Bryant PTSA Board 2022-2023 Call for Nominations and Info Sessions

The Bryant PTSA is looking for passionate volunteers to serve on the PTSA Board for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
 
Virtual Information Session: PTSA 101 and Q&A on PTSA Board Roles
with the current PTSA president and Nominating Committee
Thursday, April 28th from 6-7PM
Join via google meet: https://meet.google.com/hfc-imey-oom
Note: attending the session is NOT required to be nominated to the board
 
In-Person Meet and Greet: Q&A 
with current PTSA board members, Vice President and Nominating Committee
Wednesday May4th from 8-9PM
Ravenna Brewing
Join us to come say hello and learn how to get engaged in our community. 
 
With many leadership and committee chair positions opening up (including the president and vice president roles), there is an opportunity and need for new community members to join the board. The 2022-23 Bryant PTSA board will have a critical role to lead the Bryant community as we return to old and make new community traditions next school year.  At its core, PTSA is a child advocacy organization. Additionally, Bryant PTSA signed on to a Resolution on Anti-Racism in 2020 – there is lots of opportunity to make good on this commitment!
 
We are looking for PTSA board members who are passionate about the PTSA’s mission and are committed to building equitable and inclusive spaces. People of color, and advocates for marginalized identities are especially encouraged to join!   
 
To nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Carrie Lee (carriemlee@gmail.com) or Maureen Bhak (maureen.bhak@gmail.com). 
 
The Bryant PTSA works to:
  • advocate for the well-being and education of all children in our community;
  • identify and prioritize the needs of students furthest from educational justice;
  • dismantle the structural racism that marginalizes our black, indigenous and people of color communities;
  • foster connections between students, families, teachers, staff and administrators;
  • cultivate an inclusive community and sense of belonging at Bryant; and
  • enrich the learning environment through volunteerism and sustainable funding. 
 
We need you to help realize these goals for our community! 

Bryant PTSA Endorsement of SPS School Levy Renewals – Vote Feb 8th!

Bryant PTSA has endorsed the SPS School Levy Renewals. These levies have also been officially supported by several other PTSAs and community organizations. Vote by February 8! – Ballots have arrived get yours in!
 
Community Event: Join us Sat Jan 29th: Sign Making and Neighborhood Sign Waving
WHAT: Make signs and wave signs to help get out the vote
WHEN: Sat Jan 29th. Make signs from 9:30 – 10:30 and wave from 10:30-11:30
WHERE: Sign making @ Bryant Elementary. Sign waving @65th & 35th
WHO: You and your family and your neighbors!
Let us know if you can join us at this community engagement event to spread the word and get out the vote in our community. We will have poster making supplies and granola bars! Additional sign waving on Mon Feb 7th at drop-off and pick-up
 
Donate to the campaign! Sign up as a supporter!
Get a yard sign! – Contact advocacy@bryantschool.org and we will get you one for your yard
 
Background
On February 8, Seattle voters have the chance to vote YES on Propositions 1 & 2. These ballot measures are not new taxes and replace the Seattle Public Schools Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Levy V (BTA V). Find out more about Propositions 1 & 2 by visiting www.seattleschools.org/levies.  Building projects planned for Bryant elementary through the capital levy can be found at https://www.seattleschools.org/about/levy/2022-capital-levy/. Local funds cover critical basic education, daily operations, building renovations and technology needs. Levy revenue makes up 15% of Seattle Public School funding, capital and technology levy funds additional construction and technology costs.  Our schools depend on local funds and must pass on Feb 8th to be secured. 
 

 
Questions? Want to get involved in advocacy? Contact us at advocacy@bryantschool.org
 
 

Open House for Prospective Families

Welcome to Bryant Elementary! Bryant’s kindergarten teaching team will host an online information session for all incoming K-5 families. The teachers will provide an overview of the school, and separate information on the kindergarten program and 1st-5th grades. Parents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions to the K teachers and related staff (principal, LASER after school program staff, PTSA representatives).  

Where: Microsoft Teams

When: February 3 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Teams link will open at 5:15pm)

More information here

Email Mr. Gallagher (kindergarten teacher) at kggallagher@seattleschools.org regarding attendance.

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

Winter Celebration and Giving Drive

Winter Celebration & Giving Drive

SAVE THE DATE! Join us at 1-3pm on Saturday Dec. 11th @ the Bryant Playground. 

We will have hot cocoa and cookies. Come make snowflakes to take home and decorate holiday cards for Farestart to include in holiday meals donated to community members in need. Cards can also be made at home and dropped off. 
 
Bring essential home goods to stock the pantry at Mercy Housing at Sandpoint/Magnuson Park (i.e. toilet paper, diapers, soap, shampoo, menstrual products, sponges, dish soap, conditioner, laundry detergent, socks, baby wipes, hand sanitizer – amazon wish list ideas) or donate directly online to Mercy Housing
 
Bryant PTSA Families in Need program will also be collecting $25 QFC grocery cards to be donated to our sister school. Our sister school is a Title 1 elementary school in the Seattle Public School district. With the increase in grocery prices and two week winter break approaching, families need extra assistance buying food. Bring the QFC gift cards to the Giving Drive or donate online. Thank you!
 
This will be an outdoor only event. We will not have access to the building bathrooms so come prepared. Please follow Covid safety protocols – wear your mask when not actively eating/drinking and stay home if you are not well. 
 
We need volunteers to make this event successful! Seeking help with stations for hot cocoa and cookies; craft table for families to make snowflakes to take home and decorate holiday cards for Farestart; and collect and deliver giving drive items. Please use this SignUpGenius to volunteer. 
 
Questions: Please contact Carrie Lee at carriemlee@gmail.com or Serih Cook at serihz@hotmail.com.

SPS School Levy Renewal Info Session for Bryant PTSA

The Bryant PTSA Board invites you for a special session on Dec 7th at 7pm (via Bryant PTSA TEAMS link) to learn more about the two school levy renewals on the February ballot in 2022. District staff from Seattle Public Schools will be joining us. 
 
This session is specifically for the Bryant community, staff will speak to capital improvements levy funding would support at Bryant, Eckstein and Roosevelt schools and across the district. Join us to learn more!
 
The Bryant PTSA board and members will discuss the levy at the Dec PTSA meeting and will vote on endorsement of the ballot measure at the Dec/Jan meeting. 
 
Questions: Please contact Bryant Advocacy PTSA co-chairs Carrie Lee and Nicole Witenstein: advocacy@bryantschool.org

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.