Bryant PTSA Anti-Racism Resolution and Call to Action

Dear Bryant Families and Community,
In our General Membership meeting this month, our PTSA passed a resolution on anti-racism which we encourage everyone to read.  Thank you to our PTSA Advocacy co-chairs for shaping this powerful statement in collaboration with our neighbor school PTSAs.
In the resolution, we commit to direct and substantive action and we’d like to elaborate with these immediate actions:
  • Building a lending library to promote anti-racist learning for Bryant families with a $500 grant from the PTSA budget
  • Forming a Families of Color Resource Group this summer, led by two PTSA board members and members of the Equity Committee (contact
  • Sharing an Anti-Racist Resource List here to support meaningful action in our community
With the strong leadership of our Advocacy and Equity committees, we’re redoubling our efforts to advocate for the eradication of structural racism, with a focus on educational justice. Our newly elected Bryant PTSA Board for the 2020-21 school year has more people of color represented. Going forward, our Board will work to bring a lens of equity and belonging to our decision-making and conversations. To hold ourselves accountable to these commitments, we will discuss our progress and additional actions in each PTSA Board meeting.  

We commit to this work as individuals, as an organization working to become anti-racist, and as a PTSA working toward an environment where our marginalized communities are centered and thriving.

Wishing you a safe and restorative summer,
-Bryant PTSA Board

Check out the resource list and the resolution on Anti-Racism
We also support these statements made by:

Passed: Bryant PTSA Resolution on Anti-Racism

Want to know why Minneapolis is burning?

Mama. He called Mama.

At least that’s why I want to burn, why I feel like I could scream until flames rip out of my throat. He has called up great power. I want all of us to turn, all of us who have heard Mama in a store and thought it meant us. It’s time to turn. White mamas, mamas with privilege, you have been summoned. And any of us who have ever cried out Mama, we hear it too, down in our bones. It’s a cry that can’t go unanswered anymore. So Minneapolis burns. And we need to gut all the spaces in our lives where systemic racism has quarter.

I think of the other mamas who turned a tide: Emmett Till’s, for one. We speak out of the deep mystery from whence all life springs. My white people: Nurture antiracism in your life like you would a child in your arms, even if you’ve only just heard it named. Learn what it means and how to foster it. Care about it, give it space in your life. Come to understand it, even if it’s difficult and challenges everything.

Mama is coming. And the men who make order in the world should be very afraid.

~Mary Helen Kennerly

PTSA Resolution on Anti-Racism

As PTSA leadership we are parents; many of us are Mama.  We have been summoned, and now is the time to answer, not simply with platitudes, but with action.  In PTSA that action takes the form of resolutions and policy.  It is time for us to acknowledge that we can be racist or anti-racist, but we cannot be neutral.  It is time for us to acknowledge our power, as well as the existence and pervasiveness of systemic racism.  It is time for us to fight for the education of our children in the hope that doing so will save the lives of our black and brown children and all children furthest from educational justice.

Whereas “the most fundamental right is the right to live” 1 and that right is being denied to black people across this country and in Seattle;

whereas systemic racism is embedded in every aspect of this country, including public schools;

whereas systemic racism in our school system is a major factor in the opportunity gap between white and black students;

whereas  we must choose whether to be a racist or anti-racist organization as there is no neutral space;

whereas PTA moves toward “every child. One voice,” but the voices and needs of black children continue to be left out and unheard;

Resolved, that Bryant PTSA commits to being an anti-racist organization.

Educates our PTSA members on issues related to anti-racism through hosting parent education events, providing anti-racism books and resources for families, and by including information on anti-racism in every PTSA Board Meeting.

Actively works to center the voices of our families furthest from educational justice by engaging with families.

Actively works with our school, Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle, and the State of Washington to provide opportunities and funding for professional development for anti-racism work.

 1Ibram X. Kendi

2019-2020 End of Year Letter from the PTSA Board

Dear Bryant Community, 

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to express our immense gratitude to each individual in our Bryant community for supporting one another in this extraordinary year. We miss seeing you in person and look forward to reuniting in the future. We’d like to recognize our many leaders and volunteers for their great contributions and accomplishments in Bryant’s 2019-2020 year. 

First, we’d like to recognize our students who have been engaged all year in learning, helping and growing both at school and at home. We want to thank the parents, grandparents, siblings and other extended family who are supporting our students’ learning from home. Your commitment is an awesome inspiration.

Thank you to the Bryant Administration and Staff for creating memorable experiences for our community, including Multi-Cultural Night, the Bryant Misses You video, Bryant Parade, Fifth Grade graduation. We recognize all the ways that you’ve engaged our students and families and shown such resilience in difficult times.

Thank you to the many donors who have supported our successful fundraising programs, including the Annual campaign, Supplies campaign, silent Auction, and the Hunger Intervention and Hunger Prevention programs. We’re especially appreciative of your generous support of local schools in need via the September supplies campaign and the spring Hunger Prevention program. The Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) continued throughout the year with monthly grade-level food drives, and virtual fundraising after the building closure. And the Families in Need (FIN) program at Bryant continued to receive generous support from the annual PTSA budget. Thank you to the leaders of each of these vital fundraising and support programs.

Bryant has a long tradition of amazing volunteerism and community leadership. We want to recognize our PTSA board, committee chairs and leaders, and especially our individual volunteers. You create the rich community that we cherish. This year saw the formation of an Equity and Inclusion Committee in the Bryant PTSA to further inclusion and belonging for all families at Bryant by recognizing and celebrating our community’s diversity and addressing the needs of those furthest from educational justice. The PTSA was proud to pass an Equity resolution to declare the aspiration of equity to be core to its values, purpose and action and to put equity at the center of our endeavors, partnerships and collaborations. Our Advocacy chairs hosted a Meet Your Politicians event, including an unprecedented seven state, city and district political representatives at Bryant. There was a renewed commitment to Community Service this year, with families participating in multiple events, including the MLK Day of Service hygiene kit event. We also saw the introduction of new community building events and the continuation of the community speaker series. All of this wouldn’t be possible without our communications platform and team, including Facebook, the Weekly and Thank you to the leaders and volunteers in these Equity, Advocacy, Community Service, Community Engagement and Communications roles.

We’ve been so inspired by the entire community’s continued commitment to our students and our school. As we look forward to next year, we will be working with the Administration toward a smooth transition in the fall. We wish you all a safe and healthy summer.

2019-2020 Bryant PTSA Board

Join us for the last PTSA General Meeting of the 2019-2020 School Year

All are welcome to attend our Last PTSA General Meeting of the 2019-2020 School Year on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 pm!

The virtual event will begin with Volunteer Awards then followed by the General Meeting. The agenda includes voting in our 2020-2021 Board and Reviewing and Approving the 2020-2021 Budget.

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Bryant Blast – Save the Date!

The Bryant Blast is planned for Saturday, May 2nd from 12 pm – 4 pm.  Save the date for pony rides, fun games and activities, sno-cones, tasty food and much, much more! 

Wanna help plan the Blast?  We’ll be sending a sign-up for volunteer shifts right after Spring Break.  If you have a favorite job at the Blast, you can sign up early!  Contact the Blast Committee if you’re interested in helping.

Thank you to these Local Businesses for Contributing to our 2020 Online Auction

Business Name Website
8 Limbs Yoga
Acorn Street Shop
Alexis Landry
All Together Skate Park
Alpha Martial Arts
Andrew Franklin, DDS
AR Workshop Seattle
Ba Bar University Village
Bagel Oasis
barre3 Seattle
Bischofberger Violins
Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi – Wedgwood
Bryant Corner Cafe
Burke Gilman Brewing
Cafe Lladro
Carol Calbom Tutoring  
Cascade Bicycle Studio
Celtic Soccer
City Eyeworks
City People’s Mercantile
Community Fitness
Conservation Catalyst
Creative Dance Center
da Pino Restaurant
Dance Fremont
Duchess Tavern
Duke’s Seafood
Ebb & Company
Elements Massage Green Lake
Elliot Bay Brewery
Eric’s Garage
Erin Schedler Photography
Eureka! restauarant
Eyes On You
Fran’s Chocolates
GPT Physical Therapy
Gracious House to Home
Grand Central Bakery
Grateful Bread
Guardian Cellars/Jennifer Sullivan
Hailey Machado Photo
Hawthorne Hills Veterinary Hospital
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Jack Jerome
Jet City Pizza
Joey Kitchen
John Howie Restaurants
Keepsake Frames
Kettlebility, LLC
Kid’s Club
Kidd Valley
L’Ecole No 41
LASER childcare
Laurelhurst Museum Quality Framing
Lessons In Your Home
Lynwood Bowl & Skate
Macrina Bakery & Cafe
Maple Leaf Ace Hardware
Mat Chess Mixed Martial Arts
Mathnasium of Northeast Seattle
Matthew Steele Salon and Spa
Mercer / Karen Bonomo
MFG Cyclocross
Mighty-O Donuts
Mioposto Pizzerias
Mr. West Cafe Bar
Muddy Waters
My Nail Bar
New Roots Organics
Northwest Outdoor Center
OOLA Distillery
Orangetheory Fitness U-District
Orlov Chess Academy
Paint the Town
Paper Source University Village
Party Display & Costume
Piano Playground
Portage Bay Cafe
Radiant Path Yoga
Rainglow Airbrush Tanning & Lashes
Ravenna Brewing
Ravenna Gardens
Red Ochre Art Studio
Remlinger Farms
Ridge Pizza
Riverbend Golf Complex
Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
Roosevelt Dental Center
Sail Sand Point
Salon Jolie
Salty’s Restaurant
Seattle Athletic Club (Northgate)
Seattle Bouldering Project
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle Drum School of Music
Seattle Gymnastics Academy
Seattle Piano Academy
Seattle Sunshine Coffee
Seattle’s Performers
Skin Spirit
Slug City Cycles
Squirrelly Workshop
Studio 45
Sunshine Cleaners
Super Jock N Jill
Tennis Center Sand Point
Tenzan Aikido
TGA of Greater Seattle
The Mountaineers
The Seattle Drum School
Third Place Books
Thistle Theater
Thriving Garden Design
Tonic Salon
University Book Store
University Tutoring
Unversity Village
Uplift Writing and Communication
Van Gogh Coffeehouse
Veraci Pizza
Vertical World
Vitality Pilates
Watershed Pub & Kitchen
Wedgwood Broiler
Wedgwood Drama Studio
Wunderkind / Some Fun Parents