From the District: School Board Approves 2016-17 Calendar

The 2016-17 school year calendar was approved by the Seattle Public Schools School Board on May 4, 2016.

Important dates include:

Wed., Sept. 7 Start of school
Wed., Sept. 28 2-hr early dismissal
Wed., Oct. 26 2-hr early dismissal
Fri., Nov. 11 Veterans Day (no school)
Mon. – Wed., Nov. 21-23 Elementary and K-8 parent-teacher conferences (varies by school)
Thurs. – Fri., Nov. 24-25 Thanksgiving (no school)
Mon. – Fri., Dec. 19-Dec. 30 Winter break (no school)
Mon., Jan. 2 New Year’s Day (no school)
Mon., Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
Wed., Feb. 1 Day between semesters (no school)
Mon., Feb. 20 Presidents’ Day (no school)
Tues. – Fri., Feb. 21-24 Mid-winter break (no school)
Wed., Mar. 22 2-hr early dismissal
Mon. – Fri., April 10-14 Spring break (no school)
Wed., May 10 2-hr early dismissal
Mon., May 29 Memorial Day (no school)
Fri. June 23 Last day of school

Track your bike trips in May!

IMG_2457 (1)Bike Month is underway, and we here at Bike2Bryant HQ want to know how much Bryant students are biking. The online trip tracker form for Week 1 is now up and ready to collect your data.

If your child is not able to bike to school, you may substitute other biking trips such as to the library, grocery store, sports, music lessons, etc.

Prizes will be given to students who bike every school day in May, and a shiny crank-arm trophy given to the classroom with the most trips. Also, don’t forget the CLOSE SHAVE CHALLENGE: if the school collectively reaches 1000 trips or more, PE teacher Ms. Loftin says she will shave her head!

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4

It’s Bike2Bryant’s favorite day of the year, and we’re celebrating with our traditional Top Pot ride! Please join us at Top Pot Doughnuts (6855 35th Ave. NE) after 8:30 am for donuts and coffee and mingling with other bikey folks, then around 9 am we’ll push off to ride to school together. Please note that this is a parent-escorted event: kids must be with their parents.

Thanks to SDOT and the Safe Routes to Schools program for funding our walk- and bike-to-school activities in 2016.

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell.

Family Art Night Follow Up: Bryant School Artists Raise $308 for Syrian Refugee Children

154 colorful pinwheels were created at this year’s Art Night to send to the International Rescue Committee, Students Rebuild. With help from Girl Scout Troop 45144 we raised $308 to donate to Healing Classrooms to create secure, nurturing learning environments for Syrian refugee children.

Way to go Bryant Artists! We are proud of your kindly act!

Also, please know that the Bryant Arts Committee is looking for parents to chair/co-chair this fun family event next year. If you are interested please contact Julianna Batho.

A big thank you to the many parents and staff members who volunteered to make this night a success.

Bike Month is here!

May is Bike to School Month, and Bike to Bryant is ready to celebrate with fun events for all. Save these dates:

  • Friday, April 29 Bike Month Kickoff, on the playground after school: Come get your bike tuned up for free, decorate your bike, play games, and sign up to participate in bike month.
  • All month! Students who ride every school day in May will get a prize; the class with the most trips wins the coveted and shiny crank-arm trophy; and, this year PE teacher Ms. Loftin has issued another CLOSE SHAVE CHALLENGE: if Bryant students bike 1000 trips total or more, she will shave her head. Crazy!
  • Wednesday, May 4 Bike to School Day. Meet at Top Pot at 8:30 in the morning, enjoy some donuts and coffee, then ride to school together. This is a parent-escorted event.
  • Friday, May 27 Obstacles and Popsicles, on the playground after school: Test your skills on a bicycle obstacle course, and then relax with a popsicle.
  • Bike Fairy Friday Every Friday in May the Bryant Bike Fairy and her entourage will be riding the streets seeking kids on bikes. If you are “caught” riding, you will earn praise and prizes!

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Writer’s Celebration 2016!

What is the Writer’s Celebration? Every year at Bryant the PTSA celebrates the accomplishments of all our student writers by hosting the Writer’s Celebration, a schoolwide event during which each student has the opportunity to share a piece of writing — a book, story or poem he or she has authored — in small, multi-age groups. This is one of the few activities at Bryant that mixes all grade levels, and it is heartwarming to watch the older students help and encourage the younger ones.  The students work long and hard on these projects and are very proud to share them with their peers.

Where do you come in?  
We will need volunteers to lead a group of six or seven enthusiastic students for 50 minutes.  Each group will be facilitated either by 1-2 volunteer leaders or by a teacher.  Please note that due to space constraints, we will be unable to accommodate any additional parent spectators.

How do you sign up?  

  1. In order to lead a group, you must complete your volunteer requirements
  2. Complete and return the volunteer request form that will come home with your child in early May.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Lead, Brent Aliverti.