Reflect the Past, Explore the Present, Invent the Future

Please refer to our Parent Student Handbook located on this website for detailed information about Bryant Ranch procedures. The following paragraphs are a brief synopsis of some of that information, but complete information will be found in our Handbook.

Activities

Back to School Night is in September when Parents only are invited to classrooms to meet their child's classroom teachers and gain an overview of curriculum and teacher expectations for the year.

Explorer Day is every Friday when students are encouraged to show school spirit by wearing their Bryant Ranch shirt or school colors (turquoise, silver and white).

Music Instruction is offered to all 5th graders. These students are enrolled in either general music or instrumental music for 45 minutes once a week, not missing any regular class instruction. Instrumental students will have one additional lesson each week. Students will participate in their chosen class for the entire school year. As instrumental classes are often large, students selecting this class should be able to work independently and be able to work in an environment that is highly stimulating and filled with sound. The school district has a limited number of instruments available for those students who are unable to obtain their own due to financial need.

Open House, scheduled for May, gives parents and students the opportunity to visit classrooms and see many of the year's activities.

School Play is a wonderful opportunity for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who wish to show their creativity and participate in a play through acting or on the Tech Crew. This production is a hit every year!

School Site Council (SSC) is a committee comprised of parents, teachers, classified staff and the Principal. The function of the SSC is to review the implementation of the school improvement plan and make recommendations for consolidated school improvement programs and the expenditure of categorical program money. Teachers elect teacher members and the parent community elects parent members. The SSC meets four to five times during the school year on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. See the school calendar for specific dates.

Attendance Procedure

On time, full school day attendance is necessary for an optimum educational experience. Please make note of the following procedures for absences, tardies, and early checkouts:

Attendance: On time, full day attendance is necessary for an optimum educational experience. Please make note of the following procedures for absences, tardies, and early checkouts.

Absences: For student safety and attendance purposes, please remember to call in your child's absence each day at 714/986-7120, ext. 3. If we do not hear from you, an automated telephone call and email will go out. As a reminder of District policy: you have 48 hours to clear an absence once your child returns to school or they will be marked as truant. Please do not send a sick child to school. Children should be kept home 24 hours after a fever breaks, for your child's health and the health of others. Students absent four or more days in a row are required to bring in a "return to school" note from their doctor.

Tardies/Early Checkout/Medical Appointments:

When a student is tardy or leaves early, he/she misses out on announcements, discussion of lesson/homework plans, or learning an important skill. This fragments a student's day and puts him/her at a disadvantage as well as disrupting the educational program for the entire class. It is imperative that each student arrives on time. For all grades, the bell rings at 7:50 a.m. Students should be on campus by 7:45 a.m. to insure that they get to class on time. Children are supervised 15 minutes before and after school. They should not arrive before 7:35 a.m. or remain after 2:30 p.m. All students who arrive after 7:50 a.m. must obtain a pass from the office before being admitted to class. We begin instruction promptly at 7:50 a.m. Please make use of non-student days and/or our weekly Early Release Days for appointments. If an early checkout is unavoidable, please send a note to your child's teacher at the beginning of the day to inform them you'll be picking up early. All early checkouts require the parent/guardian's signature in the school office. Attendance and punctuality is a habit which needs to be learned as an important life skill.

Bicycle / Scooter Riders (4th & 5th Grades Only)

All riders (4th and 5th grades only) are required to wear a helmet and use a bike lock at school. The school is not responsible for any bicycles/scooters that are damaged or stolen. As a safety precaution, bikes/scooters may not be ridden on the school grounds. Students are required to walk their bikes/scooters to the fenced compound. Violations of school safety rules will result in denial of riding privileges.

Classroom Treats and Flower / Gift Deliveries

Please check in advance with your child's teacher before bringing in any treats for the class. Since there has been an increase in the number of students with food allergies, we recommend store bought foods (things that can be served individually) when providing a treat. Ingredients can then be reviewed for possible food allergies. Treats must come through the office and are given to the children at recess and/or lunch break. All food is eaten outside, with the exception of rainy/windy days. We do not allow delivery of flowers/balloons/gifts for birthdays or other such occasions.

Homework Policy

Homework in the PYLUSD is an essential part of the learning process. Assignments vary in accordance to the needs of the class and relate to classroom instruction. Homework assignments intend to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and serve as a tool for teachers to monitor student understanding. Completion of routine homework can motivate students to develop good work habits while increasing the opportunity for individual initiative and responsibility. Homework can stimulate creativity, critical thinking and awareness that learning can take place outside of the classroom.

Length of homework assignments will vary according to purpose and level. Effective long-term assignments require clear checkpoints along the way to monitor progress towards completion. Teachers should instruct the students in how to complete such projects and monitor progress regularly.

Beginning in 5th grade, weekend homework may be assigned occasionally. The amount should not exceed a regular day's assignment. However, students may choose to use weekends for review, voluntary work, or completion of make up assignments. Assigning homework over holidays is discouraged.

In grades Kindergarten through 5th homework is considered a component of “Responsibility for Learning” and students will be given an effort mark only. Homework at the elementary level is not to be used as part of the academic grade. Project based assignments should primarily be undertaken and completed in the classroom. Some portions of projects may be assigned as homework; however, these tasks should not require significant assistance from parents/guardians, or costly materials. At elementary schools, the nightly homework will be based on the basic concepts that apply to each designated subject matter.

Characteristics of good homework:

  1. Homework should emphasize quality rather than quantity.
  2. Homework should broaden the student's learning experiences and expand interest.
  3. Homework should be at the appropriate level for independent work.
  4. Homework reinforces and/or extends learning and practice and is not intended for initial instruction.
  5. Homework should provide a spiral review of the recent weeks/months of instruction.

Homework Assignments Time Frame - While it is understood that the time it takes to complete homework assignments may vary with each child, the times below are the general guidelines for each grade level. If a student consistently has difficulty completing assignments with the time frames established, appropriate accommodations should be made in collaboration with parent/guardian and teacher(s).

Listed below are the appropriate time limits that children should devote to homework. Daily times listed are inclusive of studying for tests, assigned reading and assigned work. In addition to homework assignments, research supports that nightly recreational reading to and with a child is extremely beneficial. Families are highly encouraged to make recreational reading part of their regular routines.

Kindergarten Up to 10-15 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 1 Up to 10-15 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 2 Up to 20 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 3 Up to 30 minutes per night 3-4 times per week No weekend assignments
Grade 4 Up to 40 minutes per night 3-4 times per week Occasional long term projects may be required
Grade 5 Up to 50 minutes per night 3-4 times per week Long term projects may be required

Homework Guidelines:

For Students

  1. Students should always do their best work.
  2. Assignments should be clearly understood before students leave class.
  3. Students should have all materials required to complete homework assignments.
  4. All assignments should be completed on time.
  5. Any work missed due to absence from class should be completed (see Homework for Absentees).
  6. Students should talk to their parents/guardians and teacher if they are having difficulty with homework.

Hours/Holidays

Preppy K and Kindergarten

Eagles: 7:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Owls: 9:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Grades 1-5

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 7:50 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Every Wednesday is an early dismissal at 1:15 p.m.

2016-2017 School Holidays/Non Student Days

September 2-5, 2016 - Labor Day Weekend
November 11, 2016 - Veterans' Day
November 18, 2016 - Parent Teacher Conferences
November 21-25, 2016 - Thanksgiving Break
December 19, 2016-January 2, 2017 - Winter Break
January 16, 2017 - Martin Luther King Jr.
February 13, 2017 - Lincoln's Birthday
February 20, 2017 - Presidents' Day
April 10-14, 2017 - Spring Break
May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day

2016-2017 Minimum Days

1st through 5th grades dismiss at 12:45 p.m.

All Preppy K and Kindergarten Owls attend 7:50-11:10 a.m.

October 28, 2016 - Teacher Report Card Preparation
November 16 & 17, 2016 - Parent Teacher Conferences
March 3, 2017 - Teacher Report Card Preparation
June 9, 2017 - Teacher Report Card Preparation
June 15, 2017 - Last Day of School - Dismissal at 12 noon

Lost and Found

Please clearly label all items of clothing, lunch boxes, etc. Have your child check the racks in the room next to the school kitchen during recess or lunch time for lost items.  All unclaimed items are donated twice a year (December and June) to a local charity. 

Lunch Service

Children may bring their lunch to school, or they may purchase a balanced lunch, including milk, at the school for $2.50. Milk can also be purchased separately for 50¢ or an 8 oz. orange juice for 75¢. No money will be loaned to the children for lunch. We will not disrupt class time for forgotten lunches. If you need to deliver lunch or lunch money for your child, bring it to the office marked clearly with the student's name and teacher's name. Be sure your child has been instructed to check the noon supervisors' cart first when they have forgotten their lunch.

Lunch Account Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal account. You may bring/send cash or check (made out to PYLUSD Food Services) to the school office, or use eFunds for Schools. There are fees of $1 for electronic transfer from a checking account or $1.99 for a credit card purchase. Click here for instructions.

Medical Appointments and / or Early Dismissal

Please make use of minimum days and nonstudent days for medical appointments. Early checkouts require the parent or guardian's signature in the school office (see Attendance Information).

Medication at School

Rules have been created to protect all children from ingesting improper amounts of medication. If your child requires medication during school, a form for your doctor to sign is available in the office. All prescriptions must be in properly labeled prescription bottles, and will be administered by school employees. As a safety measure, no medication (including over-the-counter) may be sent to school with a child. Taking medication under any conditions other than those described above, is prohibited.

Rewards for Students

All students have the opportunity to receive: 
  • Bryant Brag Cards for positive behaviors (designed by previous year 4th graders). They expire at the end of each school year in which they are earned. Redemption choices are listed below.
  • Attendance at Explorer Award Assemblies Explorer Awards are awarded monthly, to 1‐2 students per class (1st‐5th grades) based on the character focus of the month. Classmates submit written accounts of students being “Excellent Explorers” displaying good character. This is how an “Excellent Explorer” is chosen is month.  
  • Perfect Attendance Awards are distributed on the last day of school along with the final report card. Criteria: No absences and no more than one tardy or early out of less than 15 minutes. (A tardy means a student is not in his or her seat when the 7:50 a.m. bell rings.)
  • Honor Roll Certificates Students for students in 3rd grade (awarded for 2nd and 3rd trimesters only), 4th and 5th grades with 4.0 grade point average (PRINCIPAL); 3.5 to 3.9 (HIGH); or 3.0 to 3.4 (HONOR) and no N's, U's, D's, or F's in core curricular areas. Spelling grades are not included in the averaging of grades for honor roll status.
  • Accelerated Reader (AR) Parties Students who meet their goals in reading can attend a party each trimester to celebrate their success.

Brag Cards may be redeemed on Fridays in the school office throughout the school year.

1 = Weekly Prize Drawing during the Principal's Announcements
5 = Bookmark
10 = Front of the Lunch Line Pass
15 = Freezer pop on Fridays after lunch at the lunch tables
20 = Popcorn on Fridays after lunch at the lunch tables 
25 = Bryant Ranch Pencil
30 = Bryant Ranch Notepad (sample in office)
40 = Personalized Notepad (sample in office)
60 = BR Book Bonanza (listen to a story read by the Principal or other VIP, and receive a book - dates throughout the year)
80 = Bingo and Brownies with the Principal (bring your own sack lunch and drink, and receive a brownie for dessert, and play Bingo
100 = Picnic with the Principal at Bryant Ranch Park

President's Educational Achievement Awards - Students in 5th grade have the opportunity to receive this award upon promotion, if they meet the criteria as designated by that program.

Safety

Picking up or dropping off children in a parking lot creates a safety problem. You may have your student use the public sidewalk areas for drop off and pick up, or you may use our Valet Drive-Thru Line in either parking lot. Specific instructions are sent home in the Tuesday Envelope. The semi-circle in front of the school is for school buses only, and not a drop off or pick up zone.

Updating School Records

When any of the parent contact information for your student changes, please notify the school office immediately.