*NEW TIMES Prefunk the Bryant Way!

*Sorry for the back and forth on the timing. With the teachers’ union and district reaching a tentative agreement, and the SEA membership having its vote next Saturday, Tuesday afternoon is now open for the 1st-5th grade Back to Bryant event at its original time, with Kindergarten classes open on Friday.

1st-5th GRADES
Tues, Sept 4
3-4pm in the classroom
Lemonade and Bryant photo-booth: 3-5pm on the school yard
 
KINDERGARTEN
Fri, Sept 7
1:15-2:15pm in the classrooms
Lemonade and Bryant photo-booth: 2-3pm on the school yard
 
New this year… Ease back into the school year with a visit the day before classes start! Check out your new classroom, establish a nickname with your new teacher, and find the best spots in your new homeroom at this is a casual re-entry to the year. No need to bring anything other than yourself.
 
When you’ve had enough classroom time, come join everyone out on the school yard for some lemonade with lavender or rosemary from the garden, and photo booth fun until you’re ready to go home and get prepared for the big day.

New this year… Ease back into the school year with a visit the day before classes start! Check out your new classroom, establish a nickname with your new teacher, and find the best spots in your new homeroom at this is a casual re-entry to the year. No need to bring anything other than yourself.

When you’ve had enough classroom time, come join everyone out on the school yard for some lemonade with lavender or rosemary from the garden, and photo booth fun until you’re ready to go home and get prepared for the big day.

SPS Volunteer Requirements 2018-2019

Bryant parent volunteers who have direct contact with students such as classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, volunteers providing support on the Playground and in the Lunchroom; volunteers providing support in the Computer Lab, Library, Running Club, Math Champs, Chess Club, Art Docents, Room Parents, Writer’s Celebration, Field Day, Bryant Blast, Drama and other activities need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Review the on-line Volunteer Handbook
  2. Review the Volunteer Policy #5630
  3. Complete the on-line Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (one time)  **(17 minutes) Please forward the SPS confirmation email to ampatterson@seattleschools.org
  4. Seattle Public Schools Online Volunteer Application New this year, you can fill out your application online, and submit it for multiple different schools at the same time. Non-English speakers can have the form Google-translated online. You will need a digital copy/photo of your valid government issued ID and confirmation of completion of the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (see item #3). If you prefer, you may provide a paper copy of your valid photo ID to the Bryant office

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Join (or renew) with the Bryant PTSA today!

New this year, join the Bryant PTSA online. Membership is a great way to support the largest volunteer association dedicated to child advocacy and programs benefitting children in Seattle and nationwide.

Top Five Reasons to Join the PTSA:

  1. Build a partnership between our school and our families.
  2. Vote on the Bryant PTSA budget, on resolutions, and for the Bryant PTSA Executive Board.
  3. Help fund PTSA scholarships and grants.
  4. Provide a legislative voice for our children in Olympia and in Washington, D.C.
  5. Get exclusive member discounts at businesses like Great Wolf Lodge, Office Depot, and Kinko’s/Fedex

Your PTSA membership needs to be renewed every year. Hit the ground running this year. Download your membership form today and join one of the strongest PTSA’s in our region. For more information contact the Membership Co-Chairs Kelli Hessler and Brenda Mullins.

Check the lost and found!

Warm weather has finally arrived  in Seattle and students are shedding their coats, and they all ended up in the Bryant Lost and Found! We have over 300 coats in the lost and found. Please come by and claim lost property. All unclaimed items will be donated on June 14th

Time to track your bike trips in May!

The neighborhood is lively with kid bikers, which means that it’s 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. There will be prizes this year for students who bike the most trips in May, for the classroom that has the most trips, and other categories. Remember, if your child is not able to bike to school, you may count other biking trips such as to the library, grocery store, sports practice, etc, and of course, simple pleasure cruises count as well!

Also, remember to make plans to get up early next Wednesday, May 9, for our annual Bike to School Day celebration. Meet at Top Pot in Wedgwood (6855 35th Ave. NE) after 7am for free donuts and coffee, then head to school with your friends and parents. ** This year the Bike Fairy will not lead a parade; instead she will see you off at Top Pot before she heads to another school to spread more Bike to School magic.

Today the Bryant Bike Fairy counted 83 bikes in all (including 2 unicycles!), and caught 7 students riding to school. Way to go!

Questions? Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Bryant PTSA Board resolution: Advocating for Gun Violence Prevention Measures

The Bryant PTSA is joining the Seattle Council PTSA Board and the National PTA in its demands that Washington State and federal governments adopt legislation to accomplish policy goals that would protect our schools and families from gun violence.

 

Approved by the Bryant Elementary PTSA Board on March 13, 2018

Whereas, in the 5 years since the December 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings in America, with at least 1,829 people killed and 6,447 wounded as of February 2018, and more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings; and

Whereas, in the past five years, eight school shootings have occurred in Washington state, four of which resulted in injury or death, and facilities in the Seattle School District, and districts around Washington State, have far too often been the scenes of gun violence and threats of gun violence; and

Whereas, gun violence presents a clear and present danger to the students, parents, educators, paraeducators, administrators, and support staff of the Seattle School District; and

Whereas, more guns result in more homicides, children of color are victims of homicide by firearms at a higher rate than white children in King County,  and our nation is now aware that persons of color are more likely to be wrongfully shot by persons in positions of power, and these facts lead to the conclusion that arming educators could have a disproportionately adverse and lethal impact on students of color;  and

Whereas, the National PTA has advocated for a variety of measures to address gun violence, including mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services, measures to educate students, educators and community members on firearm safety and violence prevention, as well as laws and regulations in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention; and

Whereas, a National School Walkout has been organized for March 14th at 10AM, and a National March for Our Lives will be held by student leaders on March 24th, and both of theseevents are intended to bring attention to this important issue and to demand action from our legislators; and

Whereas, gun violence, and threats of gun violence, in schools undermine the sense of security that all students should have in their learning environments; and

Whereas, we believe that every child deserves to learn in an environment that is safe and to have the opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy adult.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bryant Elementary PTSABoard joins the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, and the WA State and National PTA in its demands that Washington State and federal governments adopt legislation to accomplish the following policy goals:

– Require universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm.
– Re-enact a federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.
– Lift any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence; and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board also supports laws and regulations that would accomplish the following:

– Increase the Federal minimum purchase age to 21 for all long-guns (rifles) to match current federal regulations for handguns.
– Implement Enhanced Background Checks and waiting periods for assault weapons.
– Ban the purchase and sale of any accessories designed to increase a gun’s rate of fire.
– Eliminate private gun sale loopholes.
– Restrict non-Washington state residents from purchasing any firearms in Washington state.
– Require firearm safety training prior to the purchase of a firearm.
– Develop a state registry that allows one to voluntarily opt-out of the ability to purchase a firearm.
– Support prevention, intervention and community re-entry programs that reduce community and gun violence.
– Increase funding for programs and school staffing that support student mental health, social and emotional learning, and bullying.
– Establish safety programs in schools that do not include arming educators or staff; and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board wholly rejects the misguided suggestion by local, state or federal officials, organizations or individuals that it is either desirable or appropriate to arm teachers in schools for any purpose, and supports existing prohibitions of firearms in Seattle schools and will not support any effort to arm educators or staff; and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board supports legislation currently under consideration by the Washington State Legislature that would enact some of the above measures, including, but not limited to, Engrossed Senate Bill 5992, Senate Bill 6620 and House Bill 3004; and

Therefore, be it further resolved that the Bryant ElementaryPTSA Board supports solidarity activities on the National School Walkout scheduled for March 14th and the National March for Our Lives scheduled for March 24th, 2018.