News for You!

November 2016

Principal's Corner!

Hello Bright Parents!

We have had a wonderful start to the year and I can't believe it's already November! This year is flying by and we are having a great time.

Attention all third, fourth & fifth grade parents! University Interscholastic League (UIL) try-outs are November 10th. We hope to see all interested students at try-outs! See the letter attached to the email for details.

Calling all Veterans! We would like to acknowledge and honor you at Good Morning Bright (GMB) on Friday, November 11th. Join us at 8 am and feel free to come in uniform.

The Parent/Teacher Conference window is open through November 18th. If you have not set up a time to meet with your child's teacher there is still time. We would love to talk with you about how your child is progressing.

Lastly, Thanksgiving break begins Monday, November 21st through Friday, November 25th. Enjoy the time with your families and we will see the students back on Monday, November 28th.

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


Whole Child

Did you know that kids who aren't properly informed are at greater risk of engaging in unsafe behaviors and experimenting with drugs.

Please take time to read the article below provided by Kids Health website.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 1 - Pine Cove Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 2-4 - 5th grade @ Pine Cove

Nov. 3 - Picture Retakes

Nov. 8 -10 - 2nd grade ITBS Testing

Nov.10 - Flu Clinic 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Nov.10 - UIL Try-outs (3rd-5th grades) After School

Nov.10 - 3rd and 4th grade Veterans Musical 6:00-7:00 p.m. & PTA Meeting at 6:20 p.m.

Nov. 11 - GMB Veteran's Day Celebration

Nov. 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

UIL 3rd-5th Grades

Bright 3rd-5th grade students have the opportunity to try-out for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) on November 10th from 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please see the letter attached to the email for more details, or you can always contact the school for more information.

Staff Birthdays

11/5 - Angela Smith

11/12 - Clare Sullivan

11/22 - Marcia Burnett

Thank You

Thank you to all of the guests who have come out to celebrate with us at Good Morning Bright. You bring such positive energy and the students love seeing you there!

Message from our PTA!

Don't forget to turn in your party money. Please send $8.00 cash to your child's homeroom teacher or the front office. The PTA uses this money to put on three parties for the children during the school year. Each party consists of snacks, crafts and games. Our party dates are: December 16, February 14 and June 2. Parents are welcome to attend the parties with their children.

We are in search of party helpers. We need one room parent (party host) in each class and one grade level coordinator (party planner) for each grade. If you are able to attend and host a party, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Hilda Ocasio at Our teachers appreciate the help and our children love to see parents at the school.

PTA Meeting - Please come to the PTA meeting on Thursday, November 10 at 6:20 p.m. We would love to share our mission with you and and get your feedback.

Join PTA. Remember your child’s first day of school? Did you wish you had a handbook to help them get through the year successfully? Join Ida Lee Bright Elementary at for access to resources to help you, help your child do better academically.


Attendance Expectations

School hours are 7:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and students entering the building after 7:40 a.m. 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 a.m. on the day of the absence.

Dismissal Expectations

Dismissal - The instructional day ends at 2:55 p.m. and we are finishing up dismissal by 3:08 p.m. 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 p.m. 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) - Student incidents and behaviors

Angela Williams (Counselor) - Student needs beyond the classroom

Karen Ross (Nurse) - Student medical needs

Starla Hock (Data Clerk) - Student enrollment, tardies and absences

Becky Ortega (Receptionist) - General questions

Sarika Pride (Principal)

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.