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

Current (22’-23’) 5th Grade Families

Hello Current 5th Grade Caregivers,

The PTSA was overjoyed that this year’s 5th graders were able to return to Islandwood camp!  A lack of fundraising last year combined with the unavailability of grant funding forced the Bryant PTSA to hurriedly pay the Islandwood fees for all 5th graders this fall. To help offset that expense, the PTSA requests 5th grade caregivers donate $360/student HERE to help cover the cost of this year’s Islandwood trip and upcoming graduation celebrations. 

We ask that families consider the recommended per student contribution, but ultimately pay what they can. Thank you for helping give back to our school!


The Bryant PTSA

The Annual Campaign Has Begun!

Click here to participate in the Annual Campaign!


Goal: 100% Participation!*

Last year, Bryant achieved 97% participation!

Bryant classes that reach 100% participation win a free recess!


Your gift provides:

·       Reading & math specialists + tutors for students needing early and continued support

·       Enrichment opportunities in arts, music, technology & library which expand education beyond math, reading and science

·       Classroom assistance, supplies, & field-trip support for teachers that request it

·       Community-building & academic events that connect Bryant families to each other

·       Support for our Bryant community & beyond including families and schools in need


*No donation required to participate. Select the option at the link above.


Please join us in supporting our students!

Bryant PTSA