenses to put on the Play?
Expenses for the Play include, but are not limited to, the fee to Pioneer Drama Service for the scripts; the fee to Lathyrus Theater to hire a producer, directors, technical director, and other production staff; materials to build the set and props; rental of AV equipment; materials for costumes; renting the play practice and performance space within Bryant Elementary, renting production equipment, printing the program, and providing rehearsal snacks.

When is the enrollment fee due?
The enrollment fee is due at your parent meeting – December 6, 2017. Make checks payable to Bryant PTSA.  This fee must be received by the parent meeting in order for your child to be considered part of the play.  If we do not have payment in full, on Dec 6, we will not assign your child a role.

When will rehearsals begin and what is the schedule?
Rehearsals for all actors will begin January 4th, 2018. Techies will start on January 11th. Rehearsals will take place Monday & Thursday from 6-8pm at Bryant Elementary in the cafeteria and on the stage. We will provide snacks. Please take note of the following.

You will need to sign your student out at the end of each rehearsal or provide your written consent, before rehearsals begin, that it’s okay for them to sign themselves out and leave the school on their own.

Are there Saturday Rehearsals?
We are scheduling Saturday Rehearsals for MARCH 17th, 2018 (1-5 pm).  Please plan for your student to attend.

This will allow both the actors and techies more time to run thru the play together. If, as we approach these dates the Directors feel comfortable with the cast progress, we will cancel and let you know. Please plan on attending.

What is a Dress Rehearsal?
The dress rehearsals provide the cast with the opportunity to run thru the entire performance. Actors wear costumes and full make-up, while the techies manage the lights, sound and stage. Even though dress rehearsals are longer than the standard rehearsal, the casts sometimes do not make it thru the entire Play. It is critical that everyone attend the dress rehearsal. We will provide dinner during the dress rehearsal dates.

What if my child does not like the snack?
We provide a snack to help kids remain focused during rehearsal. If your child does not like the snack, or needs a bigger snack, please send them with an additional snack. Kids should also bring a water bottle with them.

For any additional questions, please contact the Play Committee at the following email:

Ask the PTSA: How are my membership dues used?

Your membership in the Bryant PTSA lets you affect advocacy for our students at the school, regional and national levels. Your annual membership dues are only $12 per person or $20 for a household of two, the majority of your dues fund our dues in the larger PTSA/PTA organizations.

The PTSA and PTA, as powerful regional and national voting blocs, advocate for students and provide legislative voice for children in Olympia and Washington, D.C. This year, the state PTA and city PTSA are working to pressure the legislature to honor the McCleary decision to properly fund and prioritize education in the state. The Seattle Council PTSA has outlined steps to advocate for funding McCleary in its Paramount Duty campaign, which we’ll be discussing at our November PTSA meeting. Read more