News and Events
Lost and Found Spring Cleaning
Please check the Lost and Found for any missing items. Items will be donated during Spring Break and will not be here when school starts again on April 21st.
Dear Bryant Community,
Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of bringing Tyler, my husband’s teen-aged grandson, with me to the K-3 Science night. We enjoyed walking through the displays, and stopped to talk to several students about their investigations. We were impressed with the level of confidence and the knowledge each student had about his or her topic.
As we were leaving, Tyler commented that he had not had experiences like this one in his elementary school, and that he would have enjoyed school more if he had. I was proud to show Bryant off to him, and was once again reminded of the community involvement that makes us unique and a wonderful place for students to learn.
Our kudos go out to all of the students and families who made time to participate in this very engaging learning event, and thanks to the volunteers who put it together. You are part of what makes Bryant a great place for everyone.
Dan Sanger, Principal
Rachel Friesen, Assistant Principal
Measurement of Student Progress
April 1, 2014
This spring the MSP (Measurement of Student Progress) will be given for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in the Seattle Public Schools. It is very important that all students in grades 3-5 be present for the testing.
· 3rd grade students will be tested on May 6 and 8
· 4th grade students will be tested April 29, May 1, 6 and 8
· 5th grade students will be tested May 1, May 6 and 8
MSP scores will be reported to the school and to families in the fall of 2014. The information will help teachers plan instruction for the next year.
It is important that your child attends school and participates in these assessments. Consequently, please schedule doctor appointments and trips around these testing dates and times. Additionally, it is essential that students get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and get to school on time on the dates listed above as testing begins promptly after the morning bell rings.
If a student does not take the MSP, the student will receive a score of 0 that will be averaged into the district and school baseline data.
We appreciate your help in supporting your child’s participation in the MSP. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or myself.
If you would like more information about the MSP test, the link is: http://www.k12.wa.us/resources/pubdocs/StateTesting.pdf .
New Math Adoption
Seattle Public Schools Seeks Feedback on Proposed
Elementary Math Instructional Materials
The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage. In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.
The committee is excited to have three possible math programs as viable candidates:
· Go Math!
· Math in Focus
So how can you get involved and help?
You can provide direct feedback at one of our display locations. There will be forms prepared for you to fill out at each site, as well as forms online. This is an opportunity to compare the programs and consider what type of program you think would be a good fit for your family and community, and most importantly, for your student.
From April 1 through April 25, please come to one of these schools during the school day:
· Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, 252-1920
· Bryant Elementary, 3311 NE 60th St., 252-5200
· Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave NE, 252-4180
· West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave SW, 252-9450
· Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S Kenyon St., 252-7630
Or visit the Douglass-Truth Public Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, during open hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 206-684-4704
While the math committee prefers community members review the materials in person, we know that’s not always an option. You can review materials online starting April 1. Visit http://bit.ly/MathAdoption2014
Secondly, if you would like to consider how well the programs align to the standards by which the students will be learning, the committee invites you to consider the transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The state has adopted this new set of standards, which will replace Washington Performance Expectations in English/Language Arts and Mathematics beginning next year. Your input is sought on how far you think these programs go to help your students, their teachers, and our community best meet the demands of these 21st century skills.
More information about the Common Core is available online at:
· SPS Website – http://bit.ly/SPS-CommonCore
· Common Core State Standards Initiative – http://www.corestandards.org/
· National PTA site - http://bit.ly/NationalPTA-CommonCoreIf you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Amazing Bryant Community,
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity shown during our Annual Campaign! Over $130,00 dollars were raised by our caring and kind families and Bryant staff with over a 90% response rate overall! Your contributions make all the difference in developing and maintaining our wonderful PTSA sponsored enrichment programs, activities and direct academic support. It all goes in the right direction and that is to strengthen and extend learning experiences at Bryant for all the students.
A special thank you and cheer goes out for Becky Mackle and Kathy Hughes who promoted, directed and oversaw the campaign as it wonderfully unfolded!
Again, thank you families most of all for showoing how much you care for Bryant and making sure that it stays the best school in Seattle and beyond!
Dan Sanger, Principal
Rachel Friesen, Assistant Principal
This year the Bryant Parent Handbook will be available on-line. For families wishing to have a hard copy, please stop by the office and we will provide one for you.