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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

Please use the online forms to sign up for Bright Afternoons. Click on the links below for each grade. Fill our a separate form for each child.

JPK-PK Bright Afternoons

Grades K-5 Bright Afternoons

After School Classes

General Information

After school classes are offered by Bright teachers and outside organizations. Payment is due on Registration Day. Make checks payable to the instructor of the class not The Bright School. Space is limited in some classes. 

Monday

SOCCER SHOTS

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. 

Instructors:  Soccer Shots Staff
JPK – PK from 2:15 – 3:00 
K - 2nd from 3:15 – 4:00
Dates:  September 9 – November 21
Cost: $120 (Payment to Soccer Shots)
Call Leslie Bennett for more info: 423.333.5815

YOGA

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. I'm excited to begin the week energized with your child!

Session 1:  Yoga Animals

Start the week getting wiggles out as we explore movement through yoga poses, breath work, art, and music. During this six-week session, we will focus on a fun animal theme each week.

Instructor:  Noelle Coleman
Grades:  PK – 2nd
Dates:  September 9 – October 21
Time:  3:05 - 3:50
Cost: $115 (Payment to Noelle Coleman)
Class limit: 12 students

Session 2:  Yoga Joy

Start the week with happy vibes as we explore movement through yoga poses, breath work, art, and music. During this six-week session, we will focus on creating things that bring joy.

Instructor:  Noelle Coleman
Grades:  2nd – 5th
Dates:  October 28 - December 9
Time:  3:05 – 4:00
Cost: $115 (Payment to Noelle Coleman)
Class limit: 12 students

Tuesday

BRIGHT BISTRO for K – 2 Grades

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 will bring new skills and new recipes.  No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy, and aprons will get dirty.  Wash your hands and join Mrs. Howell in the kitchen!

Instructor:  Susan Howell
Grades:  K – 2
Session 1 Dates:  September 3 – October 10
Session 2 Dates:  October 15 – November 21
Time:  3:15 – 4:00
Cost:  $105 (Payment to Susan Howell)
Class limit:  12 students

CHATTANOOGA BALLET

Creative Movement (PK) 

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.

Dates:  September 3 – November 19
Time:  2:30 - 3:00 
Cost:  $165 (Payment to Chattanooga Ballet)
Class limit:  15 students

Pre-Ballet (K) 

Pre-Ballet is perfect for dancers 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.

Dates:  September 3 – November 19
Time:  3:15 - 4:00 
Cost  $175 (Payment to Chattanooga Ballet)
Class limit: 15 students

Grade 1 Ballet (First and up) 

Grade 1 Ballet is for first grade and up students who are interested in ballet and want to get moving! In addition to learning new steps and terminology, dancers will begin to focus on correct technique and alignment.

Dates:  September 3 – November 19
Time:  4:15 - 5:15 
Cost  $195 (Payment to Chattanooga Ballet)
Class limit: 15 students

*All hair should be in a bun if possible. Boys should wear black shorts, a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes.

TECHNOLOGY CLUB

Do you love being creative while using technology? Then Bright School Technology Club is for you!  The Bright School Technology Club is a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who will meet on Tuesdays to create projects that utilize a variety of technology tools and resources. Project ideas will include: stop- motion animation, green-screen films, circuitry, 3-d design & printing, STEM challenges and various educational apps.

Instructor:  Renee’ Kropff
Grades:  3rd – 5th
Dates:  September 3 – December 3
Time:  3:30 – 4:30
Cost:  $150 (Payment to Renee' Kropff)
Class limit:  16 students

WOODSHOP 

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.

Instructor:  Richard Parks 
Grades:  5th Grade
Session 1 Dates:  September 3 – October 8
Session 2 Dates:  October 15 – November 19
Time:  3:15 - 4:30
Cost:  $100 (Payment to Richard Parks)
Class limit:  4 students

WORD CLUB for K – 2nd Grade Students

In K-2 Word Club, we will be focusing on the children of the Bible.  It is exciting to see the emphasis that the Word of God places on children!  We will begin each session with singing and sharing before we get into our lesson.  There will also be opportunities for acts of service throughout our 12 weeks together.  I look forward to having this wonderful opportunity to study the Word with your children.

Instructor:  Karen Smith
Grades:  K – 2nd
Dates:  September 3 – November 19
Time:  3:15 - 4:00
Cost:  $50 (Payment to Karen Smith)
Class limit: 12 students

Wednesday

ANGELA’S ATHLETES GYMNASTICS AND ATHLETIC PREP

Angela’s Angels and Athletes is an athletic and gymnastics program for preschool through third grade students. For the gymnasts, we cover skills such as handsprings, cartwheels, and rolls. For the athletes, we focus on skills to improve strength, agility and speed.

Instructors:  Angela’s Athletes Staff
Grades:  JPK – 3rd
Dates:  September 5 - December 5
Time:  3:15 – 4:00 and 4:00 – 4:45 
Cost:  $200 (Payment to Angela's Athletes)

ARCHERY

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.

Instructor:  Bill Greene
Grades: 4th and 5th  
Dates: October 2 - November 6 (6 sessions and one competition: Date TBA)
Time:  3:30 - 5:00
Cost: $150 – Price includes classes, competition entry, t-shirt (Payment to Bill Greene)
Class limit: 16 students

BRIGHT BISTRO for 3rd – 5th Grades

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 will bring new skills and new recipes.  No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy and aprons will get dirty.  Wash your hands and join Mrs. Howell in the kitchen!

Instructor:  Susan Howell
Grades:  3rd – 5th
Session 1 Dates:  September 3 – October 10
Session 2 Dates:  October 15 – November 21
Time:  3:15 – 4:15
Cost:  $115 (Payment to Susan Howell)
Class limit: 12 students

GREEN TEAM

During this after school activity, students will explore what individual and collective actions we can take to improve the environmental quality of our school. They will work in groups and are responsible for research, planning, calculation of costs, and implementation of the project.  

Instructor:  Melanie Nestler
Grades:  3rd – 5th
Session 1 Dates:  August 21 – October 9
Session 2 Dates:  October 16 – December 11
Time:  3:30 - 4:30
Cost:  $95 (Payment to Melanie Nestler)
Class limit: 7 students

WORD CLUB for 3rd – 5th Grade Students

In the 3rd-5th Word Club, we will memorize a Bible verse each week and discuss the context and how it can be lived out. We will use song, movement, drama, drawing, and discussion to further understand the meaning and significance behind the verse. We will pray for one another and spend time crafting "Cards for Caring" or gifts for nursing home residents to bring cheer. As God's children we are called to love one another and make a difference in this world. We will reflect on how we can best do this.

Instructor:  Cindy Womack
Grades:  3rd – 5th
Dates:  September 4 – November 20
Time:  3:15 – 4:00
Cost:  $50 (Payment to Cindy Womack)
Class limit: 12 students

Thursday

AFTER SCHOOL ART

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. 

Instructor:  Thankful Davis
Grades:  K – 2
Dates:  September 5 – October 10
Time:  3:15 – 4:15
Cost: $95 (Payment to Thankful Davis)
Class limit: 12 students

BRIGHT BISTRO for Pre-K

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 will bring new skills and new recipes.  No sitting in chairs in this kitchen. Hands will be busy and aprons will get dirty.  Wash your hands and join Mrs. Howell in the kitchen!

Instructor:  Susan Howell
Grades:  Pre-K
Session 1 Dates:  September 3 – October 10
Session 2 Dates:  October 15 – November 21
Time:  2:15 – 2:45
Cost:  $95 (Payment to Susan Howell)
Class limit: 12 students

DRAMA:  STAGE THE STORY

Come and bring your favorite stories to life with exciting characters and unexpected plot twists! Students will gain performance skills and have so much fun! 

Instructor:  Lizzie Chazen
Grades:  K – 3rd
Dates:  September 5 – November 21
Time:  3:15 - 4:15
Cost:  $175 (Payment to Lizzie Chazen)
Class limit: 13 students

INTRODUCTION TO JUGGLING

Juggling is an excellent activity which helps the development of fine motor skills. It is also great exercise and a lot of fun!  In this club, students will develop the hand-eye coordination needed to perform basic patterns of toss juggling. 

Instructor:  Richard Parks
Grades:  3rd – 5th
Dates: September 5 – November 21 
Time: 3:15 - 4:15
Cost: $75 (Payment to Richard Parks)
Class limit:  12 students

ROBOTICS CLUB

Are you ready to take your technology skills to the next level? Through teamwork and competition, you will use your skills to design, build, and program robots that can take on a variety of challenges.  The Bright School Robotics Club is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who have a passion and affinity for designing and coding robots. This club will participate in the First Lego League of Chattanooga. 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 emphasizes teamwork, discovery, and innovation. This year’s challenge is called City Shaper. The culminating competition will take place in November with our group competing against other area schools testing our creativity, ingenuity and versatility. Please visit the official website for more information: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.

Instructor:  Renee’ Kropff
Grades:  4th – 5th
Dates: September 5 – March 26
(There may be some additional afternoon meeting times added as the competition time comes closer.)
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Cost: $175 (Payment to Renee' Kropff)
Class limit:  10 students

Online Registration

Please fill out an online registration form for each child. Payment is due on Registration Day. Click the grades to access the forms.

JPK and PK After School Classes

Grades K-2 After School Classes

Grades 3-5 After School Classes

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

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