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Extracurricular Activities at the School of St. Mary


The School of Saint Mary believes in educating the whole child, and that happens both inside and outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities allow students to further their education and focus on their non-academic interests, helping to create well-rounded individuals. SOSM offers a variety of activities and clubs for all students. Please be sure to follow all links, as many of the programs require registration with outside organizations. 

Families must pay for activities prior to student attendance unless otherwise stated. Families must be current with their tuition and fee payments in order to register for extracurricular activities.  

Fine Arts at the School of St. Mary



Music Education Services will provide the Band Program at the School of St. Mary. No experience is necessary. Parents can find a schedule of when band lessons are here.  
Grades: 4th grade and older
Program cost: dependent on instrument and level; see registration website  
Meeting day/time: Wednesday & Fridays, before school and at lunch. Students do not miss academic classes.  
Band beginnings September 28, 2022!

Registration: Register on the Music Arts Websit
To register: 

  1. Have your child visit the website: School Code: 45420
  2. Have them watch the instrument demonstration videos.
  3. Choose their instrument and register for the band. 

Contact: Kyle Anderson,


Children will sing in unison and in two-part harmony and will learn to follow a conductor. They will perform within the school and community (senior citizens’ luncheon, Christmas performances, school and parish liturgies, etc.).
PGC Choir
Grades: 2nd and 3rd grade  
Program cost: none  
Meeting day/time: Mondays when school is in session from 8:005-8:45 a.m. in the music room 
Registration: Complete this form and return it to Mrs. Ferguson 
Contact: Mrs. Ferguson
School of St. Mary Children's Choir (UGC Choir)
Grades: 4th - 8th
Program costs: none
Meeting day/time: Tuesday mornings 8:00 a.m.-8:40 p.m. UGC Music Room beginning September 13
Registration: complete the registration form 
Contact: Mr. Manges


Athletics at the School of St. Mary

The School of Saint Mary offers several different athletic opportunities for our students throughout the school year. For interscholastic sports, we are part of the Council IIA League. You can find all our athletic offerings on the Athletics Page

Non-competitive Athletics

Afterschool athletics that teach the foundation of sports are offered at the PGC. These programs do not compete inter-scholastically. 

Basketball - Play Hard Hoops
Play Hard Hoops teaches the fundamental skills of basketball in an encouraging environment to help develop young basketball players. Play Hard is an instructional program that stresses teamwork, sportsmanship, and the overall benefits of having a positive attitude. 
Grades: 2nd & 3rd boys & girls
Program Cost: $150 per student/per session
Meeting day/time:

  • Winter Session: January 18th - March 8th
    • Early Section: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Late Section: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Registration: Complete this form, capped at 16 students per section
Contact: David Adelman

Clubs at the School of St. Mary

Fishing Club

Coach Jim Castle is happy to bring another year of fishing to the School of St. Mary! No fishing experience or equipment is necessary. Each child should be accompanied by an adult and bring sunglasses for eye protection. 
Grades: K - 8th with an adult parent or guardian
Meeting day/time: First 3 Saturdays in May (6th, 13th, and 20th). Slots are 1 hour each, mornings and afternoons available.
Location: Larry Fink Park, Highland Park
Registration: Email Coach Castle
Contact: Jim Castle,


Chess-Ed continues providing this unique, exciting, and dynamic chess instruction, which lifts each student to a new level of expertise. Each week, students will enjoy an engaging lesson with supervised time to play with classmates. Students will grow their knowledge of the game - from the basics through opening theory, middle game tactics, and end game combinations. Students' vocabulary and math skills will continue to advance. Studies confirm that the student who plays chess does better academically. Playing chess increases IQ performance, improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem-solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills, and more. The chess program is open to all students in all grades and of all playing levels. 
Grades: K-8
Program Cost: $50-280 (see below)
Meeting day/time: 
  • Mondays 8:00 a.m. UGC 4-8 grade Session #1: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5, 12.
    Session #2: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 16, 24, and May 1, 8, 15, 22.
  • Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. PGC 2-3 grade Session #1: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 and December 6, 13. 
    Session #2: January 24, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 9, 16.
  • Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. PGC K-1 grade Session #1: September 14, 21, 28. October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2. 9, 16, 30 and December 7,14.
    Session #2: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17.
Registration: Session #1 early registration due by August 29 at
Contact: include your school name in the subject line or Alice Holt (Chess-Ed) directly at
Parent Documents: 

SOSM Newspaper Club

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to become part of a news team that will cover a variety of events happening at the School of St. Mary. Club members will gather every week to discuss and assign possible stories and events to cover; education, sports, art, people, etc., write and edit each other’s work, and layout and publish a school paper. 
Grades: 6-8 
Program Costs: $180 per session for snacks and supplies
Meeting Day/Time: Every Monday after school from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. in Mrs. Hogan’s or Mrs. Tazioli’s classrooms. 3 sessions are available. Join 1 session or all 3! 
Session 1: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24 and November 7, 14, 21
Session 2: November 28, December 5, 12, January 9, 23, 30, and February 6, 13, 27
Session 3: March 6, 13 April 3, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22 
Registration: Complete this form 
Contact: Mrs. Hogan and Mrs. Tazioli

Origami Club - II

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding.  Learn origami from Ms. Recker, who learned origami when she lived in Japan!  Origami teaches patience, concentration, and cooperative learning.  Join the Origami Club to see what 3D paper creations we will make!
Grades: 1st-3rd, 12 maximum
Program Costs: $40
Meeting Day/Time: Wednesday, 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. May 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Registration: Online Registration
Contact: Ms. Recker

Friendship Bracelet Making Club

Socialize with friends while learning how to make different types of friendship bracelets. Each week we will learn a different style of bracelet that you will be able to take home. All supplies included. 
Grades: 1st-3rd, 12 maximum
Program Costs: $99
Meeting Day/Time: Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. May 3rd - 24th
Registration: FULL
Contact: Mrs. Thomas

Dance Club

Come exercise and dance with Ms. Recker!  Each week we will explore a different style of dance: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theatre.  No dance experience necessary - all levels are welcome!  Come with a positive attitude ready to dance and learn, and let's get movin' and groovin'!
Grades: 1st - 3rd
There is a 12-person limit for Dance Club, and the first 12 students to sign up will be registered. Completing this form does not guarantee registration. You will receive a confirmation email with the status of your registration. 
Meeting Day/Time: Tuesday afternoons 3:30-4:30 p.m. on May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd in the PGC Gym
Registration: Registration Form
Cost: $80 
Contact: Ms. Recker


Scouting at the School of St. Mary


Brownie Troop #47457

Grades: 2nd & 3rd grade girls
Meeting Days/Time: Third Tuesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the PGC Art Room: September 20, October 18, November 15, December 13 (different date due to vacation), January  17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 
Registration: Informational Meeting: Sunday, August 28 at West Park, 4:00 p.m. 
Contact: Michelle Kijek and Leah Woock


1st Grade Daisies

Grades: First grade girls
Meeting Day/Time: Third Monday of the month, 330 - 5:00 p.m., in the PGC Art Room
When there is no school on Monday, meetings will move to week 2: December 12th, January 9th, and February 13th 
Contact: Kim Egan

Honor societies recognize students who achieve exemplary marks and dedication to their education. Please follow the links below to learn more information on them and how students qualify. 

National Junior Honors Society


Student Council

The purpose of the 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 the 1st quarter and serve as representatives for the remaining year. New classroom representatives are chosen each year. 
Board positions: 8th grade
Ambassadors: 7th grade
Homeroom Representatives: 4th through 8th grade
Program Cost: none
Meeting day/time:
Registration: By election only
Contact: Ms. Stride, Ms. Baniewicz