2019-2020 End of Year Letter from the PTSA Board

Dear Bryant Community, 

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to express our immense gratitude to each individual in our Bryant community for supporting one another in this extraordinary year. We miss seeing you in person and look forward to reuniting in the future. We’d like to recognize our many leaders and volunteers for their great contributions and accomplishments in Bryant’s 2019-2020 year. 

First, we’d like to recognize our students who have been engaged all year in learning, helping and growing both at school and at home. We want to thank the parents, grandparents, siblings and other extended family who are supporting our students’ learning from home. Your commitment is an awesome inspiration.

Thank you to the Bryant Administration and Staff for creating memorable experiences for our community, including Multi-Cultural Night, the Bryant Misses You video, Bryant Parade, Fifth Grade graduation. We recognize all the ways that you’ve engaged our students and families and shown such resilience in difficult times.

Thank you to the many donors who have supported our successful fundraising programs, including the Annual campaign, Supplies campaign, silent Auction, and the Hunger Intervention and Hunger Prevention programs. We’re especially appreciative of your generous support of local schools in need via the September supplies campaign and the spring Hunger Prevention program. The Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) continued throughout the year with monthly grade-level food drives, and virtual fundraising after the building closure. And the Families in Need (FIN) program at Bryant continued to receive generous support from the annual PTSA budget. Thank you to the leaders of each of these vital fundraising and support programs.

Bryant has a long tradition of amazing volunteerism and community leadership. We want to recognize our PTSA board, committee chairs and leaders, and especially our individual volunteers. You create the rich community that we cherish. This year saw the formation of an Equity and Inclusion Committee in the Bryant PTSA to further inclusion and belonging for all families at Bryant by recognizing and celebrating our community’s diversity and addressing the needs of those furthest from educational justice. The PTSA was proud to pass an Equity resolution to declare the aspiration of equity to be core to its values, purpose and action and to put equity at the center of our endeavors, partnerships and collaborations. Our Advocacy chairs hosted a Meet Your Politicians event, including an unprecedented seven state, city and district political representatives at Bryant. There was a renewed commitment to Community Service this year, with families participating in multiple events, including the MLK Day of Service hygiene kit event. We also saw the introduction of new community building events and the continuation of the community speaker series. All of this wouldn’t be possible without our communications platform and team, including Facebook, the Weekly and BryantSchool.org. Thank you to the leaders and volunteers in these Equity, Advocacy, Community Service, Community Engagement and Communications roles.

We’ve been so inspired by the entire community’s continued commitment to our students and our school. As we look forward to next year, we will be working with the Administration toward a smooth transition in the fall. We wish you all a safe and healthy summer.

2019-2020 Bryant PTSA Board

Join us for the last PTSA General Meeting of the 2019-2020 School Year

All are welcome to attend our Last PTSA General Meeting of the 2019-2020 School Year on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 pm!

The virtual event will begin with Volunteer Awards then followed by the General Meeting. The agenda includes voting in our 2020-2021 Board and Reviewing and Approving the 2020-2021 Budget.

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Lunar New Year Assembly – February 14th

Dearborn Dance Troupe performing Lunar New Year celebration
Dearborn Park International Music & Dance Troupe performing Lunar New Year celebration

Please save-the-date for a special guest performance assembly by Dearborn Park International Music & Dance Troupe on Friday, February 14th from 10:00-10:45 AM before we leave for Midwinter Break. Dearborn Park will be performing their Lunar New Year Celebration program for Bryant students. Their Lunar New Year Celebration performances include the traditional folk dances, as well as trending pop from areas all around Asia including China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. The dance styles will range from Wushu Style Shaolin Kungfu, K-Pop, Breakdance, Acrobatics to the traditional Chinese-Vietnamese Lion and Dragon dances. The purpose of the performance is to celebrate the Asian culture surrounding the Lunar New Year along with the differences that each culture has towards the holiday.

We hope you can join us!

Thank you,

Michaela Koerner Storkman

K-5 Music Specialist

Resolve to Volunteer in 2020! January Volunteer Info Sessions

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Bryant. We’ll discuss both classroom and PTSA opportunities. Bring your questions and specific volunteer interests. We’ll also discuss SPS volunteer requirements and the volunteer application. Lots of great volunteer opportunities coming up in 2020 with the Online Auction, Bryant Blast, Writer’s Celebration and Field Day.

I’ll meet you in the Bryant lobby at 7:50 a.m. and we’ll go to my office. Sessions will last about 45 minutes.

  • Wednesday, January 22
  • Tuesday, January 28

If none of these days/times work for your schedule, please email me to arrange a time to meet. I’m available in the mornings, Monday-Thursday. 

I look forward to meeting you!
Ann Marie Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator
ampatterson@seattleschools.org

Volunteers Needed – Roller Skating in PE

From Mr. Adams – Health & P.E. Specialist

We are roller skating in my PE classes in the gym, January 13-31. Students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own helmets and/or skates/rollerblades . They will need to mark their equipment with their names before they bring it to PE. Student helmets and skates cannot be left in the gym.

Parent volunteers are especially needed to help with Kindergarten-1st grade classes from 12:15-2:25 p.m. 

We are looking for anyone that would like to donate Small or X-Small Helmets ( new or used) to the P.E. department at Bryant Elementary. 

Thank you for your support.