2016-17 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are at 7pm in the Bryant Library unless otherwise noted. (Dates in bold are General Meetings)

September 13, 2016
Minutes | Budget | 2015-16 Treasurer recap

October 11, 2016
MinutesBudget

November 8, 2016
Minutes | Budget

December 12, 2016
Minutes | BudgetBell Times info | Paramount Duty Handout | Resolution to support Seattle PTSA
Speaker Emily Cherkin: Raising Kids and Finding Balance in a Digitally Connected World
Powerpoint | Handout

January 10, 2017
Minutes | Budget

February 14, 2017
Minutes | Budget

March 14, 2017
Minutes | Budget

April 4, 2017
Minutes | Budget

May 9, 2017
Minutes | Proposed Budget for 2017-18

June 13, 2017
Minutes | Budget for 2017-18

Bryant’s PTSA Parent Speaker Series: The Anxiety Dance

Thanks to those of you who made it out to our latest speaker event on Tuesday. Chris McCurry shared the possible origins of anxiety in our kids and techniques for recognizing and coping with it. If you missed it (or your notes are incomplete!) download some of his information here.

Books for parents and kids
Breathing Exercises Handout
Validation Handout

The Anxiety Dance
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm
Bryant Library

Noted expert Chris McCurry, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist in private practice at Associates in Behavior and Child Development, Inc. in Seattle. He is the author of Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance published by New Harbinger.

Chris will discuss:

  • The origins of child anxiety in biological factors (temperament, brain development) and early experiences, especially social experiences.
  • The ways a child’s fearful and anxious behaviors function to communicate distress and compel the parent to come to the child’s rescue.
  • Strategies for making this process or “dance” work better: clearer communication, mutual respect and cooperation, better problem solving and coping.
  • When to start the conversation.

** LASER will be providing babysitting from 6:45 – 9:15 pm – $10 per kid **
Minimum of 10 kids is required. Sign up for LASER babysitting here.

5th Grade Science Fair – Volunteer Support Needed

In just a few short weeks we will be kicking off our 5th Grade Science Fair program! We are looking for volunteers to support this longstanding program. The 5th Grade Science Fair is an in-class program that links small groups of students with UW scientist mentors to develop and conduct an experiment.

Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

  • Photograph experiments and groups
  • Providing in-class support for our UW Scientist Mentors
  • Gathering students from classrooms to participate in experiments. Collect extra supplies from science fair closet.

*Fridays, January 13 thru March 3 from 12:45 to 1:45pm
See link to sign up: 5th Grade Science Fair Support for ANY dates you are available. Read more

Parents, we need cool stuff for our online auction!

Bryant’s online auction, which in the past was held in conjunction with the Bryant Blast, is moving to March this school year. It will be its own stand-alone event (online, of course), and we need your help to make it a success.

Right now, we’re asking for donations of auction items. What could you give? Who do you know who could give something awesome? Here are some examples of things we’re looking for:

  • Seahawks, Sounders or Mariners tickets
  • Gift cards to local restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Ski lift tickets
  • Vacation rentals
  • Unique experiences (tour a TV station, create and name a burger at a local cafe, etc.)
  • Parent parties (wine tasting, family street party, etc.) The sky’s the limit with this one!
  • Shopping and retail gift cards
  • Movie and theater tickets

The list goes on! We’re asking you to be creative and help us fill the auction with things our community will chomp at the bit to bid on — all in support of our amazing school. The deadline for auction item submissions is Feb. 1.

Questions? Ready to donate? Get in touch with us. Thank you!

Introducing Bryant’s PTSA Parent Speaker Series!

As parents we share many of the same concerns. When do we cut off screen time? How do we broach the dreaded sex talk? What can we do we ease our kids’ test taking anxieties? We’re all figuring it out but it would be great to add some tools to our parenting skill sets.

We’re excited to announce the Bryant PTSA 2016-2017 Speaker Series. We will be hosting 3 expert speakers on these parenting topics at PTSA meetings this year to support you! First up, families and technology.

Raising Kids and Finding Balance in a Digitally Connected World
Monday, December 12th at 7 pm
Please welcome our very own Emily Cherkin, a Bryant parent, parent educator and academic coach, to December’s PTSA meeting. Emily will use recent data to help us develop realistic goals for our kids (and ourselves!), and find better balance in our lives when it comes to screens and technology. We’ll discuss:

★ Raising your “Digital Natives” (and what that means)
★ Current research on screen use for kids and teens
★ The impact of screens and technology on brain development
★ The pull of screens and technology for kids AND adults
★ Tools and resources for creating a balanced “tech-positive” family environment

**LASER will be providing babysitting from 6:45 – 9:15pm – $10 per kid**
Sign up for LASER babysitting @ laserchildcare.org.

Congrats to all 2016 Reflections winners & prticipants!

Congratulations to all Bryant students who submitted to Reflections this year. FIFTY entries were received in photography, dance, literature, and visual arts. What a display of creativity, talent and hard work!

The judges’ decision was difficult, but they did select 12 finalists to move on to the city-level competition. Finalists’ work will be on public display at the Seattle Center Armory (balcony), 305 Harrison Street from Dec 4 – Jan 8. Read more

Reflections submissions due Nov 10!

There’s still time to submit one or more entries to Reflections! Kids can create a collage, write a story or poem, paint or draw a picture, choreograph a dance, take a photograph, create a computer-generated image – almost anything that the theme, “What Is Your Story” inspires them to think up. Several Bryant submissions will be selected for entry at City level. ALL entries will be displayed in our hallway for Family Art Night. Make sure to help your kids understand the requirements for each category and for packaging their entries.

VISUAL ARTMUSIC COMPOSITIONLITERATUREPHOTOGRAPHY • DANCE CHOREOGRAPHYFILMSPECIAL ARTIST

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