News and Events
Feb. 7, 2014
Dear Bryant Elementary Community,
Today I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Dan Sanger as the Principal for Bryant Elementary School. Mr. Sanger has been serving as Interim Principal since July 2013 and has brought multiple stakeholders together to work on behalf of students.
Mr. Sanger originally came to Bryant from Jane Addams K–8, where he was Assistant Principal for two years. Mr. Sanger immediately demonstrated his commitment to establishing a robust, multi-tiered system of support so that each and every student meets his or her full potential, proving to be a great fit for the Bryant Elementary community.
Kim Whitworth, Executive Director of Schools for the Northeast region, oversaw the community input process to gather feedback on Mr. Sanger’s performance as interim Principal. This included a meeting with staff, written staff feedback, and a survey completed by families. Ms. Whitworth also met with the Bryant PTSA to hear specifics on Mr. Sanger’s work with that group. Staff comments included mention that he is a wonderful communicator, positive and proactive, and a strong instructional leader who provides valuable feedback to teachers.
Prior to Jane Addams, Mr. Sanger served as STAR Mentor from 2010–11, central site coordinator for our district summer school in 2010 and principal designee at Graham Hill Elementary from 2006–2009. Previously, he taught at Graham Hill Elementary and Hawthorne Elementary in Seattle, and also held elementary teaching positions in the Shoreline School District and in California.
Mr. Sanger earned a Master’s degree in educational administration with principal certification from Seattle University and a BA in English from the University of Washington. His goals for Bryant include refreshing the mission and vision along with work toward developing a five-year plan for the school and continued work on alignment of curriculum and assessments.
I know that you will join me in congratulating Dan Sanger on his appointment as Principal. Thank you for your dedication to your students and your school community.
Superintendent of Seattle Schools
When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Central Office team continually monitors conditions across the District. That includes having staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice. After consulting with other agencies, we decide whether to delay school by two hours or if a closure is necessary. That decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m.
You can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
local TV and radio stations
the District webside at www.seattleschools.org
an automated phone call you will receive
the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at www.flashalert.net
Staff and families will receive one of the following four messages:
1. Seattle Public Schools: Schools open on time - busses operating on snow routes. No door -to-door service. No preschool or Head Start.
2. Seattle Public Schools : Two hours late - busses operating on snow routes. No door-to-door service. No preschool or Head Start.
3. Seattle Public Schools: Two hours late - buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door service. No Preschool or Head Start.
4. Seattle Public Schools: Schools closed.
Early Release due to Inclement Weather
In the event that school closes early due to inclement weather, Bryant will follow the procedures below:
1) Children will stay in their classrooms until a parent or authorized adults comes to pick them up. (No need to sign in at the office in this case. Checking in with your child's teacher will help us keep track of who is in the building.)
2) If a parent or guardian is not able to co me to pick up their child, he or she should email the teacher and cc Ms. Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Springer (email@example.com) letting them know who will be picking up their child. Whenever possible, this person should be someone who is authorized on the child's emergency release form.
3) Each teacaher will be given a printed roster to use to sign children out. On this, they should note who the child goes home with. This will help us in the event of a miscommunication about who picked up the child.
4) The person who picks up each child should have some form of ID with them if the teacher does not know that person, he or she should show ID before the child is released.
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.