Walktober wraps up

Beautiful fall weather graced our Walktober events to celebrate Bryant walkers this year! Each Friday morning over 100 Bryant students visited one of our four walking stations, had a treat, visited with friends and neighbors, and headed to school together. We thank everyone who helped with the stations, as well as those who stopped by a station.

It is great to see a large contingent of Bryant walking to school – not only does it help cut down on car traffic during drop off, it’s also a fun to start the day with fresh air and friends. As the coming months grow darker and wetter, stay warm and happy — keep on walking to school!

October is WALKtober

October is Walk to School Month, and we will be celebrating our many Bryant students who make their way to school on foot! Each Friday in October (Oct 6, 20, and 27) we will be hosting “walking bus stops” surrounding Bryant from 7:30-7:40 to gather with friends, have a treat, and walk to school together.

Meeting points:

  • West Station 30th Ave. NE/NE 60th St.
  • South Station 33rd Ave. NE/NE 55th St.
  • North Station 32nd Ave. NE/NE 65th St.
  • East Station 36th Ave. NE/NE 60th St.

Live NW of Bryant? A walking school bus will run through the neighborhood, beginning west of Third Place Books, and make scheduled stops on the way to school. Contact Michele Solis for more details.

Bike Month 2017 by the numbers!

Bike Month has wrapped up, and Bike2Bryant would like to thank all students and their parents who got pedaling in May. Here are some amazing stats on Bryant’s awesome pedal-power:

  • 94 people logged at least 1 bike trip in May
  • In total, they made 1159 roundtrips.
  • This amounted to roughly 2000 miles — which would get you past the Arctic Circle or to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
  • All that bike riding took 392 hours, or 16 days.
  • 2 students each biked 100 miles in May – not even the Bike Fairy is sure she biked that much!
  • Ms. Kearney’s class won the Crank Arm trophy for class with the most trips.
  • 28 students rode their bikes everyday – Congratulations to Tyson A., Sonja A., Sebio A., Naomi B., Walter B., Eleanor B., Maggie B., Milo C., Charlotte C., Gianina D., Rian F., Tristan F., Emma F., Ian F., Jackson H., Evan J., Jojo J., Madeleine M., Olympia L., Murrow L., Nicolas L., Vivienne L., Orli P., Ramona S., Diadora S., Sydney W., Pola Z., and Zoja Z.

We are proud of all of our Bryant bikers, and thank them and their parents for continuing the Bike Month tradition at Bryant. Keep on pedaling in the summer, and we’ll see you in the fall with Walk to School programming!

Can you make a plant ID chart?

We need a volunteer to make a plant identification chart with photographs of plants and weeds in our Learning Landscape. The chart would need to list common invasive weeds in one section and native plants that need to stay in our Learning Landscape in another section.

Having this chart would make it easier for classes to come out into the Learning Landscape, and for volunteers who would like to work in the Learning Landscape on their own schedule but want clarity about what can stay and what should go.

If this volunteer opportunity is of interest to you please contact Sam Fogg and Pamela Kuhtz.

Celebrate Bike to School Day on Wed, May 10

Make plans to get up early on Wednesday, May 10 for a Bike to School Day celebration. Gather at Top Pot on 35th Ave NE in Wedgwood after 7 a.m. for free donuts and coffee, then at 7:30 a.m. we’ll ride to school together. This will be a parent-escorted event; kids must come with a parent.

If you want to a peek at the fun we’ll be having, check out footage here and here from the 2013 ride with the SPS Superintendent!

Time to start tracking your bike trips

It is time to track trips for Week 1 of Bike Month! Please go to our online trip tracker and tell us how many times you biked this week. This year there will be prizes for all students who log at least 1 trip, for students who bike the most trips, and for the classroom that has the most trips in May.

We have a feeling there will be lots of winners this year: this Friday, the Bryant Bike Fairy counted 82 bikes parked in the bike racks this Friday, and she caught 5 students biking on their way to school, a majority of whom were kindergartners. We here at B2B HQ have extra respect for young students who cruise our hilly environs with not so many gears!

Three ways to help garden at Bryant

Contact Sam Fogg or Pamela Kuhtz  for information about how to help with Bryant’s Gardening programs.

Weeding Volunteers Needed

Did you know that the Learning Landscape is maintained by parent volunteers? The school district mows the lawn and occasionally will prune larger trees, but all weeding and managing of the grounds is done by volunteers! Please, help us keep our Learning Landscape. Just dig in and start weeding, or come to a Fun Family Gardening meeting on Fridays after drop off.

Join us for Fun Family Gardening!

Every Friday after drop off, meet in the Hands on Garden for organized group gardening. Help us keep the Learning Landscape ready for students! No experience required and younger siblings are welcome.

If there is a rainy day dropoff, we will not meet that week.

Classroom Garden Volunteers Needed!

We’re looking for volunteers who are able to help garden with classes during the school day. Please let us know if you’d be willing to help out! Contact Sam Fogg at samantha.fogg@gmail.com or Pamela Kuhtz at pamela@kuhtz.eu