What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of January 2, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!


I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday season filled with family, friends, and love. We are so excited to welcome all of our students back to school on January 2, 2023. That's right, we will be returning on January 2nd! While many of us gathered with friends and family, as we want all of our students to be in attendance at school, please be mindful of any flu like symptoms your child may have the may indicate he/she is not feeling well. Although it is not required, students and staff are encouraged to administer a home COVID-19 test prior to returning to school. If you would like to pick up a test kit for your child, you may call or come by the front office on the morning of January 2nd.


Can you believe it, we are almost halfway through the school year. At Bryant we had a wonderful first few months of school. Let's work together to ensure the second half is as great as the first. We will continue to provide a rigorous adcademic experience for all of our students. Our little bees can do thier part by being on time to school everyday, ready to learn. We can do this!


As always, Bee Fantastic, Bee Great, Bee the Difference! Have a great week!

NJ

What happened before the holiday break?

It has been a long standing tradition at Bryant to take our students on a movie trip on the Friday before starting our holiday break. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to go for the past two years. I am so thankful to say that with the help of our community partners we were able to resume this tradition in 2022. Thank you so much to RUSD, First Students, Harkins Theaters, and NBCUniversal for making this happen for the studnets of Bryant. The students had a fantastic time!

Bryant's Festival of Trees

What better way to get into the spirit of the holidays by taking a stroll through all of the halls of the Riverside Convention Center at the Riversides Festival of Trees. Trees are maticulously and beautifully decorated and on display for all visitors to see. As a downtown school, we decided to do our own "mini" version of the Bryant Festival of Trees. Teams of staff members decorate a tree. The trees are then placed on display in the library for the students to vote on as their favorite. This is our second year of doing this fun event. Our goal is to grow and expand every year.

Core Virtue for the month of January - COURAGE

Courage is the ability to control fear and to be willing to deal with something that is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant. We are faced with situations on a daily basis that may create some fear or uncertainty within us. Showing courage is to demonstrate the ability to overcome that fear and to do what is right.

Patriotic song for the month of January- "This Land is Your Land"

Folk singer Woody Guthrie was sick of THAT song. The year was 1939, and everywhere he wandered, “God Bless America” was playing on the radio. Guthrie felt that Irving Berlin’s song too cut off from the hard-knock life many Americans were facing as the Great Depression dragged into its 10th year. Guthrie knew firsthand how tough life could be for poor folks. Since his teens, he had hopped trains and hitchhiked back and forth across the country. He shared the road with former farmers, laid-off factory workers, and migrants chasing hopes of work. Along the way, he chronicled their adventures, dreams, and sorrows in song.

In February 1940, in reaction to “God Bless America,” Guthrie worked up a simple song that tried to capture his love of the American landscape.


There has been some controversy surrounding "This Land is your Land" as a patriotic song. Native Americans argue that the song plays into America's continual erasure of Indigenous peoples in culture. Many pointed out that America rests on stolen land. At Bryant, we recognize and are appreciative of the contributions of all those that have contributed to establishing this great county in which we live.

Strike up the band!

Thank you to Mr. Watts and our 6th grade band students to giving us a little preveiw to the band concert which was scheduled to be held at Central Middle School. The students did a fantastic job!

Order your yearbook and pay online!

It's finally here! There is an option to order your yearbook and pay for it online. Please use your phone to scan the QR code on the flyer below and you will be directed to Bryant's site to order. You may also continue to submit your order form and cash payment in the front office. We have only ordered a certain number of books so don't miss out.
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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

  • FRC, in collaboration with the County of Riverside, distributes refurbished desktop computers to eligible families. Participants must complete eight hours of instruction. Pre-registration required. Digital Equity 2023 & Equidad Digital 2023

  • 01/10/23 Fathering 101, presented by Fathers United Network. An opportunity to share experiences, build community, and increase parenting knowledge, skills, and confidence. FUN Workshops & https://bit.ly/fathersunited


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.

Progress Reports go home

Friday, Jan. 13th 2023 at 12am

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

In T2, progress reports will only be distributed to those students who are considered to be "at risk".

NO SCHOOL - In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, Jan. 16th 2023 at 12am

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

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