September 2, 2019
What you need to know this week:
  • Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the day off, and we'll see everyone back tomorrow.
  • Thank you to all parents who have donated to the Bright Fund.
  • Front desk and car line reminders.
  • After school classes begin this week.
  • Watch for a text alert message test on Wednesday.
  • Look for Bonanza order forms in Tuesday folders.
  • Portal for parent conferences opens on Friday.
  • Save the date for upcoming events.
  • Basketball clinic begins September 10.
Thank you for supporting the Bright Fund!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bright Fund. The children enjoyed a splashing good time on Friday thanks to your generosity. It's not too late! Our goal is 100% parent participation. Please show your love for Bright School! Special thanks to Lucy and Daniel Sawrie '85, Bright Fund Chairs.
Front Desk Procedures
If you are visiting school for any reason, please sign in at the front desk. Please be prepared to show your ID when picking up your child during the day, and let grandparents, nannies and anyone else authorized to pick up your child know they need to provide an ID.

No Parking Areas
Please do not park in the two spaces reserved as auction purchases. These spaces are located in front of the columns. They are reserved 24/7. Do not park there even if you are running inside for a few minutes.

Text Alerts
We will conduct a text message alert test on Wednesday. We notify parents of unexpected closures or delays to school through the text alert system. If you did not turn in a text alert form, please do so now. Lost the form? Click here.

Car Line
Please follow the vehicle in front of you when exiting the car line. Do not pull around vehicles in front of you. This is for the safety of pedestrians. Also, do not block driveways along McDade Lane.

The main door at the columns is locked during school hours. Parents may purchase fobs that will let them into the door during the day. Fobs are $9, and payment may be submitted to Elizabeth Jackson at the front desk. Please note fobs do not unlock the door after 4 p.m.

After School Classes
All after school classes except archery and Monday classes begin this week.

Parent Conferences
The portal to sign up for parent-teacher conferences will open on Friday. Conferences are September 26 and 27 for grades JPK-3 and all week for grades 4-5.
Get Ready for Bonanza
Watch for an order form for food, tickets and wristbands coming home with your child this week. All food must be ordered in advance, and forms are due next Wednesday, September 11. Didn't get a form? Click here.

What is Bonanza? Bonanza is a carnival-like event for students and their families on September 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the school. That is a half day, and all students dismiss at 11:30 a.m. There will be no Bright Afternoons to allow for set up at the school.

Students may wear their Bonanza shirts on these Fridays: September 6, September 13 and September 20. Shirts are worn with any uniform bottom or shorts or skorts sold in the Bright 1913 Bookstore. There are some shirts still available in the office.
Save the Date
Parent Literacy Night on September 12
Parents of students in grades 3-5 are invited to learn more about the reading curriculum and how to help at home on Thursday, September 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library.

Fifth Grade Admissions on September 16
Join Assistant Head of School Renee' Kropff to learn more about middle school admissions procedures and deadlines on Monday, September 16. You may choose to attend the morning session at 8:15 a.m. in the library or the afternoon session at 4:30 p.m. in the KEC. If you cannot attend either session please email Mrs. Kropff at

Middle School Heads Panel on September 18
The heads of middle schools at Baylor, McCallie and GPS will discuss what to expect in middle school on Wednesday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Centennial Theater. Parents of students in grades 3-5 are invited.
Basketball Clinic
The first session of the basketball clinic led by Coach Roy Pankey is Tuesday, September 10. If you are interested in signing up, please turn in this form with payment to the office ASAP.
Music Lessons
Registration is now open for fall music lessons through Girls Preparatory School's Cadek Conservatory of Music. Last year, 80 boys and girls took lessons through Cadek at Bright. New students should contact director, Albert Whiting, at before registering. Returning students may begin registration at this link.

There are plenty of spaces left for violin.

Kindermusik classes will be starting soon at Bright. Kindermusik is open to parents and children ages 0-3. Check the schedule on the website. The cost is $60 a month.
Do You Shop at Publix?
When you shop at Publix, you can support Bright! Visit the Publix website and sign up for an account. After you sign in, go to My Account and select a school under My Publix Partner. Select Bright School-Chattanooga, TN. Enter your phone number every time you check out at the store, and Publix will give back to Bright. Thank you!
September 2
No School: Labor Day

September 6
Bonanza T-shirt Day

September 12
Parent Literacy Night
Grades 3-5
6 p.m.

September 13
Bonanza T-shirt Day
September 16
Fifth Grade Admissions
8:15 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.

September 18
Middle School Heads Panel for Parents
Grades 3-5
5:30 p.m.

September 20
Early Dismissal
11:30 a.m.
Bonanza 4-7 p.m.
No Bright Afternoons
September 25
Individual School Pictures Day

September 26
Fifth Grade and Faculty Volleyball Game
10 a.m.

Early Dismissal: Parent Conferences
11:30 a.m.

September 27
No School: Parent Conferences
What's for Lunch? Click here for the menu.
Bright Scene
Splash Day was fun! All grades enjoyed the slides, sprinklers and popsicles. Above, third graders Marshall Sommer and Liam Tabibiazar race to the bottom of the slide.