Panther Press

January 7th, 2021

Dear Bryant Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all of our Bryant Panthers! It was an interesting week coming back from the break and adding in multiple days of indoor recess. Please remember to send students with all cold weather gear each day. We have extras and will gladly provide them to students who need them but most students would prefer their gear from home. All students will go outside unless it is below zero or they have a medical condition preventing them from going outside. If you have any questions on this, please do not hesitate to reach out to the main office. Thank you!


Mrs. Klock

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Benchmark Testing- Next Week

This fall, your student took either the iReady (grades 2-5 reading and 1-5 math) or Acadience (K-1 reading) diagnostic in September, followed by short progress monitoring tests this fall. Starting January 10th and running through January 26th, your student will take a winter diagnostic benchmark in Reading and Math. This second diagnostic is an important benchmark for understanding student progress and areas of need, which is why it’s so important that students try their best. Below, you will find information about each program and how teachers will use it in the classroom.


What is i-Ready?


i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.


The i-Ready Diagnostic Benchmark is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Below is a link to a brief video you may watch for more information.


What is Acadience?


Acadience reading is a screener for early literacy skills. Learning to read words with accuracy, fluency, and expression are pre-cursor skills to being able to understand a text. Similar to iReady, Acadience provides us with the early literacy data necessary to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.As a parent, you can best support your child’s comprehension by encouraging your child to read for a purpose, re-read to improve fluency, and discuss the text throughout the reading.


Thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning

COVID Notifications

As of this week, we will not be sharing positive COVID numbers for each site through the newsletter as we have in the past. Parents and staff members will now be directed to the school site where positive cases are updated more frequently. The link is posted below:


https://helenaschools.org/covid-19-cases-in-our-schools/


The numbers are updated daily usually between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. after nurses report the number of student and staff positives for the day. Should you have any questions, please contact our school nurse.

Staff Highlights

Starting with this newsletter, we will be sharing information about our amazing staff here at Bryant! They are amazing, hardworking and compassionate people and we want to make sure our families get to meet all of the staff here!

Mrs. Arntson

Role at Bryant: Kindergarten Teacher

Years in Education: 3 years teaching

Hobbies: Spending time with my family is always important to me. We love to camp in the summer and spend our sunny days on our boat. My kinder kiddos also know the love I have for my pup, so anytime I can snuggle her, I’ll take that!

Favorite thing about Bryant: the love and support all staff members give to one another.

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Mrs. Robertson

Role at Bryant: Kindergarten

Years in Education: 31 years in education

Hobbies: cross country skiing, ice skating. listening to live music, camping, cooking, exploring, Griz football.

Favorite Part About Bryant: I love the students at Bryant, especially our kindergartners. I love watching them grow each year!

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Mrs. Penley

Role at Bryant: Resource Teacher for K, 1 and 2

Years in Education: 25

Hobbies: reading and walks

Favorite Part About Bryant: my co-workers😍
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Mrs. Andriolo

Role at Bryant: First Grade Teacher

Years in Education: Six

Hobbies: Playing with my kids, Hiking, hunting, and fishing

Favorite part about Bryant: The friendly staff and the amazing kids!

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Ms. Lang

Role at Bryant: 1st Grade Teacher

Years in Education: 3rd year teaching

Hobbies: playing volleyball, watching tv, reading a book and hanging out with my niece.

Favorite Part About Bryant: There are way too many things about Bryant that I love, but being apart of this family is the best. We are a team, community and family all in one. Best feeling ever!

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Mrs. Butler

Role at Bryant: Title I teacher

Years in Education: 20 years in education/teaching

Hobbies: hiking, gardening, fishing .. just being outdoors:)

Favorite thing about Bryant: students and teachers are comfortable being themselves and others accept them for who they are

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January 18th-21st, 2022

We have a short week coming very soon! Please see the schedule below!


January 17th- No School!

January 18th- Normal School Schedule

January 19th- Normal School Schedule

January 20th- Students will be dismissed from school at Noon

January 21st- No School!


We will send a reminder next week and as we get closer to these dates. Please check in with your classroom teacher should you have any other questions.