Bryant News December 16, 2014

Wishing you a warm and safe winter break!

Bryant Elementary School

Vicki Sullivan, Principal

Connie Mueller, Secretary/Business Manager

LATE ARRIVALS DUE TO WEATHER

If the district calls a 2-hour delay, the student day will begin at 10:05 for student entry with a 10:15 tardy bell. If the delay is called on a Friday, the student entry will still be at 10:05 and tardy bell at 10:15.

SPIRIT DAY IS FRIDAY - A REASON TO CELEBRATE

Students and staff are encouraged to celebrate our school spirit by wearing blue/yellow or Bryant apparel. We are particularly joyful to be celebrating the spirit of caring that exemplifies our community.

Consider a brief conversation with your child about all the ways he or she is contributing to a caring school community. There are school-wide efforts like the recent Giving Tree Project and Humane Society Donation Drive. Then there are more personal moments. A few that come to mind are the ways that classrooms welcome new students or say good-bye to a student who is leaving, the happiness that grows out of Kdgn./4th grade buddies and the 1st/5th grade buddies too! Don’t forget about the 5th grade line leaders who walk in with our kindergarten students each morning, safety patrol students, and recyclers. Small groups of students from every homeroom rotate in leading the Pledge of Allegiance each morning and send us off with an energetic, “Go Bulldogs!” Recently the 5th grade students helped out by voting on a favorite cover for this year’s memory book. Students also have jobs in their classrooms that demonstrate care and concern for self, others and property. Caring is even evident in the rules for how we sound and act in the hallway and stairs. Since we are a small school it’s important to be quiet - others are likely involved in teaching and learning in nearby spaces.

CHOIR & BAND CONCERT - FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Please consider joining us for a few minutes anytime between 11:35-12:35 for an informal lunchtime concert by the choir and band students; all are welcome!

JUST READ

Thank you and congratulations – a median of 93% of students met or exceeded their at-home reading goals for the month of November! Did you know that Mrs. Sellers and Mrs. Kilgore routinely incorporate books into their instruction to help teach content and promote a love of reading? It definitely takes a village!

SAFETY AT ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

Thank you to the majority of our families who exercise patience and caution at arrival and dismissal time. It’s also true that there is room for improvement. Three gentle reminders that will help to keep children safe;

· Use the crosswalk at arrival and dismissal time.

· Do not park in the Archdiocesan Center lot or the lot shared by East Mill Bake Shop and the Beauty Salon. These lots are private property.

· Teach your child to use the sidewalk when coming to and from school and to avoid cutting through parking lots.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

This Friday’s late arrival sessions include planning adjustments to instruction based on a study of first grade work in the area of literacy. Additionally, we will be working on technology skills that will increase our ability to use technology as a tool for learning.

WHO ARE WE?

The more that a community understands and appreciates the diversity within itself, the stronger and healthier it is. A healthy community supports learning for children and adults. Socio-economic status is one of the ways we are diverse. The table below shows the percentage of students’ families that are eligible for Free/Reduced lunch in each DCSD school.

FOURTH GRADE SERVICE PROJECT

Thank you for the donations to benefit the Dubuque Regional Humane Society! Supporting our animal friends and this community partner is much appreciated by fourth grade students and teachers.

THE GIVING TREE PROJECT

Thank you for the generous response! Four families in need will be receiving gifts because of your kindness. A special thank you to our community partner, Project Concern, for matching us with families and for helping families develop their wish lists.

REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW

A Regional High School Art Show will be held at the Charles & Elizabeth Bisignano Gallery located in the Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque Campus. The opening reception is January 8, 5:30-7pm. The exhibit runs January 5-30. Artists featured include Bryant alum Devin Mattoon and Rachel Trimble.

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND OUR FAMILIES FOR THIS YEAR’S FUNDRAISER SUPPORT!

BFO Spending Priorities Accomplished Include:

  • 6 laptops for student use
  • A class set of fitness pedometers for student use
  • Fieldwork support

GO BULLDOGS!

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