Letter to SPS Fall 2022 Bell Times

Dear Ms. Davies,

Following last week’s release of the SPS proposal to alter the district’s school schedule, the Bryant PTSA created and sent a survey to understand the needs of families and provide critical family engagement regarding the announcement of the change in school bell times.

In less than 72 hours, 63% of Bryant families responded to the survey, and they shared with us what we believe to be universally true for elementary families across the district. The overwhelming majority of responses indicated that the SPS proposed changing school start times will be extremely difficult for families. 

  • 69% of respondents stated they would need before school care

  • 51% of respondents would need after school care

  • Yet, 67.9% of respondents do not know what child care options are available to them.

  • 63% of respondents stated that the change in bell times would negatively impact their livelihoods. The 9:30 AM time seems especially hard because it affects most morning and afternoon work schedules.

The qualitative data collected in this survey pointed to several major themes:

  • There will be a significant, different, and relatively immediate need for childcare coverage. Currently, in the Bryant Community, the need for childcare is far greater than the options available, and the proposed bell times would widen this gap both at Bryant and city-wide. 

  • Livelihood impact – an example from one parent: “With older siblings in earlier start times in middle school, I will have to go part-time to provide morning child care for my elementary student. A 9:30 start is a huge disruption for working parents, especially those who have to be in person.”

  • Student impacts – mental health, afterschool activities, playtime, special needs for special education, etc. 

We’ve attached the full report to this email if you want to look it over.  

Due to all these hardships, we ask that you reconsider placing any elementary schools in the 9:30 AM tier.  This request is in alignment with Bryant’s building administration’s request.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Bryant PTSA
 

February 1st – Special General Membership Meeting


 

Due to the continued need to have COVID-19 safety protocols in place, the PTSA has many programs that will not be able to run as hoped for this school year. Therefore, to better support the needs of the school at this time, the PTSA Executive Committee is calling for a special General Membership meeting on February 1st, 2022, at 7 PM via Goole Meet to discuss the changes to the budget, propose reallocations, and ask for approval of these changes from General Membership.

Special General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, February 1 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/bmq-dkei-atr
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 401-646-0033‬ PIN: ‪114 545 724‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/bmq-dkei-atr?pin=6260512986350

Record-Breaking Annual Campaign Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Annual Campaign. We were blown away by the support from the Bryant community, especially during this challenging year.
 
– We reached record participation at 97%!
– We exceeded our fundraising goal at 104%!
– Seventeen classes reached 100% participation and won an extra recess!
 
Your donations will make a difference for all Bryant students, providing critical academic and enrichment support along with supplies, community-building events, and assistance to families in need.
 
At Bryant, we take care of ourselves. We take care of each other. We take care of our school.
Thank you for supporting Bryant!

2021-22 Bryant PTSA Annual Campaign

Click here to participate in the campaign.

All Bryant students deserve the best possible education and the brightest future. Thank you for your continued support Bryant during these challenging times.

Your annual campaign donation funds over 75% of all PTSA activities. This is the only direct appeal for funds each year.

Please make your gift to support Bryant students today.

 

2020-21 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are Tuesdays at 7pm via Microsoft Teams, unless otherwise noted. (General Meetings are in bold)

 

September 15, 2020
Minutes | Budget |Treasurer Overview

October 13,2020
Minutes | Budget | September Financials    

November 10, 2020
Minutes | Budget | October Financials |Fiscal Year 2019-20 Year End Report

December 7, 2020
Minutes | Budget | November Financials 

January 12, 2021
Minutes| Budget | December Financials

February 9, 2021
Minutes | Budget| January Financials

March 9, 2021
Minutes | Budget | February Financials

April 6, 2021
Minutes | Budget | March Financials | Budget Highlights 

May 11, 2021
Minutes | Budget | April Financials | Budget Highlights | 2021-2022 Bryant PTSA Proposed Budget | Proposed Budget Narrative

June 8, 2021
Minutes | Budget Documents: • Budget SpreadsheetCash ScheduleBudget Summary

2020-2021 Year End Financial Report 

Bryant PTSA Budget End of June 2021

Budget Highlights 06-30-2021

 

This Wednesday – Online Bryant Q&A with SPS Directors Hampson and Rankin

Do you have questions about school starting this fall? Things you want the SPS Board to know? Questions about other topics? Join SPS Board VP Chandra Hampson, SPS Board Director Liza Rankin, and Bryant PTSA for a Q&A online, this Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30PM!

We’ll give priority to questions submitted in advance, but we are also hoping to have time for you to ask questions live. Submit your questions to advocacy@bryantschool.org.

What do you want to know?

–Bryant PTSA Co-Advocacy Chairs, Sam Fogg and Adele Kulisewa


To join the meeting via Microsoft Teams app or browser, click on this link: Microsoft Teams Meeting

To join the meeting via phone, dial 1-206-800-4787 and then enter this conference ID when prompted: 243 674 580#