Bryant Bulletin

August 18, 2021

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Message from Dr. Rhodes

WOW!! What a great first day!! As on any first day, our most difficult part of the day was arrival and dismissal. While we did pretty well, there are improvements to be made. Please be sure to follow our arrival map and dismissal map. Please note- we had many "walkers" today who walked to a car across the street at the shopping center. Walkers are considered students who walk home, not to a car. Our business owner neighbors were not pleased with the parking lot being taken over this afternoon. I let a couple of them know that I would make sure everyone understood their parking lot is not part of our dismissal process. I was informed that some parents posted on the Bryant Elementary Parent FB page that the businesses didn't mind their lot being used. This is inaccurate information, as they have communicated that they do care. One owner stated a towing company will be called tomorrow. I just wanted to pass the information along. In an effort to show kindness and care to our local businesses and business owners, please do not park in the shopping center parking lot. I know they will appreciate it!!

Thank You to Our Beginning of Year Sponsors

Bryant Elementary PTA- Back to School Homemade Pancake Breakfast, Meet the Teacher Dinner for Staff and countless hours volunteering to help make our school amazing!!


Westside Lexus- Staff Lunch from Chicken Salad Chick.


Chick-fil-A Katy Mills- Bagged CFA Lunch for the staff.


Sealy Dental Center in Katy, Dr. Jayson Wurtzbacher- Chick-fil-A Breakfast for the staff.

From Our Counselors

This year, we will continue to implement PurposeFull People within our school. We know that it takes a strong bond between home and school to build these essential traits within our students and transfer them into their everyday lives. We will focus on each of the ten traits throughout the school year. Please click here for a Welcome Letter from PurposeFull People. Click here for a year at a glance of our traits.


This month we will introduce the character trait: Respect. Please help us kick off this trait by encouraging your child to wear yellow on Monday, August 23rd. Throughout the month, students will engage in conversations and activities that help develop and apply Respect in their daily lives! As we introduce this trait, we hope to instill new ideas and skills that students will be able to apply and utilize in school and at home. We are using this definition at school: Respect: seeing good in people and things (and treating them with care). If you are looking for ways to extend this trait at home, check out our K-2 resource (en Espanol) and 3-5 resource (en Espanol). For more information, contact Penny Flores or Julie Akerson, the School Counselors.


Need to Reach the Counselor?

Students at Bryant have accessibility to talk with our School Counselors, Penny Flores (grades PK, K, 4, and 5) and Julie Akerson (grades 1-3). If you would like to get in touch with either of them, please contact Dr. Flores at 281-234-4331 or at penelopewflores@katyisd.org or Mrs. Akerson at 281-234-0676 or at julianaakerson@katyisd.org. In addition, you can find more information and guidance lessons on her counselor webpage by clicking here.

From the Bryant Clinic

Medications- parents of students who need medications on campus, either daily or as needed, should contact Nurse Osbourne ASAP. Medications will be collected on campus August 12-13 and August 16-17.


We are also 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)

GENERAL CAMPUS INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

Bryant Back to School Video

Did you miss our Back to School video posted on social media? Click here to check it out!!

Bitmoji Classrooms!!

Learn more about our teachers in their Bitmoji Classrooms. Click on each teacher's name, and learn more!!

Bell Schedule

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

Grab 'n' Go Breakfast will be available to be eaten in the classroom.

Tardy bell: 8:25am

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.

Lunch Visitors

In the first day packet you will find a letter in regards to lunch visitors. We normally attach a form to this letter but we have created an electronic form. Please disregard the lunch visitor letter in the first day packet when you receive it. Please click here to list Grandparents and Non-School Aged Siblings who have your permission to visit beginning September 7th.


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.

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.

2020-2021 KVA & KSAT Device Return

Bryant Elementary students who checked out a device for online learning via KVA or KSAT and still have a District loaned device are asked to immediately return the device to the school or to the Education Support Complex (6301 S. Stadium Lane). Fees are accessed for devices that may be lost or returned devices that have incurred damage. Visit Katy ISD’s Pay N’ Go to pay related fee.

District Information

Safe Return to School Plan

In preparation for the start of the school year, please click here for Katy ISD’s most up to date Safe Return to School Plan.

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 are encouraged to check the Katy ISD COVID-19 Dashboard at www.katyisd.org to confirm the current active number of COVID-19 cases at their child’s campus.

Student COVID Testing

The Student COVID Testing Center will reopen this fall. More information about the opening date will be available soon.

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

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.

"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)

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.

News From the Bryant PTA

Upcoming PTA Meetings

VIPs Meeting in LGI on September 2nd from 9-10am

Watch Dog Night in LGI on September 9th from 6-7pm

Update on Yearbook from PTA

We would like to apologize for the delay in the production and shipment of the yearbooks. We have been informed that due to COVID and overload of production at the plant, that there has been a backup. Typically the estimated production time is 6-8 weeks. We feel the same frustration as you do, as we all ordered yearbooks as well. We know that this is not an ideal situation. Please know that these decisions had to be made in the height of a pandemic, not knowing what the outcome of the school year would be. Therefore we were wanting to maximize the opportunity to have as many pictures in the yearbook as possible by extending the final submission to be when the school year was completed. On a positive note the yearbooks being shipped directly to the home will eliminate any further delay. We have been informed that an email confirmation will be sent out upon shipment. All this said, knowing this plan was not the best, we plan on going back to the original method of finalizing the yearbook in the Spring. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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