September 16, 2019
What you need to know this week:
  • Happy birthday to our school founder, Mary G. Bright, 1885-1967.
  • Check out our video to see what's going on in the new classrooms.
  • Bonanza is Friday. Plan for the half day and no Bright Afternoons.
  • Dot Day is coming. Students may submit artwork.
  • Schedule your parent-teacher conference. Sign up for Bright Afternoons.
  • Plan for upcoming events.
  • Picture Day is next Wednesday.
  • Read about Mrs. Angel's adventures in China this summer.
  • Do you have younger children ready for the 2020-21 admissions process? Let us know!
Learning in a new classroom
Our teachers and students love their new learning environments! Check out the new technology and ways of learning in this video.
Bonanza is Friday!
Friday 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.

All parking for the event will be at Stuart Heights Baptist Church, and shuttles will run throughout the afternoon and evening. Do not park on Minnekahda Place. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Come and enjoy the food, games, music and fun!
Bring cakes on Wednesday and Thursday. They will be collected in the morning car line. Remember, no nuts, and store bought is fine. Bring your Jazzy Jars if you have not already.

Students may wear their Bonanza shirts on Friday with any uniform bottom or shorts or skorts sold in the Bright 1913 Bookstore. There are some shirts still available in the office. The bookstore has new inventory of shorts, $24 for youth sizes and $28 for adult.
Dot Day Art Due on Thursday
Students are invited to participate in International Dot Day outside of school by creating a work of art at home using this worksheet . Completed artworks are due Thursday, September 19.

Dot Day was inspired by the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, and it celebrates creativity, courage and collaboration.
Schedule Your Parent Conference
The portal to sign up for parent-teacher conferences is now open. Conferences are September 26 and 27 for grades JPK-3 and all week for grades 4-5.

Remember, school will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, and there is no school on Friday, September 27.

How do I reserve a conference time?
To schedule a time, go to the portal and type in your username and password. Next, click on Student Profile and then Teacher Conferences. Use the dropdowns to choose the day and time. If you have difficulty using the system, contact Renee' Kropff at

The portal for grades 3-5 will close for scheduling on Friday. The portal will close for grades JPK-2 on Wednesday, September 25.

What about child care?
Bright Afternoons will be available the half day and full day of the parent conferences. To sign up, please fill out this form.
Upcoming Events
Fifth Grade Admissions Today

Join Assistant Head of School Renee' Kropff to learn more about middle school admissions procedures and deadlines on Monday, September 16. If you missed this morning's session, 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 Wednesday
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.
Ready for the New Admissions Season?
If you have younger children who would be applying as new students for next August, please contact admissions director Brooke Moore at to start the admissions process.
Picture Day is Next Wednesday
Lifetouch will be here next Wednesday to take individual school pictures. Your child will bring home an order form. You may turn in that form with payment on September 25 or order online, using the Picture Day ID provided on the paper form. These photos will be used in the yearbook, and all students will be photographed.
Mrs. Angel Went to China
Fourth grade math teacher Amanda Angel went to China this summer thanks to the O.J. Morgan Travel Grant program for teachers. Click here to read all about her adventures.
September 16
Fifth Grade Admissions
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.
No Bright Afternoons

4-7 p.m.
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

September 30
Music Day
(Information coming soon!)

Charleston Wrap Begins
(Information coming soon!)

October 4
Bright T-shirt Day

October 7-9
Camp Lookout
(Fifth Grade)

October 10
Fall Break Begins
11:30 a.m.
What's for Lunch? Click here for the menu.
Bright Scene
Fifth, fourth and third graders wrote poems in honor of Miss Bright's birthday, which was going to be celebrated on Friday during the afternoon assembly. Miss Bright was born on September 16, 1885. Students learned about Miss Bright by studying the pictures in the KEC and reading a book written by a Bright alumnus about his memories of Miss Bright. Pictured above: Fifth grade teacher Ann O'Brien helps Gabriel Cyrus and Caleb Hitchcock with their poems about Miss Bright.