Walktober grand finale this Friday, Oct 28!

South Station

South Station

North Station

North Station

West Station

West Station

We’ll celebrate our Bryant walkers one last time this Friday, October 28, 7:30-7:40 am. Gather at one of the meeting spots (see map) for a fall treat, enjoy the walker company, then head to school together!

Meeting points (stars on the map):

  • 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? There will be a walking school bus starting just west of Third Place Books. Details here.

Can’t squeeze in the whole walk to school in the morning? Consider walking part of the way – park the car a few blocks from school, then enjoy the stroll to school. And please stop by one of our walker bus stops!

Walktober is underway!

West Station

West Station

North Station

North Station

Bryant’s walkers were out in full force last Friday, with the beginning of International Walk to School Month: four walking bus stops offered treats and company to families getting to school on foot; a walking school bus picked up passengers in the neighborhood NW of Bryant; and over 130 students were counted as walkers that day. In fact, the kindergartners and 4th graders were tied for having the most walkers that morning – 28 each!

South Station

South Station

East Station

East Station

There will not be any Walktober events this coming Friday, due to no school. We will resume the festivities on Friday, Oct 21.

In the meantime, did you know that every intersection is considered a crosswalk, even if it is not marked? State law requires motorists to yield to a pedestrian at marked or unmarked crosswalks.

October is WALKtober

October is International Walk to School Month, and we are ready to celebrate Bryant’s walkers! On Friday mornings of Oct 7, 21, and 28, we hope you can join us at one of 4 walking bus stops.

7:30 am Gather at one of the 4 meeting points. Meet other Bryant parents and kids while enjoying a fall time treat.
7:40 am Start walking to school along the routes outlined in blue.
7:50 am Arrive at Bryant in an awesome display of kid-powered transport!

Meeting points (stars on the map):

  • 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.

north-stationLive NW of Bryant? On Fridays in October, Bryant parents are organizing a walking bus to school from the neighborhood, west of Third Place Books.
* 7:10 – 68th at 16th Ave
* 7:13 – 68th at 19th Ave
* 7:15 – 68th at Ravenna Ave
* 7:22 – 68th at 29th Ave
* 7:25 – 68th at 32nd Ave…then South to crosswalk
* 7:30 – 32nd at 65th St. Pause at the North Station to enjoy a treat before finishing the walk to school with the group!

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell.

Bike Month tallies!

The numbers are in, and Bryant was in fine form for Bike Month, logging 831.5 trips in May! That was not quite enough to meet Ms. Loftin’s Close Shave Challenge of 1000 trips, but mileage-wise students logged somewhere between 809 and 1499 miles. That latter number would get you to Alaska – amazing!

Congratulations to Ms. Bodine’s class, which was the bike-iest group, clocking 108.5 trips. This wins them bragging rights, and a shiny crank arm trophy. Ms. Kearney’s class came in 2nd place, with 81 trips, and Mrs. Bernard’s class 3rd with 67 trips. Way to go! Read more

Clint Loper, irrepressible bike to school advocate, dies

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Bike2Bryant mourns the loss of Clint Loper, who passed away on May 18. One of the parent founders of Bike2Bryant, Clint was instrumental in growing a culture of walking and biking to Bryant. He could often be found by the bike racks before school, hatching plans with other parents and amiably encouraging the kids. To get a sense for how far things have come, read his post about what Bryant was like in 2004, when his eldest started kindergarten.

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Two weeks ago, Clint emailed to say that it had made his day to see all the Bryant students in the neighborhood pedaling toward our Bike to School Day meetup at Top Pot. Bike2Bryant will strive to keep alive his vision of kid-powered transport and people-friendly streets in our little nook of the universe.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Leslie (the first Bryant Bike Fairy), and their two daughters. The Seattle Bike Blog has posted a tribute to Clint.

Garden Committee Spring update

The Garden Committee invited Kindergarten classes out to the garden to make chamomile tea. Thank you to Mr. Gallagher, Ms. Kereluck, and Mr. Jones for bringing out your students and letting them get a taste of the Hands On Garden.

Plants are sprouting and flowering and fruiting all over the Hands On Garden. We’d like to remind everyone that this is an outdoor classroom. Please visit often, but do not pick unless invited to do so. The students who have planted plants are excited to see them grow, and to harvest.

Some things you may notice in the garden when you come through:

  • Ms. Bernard and Ms. Bodine’s classes’ radishes, carrots, and lettuce are growing! These students are excited for when it will be time for them to be invited to pick their radishes. It won’t be too much longer!
  • Ms. Spata’s class’s pea plants are growing well!
  • Thursday morning before the bell student garden buddies planted scarlet runner beans! They’ll be climbing up that trellis in no time!
  • Ms. Fahselt and Ms. Eeds’ classes have planted nasturtiums, potatoes, and beans. They also have started seeds under grow lights and are eagerly awaiting the right time to put their zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes into the garden.

Join us! Garden volunteers are needed on Thursday mornings! We offer gardening activities for any students who want to participate from 9-the bell. After the kids go in,adults continue working to maintain the learning landscape until 10:30. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. We have tools and gloves. Young children are welcome!

WANTED: watering cans. All of our watering cans have been broken. Many students enjoy watering using the rainwater we collect. Contact Samantha Fogg or just leave a watering can in the Hands On Garden by the rain barrel.

Keep up the biking in May!

It’s time to log your child’s trips during May 9-13 on our online trip tracker. A round trip to and from school counts as one trip. Biking to other places, like the library or grocery store, also counts. Trips from Week 1 may also be recorded on this form, if needed.

Our awesome Bryant bikers rode a total of 184.5 trips in the first week of Bike to School Month. Certainly impressive, but at that rate, Ms. Loftin will probably keep her hair. Hmmm, can we get to 1000 trips?

Other highlights from the week:

  • Did you know Bryant’s librarian, Ms. Aliverti, is riding in May? Give her a high five next time you see her!
  • Biking is a great way to notice things you might not when going by car. One family reports seeing tadpoles, a kingfisher, and ducklings at a pond they biked by on their way back from swimming lessons at Meadowbrook.
  • Mrs. Bernard’s class is in the lead with the most trips so far. Do not underestimate the pedal power of 3rd graders!

Please let us know if you have questions, and thanks for participating in Bike to School Month!