News for You!

October 2016

Principal's Corner!

Hello Bright Parents!


As you know, the expectations in school continue to be more and more demanding each year. Our goal is to help students manage these growing expectations by focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and self-regulation. We teach and model deep breathing, going to a cool-down area, counting to 10, thinking about happy experiences, using words to express our feelings, and more! This month, talk to your children about strategies they can use to calm down, refocus, and manage their emotions.


October is Cyber Awareness Month! Check out these cool tips to help your child be cybersafe https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive


Our Campus Improvement Team (CIT) needs you! The purpose of our CIT is to develop and review the Campus Action Plan (CAP) for areas of success and areas we can improve. We will meet three times per year (October, January & May) from 3:30 pm -4:30 pm. We have three slots available and if you would like to serve on our CIT please send an email to bright@friscoisd.org.


As always, my door is open. If you have question, concerns. or want to share some good news I am here.


Thank you for trusting us with your children.


Sarika Pride

Principal

Whole Child

Did you know the month of October is National Bullying Prevention month?


Bright Elementary is committed to help decrease bullying behaviors by having the following programs in place for our students:


Routine Classroom Meetings

Positive Behavior Supports

Good Morning Bright

Red Ribbon Week

Guidance Lessons

Upcoming Events

Oct. 3rd-6th Book Fair

Oct. 3rd-5th CogAT testing for 5th grade -Parent Letter https://goo.gl/3k6GNG

Oct. 4th Bricks 4 Kids 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Oct. 7th Staff Development/ No School

Oct. 8th District Sponsored Student Parent Workshop http://www.friscoisd.org/docs/default-source/district-flyers/student_parentempowermentoctober_final.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Oct. 10th Holiday/ No School

Oct. 14th Story Telling Festival 4th Grade Field Trip

Oct. 21st Pumpkins on the Prairie Kinder Field Trip

Oct. 24th-27th Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 25th Opera 3rd Grade Field Trip

Destination Imagination & National Walk to School Day!

Hello Parents,


Has your child always loved to build with legos, act in a play, sing, write stories, help others, or problems? If any of these qualities sound like ones that your child has, then Destination Imagination is the perfect club for your child!


The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams then showcase their solutions at a tournament in February.


Destination Imagination Teams form their own schedule to practice, so there is time and space for anyone that is interested!


If you are interested please come to our meeting Tuesday October 4th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. If you have any questions or you can not make the informational meeting please feel free to email Miss McNeill at mcneillk@friscoisd.org


National Walk or Bike to School Day

October 5th is National Walk to School Day!

Walking to school helps

your body stay fit and healthy while

reducing your environmental impact!

To honor this the Green Team will be handing out Comic and coloring books to the first 100 kids that come to school by walking or riding their bike!

Staff Birthdays

10/11 - Rachel Johnson

10/13 - Angela Williams

10/25 - Lislia Padilla

10/28 - Carrie Dellinger

Thank You

The Donut Place for providing the staff yummy donuts!

St. Philips Church for the teacher goodies!

Message from our PTA!

Ahoy Mateys! Aargh you ready for Bright PTA's Buccaneer Book Fair: Where books are the treasure? Join us all week in the library for a swashbuckling reading adventure. We're open for sales 7:10am-3:30pm daily. Bring the whole crew to Family Night on Tuesday, October 4 during our extended hours 3:30pm-7:30pm. While you're here, stop by the Bricks for Kids Lego Event in the gym 6:30pm-7:30pm. Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors to shop the book fair in person and on-line. A percentage of all purchases are donated to the school. Please show your support and help foster a child's love of reading. The book fair will walk the plank on Thursday at 11:30am.

Reminders

Attendance Expectations

School hours are 7:45 am - 2:55 pm. Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am and students entering the building after 7:40 am are considered tardy.


If your child is tardy or absent please be sure you provide a note from your child's doctor or dentist. All doctor's and dentist's notes must be received within 3 days of your child returning to school.


Parents are allowed eight (8) parent notes, (four (4) per semester) for absences and tardies. Then only medical notes are acceptable to be counted as excused.


If your child will be absent, please email the data clerk or call the office using the information below before 8:30 am on the day of the absence.

Dismissal Expectations

Dismissal - The instructional day ends at 2:55 pm and we are finishing up dismissal by 3:08 pm each day. Thank you for remaining in your cars during carpool, walking along the west side of the building if you are walking to pick up your children and having your pick up cards visible. Bright staff will always guide the dismissal process and we appreciate your kindness and cooperation.


If you need to change your child's dismissal plan, please try to do so in writing to your child's teacher no later than the morning of the day of the change. When this is not possible please call the main office at 469-633-2700 so that message can be communicated to your child's teacher. Due to safety, any dismissal changes made after 2 pm will not be honored.

Lunch Visitors

Lunch Visitors - You are always welcome to come and enjoy lunch with your child. When you arrive, remember to sign in at the main office. Be mindful that you are free to bring outside food for and have lunch with your child only. We have a special area designated to give you uninterrupted time with your child.

Who to Talk To?

Who to Talk to? - If you're wondering who to talk to, the information below could be a helpful guide. Your first step is always to contact your child's teacher. He/she will guide you in the right direction.

Carrie Dellinger (Assistant Principal) dellingc@friscoisd.org - Student incidents and behaviors

Angela Williams (Counselor) williamsange@frisoisd.org - Student needs beyond the classroom

Karen Ross (Nurse) rossk@friscoisd.org - Student medical needs

Starla Hock (Data Clerk) hocks@friscoisd.org - Student enrollment, tardies and absences

Becky Ortega (Receptionist) ortegab@friscoisd.org - General questions

Sarika Pride (Principal) prides@friscoisd.org

Birthday Parties/Class Parties

Birthday Parties/Class Parties - Per Frisco ISD, elementary students may only bring items for distribution to classmates on the three (3) party days: Winter Party, Valentines, Day and the end of year celebration. In addition, students issuing invitations to individual birthday parties or other celebrations may only do so at the school if all students in the homeroom class are invited. These birthday invitations must be passed out at the end of the day with permission from the teacher.