Introducing Bryant’s PTSA Parent Speaker Series!

As parents we share many of the same concerns. When do we cut off screen time? How do we broach the dreaded sex talk? What can we do we ease our kids’ test taking anxieties? We’re all figuring it out but it would be great to add some tools to our parenting skill sets.

We’re excited to announce the Bryant PTSA 2016-2017 Speaker Series. We will be hosting 3 expert speakers on these parenting topics at PTSA meetings this year to support you! First up, families and technology.

Raising Kids and Finding Balance in a Digitally Connected World
Monday, December 12th at 7 pm
Please welcome our very own Emily Cherkin, a Bryant parent, parent educator and academic coach, to December’s PTSA meeting. Emily will use recent data to help us develop realistic goals for our kids (and ourselves!), and find better balance in our lives when it comes to screens and technology. We’ll discuss:

★ Raising your “Digital Natives” (and what that means)
★ Current research on screen use for kids and teens
★ The impact of screens and technology on brain development
★ The pull of screens and technology for kids AND adults
★ Tools and resources for creating a balanced “tech-positive” family environment

**LASER will be providing babysitting from 6:45 – 9:15pm – $10 per kid**
Sign up for LASER babysitting @

Congrats to all 2016 Reflections winners & prticipants!

Congratulations to all Bryant students who submitted to Reflections this year. FIFTY entries were received in photography, dance, literature, and visual arts. What a display of creativity, talent and hard work!

The judges’ decision was difficult, but they did select 12 finalists to move on to the city-level competition. Finalists’ work will be on public display at the Seattle Center Armory (balcony), 305 Harrison Street from Dec 4 – Jan 8. Read more

Bryant Fall Classic 2017

Bryant’s Annual Chess Tournament
Saturday, Dec 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Check in 7:45-8:30 AM

Grades K, 1-3, 4-6

NWSRS Rated, State Qualifier, Open Format

Tournament entry is FREE for Bryant families in the following categories:

  • Kindergartners
  • families volunteering at the tournament
  • Financial aid request

Include child’s last name, first name, grade, Bryant Elementary, contact last name, first name, phone, email address and reason for free entry.

Or pay for registration at:

Awards in all sections after final match. Concessions will be available


Bryant PTSA General Meeting Minutes – October 2016 *DRAFT

Monday, November 7, 2016

Attendees: Anne Vold, Maura Wixey, Kathy Weinman, Lynn Masunaga-Fahselt, Leeann Huntington, Katie Boyes, Jason Smith, Tiffany Morgan, Peter Sonnar, Sara Fenzel, Aaron Marburg, Sam Fogg, Eric Noble, Xiangyi Shi, Karen Cui, Kevin Orr, Peter Schaw, Rachel Gleeson, Kim Larson

June minutes -approved

RULER Presentation – (Julie Pearson, Chara Johnson, Lynn Fahselt, Katie Salisbury, Elizabeth Day)

Officer/ Standing committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report–Jennifer Mahlum
    • Reviewed last month’s budget, noted that classroom supply checks has been distributed
    • Additional matching funds from LY annual campaign came in, giving us more in TY’s budget
  • Volunteer Co-coordinator report–Janie Booth
    Needs for volunteers:

    • Lunch and recess continue to need volunteers
    • One person for pictures on Oct. 18th
    • Math Club
    • Bryant Blast
    • Online Auction
    • Family Arts Night
  • Fundraising Report–Kim Larsen and Rachel Gleeson
    • Annual Campaign starts Oct. 17thand runs through Oct 28th
    • Largest fundraiser of the year
    • Direct ask of parents of $325 per student
    • Ask is based on the current PTSA budget
    • Reviewed procedure for the campaign and how to return pledge cards
  • Bryant Leadership Team Report –Amy Shanafelt
    • Goal to close the communication loop between parents and building.
    • Amy read the minutes from the BLT Sept meeting.
  • Principal Report –Dan Sanger
    • Reviewed Early Start/ Dismissal –going well for teachers and students
    • Laser enrollment is at 145 spots
    • Hired 9 new teachers/ staff this year
    • Instrumental music to Oct
    • Bell Choir for 5th grade is Tues / Friday this year
    • Choir –still working on hiring a teacher for this position
    • No Safety Patrol in the mornings so far for the year
  • Legislative Report–Jean Charette and Shelley Prosise
    • McCleary design from the supreme court on Friday, Oct. 7th. –state will continue to be fined for not funding schools adequately
    • Homeless encampment legislation from Seattle City Council –reviewed possible impacts to schools and public spaces impacts to schools and public spaces

New Business –motions made:

  • Standing Bylaws –motion to approve made by Michelle Ireton, seconded by Rachel Gleeson
  • Raz Kids Funding Request to pay for budet shortfall due to increase in classes -$156.63 –motion to approve made by Nelly Goodnoe, seconded by Michelle Ireton
  • Raz Kids Funding Request to pay for additional subscription for 4 Learning Interventist -$438.18 – presented by Julie Pearson -motion by Katie Salisbury, seconded by Nelly Goodnoe

New Business

  • Rainy Day Recess concerns presented by Mark Batho
    • Mark was concern there are too many rainy day recesses and that children need to go outside to burn off energy.
    • Dan and Julie were able to explain how the decision is made to stay indoors (extreme cold or rain). Additional Building concerns from teachers are wet students don’t learn well. Suggestion made to put in the Bryant Weekly to remind parents to bring coats and boots for students.


Reflections submissions due Nov 10!

There’s still time to submit one or more entries to Reflections! Kids can create a collage, write a story or poem, paint or draw a picture, choreograph a dance, take a photograph, create a computer-generated image – almost anything that the theme, “What Is Your Story” inspires them to think up. Several Bryant submissions will be selected for entry at City level. ALL entries will be displayed in our hallway for Family Art Night. Make sure to help your kids understand the requirements for each category and for packaging their entries.


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Walktober wrap up

South station

South station

Thanks to everyone for a great October of walking to school! Each Friday of the month, over 100 people visited our Walktober bus stations, a crew from the NW walked over a mile to school, and many Bryant students played Walktober Bingo! This level of participation – despite the early hour – shows the fun and feasibility of walking to school. We salute all of our Bryant walkers this October and for the rest of the year.

And we congratulate the students who got Walktober BINGO:
Jackson H. • Devin T. • Maddie M. • Ian F. • Emma F. • Vivienne L. • Nicolas L. • Sadie B. • Finn B. • Mai B.

We suspect there are others, so let us know if your name is missing!

Finally, many thanks to our volunteers, and to parents for their support of kid-powered transport. If you are interested in helping out with walk- or bike-to-school activities in the future, please contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell.