September 30, 2019
What you need to know this week:
  • Today is Bright Music Day. A recorder ensemble is performing at school.
  • Charleston Wrap fundraiser begins today.
  • Check out what our students say about their renovated classrooms!
  • News from Nurse Kelly: Flu shots and vision screenings
  • Remember to avoid parking in reserved spots.
  • Learn more about summer travel to Iceland on October 2.
  • Cadek's B-term for music lessons has started.
It's Bright Music Day!
The Athens Recorder Ensemble from Georgia is here at school today to perform and teach our fourth and fifth graders about the recorder. Playing the recorder is a tradition at Bright School, and we are thankful for the gift of alumni Henry Aldridge and Fontaine Patten Moore to provide this special day for us. The Aldridge/Patten Fund for Visiting Artists was started in 2017.
Ready. Set. Sell!
Charleston Wrap Starts Today
The Parents' Association's biggest fundraiser of the year begins today. Charleston Wrap is the sale of wrapping paper, gifts, food, magazines and other catalog items. Our goal this year is $50,000 in sales. Proceeds will go toward purchasing new furniture for fourth grade classrooms. Last year's Charleston Wrap sales resulted in new furniture for first grade.

Look for a sales packet coming home with your child today. The first thing to do is register your child on the website with the school ID z-11323. The sale ends on October 16. For all the details about prizes and how-to's, visit our webpage. Also, watch for an email just about Charleston Wrap this afternoon.
Our students love their new classrooms!
First, second and third grade students tells us what they like best about their newly-renovated classrooms thanks to the Building a Bright Future capital campaign.
Parking Reminders
There are three parking spaces reserved on the row closest to the columns entrance. Please do not park in the admissions space, which is reserved for prospective parents coming for a tour. There are two spaces purchased through the auction, and these are off limits all day, every day for everyone except the people who purchased them. Please do not park in any of these spots or in front of the concourse at dismissal time even if you are coming in for just a few minutes. Overflow parking is available most days on the field. Thank you!
Boo to the Flu!
Fall is the time to get a flu shot for yourself and your children. The CDC recommends getting a vaccination by the end of October.

If your child gets the flu, make sure to keep him or her home to prevent the spread of the illness at school. Children must be free of fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
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Vision screenings
Students in kindergarten and second grade will have their vision tested on October 8-9. If your child is in another grade and you would like his or her vision tested, please contact Nurse Kelly Jennings at nurse@brightschool.com. The screenings will be conducted with a special camera and will not use eye drops or an eye chart.
Summer Travel to Iceland
Summer is a great time to travel and learn! Bright School is taking a group of students this summer to Iceland for a STEM-focused adventure, learning about geothermal energy and hiking on glaciers, just to name a few activities for this cool, hands-on journey. Students currently in grades 3-5 may apply to travel. Parents interested in sending their children on this trip should come to the information session at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, in the library.
Music Lessons Still Available
The B-term for Cadek music lessons has begun. If you are interested in signing up your child for the first time, please contact Albert Whiting at awhiting@gps.edu.

Cadek introduces a new instructor, Sophia Puckett, who will be teaching piano, voice and guitar at Bright.
Sophia began her music career as a singer with the stage name Sophia Grayce. With training in both classical and contemporary vocal music, she has performed at several well-established events and venues, including the Leonardo Di Vinci festival in Florence, Italy, Centerstage in Atlanta and the Opry Land Hotel in Nashville. She also has experience as a recording artist and was signed to the independent recording label Vermont Pop while still a student in high school. As an undergraduate student at Berklee College of Music, Sophia discovered her love for teaching music. She began teaching voice and instrument lessons to a local group of homeschoolers. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in music education and still immensely enjoys teaching!
September 30
Music Day

Charleston Wrap Begins

October 1
Second Grade Field Trip

October 4
Bright T-shirt Day

October 7-9
Camp Lookout
(Fifth Grade)
October 8
Fourth Grade Field Trip

October 10
Fall Break Begins
11:30 a.m.

October 15
Classes Resume

October 16
Charleston Wrap Ends

Picture Retakes
October 23
Pajama Auction Begins

October 24-25
Second Grade Play
8:15 a.m.

October 31
Halloween Shirts with Uniform Bottoms (no masks)

November 1
Dia de los Muertos
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Bright Scene
The fifth grade "Wrecking Balls" team high-fives students at the start of the annual fifth grade and faculty volleyball game on Friday. Players include Hamzah Nayab, Mary Handly Templeton-Phillips, Jack Macziewski, Harriet Howard and Grant Gallien.
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