September 14, 2020
What you need to know this week:
  • We're hoping for 100% participation in the Bright Fund by the end of the day.
  • COVID-19 procedures updates: seasonal allergies, mask hygiene and telehealth.
  • Parent conferences are September 24 and 25. Sign ups are open for conferences and Bright Afternoons.
  • Learn more about special areas with conferences with special area teachers.
  • Teachers enjoy near outdoor furniture from parents.
  • Sign up to help with the PA's Happy Cart.
  • New item in the bookstore: Bright School hoodies and 2020-21 spirit shirt. Use paper order forms only.
  • Picture Day is September 23.
  • Yearbooks are coming.
Give to the Bright Fund
ONLY 35 families to go until Mr. Morgan kisses that cow!

100% participation with a gift of ANY AMOUNT is our goal. Remember, you can make a pledge today and pay later. Pledges are due by May 31, 2021. Email kbrown@brightschool.com to pledge.

Click here to give now!
COVID-19 Procedures Update
Ascend Online Survey
There are several new aspects to the Ascend survey everyone is filling out each morning. There is a new question about tests for household contacts and new symptoms included in the list.

If your child has a symptom that is normal for him or her or can be explained by seasonal allergies or soreness from an athletic practice, you do not have to mark it on the survey. If you are unsure, contact nurse Rachel Gentry at nurse@brightschool.com or seek further advice from your child's doctor. Please continue to complete the survey each morning even if your child is not at school.

Mask Hygiene
Our students are doing well with wearing face coverings during the day. Please do make sure they have face coverings that fit well and stay up. Also, face coverings should be washed frequently.

Masks in Car Line
We ask that parents or others dropping off or picking up children please wear face coverings in the car line. Teachers are opening vehicle doors and often talking with the drivers. Protect our teachers by wearing masks.

Telehealth Appointments
If you have scheduled or plan to schedule a telehealth visit for your child, you are welcome to keep your child in school and use a room at school for the telehealth call. Please contact Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@brightschool.com in advance of your child's telehealth appointment.
Plan Ahead for Parent Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on September 24 and 25. September 24 is a half day, and September 25 is a full day off. Parents may choose to attend conferences in person or via Zoom. A link for sign ups was included in teacher blasts on Friday. All conferences will be with homeroom teachers, including fourth and fifth grades.

Meet Special Area Teachers
All parents are invited to learn more about our special area classes. There are Zoom meetings scheduled with each special area teacher on September 24 and 24. These meetings are optional but a great way to learn more about your child's experience at Bright. To sign up for a special area meeting, please click here.

Bright Afternoons Offered
We are offering Bright Afternoons on September 24 and 25 if enough children are signed up. Due to smaller numbers, children will likely be grouped by grade. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, September 18. Click here to sign up.

No Drop Ins
We are not offering drop-in care as we have in the past. If your child comes with you to your conference, he or she will need to wait outside the classroom.
Parents' Association
Happy Cart Volunteers
Please consider helping with the Happy Cart this year! Due to new policies and procedures, the Happy Cart is no longer a room, but an actual cart! Volunteers are needed to not only stock the cart but also to push it around the school to faculty and staff. For those that are new, or haven't signed up for the Happy Cart before, it is a snack and treat area for our amazing faculty and staff. They truly appreciate this small gesture of appreciation and always look forward to a little 'pick me up' from the Happy Cart. A more complete description (as well as item suggestions) is available when you sign up. Signups can be done through the link below; please feel free to text/call/email Missy McKenna with any questions. Thank you in advance for volunteering for the Happy Cart! Click here to volunteer.
Outdoor Furniture
Thank you to all the parents who answered the call to purchase outdoor furniture and sun shades. These have all been assembled and distributed to teachers. Every item requested was purchased. Our parents are amazing! Thank you very much.
Order Items from the Bookstore
There is a new ordering procedure for the bookstore. Please use the order form available on the bookstore website. Forms should be sent to school with payment. Payment options now include drafting from FACTS.

Orders will be filled and send home on Fridays. The bookstore is not open for in-person shopping. Thank you for supporting the PA through the bookstore!

Check Instagram @1913brightbookstore for more items like this new sweatshirt!

Email the bookstore at 1913Brightbookstore@gmail.com for all questions.
Pre-Order Spirit Shirts
The bookstore is taking pre-orders for these great new t-shirts that come in navy or green. The back says "Developing Wise and Compassionate Citizens of the World." Shirts are $15 and come in child sizes from 3T to YXL and in adult sizes.

Order forms will be sent home with your child this week. The next Bright School t-shirt day is October 16.
School Picture Day
Individual school pictures will be taken on September 23 by Lifetouch. If you have ordered from Lifetouch in the past, you have probably already received an email notification. You may pre-order photos online or with the order form your child brings home. These individual pictures are used in the yearbook. Purchases are not required.
Yearbook Update
The 2019-20 yearbooks are coming. There was a delay in the printing, but the books should arrive this month. Yearbooks will be sent home with children whose parents pre-ordered. Thank you!
September 23
Picture Day with Lifetouch
September 24
Half Day: Parent Conferences
September 25
No School: Parent Conferences
Bright Scene
Mr. Morgan was the mystery reader on Friday in Sonal Patel's kindergarten class. He read "Not Norman" and "Giraffes Can't Dance."
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