Send supportive words & donations to our friends at Sand Point Elementary

Card-making and donation station 
7:35-7:55 a.m. Wednesday, June 21
Bryant schoolyard
Accepting donations of Safeway gift cards,
and checks made out to Sand Point Elementary PTA

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard by now about Charleena Lyles’ fatal shooting at her home in Magnuson Park. The Sand Point Elementary (SPE) community is asking for support for their students living at Magnuson Park’s Solid Ground Housing (Brettler), many of whom lived near Charleena’s family and witnessed her violent death as well the traumatic events that followed.

You may have seen a list of supplies circulating to support the SPE community while they recover, and the well-meaning response has the potential to be overwhelming. Chandra Hampson, SPE PTA Community Engagement Chair, is working with the family and the community, and asks that donations of Safeway gift cards and straight monetary donations be made out to Sand Point Elementary PTA so they can determine the best way to support their students and families.

Please join the Bryant community tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, at morning drop-off to show support for Sand Point Elementary. We’ll be making cards and sending words of love and support. You can also drop off monetary or gift card donations. If you’re unable to join us but would like to help, you can send your donation through kid mail (checks should be made out to Sand Point Elementary PTA) in an envelope marked ‘Bryant PTSA.’

There may also be ways to help support Charleena’s family and community throughout the summer. We’ll keep you posted through the Big List as we get a clearer picture of their needs.

If you’re struggling with ways to help your child deal with community violence, the website Look Through Their Eyes is a thoughtful resource.

Bike Month 2017 by the numbers!

Bike Month has wrapped up, and Bike2Bryant would like to thank all students and their parents who got pedaling in May. Here are some amazing stats on Bryant’s awesome pedal-power:

  • 94 people logged at least 1 bike trip in May
  • In total, they made 1159 roundtrips.
  • This amounted to roughly 2000 miles — which would get you past the Arctic Circle or to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
  • All that bike riding took 392 hours, or 16 days.
  • 2 students each biked 100 miles in May – not even the Bike Fairy is sure she biked that much!
  • Ms. Kearney’s class won the Crank Arm trophy for class with the most trips.
  • 28 students rode their bikes everyday – Congratulations to Tyson A., Sonja A., Sebio A., Naomi B., Walter B., Eleanor B., Maggie B., Milo C., Charlotte C., Gianina D., Rian F., Tristan F., Emma F., Ian F., Jackson H., Evan J., Jojo J., Madeleine M., Olympia L., Murrow L., Nicolas L., Vivienne L., Orli P., Ramona S., Diadora S., Sydney W., Pola Z., and Zoja Z.

We are proud of all of our Bryant bikers, and thank them and their parents for continuing the Bike Month tradition at Bryant. Keep on pedaling in the summer, and we’ll see you in the fall with Walk to School programming!

Field Day volunteers needed

Come join the fun at Bryant Field Day on Friday, June 17th! Volunteers are needed to help with events for K-2nd grade from 8-10 a.m., and 3rd-5th grade from Noon-2 p.m.

If you’re not able to attend Field Day, but would still like to help, we also need families to fill water balloons (provided), donate sidewalk chalk, and loan large plastic tubs.

***Please complete the SPS volunteer requirements if you wish to volunteer for Field Day. Find the volunteer forms and links on-line or pick them up outside the Bryant office. All volunteers receive an email confirmation once they are approved. Questions about volunteer requirements? Please contact Ann Marie Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator.

Please feel free to contact Julie Matz or Erin Johnson for more information or questions regarding Field Day.

Writers’ Celebration bookmark contest results

The bookmark contest judges would like to thank all of the kids who submitted entries this year. We enjoyed the range of interesting books depicted and all of the terrific art that was submitted. It was very hard to choose.

Here are the Bryant artists whose bookmarks you will were featured at Writers’ Celebration this year:

  • Finley S. (Kindergarten, Mr. Jones)
    Alex X. (Kindergarten, Mr. Gallagher)
  • Amelie S. (1st, Ms. Alphin)
    Jonah F. (1st, Ms. Eeds)
  • Avaani K. (2nd, Ms. Walquist)
    Sonia S. (2nd, Ms. Walquist)
  • Abby F. (3rd, Ms. Bernard)
    Alagna P. (3rd, Ms. Bodine)
  • Mila M. (4th Ms. James)
    Finn C. (4th, Ms. Kearney)
  • Suzannah C. (5th, Mr. Arango)
    Talia F. (5th, Mr. Arango)

Congratulations! If anybody wants to retrieve the original copy of their submission, please contact Rachel Gleeson.

Can you make a plant ID chart?

We need a volunteer to make a plant identification chart with photographs of plants and weeds in our Learning Landscape. The chart would need to list common invasive weeds in one section and native plants that need to stay in our Learning Landscape in another section.

Having this chart would make it easier for classes to come out into the Learning Landscape, and for volunteers who would like to work in the Learning Landscape on their own schedule but want clarity about what can stay and what should go.

If this volunteer opportunity is of interest to you please contact Sam Fogg and Pamela Kuhtz.

Come Blast on Saturday!

It’s finally here! Rain or shine, we’ll be Blasting on Saturday, noon-4pm! Bring all your family and friends for a fun day of games and activities inside and out. And come hungry! We’ll be serving up banh mi and hotdogs, as well as all your favorite carnival goodies!

Some of the highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Beat the Bucket featuring our 5th Graders
  • Ropeworks jump rope demonstrations and workshops
  • Pony Rides
  • Cake Walk
  • Raffle Baskets
  • and so much more!

Celebrate Bike to School Day on Wed, May 10

Make plans to get up early on Wednesday, May 10 for a Bike to School Day celebration. Gather at Top Pot on 35th Ave NE in Wedgwood after 7 a.m. for free donuts and coffee, then at 7:30 a.m. we’ll ride to school together. This will be a parent-escorted event; kids must come with a parent.

If you want to a peek at the fun we’ll be having, check out footage here and here from the 2013 ride with the SPS Superintendent!