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November 5th, 2021

Dear Bryant Families,

We are almost to the end of the first trimester of this school year. You will soon receive (if you haven't already) instructions to sign up for parent teacher conferences from your child's classroom teacher. It is our goal to have 100% attendance at these conferences as they are such an important part of our connection with families. In this newsletter you will find information about what conferences will look like this year. I will also send a map next week for each grade level entrance during those conferences. One important reminder is that masks are required while in the building. We will have masks available for any who may need one. We also ask that only 1-2 parents/guardians and the student are present at the conference. If either of these items are not something that can be done, please be sure to schedule your conference via TEAMS. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Thank you!

Mrs. Klock

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Book Challenge From Mrs. Franzen

Every May it is a challenge to get books that are months overdue back to the library. So, let’s try a book round up now!

The class with the fewest overdue library books as of Monday, November 8th will earn a movie in the library!

On Sundays, an email is automatically sent to families with overdue books. Once a month I am messaging parents on Dojo regarding missing books. I conference with students each week about books too.

Thanks for your help getting books back or renewed.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Franzen

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Upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences- November 16th and 18th

Parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching as we move into November. We are incredibly excited to provide you with a few options to consider as we move into scheduling them for your family.

The three options are as follows, and your classroom teacher will be reaching out to schedule.

In-Person Inside Masked:

Many of you have not had the opportunity to see your child's classroom or school environment. We would ultimately love for you to come in person if at all possible. For the safety of our staff, we are requiring parents/guardians to be masked. We also request that the in-person conference be limited to only the child and 1-2 parent(s) or guardian(s). We will be attempting to decrease the density of crowds at the school. We will message the use of multiple entrances and exits as well.

In-Person Outside/Playground (weather dependent):

In some cases, the use of a mask may not be a choice your family practices. Not a problem, we can then schedule the conference outside. This choice will be weather-dependent. If the building administrator decides that going outside is unrealistic on the day of the conference, then that meeting will be rescheduled to Teams.

Remote Teams:

In some cases, families may need to choose to do remote conferences. A Teams invite will be sent to your family to get this scheduled. Our desire is to see everyone in person, yet in some circumstances, the fragility or safety of the family needs to take precedent.

Please feel free to reach out to our main office if you have questions.

Music Program Update

Below is a letter from Mrs. Albus, the music teacher at Bryant, on the upcoming Music Programs for our students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Albus.

Daylight Savings Reminder

Please remember Daylight Savings Ends this Sunday, November 7th at 2 A.M. Please remember to "fall back" and set your clocks to the new time. Thank you!
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Congratulations to Mrs. Albus and Mrs. Blood!

Two of our staff members were awarded Helena Education Foundation Grants yesterday! Mrs. Albus was awarded a Spark Grant for the purchase of additional musical instruments for her room. Mrs. Blood was awarded a Great Ideas Grant to purchase materials to create calm down spaces in several areas in our school. Congratulations to these two educators! We are so proud of you!
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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics

Below is information sent out to families earlier this week!

Good Afternoon HPS Family,

I am pleased to announce that – with yesterday’s CDC approval of COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages 5-11 – HPS is partnering with East Helena Public Schools and Lewis and Clark Public Health (LCPH) to host free vaccination clinics open to all children, regardless of where they attend school.

There are no residency requirements for these clinics, but pre-registration is required. The clinics will offer first Pfizer doses for children ONLY. Second dose appointments will be automatically scheduled three weeks out. Confirmation of second-dose appointments will be sent to parents via email.

Appointments are currently open on the LCPH COVID-19 Hub at Individuals can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 833-829-9219 for appointments or questions. The hotline is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All caregivers and children must wear masks at the clinic, which will be indoors. Vaccine recipients and their guardians will be expected to wait on-site for up to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Please note that this in an indoor clinic (drive-thru vaccinations are not available).

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11

East Helena: Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., East Helena High School, 2760 Valley Drive

Helena: Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bryant Elementary School, 1529 Boulder Ave

We’re grateful to our partners at LCPH and Bryant Elementary for making this safe and convenient opportunity available to our children.


Barb Ridgway
Chief of Staff, Helena Public Schools