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The PTSA Board invites you to preview the draft agenda and content for the October 13th meeting now. You’ll find a summary of the September community survey and proposals for new PTSA standing rules and 2020-2021 budget revisions published online here. We hope this preview provides time to consider any questions or feedback. We welcome your thoughts and questions in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the September survey, we heard from several community members who are interested in increasing our monetary and non-monetary supports for kids furthest from educational justice in our city’s public schools. We’ll be reflecting on this topic of resource-sharing in our Equity discussion in the upcoming October 13th meeting. We hope that you will join us in this conversation and effort to advance equity in our district. In the October meeting, Bryant PTSA Membership will be asked to vote on:
• Election of new officers to the Executive committee
• Revised PTSA budget for 2020-2021
• New and revised standing rules
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The first PTSA General Membership meeting of the school year will be on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm via Microsoft Teams.
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Bryant PTSA Board
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 https://www.facebook.com/ibramxkendi/
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.
The Bryant online auction will close TONIGHT at 10 p.m. Just a few more hours to participate, if you haven’t already, and check your bids. Don’t lose out on your favorite items!
Please support the PTSA, and have some fun while you’re at it!
Final Decision for Performances
Thank you for your swift and candid feedback on the modified performance schedule. This situation is of course less than ideal. After careful consideration, we have decided to move forward with this modified performance schedule. Please note, some times are slightly different than originally proposed.
Friday, March 13
HATS – cast/crew call time 4:15, house opens 4:30, show starts at 5P
Saturday, March 14
CATS – cast/crew call time 4:15, house opens 4:30, show starts at 5P
Sunday, March 15
HATS – cast/crew call time 4:15, house opens 4:30, show starts at 5P
CATS – cast/crew call time 5:45, house opens 6:00, show starts at 6:30P
If you cannot make the performances for your performer because of the schedule change (we understand this sucks! one of us co-producers is missing the final performance for her kiddo), you can come to a dress rehearsal.
Tuesday, March 10 – 4P-6P Cats
Thursday, March 12 – 4P-6P Hats
How we arrived here
After weighing a myriad of options in the very short amount of time we had to make a decision, we think this is our best option to ensure that the kids get to perform while minimizing the risk of disease as much as possible. It’s not possible for us to wait and resume rehearsals and schedule new performances because the Bryant school calendar is filled with other events. We will be competing for space with existing scheduled events as well as everyone else trying to reschedule. Additionally, Seattle Performers will likely not be available as they have more shows coming up, and we cannot run the shows without them. What this means is that we were having to decide between allowing the kids to perform now or cancelling all together.
The vast majority of you shared little to no concern about moving forward with these performances. A few of you shared some concerns about gathering more than 100 people together for this event, and we share some of your concerns. As of yesterday, King County Public Health recommendations are as follows:
Public Health is aware that events are being postponed, employers are encouraging that employees work from home and many schools have chosen to temporarily close. Public Health supports these decisions. While evidence currently available is that the vast majority of children and most adults are not at risk for severe illness, we do know that some members of our community are at higher risk. These include:
- People 60 and older
- People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
- People who have weakened immune systems
- People who are pregnant
People at higher risk should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. More detail on these measures is available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid
King County is not mandating that events be cancelled. They support the decisions of those who are, but there is no directive to do so from them.
Jet City Improv is a very small theater and will accommodate fewer people than the Bryant lunchroom. This means that we will be restricting ticket sales to parents and siblings (six tickets per family total) in order to make sure that we all see our own kids perform. This also reduces the number of others from the community who could potentially bring in a germ. These kids are at school together all day and they bring their germs home. The vast majority of us in that theater together will already be exposed to whatever is going around Bryant, even if we were to cancel performances. Because of this, we feel the risk is lower than other community events that invite a wider range of the general public. That said, if you, your child, or a family member is in one of the high risk categories, we understand if you cannot participate. Theaters around Seattle are following protocol of refunding tickets to those who are sick, and doing a deeper clean between performances. Seattle Performers use this theater regularly for their student performances and have been sanitizing after each show. We will also be asking for volunteers to join us ahead of each rehearsal and performance to sanitize seats and door handles.
We are not promoting this event to the larger Bryant community or doing broad ticket sales. Students at Bryant may get to see a review of the show during school hours.
Stay tuned for more info about volunteer opportunities, rehearsals, costumes, tickets, and performances. Please let us know if you have questions or if your student won’t be able to participate. Thank you for your patience and kindness as we figure this out. See you at tech rehearsal tomorrow!
Traci & Liza