Bryant Bulletin

November 10, 2021

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Message from Dr. Rhodes

I hope everyone is having a productive week! I can't believe how close we are to Thanksgiving Break. Our kids are learning away and our classes continue to grow. As of today, we are at 1341 students!! I also wanted to let you know that one of our Crossing Guards, Mr. McVey, is moving and his last day with us will be the end of next week. If you are interested in becoming a Crossing Guard, look for information in next week's Bulletin.


On another note, Mr. Bryant has been under the weather for a couple of weeks. Please keep him in your thoughts!!

From Our Counselors...

A recent article by Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, states that “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” We continue to discuss and practice gratitude during our community circles at school. The Gratitude prompts below can be used at home to facilitate conversations about gratitude.

At this time, Bryant Elementary is participating in two programs to assist families. We have our Giving Tree and Food for Families. If you would like more information on how to receive assistance through these programs, please contact Julie Akerson, School Counselor, at 281-234-0676 or julianaakerson@katyisd.org at your earliest convenience. All information received is confidential.

INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

Upcoming Events

11/8-11/12 - National School Psychologist Week


11/8-11/12 - Fall Book Fair


11/11 - 4th Gr. Veterans Day Program, 6pm


11/16 - PTA Spirit Night- Hat Creek Fulshear (Details Below)


11/17 - College/Career Shirt Day


11/17 - PTA General Board Meeting (Details Below)


11/22-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break


12/1 - Wear BLUE for Creativity


12/6-12/10 - PTA Holiday Shop

District Information

Information for Parents of Students Receiving ESL Services

The Parents L.E.A.D. (Learn. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) Conference is designed to equip parents with practical skills to:


• Learn strategies that support the academic and social-emotional development of their child.

• Engage as leaders to help nurture literacy and math skills at home.

• Advocate for strong partnerships in their child’s education.

• Develop and create meaningful home learning environments.


Please click on the pictures below for details and registration link.

Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Site

FREE rapid COVID-19 testing is available for enrolled Katy ISD students, as well as all district employees and their dependents who are enrolled under the Katy ISD healthcare plan. The free test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project. Parents can find the student sign-up link on our homepage. www.katyisd.org

News From the Bryant PTA

Spirit Night!!

*Spirit Night is coming up! Join us at Hat Creek Fulshear, and a portion of the proceeds will go to our school
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Spirit Wear in Stock!!

**Spirit wear is now in stock, order yours today!

https://www.officialbryantpta.com/online-store

*Limited availability*

Volunteer Opportunity

*The PTA is in need of a Yearbook Chair. This position includes creating all aspects of the yearbook. If you’re interested please contact Jennifer Nash at bryantptapresident@gmail.com

General Board Meeting

*The General Board meeting is coming up soon, make sure you join us!

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(Click Yearbook Flyer for Direct Link)

Visit Us Online

Click here for the PTA Website with online Spirit Wear Store.


Click here for PTA Facebook.


Click here to follow PTA on Twitter.

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Previously Published & Still Relevant

From Nurse Osbourne: Medicine at School

All medications (prescription and nonprescription) brought to the school must be taken to the school clinic immediately, upon arrival. Students may transport prescription/nonprescription medication to and from school if the medication is not a controlled substance. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or nonprescription drug on school grounds during school hours unless officially authorized by the campus nurse for possession and self-administration of a prescription medication for asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes. The following procedures are to be followed regarding medications:


All prescription drugs dispensed through a physician's office must be in their original pharmacy container or packing and labeled by the pharmacist or physician.


The label must include:

  • The student's name
  • The physician's name
  • The name and strength of the drug
  • Amount of drug to be given
  • Frequency of administration
  • Date prescription was filled


All nonprescription drugs (including cough drops) must be in their original container. The written request for administration of these over-the-counter drugs, made by parent, guardian, or physician, must contain the following:


  • The student’s name
  • Name of drug
  • Amount of drug to be given
  • Scheduled hours when the drug is to be given
  • Reason drug is to be given
  • Date
  • Appropriate signature


Medications prescribed or requested to be given three times a day or less are not to be given at school unless a physician prescribes a specific time during school hours, or the school nurse determines that a special need exists for an individual student.


Only one medication is allowed per properly labeled container. Students may not have prescription or non-prescription drugs in his or her possession on school grounds during school hours.


Natural and/or homeopathic-like products, not FDA approved, will not be dispensed in the school setting by school district personnel.


**There are no “stock” medications kept in the clinic. The only medications that are kept in the clinic are those which were brought in by the parent or student with appropriate paperwork.


For any other questions please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at ChristilynnJPriceOsbourne@katyisd.org or 281-234-4325

Lunch Visitors

Please click here to list Grandparents and Non-School Aged Siblings who have your permission to visit beginning September 7th.

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Changes in Transportation

Transportation must be either sent in with your student on the day of the change by printing and filling out this form, emailing bryantelementary@katyisd.org from a registered email on your student’s account, or by coming up to the vestibule of the school with your valid ID to verify guardianship before 2pm. If emailing, please be sure to include student’s name, grade, teacher, change of dismissal (include bus #, address, and stop location if changing to bus), and the date(s) of the change.

Birthday Celebrations Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that campuses district-wide are unable to accept birthday treats. This includes all food items, invitations, party favors and gift bags. We appreciate your understanding! We know birthday's are a very special day for each of our students. Every student will receive a shout out on the live morning announcements and will sign the birthday poster in the library!

PK - 5th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night

Click on a grade level below to find a broad overview of this year's curriculum. You will also learn important information about each grade level!!


Pre-K

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Direct Notification of a COVID Positive

Parents will receive a Direct Notification if their child may have been in close contact, within a classroom or student program, with an individual who has reported a COVID-19 positive. Parents can check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at www.katyisd.org.

*Updated* Safe Return to School Plan

Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date Safe Return to School Plan.


**NOTE**- An updated Safe Return to School Plan was presented to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees on 8/31 and the plan was approved. Look for the highlighted yellow portions within the document to read updated information.

From the Bryant Clinic

We are requesting forms needed for students (below) be scanned and emailed to the clinic. You can email by clicking here or fax to 281-644-1967.


Any questions or concerns please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at 281-234-4325


KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Forms:

Daily medication with Doctor’s Order

Asthma Action Plan

Allergy Action Plan

Diet Modification Form

Seizure Action Plan

Parent Questionnaire for a Student with Seizures (English)

Diabetes Medical Management Plan

Parent Authorization for Diabetes Care at School (English)

From Nurse Osbourne

Clinic Use


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our way together through this pandemic as well as increased spread of other communicable diseases such as Flu, Strep, RSV, and Hand-Foot-Mouth. The clinic is a very busy place, and we are doing our best to keep everyone safe and taken care of.


This year we are continuing to implement clinic referral guidelines. We have seen clinic visits grow to over 100 per day. To provide quality clinic care to those who need it, Dr. Rhodes has asked we strictly follow Katy ISD Clinic Referral process (see below). There are always exceptions and teachers are trained to guide self-care as well as triage. Teachers are also encouraged to use their judgement and consult with the nurse as needed.


The goals of the Katy ISD Clinic Referral Guidelines are:


1. To keep students in the classroom as much as possible to optimize instruction and learning.


2. To provide a framework for the appropriate utilization of the Clinic.


An added benefit to our students is to teach and foster self-care and self-awareness.


Please read the guidelines and check out the decision tree teachers use with students.


Minor injuries are extremely common in elementary school and teachers or even students themselves often clean injuries and apply a Band-Aid. No calls are made for minor injuries. Calls to parents are generally only made for injuries that may either need closer observation, involve head injuries (more than very minor bump), injuries to face, severe pain, and possible sprains or broken bones.


What to do when your student is sick


For illness, please follow the current Katy ISD 2021-2022 Safe Return to School Plan. If your child was out sick and went to the doctor, and/or received testing, please bring or send a copy for your child’s records and attendance. All pending communicable illness tests need to be completed prior to your child returning to school. For example, if your child takes a RAPID COVID test and then takes a PCR test, your child cannot return to school until you have received both the RAPID and PCR test results.


Absences should be reported using online form or called to the front desk 281-234-4300. Nurse Osbourne is also available for advice or questions at 281-234-4325. Please leave a message if she is unable to answer when you call.


For any other questions please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at ChristilynnJPriceOsbourne@katyisd.org or 281-234-4325.

"How-To Guide" for Parents on the Home Access Center (HAC)

Need to know how to view a report card, student grades, or other information? Check out the how to guides in the Home Access Center or click below.
Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English) Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)

Free Meals for All Students

Breakfast and lunch will once again be free to all Katy ISD students during the 2021-2022 school year. While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Free and Reduced-Price Meals Benefit Applications are available online at SchoolCafe.com. To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit Pay N’ Go.

Student Discipline Updates for 2021-2022

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found here. Parents and students should review the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.

Annual Student Update via PowerSchool

Parents and guardians should have been emailed information regarding their Annual Student Update form for each enrolled child in their household. If you did not receive your notification(s) or you are having issues with PowerSchool, please contact your student’s campus or submit a Parent Tech Support ticket. Please complete the Annual Student Update for each child prior to the first day of school, August 18. New for 2021-2022! Parents can access their child’s Annual Student Update form directly from within the Home Access Center (HAC). For detailed instructions on accessing the Annual Student Update via the HAC: Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual, Single Sign-on Step-by-Step Instructions Manual - Spanish

Bell Schedule

Doors open: 8:00am - Students walk straight to breakfast or class.

Tardy bell: 8:25am (if you are waiting in car line when the bell rings, you will not be counted tardy)

Attendance bell: 9:50am

Dismissal bell: 3:35pm

Dismissal Instructions & Procedures

Please click the links in Dr. Rhodes' Message above for Arrival/Dismissal Maps


This year we will continue to offer each family a unique dismissal tag color and number. For example, if you have multiple children attending Bryant living in the same household, you will receive a dismissal number with one set of car tags for your family. This will be available at Meet the Teacher. This system allows us to account for each student and maintain proper security measures. Student safety is always a priority!



Car Riders:

Car riders stage for dismissal via double stack lanes in our car rider lane which wraps behind the school. Staff members will be entering your dismissal number and color into a Google Doc which is shared inside the school. It is imperative that once you have entered the left or right lane, you cannot change lanes. This causes great challenges because staff members are staging students inside using the order recorded in the Google Doc. If you are picking up your child as a car rider, please use the HANGING TAGS provided for you. If families are carpooling, a great idea is to use a hanger with clips to show more than one dismissal number on your rear-view mirror. Please hang the tag(s) from the rear view mirror, not in the corner of the window. If you do not have the physical number for the child or children you are picking up, you will not be able to pick up a child from the car rider line. See map below for more directions. Please watch this video for an overview of our car rider system.



Daycare Riders:

On our transportation survey above, you can tell us your child’s teacher and the name of their daycare bus.



Walkers/Bike Riders:

Students in PK-1st will be released to an adult only. If you have a PK-1st grader that you would like to walk home with an older sibling, please see the directions in the manila envelope provided during Meet the Teacher. The older sibling will not need a dismissal number to pick up their younger sibling. Parents MUST have the physical dismissal number in your hand in order to pick up your PK-1st grade child from school. If you do not have the number in your hand you will be asked by a staff member to go to the front office. Students in 3rd-5th will leave campus on their own, and will not need a dismissal number in order to exit the building.



Bus Riders:

Click here to check current bus routes.


The Katy ISD Transportation Department is excited to communicate that all 2021 – 2022 route buses continue to be equipped with GPS systems. With the GPS systems, parents, campuses and transportation personnel are able to track buses in real-time through a downloadable application from Edulog. For parents and patrons having children who are eligible for transportation services in Katy ISD, click here for information on how to download the application. Bryant's campus code is: 69167016


Click here for step-by-step instructions for how to install the app and track our buses.

Bryant Elementary Parent and Student Handbook

Our Student/Parent Handbook contains specific information describing procedures and processes for our campus. These are updated as of 8/11/21. If changes are needed, those changes will be communicated through our weekly Bryant Bulletin newsletter. Click here to view our Student/Parent Handbook.

Early Check-Outs

Anyone checking out a child must be on the child's enrollment notification as a parent/guardian. In the event you need a person on your emergency contact list to pick up your child, a note and/or notice from the parent/guardian is required. A valid and unexpired ID is required for check out.


Please see the Bryant Student/Parent Handbook for all details.

Late Arrivals

Per district guidance, students who arrive to school late will have a Bryant staff member conduct a pre-screening before allowing them entrance into the school. Late children must be escorted by a parent/guardian until the pre-screening is complete. Children displaying any of the above symptoms in the self-screening checklist or who have had exposure to someone who has tested positive or suspects they have COVID-19 should not report to school.

Child Find

Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth to 21 years of age who may need special education and related services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, contact your student’s Assistant Principal at Bryant.

Amanda Fait - Pre-K, Kinder, 4th, Specialized Programs

Lindsay O'Leary - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Visit the Katy ISD Child Find Information Page for more information about Child Find.