Seussical News–Week 1

Greetings Seussical parents!

This is your first installment of our weekly newsletter. Please read all of it. This is how we will communicate important news for the coming week.
Monday’s rehearsal is for both cast and crew, and from here on out, cast and crew are expected to be at every Monday and Thursday rehearsal. Everyone should bring their script (crew will get theirs on Monday, performers got theirs last Thursday), a pencil, and a water bottle. There is no formal snack break. Please make sure your students are fed before rehearsal. 
Rehearsal Attendance Please try to avoid your student missing rehearsals. However, we know kids get sick and we know that there are some upcoming conflicts for the 5th graders. Seattle Performers staff will take roll at the start of rehearsal and names of those absent will be given to parent chaperones. We will call you if we didn’t hear from you about your student being out. Please remember to email as soon as you know that your student will miss a rehearsal. 
If your 5th Grader is going to be playing at the Eckstein band concert on January 23rd, please let us know. If it works for your musician to be at rehearsal before or after (depending on how long the concert goes) please consider allowing them to attend part of rehearsal. 
We will assume all 5th graders will be attending the Eckstein open house on January 30th, so there is no need to email us about that absence. 
Rehearsal Check Out: No parent let indicated that their child should be met in the lunchroom and formally checked-out of rehearsal. Because there is no formal check-out process, please make sure your kiddos know where to meet you/ who is picking them up/ what they are supposed to do after rehearsal. 
THANK YOU PARENTS!  All current slots for rehearsal chaperones are filled. Who’s the best? You are. Don’t worry, if you didn’t get to sign up, we will have more opportunities coming up. 
Rehearsal Chaperones: 
  • Timing is everything—  Please be in the lunch room a little before 6:00pm. Check in with Seattle’s Performers staff. Plan to stay until all students have been picked up. Hopefully this will be shortly after 8:00pm (PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR KIDS). Seattle’s Performers staff are not responsible for the kids after 8:00pm and will not be staying on site after that. 
  • Chaperones, it is your responsibility to stay with any stragglers until they find their grown up. We recommend one chaperone waiting in the lunchroom and the other 2 leaving out of separate doors (playground door and front doors) with an eye for lost children. If you see kids who aren’t with a grown up or don’t know where they are supposed to be, send them back into the lunchroom and the third chaperone waiting there can help problem solve. 
  • Absent students— Please come to rehearsal with your cell phone (if you don’t have one, email us and we can problem solve). After Seattle Performers staff call role they will give you the names of those who are absent. Please text these names to Liza on Mondays 206.240.4818 and Traci on Thursdays 206.816.2362. That’s all! We will text you back only if there is follow up. 
  • All of this info is in the attached hand out.
Bryant Play Webpage: The webpage is up and running for Seussical! This is a handy one stop shop for all your Seussical needs. These newsletters will be posted there, so no need to sift through your email– just bookmark this webpage! You can also find such hits as: Suessical rehearsal calendar, play fee payment link, Sign Up Genius link, link to vocals and more! 
Email with questions, 
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Seussical News. 

Seussical Rehearsal Sign Up!

Greetings Seussical parents!
Please click on the Seussical Sign Up Genius to volunteer for rehearsal chaperoning. We need 3 parents each rehearsal, one to be with each cast as they rehearse and one with the crew. We need you from 5:55 until 8:10 (or until all students have been picked up and are out of the building), unless otherwise noted in the sign up genius. 
We very literally cannot do this without you, as the SPS required adult/student ratio is not adequate with only Seattle’s Performers’ staff. Sign up early and often! As a reminder, your student’s ability to participate in this extracurricular activity depends on each family committing to at least 5 volunteer hours– which works out to about 2 rehearsals. Can’t make the rehearsal times work with your schedule? Never fear! There will be more opportunities to volunteer as we go along, and we will add those to the Sign Up Genius and notify you via email. 

Dec 4: Important Bryant School Play info and action items!

Please read this email carefully and in it’s entirety. In order for your student to participate in the Bryant School Play, Seussical, we need 3 things from you in the next 2 weeks:

  1. Please fill out this google form by December 8 with all the info the we and the Seattle Performers’ staff will need for your child to participate.
  2. The first casting workshop and crew meeting is on Monday, December 9th from 6-8 in the lunchroom. There is a second workshop for only performers (no crew) on Thursday December 12, also 6-8 in the lunchroom. These are mandatory workshops when students will work with Seattle Performers staff playing games, singing, and dancing so that they can cast the show. Also on Monday December 9th, following drop off of your students in the lunch room at 6pm there is a mandatory parent meeting in the library. You will get all the info for what it means for your child to participate in the school play and have an opportunity to get your questions answered.
  3. Stay tuned for a link to the website where you can pay the fee. The fee is $195. This helps to cover one script for each student; the fee to Seattle Performers to hire a producer, directors, technical director, and other production staff; materials to build the set and props; rental of AV equipment; materials for costumes; renting the play practice and performance space within Bryant Elementary, renting production equipment, and printing the program. Also included with this enrollment fee is a t-shirt for your child and a quarter page ad in the play program.

If you cannot swing the entire fee, we will accept whatever you can pay. We do not want the fee to be a barrier for any students’ participation.

THANK YOU! Bryant Annual Campaign Reaches 92%

Because of you, Bryant students will benefit from growth and enrichment activities, services and support. Because of you, Bryant students will participate in activities like art and music in classrooms, expanding education beyond math, science, and reading. Because of you, teachers will receive extra support through classroom supplies, academic specialists and tutors. Because of you, kids will get the early intervention necessary and allow classroom teachers to focus on the class and provide each student the attention needed to succeed in school.

Thank you for supporting teacher assessment time, field trips, educational enrichment and so much more. You make Bryant Elementary better. Bryant has educated kids in our community for more than 100 years. By supporting the Annual Campaign, you are developing a generation of leaders, community members, and future philanthropists. 

Thank you!