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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 for the winter and spring session begin the week of January 15. Registration forms will only be taken between January 4-10. 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
2-2:45 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
7 weeks for $93

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 also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner. Season 1 runs January 15-March 5, and Season 2 runs March 19-May 7.


Chattanooga Ballet

Creative Movement for ages 3-4  
2:30-3 p.m.
Max students: 10

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: 10

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. Begins January 16 and ends April 24. There will be some rehearsals for the concert on Fridays or Saturdays before the show. There will be a date in February for parent observation.

Spanish Club Pequenos with Sra. Claudia
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. Begins January 16 and ends April 10.

Woodshop with Mr. Parks
Fifth Grade
3:15-4:30 p.m.
Max students: 4 per session

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: 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.

We will watch the series "Family Bible Films."  In these exciting videos, we will learn about friends and heroes from the Bible.  We will start with a little exercise, then prayer requests, video and discussion and end with a circle up prayer time.  This is a precious time to learn and share about God. Begins January 16 and ends April 24.

Yoga with Denise Cooper
Grades K-1 (Second session)
3:05-4:10 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. Begins January 16 and ends April 24.


Angela's Athletes
3:15-4 p.m.
4-4:45 p.m.
$200/semester or $40/month

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 for athletic prep. Gymnastics is 3:15-4 p.m., and advanced tumbling is 4-4:45 p.m. Begins January 17 and ends May 16.


Art with Thankful Davis
Grades K-2 (Session 1 - January 18-March 8)  
Grades 3-5 (Session 2 - March 15-April 26) 
3-4:15 p.m.
Max students: 16

This session is for all students who love art and want a little more hands-on time in the art room. Quarter school art is a great opportunity for experimentation and self expression. Students will engage with many different materials and a variety of techniques. Classes will explore collage and mixed media processes to make a large portrait. They will create a clay project and use some brand new materials during their art production. Spring classes are fun and engaging with an extra helping of creativity. 

Drama with Lizzie Chazen

Creative Play 
2-2:50 p.m.

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 

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
4:30-5:30 p.m.

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!

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

Madison Simmons

Bright Afternoons Counselor

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

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