Interim School Counselor Named

Ryan Morehead is serving as the interim school counselor following the departure of Nicole Smith and her family to Texas. Mrs. Morehead will work on a part-time basis for the remainder of the school year, and she will begin her time at school on Wednesday. Mrs. Morehead has her own private counseling practice in Chattanooga, and she worked at Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina before moving to Chattanooga.

Winter/Spring After School Classes

After school classes begin this week. If you need to check which days you child is attending, please visit our Bright Afternoons webpage. Contact Mary Bosshardt if you have questions.

Look for Re-enrollment Information

Families with children in grades K-4 were emailed information last Friday about re-enrollment for next school year. Families with children in JPK and PK will receive packets in the mail. Please inform Director of Admissions Brooke Moore by January 31 if your child will not return next year.

Bring Rice for Basketball

We are partnering again with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank this year for the exciting and action-packed Fifth Grade vs. Faculty Basketball Game on January 26!

On that Friday, we are asking all families to bring bags of 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 January 26. The game will be very entertaining, so students will want to have a good view of all the action!

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. Grade 5 tests will be given this week, January 16-18, and grades 3-4 will have tests on January 23-25. 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.

Order a 2017-18 Yearbook

Online ordering for the 2017-18 yearbook is now open. If you would like to order a yearbook, please use this link and pay online. Click on Buy Yearbook in the middle of the screen to begin. Yearbooks will be available for pick up at Registration Day in August for current JPK-4 grades. Fifth graders will be invited to a yearbook party in the fall.

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.

Got Summer Plans?

Registration for Bright Days, our summer program for early learners, is coming soon!

Bright Days is open to children age 3 by August 1 (and potty trained) through age 8 or rising third graders. The program begins June 4 and runs through the first week of August but is closed the week of July 4.

A regular day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $200 a week with early care between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. for no charge. Late care will be available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $35 a week. There is a half day option, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for $150. Lunch is included in the weekly price.

Citizen of the World Nominations

You are invited to nominate a young Bright alum for the Citizen of the World Award. Our fifth graders evaluate the nominations and choose the winner. Last year, the inaugural award was given to Mimi Vance. This award recognizes alumni who are fulfilling the school's mission: "The Bright School builds a foundation upon which students become wise and compassionate citizens of the world. Its century of progress fosters the intellectual, artistic, physical, and moral growth of young boys and girls." To be eligible for the award, alumni must be current students in high school (grades 9-12), college. or graduate school. The winning alumni demonstrate leadership in service to others in the broader community. You are welcome to nominate someone who was nominated last year. The deadline for nominations is Friday. Please use this online nomination form.

Girl Scout Cookies for Sale

The Bright School Girl Scout Troop is selling cookies this year. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact a Girl Scout directly. If you prefer, you may contact troop leader Samantha Lunn at [email protected] to place an order that would spread sales credit across the entire troop. The deadline to place orders is Thursday, January 25.