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

Night at the Wax Museum opens Thursday!

The 4th and 5th Grade actors and techies have been hard at work rehearsing and putting together this year’s spring play, Night at the Wax Museum. Come support our two casts at this annual tradition!

  • Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm (cast A)
  • Friday, March 24 at 7 pm (cast B)
  • Saturday, March 25 matinee at 2 pm (cast B)
  • and Saturday, March 25 evening at 7 pm (cast A)

Remember to come with cash! We’ll have plenty of bake sale goodies available to get you through the performances!

They’re pre-selling tickets for $5 each after school on the playground! Get your tickets early and beat the rush on the performance days.

Bryant Family Art Night, Thursday, April 6th

Would you like to celebrate art with your children?
Take an art walk through the halls of Bryant?
Create COLORFUL pieces of artwork together?

Then, join us at the annual Bryant Family Art Night on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30 – 8:00 in the cafeteria/gymnasium.

Please sign up to help make Bryant Family Art Night a success. There are several different ways to help with the event (set up, art stations, clean up, etc).

And calling all bakers! We need your support for the Family Art Night Bake Sale. Let your creativity shine, or feel free to purchase baked goods, it is all much appreciated as the Bake Sale helps fund Arts Night and future arts programming.

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 *DRAFT

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’s PTSA Parent Speaker Series: The Anxiety Dance

Thanks to those of you who made it out to our latest speaker event on Tuesday. Chris McCurry shared the possible origins of anxiety in our kids and techniques for recognizing and coping with it. If you missed it (or your notes are incomplete!) download some of his information here.

Books for parents and kids
Breathing Exercises Handout
Validation Handout

The Anxiety Dance
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm
Bryant Library

Noted expert Chris McCurry, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist in private practice at Associates in Behavior and Child Development, Inc. in Seattle. He is the author of Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance published by New Harbinger.

Chris will discuss:

  • The origins of child anxiety in biological factors (temperament, brain development) and early experiences, especially social experiences.
  • The ways a child’s fearful and anxious behaviors function to communicate distress and compel the parent to come to the child’s rescue.
  • Strategies for making this process or “dance” work better: clearer communication, mutual respect and cooperation, better problem solving and coping.
  • When to start the conversation.

** LASER will be providing babysitting from 6:45 – 9:15 pm – $10 per kid **
Minimum of 10 kids is required. Sign up for LASER babysitting here.

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.