What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of August 21, 2023

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,

What a wonderful first week of school! It was so great to have the students back on campus. Our 1st - 6th graders got right back into the swing of things. Bryant's new Terrific TKs and Kind Kinders learned the- routine quickly. By Wednesday they were putting up their backpack in the morning and heading to the playground with ease.

Last week, some teachers may have sent home instructions on how to connect to their class communication system (Class Dojo, Class Remind, etc.). Please be sure to join. Your classroom teacher will keep you up to date on the latest classroom announcements. I know at times you may have a question for the teacher regarding work or how your child is doing for the day. Teachers may not respond to messages sent until after school as they are working with teaching and working with students during the school day. If you have important messages such as a change in who will be picking your child up from school or a reminder that your child may not be going to HEARTS for the day, please call the main office. The front office staff will make sure the teacher receives the message in a timely manner.

Lastly, our area is predicted to have heavy wind and rain on Monday. SCHOOL WILL BE IN SESSION. Please be sure your little one is at school, on time, ready to learn.

As always, thank you so much for being such wonderful partners. We are here for you and your child! Have a fantastic week!


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Join a Bryant Parent Group!

Parent, we need you! Joining one, two, or all of Bryant's parent groups are a wonderful way for you to get involved in what's going on with the school community. We are always looking for enthusiastic new members to join our team. Be part of planning school activities, fundraising, budget planning, etc. Most meetings are held after school with the option of attending virtually or in-person. We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

Attendance Matters!

Regular school attendance is the best predictor of a students success. If you child is at school on time every day, teachers have a better opportunity to identify and address any needs your child may have. It also helps to ensure your child feels as if he/she is part of the learning community. It can be very hard to enter into an enviornment when you feel as if you don't have a good grasp on what is going on specifically because you have been absent from school. This includes being tardy. Routines. schedules, and expecations for the day are established in the first few minutes of class. Although it may seem like it's not important, it helps classes establish community. Let's be good Bryant Bees! Please ensure your child is at school, on time, every day!
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Join School Site Council

We are looking for parents to join our team. School Site Council helps to support the administrative team in finalizing the categorical budget, monitoring school safety procedures, etc. There are 7 scheduled meetings to be held throughout the school year. Parents have the option of attending the meetings virtually or in-person. If you are interested in joining, please print and return the attached form to the front office by September 1, 2023.

We would love for your to volunteer!

We are so happy to welcome volunteers on campus to offer support or to attend field trips. This is a great way to ensure the school site, community, and families are all connected. If you are interested is being a volunteer, some important information you will need to know is captured below:

  • All volunteers are required to be checked into RAPTOR Visitor System & be cleared via the Volunteer Clearance List for 2023-2024. If you are not on the Volunteer Clearance List you will not be allowed on campus for any reason. Volunteers will not be allowed on campus prior to 8:10 am unless cleared by administration in advance of the visit.
  • The Adult Volunteer Participation process is a 4-6 week process (may be longer if there is a fingerprint processing delay).
    • Be sure to inform staff of the timeline to acquire clearance for scheduled events and field trips.
    • All chaperones, no matter the duration of the field trip or school event, must be fingerprinted and complete the process

Volunteer clearance renewal:

  • To complete the renewal process (volunteers previously cleared during the 2022-2023 school year) all volunteers are required to complete the annual online volunteer training and confirmation form
  • Tier 1 volunteers, previously cleared during the 2022-2023 school year may renew their Tier 1 clearance for the 2023-2024 school year.

If you would like to begin the volunteer clearance process, please access one of the links below.

E3 is BACK!

I am so happy to announce we will be bringing back E3! Please read the attached letter for more details. We hope many of you are able to volunteer.

E3 Volunteer interest form

Parking in the Community

Bryant is a very small community school with NO parking lot. All staff and visitors must rely on street parking. We must be mindful of our neighbors that live in the homes adjacent to the schools perimeter. Please do not park in a manner that may block a homeowners driveway. Trash day is every Thursday and it is important for all homeowners to have their trash picked up. Please do not block anyone trash cans as this may impact their trash being picked up by waste managment for the City of Riverside. Street sweeping day is every Friday. Please be sure to read the signs regarding which side will be serviced each week.

The safety of our students and families is our first priority. DO NOT stop your car in the middle of the street and let your child to get out or stop to load children into the car. Although we plead with parents/guardians not to do this, it is a practice we observe every day. This practice is very unsafe. The extra five or 10 minutes it will take drop your children off or pick them up is worth their safety and the safety of all other Bryant community members. Lastly, please do not block cross walks when parking. Doing this impacts the ability of children to safely cross the street.

Drivers will be responsible for any parking tickets or moving voiolations that are issued by RPD or parking enforcement. This is not the responsibility of the school site or the school district. Thank you in advance for considering the safety of our students.

23-24 - Data Confirmation

The data confirmation window for 2023-2024 will be July 17, 2023, through September 30, 2023. For the 2023-2024 school year, every parent/guardian of returning students MUST use the online Annual Data Confirmation process. Returning parents will not be required to print and submit hard copies of the Emergency Card. If you have questions or need support with completing the data confirmation online, please contact the main office. We will be happy to help.

Parent - Student handbook

Please take a minute to read/review the 23-24 Parent-student handbook with your child. Information in the handbook includes, but is not limited to: attendance, bully policy, birthday parties, riding bikes to school, etc. When finalizing your data confirmation you may be asked to confirm that you have received/read the handbook. Please contact the main office if you have any questions.

HEARTS Applications for the 23-24 school year are here!

It's time! Bryant has one of the best, if not the best, HEARTS after school enrichment programs in all of RUSD. If you would like for your child to attend HEARTS for the 23-24 school year, please complete the HEARTS application by clicking on the link. You can also print out a hard copy of the application and turn it in to the office. All students must complete a new application each year. You may contact Mr. Carlson if you have any questions.

Riverside Arts Academy

We are so excitedf to continue our partnership with the Riverside Arts Academy (RAA). The program is offered to all 5th and 6th grade band students. Students will extend their love of music from our day program to RAA after school. RAA band will be offered to both grade levels two times per week. Don't miss out on signing up your child for this wonderful opportunity. RAA is scheduled to begin on September 11th. The sign up dealine is September 5th.

Enrollment form
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RUSD's Family Resource Center

Parents and families are encourage to join RUSD engagement opportunities

  • 8/29/23 Affordable Connectivity Program Eligible families will qualify for a $30 discount covering the monthly fees of a low-cost home internet plan.

  • 9/11/23 Opening Doors/Abriendo Puertas Builds early literacy skills and promotes positive parenting practices and family interactions.

  • 9/11/23 Transición a la Universidad (Transition to College) Enhances the family’s ability to support their student’s last year in high school and the transition into college, emphasizing the role of the family, financial decisions, and common questions and challenges.

  • Various dates: Digital Equity Program Families receive a free refurbished computer after 8 hours of instruction.

Additional resources:

Riverside College & Career Fair

RUSD students and families are invited to attend the 19th Annual Riverside College and Career Fair taking place on September 28, at the Galleria at Tyler from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

The event is hosted by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and will feature over 100 colleges and professional organizations. View the event flier here.

Back to School Night

Thursday, Aug. 31st, 6-7pm

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

Melissa Gonzales, Assistant Principal

School Office Hours - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm