Reminder to submit receipts before June 20th for reimbursement
Legislative Chairs Report Jean Charette, Yvonne Roberts & Diana Fryc
Sam Fogg: Cards to thank our legislators for helping to lift levies
Primary August 6th– 10 candidates running for City Council, 3 School Board candidates
Forum for learning about candidates on June 24th at Roosevelt, more forums to come
Bryant Leadership Team Kim Love
Finalized CSIP at last BLT meeting. Main change is the two focuses: ELA and Math
Principal’s Report Charmaine Marshall
Recognized and appreciated PTSA Exec Board- “phenomenal year” at Bryant due to volunteerism and staff/parent support
Enrollment is projected to be higher than this past year- will know definitively about staffing adjustments by the end of this school year
Thanks to Melissa who will be leaving this year to become a principal in Edmonds
Melissa said her goodbyes
Allison Broadgate: Stewardship and Messaging around where different funding goes, will be sending out a message about future dollars and where they will be spent. Big question is whether or not to launch a capital campaign forplayground/what this would cost- survey to families to find out and how much families would be willing to donate or time they would be willing to give. Will be sent to Exec team first.
General Membership Vote 19-20 Budget Brita Willis and Lorraine Sawicki
Review budget for approval, will be presented again in the fall after books are closed (see document), General Membership will vote on it again in October.
Ann Sonnen makes motion to approve budget/ Nelly G seconds. All approve.
General Membership Vote on 19-20 Board Tammy Shorr
Annual Campaign increased by 26k, however expenses also increased by basically same amount
Will not use reserve to pay for staff positions
Discussion around affording to pay for a counselor, determined that PTSA does not have current funds for that position
Anne Sonnen made motion/Motion passed
68% of budget is for staffing positions already, determined we did not have capacity at this time for another fundraising effort to fund additional staff (including counselor)
68% of staff funding for next years budget includes:
Artist in Residence
Subs for Teacher Assessments
Volunteer Coordinator (hours cut this coming year)
Instructional Support (increased hours this coming year from .4 to .5, with idea that some of time will go towards math as well)
Lab Tech Manager
Moving pieces on this budget include enrollment and amount of carryover may fluctuate
Also school supply ask will fluctuate depending on enrollment
Discussion around increasing communication around what families fund with their donations to the PTSA. Treasury to work with Communications to increase transparency and education around what is being funded and why
Bryant Blast Recap (7:50-7:55) Ann Sonnen
Great day! 12k earned. Tried a few new things including pre-pay on line and credit cards, asked teachers to join more overtly this year
New Blast leaders this year, thank you and great job!
4.23 Screen Time Speaker- Emily Cherkin 7 pm Kim Love & Whitney Griesbach
Approve February Board Meeting Minutes
Officer/Standing Committee Reports
Treasurer’s Recap Report
Collected $ for annual; $164K now – silent at $30K (will use next school year); $71K went to Seattle school board
Had budget meeting; will have to pull from reserve and want to carve out an equitable and sustainable plan
Unallocated: $14K approved this year; $10K unallocated
Legislative Chairs Report
4 Bryant students testified at State Ways and Means 4/1/19
SPS is short $40M for next calendar year
$70M shortfall; $235M shortfall in special ed
State is increasing special ed funding
Email someone in state leg. about getting funding (Sam will draft email and contact info)
Check the Bryant Facebook Page as lots of info is on there
Principal’s Report, Charmaine Marshall
Bryant is only school with a resource model
PCP vote: instead of 1.0 PE, we would have .5 PE, .5 music and 1.0 art
PE Teacher has classroom certification and would replace a classroom teacher
They are fully enrolled at LASER. They are packed for Spring Break. They have hired 5 people and have 3 positions to go.
Discussion for Funding Guiding Principles, Whitney Griesbach
This will be a guiding principle for the 2020-2021 school year; want a sustainable funding model ; don’t want to fund things that should be paid for the state; this mean “certificated” positions; we looked at funding models from other schools- John Rodgers doesn’t fund any teachers; others fund much more in support; have seen the Seattle Council funding model; PTAs were established as advocacy groups for students; have become fundraising heavy; this is a conversation that we face about every 2 years; historically Bryant PTSA has taken a stance about not paying for teaching positions but it hasn’t been formalized
Our neighborhood is changing and we are seeing two sides: families really struggling and others who are doing well; how do we maintain inclusion so all can participate but also raise enough money to continue to make Bryant great; wanting to streamlining fundraising efforts more; 2nd grade auction item where all kids were included is a great model; should we have a hard line as it might push families away? If we pay instructors it creates a employer/employee relationship; we used to fund 0.25 but now as a board we are funding 0.4- essentially we don’t cut back what we start funding; We should have the school make the request to the board for certain positions; the building should manage that decision and process; If we help pay for the counselor the cost will be unsustainable and are we prepared for it; anyone in public education understands that when they are hired its only for one year
Charmaine thinks it is risky if we cover a certificated position as it would include insurance and benefits. Also how do you make it equitable in determining what positions/staff should stay?; What attracts parents to Bryant is the quality of instruction; With the counselor position we tried to create depth in the classroom; The teachers have been learning to incorporate SEL strategies and solutions in the classroom; PBIS has been integrated; in a sustainable world we have to utilize those tools in the classroom; at a tier 4 school we are not going to get a counselor paid for us; She and Amy are still working on finalizing their ‘ask’
We will have a bullet list in Bryant Weekly of what parents funded so they have a better idea
New Board Positions Proposal
New Board Positions:
Community Engagement (speaker series, different community building opportunities, possibly an EID advocate)—we will continue to grow this position
Communications: streamline all communications of social media, Bryant weekly
EID (Equity, Inclusion and Diversity) -this position exists at Wedgwood and Thornton Creek; We should look at including this role with a current board position
Playground Committee – Mary Strazer
Great turn out on Saturday for helping improve the playground. In talks with parks about the field. They can’t irrigate but will reseed. In the last cycle they added irrigation but the district won’t let us use them. They will not water anything unless it’s a brand new install. If we water it ourselves it goes against their water conservation policy.
Sounders has a non-profit group (The Right Foundation) trying to provide turf for Seattle public schools. Would cost @$300K to get turf here (Allison Broadgate’s husband researched this). Sounders will do it for lower socio-economic schools so possibly we can partner in fundraising efforts
Join your student for lunch on Friday, June 7th. It’s a great opportunity to shake off authors’ jitters before settling down to the important work of sharing their writing. Grab a quick bite before you lead your writers’ circle or take your time and catch up with other parents and favorite teachers. Little siblings welcome!
What is the Writers’ Celebration? Every year at Bryant the PTSA celebrates the accomplishments of all our student writers by hosting the Writers’ Celebration, a schoolwide event during which each student has the opportunity to share a piece of writing – a book, story or poem he or she has authored — in small, multi-age groups. This is one of the few activities at Bryant that mixes all grade levels, and it is heartwarming to watch the older students help and encourage the younger ones. The students work long and hard on these projects and are very proud to share them with their peers.
Where do you come in? We will need volunteers to lead a group of six or seven enthusiastic students for 50 minutes. Each group will be facilitated either by 1-2 volunteer leaders or by a teacher. Please note that due to space constraints, we will be unable to accommodate any additional parent spectators.
How do you sign up?
Step 1: In order to lead a group, you must complete all SPS volunteer requirements (which include a screening disclosure form, taking a short online course, reviewing online docs, and providing copy of photo ID). You can find the 2018-2019 Volunteer Requirements here. Please take a moment to complete all volunteer requirements. If you have already done so this year, you do not need to do it again.
Step 2: Complete the Writers’ Celebration volunteer web form or complete and return the paper form that will come home with your child in mid May.
Bryant’s annual carnival and fundraiser, the Bryant Blast,
will take place on Saturday,
May 4, from noon – 4 pm. Annual favorites like Raffle Baskets, Cake Walk, Pony Rides, Gaga Ball, and Sno Cones will be featured. Plus, a ton of games, activities, and other carnival fun!
need you to join our team of nearly 225
volunteers to make this fun-filled day a success!
The Blast’s SignUp Genius site
is open and ready for your support. Sign-up
for your preferred volunteer job and time slot. The Blast loves older siblings
too! Bryant Alums are also encouraged to sign up to earn community service
Please don’t delay! Signing up
early allows you to have the best selection of volunteer options to choose
from! We ask that you sign up by April 26th so proper planning of
games and activities can occur.
Don’t miss this year’s featured
entertainment – the Roosevelt HS Dance Team! They will perform at 2:00 pm and conduct
a learning workshop immediately following. Get your groove on!
You can save time in the ticket
lines by pre-purchasing your admission and activity tickets! Check out our new
pre-sale store before April 28th. Online purchases can be picked up at the will call
table located at the Blast eastern gate or at parent pick-up on May 2nd
We look forward to seeing you on May 4th!
Now that the weather is starting to turn reliably warmer and dryer, it’s the perfect time to think about an end-of-the-year party for your families.
The Bryant PTSA is excited to be 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. The grant is intended to help you 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
Host a game night at a community center or at school
Host a movie night with free concessions (the PTSA has a movie license that would cover this!)
Put on a talent show
Host a summer-time event to get families together outside of the school-year