Bryant Elementary School

March 2, 2020

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A Message from the Principal

During the months of March and April, Bryant teachers will be conducting “Math Monday’s and Fluency Friday’s". Students in grades K-5 will spend the first 10-15 minutes of the school day reviewing math concepts on Monday and practicing their reading fluency on Friday. The purpose of these activities is to provide students with an extra practice and review, in preparation for their Spring FAST reading and math tests in May. If you would like more information on how to help your child with reading and math please contact your child’s teacher. They have great ideas and are willing to help.

Thank you for attending your child’s conference last week. If you were unable to attend please contact your child’s teacher and they will schedule another time for you. Our goal for parent conferences is 100% attendance, so thank you for your support in helping us reach our goal.

Your principal,

Mrs. Kollars

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.”-Jane D. Hull

Coronavirus (COVID-10) communication

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Special Message from Mrs. Kollars

Dear Bryant Families,

It has been a privilege and a honor to serve as the principal of Bryant School for the past 12 years. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to work with such wonderful students, staff and families. At the end of this year I will be retiring and am looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. As I begin this new chapter in my life I will always hold dear all of the connections and memories that I have made with my Bryant family.

Next school year, Dr. Angela Holcomb will begin serving as the principal for Bryant Elementary School. Dr. Holcomb has been with the Sioux city Community School District since 2014. She began as an assistant principal at Perry Creek Elementary and Clark Early Childhood Center. While in this role, Dr. Holcomb was named the 2017 Iowa Assistant Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa organization. Currently, she is the principal of Riverside Elementary.

Before joining the District, Dr. Holcomb served as the regional director with Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston, Iowa. Prior to that, she was the Director of Special Education for the West Des Moines Community School District.

Dr. Angela Holcomb holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Buena Vista University, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, a specialist degree in educational leadership from Drake University, and a doctorate in education leadership from Drake University. Please welcome her to Bryant School.


Mrs. Mary Kay Kollars, Principal


March 3rd - Spring Picture Day

Only students who order before Picture Day will be photographed.


Monday, March 2 - 2:30 PM Dismissal

Tuesday, March 3 - 1000 Degrees Pizza Night 4-9 PM

Tuesday, March 3 - Spring Picture Day

Thursday, March 5 - Rollerama 6-8 PM

Friday, March 6 - Bryant Spirit Day – Remember to wear your Bryant shirt

Monday, March 9 - 2:30 PM Dismissal

Friday, March 13 - Bryant Spirit Day - Remember to wear your Bryant shirt

Monday, March 16 - 2:30 Dismissal

Monday, March 16 - PTO Meeting 5:30 PM in the Bryant Media Center

Friday, March 20 - Bryant Spirit Day - Remember to wear your Bryant shirt

Monday, March 23 - 2:30 PM Dismissal

Friday, March 27 - Bryant Spirit Day - Remember to wear your Bryant shirt

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Great things are happening in fifth grade! In Social Studies we wrapped up our study of the American Revolution. Thanks to the generosity of the Sertoma Club, each student was able to take home his/her very own copy of the Declaration of Independence! We have now moved on to our next unit, Westward Expansion. In Science we finished our study of Ecosystems. Students each made a poster or a PowerPoint to demonstrate their knowledge of food webs and the interactions of living and nonliving things. We are 1/3 of the way through our unit on fractions in Math. Students have taken the adding and subtraction fractions test and have moved into multiplying fractions. The end of the unit will focus on dividing fractions. Students are currently working on a research report for Writing and are learning how to use and properly cite sources. The next FAST test for oral reading fluency will be coming up the first week of May so please encourage your child to read at home! We will continue with our monthly reading incentives as well. The goal for fifth grade is to read 162 words per minute aloud on a fifth grade level passage. You will learn more about our reading goals during our upcoming parent activity in March! Thanks for all you do at home to support and encourage your child!

Your Partners in Education,

Mrs. Heimgartner, Mrs. Hixson, Ms. Collier

Health News by Julie Johnson, RN

Welcome to Bryant! I graduated from Morningside College in 1994 with a Bachelors in Science of Nursing. I have worked as a School Nurse since 2003. I am assigned to three schools: North High School; Sunnyside Elementary; and Bryant Elementary. Bryant families can contact me at 712-279-6819, extension 3413, with any health questions or concerns.

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Sleep for Success

School-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep at night. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, video games, and hectic family schedules might interfere with kids getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyperactive types of behavior and may make it difficult for kids to pay attention in school. It is important to have a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights.

Tips for a good night’s sleep:

  • Include a winding-down period in the bedtime routine
  • Stick to a bedtime and alert your child 30 minutes and 10 minutes beforehand
  • Keep TVs and computers out of the bedroom
  • Keep child’s bedroom dark, cool, and quiet
  • Avoid caffeine

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    • 1000 Degrees Pizza Night - Tuesday, March 3rd, from 4-9 PM
    • Rollerama - Thursday, March 5th from 6-8 PM
    • PTO Meeting - Monday, March 16th from 5:30-6:30 PM – Everyone Welcome!


    Bryant PTO Spirit Wear orders can be placed all year round. The PTO will usually submit the orders on Mondays and deliver them within 1-2 weeks. (Glitter is available only on Design #5 for shirts, hoodies, and blankets)


    · Clip Box Tops and send to school AND Download the NEW Box Tops App (

    · Shop at Hy-Vee and send your Hy-Vee Receipts to school.

    · Volunteer during Culver’s Night, serving food/cleaning tables.


    Follow us on Facebook: Bryant Bears PTO

    Email at

    Text Tara at 712-635-6276 to be added to our texting list for updates on events and volunteer opportunities.

    Questions? Call or text Tara Woodford (712) 635-6276 or Marce Wagner (712) 898-8346

    Drop Off and Pick Up Instructions

    Click here to read the Bryant Drop Off and Pick Up instructions

    Kindergarten Registration Form

    Do you have a new kindergartner for the 20-21 School year? Click here for a registration form.


    APRIL 16 & 17

    We are taking a survey to determine the number of children who will be entering Kindergarten at Bryant School next fall. If your child is enrolling for the first time, please follow the above link to the Kindergarten Registration Form. Please complete the form and return it to Bryant Elementary School .

    Our Kindergarten registration is Thursday & Friday, April 16 & 17, 2020. Children who will be entering Kindergarten next fall will receive invitations to this registration. If you do not have a child eligible for Kindergarten enrollment, but know of someone in the Bryant district who does, please ask him or her to contact us at 279-6819.

    Note: A child must be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2020 to be eligible for admission to Kindergarten. A copy of the birth certificate and immunization record will be required at registration.

    Lunch and Breakfast Menus

    Want to know what's for lunch? Click here to find out.

    District and School Climate Survey: Now Open

    Every voice matters in Sioux City Community Schools. That’s why we need to hear from all parents and guardians. Provide feedback using our District and School Climate Survey, which is open February 4 - March 13. The survey is available in English or Spanish.

    How to take the survey:

    • A link will be sent to parents/guardians by email, text message, and voicemail.
    • If you do not receive a link, please contact 712-224-7471 to request a link.
    • Paper surveys are available for pick up at your child’s school.
    • Take the survey online at your child’s school while at conferences.

    The survey asks for feedback on student and academic support, safety and behavior, school leadership, and family involvement. We will use the results to better understand our students’ needs, determine our strengths, and identify opportunities for improvement.

    All survey responses are strictly confidential. The District has partnered with an independent research and communications firm, K12 Insight, to administer the survey and compile the results. District employees will not know who participates or see individual responses.

    If you have questions, please contact Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications, at

    La Encuesta del Ambiente Escolar y del Distrito Ahora Abierta

    Cada voz importa en las Escuelas de la Comunidad de Sioux City. Es por eso que necesitamos escuchar de todos los padres y guardianes. Proporcione sus comentarios utilizando nuestra Encuesta del Ambiente Escolar y del Distrito, que estará abierta del 4 de febrero – 13 de marzo. La encuesta está disponible en inglés y español.

    Como tomar la encuesta:

    • Se enviará un enlace a los padres/guardianes por correo electrónico, mensaje de texto y correo de voz
    • Si no recibe un enlace, comuníquese al 712-224-7471 para solicitar el enlace.
    • Las encuestas en papel están disponibles y las puede recoger en la escuela de su hijo.
    • Tome la encuesta en línea en la escuela de su hijo durante las conferencias.

    La encuesta solicita comentarios sobre el apoyo académico y estudiantil, la seguridad y el comportamiento, el liderazgo escolar y la participación familiar. Utilizaremos los resultados para comprender mejor las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes, determinar nuestras fortalezas e identificar oportunidades de mejoría.

    Todas las respuestas de la encuesta son estrictamente confidenciales. El Distrito se ha asociado con una compañía independiente de investigaciones y comunicaciones, K12 Insight, para administrar la encuesta y recopilar los resultados. Los empleados del distrito no sabrán quién participa ni verán respuestas individuales.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Mandie Mayo, Directora de Comunicaciones, a

    2020 Census - Every Person Counts

    Census Day is observed on April 1, 2020. Households begin receiving invitations to participate in the Census in mid-March. There are three ways to complete the census – online, by phone, or by mail – and the Census Bureau provides forms in 14 languages. It’s important that every household participate and that every person is counted.

    What is the Census? Get the Facts.

    How Census Data Is Used

    The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding for public programs like schools, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Learn More.


    The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

    Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Learn More.

    Census Data And The Impact on Public Schools

    Public schools in Iowa will be directly impacted by the 2020 census. The 2010 census estimated there were 731,975 children in Iowa ages 0-18. Children ages 0-4 are typically undercounted, and Iowa estimates 4,726 children were not included in the census.

    Iowa receives over $8 billion annually from the federal government based on population estimates from the 2010 census, including funds for Special Education Grants, the National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs, Head Start, and many other education programs vital to the success of Iowa’s children. Those 4,726 children who weren’t counted in 2010 are now in grades 6-9, and the state has lost out on millions of dollars in federal funding each year for those children’s education.

    We cannot let the census become another barrier to the funding of our student’s educations. The Sioux City Community School District is asking for the help and support of all families in our district to ensure that every child is counted.

    Help us make sure the students of our district receive the funding they deserve. Help us make sure all kids are counted!

    Census Contact

    If you have questions about the U.S. Census Bureau, contact their office directly by calling (301) 763-INFO.

    Censo 2020 – Cada Persona Cuenta

    El Día del Censo se celebra el 1 de abril, 2020. Los hogares comienzan a recibir invitaciones para participar en el censo a mediados de marzo. Hay tres formas de completar el censo – en línea, por teléfono, o por correo postal – y la Oficina del Censo proporciona formularios en 14 idiomas. Es importante que todos los hogares participen y que cada persona sea contada.

    ¿Qué es el Censo? Conoce los Hechos.

    Como se Usan los Datos del Censo

    El Censo 2020 determinará la representación en el Congreso, informará a cientos de miles de millones en fondos federales para programas públicos como escuelas y proporcionara datos que impactarán a las comunidades durante la próxima década. Aprenda Más.


    Las respuestas que proporciona solo se utilizan para generar estadísticas. Lo mantienen en el anonimato. La Oficina del Censo no tiene permitido divulgar públicamente sus respuestas de ninguna manera que pueda identificarlo a usted u otras personas en su hogar.

    Según el Titulo 13, la Oficina del Censo no puede divulgar ninguna información sobre usted, su hogar o su negocio, ni siquiera a las agencias policiales. La ley garantiza que sus datos privados estén protegidos y que sus respuestas no puedan ser utilizadas en su contra por ninguna agencia gubernamental o tribunal. Aprenda Más.

    Datos del Censo y el Impacto en las Escuelas Públicas

    Las escuelas públicas en Iowa se verán directamente afectadas por el censo 2020. El censo 2010 estimó que había 731,975 niños en Iowa de 0-18 años de edad. Los niños de 0-4 generalmente carecen de representación y Iowa estima que 4,726 niños no fueron incluidos en el censo.

    Iowa recibe más de $ 8 mil millones anuales del gobierno federal según las estimaciones de población del censo de 2010, incluidos los fondos para Becas de Educación Especial, los Programas Nacionales de Desayuno y Almuerzo Escolar, Head Start y muchos otros programas educativos vitales para el éxito de los niños de Iowa. Esos 4,726 niños que no fueron contados en 2010 ahora están en los grados 6-9, y el estado ha perdido millones de dólares en fondos federales cada año para la educación de esos niños.

    No podemos permitir que el censo se convierta en otra barrera para los fondos de la educación de nuestros estudiantes. El Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Sioux City está pidiendo la ayuda y el apoyo de todas las familias en nuestro distrito para asegurar que cada niño sea contado.

    Ayúdenos a asegurarnos de que los estudiantes de nuestro distrito reciban los fondos que merecen. ¡Ayúdenos a asegurar que todos los niños sean contados!

    Contacto del Censo

    Si tiene preguntas sobre la Oficina del Censo de los EE.UU., comuníquese directamente con su oficina llamando al (301) 763-INFO.

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

    The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

    Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.

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    Principal: Mary Kay Kollars

    The mission of Bryant Elementary School is to provide all students with an exemplary education, which will meet the diverse needs of individual students in a positive and safe environment while preparing them for academic success, productive citizenship, and lifelong learning.