2023-24 Bryant Directory

Stay connected to Bryant friends with the Bryant Directory. New this year the directory will be available virtually via a password-protected document instead of sending home a printed book.

To be included in the Bryant Director scan the QR code or use the link below to complete the survey. Thanks for responding by October 20th!

If you have questions or need to edit information in the directory please reach out to us at: bryantdirectory@gmail.com

Thank you!

Bryant Directory Co-Chairs



Writers’ Celebration 2023! Friday, June 16th

What is the Writers’ Celebration?   Every year at Bryant, the PTSA celebrates the accomplishments of all our student writers by hosting the Writers’ Celebration, a schoolwide event during which each student has the opportunity to share a piece of writing – a book, story, or poem they have authored — in small, multi-age groups. This is one of the few activities at Bryant that mixes all grade levels, and it is heartwarming to watch the older students help and encourage the younger ones. The students work long and hard on these projects and are very proud to share them with their peers.

Where do you come in? We will need volunteers to lead a group of six or seven enthusiastic students for 30 minutes. Each group will be facilitated by 1-2 volunteer leaders or a teacher. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we won’t be able to accommodate any additional adult spectators.

How do you sign up?  

Step 1: To lead a group, you must complete all SPS volunteer requirements (which include a screening disclosure form, taking a short online course, reviewing online docs, and providing a copy of your photo ID).

New Volunteers:  Complete online Volunteer Application for Seattle Public Schools: New Volunteer in Seattle Public Schools

Returning Volunteers: Renew online Volunteer Application for Seattle Public Schools: Application Renewal Process for Returning Volunteers 

Step 2: Complete the Writers’ Celebration volunteer sign-up by Friday, June 9th

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Leads – Mo Bhak and Sarah Blake at volunteer@bryantschool.org

DRAFT Resolution for Bryant PTSA: Resolution on Aligning Engagement with 2020 Anti-Racism Resolution

The following PTSA members have coordinated over the past few months to prepare the following resolution and are seeking adoption by the Bryant PTSA at the June 13 Bryant PTSA General Meeting. All Bryant PTSA members are encouraged to attend on June 13 to engage on this issue.


Developed by the following Bryant PTSA members: Carrie Lee, Nat Jungbluth, Nina Mettler, Mary Fontana, Katie Hurley


Whereas Bryant Elementary PTSA adopted an Anti-Racism Resolution in June 2020 affirming that “Bryant PTSA commits to being an anti-racist organization;”


Whereas a 2016 study found that Seattle Public Schools had the 5th-biggest gap in achievement between Black and white students amongst large school districts in the US;


Whereas Seattle Public Schools developed Weighted Staffing Standards to align with Seattle School Board Policy No. 0030 ENSURE EDUCATIONAL AND RACIAL EQUITY to meet the needs of students who have been historically underserved by protecting and providing differentiated resources to schools classified as Tier I and Tier II schools based on their Equity Index score;


Whereas Bryant Elementary ranks as the 6th-lowest Equity Index rating out of 102 schools due to the low proportion of historically underserved students and is classified as a Tier IV school;


Whereas Seattle Public Schools does not receive sufficient funding from the State of Washington to fully fund many school staff, including school leaders, nurses, and social workers, nor to provide special education services needed by students; 


Whereas the Washington State local levy cap prevents Seattle Public Schools from increasing property taxes to increase revenue for schools;


Whereas Bryant Elementary PTSA is a member of the WA State PTA and National PTA organizations whose mission is to be a “strong advocate for the well-being and education of all children” and who believe that “we cannot only focus on our own children. We must care for other people’s kids because the lives of our own children—or grandchildren—will be affected by contact with those other kids;”


Whereas large differences in familial wealth and income in different school communities within Seattle Public Schools contribute to wide disparities in PTSA fundraising potential, such that some schools, including Bryant, have large PTSA operating budgets while other schools have essentially no PTSA funding;


Whereas several well-funded PTAs in Seattle Public Schools and the wider region have committed to fundraising for schools with no or limited PTSA fundraising, including:

  • Portland Public Schools: after the first $10,000 raised by a school, ⅓ of all local school foundation proceeds are required to be donated to Portland Public School Parent – Equity Fund, a central fund managed by the district that offers grants to high-need schools through criteria set by the district 
  • Montlake Elementary PTA contributes 10% of its annual budget to community fund sharing and provides an opt-in Equity Fund for family contributions. Funds go to Montlake families in need, Lowell Elementary, and SE Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance (~28k/yr)

  • TOPS K-8 PTA invites families to contribute to an Equity Fund which has raised ~20k/yr, and funds are split between Lowell Elementary and SE Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance (SESSFA)

  • Queen Anne Elementary PTA contributes 10% of the annual budget to SESSFA

  • Stevens Elementary PTA donates up to 10% of fundraising to groups like Families and Communities For Equity In Schools (FACES) and SESSFA 

  • McDonald International Elementary PTA provides a voluntary option to donate to the Community Partnership Fund. This money is donated to other schools’ PTAs to support equity in the district. In Fall 2021, Olympic Hills Elementary, Concord International, and Dearborn Park International PTAs received just over $5K each

  • Greenlake Elementary PTA contributes 3% of annual budget to sister school Rising Star Elementary PTA (projected ~4k for 2021-2022 school year) and co-organizes community volunteer events

  • Genesee Hill Elementary PTA supports an equitable use of PTA funds, such as fundshifting through the West Seattle Public School Equity Fund;


Whereas Bryant Elementary PTSA includes budget for Families In Need program for Bryant families and has facilitated families to opt in to support equitable giving throughout the year for our sister school – including funds in September for school supplies, Families In Need grocery gift cards for school breaks, and teacher appreciation, and for the SE Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance by hosting a Move-A-Thon at Bryant in April 2023. Total giving to the sister school in 22-23 school year was $7425 and the Families In Need budget was $3500, equivalent to approximately 3.6% of Bryant PTSA’s approximately $300,000 budget. Note: We have not included donations from the Move-a-Thon or sister school teacher appreciation because data is not available;


Resolved that the Bryant Elementary PTSA shall:


  1. Remain incorporated as a PTSA under the WA PTA and National PTA to support child advocacy of all children. Bryant PTSA will not pursue becoming an independent PTO.

  2. Prioritize advocacy efforts at the state- and district-level that support the well-being of all children in Seattle Public Schools. 

  3. Support the use of Equity Index and Equity Tiers to inform the Weighted Staffing Standards by Seattle Public Schools to ensure that resources are equitably distributed throughout the district to meet the needs of students who have historically been underserved. 

  4. Follow the lead of several other Seattle schools and establish a goal for Bryant PTSA to contribute the equivalent of 10% of overall budget to equity, through Families In Need budget from the Bryant PTSA and through voluntary opt-in fundraising for an Equity Fund to be part of the annual campaign and stand alone fundraising events. Funds donated to the Equity Fund would be distributed at the recommendation of the Bryant Equity Committee to the Bryant PTSA, including to the Title I Sister School and Alliance for Public Schools to distribute to schools without a PTSA program. 

    1. In practice what this would mean for the 23-24 budget is that Bryant PTSA would set a goal for $30,000 (i.e. 10% of  $300,000) to be donated to support equity: 23-24 FIN Budget $5250 from Bryant PTSA Budget + remaining $24,750 from opt-in Equity Fund part of annual campaign and school supplies, sister school gift cards, and other fundraising. 

  5. Support transparency in PTSA giving and publicly share information on the Bryant PTSA website on the Bryant PTSA budget and equity fund goal progress. 

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, kggallagher@seattleschools.org 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 kggallagher@seattleschools.org

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 advocacy@bryantschool.org

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 advocacy@bryantschool.org. Thanks!

2022-2023 Bryant Elementary School Climate Survey for Caregivers

Please Complete the 2022-2023 Bryant Elementary School Climate Survey for Caregivers
The Bryant PTSA has established an annual initiative to compile data from parents and caregivers of students at the school through a 3-5 minute survey of the school climate.  We plan to use this data to determine future state and district advocacy and family engagement efforts.  This survey, in part, follows the approach of the SPS “School Climate” surveys that 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students participate in during class each fall.

This survey aims to help assess the degree to which the school, the district, and the state are meeting their core commitments to students and the degree to which students have positive social relationships, are respected and engaged in their work, and feel safe and competent.  

The survey can be completed here. The deadline for completion is Friday, May 12th.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your family’s experience.