Extracurricular Activities at the School of St. Mary

 

Band

Students have the opportunity to learn about music and participate in our school band. Students get to choose from a variety of instruments to play and are led by a band director. One per week, group rehearsals are offered  before school. Lessons are offered in 30 minute sessions that will be carried out during the school day on a rotational basis so that students don’t miss the same class every week. There are three main performance goals for band during the year. The first is a Christmas Concert in December, the second is a Solo Contest in January, and third is the Spring Concert in May (dates to be determined). This program is offered to all students.
 
Program Cost: For beginning students, there is a 4 month commitment meaning there will be a non-refundable tuition of $180.00 for the first 4 months (that’s $180 total for the entire four months). After that, the program cost is on a month-to- month basis and the payments would be $45/month. Additionally, there is an annual band activity fee of $55. Instruments are made available for rent/purchase through Quinlan & Fabish Music Co. for an additional fee.
Registration: Contact Mrs. Jesica Woody at graham2305@comcast.net
 
 

Chess

Chess, a magical game, is fun and exercises the brain. Formalized instruction is provided for beginners through advanced players. Chess teaches life skills and provides an intellectual foundation for all learning. Studies now confirm that the student who studies and plays chess does better academically. This program meets weekly from September – May and is offered to all students.
Program Cost: TBA
Registration: Contact Mrs. Holt at 847-775-9906
 
 

Choir

Children will sing in unison and two-part harmony and will learn to follow a conductor. They will perform within the school and community (senior citizen’s luncheon, Christmas performances, school and parish liturgies, etc.). This program meets weekly from September – May and is offered to all students.
Program Cost: None
Registration: Contact Mr. Manges at rmanges@schoolofstmary.org
 
 

Extended Day

The Extended Day Program adheres to the philosophical precepts of the School of St. Mary. The program provides an atmosphere that is conducive to the spiritual and physical growth of the children. The program also provides a safe, caring, and wholesome environment where children effectively interact with their peers and adults. Emphasis is on creative activities and cooperative learning. This program is offered to all students.
 
Morning Session- 7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. daily
Afternoon Session- 3:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily
 
Typical Afternoon Extended Day Schedule
3:40 – 3:50 p.m. – Snack Time
3:50 – 5:00 p.m. – Activity Time
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Homework Time/Pick Up
 
Afternoon Activity Schedule – Quarter 1
Monday- Cooking and Culture Club
In this fun club, we will expand your culinary skills while learning about various cultures around the world.  Our cooking will take us through different countries, and as we learn to make the foods they love, we will also discover more about their customs, values, and lives.  Join us on Mondays to learn new recipes, expand your skills in the kitchen, and learn more about the world around you.
 
Tuesday- 10,000 Steps Walking Club
Here’s your chance to reach your daily steps goal!  This club will take a nice walk every Tuesday after school.  Weather permitting; we will enjoy trips outside, walking around the town and on nearby paths.  Bring your Fitbits or pedometers if you have them; we’ll provide them for those that need.  Let’s see how many steps we can reach by the end of the quarter!
 
Wednesday- Improv Club
Do you love acting?  Come and learn more about the art of improvisation.  We will participate in various acting scenarios, learn how to quickly come up with ideas, and enjoy some fun activities to improve our skills.  You’ll gain skills that will help you with everything from entertaining, to public speaking and communication, to preparing for future roles on the stage.
 
Thursday- Creative Writing Club
This is a club for all storytellers, poets, novelists, and general lovers of writing.  During our time together, we will learn about and practice various types of writing.  You will get a chance to be creative and let your imagination roam.  Join us to let your inner author out, share your fun ideas with others, and have a chance to create some amazing written works.
 
Friday- Outdoors Club
Are you a lover of everything outdoors?  Then this is a club you will enjoy.  During our time together, we will learn various outdoor survival skills such as building a fire, tying important knots, identifying edible plants, etc.  You’ll get a chance to improve your skills in various outdoor activities and opportunities to just enjoy time in nature.
 
Program Cost: Morning session - $11 per student per day, Afternoon session - $25 per student per day. There is a one time registration fee of $100 for families who are new to the extended day program.
Registration: Contact Ms. Casey at bcasey@schoolofstmary.org
 
 

Novel Writing Club (NaNoWriMo)

Students will join the National Novel Writing Month event and attempt to write an entire novel in the month of November. They will learn novel writing skills, assert their creativity, and have fun sharing stories with their peers. Students will leave with some fun awards, a t-shirt, and a compilation of the stories written in the club. This program meets every other week from October – December and is offered to students in grades 7-8.
Program Cost: $200
Registration: Contact Ms. Casey at bcasey@schoolofstmary.org
 
 

Strings

Young children develop confidence and appreciation for music. Each child learns at his or her own pace by playing musical games and other group activities. Students play together, as well as solo. This program takes place during lunch and recess, meets weekly from September – May, and is offered to all students.
Program Cost: $432
Registration: Contact Mrs. Duggan at akduggan@sbcglobal.net
 
 

National Junior Honor Society

Membership into the National Junior Honor Society is by invitation. Induction into the Honor Society takes place in May, but requires students to begin the process at the start of the school year. Five qualites are considered for a student to be eligible for invitation: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. A student must have a 93% overall grade average and have completed 10 hours of service. Applications need to be completed before spring break. Letters of invitation are mailed in May with induction at Honors Night. This organization is offered to students in grades 7-8.
Program Cost: None
Registration: By invitation only – contact Ms. Casey at bcasey@schoolofstmary.org with any questions.
 
 

Scouts

Join a dedicated group of girls and boys and embark on activities that enhance your friendships, talents, and community. This organization meets year round. Girls scouts is offered to all girls. Cub scouts is offered to boys in grades 4-5. Boy scouts is offered to boys in grades 5-8.
Program Cost: TBA
Registration: Contact moderator - TBA
 
 

Student Council

The purpose of Student Council is to promote service, leadership, and Christian leaders. Elections are held in May for students to serve on the Student Council Board for the following year. 8th graders serve on the Student Council Board. Students elected as Ambassadors and to Board positions for 7th grade will then assume 8th grade Student Council positions. Fourth through eighth grade homeroom representatives are elected during 1st quarter and serve as representatives for the remaining year. New classroom representatives are chosen each year.
Program Cost: None
Registration: By election only – contact Ms. Borrasso at kborrasso@schoolofstmary.org or Ms. Kobler at mkobler@schoolofstmary.org with any questions.

 

Cheerleading

Students will experience skill-building, training, drills, fundamentals, and more advanced techniques. Squads will participate at a variety of school-related events. This activity is offered to girls in grades 5-8.
Program Cost: $95
Registration: Contact Mr. Burdi at jburdi@schoolofstmary.org
 
 

Football

Students will experience skill-building, training, drills, game strategy, fundamentals, and more advanced techniques, all while learning more about the game of football. Teams will practice and compete against other local teams throughout the Fall season. This activity is offered to boys in grades 5-8.
Program Cost: $275 ($325 if jersey is needed)
Registration: Contact Mr. Burdi at jburdi@schoolofstmary.org
 
 

Volleyball

Students will experience skill-building, training, drills, game strategy, fundamentals, and more advanced techniques, all while learning more about the game of volleyball. Teams will practice and compete against other local teams throughout the Fall season. This activity is offered to girls in grades 5-8.
Program Cost: $125
Registration: Contact Mr. Burdi at jburdi@schoolofstmary.org