Bryant Bulletin

September 15, 2021

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Message from Dr. Rhodes

We have some exciting additions to our Bryant playground! Our new playground equipment is up and functional and the kids have been having fun!! Thank you to our Bryant PTA for helping raise money through previous fundraisers!! We also thank Willow Creek Farms MUD, Fort Bend-Waller Counties MUD #3, and Harris-Waller Counties MUD #3 who also made contributions towards our new equipment!!

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We also thank the Bryant Student Councils of 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021 who saved money in order to pay for our very first Buddy Bench!! The Buddy Bench will be used to encourage students to look out for one another. If a student is lonely or needs someone to talk to, they can sit on the Buddy Bench. Other students will look out for these students and help them when needed. It is another way to instill kindness and care into each of our students.

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From Nurse Osbourne: Clinic Use

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our way together through this pandemic as well as increased spread of other communicable diseases such as Flu, Strep, RSV, and Hand-Foot-Mouth. The clinic is a very busy place, and we are doing our best to keep everyone safe and taken care of.


This year we are continuing to implement clinic referral guidelines. We have seen clinic visits grow to over 100 per day. To provide quality clinic care to those who need it, Dr. Rhodes has asked we strictly follow Katy ISD Clinic Referral process (see below). There are always exceptions and teachers are trained to guide self-care as well as triage. Teachers are also encouraged to use their judgement and consult with the nurse as needed.


The goals of the Katy ISD Clinic Referral Guidelines are:


1. To keep students in the classroom as much as possible to optimize instruction and learning.


2. To provide a framework for the appropriate utilization of the Clinic.


An added benefit to our students is to teach and foster self-care and self-awareness.


Please read the guidelines and check out the decision tree teachers use with students.


Minor injuries are extremely common in elementary school and teachers or even students themselves often clean injuries and apply a Band-Aid. No calls are made for minor injuries. Calls to parents are generally only made for injuries that may either need closer observation, involve head injuries (more than very minor bump), injuries to face, severe pain, and possible sprains or broken bones.


For any other questions please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at ChristilynnJPriceOsbourne@katyisd.org or 281-234-4325.

From Our Counselors

Bryant’s First Annual Multicultural Festival is going to be amazing! Several of our families have volunteered to represent their heritages and cultures with different activities and visuals. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this event on Thursday, September 30th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. A flyer will be sent home on Wednesday for this exciting event.


Our Purposefull People focus continues to be Responsibility. Here are a couple of books that highlight responsibility. If you are interested in more book titles, please feel free to reach out to our school counselors, Dr. Flores or Mrs. Akerson.


Grades K-2

  • But It’s Not My Fault by Julia Cook

Noodle is having a tough day at school when nothing seems to be going right. He blames others when he didn’t complete his homework and forgot his library book. Students will read how Noodle learns how to accept Responsibility for his own actions.

  • Do I Have To?: Kids Talk About Responsibility by Nancy Loewen

Using an advice column format, kids talk about Responsibility and how it can be helpful in daily situations.


Grades 3-5

  • Salt In His Shoes by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan

Michael Jordan just didn’t wake up and find he was an amazing athlete. Instead, he worked hard and was determined to get better. But as a child, he almost gave up his dream until he learned a valuable lesson about patience and perseverance.

  • Win or Lose by How You Choose by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Walk through the different scenarios and choose the outcome that will best stretch your Responsibility muscle.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us:

PK, K, 4th and 5th - Dr. Flores 281-234-4331 or penelopewflores@katyisd.org

1st, 2nd, 3rd - Mrs. Akerson 281-234-0676 or julianaakerson@katyisd.org

Safety Drills

In the Home to School Connection below, there are tips on how to talk to children about Lockdown Drills. While our teachers speak generally (especially to our primary students) about staying safe and what to do if we go into a Lockdown, it would be great if you can discuss this with your child as well. We will practice Lockdown and our other semester drills, as well as our monthly fire drill later this week. We do not want students to ever worry unnecessarily; the most important thing for children to know is if an announcement is made, do exactly what the teacher says. See below for more ideas for discussion.

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GENERAL CAMPUS INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

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.

Fall Picture Day - September 16th

***TOMORROW***

***9/16***

The Singing Bengal 5th Grade Choir Practice - September 17th

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Upcoming Events

9/13-9/17 - Grandparents Week (see lunch visitor information above)


9/15-9/20 - PTA Online Auction (see PTA Section below)


9/16 - Fall Picture Day (see details above)


9/16 - PTA General Meeting, 6pm (see PTA Section below)


9/17 - The Singing Bengal 5th Grade Choir Practice Begins (see details above)


9/24 - Student Holiday (No School)


9/29 - College/Career Shirt Day


9/30- 1st Annual BES International Festival, 5:30pm (see Counselor section above)


10/1 - National Custodians Day (help us show appreciation to our Custodial Team)

District Information

Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Site

FREE rapid COVID-19 testing is available for enrolled Katy ISD students, as well as all district employees and their dependents who are enrolled under the Katy ISD healthcare plan. The free test is in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) COVID-19 Testing Project. Parents can find the student sign-up link on our homepage. www.katyisd.org

Love & Logic Parent Sessions Fall 2021

Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be offered over Zoom in the Fall semester of 2021. Participation options are listed in the chart below. Katy ISD families may register to attend any session. Dates and registration for Love and Logic courses will also be posted on the Professional Learning website.


Families who wish to participate in Love and Logic courses must register through the Katy ISD Pay and Go System and pay $10 for the cost of the workbooks. Love and Logic Facilitators will arrange a grab-and-go for parents to pick up materials. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each session. If a minimum number of participants is not met, registered participants will be directed to an alternate session.

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Community Education Courses


Registration is now open for 21-22 Community Education courses!

Visit our website to view the course catalog and sign up for classes in PayNGo.

News From the Bryant PTA

Shopping with Amazon?

Don’t forget us when shopping at Amazon. Click here to learn more about how to support PTA as your AmazonSmile partner. We show up as “PTA Texas Congress- Bryant Elementary.” When shopping, use the web address https://smile.amazon.com

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.


www.32auctions.com/Bryant2021

PTA Meeting - September 16th

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ATTENTION WATCH DOG DADS: Information from kickoff night, please take a look at each link!

The online signup - at this time, we can only sign up once for the whole school year. Look for updates for chances to grab a second date:

https://signup.com/go/JDpEPNj


Contact information form - if you are new to Bryant WatchD.O.G.S. or if you need to update your contact information, please fill out this form:

https://forms.gle/bXJZRK2KcR5jmTFq9


Join PTA - please follow this link to fulfill your own membership for the PTA. This is required for insurance coverage:

www.joinpta.org


Presentation - contains good information to hopefully answer questions.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iEVZCsyGFqb8vsmD_saCyoY2CElIvZ2BGi62cab-E4E/edit

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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.

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Previously Published & Still Relevant

Lunch Visitors

Please click here to list Grandparents and Non-School Aged Siblings who have your permission to visit beginning September 7th.

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PK - 5th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night

Click on a grade level below to find a broad overview of this year's curriculum. You will also learn important information about each grade level!!


Pre-K

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

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 can check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at www.katyisd.org.

*Updated* Safe Return to School Plan

Please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date Safe Return to School Plan.


**NOTE**- An updated Safe Return to School Plan was presented to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees on 8/31 and the plan was approved. Look for the highlighted yellow portions within the document to read updated information.

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)

"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)

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.

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.

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

Bell Schedule

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

Tardy bell: 8:25am (if you are waiting in car line when the bell rings, you will not be counted tardy)

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.

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.