Ravenna-Bryant Community Association meeting tonight, in new location

It’s the first Tuesday of June: Time to get your monthly dose of vitamin RBCA.

While the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association is meeting at its regular date and time (7PM), the location is different. Due to the renovations happening at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, tonight’s meeting is being held in Bryant Elementary School’s library (3311 NE 60th Street). The library is straight ahead as you come in through the north (main) entrance to the school.

Topics for tonight’s agenda include:

  • Summary of local transportation issues
  • Discussion and a possible vote on supporting the Wedgwood Community Council’s vision plan for Wedgwood
  • Discussion of problems along the east side of 30th Avenue NE (east side of Calvary Cemetery)
  • Possible visit from Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Tour your local schools in February and March

Been meaning to check out the local public school offerings? You’re in luck: February and March are chock-full of opportunities to tour our local institutions of compulsory education.

From the Seattle Public Schools’ School Tours page:

Bryant Elementary (K-5), 3311 NE 60th Street, 252-5200

  • Day Tour: Feb 10 – 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Evening Tour: Feb 17 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Childcare will not be available.

Wedgwood Elementary (K-5), 2720 NE 85th Street, 252-5670

  • Day Tours: March 7 – 9:30-10:30a.m.; March 16 – 1:40-2:40 p.m. Meet in the Cafeteria for welcome from the Principal followed by tours with Parent Guides
  • Evening Tour: Feb 15 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. This program will include a Q & A with the Principal and parent volunteers from 7:30-8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Eckstein Middle School (6-8), 3003 NE 75th Street, 252-5010

  • Tours: Jan 7, Feb 16, March 4 – 8:30-10:00 a.m
  • Informational Night: March 10 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

As for the local high school option, the tour listed for Roosevelt High School on the Seattle Public School’s site was for January; however, I found another tour date in this week’s North Seattle Herald-Outlook:

Roosevelt High School (9-12), 1410 NE 66th Street, 252-4810

  • Daytime tour: Feb. 15, 9 a.m.

Not sure which school(s) you should be checking out for your student(s) at home? Head over to the New School Assignment Plan address lookup page.

Report cards are out, for the schools themselves

Seattle Public Schools released reports on 82 of its schools this morning, and the four main schools that serve Ravenna all scored well.

This is the first time that Seattle Public Schools has issued School Reports for individual schools.

From the Seattle Public School’s School Reports page:

“You can read about your school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance. We hope you also take time to read the narrative page, where each school documents the steps it’s taking to ensure every student is achieving.”

Here’s how our children’s neighborhood public schools fared (a Level of 5 being the highest ranking):

Clicking on each individual school above will take you to the full report for that school.

Explanations for the various measurements taken are here.

And a Frequently Asked Questions page is here.

There are meetings planned throughout the city to discuss these new reports.  The first is being held at our very own Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St.) on November 29th, from 7-8:30 pm.

Bryant Elementary buglarized on Wednesday night

Looks like local homes and businesses aren’t the only places getting hit by burglaries recently:  Bryant Elementary School (3311 NE 60th St) was broken into on Wednesday night, October 20th.

The following message went out via email from the school on Friday night:

October 22, 2010

Dear Bryant Parents and Community,

We want to inform you about a theft at our school that could impact our families.  Sometime Wednesday night, our school office was broken into.  Cash and a number of checks were stolen from our safe.  Only checks written for scrip, coffee and Chinook Books were taken.

The Bryant PTSA will be calling families and requesting that they cancel any checks that have not been deposited.  Families will be asked to rewrite the check and deduct the bank fee cost that they incur.

The PTSA and our school will also be looking into ways to improve the safety of check storage at the school.  We have filed a police report and the investigation is ongoing.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Gayle Everly, principal
Kim Fox, principal
Monica Mac, PTSA President

I have sent an email to the school in return, asking for contact information should anyone feel the urge to help the school out in any way.