April 6, 2022
Message from Dr. Rhodes
Happy Wednesday!! We are looking forward to Family Learning Night tomorrow (4/7). We hope to see your family there!! Food trucks will be on site with an area to dine in the cafeteria. Entrances into the school will be from the cafeteria doors and the front main entrance. If you can walk or carpool, please do!!
Igloo recently donated lots of new Cool Gear cups, household items, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. and we will be selling them at bargain prices tomorrow night!! Prices will range from $1, $5, $10, and $15. Only cash will be accepted and we will have limited change. Find the Igloo Sale on the map tomorrow night and grab some amazing deals!! Thank you to our amazing PTA volunteers who helped us get all the boxes opened and packaging removed for our sale!!
Teacher Characteristics: As in previous years, I have opened a two and a half week window (4/6-4/22) in which you can submit characteristics your child needs in a teacher next year. We will take the characteristics you provide and match your child with a teacher who is the closest match. Please know, we do not take requests for specific teachers. In fact, if there is a request for a specific teacher, we will not be able to honor it and your child will be placed with another teacher who matches similar characteristics. If you have multiple children, please submit an electronic form for each of your children. Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your responses. Please click here to access the electronic form to submit characteristics.
Message from our School Counselors
Thank you so much to all of you who have volunteered for our Career Day! We would love to have more parent/guardian volunteers!
On Thursday morning, April 28th, we will be having Career Day at Bryant. We would love to have you as a Career Day presenter! This day is an amazing opportunity to highlight many different careers and give children the opportunity to learn more! Since it is more meaningful if our students hear from our parents/guardians, we will only seek outside community members to represent careers if needed. We would need you at Bryant Elementary from approximately 8:20A.M. - 11:30A.M. For Career Day, we ask that you prepare a 10 - 15 minute presentation about your specific career, which could include materials and information about your job. Classes will rotate through your presentation. More information will be sent to you via email upon completion of this form or by using the QR code above. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Akerson, School Counselor, at email@example.com or 281-234-0676. We look forward to seeing you at our Career Day!
We kicked off our spotlight on Honesty on April 1st by wearing navy! Also, during the month of April, our focus during community circles will be Honesty. Our working definition for Honesty is living truthfully in your words, actions, and thoughts. If you are looking for ways to extend this trait at home, check out the K-2 resource (en Espanol) and 3-5 resource (en Espanol).
Finally, we will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on April 26th to watch a documentary called LIKE. LIKE goes in-depth about the influence of social media on our lives. The film brings perspectives from kids, adults, and experts to explain how social media use can affect our mental state and the brain science involved in that impact. For more information and to sign up, click here.
If we can be of assistance to you, contact us at:
PK, K, 4th and 5th - Dr. Flores 281-234-4331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1st, 2nd, 3rd - Mrs. Akerson 281-234-0676 or email@example.com
INFORMATION AND REMINDERS
Family Learning Night - Thursday, 4/7 5:30pm-7pm
1st Floor Activities
2nd Floor Activities
PTA Spring Parties on 4/14
The schedule for the parties is below:
PK/Kinder - 1:45pm-2:35pm
1st Grade - 8:45am-9:35am
2nd Grade - 12:45pm-1:35pm
3rd Grade - 9:45am-10:35am
4th Grade - 10:45am-11:35am
5th Grade - 11:45am-12:35pm
Kinder Cap & Gown Photos on 4/12
4/7 - Family Learning Night, 5:30-7:00pm
4/12 - Kinder Cap & Gown Picture Day
4/12 - Kindergarten Orientation (2022-2023), 5:30pm
4/14 - PTA Spring Parties (see information above)
4/15 & 4/18 - Staff & Student Holidays
4/26 - PTA Spirit Night (more information soon)
4/27 - College & Career Shirt Day
4/28 - Career Day (see Counselor's section above)
5/4 - Wear RED for Courage
5/4 - Blood Drive 9am-2pm
5/9-5/18 - STAAR Testing (CLOSED CAMPUS-No Visitors)
5/18 - PTA General Board Meeting 4pm
From the District
Pre-Kindergarten Registration Information
Online registration for the Katy Independent School District Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2022-2023 school year opened Monday, April 4, 2022. Parents must complete the online registration process through Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website in order for their child to be screened for program eligibility.
The Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program follows the state Pre-K guidelines which focus on oral language development, reading and math readiness, as well as science and social studies knowledge and skills. Click the Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link for a list of eligibility requirements or call the Office of Interventions, at 281-237-7062.
La inscripción en línea para el programa de prekínder del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Katy para el año 2022-2023, estará disponible a partir del 4 de abril del presente año. Los padres y/o tutores legales, deben completar el proceso de inscripción en línea a través del sitio web Katy ISD’s PowerSchool Registration website, a fin de que su hijo sea evaluado para la elegibilidad del programa.
El programa de prekínder de Katy ISD sigue las pautas estatales que se enfocan en el desarrollo del lenguaje oral, preparación para la lectura y las matemáticas, así como el conocimiento en las áreas de ciencias y estudios sociales. Haga clic en el enlace del programa de prekínder Katy ISD Pre-Kindergarten program link, para así obtener un listado de los requisitos necesarios de elegibilidad o comuníquese con “Office of Interventions” la oficina de intervenciones, a través del número 281-237-7062.
Save the Date!
Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Celebration
Friday, April 29
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
A 25-year tradition celebrating all campus volunteers!
News From the Bryant PTA
Spring Party Help Needed on 4/14
The spring party is around the corner and PTA needs your help. Some fun new things will be at the party and we want the event to run smoothly for all involved, your time would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteer of the Month
Thank you to our volunteer of the Month, Caroline! We couldn’t do it without you!
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
5th Grade Party
The PTA is working hard to get the 5th grade end of the year party planned!
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
- 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
Changes in Transportation
Birthday Celebrations Reminder
Direct Notification of a COVID Positive
*Updated* 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:
From Nurse Osbourne
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.
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.
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
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 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.
On our transportation survey above, you can tell us your child’s teacher and the name of their daycare bus.
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.
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
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.
Amanda Fait - Pre-K, Kinder, 4th, Specialized Programs
Lindsay O'Leary - 1st and 3rd
Tracy Bashay- 2nd and 5th
Visit the Katy ISD Child Find Information Page for more information about Child Find.