The Challenge is On!

The faculty and fifth graders are playing for bragging rights on Friday afternoon in their annual basketball battle. Students will want to get close to the action, so we're partnering again with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to offer a challenge to get the best seats in the gym.

This Friday, we are asking all children to bring bags of plain dry rice to donate to the food bank. The grade that brings the most rice, based on weight, will get front row seats at the game. A student winner will be declared from each grade based on weight of rice donated, and those winners will get to participate in a special contest during the game. Please do not bring rice before Friday. 

You may donate any size of dry bag of rice. For instance, you can purchase small bags all the way up to bigger sizes like 25 and 50 pounds. Larger sizes can be found at stores such as Asian Food and Gifts of Chattanooga at 3639 Hixson Pike. Remember to label your child's contribution. All grades are included in the contest. JPK and PK students in Bright Afternoons will be able to attend the game.

To start thinking about rice, here's a math problem from Mathnasium, a school sponsor: 

When requesting his reward, a wise man told his king that he would like just one grain of rice on the first square of a chess board, double that number of grains of rice on the second square, double again in the third, and so forth. Only after the king granted the request did his servants discover that it would cost the kingdom 18 quintillion grains of rice. Question: If you wrote out the number of grains on the 64th tile, what digit would be in the ones place? The student who brings in the first correct answer to Ms. Janie will receive a credit for 20 pounds of rice to go toward his or her total.

Time for Re-enrollment

Families with children in grades K-4 are automatically enrolled for next school year unless you inform us your child is not returning. Please do so by January 31 to Director of Admissions Brooke Moore.

Families with children in JPK and PK need to fill out and return contracts by the same deadline.

If you would like to apply for tuition grants (financial aid), now is the time to get started. The first step in the process needs to be completed by February 2. Go to our tuition grants webpage for more information.

Sign Up for Parent Conferences and Bright Afternoons

The Parent Portal is open for reserving your time to meet with your child's teacher. Parent conferences will be Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2. February 1 is a half day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. There is no school on February 2. Contact Renee' Kropff if you have questions about logging into the portal.

Bright Afternoons will be open both days of parent conferences. On February 1, Bright Afternoons will begin at the 11:30 a.m. dismissal and be open until 6 p.m. On February 2, children may come all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you would like to sign up, please use this form and turn it into the office by Wednesday, January 31.

ERB Testing

Students in grades 3-5 will participate in ERB testing. Fourth and fifth graders will take the tests this week (Tuesday-Thursday). Third graders will test on January 30 and 31. Please be sure your child eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time for school. Testing results will be provided to you during parent conferences.

Galentine's Day Tea

The Bright School Parents' Association invites you to join fellow Bright School Gals as we celebrate friendship at the Galentines' Day Tea.

Gather with us on Tuesday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the home of Becca Levin, 1226 Enclave Road. You are free to come and go as your schedule allows.

Kindly RSVP by January 29 via this link. Cost of the event is $15 in cash or check made payable to The Bright School by January 29 to the office. Attendance is limited to the first 75 gals.

This event is catered by Events with Taste. View the elegant menu at this link.