Reserve the Spirit Rock today!
Our BSMS Spirit Rock is available for families to reserve and show their school spirit! You can reserve the rock for anything – your child/grandchild’s birthday, to recognize your favorite teacher or staff member, congratulatory events, good luck on competitions and tournaments, or recognizing milestones. Please note: The Spirit rock available to paint is the one in front of the school gym! (Not the one in front of BSMS office at the entrance of the school)
The BSMS Spirit Rock is available for $25/week. Sign-ups are in one week periods from 5 pm Friday until 3 pm the following Friday. For example, if you sign up for the week of October 18 through October 25, you may paint the rock after 5pm on Friday, October 18 and will have it through 3pm on Friday, October 25. Please triple check your dates!
To sign up:
- Sign up for your date(s) using "Sign Up Genius". Be sure to click "Submit and Sign Up" so that your dates will be reserved.
- Within 1 week: Pay by check. Send a check made out to "BSMS PTSA" with "Spirit Rock" in the notes section. Be sure include your name, your child's name, and reserved date on your envelope to help us track your payment.
- Please note: If you are unable to pay within 1 week, we will have to release your date.
P.S. We are working on accepting online donations for your convenience. Updates will be posted here on the SignUp Genius form.
QUESTIONS? If you've read through the guidelines and tips below and still have questions, please email us.
BSMS Spirit Rock Rules & Guidelines
Sign-ups are in week long periods from 5 pm on the first day to 3 pm on the last day. For example, if you sign up for the week of October 18 through October 25, you may paint the rock after 5pm on Friday, October 18 and will have it through 3pm on Friday, October 25.
- The cost is $25 per week. Send your check or cash to the school office in an envelope marked "BSMS Spirit Rock". Please be sure to include your name, your child's name, and the date you have reserved online.
- Payment must be received within 1 week of booking your date or you forfeit your right to paint the rock on that dates.
- BSMS PTSA reserves the right to block dates for school use.
- Families must furnish their own labor, paint, and supplies. Wear old clothes! Only the rock may be painted. Please take care to not damage the surrounding area, and pick up all trash after painting. Please be kind to our environment and recycle your empty cans.
- The best paint to use is spray paint. You will probably need 2-3 cans for a good base coat and additional paint for your design. The quantity needed will depend upon the color you are using, the color already painted on the rock, and weather conditions. Remember, latex paint or paint that is rolled on will take longer to dry.
- If the rock is painted over by someone that is not on the sign-up sheet, it is not the PTSA or school’s responsibility. NO profane words, symbols or any derogatory or offensive messages will be permitted on the BSMS Spirit Rock. Brown Summit Middle School reserves the right to remove any content, message, or language from the BSMS Spirit Rock that is deemed inappropriate.
- The family painting the rock assumes liability for any individual or member of the group who may be injured, or who may incur clothing or other personal property damage.
- No refunds will be issued in the case of bad weather. If wet, the rock can be towel-dried before painting and the paint will adhere even in the rain and or snow.
The BSMS Spirit Rock runs on the Honor Code, with the hopes that everyone will respect these guidelines. All money raised from the use of the Spirit Rock will go towards supporting the various PTSA programs at Brown Summit Middle School.
- Premium spray paint works best (Rust-Oleum, etc) vs. a generic store brand. The gray paint used to put the initial base coat on the rock is Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X UltraCover Paint + Primer - Granite - Satin for Wood, Metal, Plastic & More. It can be purchased from HomeDepot and probably other hardware stores and places like Walmart.
- 2-3 cans of spray paint should cover the entire rock for your base coat. You will probably need to spray it a few times for complete coverage.
- Once you have the base coat done, use chalk to sketch out your design. Try to do large shapes so that it’s easy to see from the road and so that you can use spray paint for most of it.
- Stand back from the rock to make sure you can see the design from a distance.
- Spray paint your large areas. If you mess up, use your base coat color to fix the mistake.
- For more detailed areas, use a can/tube of paint and a paintbrush. While outdoor latex is best, regular artists acrylic seems to work well too (even in rain).
- Make sure to bring paper towels to wipe any drips.
- Bring a cup of water if you are using a paintbrush.
- Wearing rubber gloves will help keep your hands clean.
- Have fun and post photos to our Facebook page!
|| Tricia Gascoyne