Bryant Bulletin

August 25, 2021

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Message from Dr. Rhodes

We are having a great first full week of school! Thank you for your patience with arrival and dismissal. This process is becoming smoother and quicker as everyone becomes more familiar with the procedures. This week each class is making a class promise that will guide their class family for the year. The class promise will include ways in which classmates, teachers, and others who enter the room will treat each other. Be sure to ask your child about their class promise.


With the summer temperatures we have been experiencing recently, please read the District Extreme Heat Guidelines we use for outdoor activities, such as recess.

From Our Counselors

This week students began learning about respect using this definition: seeing good in people and things and treating them with care. Respect is an important trait for students to learn and apply in their lives and is part of our Bryant Code of Honor. One of the activities found in our newsletter is called the Family Field Trip. For this activity, you could research other cultures with a real or virtual family field trip. Maybe there’s a Native Indian Museum close by? Or an exhibit on the Royals in England coming to a museum near you? It could even just be a field trip to eat dinner at a German restaurant. Notice similarities and differences in the culture(s) that you experience and talk about them after the trip is over! This is one of the ideas found in our family newsletter through PurposeFull People: K-2 resource (en Espanol) and 3-5 resource (en Espanol). If you would like more information, please contact our school counselors, Penny Flores or Julie Akerson.


Need to Reach the Counselor?

Students at Bryant have accessibility to talk with our School Counselors, Penny Flores (grades PK, K, 4, and 5) and Julie Akerson (grades 1-3). If you would like to get in touch with either of them, please contact Dr. Flores at 281-234-4331 or at penelopewflores@katyisd.org or Mrs. Akerson at 281-234-0676 or at julianaakerson@katyisd.org. In addition, you can find more information and guidance lessons on her counselor webpage by clicking here.

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)

Robotics After School Program

After School Katy Robotics Academy Coming to BES for 2021-2022


We are excited to announce that our 1st-5th graders will have an opportunity to learn computer programming through LEGO robotics this year!


Registration is first come, first served, and space is limited. To register or find out more information about this amazing program coming to Bryant, visit www.katyroboticsacademy.com.


**Disclaimer Note** This is not a program run or supervised by Bryant Elementary teachers or administrators. If your student needs specific academic or behavioral interventions, has allergies, or any other specific need from an adult working with him/her during this after-school program, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide this information directly to the company renting school space and provide these services. The company will have their own dismissal/checkout process which is not approved or monitored by Bryant employees. Divorce decrees, guardianship paperwork, or any other legal paperwork will need to be provided directly to the program. Bryant Elementary staff does not share personal information about any student participating in any program. While rare to none, complaints, student's not working well together, separation agreements, or any other dissatisfaction would be directed to the company offering the service. Thank you.

Fall Picture Day on 9/16

GENERAL CAMPUS INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

Bryant Back to School Video

Did you miss our Back to School video posted on social media? Click here to check it out!!

Bitmoji Classrooms!!

Learn more about our teachers in their Bitmoji Classrooms. Click on each teacher's name, and learn more!!

Bell Schedule

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

Grab 'n' Go Breakfast will be available to be eaten in the classroom.

Tardy bell: 8:25am

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.

Lunch Visitors

In the first day packet you will find a letter in regards to lunch visitors. We normally attach a form to this letter but we have created an electronic form. Please disregard the lunch visitor letter in the first day packet when you receive it. Please click here to list Grandparents and Non-School Aged Siblings who have your permission to visit beginning September 7th.


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 Marquee

Do you want your student's birthday recognized on the school marquee? If so, please fill out the Birthday Marquee form and return it to school with payment at least 5 days prior to the week of the birthday.

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, Specialized Programs

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

Mandy Babin - 4th and 5th

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

Upcoming Events

9/2 - PTA VIPS Kickoff 9am


9/6 - Labor Day (Staff & Student Holiday)


9/7 - Lunch Visitors Begin


9/8- Wear ORANGE for Responsibility


9/9 - Watch D.O.G.S. Orientation Parent Meeting 6pm


9/13-9/17 - Grandparents Week


9/15-9/20 - PTA Online Auction


9/16 - Fall Picture Day


9/16 - PTA General Meeting, 6pm


9/24 - Student Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

District Information

Safe Return to School Plan

In preparation for the start of the school year, please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date Safe Return to School Plan.

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 are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at www.katyisd.org to confirm the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.

Student COVID Testing

The Student COVID Testing Center will reopen this fall. More information about the opening date will be available soon.

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

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.

"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)

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.

News From the Bryant PTA

Upcoming PTA Meetings

VIPs Meeting in LGI on September 2nd from 9-10am

Watch Dog Night in LGI on September 9th from 6-7pm

PTA Online Auction 9/15-9/20

The PTA has some exciting news… We are kicking off the new school year with our 2nd Annual Bryant Elementary PTA Online Auction scheduled for September 15th - 20th. This year the PTA is raising money for student enhancements in our ever growing school. Keep an eye on social media and in our school newsletter to see some amazing school related events you will be able to bid on for you or your child. If you or someone you know has a business that would like to donate a gift card, good or service to our online auction please reach out to our Auction Chair Rebekah Smith at bryantptaauction@gmail.com.

WATCH D.O.G. Program

Are you a dad of a Bryant Elementary Bengal? Do you want to be a hero and keep Bryant Elementary a safe place? Then join the WATCH D.O.G.S. program for the 2021/2022 school year!


The WATCH D.O.G.S. program is a national program which began in 1998 and is credited for bringing male role models into the educational process. At Bryant our goal is to have you spend one day at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears at the school.


Join us for the annual kickoff meeting and pizza on

Thursday, September 9th at 6:00 PM in the LGI Room.


We’ll present some great information and those in attendance will get first dibs to pick a day and fill up the calendar. Even if you were involved in WATCH D.O.G.S. in the past, we encourage you to attend for some new information and the chance to sign up first. All Volunteers (including Watch D.O.G.S.) must be a paid 2021/2022 PTA Member.


Pizza will be served so please RSVP by September 2nd to bryantelementarywatchdogs@gmail.com and let us know if you and your student(s) will attend.

5th Grade T-Shirt Design Contest

To All 5th Grade Parents:

Your child will be coming home with a flyer about the 5th grade T-shirt design contest today, please be on the lookout for it in their take home folder!!

Spirit Wear Orders

Our spirit store has reopened and our pre order shirts are available again for a limited time! Get your order in Before September 7th to guarantee you get yours!


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

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.