What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of September 11, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,

Can you believe it? We are almost half way through the 1st trimester. Time has sure flown by. If you have questions regarding classroom procedures, work load, or anything school related, please be sure to contact your child's teacher. As we progress through the year remember that everyone has areas of strength and weakness. There may be some content areas that may come easily for your little one while others may present some difficutly. Maintain open communication with the teacher regarding how you can work collaboratively together to ensure the support your child requires is being offered. We are here to help.

Two decades ago the US was faced with one of the most deadliest attacks on US soil.

Since the attacks, the US has remained diligent in our efforts to ensure our values as a democratic nation remain in tack. We will never forget all of our fellow countrymen that succumbed to the tragic event on September 11, 2001. Let our effort to lead with love, kindness, and understanding be our way of honoring thier memory.

As always, thank you so much for being such wonderful partners. Have a fantastic week!


RUSDs 2023 State of the District

Attention Families: Save the Date for this year's Riverside Unified State of the District!

Our annual State of the District event is an opportunity to hear about RUSD"s accomplishments, student success stories, and plans for the future.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

The Maxine Frost Performing Arts Center

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Guest reception

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Program

Learn about how your district is partnering for success!


Atención familias: ¡Reserven la fecha para el Estado del Distrito Unificado de Riverside de este año!

Nuestro evento anual del Estado del Distrito es una oportunidad para escuchar acerca de los logros del RUSD,las historias sobre el éxito de los alumnos y los planes futuros.

Jueves, 2 de noviembre de 2023

En el Centro de artes escénicas Maxine Frost

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Recepción de invitados

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Programa

Infórmese sobre cómo su distrito se asocia para lograr el éxito.

The Core Virtue for the month of September - Diligence

Diligence is doing what needs to be done with devotion, dedication, and determination. Showing diligence involved making a constant and earnest effort to accomplish what has been undertaken, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the person.

This month, as part of our social-emotional development discussions, classes will discuss what it means and what it looks like to demonstrate diligence. Please join us by talking with your child about demonstrating diligence and never giving up, even when things appear to be difficult.

September Students of the Month

Congratulations to all of the students who were recognized as our Students of the Month for September. We appreciate all of your hard work! Keep up the awesome work!

Who has the best attendance?

Congratulations to Ms. Reed and her super students for being recongized as the class with best attendance average last week. In addition to our students, parents are to be recongized for ensuring their children are at school, on time ready to go! Thank you for your support. Keep up the great work!

Parent University

This year, Bryant is so excited to launch a series of parent trainings through our Parent University program. Each session will be geared toward helping to provide parents with tools to support their children in the areas of academics and social emotional behaivors. Our first parent night has been scheduled for September 27, 2023 from 6:00 p -7:00 p. Childcare will be provided. Please do not miss out on this awesome opportunity.

Active Shooter Drill

To ensure the safety of all staff and students in the event of an emergency, all schools are required to schedule and participate in various safety drills. This week, our first active shooter drill is scheduled. The goal of the drills is to ensure students are aware of where to go and how to cover for safety if we are every faced with the unfortunante circumstance of someone being on our campus with the intent to cause harm. This will be new for our younger students so I wanted to ensure parents were aware in the event you would like to speak to your child in advance. The drill is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th. The exact time will be unannounced. Students will be expected to shelter in place in their classrooms until the "all clear" has been issued. Teachers will support students with being in a location in the classroom with reduced visability while remaining as quiet as possbile. There will be no simulation of the sounds of a firearm or anything that may bring unnecessary stress to our students. An announcement on the loud speaker will be given indicating the school site is on lock down and to shelter in place. Once the campus is cleared by the admin staff the drill will be called to an end.

As a reminder, visitors will not be allowed in or out of the school site during drills. Parents will not be allowed to enter the campus to withdraw students until the drill has concluded. This holds true for all drills (earthquake, fire, active shooter, etc.). You are welcomed to call the office if you have any questions.

Parking enforcement

You may have all noticed the prescence of parking enforcement around our campus. The purpose of the parking enforcement officers is to ensure all drivers are adhering to parking laws when dropping off or picking up thier children from school. The ultimate goal is to make sure all of our students are safe! The front office has fielded several calls regarding parking enforcement being present. As a reminder, it was posted in our parent bulletin for the first 3 weeks of school that their was a high likelihood parking enforcement and/or RPD would be present. It is routine for both agencies to support with enforcement of parking and moving violations throughout the school year.

Bryant is a small community school with no parking lot and no designated pull through area. This presents a huge challenge therefore, it is important that everyone follow all posted signage to ensure a consistent flow of traffic. We understand that some parents like to walk their child to the front gate while others prefer to transition in/out quickly. If you would like to walk your child to the gate, please do so however do not park your vehicle in an area that is marked with white, red, or blue curbing. I recognize it may be an inconvenience for some to park a little further and walk to the gate but given the layout of our school site it is a task we must undertake.

Any citations that are issued to drivers will be the sole responsibility of the driver. Neither the school site or district is responsible to resolve or dispute the citation. Thank you so much for your continued cooperation.

Join a Bryant Parent Group!

Parent, we need you! Joining one, two, or all of Bryant's parent groups are a wonderful way for you to get involved in what's going on with the school community. We are always looking for enthusiastic new members to join our team. Be part of planning school activities, fundraising, budget planning, etc. Most meetings are held after school with the option of attending virtually or in-person. We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

Attendance Matters!

Regular school attendance is the best predictor of a students success. If you child is at school on time every day, teachers have a better opportunity to identify and address any needs your child may have. It also helps to ensure your child feels as if he/she is part of the learning community. It can be very hard to enter into an enviornment when you feel as if you don't have a good grasp on what is going on specifically because you have been absent from school. This includes being tardy. Routines. schedules, and expecations for the day are established in the first few minutes of class. Although it may seem like it's not important, it helps classes establish community. Let's be good Bryant Bees! Please ensure your child is at school, on time, every day!
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Join School Site Council - We are still looking for interested parents!

We are looking for parents to join our team. School Site Council helps to support the administrative team in finalizing the categorical budget, monitoring school safety procedures, etc. There are 7 scheduled meetings to be held throughout the school year. Parents have the option of attending the meetings virtually or in-person. If you are interested in joining, please print and return the attached form. The due date has been extended to September 8, 2023.

We would love for your to volunteer!

We are so happy to welcome volunteers on campus to offer support or to attend field trips. This is a great way to ensure the school site, community, and families are all connected. If you are interested is being a volunteer, some important information you will need to know is captured below:

  • All volunteers are required to be checked into RAPTOR Visitor System & be cleared via the Volunteer Clearance List for 2023-2024. If you are not on the Volunteer Clearance List you will not be allowed on campus for any reason. Volunteers will not be allowed on campus prior to 8:10 am unless cleared by administration in advance of the visit.
  • The Adult Volunteer Participation process is a 4-6 week process (may be longer if there is a fingerprint processing delay).
    • Be sure to inform staff of the timeline to acquire clearance for scheduled events and field trips.
    • All chaperones, no matter the duration of the field trip or school event, must be fingerprinted and complete the process

Volunteer clearance renewal:

  • To complete the renewal process (volunteers previously cleared during the 2022-2023 school year) all volunteers are required to complete the annual online volunteer training and confirmation form
  • Tier 1 volunteers, previously cleared during the 2022-2023 school year may renew their Tier 1 clearance for the 2023-2024 school year.

If you would like to begin the volunteer clearance process, please access one of the links below.

E3 is BACK!

I am so happy to announce we will be bringing back E3! Please read the attached letter for more details. We hope many of you are able to volunteer.

E3 Volunteer interest form

23-24 - Data Confirmation

The data confirmation window for 2023-2024 will be July 17, 2023, through September 30, 2023. For the 2023-2024 school year, every parent/guardian of returning students MUST use the online Annual Data Confirmation process. Returning parents will not be required to print and submit hard copies of the Emergency Card. If you have questions or need support with completing the data confirmation online, please contact the main office. We will be happy to help.

Riverside Arts Academy

We are so excitedf to continue our partnership with the Riverside Arts Academy (RAA). The program is offered to all 5th and 6th grade band students. Students will extend their love of music from our day program to RAA after school. RAA band will be offered to both grade levels two times per week. Don't miss out on signing up your child for this wonderful opportunity. RAA is scheduled to begin on September 11th.

Enrollment form
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RUSD's Family Resource Center

Parents and families are encourage to join RUSD engagement opportunities

    • 9/12/23 & 9/14/23 Opening Doors Builds early literacy skills and promotes positive parenting practices.

    • 9/13/23 Suicide Awareness Recognize risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors to support children’s mental health.

    • 9/14/23 Protective Factors The workshop will help participants develop coping skills, self-care, and parenting strategies.

    • 9/20/23 Help your Student with ADHD Join us to learn what ADHD looks like in kids and how to help your child at home and school.

    FRC Monthly Calendar: Sept. 2023 FRC Calendar
  • Various dates: Digital Equity Program Families receive a free refurbished computer after 8 hours of instruction.

Additional resources:

Riverside College & Career Fair

RUSD students and families are invited to attend the 19th Annual Riverside College and Career Fair taking place on September 28, at the Galleria at Tyler from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

The event is hosted by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and will feature over 100 colleges and professional organizations. View the event flier here.

School Site Council (SSC)/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting

Monday, Sep. 18th, 3-4pm

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Parents can attend virtually or in person

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

Melissa Gonzales, Assistant Principal

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