Thank you PTSA and Bryant Community Members!

Dear PTSA and Bryant Community Members,

As the school year draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and dedication. This year has been filled with incredible achievements and memorable events, all made possible by the collective efforts of our wonderful community and volunteers. From successful fundraisers to enriching programs and community events, your involvement has been the cornerstone of our success. We are immensely proud of what we have accomplished together and deeply appreciative of the time, energy, and resources you have generously contributed. Your commitment has not only enhanced our children’s educational experiences but has also fostered a strong sense of community within our school.

As we say goodbye to this school year, we also bid farewell to our roles as PTSA Presidents. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside such passionate and dedicated parents, caregivers, teachers, staff and Principal Marshall. We are confident that the incoming leadership will continue to build on the foundation we have laid. Thank you once again for your incredible support and for making this year truly unforgettable. We look forward to seeing all the great things that the future holds for our PTSA and our school community. Wishing you all a restful and joyful summer break!

Warmest regards,

Mary Strazer and Carrie Lee

(2024 Bryant PTSA Co-Presidents)

2024 Bryant Elementary Volunteer Awards

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s PTSA Volunteer Awards! Congratulations to Maureen (Mo) Bhak and Renee Leong for receiving the Golden Acorn Awards, Amy Piper for being honored with the Volunteer Extraordinaire Award, Nina Mettler for the Unsung Hero Award, and the Arts Committee for winning the Committee with the Most-est Award. These outstanding individuals and groups have demonstrated exceptional dedication, hard work, and passion in their volunteer efforts, significantly enriching our school community. We extend our deepest gratitude to all our volunteers for your tireless efforts and unwavering support. Your contributions have made this year a tremendous success, and we are truly thankful for the positive impact you have made on our students and families. Stay tuned, we’ll announce our final Golden Acorn award for outstanding service by a Bryant teacher or staff member by the end of the week.

Please read below for a list of volunteer award nominees and their remarkable contributions and accolades.

Maureen Bhak – I’m not sure how she does it, but Maureen has successfully coordinated and implemented countless successful programs at Bryant. She has helped to raise money for Bryant, organized memorable events that kids and families look forward to every year, and has helped create such a strong sense of community for Bryant families. Her profound impact on Bryant Elementary is beyond words.”

Renee Leong is quietly working behind the scenes to facilitate and make so many major efforts happen, including after school enrichment (ASE), the Bryant Blast, Bike and Walk to Bryant, and coordinating school supplies. So many important activities and functions would not happen without Renee. She is incredibly kind and generous with her time. I feel fortunate that she is part of our community, and she inspires me to ask more of myself.”

Amy Piper – As the ‘camera lady,” Amy has documented ALL of our children’s activities and accomplishments for them and us to remember. She has braved storms, offered up countless evenings and weekends, and literally crossed streams and waded lakes to capture our kids in their finest moments–and she has done so for the past [I’m not sure, but 10+ years?] without being asked, behind the scenes. With this being her last year at Bryant (the yearbook will never be the same!), she would be a well-deserved recipient of this award.”

Nina Mettler for the Unsung Hero Award in recognition of her exceptional work in coordinating the Families in Need program. Nina’s outstanding leadership and unwavering dedication have been pivotal in providing vital support to numerous families within our community. Her compassionate approach, organizational skills, and tireless efforts have ensured that essential resources and assistance reach those who need them most.”

Maya Narayanan and Renee Leong for leading the Bryant Blast this year and thanks to Christy Hunt and Jennifer Hickey for coordinating the volunteers for the Blast!”

The entire PTSA board: You all put in so much time and effort into this school and community. So much would not happen without you all! Thank you Mary Strazer and Carrie Lee! (Co-presidents), David McKnight and Rachel Jiang (treasurers), Tiffany Courtnage & Jennifer Song (Co-Secretaries), Anna Bonnett (Member at large), Steve Lerer and Hana Dushek (Volunteer Coordinators), Matt & Micheal (Fundraising), and everyone else on the PTSA who does so, so, so much for Bryant!!! THANKS a million!”

All committees! – The Blast, Fundraisers, Treasurers, Board Members, Art, Chess Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Writers Celebration, ASE, Walk/Bike to School, Families In Need, Field Day, Play, Science Fair, Directory, Multicultural Night, Yearbook, School Supplies, Boo Bash, Operations, Communications, Garden Buddies, Running Club and Teacher/Staff Appreciation. Thank you all for leading these efforts and helping sustain the Bryant community!”

Thank you to these individuals and committees who were nominated: Marina Goland, Christy Hunt, Amanda Allegre, Hana Dushek, Erin Schedler, Vanya Uzelac, David McKnight, Mary Strazer, Sarah Blake, Carrie Lee, Tiffany Courtnage, Brittany Fullton, Michael Polin, Marika VanderSmith, Eliza Peoples, Dina Jardine and Caitlin Hein, the Bryant Blast Committee and classroom parents.

Bryant Blast – Volunteers Needed

Pre-order Tickets

Save time and purchase your tickets now for $0.50 each at https://bryantptsa.givingfuel.com/bryantblast.  Tickets can be picked up afterschool. Email to follow with details.

Volunteers Needed
We need you to join our team of volunteers to make this fun-filled day a success! Over 250 volunteers are needed to ensure all games, activities, and food concessions can operate.

The Blast‘s SignUp Genius site is open and ready for your support. Sign-up for your preferred volunteer job and time slot. The Blast loves older siblings too! Bryant Alums, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors all welcome. No SPS clearance required.

And if you love to bake… the cake raffle is back for this year’s Bryant Blast on Saturday, May 4. Please Sign up now to donate. Have fun, be creative, and bake or buy from the store. Items can be brought to the cafeteria the morning of the Blast, Saturday, May 4. 

Questions? Contact us at bryantblastvolunteerchairs@gmail.com

Bryant Blast Tickets Available for Pre-Sale

Pricing for Bryant Blast | Admission is Free - Tickets for games and activities are 50 cents and range from 2-10 tickets each.

Admission is Free!

 

Pre-Sale for tickets is going on now through May 3rd.  Pick up pre-orders after school on Thursday and Friday before the Blast.  Or pick up the day of the Blast at the East Gate will call.

Raffle Basket Tickets will be available for purchase in the cafeteria on May 4th.  

WHAT’S THERE TO DO?

Outside:  gaga ball, glitter tattoos, face painting, and MORE!

Entertainment: World Champion Jump Roper, Alpha Martial Arts Demo, Eckstein Jazz Band

Inside: Carnival Games, Cake Raffle, Raffle baskets, and MORE!

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

We Blast regardless of the weather.  Dress for the rain, sun, heat, and cold!

Questions?  Please email blast@bryantschool.org

2024 Bryant Family Art Night

2024 Bryant Family Art Night: Wild About the Arts - Thursday, April 25

 

Family Art Night (FAN)

April 25, 2024, 6-8 pm

 

Family Art Night (FAN) is a beloved Bryant PTSA event which began in 2014. Our theme this year is Wild About the Arts. This free event will take place on Thursday, April 25, from 6-8 pm at the school.

Our goal is to promote the arts in the Bryant community through the exhibition of students’ artwork in the halls, art activities in the gym and cafeteria, and a performance on stage.

  • Have fun exploring the variety of art activity tables in the gym and cafeteria!
  • Explore the student artwork on display in the hallways and art room. Complete a Bingo sheet to get a prize.
  • Peek into the art and music classrooms from 6-6:30 pm.
  • Make art with Bryant’s art teacher, Ms. Kristen, and Artists-in-Residence, Ms. Elaine and Ms. Kari, as well as guest teaching artists.
  • Enjoy listening to the Bryant choir perform on stage at 7 pm.
  • Take silly pictures in the photo booth area.
  • Stop by the refreshment table for free snacks and lemonade.

All students and parents are invited to showcase their artistic talents in the Creative Creations Gallery.
 
VOLUNTEER
We are looking for 5th graders, older students, and parent volunteers to help at Family Art Night. Signup for a shift here.