What's Buzzin' at Bryant

Week of September 5, 2022

A Message from Mrs. Johnson

Hello Bryant families,

We are already in our 5th week of school. Time is going by so fast. Before you know it, winter break will be at our doorstep.

As we navigate through this year, it is important that we always work collaboratively together to ensure our students achieve and thrive at the highest levels possible. In two weeks, the first round of student progress reports will be going home. If you have questions regarding your child's school performance, communicate with the classroom teacher. Work together! We are here to support our students and to support you.

IT'S HOT!!!!!!! In the bulletin below, I have included information regarding RUSDs policies related to excessive heat. Please help us by ensuring your child has a water bottle and is wearing light, breathable fabrics. Thank you for your support.

As a reminder, breakfast is served in the morning at 7:40 am and the school bell rings promptly at 8:10 am. If you child would like to have breakfast in the morning, please ensure they arrive at school in enough time to sit and eat prior to the 8:10 bell. Lastly, we are experiencing a high volume of student tardies. In keeping with our Core Virtue of "responsibility", being timely is a life skill students must learn. It is important that students be at school, on time, ready to learn by 8:10 am. Thank you so much for your help with ensuring out Little Bees are at school on time everyday!

As always, Bee Fantastic, Bee Great, Bee the Difference! Have a great week!


The "Queen Bee" of Attendance

Congratulations to Mrs. Hernandez's and all of his super students for making every day count! They were recongize as the class with the highest attendance percentage for the week. Great job! Keep up the great work.

Thank you so much to our community partners!

Sending a big thank you to the American Legion of Riverside, Post 79 - Women's Auxillary for all of the wonderful school supplies. Team Bryant is grateful for your thoughtfulness and partnership.

Get your Bee Happy Gram!

PTO is so excited to bring back our Bee Happy Grams! For only $5 (cash only) you can send your little one a sweet little gift with a note for any occassion. Say "Happy Birthday", Say "I Love You", or simply say "thank you for being so awesome!" There is nothing a Bee Gram won't cover. Please submit your request by visiting the front office. Grams will not be delivered to students until all fees have been remitted to the front office. Thank you so much for supporting PTO.

Show your school spirit!

Bryant's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is so happy to announce presales of our 22-23 spirit gear. You can place your pre-order by clicking the link and completing the form. All spirit shirts purchased before September 16, 2022 will be priced at $10. After September 16, the price will increase to $12.
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Beating the HEAT!

As you know, we have been experiencing excessive heat for the past few weeks. All air conditioning units at Bryant are fully functional and students and staff have been comfortable in classrooms. For lunch, we have been eating inside of the MPR and enjoying "family movie day" in the library in lieu of being outside. Please know that the health and safety of all of our students is our first priority. We will continue to maintain this system as long as the heat index reaches high levels. For your review, I have included a link to our District page and a message related to excessive heat. RUSD Board Policy and Administrative Regulations #6114.6 provides guidance during extreme weather conditions. You can help us by making sure your child has a water bottle and is dressed in light, breathable fabric.

Core Virtue for the month of Septemer - PERSERVERANCE

To persevere meant to give continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Never giving up! Always having the perspective that you can do better next time.

Patriotic song for the month of September- "The Star-Spangled Banner"

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort M'Henry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
Cedarmont Kids - The Star Spangled Banner

Showing a little respect and being responsible goes a long way!

Thank you so much to Mrs. Broadnax and her amazing students for rounding out the month of September with a awesome presentation on the importance of showing the Core Virtues of Respect and Responsibility. The class emphasize that not matter what happens at school or out of school, we are responsible for our own actions and we choose to respond to situations. Thank you to Mrs. Broadnax and her super students for sharing such a valuable life lesson.


Now that we are well into the school year, students and parents will have a desire for children to celebrate their birthdays with their teacher and classmates. Students spend a large majority of thier day at school and develop bonds with the people they meet so it is natural for us to all celebrate together. At Bryant, we have a school wide committment to protect instructional time as much as possible and to promote a healthy lifestyle while considering food allergies and preferences of students in the class. Therefore, there was a committment made several years ago to restrict food items, including all baked goods (store bought or home cooked) from the classroom. This information is posted in our parent/student handbook. I have included an excerpt below. Included in the excerpt are alternative ideas to celebrating a students birthday. Please be aware that you will be respectfully asked to take back any food items that are brought into the office for delivery that do not align with the alternate ways identified in the handbook, even if it has been discussed with the teacher. Thank you in advance for your support.


Students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. Given the current demands of the curriculum, we cannot have birthday parties for students. We are asking all parents to follow these simple guidelines when planning for your child’s birthday celebration at school. The Bryant staff feels strongly that by following these guidelines, we are promoting a healthy lifestyle, being considerate of those with health concerns related to food (allergies, diabetes, obesity, etc.), and maximizing student learning!

  • Contribute a book to the Bryant School library through the Birthday Book Program (a sticker will be placed in the book stating it was donated on behalf of your child for his/her birthday.

  • Bring in non-food items for classmates such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc. The teacher will help your child distribute them to classmates at a time during the school day that does not interfere with instruction.

  • Volunteer in your child’s class.

  • Make a donation to your child’s school in honor of your child’s birthday.

  • Provide goodie bags for classmates which can be distributed and taken home at the end of the day.

  • Donate an educational game or book for your child’s classroom.

Students are no longer allowed to bring in food items for birthday celebrations. We appreciate your help with this matter!

Data Confirmation in Aeries

Attention Bryant Parents: Don't forget to complete your 2022-23 data confirmaiton in Aeries Portal by September 30. Having the most up-to-date information is important and the best way to stay connected. https://bit.ly/RUSDAeries

Aeries Parent Portal Accounts will automatically be created and associated with your student once the contact record is entered and saved by the school site. Parents will receive an email containing their username and password. Please check your spam/junk folders for said email. To associate multiple students/siblings to a parent account, simply add your email address and a Y in each student's (or sibling's) contact record.

RUSD Parent and Family Engagement

Connect with the Family Resource Center (FRC). The FRC offers a variety of workshops as well as serves as a hub for families to access information about resources withing the community. You can make an appointment by calling by (951) 328-4003 for an appointment. FRC Fall 2022

Family Wellness Workshops

  • Educate, Equip, and Support begins on 9/7 and helps participants learn about common childhood mental health conditions, symptom management, and local resources. The virtual program is offered in partnership with the Riverside University Health Systems Parent Support and Training Program. EES English/Spanish 9/7/22

  • September 7, 2022, “Sleep Soundly” reviews the effects of sleep deprivation and disorders on a family's physical and mental well-being. Sleep Soundly

  • September 12, 2022, Opening Doors School Readiness Program prepares families for their child’s transition into TK and kindergarten, provides tools for navigating school options, builds early literacy skills, and promotes positive parenting practices and parent-child interactions. The series in Spanish begins on 9/12/22. The English class begins on 9/15/22. Opening Doors 0-5

  • September 13, 2022, The Latino Family Literacy Project engages families in reading with their children and builds vocabulary and English language development. Participants will receive free dual language children’s books. Family Literacy Project 9/13/22

RUSD Family Update webpage

Take some time to periodically view the RUSD family update webpage. There you will find all important District updates and information for RUSD families.


Monday, Sep. 5th, 12am

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Progress Reports go home

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 12am

4324 3rd Street

Riverside, CA

Bryant School of Arts and Innovation

Natanya Johnson, Principal

Valerie Sanchez, Assistant Principal

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