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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. Sign ups begin on Registration Day, and classes begin after Labor Day. Students may stay for Bright Afternoons after their classes are completed each day. Payment is made directly to individual instructors or their organizations.


Soccer Shots
2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
10 weeks for $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. Also included: an Adidas jersey and full access to our 4v4 matches (friendlies) throughout the season. 


Chattanooga Ballet

FULL Creative Movement for ages 3-4  
2:30-3 p.m.
Max students: 12

Creative Movement is a great introduction to the world of dance designed especially for 3 & 4 year olds. 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 for ages 5-6
3:15-4 p.m.
Max students: 12

Pre-ballet is perfect for 5 & 6 year olds 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
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Max students: 15

Grade 1 Ballet is for 7 to 10 year olds 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.

Chattanooga Ballet ends our school year with the Studio to Stage Concert (formerly known as The Children's Concert) at the Center for Creative Arts on Sunday, April 29. The students from Bright School will have the opportunity to perform on this concert. All hair should be in a bun if possible. Boys should wear black shorts, a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes.

Spanish Club Pequenos with Sra. Rodriguez
2:30-3:15 p.m.
3:15-4 p.m.
Max students: 10

Keep on practicing your Español through story listening and story asking. Learn about Hispanic culture in a fun way and broaden your knowledge of the world! 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.

Woodshop with Mr. Parks
All Sessions FULL

Fifth Grade
3:15-4:30 p.m.

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. Sessions: Sept. 5-Oct. 10, Oct. 17-Nov. 14, Nov. 28-Jan. 9, Jan. 16-Feb. 13, Feb. 20-March 20 and April 3-May 1.

Word Club with Coach Connell
Grades 1-5
3:15-4:15 p.m.

Come along for the ride as we watch Focus on the Family's "Adventures in Odyssey." These are exciting character-building video adventures. The children will learn Biblical lessons about how to make choices that honor and glorify God. Then we will delve into the meaning of each of the Ten Commandments through a video experience that will keep them on the edge of their seats. Begins September 12 and ends December 12.

Yoga with Denise Cooper
Grades 2-5 (First session)
Grades K-1 (Second session)
3:05-4:15 p.m.

Children take to yoga like ducks to water, giving them the opportunity to learn and enjoy yoga at a young age gives them the opportunity to practice yoga now and hopefully for the rest of their lives. Our yoga program will be full of movement and fun - they may not even know that it is helping them develop a practice that could add to their health for a lifetime! Our program is active and playful and designed to develop strength, concentration, and flexibility. The first session begins September 12 and ends December 12. The second session begins in January.


Angela's Athletes
3:15-4 p.m.
4-4:45 p.m.
$200/semester (September 6-December 13)

Angela’s Angels and Athletes is an athletic and gymnastics program for preschool through eighth grade students. We attend several day cares 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. We offer two class times. The same activities are done in both classes. 


Art with Thankful Davis
Grades K-2 (Session 1 - September 7-October 26)  
FULL Grades 3-5 (Session 2 - November 2 - December 14) 
3-4:15 p.m.

We are excited to offer two six-week sessions of after school art this semester. Session 1 is for grades K-2. Session 2 is for grades 3-5. This will be a great way for students who enjoy creating art 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 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.

Spanish Club with Sra. Avendano
Grades 1-3
3:05-4:05 p.m.

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.

Drama with Lizzie Chazen

FULL Imagine That! 
2-2:50 p.m.

Crazy characters in real life scenarios!  A dinosaur driving a school bus full of lacrosse players? An octopus that needs to go to the dentist? A scientist in search for a blue camel? A pirate afraid of water? In this class, students will let their imaginations run free as we create crazy characters in wild situations!

FULL  Create the Play 

Come explore the world of theatre and learn how to tell a story!  Students will learn how to collaborate with their classmates and gain the skills needed to create an original piece of theatre through character work and improvisation. There will be a small performance at the end of the session. 

Words, Words, Words: Performing Shakespeare
4:30-5:30 p.m.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” In this class, students will dive deep into the world of Elizabethan Theatre and its most famous playwright. The children will develop a deep understanding of text and gain an appreciation for how we bring the pages to life. Students will memorize and perform a soliloquy for the final class. 

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

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Bright Afternoons Staff

Mady Ashe

Bright Afternoons Counselor

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

Raven Hall

Bright Afternoons Counselor

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

Patrick Honan

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Joined Bright faculty in 2016
B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Allison Jones

Bright Afternoons Counselor

Joined Bright faculty in 2017
B.S., New York University

Madison Simmons

Bright Afternoons Counselor

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

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