Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – January 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7:05 PM

Attendees: Amy Shanafelt, Nelly Goodnoe, Julie Ohrazda, Jennifer Mahlum, Kim Love, Rachel Schaw, Whitney Griesbach, Kim Larsen, Katie Speizer, Janie Booth, Shelly Prosise, Jean Charrette, Mary-Britt Love, Kate Salisbury, Ann Sonnen, Michelle Ireton, Lauren Abraham, Anne Alverti, Julie Pearson, Dan Sanger, Sam Fogg, Jason Smith, Tiffany Smith, Kevin Orr

Welcome and Introductions Amy Shanafelt & Julie Orhazda

Approve November & December Meeting Minutes -approved with the following correction

  • Potential negative effect if the legislative doesn’t fully fund education would mean loss of positions (teachers, librarians, vice principal, etc.)

7:15-7:25 New Business
Steve Garlid shared feedback from some of the staff about the silent auction. Amy and Julie will schedule a follow-up discussion with Steve & the fundraising chairs to dig in and formulate a recommendation.

7:25 –8:05 Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report (7:25 -7:35) Jennifer Mahlum
    No new update
  2. Legislative Report (7:35-7:45) Shelley Prosise & Jean Charette
    • Shelly & Jean will make postcards available before and after school for those who want to send a letter to their state legislature to demand support for funding the levy.
    • Dan Sanger spoke regarding the potential impact to Bryant
    • There was another vote on bell times. Barring any additional funding, there will continue to be a three tiered system.
  3. Bryant Leadership Team (7:45 –7:55) Amy Shanafelt
    Two areas of focus for the next meeting.

    • Improving communication between the building and home
    • Building culture and reducing student anxiety
  4. Principal’s Report (7:55 -8:05) Dan Sanger
    • Thank you to Amy Shanafelt for building and installing the pedestrian flags
    • Thank you Julie for working with the city to improve some of the traffic flow signage and increase drop off space

Meeting adjourned at 8:15

2017 middle school open houses for incoming students

Nathan Eckstein Middle School
3003 NE 75th St

Thurs, Feb 9, 6 – 8 pm
No RSVP needed
Presentation and Q&A in the auditorium for students and their families.

This will be the only time for incoming students and/or parents to see the school. There will be NO daytime visits scheduled.


Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS)
11051 34th Ave NE

Chat with Principal Montgomery!
Thurs, Feb 16, 9am
(JAMS Cafeteria, sign in at main office)
Thurs, Feb 16, 7pm (Jackson Park House 14396 30th Avenue NE)
Get the answers to your questions you have regarding JAMS and learn how to become more involved in your students learning experience.


Morning Open House and Tour – Adults Only
Date to be rescheduled due to weather
Presentation by Principal Montgomery and Q&A in the Cafeteria for students and their families. JAMS student leaders will then take parents/guardians on a tour of the school. Please RSVP at 206-252-4500.

Evening Open House and Tour – Families and Students
Tues, Feb 7, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Meet in the Auditorium for a brief welcome and then families and students will have a chance to visit classrooms, meet teachers, look at curriculum, and learn more about our programs and classes. No RSVP needed.


Hazel Wolf K-8 Stem School
11530 12th Ave NE

Daytime tours (9-11am):
Wed, Feb 8 • Thurs, Feb 9 • Tues, Feb 14

Evening tours (6:30-8pm):
Thurs, Feb 2 • Wed, Feb 15

ELL Info Night (6-8pm):
Thurs, Feb 9

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.

Ready to donate? Fill out an auction form with your donation and contact information and mail it with the item to the school (or drop it off in the front office). There are also printed forms available in the office.

Questions? Get in touch with us. Thank you!

Resolution demanding that Washington State Legislature fully fund education


Advocating for Extending the “Levy Cliff”[1] AND Amply Funding Basic Education

Adopted by the Bryant Elementary PTSA Board of Directors on Monday, December 12.

Whereas the Washington State PTA holds in its “Top Five” for 2017-18 legislative sessions the legislative priority “Amply Fund Basic Education,” and;

Whereas the “levy cliff” will occur on January 1, 2018, which is nine months prior to the State’s renewed promise to fully fund basic education by September 1, 2018, leaving Seattle Public Schools with a projected $74 million short fall for the 2017-18 school year and;

Whereas Seattle Public Schools will be forced to cut 10% of its operating budget and an estimated 440 staff positions for the 2017-18 school year, and will start going through the Reduction in Force (R.I.F) process to lay off staff and cut vital positions like teachers, assistant principals, and support staff in March 2017 with layoff notices being sent out in May or April 2017 and;

Whereas cutting staff at schools, and cutting needed central services is highly disruptive to the stability of school communities and the whole child, impacting our most vulnerable populations in greater proportion and;

Whereas Seattle students, parents, and teachers should not be forced to go through this disruption because of the State’s failure to amply fund basic education per their constitutional “paramount duty” as they promised in prior legislation;

Therefore be it resolved that Bryant Elementary PTSA demands that the State Legislature remedy the Seattle Public Schools’ 2017-18 school year budget shortfall by committing into legislation by March 1, 2017 the extension of local levy authority through calendar year 2018 AND fully funding staff compensation for school year 2017-18, without cutting any existing basic education allocations and;

Be it resolved that Bryant Elementary PTSA demands that the State comply in full with the McCleary order and the State’s promise to fully fund basic education by September 1, 2018.

[1] The “levy cliff” is the reduction on January 1, 2018 of the amount that local school districts can collect from their local and voter approved maintenance and operations levies, as set forth in HB 2893 – 2009-10.

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – December 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016
8:18 PM

Attendees: Leann Huntington, Maura Wixey, Joan Crooks, Angela Kirk, Sally Shi, Amy Shanafelt, Nelly Goodnoe, Julie Ohrazda, Jennifer Mahlum, Kim Love, Rachel Schaw, Whitney Griesbach, Kim Larsen, Shelly Prosise, Jan Charrette, Ann Sonnen, Michelle Ireton, Lauren Abraham, Anne Aliverti, Julie Pearson, Dan Sanger, Katie Salisbury

7:00 -8:00 Bryant PTSA Speaker Series
Download speaker Emily Cherkin’s Powerpoint presentation and handout on Raising Kids and Finding Balance in a Digitally Connected World

Officer/Standing Committee Reports

  1. Treasurer’s Report (Jennifer Mahlum)
  2. Legislative Report (Shelly Prosise & Jean Charrette)
    • Paramount Duty: Motion to support the Seattle PTSA motion to demand that the State Legislation to fully fund education. -Approved
    • Bell times
      • SeattlePTSA advocacy google group coordinating @ next Board meeting on Jan 4th, 2017 4:15 -8:00 @ John Sandford Center.
      • To provide extra feedback to Seattle School Board please email and voice your opinion.
  3. Bryant Leadership Team (BLT) Update (Kim Love)
    • Catastrophic Even Protocol: Working on proposal for pick/up drop off in the event of a catastrophe. This will be communicated to parents once the proposal is final.
    • Multi-tiered system of reports: Committee is looking how we create structures that support students of concern who have reading/writing/math within the school or classroom
  4. Principal Report (Dan Sanger)
    • Potential negative effect if the legislative doesn’t fully fund education would mean loss of positions (teachers, librarians, vice principals, etc.)
    • Encourage us all to get involved to affect the decisions that are made in Olympia.

Special Committee Reports

  1. Blood Drive (Kim Love)
    • Looking to get 25 committed blood donors. Email Kim Love (

New Business

  1. Global Reading request (Anne Aliverti)
    • Approved request to fund an additional bus for competition

Meeting Adjourned 9:10pm

Bryant PTSA Board Meeting Minutes – November 2016

7:08 Start

  1. Welcome and Introduction: Amy Shanafelt & Julie Ohrazda
  2. Treasurer’s Report, Jennifer Mahlum
  3. Fundraising Chair Report, Kim Larsen & Rachel Gleeson
    • 2015 had a$50.00 less ask per child resulting in a 93% participation rateand an average pledgeof $252.00 per child
    • 2016 had a$50.00 more ask per child resulting in a 94% participation rate and an average pledge of $284.00 per child
    • 2016 had an increase pledge amountof roughly$30.00 coincidingwith a $50.00 increase in the ask
  4. Approved 5th Grade Request to Substitute Living Voice Funds, Amy Shanafelt