Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.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.
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 www.fcps.edu/frm
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!