Greetings Wonka parents!
This is your first installment of our weekly newsletter. Please read all of it. This is how we will communicate important news for the coming week.
Rehearsal Check In: Thank you all for rolling with the chaos of the first rehearsal. You will not need to check-in your kids for future rehearsals. Please have them in the lunch room by 6:15. Seattle Performers staff will take roll at the start of rehearsal and names of those absent will be given to parent chaperones. We will call you if we didn’t hear from you about your student being out. Please remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know that your student will miss a rehearsal.
Rehearsal Check Out: If you indicated on the registration paperwork that a parent/adult must check out your student from rehearsal, you will find them and a sign out sheet on the steps of the stage in the lunch room. If you didn’t hear from me last week that you chose parent check out on the form, then you chose the option that allows your students to check themselves out. These students will be allowed to leave once rehearsal is done. Please make sure your kiddos know where to meet you/ who is picking them up/ what they are supposed to do after rehearsal. THANK YOU PARENTS! All current slots for rehearsal chaperones are filled. Who’s the best? You are. Don’t worry, if you didn’t get to sign up, we will have more opportunities coming up.
- Timing is everything— Please be in the lunch room at 6:00pm. Check in with Sadie with Seattle’s Performers. She will be near the steps of the stage. Plan to stay until all students have been picked up. Hopefully this will be shortly after 8:00pm (PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR KIDS). Seattle’s Performers staff are not responsible for the kids after 8:00pm and will not be staying on site after that.
- Absent students— Please come to rehearsal with your cell phone (if you don’t have one, email us and we can problem solve). After Seattle Performers staff call role they will give you the names of those who are absent. Please text these names to Liza on Mondays 206.240.4818 and Traci on Thursdays 206.816.2362. That’s all! We will text you back only if there is follow up.
Log Your Volunteer Hours: Please log all you volunteer hours on this simple google form. Enter your first and last name, date, number of hours, and what you did. There are handy drop down menus to help. You can bookmark the form and enter data each time you volunteer. This will make it super easy for us to let the school know the total volunteer hours it takes to put on this show.
Volunteer Leads: We still have a few volunteer positions available to head up a specific pieces of the show. We have one parent who is interested in taking a lead on Props, but would really like a co-lead to share the load. We also need someone to lead on Costumes and Back-of-the-House (coordinating volunteers for backsatge, lighting, set up and take down). We are not asking for a person to do all the tasks associated with these, but someone to take the lead on coordination.
Email with questions, email@example.com Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Willy Wonka News.
Welcome and Introductions
Approve November Meeting Minutes
Officer/Standing Committee Reports
- Brita Willis & Lorraine Sawicki: Treasurer’s Report
- Continuing to collect campaign money, have collected 147k of the 180k pledged
- Bank fees = $4100
- Acting as a fiscal sponsor for the Read-A-Thon$5/per student that submit forms for Read-A-Thon
- Asking teachers to encourage kids to fill out the form and turning it in regardless of sponsors
- See Treasurer’s Report for approved funds for the year
- Doing fine on cash
- Tammy Shorr & Janie Booth: Volunteer Coordinators Report Volunteers are reaching volunteer burn-out, mid-year social is in order
- Leeann Huntington, Sara Fenz and Allison Broadgate: Fundraising Chair Report
- No report
- Jean Charette, Yvonne Roberts & Diane Frye: Legislative Chairs
- Next month will have motions to support Schools First, a campaign body that can campaign for levys
- Will determine the amount needed/when it can be allocated to Schools First
- Money that will be requested is already earmarked
- Looking at campaign work beyond Bryant- PCC, etc.
- January is a big month due to votes in Feb
- One page description of levys will be included with minutes and also through the Bryant Weekly
- Legislature will be discussing adjusting the levy cap this coming legislative session
- Climate change/homelessness, etc. is taking precedence over school funding at the moment
Special Committee Reports
- Bryant Leadership Team report: Kim Love
- Reaching out to district to find right time to conduct another assessment (prior to testing)
- Looking at data around bullying and social-emotional wellness
- PBIS works with RULER (positive behavior intervention support), does not replace RULER (mood charts, etc. will still be used)
- Discipline Matrix used for consequences when expectations are not met
- Request for parent night about SEL and Discipline Matrix explanation/roll-out
- Principal Report: Charmaine Marshall
- Power Point for proposed budget shown at last week’s Principal Meeting, see Budget Work session handout
- 2/28 is date of allocation of budget
- Summary of growing deficit (pg. 6) $42mil 2019-20 deficit, proposal to cut 53million from budget
- Proposals include cutting librarians to ½ time, no elementary counselors (Bryant counselor acquired through a waiver), losing VP, or teacher cuts.
- These cuts are WITH levy passing
- Sam Fogg volunteered to discuss ways to testify in Olympia: politicians trade in stories and testimonies might be the most powerful way to sway legislatures. In the absence of being able to go to Olympia, sending an email with your story is impactful.
- Focus Day in Olympia is Feb 11th. (day before Levy vote)
- Javier Valdez is our State Senator and may need additional pressure to pass levy as well as education around why levy is important “We cannot function if levy does not pass”
- McCleary decision was not really written with Seattle in mind
- Seattle is a more expensive district and property taxes here went up but money is going to schools in Eastern Washington in order to promote equity
- Support for education funding plummets outside of Seattle, even on eastside
- Proposal to put Congressmen’s names/contact info in Bryant Weekly to keep parents informed and promote advocacy for levy passage. Kim Love to implement.
- 1:15 School Wide Assembly/5:30-7pm Open House
- Bryant Gear for Thursday!
- 100 year Celebration picture will be part of slide show
- K classes distributed flyers around the neighborhood
7:45-8:25 New Business
- Professional Development Funding (Charmaine Marshall)
- Ask for choir stipend for $750 for program assemblies
- Ask for $750 stipend for four 3 hour sessions of mentoring and supporting teachers in the building
- Ask for Race and Equity Team support stipends of an additional $1500 stipend for teachers for attendance at Saturday workshops and Black Lives Matter curriculum/professional development
- ELL Funding Request: Ask for $2679 for following: (Charmaine Marshall)
- Supplemental curriculum to extend SIPPS to grades 3-5 for extra literacy support (Mackenzie, has 20+ kids)
- Special Ed teachers
- Pauline Pfohl, our ELL teacher, 20+ kids
- Motion made and passed to approve funding for EEL Funding and purchase of CCC SIPPS
- Discussion around whether or not state of WA needs to be funding this, however PTSA will fund for now. Federal obligation put into question, as well as the state obligation.
- Board to refocus goals and revisit stipend funding, no vote held today
- Bryant Read-a-Thon Vote (skipped)
- Garden Buddies and Bryant Comm. Garden (Tammy Shorr)
- Monthly work parties starting with 5th grade and going down to K, working on general maintenance in garden
- This is in place of Garden Maintenance Chair previously run by Samantha Fogg. (no longer able to fulfill this role)
- Working with district to coordinate efforts
- Idea to look to Master Gardeners or neighborhood gardeners for volunteer help
- Discussion around whether or not to keep garden space open due to safety concerns. Ultimately the space is owned by district
- Shed has been funded but it is on hold because district has put it on hold- next meeting will discuss what to do with allocated funds
- General Meeting Speakers Input- ideas include: (Whitney Griesbach)
- How to talk to kids about politics
- Literacy and goals of school – how can parents help support literacy in the home?
- Resources are available for literacy that district has and parents don’t know about.
- Speaker on how to access those resources- offered for free by tech ed
- Math Night (resources for parents to support kids in math at home)
- PBIS Education night-facilitating communication and language at home that supports PBIS (once teachers and staff feel more familiar with the PBIS curriculum)
- Sex Ed
- Race and Equity/Hate Speech (UW professors)
- School Safety
- Empowerment and Resiliency/Mindfulness with Youth
- Screen Time education
- Closing Home Street Bank Account
- Move funds to Bank of America, Home Street holds reserves but can be held in Savings at B of A account
- Motion to close Home Street account, Brita Willis and Lorraine S. have permission to close account and transfer to B of A. Motion seconded and approved.
We’re bringing back the grade-level grants!
The Bryant PTSA is offering grants for you to hold an event for families in your grade level. Bryant PTSA will grant up to $500 to each grade level to build engagement among its families. The money is intended to help fund events for families to meet and form connections with each other, in the hopes that stronger social relationships will translate to a stronger school community for our children.
Some ideas for FUN ways to spend your grant:
- Hold a potluck cookout at a local park where you provide the burgers/hot dogs
- Host a game night at a community center or at school
- Host a movie night with free concessions (the PTSA has movie licenses that would cover this!)
- Put on a talent show
- Host a summer-time event to get families together outside of the school-year
Download the grade-level grant info sheet, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info today.
Greetings Wonka Parents!
Our first rehearsal for Willy Wonka will be this Thursday, January 10 from 6:15-8:00. Please have your kids there on time and ready to rehearse. It’s best to use the back door entrance closest to the playground for drop off and pick up. They will be getting their scripts Thursday and hopefully you’ve all been singing along to the music download Liza sent over the break. Fun times ahead!
Also, we are still in need of parent volunteer to take a lead role in sets, costumes and props. Please let us know if you are interested in any of these roles. Please let me know if you have any other questions as well. If you signed up to chaperone rehearsal, you should be getting a reminder from sign-up genius. Please remember that we cannot have rehearsal unless everyone who signs up to chaperone actually shows up. Thank you!