SPEAKER: Mindfulness for the Whole Family

All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend our first Speaker: Wednesday, October 2nd at 7-8:30 pm in the Bryant Library

This 90-minute workshop teaches you the foundational principles of mindfulness and the impact it’s having in our schools and at home.You’ll be able to understand the benefits of Mindfulness and learn how to practice Mindfulness at home as a family.

Cultivating Mindfulness helps you:
-Create Self-Awareness
-Develop emotional regulation skills
-Increase your ability to focus

Why Mindfulness Matters:
Practicing mindfulness electrifies our ability to regulate mood and emotion and reduces stress and anxiety.  For parents this means stronger relationships with their children through empathy and self-awareness.  For students this means greater emotional stability for a fulfilling life and mental clarity necessary for deep focus and peace.

About the Instructor:
Kristy Banks has a Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Teacher’s College Columbia University and is a certified Behavior Analyst. She continues her mindfulness education journey through workshops and courses.

Since 2010, Kristy has been a special education teacher at the Kent School District, teaching grades two through twelve. She first introduced mindfulness into her classroom in 2015. Struck by the impact it had, colleagues requested she introduce mindfulness in their classrooms. Over the past four years, she’s helped a dozen classrooms and over a hundred kids experience the joy of meditation.

New Bryant Parent Welcome + Volunteer Info Sessions: October 1

The Bryant School community warmly welcomes you to explore rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn when and how to be involved in your student’s classroom. The opportunities are many including reading, science, computer, art, class parties and field trip chaperone. We will also discuss SPS volunteer requirements and the online volunteer application process.

Beyond the classroom, the Bryant PTSA has many volunteer opportunities to fit the busiest of parent schedules. Parent involvement benefits every student in our school. There are two sessions to choose from:

  • Tuesday, October 1 from 8-9 a.m. in Bryant LASER Room
  • Tuesday, October 1 from 7-8 p.m. in the Bryant Library

The session presenters will be Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Marie Patterson, and PTSA Co-Volunteers Coordinators Kathleen Brown and Renee Stanley.

If you have any questions, contact Ann Marie Patterson at (206) 252-5220 or ampatterson@seattleschools.org

SPS Volunteer Requirements 2019/2020

Returning approved Bryant volunteers (New in 2019)

If you completed the SPS online volunteer application during the 2018/2019 school year, you are approved to volunteer for the 2019/2020 school year.

If you completed SPS online Day and Overnight Field Trip forms in 2018/2019, you are approved to chaperone field trips for the 2019/2020 school year.

You’ll receive an email from SPS confirming your volunteer status. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ann Marie Patterson if you do not receive this confirmation email.

New Bryant Parent Volunteers

Hello, new Bryant Parents! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you as a volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities in the classroom, or serve as a field trip chaperone or participate in many exciting PTSA activities. There are a number of ways to volunteer. See volunteer opportunities page for some ideas. Do you have a special talent to share? Contact PTSA Parent Volunteer Coordinators Kathleen Brown and Renee Stanley.

Step 1: Go to: www.seattleschools.org/volunteer to complete requirements and the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) online Volunteer Application and online Day/Overnight Field Trip forms. All SPS volunteer information is on this website. The application process takes about 30 minutes to do. The online application + day/overnight field trip chaperone form is available in multiple languages.

Step 2: Complete the online Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course which takes 17 minutes. This video is available in multiple languages. You’ll receive an SPS email course confirmation. Please save this as you’ll need for the online application. If you have any problems watching the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention video or obtaining SPS confirmation email, please contact Ann Marie Patterson immediately.

Step 3: Complete the online application. If you plan to chaperone any field trips during the school year, it’s easier to complete the online day/overnight field trip chaperone form now. Be sure to have your valid government-issued photo ID handy. You can upload your ID to the application or provide a copy to the Bryant office. If you are Washington state resident of fewer than 3 years, you will need to complete a fee-based ($21) national background check through SPS vendor.

In addition, please check with Ann Marie Patterson for the following situations:

  • if you have even been a New York resident
  • if you are a citizen of another country in the U.S. temporarily
  • if you have not lived in the U.S. for the past 3 years but are a U.S. citizen.

Step 4: Once your volunteer application is received and approved, volunteers will receive an email confirmation from Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Marie Patterson.

Technology Assistance

If you do not have access to a computer or internet at home, please contact Ann Marie Patterson at (206) 252-5220 or through the main office. She can help you with your online application and assist you with completing the online Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course.

Volunteer Sign-in at Bryant office

Please sign in the volunteer binder in the Bryant office every time you come into volunteer and remember to sign out when you leave. Include your name, volunteer category (F- family), check volunteer activity, location, time in/out. Please wear an orange volunteer badge at all times.


Bryant parents, family members, and community members who are visiting Bryant on a one-time or non-regular basis who have no unsupervised contact with students, are considered “Visitors.” Please sign in at the office and wear a Visitor badge. Visitors include guest speakers, classroom party attendees, lunchroom visitors, and family classroom observers.

Back 2 Bryant

2nd annual Back to Bryant! Ease back into the school year with a visit the day before school! Check out your new classroom, establish a nickname with your new teacher, and see some classmates at this casual re-entry to the year. No need to bring anything other than yourself.

When you’ve had enough classroom time, come join everyone out on the schoolyard for some lemonade until you’re ready to go home and get prepared for the big day.