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.

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – Feb 2019

Welcome and Introductions Kim Love & Whitney Griesbach

Approve January Board Meeting Minutes

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

Treasurer’s Recap Report Brita Willis & Lorraine Sawicki

  • Collected 158k so far from Annual Campaign
  • Closed Home Street Bank Account
  • PTSA has collected 6,200 for instruments, goal is 10k
  • Bank fees = 5600 so far
  • Artists in Residences approved for $700, not used yet
  • Unallocated balance = 10,800
  • Reserve = 82k
  • Surplus = 11k
  • Have discussed meeting with Committee Leads at the beginning f the year to discuss process of collecting cash

Legislative Chairs Report Jean Charette, Yvonne  Roberts & Diana Fryc    

  • Levies passed!
  • Gerry Poulett does localized meetings, idea to show up with Bryant Spirit Wear on and bring specific issues to discuss
  • Focus Day cancelled due to weather, so above meetings are thought to take the place of Focus Day
  • Jean and Sam will work together to come up with scripts and meeting times with Gerry Poulett and Rep. Valdez to discuss various issues around special ed, etc.
  • Personal stories can make a huge difference in swaying Reps.         

Bryant Leadership Team Kim Love

  • Continuing to work on smart goals for next two academic years: SEL and Reading as well as Math scores
  • Starting to focus on and refine action plan, making goals more specific for grade levels

Principal’s Report Charmaine Marshall

  • BLM learning has been very exciting
  • Adjusting schedules due to snow days

New Business

Bryant Directory App for 2019-2020      Ann Sonnen

  • App to download for free, you put in your own info (as much as you want)
  • Still offer soft cover directory
  • Can update your own info if it changes in the year
  • Free App, but there are ads within app
  • Interface is easy
  • Info is locked down so that not all people can see info
  • Discussion about centralizing all info for school: directory, sign-up, fundraising, etc. Not affordable at this time.
  • Roll out app within the Board to see if it is tenable- suggested and tabled

Yearbook Editor Report Loree Melens

  • Proposal to get a book for $14.50 for a bigger book and in color/hardback
  • Currently books are 12.50 and we charge 15, proposal to go with 14.50 book and charging 20
  • Sales to start Tuesday @ $20 per book
  • No free books for 5th grade, but there will be extras delivered to each classroom (to be returned if not needed)

PTSA community outreach/ social media presence Kim Love

  • Best Practices for passwords
  • Discussed LastPass as option for passwords
  • Facebook/social media/newsletter Best Practices and guidelines
  • Recommendation to form Committee to figure out expectations and roles and responsibilities
  • Communication Chair for Board suggested

Adjourn

The Bryant online auction is now OPEN!

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!

32auctions.com/BryantElementaryAuction