New Family Information

Welcome to Bryant!
Bryant is a large and engaged community, and there are many ways for new families to plug-in. Find resources for enrollment, meet other families, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Staying Informed
Full-Day Kindergarten
Bell Times & Wednesday Early Dismissal
After-School Childcare & Classes
School Year Calendar
Open Enrollment & School Choice
Bryant Open House
Kindergarten Teaching Team
New Family Night
Bryant Buddies
Kindergarten Playdates
Jump Start
Teacher Assignment
Kindergarten Open Classroom
Kindergarten Delayed Start Date
Ice Cream Social
First Day Welcome
Curriculum Night
Volunteer & New Parent Orientation

Staying Informed

  • The PTSA website is your source for school and PTSA news. Find meeting notices and minutes, committee contacts, the library catalog, after school enrichment class information and more.
  • Subscribe to the Bryant Weekly to receive our email newsletter with Bryant news and updates, as well as receive periodic important updates.
  • Like our Facebook page to connect to other Bryant families and keep abreast of what’s going on.
  • The Source has information about your student. Find attendance records, library fines, assessment results and more.
  • The district’s official Bryant Elementary website has official updates from the school (though much of this information is covered in the PTSA website.
  • Email the PTSA with any questions.

Full-Day Kindergarten

Kindergarteners at all SPS schools attend school full-day for free.

Bell Times & Wednesday Early Dismissal

Bell times and other attendance-related information is listed in the far right column of this website. All Seattle Public Schools have a 75-minute early release on Wednesdays (except the first day of school).

In 2021-2022, bell times for Bryant Elementary are:

  • First Bell 7:50am
  • Tardy Bell 7:55am
  • Release Bell 2:25pm
  • Wednesday Early Release 1:10pm

After-School Childcare & Classes

In addition to LASER, an after-school and summer camp program which operates on-site at Bryant Elementary, there are many amazing after-school classes and care options in the local Bryant community, some of which offer transportation.  In typical (non-Covid) years, Bryant also offers a variety of after-school classes on-site such as art, music, and athletic activities through Seattle ASE (After School Enrichment).

School Year Calendar

All Seattle Public Schools follow the same school year calendar. Please visit the District’s School Calendar webpage for up-to-date information.

Open Enrollment and School Choice

To enroll in Seattle Public Schools, please see the Seattle Public Schools website for enrollment forms and registration dates.  New Seattle Public Schools students are automatically assigned to the elementary school in their attendance area. To determine what school your child is currently enrolled in, use the District’s Assignment Look-Up Tool. Refer to the District website for the latest information on geographic attendance boundaries. 

If you are outside of Bryant’s attendance area but would like to attend Bryant, first submit your registration forms, then submit your choice request during the Open Enrollment period. Full instructions for registration can be found on the District admissions page or by contacting the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760.

Bryant Open House

Bryant doesn’t offer daytime tours. In late winter, the Kindergarten teaching team invites prospective parents/guardians to attend the Bryant Open House where you will hear about Bryant, meet the teachers, and learn more about the Kindergarten curriculum. Those interested in Grades 1-5 are also encouraged to attend — representatives from each of the other grade levels as well as specialists, the PTSA and other school resources will also be on hand.

PLEASE NOTE:  Typically these Open Houses are held at the school and incorporate classroom and school tours.  This year’s Bryant Open House was conducted virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2022 from 6-7pm.  View the 2022 Open House Flyer

Please contact Kindergarten teacher Kevin Gallagher <kggallagher@seattleschools.org> for more information.

Kindergarten Teaching Team

Our Bryant Kindergarten teachers are an amazing, experienced team who support each other and all Kindergarten students. We feel so lucky to have them. Read more information in this PDF about each of the 2021-2022 Kindergarten teachers.

One of our Kindergarten teachers, Mr. Gallagher, was featured in the Seattle Times for how he engaged his students during Covid! Click here to read the article.

New Family Night

After the District has tendered its school assignments, the Kindergarten team hosts a New Family Night in the late spring for students and their parents/guardians to visit Bryant. Classroom assignments won’t be made until the end of summer, but you can explore the different classrooms, introduce yourself to the teaching team, and meet some of your new classmates.
2022-23 Date: TBA

Bryant Buddies

Incoming families benefit from the wisdom and experience of veteran Bryant families or Bryant Buddy. Bryant Buddies are there to answer all your questions and show you the Bryant ropes. Buddy pairings are made in July for the upcoming school year. More information will be provided to new families in the late spring.

Kindergarten Playdates

Start making new friends early and meet up with other incoming Kindergarteners and their families before school starts in the summer. This year’s playdates will all be at Bryant Elementary’s playground so the children can explore their new stomping grounds. Bring balls, bikes, chalk, siblings, anything to entertain yourself and your new friends!
2022-23 Dates: TBA

Jump Start Program

Bryant is excited to offer the FREE Jump Start program to all incoming Bryant kindergarteners.  Families can expect to hear from the Kindergarten team during the summer on this year’s program. Learn more about the program on the District website.

All Kindergarten children registered at Bryant are invited to attend Jump Start. Complete the registration form upon receipt in late spring/summer and return it to Bryant.

2022-23 Jump Start Dates: August 15-19, 2022

Teacher Assignment

Approximately one week before school starts, your new teacher will contact you via email with an introduction, your classroom assignment, and a little information about starting at Bryant. The administration and faculty do not take requests for teacher preferences, though they carefully consider the overall makeup and dynamic of each classroom when deciding classroom placement.

Family Connections and Kindergarten Delayed Start Date

The first day of school is delayed for Kindergarten families in all Seattle Public Schools to allow Kindergarten teachers to meet with each family individually (known as “Family Connections”). Please refer to the District website for the latest district-wide calendar information including the first day of school for Kindergarteners.
2022-23 First Day of School for Kindergarteners: TBA

Kindergarten Open Classroom

A few days before school starts, Kindergarteners and their families are invited in to explore their new classrooms, start bonding with their classmates and learn a little bit about how a Bryant day works.
2022-23 Date: TBA

First Day Welcome

On the first day of school, after you see your Kindergartener off into school for the first time, come join the PTSA for breakfast goodies and introductions. Explore the various opportunities to be involved in Bryant’s vibrant community and connect with other new and veteran families.
2022-23 Date: TBA

Ice Cream Social

During the first few weeks of the school, the 4th Grade hosts the popular Ice Cream Social to kick off fundraising for their Islandwood overnight camp trip when they are in 5th Grade the following year. Purchase your ice cream bowls, customize them with toppings, and party in the schoolyard with all your new friends.  All family members are encouraged to attend.
2022-23 Date: TBA

Curriculum Night

During the first few months of school, parents and guardians have an opportunity to meet with their students’ teachers and get an overview of the proposed curriculum for the year.
2022-23 Date: TBA

Volunteer & New Parent Orientation

In the late fall, join us to learn when and how to be involved in your student’s classroom. And beyond the classroom, the Bryant PTSA has many volunteer opportunities to fit the busiest of parent schedules. Parent involvement benefits every student in our school. Room Parent volunteers are requested by teachers in the early fall and provide critical communication links between individual classrooms, teachers and the PTSA. They are strongly encouraged to attend. We’ll also discuss the current Seattle Public School volunteer requirements for school volunteers.
2022-23 Date: TBA

PLEASE NOTE: In 2021-22 due to District-wide covid protocols, volunteer opportunities for parents/guardians inside the school building are very limited.