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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.

After School Classes

General Information

After school classes are offered by Bright teachers and outside organizations. Classes begin after Labor Day. Use the form below to sign up for after school classes. Turn in the form to the office on Registration Day through August 31. Payment must be included with the form, Make checks payable to the instructor of the class, not The Bright School. Space is limited in some classes. Enrollment will be determined in the order forms and payment are received.

Mondays

SOCCER SHOTS (Payment to Soccer Shots)
Grades JPK-PK: 2-2:45 p.m.
Grades K-2: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
September 10-November 26
Location: Field
Cost: $120
Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. We teach classes at the bright school on Monday's after school. Also included: an Adidas jersey and full access to our 4v4 matches (friendlies) throughout the season. Call Leslie for more info: 423.333.5815

YOGA (Payment to Noelle Coleman)
Grades K-2: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
September 10 - November 5
Location: The Peeples Pavilion 
Cost: $125 includes all materials 
Bright Yoga with 200-hour certified yoga instructor Noelle Coleman. Yoga infused with creativity and self discovery. We will explore and play with creative movement, balance, purposeful breathing, art, and music. Each week will highlight a specific theme, focusing on creating with our mind, body, and breath. Excited to begin the week energized with your child!

Tuesdays

CHATTANOOGA BALLET (Payment to Chattanooga Ballet)

Creative Movement (JPK-PK) 2:30-3 p.m.
September 4-November 27
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $163
Creative Movement is a great introduction to the world of dance designed especially for preschool students. Students will begin learning basic ballet positions and steps and 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.

Pre Ballet (K) 3:15-4 p.m. 
September 4-November 27
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $170
Pre-Ballet is perfect for K who have 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.

Grade 1 Ballet (Grade 1-up) 4:15-5:15 p.m.
September 4-November 27
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $195
Grade 1 Ballet is for first grade and up students who are interested in ballet and wants to get moving! In addition to learning new steps and terminology, dancers will begin to focus on correct technique and alignment.

MANDARIN (Payment to Chattanooga School of Language)
Grades K-2: 3:15-4 p.m. 
Grades 3-5: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
September 4-October 23
Location: TBD
Cost: K-2: $75; 3-5: $99
Inspired by a firm belief in the importance of language learning for children, our after-school programs are dedicated to teaching the target language as well as building cultural awareness with our young students. Through our classes, your children will develop an understanding of the target language and culture through play and interaction. CSL teachers use a holistic approach that focuses on both conversation and cultural aspects in order to make the language come alive for the children. We need a minimum of 5 students registered to have each class.

TRY KIDZ RECESS (Payment to Try Kidz)                           
Grades 2-5: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
September 11-October 30
Location: Field/Gym
Cost: $185
Try Kidz is all about having fun and getting kids outside to TRY new things. Your kid will be introduced to kickball, wiffle ball, flag football, ultimate frisbee, tag, and much more in a structured and safe environment.  Teamwork, sportsmanship, good attitudes, and overall fitness will be stressed during all activities.  Limited spaces available.

WOODSHOP (Payment to Richard Parks)
Grade 5: 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Session 1: 9/4 - 10/2
Session 2: 10/9 - 11/6
Session 3: 11/13 - 12/18
Session 4: 1/15 - 2/12
Session 5: 2/19 - 3/19
Session 6: 4/2 - 4/30
Location: Shop
Cost: $85
This after-school class is designed to enhance students’ understanding of woodturning and operating a lathe. Fifth grade students may choose from one of six sessions and may only enroll in one session per school year. Each session includes five one-hour classes, and the goal is for students to produce a different project during each class period. Each session is limited to four students to provide proper one-on-one support for each student.

WORD CLUB (Payment to Jan Connell)
Grades 1-5: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
September 11-December 10
Location: Spanish Classroom
Cost: $35
We will study the Bible through Family Bible Films videos called “Friends and Heroes.”  We will exercise some, take prayer requests and pray. We will learn about famous Biblical persons and discuss their characteristics and how we can use them to grow closer to God. 

Wednesdays

SPANISH CLUB: PEQUENOS (Payment to Claudia Rodriguez)
Grades JPK-PK: 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Kindergarten: 3:15-4 p.m.
September 5 – November 7
Cost: $95 
Keep on practicing your Español through story listening and story asking, two methods that will help you acquire a language. There is evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities such as memory and problem solving. Language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language. Help your kids become global citizens by learning about other cultures. The maximum number of students is 10 per class.

ANGELA’S ATHLETES (Payment to Angela's Athletes)
Grades JPK-3: 3:15-4 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. (The same activities are done in both classes)
September 5-December 5
Location: Gym
Cost: $200
Angela’s Angels and Athletes is an athletic and gymnastics program for preschool through third grade students. We attend several daycares and elementary schools in the Chattanooga area. For the gymnasts, we cover skills such as hand springs, cartwheels, and rolls. For the athletes, we focus on skills to improve strength, agility and speed.

Thursdays

DRAMA (Payment to Lizzie Luhowiak)

CREATIVE PLAY
Grades JPK-PK: 2-2:50 p.m. (8 students max)
October 11-December 13
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $150
Theatre is a collaborative art that helps us obtain the skills we need to communicate our feelings and ideas. Come explore the actor's tool through games, creative movement, and storytelling.

STAGE THE STORY
Grades K-2: 3:05-4:05 p.m.
October 11-December 13
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $150
Come and bring your favorite stories to life with exciting characters and unexpected plot twist, students will gain the skills needed to perform and have so much fun! 

ACTING 101
Grades 3-5: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
October 11-December 13
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $150
Through games and improvisation, students will gain the fundamentals of performance needed to succeed in the world of Theatre. With emphasis on performance preparation and audition skills, kids will acquire a new confidence when approaching the stage!

AFTER SCHOOL ART (Payment to Thankful Davis)
Grades K-2: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
September 6-October 25
Location: Art Room
Cost: $95
After School Art is 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 classes, we will be working with sculpture, painting, drawing, and print making. Each project will complement the classroom experience and challenge our students to think outside the box. We will look at creative ceramic techniques, mixed media projects, innovative printing processes and expressive drawing techniques. All students in after school art classes will receive a snack. 

SPANISH CLUB (Payment to Cindy Avendano)
Grades 1-3: 3:05-4:05 p.m.
September 6-December 6
Location: Spanish Room
Cost: $95
Kids will learn about food, music, traditions, places, festivals and celebrations of the Latin culture. Kids are going to do fun activities, play games in Spanish, and more.

Questions? Contact Me.

Mary Bosshardt

Director of Bright Afternoons and Bright Days
Phone: 423-265-0024

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
B.S., University of Georgia

Bright Afternoons Staff

Mady Ashe

Junior Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kristen Biggerstaff

Bright Afternoons Counselor

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
Student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kortney Gordon

Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Samantha Gulley

Bright Afternoons Counselor

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
Student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Hannah Layton

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
B.S., Bryan College

Madison Simmons

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
Student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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