What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of August 29, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,


Our school year is in full swing. Thank you so much for all the support you have shown thus far. We truly appreciate it.


I know many of you are anxious to volunteer on campus. As you may know, for the past few years, all RUSD campuses have been closed to site visitors and parent volunteers due to COVID restrictions. At this time campuses remain closed to visitors and volunteers however, our District team is working very hard to develop guidelines with the goal of welcoming our volunteers back to sites. Please know that the restrictions that have been in place are for the safety and well-being of all staff and students. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.


As a reminder, in observance of Labor Day, there will be no school on Monday, September 5th. Enjoy your day off.


As always, BEE fantastic, BEE great, BEE the difference!


NJ

The "Queen Bee" of Attendance

Congratulations to Mrs. Carranza and all of his super students for making every day count! They were recongize as the class with the highest attendance percentage for the week. Great job! Keep up the great work.

Game Club is in full swing!

Thank you to Mr. B for bringing Game Club to Bryant! Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to play board games, interact, socialize, and have fun with their peers during Game Club. Thank you to our community members who donated board games. If you would like to donate games for the students to play during Game Club there is still time. Just drop them off in the front office. Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity.

We stand by our Core Virtures!

As part of the character education program at Bryant, we emphasize recognition, developement, and understanding of the Core Virtues. Children at all grades should come to understand that every single human being is worthy of respect -- as an an individual with unique gifts, talents, and attributes. Good character education can provide ground rules for life for students, and it stresses the importance of helping them learn and practice behaviors that reflect universal ethical values. Character education helps children become conscious of the right thing to do. The Core Virtues for the month of August are respect and responsibility. The core meaning of the word “respect” is to give something or someone particular attention and consideration. To respect someone means you recognize that he or she is important and deserves to be treated well. Responsibility is doing our part for the group(s) that make us whole. Being responsible means others can trust you to do things with excellence. You accept accountability for your actions. When you make a mistake, you offer amends instead of excuses.

Patriotic song for the month of August - God Bless America

This simple one-verse song became an overnight hit, and a hopeful song as war threatened. “It’s not a patriotic song,” composer Irving Berlin said in a 1940 interview, “but an expression of gratitude for what this country has done for its citizens, of what home really means.” Today, many Americans consider “God Bless America” an unofficial national anthem of the United States.
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Our "Specials" makes us SPECIAL!

We are so proud to offer art, music, and technology classes to our Bryant Bees. The classes are designed to be an extension of the information learned as part of our core content. This week in art class, our first grade students learned about basic lines. They will later learn how basic lines are used as the start to creating wonderful pieces of art. Great job first graders!

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN THE CLASSROOM

Now that we are well into the school year, students and parents will have a desire for children to celebrate their birthdays with their teacher and classmates. Students spend a large majority of thier day at school and develop bonds with the people they meet so it is natural for us to all celebrate together. At Bryant, we have a school wide committment to protect instructional time as much as possible and to promote a healthy lifestyle while considering food allergies and preferences of students in the class. Therefore, there was a committment made several years ago to restrict food items, including all baked goods (store bought or home cooked) from the classroom. This information is posted in our parent/student handbook. I have included an excerpt below. Included in the excerpt are alternative ideas to celebrating a students birthday. Please be aware that you will be respectfully asked to take back any food items that are brought into the office for delivery that do not align with the alternate ways identified in the handbook, even if it has been discussed with the teacher. Thank you in advance for your support.



BIRTHDAYS

Students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. Given the current demands of the curriculum, we cannot have birthday parties for students. We are asking all parents to follow these simple guidelines when planning for your child’s birthday celebration at school. The Bryant staff feels strongly that by following these guidelines, we are promoting a healthy lifestyle, being considerate of those with health concerns related to food (allergies, diabetes, obesity, etc.), and maximizing student learning!

  • Contribute a book to the Bryant School library through the Birthday Book Program (a sticker will be placed in the book stating it was donated on behalf of your child for his/her birthday.

  • Bring in non-food items for classmates such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc. The teacher will help your child distribute them to classmates at a time during the school day that does not interfere with instruction.

  • Volunteer in your child’s class.

  • Make a donation to your child’s school in honor of your child’s birthday.

  • Provide goodie bags for classmates which can be distributed and taken home at the end of the day.

  • Donate an educational game or book for your child’s classroom.


Students are no longer allowed to bring in food items for birthday celebrations. We appreciate your help with this matter!

Riverside Arts Academy

We are so excited to continue our partnership with the Riverside Arts Academy. Students are given the opportunity to learn musicianship from some of the top musicans in our area and around the country. Please do not miss out on this opporutnity for your child. Scan the QR code on the flyer or call the number listed on the flyer for more information.

PTO needs YOU!

Bryant's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is always in need of parents to help plan fun and engaging activities that supports the growth of each of our students. PTO also plans fundraisers throughout the year. Funds are used to sponsor many, if not all, of the student activities on campus. If you are interested in joining PTO, please visit their website. Meetings will be held the last Monday of each month at 3:00 pm. To accommodate the availability of all parents, meetings will take place synchronously in person and online . Please plan to share your talents and ideas by giving your time and supporting our PTO. Thank you in advance.

Show your school spirit!

Bryant's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is so happy to announce presales of our 22-23 spirit gear. You can place your pre-order by clicking the link and completing the form. All spirit shirts purchased before September 1, 2022 will be priced at $10. After September 2, the price will increase to $12.
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Data Confirmation in Aeries

Attention Bryant Parents: Don't forget to complete your 2022-23 data confirmaiton in Aeries Portal by September 30. Having the most up-to-date information is important and the best way to stay connected. https://bit.ly/RUSDAeries


Aeries Parent Portal Accounts will automatically be created and associated with your student once the contact record is entered and saved by the school site. Parents will receive an email containing their username and password. Please check your spam/junk folders for said email. To associate multiple students/siblings to a parent account, simply add your email address and a Y in each student's (or sibling's) contact record.

RUSD Parent and Family Engagement

Connect with the Family Resource Center (FRC). The FRC offers a variety of workshops as well as serves as a hub for families to access information about resources withing the community. You can make an appointment by calling by (951) 328-4003 for an appointment. FRC Fall 2022


Family Wellness Workshops

  • The Puertas Abiertas support group welcomes Spanish speaking parents or guardians raising a child with behavioral challenges or a mental health condition. The group is facilitated by Riverside University Health Systems-Behavioral Health and meets on the first Friday of each month. Puertas Abiertas 9/2/22

  • Educate, Equip, and Support begins on 9/7 and helps participants learn about common childhood mental health conditions, symptom management, and local resources. The virtual program is offered in partnership with the Riverside University Health Systems Parent Support and Training Program. EES English/Spanish 9/7/22

  • September 7, 2022, “Sleep Soundly” reviews the effects of sleep deprivation and disorders on a family's physical and mental well-being. Sleep Soundly

  • September 12, 2022, Opening Doors School Readiness Program prepares families for their child’s transition into TK and kindergarten, provides tools for navigating school options, builds early literacy skills, and promotes positive parenting practices and parent-child interactions. The series in Spanish begins on 9/12/22. The English class begins on 9/15/22. Opening Doors 0-5

  • September 13, 2022, The Latino Family Literacy Project engages families in reading with their children and builds vocabulary and English language development. Participants will receive free dual language children’s books. Family Literacy Project 9/13/22


RUSD Family Update webpage

Take some time to periodically view the RUSD family update webpage. There you will find all important District updates and information for RUSD families.

RUSD Dress Code

A diverse group of RUSD students and staff convened this year to update the RUSD dress code policy. Input from parents was gathered as well. Parents and students have the ultimate responsibility of grooming. However, the role of the school site is to ensure student dress does not interfere with the health or safety of a student, and does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating learning environment.


Please see the graphics below. You may also see Board Policy 5132 or refer to the RUSD Parent/Student Handbook.

Bryant PTO meeting

Monday, Aug. 29th, 3pm

4342 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

The meeting will also be held synchronously online. Link is forthcoming.

NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY

Monday, Sep. 5th, 12am

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

Valerie Sanchez, Assistant Principal

School Office Hours - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm