Bryant High School September Newsletter

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September 2023 Newsletter

We sure hope this message finds you in good health and that your students are settling into this new school year.  September is certainly a month of new beginnings, renewed goals, and exciting opportunities.  

At Bryant, this sentiment rings especially true as we said goodbye to our beloved and highly esteemed principal, Dr. Larrick.  With an impressive 33-year run in education, he has worn many hats--from teacher to school counselor, Assistant Principal, and Principal.  Through it all, he has remained a steadfast source of support and inspiration for both students and staff alike, and has the gift of making everyone feel seen.  Dr. Larrick's presence will be sorely missed, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of life. We hope he will grace the Bryant campus with his presence from time to time.  

As we enter a new fall season, so too do we welcome a new principal, Ms. Karen Hertel.  Ms. Hertel is no stranger to the Bryant community, having been a dedicated Assistant Principal for some time.  Time and time again, Ms. Hertel has demonstrated her commitment to cultivating a safe and positive learning environment, is a relationship-builder with students, staff and the community, and is a compassionate and service-oriented leader, establishing a resourceful pantry stocked with essentials like food, diapers, hygiene items, coats and more for our families.  Ms. Hertel was named the FCPS Outstanding School-Based Leader for 2023. Welcome Principal Hertel. 

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people aged 10-24. When school personnel, families, students, and community members take an active role in suicide prevention, lives can be saved. 

Students in FCPS learn about suicide prevention using the Acknowledge, Care, Tell model (ACT). We can all support someone in need of help by ACTing. First, acknowledge signs of suicide. Next, show the individual that you care about them. Then, tell a trusted adult or support the person by connecting them with help. 

If someone indicates that they are experiencing thoughts of suicide, emergency services can be accessed by visiting the nearest emergency room or by contacting emergency services at the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health at 703-573-5679, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. You can also call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 for free 24/7 support. 

Learn more about suicide prevention.

Free and Reduced Meals (FRM) 

Each school year, students and families must reapply for Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility.  Please contact your student's school counselor for more information and to apply online, visit this FCPS website

As we fall into this beautiful season, please remember that if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out.  Your thoughts and feedback are important to us.  Happy Fall!

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Welcome Back Bryant Students and Families!

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August 2023 Newsletter

Welcome Back to School!

To all our students and families, we're thrilled to have you back for another great year at Bryant High School.  Whether you are returning or starting anew, know that Bryant is a place of learning, growth, and care.  Our dedicated teachers and staff are here to support you every step of the way.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Any families that applied and were accepted as Free/Reduced priced lunches last school year (22-23) will still be valid for the first 30 days of 23-24 SY (until October 4). However, if you would like to continue to be on FRM after October 4, you must apply and be accepted before that date to continue with this program. Here is the link to apply:

Also, if any families would like a copy of their approval letter to use for other benefits, please email [email protected]


Be among the first to know about weather closings, bus delays, and other critical communications from FCPS and our school by providing your cell phone number and email in SIS ParentVUE. Make sure you complete the Emergency Care Form for your child every year and update when necessary. 

To update your contact information in ParentVUE, click the “Online Packets” tab in the upper right of the screen, then select the “Online Verification/Update” form in the drop down menu. Click “Begin Packet.”

Parents who do not have a SIS ParentVUE account continue to have the option to communicate updates via the normal paper process. They can also print and complete a blank Emergency Care Information Form needed for updates and submit it to the front office.


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Just a reminder there is no school on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th in celebration of Labor Day.  Families, your partnership is crucial and we value your involvement.  We look forward to another year of working together.  WE ARE BRYANTSTRONG!

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