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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 FACTS is a third-party company that allows you to designate an account for invoice payments to be automatically withdrawn when charges are accrued.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. Codes will remain the same for returning families and codes will be provided to new families. In addition to digital attendance, the Procare app (formally, Kinderlime) 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.

After School Classes

Please see the registration form for times, dates and costs. Register here.

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 Kendra Reasor: [email protected]

*Registration for fall classes will close on Friday, August 20. You will receive a confirmation email with class details and payment information by Wednesday, August 25.

Monday

JPK-PK Soccer Shots: 10 Weeks ~ Sep 13 - Nov 29 from 2:15 - 3:00pm [$160 to Soccer Shots]

K-2nd Soccer Shots: 10 Weeks ~ Sep 13 - Nov 29 from 3:15 - 4:15pm [$160 to Soccer Shots]

PreK Bright Bistro Session I: 6 Weeks ~ Sep 13 - Oct 25 from 2:15 - 2:45pm [$100 to Susan Howell]

PreK Bright Bistro Session II: 6 Weeks ~ Nov 1 - Dec 13 from 2:15 - 2:45pm [$100 to Susan Howell]

K-2nd French Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 13 - Dec 13 from 3:15 - 4:00pm [$112.50 to Chattanooga School of Language]

3rd-5th French Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 13 - Dec 13 from 4:10 - 5:10pm [$112.50 to Chattanooga School of Language]

4th-5th Chess Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep. 13 - Nov. 1 from 3:30 - 4:30pm [$50 to Kelly Arnold]

Tuesday

Kindergarten Bright Bistro Session I: 6 Weeks ~ Sep 7 - Oct 12 from 3:15 - 3:45 [$100 to Susan Howell]

Kindergarten Bright Bistro Session II: 6 Weeks ~ Oct 26 - Dec 7 from 3:15 - 3:45 [$100 to Susan Howell]

K-2nd Gardening Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 7 - Oct 26 from 3:15 - 4:00 [ $75 to Lynn Shelton]

1st Grade Crafty Creations: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 7 - Oct 26 from 3:30 - 4:15 [$175 to Sonal Patel]

3rd-5th Grade Everyday Etiquette: 4 Weeks ~ Oct 5 - Oct 26 from 3:15 - 4:15 [$100 to Dawn Jumper]

4th Grade Technology Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 7 - Nov 2 (no class 10/5) from 3:30 - 4:30 [$100 to Renee' Kropff]

5th Grade Gym Sports: 5 Weeks ~ Sep 7 - Oct 5 from 3:30-4:30 [$100 to Richard Parks/ Bill Greene]

Wednesday

JPK - PK Spanish Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Dec 1 from 2:15 - 2:45pm [ $75 to Chattanooga School of Language]

Kindergarten Crafty Creations Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Oct 27 from 3:30 - 4:15pm [$175 to Sonal Patel]

1st - 2nd Bright Bistro: 6 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Oct 13 from 3:15 -4:00pm [ $115 to Susan Howell]

K-2nd Grade Spanish Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Dec 1 from 3:15 - 4:00pm [ $112.50 to Chattanooga School of Language]

K-2nd Grade Yoga Club, Growing Yogis: Seedlings ~ 8 Weeks, Sep 8- Oct 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 [$175 to Claire Millsaps, RYT 200]

1st-3rd Grade Drama Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Oct 27 from 3:30 - 4:30 [$80 to Will Lowery]

3rd - 5th Grade Spanish Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Dec 1 from 4:10 - 5:10pm [ $150 to Chattanooga School of Language]

3rd - 4th Grade Bright Bistro: 6 Weeks ~ Oct 27 - Dec 8 from 3:15 -4:15pm [ $130 to Susan Howell]

4th - 5th Grade Ancient China for Kids Session I ~ Sep 8 - Oct 13 from 3:30-4:30 [ $115 to Amanda Angel]

4th - 5th Grade Ancient China for Kids Session II ~ Oct 20 - Dec 1 from 3:30-4:30 [ $115 to Amanda Angel]

4th Grade Archery: 5 Weeks ~ Nov 10 - Dec 15 from 3:30 - 4:45 [$175 to Bill Greene]

5th Grade Archery: 5 Weeks ~ Oct 6 - Nov 3 from 3:30-4:30 [$175 to Bill Greene]

5th Grade Robotics Club: 13 Weeks ~ Sep 8 - Dec 15 (no class 10/6) from 3:30 - 4:30 [$175 to Renee' Kropff]

Thursday

JPK - PK Creative Movement Class by Chattanooga Ballet: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Dec 2 from 2:30 - 3:00 [$200 to Chattanooga Ballet]

K - 1st Grade Pre-Ballet Class by Chattanooga Ballet: 12 Week ~ Sep 9 - Dec 2 from 3:15 - 4:00pm [$200 to Chattanooga Ballet]

K - 2nd Grade Art Club: 6 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Oct 28 from 3:30 - 4:30 [$115 to Thankful Davis]

2nd - 5th Grade Level 1 Ballet by Chattanooga Ballet: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Dec 2 from 4:00 - 5:00pm [$225 to Chattanooga Ballet]

K - 2nd Grade German Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Dec 16 from 3:15 - 4:00pm [$112.50 to Chattanooga School of Language]

3rd - 5th Grade Yoga Club, Growing Yogis: Sprouts ~ 8 Weeks, Sep 9 - Nov 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 [$175 to Claire Millsaps, RYT 200]

3rd - 5th Grade German Class by Chattanooga School of Language: 12 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Dec 16 from 4:10 - 5:10pm [$150 to Chattanooga School of Language]

3rd - 5th Grade Art Club: 6 Weeks ~ Nov 4 - Dec 16 from 3:30 - 4:30 [$115 to Thankful Davis]

3rd Grade Technology Club: 8 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Nov 11 from 3:30 - 4:30pm [$100 to Renee' Kropff]

4th Grade Gym Sports: 5 Weeks ~ Sep 9 - Oct 14 from 3:30-4:30 [$100 to Richard Parks/ Bill Greene]

Class Descriptions

Ancient China for Kids

Ms. Angel is so excited to share her experiences from her travels in China as well as her continuing education through the EAA UTC program with 4th and 5th graders at Bright! The afterschool Ancient China for Kids program will include 6 weeks of introduction to basic Mandarin Chinese phrases and symbols, hands on lessons about Chinese architecture, inventions, daily life, art, and history.  Students will benefit from a high-interest introduction to Chinese language and culture, which sets them up to fully study Mandarin later in their education.  Fourth and fifth graders will love being engaged with the rich history and cultural philosophies of such a fascinating country, even getting to taste Chinese tea, rice, and more!

Archery

Bright School Archery will provide 4th and 5th grade students with an opportunity to build upon or learn new skills with an emphasis on safety and competitive techniques. Archery, one of the fastest growing sports in the country, improves focus, hand-eye coordination, strength, social skills, and self-confidence.

Art Club

This will be an opportunity for students who enjoy art to dig a little deeper and express their creativity in exciting new projects. During each session, 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 ceramic techniques, layered mixed media projects, and innovative printing processes.

Ballet: Creative Movement

An introduction to the world of dance designed for 3 & 4 year olds. Students will work to develop balance, coordination, and rhythm. Through the use of structured games and activities, each class will allow students to explore different ways of moving. Girls: Plain white leotard, light pink tights & ballet slippers OR skin tone tights & ballet slippers, no skirts, hair pulled back. Boys: Plain white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings, black ballet slippers.

Ballet: Pre-Ballet

Designed for 5 & 6 year olds who have either already completed Creative Movement or who are new to ballet. Students will learn basic ballet steps and terminology while continuing to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, and rhythm. Girls: Plain white leotard, light pink tights & ballet slippers OR skin tone tights & ballet slippers, no skirts, hair pulled back. Boys: Plain white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings, black ballet slippers.

Ballet: Level 1

For any 7 to 10 year olds who are interested in ballet. Students begin learning basic ballet barre and across the floor exercises. In addition to learning basic steps and terminology, dancers will begin to focus on correct technique and alignment. Girls: Plain light pink leotard, light pink tights & ballet slippers OR skin tone tights & ballet slippers, no skirts, hair in bun. Boys: Plain white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings, black ballet slippers.

Bright Bistro

Bright Bistro is a fun, hands-on, practical introduction to kitchen skills. Children will engage in following recipes, measuring ingredients, practicing basic skills such as stirring, whisking, and combining while baking and/or cooking. All ingredients will be pre-packaged and separated, ensuring each child only handles their own treat. Our workspaces and prep areas will be sanitized and cleaned in accordance with Bright School and CDC Guidelines.

Chattanooga School of Language Classes

Through storytelling and relevant interactions, our language students will learn to understand and use high-frequency structures in the target language. The class will provide a holistic approach to learning a language by focusing on body-kinesthetic, student-driven, and fun activities that make the language come alive.

Chess Club

Introduction to Chess provides new or beginning students with a strong foundation in the game’s rules and strategies, and a community of enthusiasts to learn alongside. You’ll begin with a brief history of chess and learn about the board and pieces through fun lessons and games about how each piece moves.

Crafty Creations

Come join the Crafty Creations Club for lots of fun, hands - on creativity, and crafts.  Each week students will get to create a one of a kind craft that they will get to bring home. Ms. Sonal will help students showcase their creativity and artistic skills in a fun and engaging environment. 

Everyday Etiquette

Your student is invited to join us for Everyday Etiquette! Fun activities, games, and interactive learning make this class engaging and fun. Fee: $100 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, how to be a good host and guest, showing gratitude, listening skills, friendship rules, screen manners, introducing yourself, making conversation (even if you’re shy), and using a confident voice, eye contact, and good posture.

Growing Yogis

Growing Yogis invites children to experience the benefits and joy of yoga. Through yoga poses, mindful movement, songs, stories, games and art, children can begin to develop a yoga practice in an age-appropriate setting. Yoga at an early age offers tremendous advantages. Through yoga, children can gain improved proprioception (how the body moves through space), 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. Children will need to bring a yoga mat and a small blanket/large towel to class each week. Claire Millsaps, RYT-200, is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance International with more than 200 hours of training. She has created curriculum for and taught children's yoga at local yoga studios including Yoga Landing and Balance Yoga. 

Gym Sports

This class provides students with an opportunity to participate in team-led activities in the Bright School gym. From wiffle ball to dodge ball, the children will have fun while focusing on good sportsmanship, improving self-esteem and confidence, building relationships, and accepting defeat while also celebrating victory.

Robotics

The Bright School Robotics Club is comprised of 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. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation.

Technology Club

The Bright School Technology Club is a group 4th 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.

Kendra Reasor

Assistant Head of School, Curriculum and Instruction, and Director of Bright Afternoons
Phone: 423-305-6463

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of West Georgia

Denalyn Lindsey

Assistant Director of Bright Afternoons
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright faculty in 2019
B.A., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Bright Afternoons Counselors

Paige Condoure

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Joined Bright faculty in 2021
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Caitlyn Moody

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Joined Bright faculty in 2021
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chloe Enzor

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Joined Bright faculty in 2021
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Heather Stokes

Bright Afternoons Counselor

Joined Bright faculty in 2021
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Emma Blythe

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Joined Bright faculty in 2021
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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