August 12, 2019
What you need to know this week:
  • Welcome back!
  • Registration Day is Wednesday. Check to see what time you should attend.
  • Thursday is the first day of school for everyone.
  • Online auction for the best parking spot all year ends today.
  • Application for PA grade reps will take place on Registration Day.
  • Volunteer for the Happy Cart room.
  • Register now for after school classes and Bright Afternoons.
  • Sign up for cross country and basketball training.
  • Sign up for handbells and choir.
  • Registration is open for fall music lessons through Cadek.
Welcome Back!
What an amazing summer this has been! Many of you have already shared tales of your summer adventures with me, and your postcards have been a delight to read. I look forward to hearing about all of your travels, camps, and good times with your families. 

The big news, of course, has been the remarkable transformation of our first, second and third grade hallways and classrooms. This first phase of our Building a Bright Future capital campaign will give us just a taste of the wonderful changes yet to come in the next two years. Before we know it, our fourth and fifth grade areas as well as the gym, library, special area classrooms, offices and Kilbride Enrichment Center will all have undergone a similar transformation, providing the best learning spaces for our students and teachers. We are now more than halfway to our $4 million goal! With your continuing financial support, and with the hard work, careful planning, and Bright School can-do attitude, we will make this fabulous dream come true. As the school's head, I have been deeply touched by everyone's unwavering generosity and commitment to give our children the best we have to offer. They deserve no less.

I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone and warmly welcoming our new families. I want to wish you all the best in Bright School's 107th year!

Registration Day Information and Forms
Registration Day is Wednesday.
This is a free dress day. Students do not wear uniforms. Families will find out their child's teacher via email the morning of Registration Day.

Grades K-5 attend the morning session, 9-11:30 a.m. There will be no parking on campus, and there will be shuttles from Stuart Heights Baptist Church. Families will receive the name of their child's teacher by email that morning. Tables for Bonanza, yearbooks and school activities will be set up in the parking lot. There will be a ribbon-cutting for the renovated area at 9:45 a.m., and classrooms open at 10 a.m. A program for all parents in the Centennial Theater starts at 10:25 a.m. Kindergarten students will be introduced on stage during this program.

Grades JPK and PK attend the afternoon session, 1-2 p.m. in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) building. Parking will be available on campus. Tables to purchase rest mats and Bonanza shirts and to sign up for Bright Afternoons will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the gym. Everyone will gather in the gym for announcements at 1:30 p.m.

There are several forms that must be filled out and returned by Registration Day. All of this information is available on the Registration Day website.

Immunization Forms
All students must have an updated immunization form on file by Registration Day. Students in grades JPK, PK and kindergarten and any new students should receive a new form from their pediatrician when immunizations are updated each year. New forms are not required after students have completed immunizations. Immunization records need to be on a Tennessee form.

Required Forms
The forms below may be downloaded, filled out online and emailed to  or printed, filled out and returned on Registration Day to the office or your child's classroom. 

Medical Forms
The medical forms only need to be filled out and returned if they pertain to your child.

Supply Fees
Families do not need to purchase school supplies. Those are provided by the school. Families who do not have a FACTS account need to pay the supply fee by Registration Day. For more information, visit our Registration Day website.
Parking Spot Auction Ends Today
Do you want to have a guaranteed parking spot every time you come to school, even for big events like Registration Day?

This auction ends tonight at 9 p.m. Bid now and bid high for the children of Bright School!
First Day of School
Everybody starts school on Thursday. We encourage all students to arrive by 7:45 a.m. to get situated in the classrooms and ready to start school. Students may arrive as early as 7:15 a.m. and go to the dining hall for grades 1-5 and the library for grades JPK-K. The bell rings at 7:45 a.m., and early students proceed to the classrooms.

The school day begins at 8 a.m. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m., and parents must come to the main office to sign in their children at this time. Please remember that parents and all visitors need to sign in at the front office when arriving at the school during the day.
Get Involved
Parents' Association-Happy Cart
The Parents' Association organizes volunteers to help stock the Happy Cart rooms for faculty. Parents bring treats, drinks and food for faculty and store them in the room in the main office and behind the front desk in the Early Childhood Center. If you are interested in signing up, please view the information on the Parents' Association website and use the Sign-Up Genius link. For more information, contact Allison Cyrus at  

Parents' Association-Grade Reps
Grade representatives are parents who help teachers and organize events for grade levels during the school year. If you are interested, you may put your name on a list provided in your child's classroom on Registration Day to be considered. The order of names on the list is not a factor in selection. Questions at this time should be directed to Lauren Boehm at 423-443-7214.
Registration for After School Classes and Bright Afternoons
Online registration is now open for after school classes for all grades. There are several options for Mondays through Thursdays. Visit the Bright Afternoons website for details about all the classes.

Remember, payment for the classes is due to the office by Registration Day. Checks should be made out to the instructor, not Bright School.

Registration forms:

If you child is going to stay after school in Bright Afternoons, please go ahead and register now. These forms also are online:

After School Sports
Cross Country
Open to girts and boys in grades 3-5. If you did not receive an email from Coach Jeff McDaniel and are interested, please email him at to learn more about preseason practices. More details are available on the athletics webpage.
Download the form below and turn it in to the office with payment:

Basketball Training
Coach Roy Pankey is offering basketball training on Tuesday afternoons for girls and boys in grades 1-5. All skill levels are welcome. Download the form below and turn it in to the office with payment:
Music Activities
Grades 4 and 5 are invited to join Mrs. Cindy Beirne for handbells once a week. Fourth graders will practice on Monday or Tuesday mornings before school, and fifth graders will practice Wednesday or Thursday mornings before school. Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. Students perform several times a year. The cost is $10. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Beirne at by Registration Day. Space is limited.

Grades 3-5 are invited to join Mrs. Beirne each Friday morning for choir. No experience necessary. Students will perform several times a year. There is no cost to join choir. Please email Mrs. Beirne at by Registration Day to sign up.
Music Lessons
Registration is now open for fall music lessons through Girls Preparatory School's Cadek Conservatory of Music. Last year, some 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.
August 12-13
Faculty In-Service

August 12
New Parent Orientation
4-5 p.m. (JPK-K)
5:30-6:30 p.m. (1-5)

August 14
Registration Day
August 15
First Day of School
(all grades; no phase-in days)

August 29
Parents' Night
5:30-7:15 p.m.
(students do not attend)
September 2
No School: Labor Day

September 6
Bonanza T-shirt Day

September 12
Parent Literacy Night
Grades 3-5
6 p.m.
Bright Scene
The bluegrass band "Handpicked" played at Bluegrass and BBQ on Friday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of renovations of the Building a Bright Future capital campaign. Current parent and alumnus Daniel Sawrie plays the banjo (second from left).