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What to Expect at Class: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Our first week of classes is less than one week away! As you start getting your students ready to attend Bright Lights this summer, here are a few things to keep in mind.

PRE-CLASS
Login to your account at BrightLights.org to double-check your class name, start time and location.

You may receive an email confirmation from your teacher a few days before the class begins noting special items the students need to bring to class or special clothing that is needed. But for all classes, students should come ready to have fun and get messy!

ARRIVAL
Remember, our main class site this year is Holmes Elementary (5230 Sumner St).

If you have registered for Before Care (to use before a morning class at Holmes), students can be dropped off at Holmes door #4 on the west side of the building starting at 7:30 a.m.

Otherwise, students may start arriving at 8:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. for "First 15" supervision before their class is scheduled to begin Tuesday - Friday. They should enter through door #4 and go into the gym right away to meet up with their class and a classroom assistant.

On Mondays only, parents/drivers can take students into the gym to find their class group and meet their teachers.

From Tuesday - Friday, students can be dropped off from the passenger side of the vehicle on the west side of Holmes. See our map for the specific area and driving instructions.

However, if possible, due to the high volume of traffic at arrival and dismissal times, we recommend parents participate in our “Park and Walk” campaign, in which we ask everyone to please consider parking a block or two from Holmes and then walking to/from the school to drop-off/pick-up your student(s) using the indicated crosswalks. Either way, we are asking you to be in partnership with us to create a safer drop-off/pick-up environment.

Have students taking Bright Lights classes at different sites? Please drop-off at the main site (Holmes) first (up to 15 minutes before their class is scheduled to start) and then proceed to the community site. For pick-up, please get your student at the community site first and then proceed to the main site (Holmes).

LUNCH
If you registered for Lunch cCare for your student— or if they are in a full-day camp which includes lunch care—please be sure to send a cold lunch with them each day.

DISMISSAL
Students in Kindergarten-2nd grades as well as those who signed up for our bus service are released from class five minutes early to help you connect with your younger student or help them reach the bus/car safely.

At the end of class each day at Holmes, teachers and assistants will bring students outside to the sidewalk on the west side of the building near the supervised drop-off/pick-up zone (see map). Classes will be in order beginning with the primary classes lining up at the south end. Older siblings can join their younger sibling's class for ease of pick-up.

Drivers may pull up in our supervised drop-off/pick up zone (see map) and safety supervisors will assist with locating the students and directing them to the appropriate vehicle. To assist us, please provide both your student’s name and class title to the supervisors.

Picking up students at non-release times will require a photo ID of the parent/guardian at the front desk at Holmes or with the community site teacher.

For safety purposes, please note that the Bright Light staff wear orange Bright Lights shirts, teachers wear blue and Classroom Assistants wear lime green.

FRIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Each class will schedule an Open House during the last half-hour of class on Friday. (Some classes may begin earlier so watch for messages from the teacher.) Please allow time to park and walk to the building. Students may leave with parents when the Open House is finished.

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