Join our Bry-Centennial birthday bash!

 

Thursday, December 13
1:15pm Assembly • 5:30pm Open House

On December 13 we’ll ring in our Bry-Centennial, starting with an all-school assembly for our students and families. Come hear stories from former students and teachers, learn more about our namesake, and take in presentations from our current students.

Come back in the evening to celebrate with our extended community, including district and city officials, our neighbors, and long-time friends of Bryant. We’ll have light snacks and entertainment from Bryant years past.

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – September 2018

September 20th at 7 pm

Board members
Kim Love, Co-President | Whitney Griesbach, Co-President | Ann Sonnen, Vice President | Jen McCormick, Co-Secretary | Clare Kealy, Co-Secretary | Brita Willis, Co-Treasurer | Lorraine Sawicki, Co-Treasurer | Leeann Huntington, Sara Fenzl and Allison Broadgate, Fundraising Chairs | Janie Booth and Tammy Shorr, Volunteer Coordinators| Kelli Hessler and Brenda Mullins, Membership Chairs| Jean Charette, Yvonne Roberts and Diana Fryc, Legislative Chairs| Nelly Goodnoe and Sam Fogg, Members at Large | Anne Aliverti and Jessica Dolan, Teacher Representatives| Charmaine Marshall, Principal| Melissa Somoza , Assistant Principal

Welcome and PTSA Goals for 2018-2019, Kim Love and Whitney Griesbach

Approval of Last Meeting’s Minutes, Kim Love
Minutes approved

Treasurer’s Annual Re-cap Report, Brita Willis
Report read, no changes

Re-present our 2018-2019 Budget, Lorraine Sawicki

School Supplies Review 2018, Kim Love

Principal’s Update, Charmaine Marshall

  • 557 student census
  • All positions remain intact
  • New K teacher
  • Sub hired for Alphin for year;
  • Numbers are lower for enrollment at Seattle schools- raises would have impacted number of teachers
  • Miss Geist receiving a 0.25 increase in time
  • Mrs. Whipple is full time for art
  • Full-time counselor in place

Committee Reports:

  1. Fundraising-
    • Annual campaign moved exclusively online through Giving Fuel
    • Brycentennial: 100% classroom participating = pizza party; kids will get a rubber bracelet;
    • Launches October 15th; sign up sheet for parents to speak/motivate at lunch for campaign
  2. Membership
    • Online option for sign-up available;
    • Goal to get 100% participation
    • Sponsorship given to 10-15 teachers
  3. Volunteers-
    • Volunteer request is doubled up this year; 120 volunteers at district level and 45 at school level
    • Tammy Shorr proposed a motion of $210 for volunteers that have not been WA residents for 3 years (Ann Sonnen seconded it)—Motion passed.
    • 2 Volunteer Orientations will be held first week of October– evening one includes social outing after orientation
    • Tammy Shorr proposed a motion that $1,000 be added to the budget for community engagement activities (Ann Sonnen seconded it)—motion passed
  4. Legislative-
    • State PSA survey requests 25 survey responses from Bryant
    • Jean Charette requests everyone respond to the survey by October 1st;
    • “Equity in Education” – suggests sponsoring another PTSA—will include in a future agenda, already have $4K earmarked for another PTSA from school supplies overage; name of school we sponsor will remain confidential
  5. Teacher Representative-
    • Back to Bryant event was successful; kids are taking good care of supplies; first year that specialists were given supplies

 

New Business:

Present New Standing Rules –

  • Shared modifications
  • Added board position: “Family Engagement Chair”
  • End of year reimbursements deadline to be pushed later

Request Additional Playground Supervisor

  • Ms. Marshall requests an additional 4 hours on top of 32.5 hrs/wk ($2,300);
  • Nelly Goodnoe motions adding 4 hours/wk for playground supervision—Brita Willis seconds the motion
  • Motion approved

Board HIP Packing Party

  • Another school would like to partner with us for a board packing party

eScrip Fundraising Update

  • iGive is new platform for site shopping that gives a percentage to PTSA
  • 49 PCC cards have been sold
  • PCC has changed their minimum from $10 to $50, plan to purchase fewer cards

Laser-

  • Each month a Laser team leader will be joining our PTSA meetings
  • Any parents can use LASER for Parent Nights and Curriculum Night ($15) even if they don’t have a student in LASER
  • LASER rep requests a standing spot on the agenda
  • Our board is welcome to attend their board meeting (2nd Thursday of the month) in the Laser room
  • Currently 50 students on the wait list with plan to decrease
  • Early dismissal on Wednesdays increased demand
  • 165 students attend LASER

Adjournment

Tues Oct 16: Celebrate National School Lunch Week by dining with your student

Parents/Guardians are invited to join their studnets on Tuesday, October 16th in the Bryant Cafeteria during lunch hours (11am – 12:40pm) for a breakfast for lunch menu. Please join only during the time your child is having lunch due to limited occupancy. Parents/Guardians are not required to purchase a lunch but if you are, bring cash to pay (kids $3, adults $4.75).

Lunch times:
K – 11am – 11:20am
1st – 11:25am – 11:45am
2nd & 3rd – 11:50am – 12:10pm
4th & 5th – 12:15pm – 12:35pm

Thanks, hope to see everyone around. For more information, please contact Corrine Collins Nutrition Manager.

 

Family Movie Night: Friday, October 19

Friday, October 19
Doors open at 6pm, Movie starts at 6:30pm
Movie is FREE, but bring cash for concessions!

All Bryant families are invited to join us for a movie screening in the Bryant cafeteria. We can’t post the name of the movie online, but let’s just say you’ll be in the company of monsters! Bring a clean blanket for kids to sit on the floor, and dress up as your cuddliest monster (if you want!). We’ll have hot dogs, popcorn, baked goods and candy for sale to support next year’s 5th Grade Islandwood experience. Kids do need an adult to attend with them. There will also be a door prize drawing, courtesy of the Annual Campaign. 

VOLUNTEERS:
Fourth graders and parents are encouraged to sign up for bringing goodies and working shifts the night of the movie.  Check out the Sign Up Genius!

Your Voice Matters! Tell us what issues are most important to you.

Take the Washington State PTA online survey now to help PTSA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues for the upcoming WA State PTA 2019-2020 Legislative Short-term platform.  Vote on issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students:

  • School Meals
  • Closing the Gaps to Pre-school
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Teacher Shortages
  • Gun Safety and more…..

The survey is open now through October 5th. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with Bryant PTSA.

Questions: Contact one of Bryant’s legislative co-chairs: Jean Charette, Diana Fryc, or Yvonne Humenay Roberts

Thank you!

Because of your prompt payment, we have collected all the fees needed to give our kids and teachers the learning supplies for the school year.

We purchased over $21,000 in supplies for the start of the school year and will purchase an additional $7,000 over the next 10 months. With the amazing efforts of volunteers who came in before the start of school, we delivered more than 5 pallets of supplies to homeroom classrooms and specialty rooms like the library, gym, and music.

You helped purchase 12,182 pencils, 3,492 glue sticks, 1,220 pink erasers, 940 white board markers, 585 boxes of Kleenex, 572 sharpies and so much more for our kids.

You also raised $3,900 for a Seattle school in need. The school, without a PTSA, has a substantial free and reduced lunch population of 73% and is grateful for this unexpected help. Once they receive the donation and have the opportunity to put it to good use, we will send out an update on how you helped this school and its kids to have a better school year.  You still have an opportunity to donate, please visit our payment website to support Seattle students in need.

Family Arts Night needs volunteer leads!

Family Arts Night is a favorite event at Bryant: each April, students get to showcase their skills in a series of art projects including a T-shirt screen-printing station where students can screen the event logo on their own T-shirt. We are looking for 2 co-leaders for this event as well. Volunteers helping to organize these events will have the support and mentorship of the Bryant Arts Committee.

Please contact Kristin Zwiers with your interest!