Hurricane Book Drive

Several students and families have helped organize our school's response to the recent hurricanes. We are collecting new or gently-used books to send to children in Houston. Through Destinee's Gift, a non-profit started by the parents of kindergartner Destinee Harris, books collected at the school will be shipped to temporary schools in Houston and then donated to children to replace books ruined in the flooding. Fourth graders, including Jim Bradshaw, Hadley Golden, Soleigh Kueter, Arwyn LaRock, Petra Lund and Ella Claire Stalvey are helping spread the word and collecting books from each classroom daily until the end of the drive on September 27. Read more about the book drive on our blog. So many families have contacted the school with ideas and offers of help, and we believe our students of all ages will be able to grasp what it means to not have books at home. Thank you!

Charleston Wrap Time

Sell More Wrap! That's what the Chik-fil-a cows say to students who want their classes to win special prizes for selling the most Charleston Wrap. Look for a packet of information about Charleston Wrap in your child's backpack today. This is the Parents' Association's largest fundraiser of the year. Follow the directions on the packet to register your student for online orders. The deadline to submit all orders is 3 p.m. on October 2. Any orders submitted after this deadline will still be processed but not counted toward the class total. Families may choose to make a donation of any amount in lieu of selling Charleston Wrap to go toward the class total.

Bright Family Breakfast Tomorrow

The first Bright Family Breakfast is tomorrow from 7-7:45 a.m. in the dining hall. All families and children are welcome. The cost is $3 a person. 

The menu is:
French toast
Scrambled eggs
Sausage patties
Hash browns
Yogurt and fresh berries
Homemade monkey bread
Assorted cereal
Coffee, water, and juice

Sodexo Listening Session Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow after the Bright Family Breakfast in the dining hall for a listening session with staff from Sodexo, which provides our food and dining services. Parents are encouraged to bring comments and concerns to discuss in the group. Last year's session was very helpful, and several suggestions from parents were implemented. For more information, contact Kim Brown.

Summer Trip Meeting Tomorrow

There is an informational meeting tomorrow after drop off in the library for parents interested in sending their students (grades 3-5) on the summer trip to England and Scotland. Contact Nicole Smith for more information.

School Pictures on Wednesday

Parents should have received a packet from LifeTouch last week in student backpacks. All students will have their photos made on Wednesday. Please wear uniforms. Return order forms and payment on Wednesday. If you placed orders online, you do not need to do anything else. Picture retakes will be October 11.

Donate to Pause for Paws

Pause for Paws, organized by fifth grader Isabella Moore, continues through September 27. The grade that brings the most new dog and cat collars, leashes and toys will win a surprise. Items will be donated to the Riverview Animal Hospital and Humane Educational Society. 

Shop Needs Old Shirts

Shop teacher Richard Parks is seeking old/used adult button-down style shirts for the students to use as paint smocks. If you have any to donate, please bring them to the office. Thank you!

Parent Portal Open to Schedule Conferences

The Parent Portal is now open to schedule parent-teacher conferences on September 28 and 29. September 28 is a half day with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for students. There is no school on September 29. Click this link to access the Parent Portal. To schedule a conference, select "Student Profile" along the top menu. This will take you to a new page. Along the left side menu you will see Teacher Conferences. Once you select this, you will see the options for conference times. If you have multiple children enrolled at Bright School, in the top right corner you will toggle between your children's names to schedule a time for each of their teachers. 

Bright Afternoons on Parent Conference Days

Bright Afternoons will be offering extra days during Parent Conferences September 28 and 29. Your child may stay after the 11:30 a.m. dismissal on September 28 and/or stay all day on September 29. Reserve your child's spot by Wednesday, September 27. Download this form and email it to Mary Bosshardt or bring it to the office. Parents attending conferences may drop off children in Bright Afternoons during the conference time at no charge.

Feed Your Child a Good Breakfast

Did you know that, in general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day? Mornings are busy times. Here are some ideas to help fuel your kids for school: 

1) Have a Keurig? Fill a mug with instant oatmeal instead of coffee. With an empty k-cup spot, select the tea cup setting (4oz.) to brew the perfect amount of hot water for oatmeal. Top with fresh fruit.

2) Try a variation of avocado toast. The avocado is a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and is loaded with fiber.. Simply toast a piece of bread and spread it with avocado.  Season with salt and pepper. Top it off with an egg, some spinach and sunflower seeds.

3) Kick up the protein power of a waffle with some peanut butter and potassium-rich banana or brain-food blueberries.

Middle School Admissions Meeting

Fifth grade parents are invited to an informational session to review and learn more about the middle school admissions process. Parents may choose to attend at 8:15 a.m. in the library or 5 p.m. in the KEC boardroom on Thursday, September 21. In the meeting, we will answer questions and review the steps Bright School will complete for your family and upcoming dates and deadlines. You also will receive important forms you need to return. We are here to help you have a successful journey through the admissions process. Please email Renee' Kropff at [email protected] if you are not able to attend either time.

Garden Work Day on October 4

It is once again time to get our hands dirty in the early childhood gardens! Our annual Fall Gardening Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. We will offer water and pizza for everyone that evening, but please make sure to RSVP by the day before to ensure that there will be enough to feed all of our amazing volunteers. Feel free to bring gardening tools and gloves to the party, and make sure to dress to get dirty! Email Bill Greene to RSVP and if you have questions. We hope to see you and your family there!

Reserve Football Tickets by October 1

The Bright Parent Social Committee invites you to join Mr. Morgan for a day of NFL fun! We are kicking off the school year by inviting parents and students to Nashville to see the Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday, November 12. The Bright School Game package includes charter bus transportation from Bright School, a Fan Zone buffet lunch, three drinks at the stadium, and a game ticket.

Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent. The cost is $130 per person. The deadline for reservations is October 1. You may download this form and turn it into the office with payment.

Questions? Contact Lynne Forato, parent social committee chair at [email protected] or 423-641-3310.

Shop for Spirit Wear Online

The new bookstore is open across from the main office, and spirit wear for children and adults is available online.

The bookstore will hold regular hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If you would like to volunteer to work in the bookstore, visit the volunteer sign up page.

Only clothing items (shirts, jackets, etc) with the official Bright School logo (house with name) and the "Property of Bright School" sweatshirts are allowed to be worn in the classroom and at assemblies. Spirit shirts, which include the new athletic B logo, may be worn on special t-shirt days but are not part of the uniform. Outerwear may be worn before school, during recess and after school. Belts and socks purchased at the bookstore may be worn with the uniform.