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.
Our 2019 auction will be open all week and close at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 11. That gives you plenty of time to check out all of our offerings and bid, bid, bid. Remember, it’s all in support of Bryant’s PTSA.
So get in there and have some fun! You can also share this link with your friends and family, even if they’re not Bryant families. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Collecting funds for instruments- have 5300 out of 10k needed
Read-a-Thon donation $2700
Remaining unallocated= 9k as of 12/31
Reminder: Read-a- Thon is not a PTSA event. Want to clarify we are fiscal sponsors, not our fundraiser
Billing receipts and reimbursements need to be submitted in a timely manner or otherwise will be considered donations
43k in cash reserve at this time
Fundraising Chair Report
Volunteer Coordinator Janie Booth & Tammy Shorr
Uptick in volunteer asks due to increased activities coming up
Please reach out to your network for volunteer interest and need for leadership roles
Legislative Chairs ReportJean Charette, Yvonne Roberts &Diana Fryc
Updates on next month: get the vote out for the levy
Looking for volunteers for phone banks- teachers have been asked and parents can help as well.
Washington’s Paramount Call put out to ask people to testify tomorrow regarding increasing money for school. Hearing at 3:30 in Olympia on Wednesday Jan 16. If interested, contact Sam Fogg.
Bryant Leadership Team Kim Love
Discussed Testing Data and Survey Data- a lot of fluctuation in testing data, waning- trying to figure out how to course correct. Math is data is lower than Reading by about 10 points, which is unusual. Theory is social emotional/anxiety
Interim survey about student/staff connections/safety at school to solidify this theory.
Reading scores have been maintained.
How can we effectively look at data as an entire staff?
How to align educational goals
Principal’s Report Melissa Samosa
SPS is in second year of Black Lives Matter week in Feb. Taking a look at school teaching teams to put out grade appropriate material. Historical perspective, empathy, institutional racism. Materials about BLM education will be sent home to continue the conversation
LASER Report Eric Noble
ED back from Maternity Leave
Some staff raises
Some promotions from within
New people on LASER Board
Things are looking good!
Playground Steering Committee Updates Mary Strazer
Meeting with Principal/LASER to re-form a Steering Committee, reevaluate those who have expressed interest in the past
Dept. of Neighborhoods is potentially reducing grant to 25k
Dates for submission re beginning of March or beginning of June
School can’t be applicant, has to be a community group. PTSA serves as fiscal sponsor.
Landscape plans commissioned 20 years ago are still in hand and will be helpful
Artists in Residents: Julianna and Kristen Zweirs
Ask for increase in supply budget
Dollar amount per classroom teaching hour – $5.75 currently. Supplies are not as great quality as a result.
Ask for $7.00 per classroom teaching hour, which totals roughly $500/year increase
Supply Drives suggested as an alternative approach
Potential to order some of art supplies at Office Depot as part of overall school supply purchase
Tammy Shorr motioned to increase supply funds of $500, motion approved
Bryant Library Read-a-Thon Update Anne Aliverti
Read- a thon collected 28k (way beyond the expectation)
(Compared to last year’s book fair that raised $1500)!!!
Able to update history section, replacing old books, replacing books that are taken from library
Heard a lot of positive things about momentum to read over break brought on by Read-A-Thon
Missed social aspect of Book Fair, so thinking about having an end of the year Book Fair to raise money for a school that needs it
Very aware fundraiser fatigue and will keep that in consideration
Will continue planning and meeting and present to PTSA again in the future with additional ideas
Pledge Star was a great online platform for the read a thon
Will advertise to kids how much we are able to do with the money raised
Idea for a book stamp for books bought with Read A Thon money
Garden Shed Budget Brita Willis
$2500 allocated to Garden Shed, some give by Boy Scouts. Garden Shed not going to happen. Brita requesting change to unallocated funds. Boy Scouts are aware.
Motion to move funds by Brita. Seconded by Sam Fogg. Motion Approved.
Change in Budgeting Process for Fiscal Yr ’19-’20 Brita Willis
Proposing that 32k of the current 41k surplus to cover Auction and Blast income for this year, and going forward use surplus in current year for Auction and Blast for that year. (See email) This is NOT reserve funding it is surplus money.
Brita made motion (above), Motion seconded by Samantha Fogg, motion passed.
Speakers for Meetings Kim Love
Screen time speaker Emily Cherkin on 4/23
Working on 3rd speaker, focus on literacy- May or early June
Community Engagement Grants Kim Love
Each grade level will receive $500 grant to put on a community event for their families. Must be free, must involve all families in grade level. Parents to sponsor the event with whole grade level. Last year every grade level participated.
grateful for SEL books for his office and sensory baskets. Sent pictures in an
email as a thank you.
feedback about school supplies from teachers as well.
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
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)
Race and Equity/Hate Speech (UW professors)
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.
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