Faculty Travel Grant

The Bright School has, thanks to generous donors, provided funding for travel to faculty members the last seven years. Faculty and staff may submit proposals for travel experiences that will enhance and expand their professional and personal knowledge and understanding of the world. One proposal is selected by random drawing each year.

Before this year's participant was selected last week, Board of Trustees Chair Julie Guerry announced her family is donating additional funding and, thus, renaming the program the O.J. Morgan Travel Grant. Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction Christy Lusk will be using this year's travel grant to go to England and Scotland. Previous winners include Diane Kemp, who went to Czech Republic and Spain, and Beth Warren, who went to Egypt and Israel.

Doodle 4 Google Contest

Calling all artists! This February, Bright students will be participating in the 10th annual Doodle 4 Google contest. This year's theme is "What Inspires Me." We will be exploring the topic as a school to help students create their best and most inspiring works of art. Students in grades 1-5 are invited to join Mrs. Davis in the Centennial Theater next Tuesday, February 13, at 7:30 a.m. to review the contest guidelines and brainstorm ideas for individual student doodles. If your child would like to attend the morning work session with Mrs. Davis please email her at [email protected]  so she has the proper amount of materials for each student participant. If your child is unable to attend the work session but still wants to participate, you can print out an entry form at doodle4google.com or email Mrs. Davis for a PDF copy of the form. For more information please click here for the parent letter. 

Winter Break Is Coming!

Just a reminder that Winter Break begins on Thursday, February 15, and lasts through February 19. School resumes on February 20.

February 14, with lots of activities, is a full school day. Students may wear red shirts for Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day with uniform bottoms. There is no school at all on February 15.

Also, remember that students may wear any Bright t-shirt with uniform bottoms this Friday, February 9.

Bright Family Breakfast on February 13
7-7:45 a.m.
$3 a person

Sausage quiche and three cheese quiche
Oatmeal with assorted toppings
Strawberries and yogurt
Cherry muffins
Sunrise bread
Fresh fruit
Assorted cereals
Hot cocoa and coffee
Carpool and Traffic Information

Car Line Reminders

Please refrain from using your cell phone while in the car line.

Some vehicles drop off and pick up more quickly than others, and some children enter and exit from the left side of the vehicle. For the safety of everyone, please remain behind the vehicle in front of you. Do not pull out and move ahead after you have dropped off or picked up your child.

McDade Lane Information

The city has attempted to repair the potholes on McDade Lane leading to the school. We have been notified that McDade Lane will be repaved this spring. There will be other changes on McDade Lane to make it safer for pedestrians. The school zone will extend onto McDade Lane, and a pedestrian lane and sidewalk will be added along the triangle and road off of Hixson Pike at the top of the hill. We will provide updates of this work when we have more details and a timeframe.

Happy Cart Help

The Bright School Parents' Association provides snacks for faculty and staff each week in the Happy Cart room in the main office and now in the work room of the Early Childhood Center. There are several spots remaining for volunteers to bring snacks. To sign up for the main office and in the ECC, use this link. For more information about supplying the Happy Cart rooms, check this handy document.

Box Tops Collection

Have your kids help clip and collect Box Tops and send them in (labeled with your child's name, grade and teacher) by Friday February 23. The overall school winner will receive a customized S'well water bottle that can be reused daily and filled with the new water fountain at school. Remember, our goal this year is to collect 12,000 Box Tops to pay for the new water fountain/bottle filling station by the gym. 

Soccer Training

Boys and girls in grades 1-5 of all skill levels are invited to participate in Excel Soccer Training offered by Luke Winters, former CFC player and current head coach at Tennessee Wesleyan, and John Carrier, current CFC player and assistant coach at Bryan College. There are eight sessions that meet each Wednesday from 3-4:15 p.m.: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 14, March 21, April 4, April 11, April 18 and April 25. Cost is $90. Form and payment are due to the office by Thursday. Download the form here.

Track Season

Boys and girls in grades 3-5 are invited to come out for track and field. The first practice is February 22. The cost is $90 with a uniform and $70 without a uniform. Students may wear uniforms from last year. Form and payment are due to the office by Friday. Download the form here.

Lacrosse Season

Boys and girls in grades 3-5 are invited to come out for lacrosse. There will be a U12 boys team, and U12 girls team will be combined with Normal Park. The cost is $120 with a jersey and $80 without a jersey. Students may wear jerseys from last year. Boys practice will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting February 20. Girls practice will be Mondays and Wednesdays. Form and payment are due Thursday. Download the form here.

Registration Opens This Week

Registration for Bright Days, our summer program for early learners, will open this week.

Bright Days is available 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.

Sailing Lessons

Joshua Sneideman from Privateer Yacht Club will make a presentation along with Kaiulani Sherrow about opportunities regarding summer sailing lessons. They will be here on Wednesday from 3-3:45 p.m. in the KEC board room for anyone interested in learning more.