Writers’ Celebration BBQ — You’re Invited!

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! 

Lunch times will be:
Kindergarten 10:30-11:10
1st Grade 10:45-11:25
2nd Grade 11:00-11:40
3rd Grade 11:15-11:55
4th Grade  11:30-12:10
5th Grade 11:50-12:30

We’ll need help too! Please consider volunteering for short jobs ranging from right after drop-off to just after lunch.  Look for sign up forms in kid mail this week and return by Friday, May 24th

Questions? Please contact Angela Graham

Writers’ Celebration 2019! Friday, June 7th

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.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Lead, Brent Aliverti

The Bryant Blast needs you!

Volunteers Needed!

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!

We 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 hours.

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 and 3rd. We look forward to seeing you on May 4th!

Time to plan your grade-level bash!

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

Download the grade-level grant info sheet, or email ptsaexec@bryantschool.org for info today.

Bryant PTSA General Meeting Minutes – March 2019

Welcome and Introductions Kim Love & Whitney Griesbach 

Approve Meeting Minutes
October Minutes ApprovedJanuary Minutes Approved

Officer/Standing Committee Reports  

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Brita Willis & Lorraine Sawicki 
    • Continuing to collect Annual Campaign funds, on target to collect target of 179K
    • Received Q2 invoice from School District for 33k
    • Beginning Annual Budgeting process, working to balance and meet needs of community
    • No other changes
    • (See report)
  2. Legislative Chairs: Jean Charette, Yvonne Roberts &  Diane Fryc
    • Post-card letter writing campaign to fundraise
    • Announcement written in weekly to inform/educate people on why money is needed
    • Looking for prime opportunities to catch parents to write cards and continue education on budget
    • Will leave literature LASER sign out as well as scoping out other places

Special Committee Reports  

  1. Auction Recap: Jen Kennedy 
    • Total: 31,993.50
    • Late requests can be completed through the donate button at top of Auction page
    • 263 participants (+22 from last year, +57 from 2017)
    • In-Kind donation from Office Depot, gave us all signage for auction ($600 in signage). Signage can be used each year
    • 207 total items, last year 280 items
    • Top Money Makers: Fall Kegger 3K
      • Moms in Margaritaville: 1500+
      • 2nd grade Cineplex: 1100
      • Treehouse Crawl: 1k
      • Trivia Night 840
      • Gallagher Kids Dance Party 80
      • Takeaway: experiences are the top moneymakers
      • 12 people on Auction Committee, ended up with 10 members, 12 is ideal

New Business  

School Budget: Principal Charmaine Marshall 

  • (see reports)
  • Cuts across district illustrated in packet presented
  • Bryant is a Tier 4 school (budget is determined by tiers, tiers based on test scores
  • Bryant losing 1.5-positions/Assistant principal reduced by .5/Cert Core reduced by .5)
  • District is going back to legislature and hope is to restore 2.5 mil, which would restore .5 of Assistant Principal and .5 of Cert Core
  • Week of 4/28 will be week of decision from legislature
  • Reduced .5 PCP (PE/music)
  • Bryant filled out a waiver to get a .5 interventionist and .5 Librarians, waiver denied
  • Scenario voted on and approved by staff thus far for budget is to have a ½ combo and 4/5 combo
  • .5 Librarian/ .5 PCP reduction/Counselor position eliminated

Selection of Nomination Committee :Tammy Shorr 

  • Candidates for Nomination Committee:
    • Clare Kealy
    • Kelli Hessler
    • Marlene Weiss
    • Nelly Goodnoe
    • Tammy Shorr
  • Motion made and approved

Constant Contact Payment Kim Love

  • Constant Contact has previously been paid for by a graduated parent (Kim Blakely)
  • Motion made, approved to pay her back for this past year (55.05 x 8 months= $440) (up to $500) and also increased line item to $1000 to cover paying back and paying other Constant Contact bills

Playground Steering Committee: Mary Strazer 

  • Discussion with SPS to renovate playground, immediate concerns of grass field replacement and new wood chips under play area to be paid for by SPS.
  • Work to start in the spring, possible field closures. Holes in field are being filled March 30th.
  • Talking to students and staff about what structures and things that are needed on the playfield.
  • Looking at matching grant of 50k from a local playground supply company- require deposit from matching before getting funding. No timeline.
  • Neighborhood matching fund grant has dropped to 25k
  • If we receive both grants we would still need 50-90k to rehab playground
  • Possibility of requesting some funds from LASER
  • Consideration to be given to Field Day and Blast
  • Irrigation provided by SPS only is on for 2 years. Last irrigation was 10 years ago, so way overdue.
  • Discussed fundraising strategies for playground- looking at 50k +. Fundraising then depends on when we want to execute playground changes
  • Wunderkind/LASER/PE all involved in committee efforts
  • Grass is already funded by SPS

MIXER for PTSA March 26th, Pizza provided 6:30 No kids

  • Please indicate attendance on Facebook

Superintendent Juneau will be visiting at 9am on Friday the 15th

HIP Committee has only 3 people signed up for 1st grade – it is on Friday the 15th 7pm

5th grade science fair March 13th 7pm

LASER Update:

  • LASER is currently hiring. 
  • Summer camps are being planned
  • Jump Start being planned as well

Bryant Blast – Save the Date!

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

Wanna help plan the Blast? We’ll be sending a sign-up for volunteer shifts right after Spring Break.  If you have a favorite job at the Blast, you can sign up early! Contact the Blast Committee if you’re interested in helping.