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!

Writer’s Celebration Bookmark Contest

The 2017 Writer’s Celebration is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for the annual bookmark design contest! Bryant students are invited to design a bookmark based on a book (or related to a book or reading) on the bookmark entry form. Two winners from each grade will have their bookmarks copied and distributed during this year’s Writer’s Celebration (May 25th). Please use only dark ink or pencil, no colors. Your design must fit within the box shown on this page. Also, no tracing is allowed.

Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 10th. Questions? Contact Rachel Gleeson

Blood Drive at the Blast, May 13

Bryant’s 4th graders encourage eligible people in our community to sign up for our Blood Drive. Our goal is to reach 45 donations so we can give life-saving blood donations to our community! On May 13, the day of the Bryant Blast, we welcome participants to donate a pint of blood in the Bryant Library any time from 11 am to 5 pm (closed for staff lunch between 1 and 2 pm).

Our 4th graders have composed persuasive, heartfelt letters, posted on the Bryant Library website.

Sign up and make your donation appointment ahead of time.

Questions about eligibility? Visit the Bloodworks Northwest website. Other questions? Contact Anne Aliverti.

K-3 Science Night: Weekly experiment for Mar 21

Still Plenty of Spots Left for K-3 Science Night – Thursday, March 30

K-3 Science Night is just around the corner, but there are still plenty of spots available. So, don’t be shy young scientists! I know you can’t wait to dazzle us with your experiments and demonstrations. K-3 Science Night will be held on Thursday, March 30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bryant gym/cafeteria. The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 27.

This week’s featured demonstration is for all of our young engineers. Here’s an opportunity to build your very own hovercraft using items you probably have around the house. It’s an especially great project for using those weird, round, metallic-looking objects called CDs that your parents may still be holding on to. You can find detailed instructions for building your hovercraft at this great Science Bob website, where you can also find ideas for many other easy and engaging projects.

For more information on K-3 Science Night, or to find links to great resources for experiments, please visit the K-3 Science Night webpage.

Natalya Yudkovsky, K-3 Science Night Organizer

2017 middle school open houses for incoming students

Nathan Eckstein Middle School
3003 NE 75th St

Thurs, Feb 9, 6 – 8 pm
No RSVP needed
Presentation and Q&A in the auditorium for students and their families.

This will be the only time for incoming students and/or parents to see the school. There will be NO daytime visits scheduled.

 

Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS)
11051 34th Ave NE

Chat with Principal Montgomery!
Thurs, Feb 16, 9am
(JAMS Cafeteria, sign in at main office)
Thurs, Feb 16, 7pm (Jackson Park House 14396 30th Avenue NE)
Get the answers to your questions you have regarding JAMS and learn how to become more involved in your students learning experience.

 

Morning Open House and Tour – Adults Only
Date to be rescheduled due to weather
Presentation by Principal Montgomery and Q&A in the Cafeteria for students and their families. JAMS student leaders will then take parents/guardians on a tour of the school. Please RSVP at 206-252-4500.

Evening Open House and Tour – Families and Students
Tues, Feb 7, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Meet in the Auditorium for a brief welcome and then families and students will have a chance to visit classrooms, meet teachers, look at curriculum, and learn more about our programs and classes. No RSVP needed.

 

Hazel Wolf K-8 Stem School
11530 12th Ave NE

Daytime tours (9-11am):
Wed, Feb 8 • Thurs, Feb 9 • Tues, Feb 14

Evening tours (6:30-8pm):
Thurs, Feb 2 • Wed, Feb 15

ELL Info Night (6-8pm):
Thurs, Feb 9

Resolution demanding that Washington State Legislature fully fund education

RESOLUTION:

Advocating for Extending the “Levy Cliff”[1] AND Amply Funding Basic Education

Adopted by the Bryant Elementary PTSA Board of Directors on Monday, December 12.

Whereas the Washington State PTA holds in its “Top Five” for 2017-18 legislative sessions the legislative priority “Amply Fund Basic Education,” and;

Whereas the “levy cliff” will occur on January 1, 2018, which is nine months prior to the State’s renewed promise to fully fund basic education by September 1, 2018, leaving Seattle Public Schools with a projected $74 million short fall for the 2017-18 school year and;

Whereas Seattle Public Schools will be forced to cut 10% of its operating budget and an estimated 440 staff positions for the 2017-18 school year, and will start going through the Reduction in Force (R.I.F) process to lay off staff and cut vital positions like teachers, assistant principals, and support staff in March 2017 with layoff notices being sent out in May or April 2017 and;

Whereas cutting staff at schools, and cutting needed central services is highly disruptive to the stability of school communities and the whole child, impacting our most vulnerable populations in greater proportion and;

Whereas Seattle students, parents, and teachers should not be forced to go through this disruption because of the State’s failure to amply fund basic education per their constitutional “paramount duty” as they promised in prior legislation;

Therefore be it resolved that Bryant Elementary PTSA demands that the State Legislature remedy the Seattle Public Schools’ 2017-18 school year budget shortfall by committing into legislation by March 1, 2017 the extension of local levy authority through calendar year 2018 AND fully funding staff compensation for school year 2017-18, without cutting any existing basic education allocations and;

Be it resolved that Bryant Elementary PTSA demands that the State comply in full with the McCleary order and the State’s promise to fully fund basic education by September 1, 2018.

[1] The “levy cliff” is the reduction on January 1, 2018 of the amount that local school districts can collect from their local and voter approved maintenance and operations levies, as set forth in HB 2893 – 2009-10.