Where Do I Go When School Is Over?

Bright Afternoons

The school day does not have to end when the bell rings at 3 p.m. Bright Afternoons is an extended day program available to all grades. JPK and PK students begin Bright Afternoons at 1 p.m., and the other grades join after 3 p.m. Bright Afternoons lasts until 6 p.m. Special Bright Afternoons sessions are made available on selected half days throughout the year.

JPK and PK students have a nap or quiet time after 1 p.m. All students receive a snack when they arrive. Bright Afternoons staff oversee students in groups by grade. 

Formerly known as Extended Care, Bright Afternoons is a structured program that extends the regular school day.

Homework Club

All fourth and fifth grade students who participate in Bright Afternoons will go to Homework Club in the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Faculty from the Kilbride Enrichment Center will be on hand to help students. Third graders in Bright Afternoons will be given the opportunity to complete homework with their Bright Afternoons counselor.

Bright Afternoons Registration

Pre-registration is not required for your child to attend Bright Afternoons. Please notify your child's teacher during Phase-In Days or at the start of school what days your child will attend. If schedules change week to week or day to day, please communicate these plans with both your child and your child's teacher on a regular basis. Students attending after school classes may go to Bright Afternoons after the class finishes. Please communicate these plans with the after school class teacher.

For JPK and PK students, the program costs $12 for participating between the hours of 1-3 p.m. It is $18 a day for the hours between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The program is $15 a day for grades K-5, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Invoices for Bright Afternoons will be emailed on the fifth of each month. In an effort to minimize check writing/processing, families are required to set up a FACTS account for monthly invoice payments. FACTS is a third-party company that allows you to designate an account for invoice payments to be automatically withdrawn when charges are accrued. If you pay Bright School tuition through a current FACTS account, no action is needed at this time. If you do not pay tuition with FACTS, please click here to create an account.

We will continue to use the iPads for daily sign-in and sign-out within the Procare App. Codes will remain the same for returning families, and codes will be provided to new families via email. In addition to using four-digit codes for signing students into the Procare system, we are also enabling the GPS sign-out system to increase security and efficiency in the afternoons. Parents will be able to sign out their children within the proximity of the school's campus within the Procare App.

In addition to digital attendance, the Procare app allows families to sign up for accessing daily sign-in records, viewing previous invoices, and printing end-of-year tax information. You will receive an email from Procare inviting you to sign up for access to your child's daily activity in Bright Afternoons. 

if you have any questions regarding Bright Afternoons or after-school classes, please contact Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, Alyssia Harper at [email protected]

After School Classes

Registration opens July 21, 2022 for fall classes. Registration links are included in emails to parents.

All classes have fees associated with registration. Payment will be due before the first class either through Venmo or check. Checks should be made payable to individual instructors (NOT Bright School). If you registered for a language class or ballet, you will receive an emailed invoice from the company.

Each class has limited space and registration forms are time-stamped when submitted. Families with multiple children should complete a separate form for each child. If you have questions, contact Alyssia Harper, auxiliary services coordinator.

*Registration will close on August 19, 2022**

Monday

JPK-PK Soccer Shots 
2:15 - 3:00pm
Cost: $180
Max: 24 students
Dates: 10 Weeks (9/12-12/5)
Online Registration


K-2nd Soccer Shots 
3:15-4:00pm 
Cost: $180
Max: 24 students
Date: 10 Weeks (9/12-12/5)
Online Registration


PK Bright Bistro Session I
2:15-2:45 pm
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable to -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/12-10/24)

PK Bright Bistro Session II
2:15-2:45 pm
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (10/31-12/12)

3-5 Spanish Class
Chattanooga School of Language
3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $165
Dates: 12 Weeks 9/12-12/12
Student Minimum: 5 and Student Maximum: 18

Tuesday

JPK-PK Creative Movement
Chattanooga Ballet
Time: 2:30-3:00pm
Cost: $200
Dates: 12 Weeks (9/13-12/13)
Max Number: 10

Kindergarten Bright Bistro Session I
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:15-3:45pm
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/6-10/11)

Kindergarten Bright Bistro Session II
Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:15-3:45pm
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (10/18-11/29)

K-2nd Art Club
Teacher: Thankful Davis
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $115
Checks Payable To - Thankful Davis
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/6-10/11)

3rd-5th Grade Tech Club
Teacher: Renee Kropff
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Cost: $100
Venmo Account Name -  @Renee-Kropff
Dates: 8 Weeks (9/6-10/25)

2nd and 3rd Grade Mad Scientist
Teacher:  Wendy Rogers
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $140
Venmo Account Name -  @Wendy-Rogers-45874
Checks Payable To -  Wendy Rogers 
Dates: 6 Weeks 10/25-12/6 

4th and 5th Grade Mad Scientist
Teacher:  Wendy Rogers
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $140
Venmo Account Name -  @Wendy-Rogers-45874
Checks Payable To -  Wendy Rogers 
Dates: 6 Weeks 9/6-10/18 No class October 4th

4th-5th Grade Everyday Etiquette 
Teacher: Dawn Jumper
Time: 3:15-4:15
Max 12 Minimum of 8
Cost: $115
Venmo: @Dawn-Jumper-1
Dates: 4 Weeks 11/1-11/29

4th and 5th Outdoor Sports with Mr. Bill and Mr. Richard
Teacher:  Mr. Bill and Mr. Parks
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $175
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene-10
Dates: 5 Weeks (10/11-11/15)
Max Students: 20

Wednesday

PK Bright Bistro Session I
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 2:15-2:45pm
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/7-10/12)

PK Bright Bistro Session II
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 2:15-2:45pm
Cost: $110
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (10/19-11/30)

JPK-Pre K Spanish Class
Chattanooga School of Language
Time: 2:15-2:45pm
Cost: $82.50
Dates: 12 Weeks (Sept 7-Nov 30)
Student Minimum: 5 and Student Maximum: 18

K-2nd Spanish Class
Chattanooga School of Language
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $123.75
Dates: 12 Weeks
Student Minimum: 5 and Student Maximum: 18

Kindergarten Fall and Winter Crafts
Teacher: Bill Greene
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $150
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene-10 
Dates: 5 Sessions (11/16-12/14)
15 Students Max

1st and 2nd Grade Bright Bistro Session I
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $125
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/7-10/12)

1st and 2nd Grade Bright Bistro Session II
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $125
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (10/19-11/30)

2nd Grade Books, Building, Art, and Mr. Bill
Teacher: Bill Greene
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $150
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene-10 
Dates: 5 Sessions (9/7-10/5)
15 Students Max

3rd-5th Gowing Yogis
Teacher: Claire Millsaps
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
Cost: $195
Venmo Account Name -  @Claire-Millsaps8144
Dates: 6 Sessions 9/7-10/5 (Oct 5 will be an special double session from 3:30-5:00)

4th Grade Archery
Teacher: Bill Greene
Time: 3:15-4:30pm
Cost: $175
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene10 
Dates: 5 Sessions (10/12-11/9)
12 Students Max

4th-5th Grade Outdoor Adventures Session I
Teacher: Bethany Keenan
Time: 3:30-4:30
Cost: $80
Venmo: @Bethany-Houghton
Checks: Bethany Keenan
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/7-10/12)
Minimum # of students: 5 Maximum number of students: 16

4th-5th Grade Outdoor Adventures Session II
Teacher: Bethany Keenan
Time: 3:30-4:30
Cost: $80
Venmo: @Bethany-Houghton
Checks: Bethany Keenan
Dates: 6 Weeks (10/19-11/30)
Minimum # of students: 5 Maximum number of students: 16

 

Thursday

JPK-PK Creative Movement
Chattanooga Ballet
Time: 2:30-3:00pm
Cost: $200
Dates: 12 Weeks (9/8-12/15)
Max Number: 10

K-1st Grade Pre-Ballet
Chattanooga Ballet
Time: 3:15-4:00pm
Cost: $200
Dates: 12 Weeks (9/8-12/15)
Max Number: 12

1st Grade: Kindergarten 2.0
Teacher: Bill Greene
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $150
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene-10
Dates: 5 Sessions (9/8-10/20)
15 Students Max

K-2: Growing Yogis
Teacher: Claire Millsaps
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
Cost: $195
Venmo Account Name -  @Claire-Millsaps8144
Dates: 6 Sessions 10/20-12/1 (no class Nov 24)

3rd and 4th Grade Bright Bistro Session I
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:45-4:30pm
Cost: $140
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/8 - 10/27)

3rd and 4th Grade Bright Bistro Session II
Teacher: Susan Pesterfield
Time: 3:45-4:30pm
Cost: $140
Venmo Account Name -  @Susan-Howell-16
Checks Payable To -  Susan Howell 
Dates: 6 Weeks (11/3 - 12/15)

3rd-5th Art Club
Teacher: Thankful Davis
Time: 3:15-4:15pm
Cost: $115
Dates: 6 Weeks (9/8-10/27)

3rd-5th Grade Robotics Club
Teacher: Renee Kropff
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Cost: $175
Venmo Account Name -  @Renee-Kropff
Dates: 12 Weeks (9/8-12/8) No Class 10/6 and 11/24
12 Students Max

5th Grade Woodturning
Teacher: Richard Parks
Time: 3:15 - 4:15
Cost: $200
Dates: 9/8 through 10/20 (5 classes - no class on 9/22 and 10/6)
5 Students Max

5th Grade Archery
Teacher: Bill Greene
Time: 3:15-4:30pm
Cost: $175
Venmo Account Name -  @Bill-Greene-10
Dates: 5 Sessions (10/27-12/1)
12 Students Max

Friday

3rd-5th Juggling
Teacher: Richard Parks
Time 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Dates: 9/9 through 10/21 (5 classes - no class on 9/23 and 10/7)
Cost: $125

Class Descriptions

Archery
Children will learn all of the basic archery skills while competing in various games that involve sportsmanship, teamwork, and responsibility!

Art Club
We are excited to offer a six week session of after school art this semester.  This will be a great way for students who enjoy creating art to dig a little deeper. It is an opportunity to express their creativity in exciting new projects. During the sessions we will be working with sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking. Each project will complement the classroom experience and challenge our students to think outside of the box. We will look at creative sculpture techniques, mixed media projects, innovative printing processes and expressive drawing techniques. 

Ballet: Creative Movement
An introduction to the world of dance designed for 3 & 4 year old. Students will work to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm and are introduced to ballet concepts. Through the use of structured games and activities, each class will allow students to explore different ways of moving.

Ballet: Pre-Ballet
An introduction to ballet for 5 & 6 year old. Students will learn basic ballet steps and terminology while continuing to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm. This class helps students to master skills that will be helpful for ballet barre work in Level 1.

Books, Building, Art and Mr. Bill
The name says it all! The children will hear some of Mr. Bill’s favorite childhood books and create a piece of art inspired by the wonderful stories! Oh, and we will build, build, build!

Bright Bistro with Ms. Susan Pesterfield
Bright Bistro is an engaging, hands-on, introduction to creating individually made, delicious goodies specifically geared towards young children.  Our young chefs and bakers learn recipes and techniques that grow with them. The activities are age-appropriate and children experience every year to be more challenging and diverse than the last. Come have some fun in the kitchen! 

Everyday Etiquette with Ms. Dawn Jumper
Your student is invited to join us for  Everyday Etiquette! Fun activities, games, and interactive learning make this class engaging and fun. Fee: $115 which includes all lessons, an after school snack, take home materials, and a certificate of completion. We focus on  good manners, self-confidence, and consideration for others.   Topics include: Table manners, dealing with adults respectfully, dow to be a good host and guest, showing gratitude, listening skills, friendship rules, The Fab Four, screen manners, introducing yourself, making conversation (even if you’re shy) and using a confident voice, eye contact, and good posture.

Fall and Winter Crafts
Beginning with an “Afternoon Meeting” with one of my favorite fall and winter books, the children will then use their booming creativity and imagination to create something inspired by these wonderful stories!

Growing Yogis
Growing Yogis invites children to experience the benefits and joy of yoga with poses, mindful movement, songs, stories, games and art. Through yoga, children can gain improved balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, mindfulness, emotional self-regulation, stress relief and confidence in a noncompetitive environment. Yoga for young people also fosters a spirit of cooperation, compassion and empathy for others. Growing Yogis seeks to build foundational skills and practices that allow children to flourish on and off the mat. For health and safety purposes, each child needs to bring their own yoga mat to class. Thinner mats are easier to work with than thicker mats. Please send a yoga mat with your Growing Yogi for each class!

Kindergarten 2.0
First grade students will get the opportunity to return to Kindergarten with Mr. Bill for an afternoon of learning, creating, building, and teamwork!

Outdoor Adventures
Bethany Keenan is offering to teach students various outdoor skills to get them comfortable exploring the outdoors in a safe and fun way. Each session is set up to allow for conversation and hands-on activities for the kids both solo and in groups. 

Outdoor Sports
Every afternoon will bring a new game for the 4th and 5th graders to square off on the field or court! We will stress the importance of winning and losing with sportsmanship and grace while also teaching the fundamentals of each new sport or activity!

Mad Scientist
Come join Ms. Wendy Rogers in  the Mad Scientist class. Each week students  will do different experiments and explore Science in a fun new way!  Students will create foam slime, lava lamps, and so much more. 

Robotics Club
The Bright School Robotics Club is for 3rd-5th grade students who have a passion and affinity for designing and coding robots. This club will utilize the curriculum and challenges from the First Lego League. All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. There is a job for everyone on this team! The First Lego League is built around a theme-based challenge which involves research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. Our team will compete in the First Lego League tournament that features public and private schools in Chattanooga.

Tech Club
The Bright School Tech Club is a group of 3rd-5th grade students who will meet on Tuesdays to create projects that utilize a variety of technology tools and resources. Project ideas will include green-screen films, coding, 3-d design & printing, and STEM challenges. 

Questions? Contact Me.

Alyssia Harper

Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Joined Bright faculty in 2022
B.S., Bryan College
M.Ed., Carson Newman University
Ed.S., Arkansas State University

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