Bryant Elementary WELCOMES ALL New Families – 2023!

Bryant Elementary WELCOMES ALL New Families – 2023!

Bryant staff and PTSA heartily welcome you to our community and hope you can attend a special evening created with you and your arriving student in mind – IN PERSON!!!!

Most new families are kindergarten families and the night is overall geared towards their acclimation to Bryant so kindergarten staff will be in full attendance.

  • When: Thursday June 1st   5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Bryant School 3311 NE 60th Street (use this entrance)
  • Who: YOU & your entering student (and family, if you wish), PTSA rep, principal(s),

K teachers, community childcare providers (LASER)

  • What: Hear: about our school, kindergarten, PTSA programs, and more…
  • Why: we want you to love Bryant as much as we do!!! 😊

No RSVP required but we’d love to know you are coming. If you wish email Kevin G. Gallagher, regarding Thursday June 1st.


Expected agenda:

5:00 – school front doors open (60th St entrance)

5:30 – 6:10 – Bryant ‘nuts & bolts’ – principal, PTSA, LASER. K team will each have information to share with you and answer related questions

  • K families information and Q & A session with the Kindergarten teaching team

Then till-7:00 – you can visit all the K rooms in the K hallway and the building, in general. We each will be in our rooms to answer questions you have. Additionally, we have Bryant-specific K topics to explain and Kinder-tools for viewing on student work tables.


A few more details will be emailed to you early that week…

Hope to see you then.

One Last Dance with Mr. Gallagher

Mr. Gallagher’s Famed Adult-Only Dance Party is Back!

If you’ve heard the rumor that Mr. Gallagher has a disco ball in his room… ’tis true.  If you’ve heard that he goes out a lot…. ’tis true.  If you’ve heard that parents have gone out with him… ’tis VERY true.  

He is offering the opportunity to join him for one last dance.  In the past, he has only provided this opportunity through the Bryant Online Auction. However, since Mr. Gallagher is retiring this year,  he is offering this to any Bryant community adult who would like to attend.  There are two dates to choose from.  Please RSVP for the date(s) you would like to attend below so we can let Mr. Gallagher know how many Bryant community members to expect.  

OPTIONAL: To honor his retirement, Mr. Gallagher has kindly requested that donations be made in his name and memory to Bryant PTSA. If you wish to donate, please do so by going here.

May 27: Lo-Fi in Eastlake for their excellent 80s night, two DJs, two dance floors, a fun crowd – and Mr. Gallagher! 

  • $15 cover per adult to be paid at the door (these proceeds do not support the Bryant PTSA)
  • Arrive early to get in.  10:00 p.m. doors open, and he’ll be there till closing at 2:00 a.m.
  • RSVP for May 27 

June 17: Neighbors on Capitol Hill for their killer club nights, fun contemporary club hits with some surprise retro hits sprinkled in. 

  • $10 cover per adult to be paid at the door (these proceeds do not support the Bryant PTSA)
  • Opens from 10:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m. – Mr. Gallagher will be there all night!
  • RSVP for June 17

And, you know, you do not need to be a dancer to come. Each venue offers lots of space to chat, watch, and socialize.

One more night is in the works – Thursday, 80s night at Neighbors, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. You can check Facebook for these venues for more current info, or email Mr. Gallagher at

Feel free to share with any Bryant family, past or present.

Bryant Caregiver Survey Results and School Advocacy Help Needed

Thank you to those who completed the Bryant Elementary School Climate Survey for Caregivers 2022-2023!  We received 136 responses this year surpassing last year’s 127.  This information from the community helps identify areas of concern and needs from community members to inform PTSA activities.

The top school concerns identified through the survey are:

  • The availability of extended/advanced learning resources; and
  • The quantity and quality of information and communication provided regarding student performance and assessments. 
  • In terms of school climate, some families had concerns regarding feeling “seen” by the school.

As the Bryant PTSA considers options to advocate regarding concerns about the extended/advanced learning resources at the school, for parents who would like to help promote this issue, please email

We also need some folks to join the PTSA Advocacy Committee to help continue to advocate for the policies, funding, and programs that support the school. Please consider joining this important effort and email Thanks!

Family Art Night, Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m.

Family Art Night, Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m.

Family Art Night (FAN) is a beloved Bryant PTSA event which began in 2014. This will be the first FAN since 2019.  The goal of the event is to promote the arts in the Bryant’s community through the exhibition of students’ artwork in the halls, art activities in the gym and cafeteria, and a performance showcase. 

  • Try cardboard sculpting, encaustics, rock painting, visual poetry, and more art activity tables in the gym and cafeteria! 
  • Explore the student artwork on display in the hallways and art room. 
  • Make art with Bryant’s art teacher, Ms. Kristen, and Artists-in-Residence, Ms. Elaine and Ms. Kari. 
  • Enjoy listening to the Bryant choir and watching performances on stage. 


This FREE event will take place on Thursday, April 27th, from 6-8pm. The theme is EARTH celebration. 


Want to show off your art?

CALLING ALL BRYANT STUDENTS to be a part of the 7th Annual Family Art Night!


For more information and instructions on how to submit your art click here: Family Art Night Information and Submission Form

* Art must be submitted by 4/19/23

Advocacy Update: Bryant Elementary needs parents’ voices now!

Please join the Bryant school funding email campaign by sending an email to the SPS School Board Directors (an email template and contact info are below).  


  • SPS and the School Board are considering balancing the budget shortfall through cuts to school funding.
  • If SPS and the School Board make further budget reductions, our school would likely continue to grow in students while staff resources are cut.  This could have have significant impacts to our school including in the following ways:
    • If changes to staffing formulas are made, class ratio sizes could increase.
    • If administrative staff, such as the Assistant Principal, are cut or reduced in hours, operational and program resources would be impacted;  
    • If funding is further reduced for specialist staff (exemplified by the librarian, music, art, and PE teachers) and other critical staff, the school will have fewer teachers and staff available to serve a significant number of students. 
  • As families seek stable school resources and a quality, competitive education for their students, we must advocate during the School Board/SPS budget decision process happening now for no further cuts to student-facing positions, impacting critical, specialist staff and classroom ratio sizes.


  • Please add your voice to the message by sending an email to the SPS School Board Directors by Monday, January 23rd (or before).  A suggested email template is below. Please feel free to add your student’s personal story, highlighting impacts to them from budget cuts.  The email addresses to send your email to are below.

Send the email to the SPS School Board Directors at the contact information here:

Liza Rankin, District 1

Lisa Rivera Smith, District 2

Chandra N. Hampson, District 3

Vivian Song Maritz, District 4

Michelle Sarju, District 5

Leslie S. Harris, District 6

Brandon K. Hersey, District 7

And CC: the Bryant PTSA Advocacy team   


Bryant School Funding Email Suggested Text

Dear SPS School Board Directors,

253 Bryant elementary parents and caregivers signed onto a Bryant PTSA letter to District 3 School Board Director Chandra Hampson in December, asking her to ensure Bryant receives full funding this year based on SPS policies and formulas for enrollment-based funding.  Further, we urged her to work to ensure that the projected SPS budget shortfall is not covered by cutting critical school staff and increasing student-teacher ratio sizes.

I email today to echo this call, particularly as you develop the funding policies which will impact next year’s budget.  Bryant is growing in enrollment and needs more student-facing positions along with a stable budget, not additional cuts creating further gaps in education resources and instability in school administration.  Since the school continues to have significant numbers of students, cuts will only require fewer teachers and staff to serve those students.

Budget cuts are having serious impacts at the school. In the case of the library funding cuts due to outstanding funding allocations from SPS this year, student library checkouts have been reduced to half, impacting the students’ independent reading opportunities and early development of good reading habits. 

[Please add a sentence or two telling the School Board your family’s story about any impact to your student from school resource cuts (e.g. any impacts to your student/s from teacher cuts, education program cuts, and/or the reduction of the Assistant Principal to half time since last year…).

I urge that, during the current budget decision process, the SPS School Board and SPS Administration make no further cuts to student-facing positions and that the critical staff positions, including the Assistant Principals, are fully funded.

Specifically, I ask for:

  • No changes to staffing formulas so that class-ratio sizes increase.
  • No further cuts to administrative staff, including the Assistant Principal position. 
  • No further funding cuts to specialist staff (exemplified by the librarian, music, art, and PE teachers) and other critical school staff.

Thank you.


Add your name, your child/children’s school, and your relationship to the student at Bryant



MLK Day of Service: Jan 16

Volunteers and Donations needed

4th annual hygiene kit service activity

MLK day Monday 1/16 from 10:00am-11:30am

Outdoors under the Bryant Elementary basketball courts


What is a Hygiene kit?

Hygiene kits are new 1 gallon zip loc bags filled with a variety of packaged snacks and useful products that will bring warmth and hope to a person in need. We organize and deliver these kits to the Miller Community Center in Capitol hill, which provides shampoo, soap, and hot showers to local residents. The kits get passed out to folks after their shower. Last year, the Bryant community donated 205 kits!

What the event will look like:

The whole family is welcome. We’ll have several tables set up at the basketball courts with loads of new items ready to organize into kits. There will be music, a letter writing station, and free Starbucks coffee for volunteers.

How to help:

  • PURCHASING items ASAP directly from this registry (simplest way) or bringing some in on your own
  •  HANDWRITING notes at the note/drawing station at the event
  • LOANING out your folding table for the event – we’ll need many tables to help organize all the items email A
  • SORTING the items out during the event with your fellow community volunteers.

Useful items include new socks, new gloves, packaged snacks, nail clippers, cotton swabs, masks, lip balm, lotion, sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, band aids, cough drops, hand warmers. No razors. Soap and shampoo is already provided at the Miller CC. Feminine products are welcome – they will be organized separately and placed in the women’s restroom.

Thank you for acting fast! contact Alexis Landry with any questions