Incoming Kindergarten round-up!

Calling ALL Bryant Elementary Incoming Kindergarteners! Would you like to get together before school starts this September and make some new friends? We have three playdates scheduled for the summer:

  • Sunday, July 10th, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 15th, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 6th, 2 p.m. after Kindergarten Open Classroom which goes 1-2 p.m.

All of the playdates will be at Bryant Elementary’s playground so the children can explore their new stomping grounds. Feel free to bring siblings, the more the merrier! Please bring provisions such as a drink and snacks to keep your kiddos hydrated and energized.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:
Laura Lauzen, Andrea Reyer Cooney, Kim Bernier and Kristin Zwiers

Look forward to meeting new friends. Here’s to the beginning of a wonderful summer!

From the District: Important news for incoming Kindergarteners

Starting in September the District is implementing the following programs for Kindergarteners:

  • Full-day Kindergarten will be free for families at all SPS schools
  • The first day of school will be delayed for K families until Monday, Sept 12 to allow K teachers to meet with each family individually on Sept. 7, 8 or 9. Students in grades 1-12 will start on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Please refer to the SPS website for more information about these District-wide changes.

Support Bryant over the Summer with Scrip and eScrip!

Do you shop at PCC? Raise money for Bryant while you shop – use a Scrip card! Bryant earns 5 percent of the amount you spend on your groceries! Better yet, recharge your Scrip card with your rewards credit card and both you and Bryant benefit.

For $10, cash or check, get a preloaded $10 card before the end of the school year. You can get a PCC Scrip card from Michelle Ireton by sending a check for $10 (made out to Bryant PTSA) to Bryant Scrip through KidMail. Include your child’s name and teacher and you’ll receive the card through KidMail. Or get one in person from Michelle at the  June 14 PTSA meeting and picking up your card then. Bryant also has $25 gift cards for other retailers, including: Michael’s, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Ross, L.L. Bean and Land’s End — email Michelle if you would like one of the $25 gift cards.

Other ways to support Bryant: use the eScrip link. Go to the PTSA webpage and click the eScrip button on the right of the page near the Facebook icon. Signing up for eScrip takes less than a minute. Once in the system, you will see the list of retailers and the percentage of your purchase that each individual retailer credits back to the Bryant PTSA. The list of participating retailers is extensive, including the Best Buy, Nordstrom, Home Depot and Target. And if you are shopping from Amazon, please use this link and designate Bryant P T S A as your non-profit of choice. You can bookmark it or use the button on the PTSA webpage.

Bike Month tallies!

The numbers are in, and Bryant was in fine form for Bike Month, logging 831.5 trips in May! That was not quite enough to meet Ms. Loftin’s Close Shave Challenge of 1000 trips, but mileage-wise students logged somewhere between 809 and 1499 miles. That latter number would get you to Alaska – amazing!

Congratulations to Ms. Bodine’s class, which was the bike-iest group, clocking 108.5 trips. This wins them bragging rights, and a shiny crank arm trophy. Ms. Kearney’s class came in 2nd place, with 81 trips, and Mrs. Bernard’s class 3rd with 67 trips. Way to go! Read more

New boundary lines for Bryant beginning 2017-18 school year

In 2013, the Seattle School Board approved new neighborhood boundaries for Seattle schools. The new boundaries have been slowly implemented throughout Seattle annually since their approval. Beginning in 2017, the new boundaries for Northeast Seattle schools will come into effect. Bryant Elementary will be affected by these new boundaries. Changes include moving the southern boundary from Hwy SR 513 (NE 45 th Street, which becomes Sand Point Way) north to NE 50 th street. Read more

Will you be a Bryant Buddy?

Do you remember your first days at Bryant? You probably had questions over the summer, and more once the school year started. Perhaps you had a Bryant Buddy who answered your questions and provided peace of mind. Now you can be that person for a new family.

Our incoming families will undoubtedly benefit from your wisdom and experience. We especially need a large number of volunteers from families with current kindergarteners, but new Bryant families come in all grades, so we need families of older students too.

If you are interested in being a Bryant Buddy, please email Bryant Buddy Chair, Michelle Ireton. Buddies will start being assigned in July.

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – May 2016 *DRAFT

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Library 7:04

Attendees: Anna Marburg, Sam Fogg, Elida Moran, Ann Sonnen Shelley Prosise, Jason Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Whitney Griesbach, Julie Ohrazda, Meghan Delaney, Katie Speizer, Mary-Britt Love, Patricia Parker, Michelle Ireton, Heidi Hager, Joan Crooks, Dan Sanger, Amy Shanafelt, Carleen Confer, Nelly Goodnoe, Don Davies, Luke Campagnola, Sara Fenzl, Natalya Yudovsky

Welcome and Introduction, Leeann Huntington

April Board Meeting Minutes – Approved         

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report, Lauren Abraham & Jennifer Mahlum
  • Bell Times Task Force update, Whitney Griesbach
    • Survey went out to parents who generally note a preference to childcare over ASE and clubs. Enough families expressed interest in ASE that PTSA is prioritizing LASER and ASE for after school usage. ASE program will likely be reduced to 3 to 4 ASE classes, LASER would be kept to 120 spots, Chess would be able to keep 5 classrooms. Length of ASE classes is still being researched and negotiated, will need to be worked out with providers.
  • Legislative update with Jessyn Farrell, Joan Crooks
    • WA is the only state that expressly supports education in its constitution with its Paramount Duty language, but the state isn’t adequately funding ed.
    • In the 2017 legislative session (Jan-Apirl) they need to come up with the funding plan for education as mandated by the state supreme court. The funding basis comes from property and sales taxes which puts unfair burden on poorer families and makes funding education in less affluent parts of the state extremely difficult. Legislature is tasked with finding a more equitable funding model.
    • Ask your legislators to make education the priority for “just this one year.” Ask your friends across the state to press their legislators to do the same.
    • Discussion of ways to make funding more equitable, including the idea of a levy swap.
    • Legislators keep track of emails, so do write them with your concerns about funding education
    • Looking for opportunities and connections to make capital improvements and additions to education, quickly and efficiently
    • Talk to city administration, city council, legislators, and school board members
    • Democrat-led legislator looking into different tax sources to fund education: capital gains, income, closing tax excmptions/loopholes.
  • Blast update, Julie Ohrazda
    • Auction and Raffle basket presales are doing very well, thanks to increased teacher and family involvement
    • Event still needs a couple dozen volunteers, including about 6 critical roles that need to be filled.
  • Nominating committee announces the slate for the 2016-17 Bryant PTSA Board, which will be up for General Membership approval in June, Meghan Delaney
    • Slate for Executive Committee for 2016-17
      Co-Presidents: Amy Shanafelt and Julie Ohrazda
      Vice President: Kim Love
      Co-Treasurers: Nelly Goodnoe, and Jennifer Mahlum
      Co-Secretary: Rachel Schaw and Whitney Griesbach
    • Slate for the rest of the PTSA Board
      Co-Fundraising Chairs: Kim Larsen and Rachel Gleeson
      Co-Volunteer Coordinators: Janie Booth & Kate Speizer
      Co-Membership Chairs (position is new to the Board): Ann Sonnen and Mary-Britt Love
      Co-Legislative Chair: Shelley Prosise and Jean Charette
      Members at Large: Lauren Abraham and Michelle Ireton
      Teacher Representatives: Kate Salisbury and Anne Aliverti

Special Orders
None

New Business

  1. Discussion and vote on whether to approve an upgrade to our gambling license if the raffle baskets take in more money, Lauren Abraham
    • The current class of gambling license which we need to operate the raffle baskets is good for raffle revenue up to $10,000. The next level up would cost $236 more. We may not need it, but the motion is to cover the possibility that the raffle baskets take in more than $10,000
  2. Budget Committee presents the proposed budget to the Board. If the Board accepts it, the budget will be presented for a General Membership vote in June, Budget Committee
    • PTSA committees were surveyed to anticipate next year’s funding needs. All their funding requests were met in the proposed budget. Blast revenue (yet to come in) is still uncertain, and budgeting for that line item may change once we have final numbers.
    • Additions in Teacher Support to give supply budgets to PCP staff.
    • Tech lab manager funding by PTSA to decrease to the .5 FTE (down from .8) that was originally envisioned when the position was created. The curriculum is going to be maintained by the classroom teachers. Tech manager position will be largely to manage the machines and coordination of the time and resources.
    • Science Fair will only be 5th Grade. No plans as of yet to include 4th Grade in Science Night. This was a decision made by teachers and science fair coordinators.
    • Math Champs program for 5th Grade will move to a club model without PTSA funding. Funding change came as teacher request.
    •  Some staffing budgeting (tutors, playground supervision) goes up for minimum wage and cost of living increases
    • Emergency Preparedness item was up in the last budget to help them bring up the supplies up to standards.
    • Bryant Forums a new line item to bring in general interest speakers to meetings
    • Sumac, database and credit processing program, line item goes up, because we’ve used up the credit we had with them
    • $500 for legislative advocacy
  3. Discussion of whether next year’s board meetings should be moved earlier in the day to accommodate the earlier bell times. The current 7pm standing meeting time is particularly difficult for the teacher reps who are in some cases on site from the beginning of the school day through the end of the meetings. (Update: Board decision was made over email to keep meeting times to 7pm)

Motions

  1. Motion to allocate $236 to upgrade our gambling license to the next highest class. Motion by Lauren Abraham, seconded by Patricia Parker
  2. Motion to forward the proposed budget to a general membership vote in June. Motion by Joan Crooks, seconded by Julie Ohrazda
  3. Motion (over email 5/31-6/1) to amend the proposed budget to include funding an additional .1 FTE for the Tech Coordinator position, and to change the estimated revenue for Blast and Online Auction to reflect this year’s revenue (which came in after the May Board meeting)