K-3 Science Night: Weekly experiment for Mar 21

Still Plenty of Spots Left for K-3 Science Night – Thursday, March 30

K-3 Science Night is just around the corner, but there are still plenty of spots available. So, don’t be shy young scientists! I know you can’t wait to dazzle us with your experiments and demonstrations. K-3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bryant gym/cafeteria. The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 27.

This week’s featured demonstration is for all of our young engineers. Here’s an opportunity to build your very own hovercraft using items you probably have around the house. It’s an especially great project for using those weird, round, metallic-looking objects called CDs that your parents may still be holding on to. You can find detailed instructions for building your hovercraft at this great Science Bob website, where you can also find ideas for many other easy and engaging projects.

For more information on K-3 Science Night, or to find links to great resources for experiments, please visit the K-3 Science Night webpage.

Natalya Yudkovsky, K-3 Science Night Organizer

K-3 Science Night: Weekly Experiment for Mar 14

There are still plenty of spaces open for this year’s K-3 Science Night! Parents of young scientists should reserve a spot for their child by emailing me the child’s name and grade. K-3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 30th in the Bryant gym/cafeteria from 6:30-7:30PM. The deadline for sign ups is Monday, March 27th.

This week’s featured demonstration will help you figure out how much air your lungs can hold. Don’t worry, you won’t have to dissect yourself to find out! All you’ll need is some plastic tubing, a water bottle, some water, and the instructions from this Science Kids website. There you can also find lots of other great ideas for simple experiments and demonstrations.

For more information on K-3 Science Night, or to find links to great resources for experiments, please visit the K-3 Science Night webpage.

Natalya Yudkovsky, K-3 Science Night Organizer

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – February

February 14, 2017 7:00pm
Bryant Library

Bryant PTSA Speaker Series:
Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy Lang

Welcome and Introductions, Amy Shanafelt & Julie Orhazda

Approve January Meeting Minutes
Approved with changes – need to still update online minutes with Principal instead of president

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report, Jennifer Mahlum & Nelly Goodnoe
    • Nelly sent all teachers a note about how much $ they have left to spend from their annual teacher amount.
    • Still need to receive school district invoice.
    • Not much activity on accounts
    • Amy will schedule mid-year financial review in the next few weeks.
  1. Legislative Report, Shelley Prosise & Jean Charette
    • Reported they sent about 200 cards to our House Representatives – will plan on doing another round of email/ postcard campaign

Special Committee Reports 

  1. Testifying in Olympia, Sam Fogg
    While we were discussing Legislative updates, Sam gave her update on her testimony in Olympia. Went to Olympia to testify in favor of extending the “levy cliff.” HB 1059. Now stuck in committee and does not appear to be coming out in order for Senate to vote. Could mean that Seattle schools will loose a huge source of funding. Bryant stands to loose 2 teaching positions and half a librarians. Very possible our class sizes will increase to 30 students per class
  2. Bryant Leadership Team, Amy Shanafelt
    • Reviewed budget discussions that would impact Bryant.
    • Emphasized that PTSA’s role in tough budget times is to stay true to our mission: provide enrichment opportunities for our kids. We are not here to make up for district shortfalls.
    • PTSA budget will start in March after the building has made its requests of PTSA.

New Business

  1. Opening new bank account for Online store (9:15- 9:20) Nelly Goodnoe
    1. Bryant PTSA needs a separate bank account to take online payments. This helps protect our main bank account from any online fraud.   Nelly motioned, Anne Sonnen seconded. Motion approved.
  2. Temporary Online Store – approve best practices, Nelly Goodnoe
    • Best practices were passed around and reviewed. No one had any objections. Best Practices were adopoted for a temporary online store
  3. Script card donation to Bryant Blast, Michelle Ireton
    • Michelle Ireton explained that PTSA has been carrying $350 in scrip cards from TJ Maxx, Lands End, Michaels, and LL Bean for several years.  Michelle motioned to donate unused scrip cards to the Bryant Auction first and any purchased cards to the Blast. Shelley Proise seconeded.. Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned 9:20

Bryant Blast — Save the Date!

The Bryant Blast will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 12 pm – 4 pm. Plan for pony rides, fun games and activities, sno-cones, tasty food and much, much more!

Wanna help plan the Blast? It can’t happen without you! We need assistance in the following areas. Contact the Blast Committee at blastvolunteers@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping.

  • Raffle Baskets — Love to shop? Enjoy creating fun prize baskets? Then this is the job for you! Join our raffle basket team to assist with collecting items and creating these highly sought after Blast items!
  • Crazy Hats — Do you enjoy seeing what fun creations Bryant kids come up with to sell at the Blast? We need 1 to 2 volunteer to take the lead in getting hat supplies to rooms, collecting finished hats and determining ticket price per hat for the day of the Blast. No artistic talent needed!
  • Face Paint Lead — Do you have a flair for face painting or just enjoy creating a fun space for kids to get an awesome design on Blast day? We need 1 volunteer to take the reins and organize the designs for the day. Much of this work is already complete from last year’s lead. This position doesn’t require much time but you’d need to be available to set up the station on the day of the Blast.

Get ready for K-3 Science Night with this week’s experiment

Calling all young scientists! If your child asks a lot of questions, likes to take things apart, enjoys building, or is constantly observing the world around them, then sign them up for K-3 Science Night. K-3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 30th in the Bryant gym/cafeteria from 6:30-7:30pm. The total number of presentations/demonstrations is limited to 95 due to space constraints, so sign up early to reserve a spot for your child or group. Parents of young scientists should reserve a spot for their child by emailing me the child’s name and grade. The deadline for sign ups is Monday, March 27th.

For more information on K-3 Science Night or to find links to great resources for experiments, please visit the K-3 Science Night webpage. Read more

5th Grade Science Fair — Thurs, Mar 9!

The 24th Annual 5th Grade Bryant Science Fair is coming soon! Please join the 5th grade students and their Scientist Mentors from UW for fascinating science presentations and demonstrations. All Bryant students and families are invited to this celebration of science.

When? Thursday, March 9th, 7-8pm.
Where? 5th Grade hallway and classrooms
When does my 5th grader need to be at their display board?
Students will have each signed up for a shift to present their display boards. Check with your student to see if they are on Shift A (7-7:30 pm ) or Shift B (7:30-8pm).

Questions? Contact Lauren Abraham

Take a sneak peek at the 2017 online auction!

The Bryant online auction opens on March 6. One week to go! Get ready for the bidding fun with a sneak peek at everything the committee has gathered for this year’s auction. See the more than 200 items donated by our local community at 32auctions.com/Bryant2017.

If you love Bryant, and the great community our school fosters and serves, this is an exciting way to show your support. It’s ALSO an awesome way to support the neighborhood businesses that generously stepped up to donate items for our auction. All proceeds go directly to the Bryant PTSA, which works tirelessly to give back to the school that gives our kids so much.

Indeed, our auction builds community on many levels; we’re excited to open it to you now for a preview! What will you find? Here are just a few examples:

  • Gift cards to local restaurants, cafes and breweries
  • Sports tickets and fan packages
  • Museum passes
  • Unique experiences, including a KOMO 4 station tour and lunch with a Seattle City councilmember
  • Teacher experiences, from movie matinees to songwriting lessons
  • Priceless pieces of art, created by our students

So visit 32auctions.com/Bryant2017 today and check out all the great items. Be sure you send the link to your friends and family — all are welcome to bid!

Mark your calendar for the auction, which opens March 6 at 6 a.m. and closes March 13 at 10 p.m. And we’ll see you online!

Questions? Get in touch with us at bryantonlineauction@gmail.com. Thank you!