January 5, 2022
Message From Dr. Rhodes
I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends during our winter break. Yesterday, we jumped right back into learning as there is much to learn. I have several important issues to address. Please read below:
New Assistant Principal Roles
We are excited to have Mrs. Tracey Bashay join us as Assistant Principal. Now that our Administrative Team is fully staffed, I have shuffled some assignments in order to balance work load for all Assistant Principals.
Dr. Amanda Fait- Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th Grade, and Specialized Programs
Mrs. Lindsay O'Leary- 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and Health Services
Mrs. Tracey Bashay- 2nd Grade, 5th Grade, Specials
Notice of Procedure Change- Reteach/Retest
At Bryant, all teachers follow best practices by constantly reteaching students and spiraling back to skills as necessary for student success. If your student scores lower than 70% on a major assessment, a yellow retest sticker will be placed on the assessment to indicate your child will be retested at a later date. Your student will have one opportunity to retest which will consist of the same content as the original test in an alternate form. The teacher will provide the student with reteach opportunities before the retest occurs (tutorials, supplemental work, etc.). After the retest has been administered, the teacher will staple a “retest ticket” to indicate the type of retest the student received (test corrections, alternate assignment, review questions or other).
The student will receive the “average” of the original grade and the retest grade with a final score no higher than a 70, which will go into the gradebook replacing the first grade.
- Students who make between a 60% - 70% will make test corrections with supervision of teacher
- All other students scoring 59% or lower will do one of the following:
- Alternate assignment
- Review questions
Please refer to the Bryant Handbook for further details concerning Reteach/Retest, which remain unchanged.
Stage 3 Modified Operations
There has been a lot of communication about Modified Operations. Please understand this is district-wide, not just Bryant. I want to provide answers to the questions we are receiving the most...
- Having lunch with student- lunch visitors are not allowed during Stage 3
- Volunteering- we can continue regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities such as guest readers, Junior Achievement, PTA Workroom, Watch D.O.G.S., etc. It is important to note that all volunteers will be temp checked upon signing in and are required to wear a facial covering at all times, while in the building.
- Entering the building- if needing information from the front office, picking up a child, or dropping off an item, all business will be conducted through the vestibule of the school. Look for signage and directions.
- How long? Stage 3 Modified Operations will definitely last through January 31st. The district will reassess for February.
From Our Counselors...
Kindness Challenge: Meet someone new to you at school. This could include inviting someone new to eat with you at lunch, ask someone to play a game with you at recess, or introduce yourself to someone new at school.
For the month of January, we will introduce the character trait: Empathy. Throughout the month, students will engage in conversations and activities to help develop and apply empathy in their daily lives! Did you know that today's youth is 40% less empathetic than they were 30 years ago? Empathy is an important trait for our children to develop and apply in their daily lives. We are using this definition at school: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Akerson at email@example.com.
INFORMATION AND REMINDERS
1/6 - Report Cards go live in Home Access Center (HAC)
1/17 - Student/Staff Holiday (No School)
1/18 - PTA Spirit Night (more details to come)
1/24-1/28 - Great Kindness Challenge Week
1/24-1/28 - Digital Citizenship Week
1/26 - College/Career Shirt Day
News From the Bryant PTA
POP in and help us in the Bryant Concession Stand. We will have a popcorn bar set up for the BES staff. We need your help to make sure the popcorn bar stays stocked. Please sign up for a slot to volunteer your time.
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
*Order your yearbook before the price increases!
Previously Published & Still Relevant
From Nurse Osbourne: Medicine at School
All medications (prescription and nonprescription) brought to the school must be taken to the school clinic immediately, upon arrival. Students may transport prescription/nonprescription medication to and from school if the medication is not a controlled substance. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or nonprescription drug on school grounds during school hours unless officially authorized by the campus nurse for possession and self-administration of a prescription medication for asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes. The following procedures are to be followed regarding medications:
All prescription drugs dispensed through a physician's office must be in their original pharmacy container or packing and labeled by the pharmacist or physician.
The label must include:
- The student's name
- The physician's name
- The name and strength of the drug
- Amount of drug to be given
- Frequency of administration
- Date prescription was filled
All nonprescription drugs (including cough drops) must be in their original container. The written request for administration of these over-the-counter drugs, made by parent, guardian, or physician, must contain the following:
- The student’s name
- Name of drug
- Amount of drug to be given
- Scheduled hours when the drug is to be given
- Reason drug is to be given
- Appropriate signature
Medications prescribed or requested to be given three times a day or less are not to be given at school unless a physician prescribes a specific time during school hours, or the school nurse determines that a special need exists for an individual student.
Only one medication is allowed per properly labeled container. Students may not have prescription or non-prescription drugs in his or her possession on school grounds during school hours.
Natural and/or homeopathic-like products, not FDA approved, will not be dispensed in the school setting by school district personnel.
**There are no “stock” medications kept in the clinic. The only medications that are kept in the clinic are those which were brought in by the parent or student with appropriate paperwork.
For any other questions please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at ChristilynnJPriceOsbourne@katyisd.org or 281-234-4325
Changes in Transportation
Birthday Celebrations Reminder
Direct Notification of a COVID Positive
*Updated* 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:
From Nurse Osbourne
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.
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.
What to do when your student is sick
For illness, please follow the current Katy ISD 2021-2022 Safe Return to School Plan. If your child was out sick and went to the doctor, and/or received testing, please bring or send a copy for your child’s records and attendance. All pending communicable illness tests need to be completed prior to your child returning to school. For example, if your child takes a RAPID COVID test and then takes a PCR test, your child cannot return to school until you have received both the RAPID and PCR test results.
Absences should be reported using online form or called to the front desk 281-234-4300. Nurse Osbourne is also available for advice or questions at 281-234-4325. Please leave a message if she is unable to answer when you call.
For any other questions please contact Christilynn Osbourne, RN, MSN at ChristilynnJPriceOsbourne@katyisd.org or 281-234-4325.
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
Annual Student Update via PowerSchool
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 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.
On our transportation survey above, you can tell us your child’s teacher and the name of their daycare bus.
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.
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
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.
Amanda Fait - Pre-K, Kinder, 4th, Specialized Programs
Lindsay O'Leary - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Visit the Katy ISD Child Find Information Page for more information about Child Find.