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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. Use the form below to sign up for after school classes. Turn in the form to the office during the registration period. 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: 3:05-4 p.m.
March 4-May 13 (no sessions March 25 and April 22)
Location: Field
Cost: $127
Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Children will be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner. 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)
Winter Warmup-stay limber for spring sports
Grades 2-5: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
January 14-February 24
Cost: $115

Spring into Yoga
Grades PK-2: 3:10-4:10 p.m.
March 4-April 15
Cost: $115
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.
January 29-April 23
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. 
January 29-April 23
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.
January 29-April 23
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.

Students should register for the same class as fall unless instructor has spoken with the parents. The spring recital is April 28.

BRIGHT BISTRO (Payment to Susan Howell)
Grades K-2: 3:15-4 p.m.
January 15-March 5 OR
March 12-May 7
Cost: $115
Maybe we aren’t ready to be chefs on Food Network, but Bright Bistro cooking and baking classes will get the rolling pin rolling. We’ll get down to the basics like seasoning and blending to measuring and kneading. Each week new skills, as well as new recipes, will be taught. No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy and aprons will, undoubtedly, get dirty. Older chefs in the making (3rd – 5th), will also help with prep work before beginning to create delicious recipes. Wash your hands and join Mrs. Howell in the kitchen!

WOODSHOP (Payment to Richard Parks)
Grade 5: 3:15-4:30 p.m.
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.
January 15-May 7
Location: Spanish Classroom
Cost: $30
We always run a little to get some wiggles out.  Then we have prayer requests and pray.  We will start this semester out by watching the full series of C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia."  We will try to relate it to our own lives and grasp the meaning it tries to share. We will close with prayer.

Wednesdays

SPANISH CLUB: PEQUENOS (Payment to Claudia Rodriguez)
Grades JPK-PK: 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Kindergarten: 3:15-4 p.m.
January 16-March 20
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)
January 16-May 8
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.

BRIGHT BISTRO (Payment to Susan Howell)
Grades 3-5: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
January 16-March 6 OR
March 13-May 8
Cost: $135
Maybe we aren’t ready to be chefs on Food Network, but Bright Bistro cooking and baking classes will get the rolling pin rolling. We’ll get down to the basics like seasoning and blending to measuring and kneading. Each week new skills, as well as new recipes, will be taught. No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy and aprons will, undoubtedly, get dirty. Older chefs in the making (3rd – 5th), will also help with prep work before beginning to create delicious recipes. Wash your hands and join Mrs. Howell in the kitchen!

ARCHERY (Payment to Bill Greene)
Grades 4-5
16 max. priority to fifth graders
February 27-April 24
Cost: $150 (includes Bright Archery Team sweatshirt)
After school archery will provide students with an opportunity to build upon the basic skills they have learned in P.E. 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.

Thursdays

DRAMA (Payment to Lizzie Luhowiak)
Acting 101
Grades K-2: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
January 17-April 11
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $165
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!

Playwriting
Grades 3-5: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
January 17-April 11
Location: Centennial Theater
Cost: $165
Want to write your own play? Now is the time!!  In this class, students will begin to explore the world of the Playwright. Through imagination journeys and games, the students will develop rich characters and captivating stories. There will be a staged reading of the plays at the end of the semester.

AFTER SCHOOL ART (Payment to Thankful Davis)
Grades 3-5: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
January 17-March 7
Grades K-2: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
March 14-April 25
September 6-October 25
Location: Art Room
Cost: $95
This spring we are offering separate art sessions for our K-2 and 3-5 students. 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. Each session will be set up in six class groups.

BRIGHT BISTRO (Payment to Susan Howell)
Grades: JPK-PK: 2:15-2:45 p.m.
January 17-March 7 OR
March 14-April 25
Cost: $95
Maybe we aren’t ready to be chefs on Food Network, but Bright Bistro cooking and baking classes will get the rolling pin rolling. We’ll get down to the basics like seasoning and blending to measuring and kneading. Each week new skills, as well as new recipes, will be taught. No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy and aprons will, undoubtedly, get dirty. 

Questions? Contact Me.

Christy Lusk

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

Joined Bright faculty in 2008
B.S., University of West Georgia 
M.Ed., University of West Georgia 
Ed.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 
Ed.D., University of West 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

Olivia Bennet

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024

Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Claudia Dickerson

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Destiny Dixson

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Delaney Driver

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kelsey Eads

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Sydney Graham

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ashley Martin

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jamye O'Daniel

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kennedy Ortner

Bright Afternoons Counselor
Phone: 423-265-0024
Joined Bright staff in 2018
Student, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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