What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of August 22, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,

Thank you to everyone who came out to Back to School Night. It was so great to welcome our community back on campus. It is my hope that little by little we will regain a sense of normalcy in school. We are getting there. One day at a time.

With the desire to experience normalcy, we must remember we are still in the midst of a pandemic. To ensure the safety and well being of our entire community, if your child is ill, please do not send him/her to school. In normal circumstances it is against school policy to administer any type of fever reducer with the goal of reducing a low grade fever to send your child to school (please see the parent/student handbook). It is even more important that we adhere to this policy to ensure we do not inadvertently spread germs to anyone. Attendance is important however our health and wellness are equally as important.

Lastly, as a reminder, all parents are required to complete the online data confirmation process through the Aeries parent portal no later than September 30, 2022. Please see the information in the bulletin related to how to complete this process.

Everyday promises to be better and better. Let's continue to work together as a team. I truly appreciate your partnership.

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


The "King Bee" of Attendance

There is a direct correlation between a students academic achiviement and attendance. Every week, we congratulate the class that had the highest attendance percentage for the week. This is a very competitive recognition. All classes want to be hold on to Buzz the Bee for the week or longer. Our first class to be honored as the clas with the highest attendance percentage is Mr. Clark's class. Congratulations to Mr. Clark and all of his super students for making every day count!
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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.

What does it mean and look like to show respect and responsibility?

Thank you to Mr. Clark and his super students for teaching us how to show respect and responsibility while at school. We learned what both virtues look like from the role of a student, teacher, and principal. Thank you so much for helping us to be better!

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.
God Bless America


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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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Game Club!

We are always looking for fun and entertaining ways to keep our students engaged during the school day. This year, we would like to start a "Game Club". Bryant's "Game Club" will be facilitated by our MTSS Counselor, Mr. Babar. This will provide students with a space to work collaboratively with other students, work on social skills, and just have a little fun while playing board games during recess and/or lunch. If you would like to help with the start up of "Game Club" by donating an elementary aged appropriate board game, we would appreciate it very much. All donations can be dropped off at the front office. We thank you in advance for your support.

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

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.

RUSD Board of Education meeting

Thursday, Aug. 25th, 4pm

6735 Magnolia Avenue

Riverside, CA

Bryant PTO meeting

Monday, Aug. 29th, 3pm

4342 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

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

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

Valerie Sanchez, Assistant Principal

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