September 9, 2019
What you need to know this week:
  • Bonanza food order forms are due Wednesday.
  • Bright Family Breakfast is tomorrow.
  • Dot Day is coming. Students may submit artwork.
  • Schedule your parent-teacher conference. Sign up for Bright Afternoons.
  • Parent Literacy Night is Thursday.
  • Plan for upcoming events.
  • Watch for new information coming about Box Tops.
Get Ready for Bonanza
Order forms for food, tickets and wristbands are due with payment on Wednesday. Food must be ordered in advance. Didn't get a form? Click here.
What is Bonanza? Bonanza is a carnival-like event for students and their families on Friday, September 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the school. There will be rides and games, and students will need tickets and wristbands to participate.

Next 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.

When to bring Jazzy Jars? Volunteers will collecting jazzy jars in the morning car line on Thursday and Friday this week. Remember, do not put nuts, anything that contains nuts or peanut butter, or things that melt in the jars.

Students may wear their Bonanza shirts on these Fridays: 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.
Bright Family Breakfast Tomorrow
Join us for breakfast in the morning! The second Tuesday of the month is Bright Family Breakfast in the school dining hall. It's $3 a person and lasts from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Tomorrow's country breakfast includes:
Biscuits and gravy
Scrambled eggs
Breakfast ham
Grits
Fruit and yogurt
Assorted cereals
Cherry vanilla muffins
Coffee, juice and water
Celebrate Dot Day on Friday
Art teacher Thankful Davis and librarian Elizabeth Oakes are collaborating again this year to celebrate International Dot Day on Friday, September 13. Students are invited to participate 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.

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 rkropff@brightschool.com.

Bright Afternoons will be available the half day and full day of the parent conferences. To sign up, please fill out this form.
Parent Literacy Night
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.

The upper grades at Bright have adopted the reading workshop model as part of the curriculum. After a general information session, there will be breakout groups on supporting your reluctant reader, growing your reader through book talks, and developing comprehension strategies. Childcare will be available.
Upcoming Events
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 rkropff@brightschool.com.
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.
Box Tops Information Coming Soon
Music Lessons
Registration is now open for fall music lessons through Girls Preparatory School's Cadek Conservatory of Music. New students should contact director, Albert Whiting, at awhiting@gps.edu 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.
September 10
Bright Family Breakfast
7-7:45 a.m.

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
JPK, PK and Kindergarten held their first outside days last week as part of their new eco-literacy initiative. The students explored the campus grounds, trails, playgrounds and gardens. Pictured: Sydney Henderson (K) admires the basil in the Early Childhood Garden.