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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

 

Band 

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 begins:

Registration: Register on the Music Arts Websit
To register: 

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

Contact: Kyle Anderson, Kyle.Anderson@musicarts.com

Choir

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 beginning September 11, 2023.
Registration: Complete this form and return it to Mrs. Ferguson at the first practice. 
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 12
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: 1st - 3rd boys & girls
Program Cost:
Contact: David Adelman

Thanks for another great Season SOSM! See you next year!

Tennis Time
Tennis time teachesstudents in K-3rd basic tennis skills including, forehand, backhand, serves, and volleys. The tennis coaches bring everything the kids need each week for tennis class including: tennis rackets, low compression tennis balls and nets.
Grades: Kindergarten - 3rd grade
Program Cost: $230 payable to Tennis Time
Registration: Online at Tennis Time
Contact: Text the tennis coach support team at (404) 467-2103

Clubs at the School of St. Mary

Chess

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: $250
Meeting day/time: 
  • Mondays 7:50 a.m. UGC 4-8 grade 
    • Fall Session: September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11 and 18
    • Winter/Spring Session: January 22, 29, February 12, 26, March 4, 11, 18, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20
  • Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. PGC 2-3 grade 
    • Fall Session: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, and 19 
    • Winter/Spring Session: January 23, 30, February 5, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 and 14
  • Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. PGC K-1 grade 
    • Fall Session: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13, and 20
    • Winter/Sring Session: January 24, 31, February 7, 14. 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, and 15
Registration: Fall Session early registration is due by September 7 at  www.sosmchess.eventbee.com
Contact: info@chess-ed.com. Include your school name in the subject line or Alice Holt (Chess-Ed) directly at aholt729@earthlink.net
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: $160 - 200 for snacks and supplies, see sessions below for fees
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 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, November 16, 13, 27 - $180
Session 2: December 4, 11, 18, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26 - $160
Session 3: March 4, 11, 18 April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20 - $200
Registration: Newspaper Registration Form
Contact: Mrs. Hogan and Mrs. Tazioli
 

PGC Dance Club - Session 4

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 is 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
Limited to 12 students. 
Program Costs: $175
Meeting Day/Time: PGC Music Room, Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 3/13, 3/20, Spring Break, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
Registration: Closed - FULL
Contact: Ms. Recker


PGC Origami Club - Session 4

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: 2nd & 3rd
Program Costs: $100
Meeting Day/Time: Ms. Recker's Classroom, Wednesday mornings, 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 3/13, 3/20, Spring Break, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1
Registration: Closed - FULL
Contact: Ms. Recker


Around the World Club (PGC) - Session 3

"Travel" around the world with your friends and Ms. Recker! Each week, we will learn about a different country's geography, culture, food, and language by reading books, singing songs, making flags, and more! All "travelers" will get their own passport and receive stamps as we "travel" around the world!

Who: Open to students in 1st-3rd grade
There is a 12 person limit for Around the World Club, and the first 12 students to sign up will be registered.
When: Tuesday afternoons 3:30-4:40 p.m. on 3/12, 3/19, Spring Break, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
Where: Ms. Recker's classroom - Room 15 @ the PGC
Cost: $175 total paid via FACTS
Register: Around the World Club Registration Form
Contact: Ms. Recker


Sports & Games Club - Session 2

Join Ms. Agostinelli and Ms. Mitchell for Sports & Games Club! Each week we will play different organized sports and games in the PGC gym. Come ready to have fun, play, and run!

Who: Open to students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade
There is a limit of 25 students for Sports & Games Club. The first 25 students to sign up will be registered. 
When: Tuesday's after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on March 12th, 19th, and April 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, and 30th.
Where: PGC Gym
Cost: $180 total paid via FACTS
Register: Sports & Games Registration Form
Contact: Ms. Agostinelli or Ms. Mitchell


Learn with Lanyard Club

Let your creativity unfold while learning a variety of different stitches using lanyard (plastic string).

Who: Open to students in 1st-3rd grade
There is a 15 person limit, and the first 15 students to sign up will be registered. 
When:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Monday afternoons, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., beginning on April 8th and running through April 29th
Where: Mrs. Thomas' Classroom - Room 14 @ the PGC
Cost: $160 total paid via FACTS
Register: by March 20th Learn with Lanyard Club Registration Form
Contact: Mrs. Thomas


LEGO/Board Game Club

Candy Land, Sorry!, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, LEGO, and more! Do you love games and hanging out with your friends? This club is for you!  We will work on developing social skills and problem-solving, all while playing some of our favorite games and building LEGOs!  

Who: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Limited to the first 20 students who sign up. 
When: Monday April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Ms. Lyons and Mrs. Teitz Room
Cost: $150
Register: Spring 2024 LEGO/Board Game Club Registration
Contact: Ms. Lyons or Mrs. Teitz


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, and the club is totally free. Each child should bring a parent or grandparent and sunglasses for eye protection. 

Who: The Fishing Club is open to all students (and their adults) in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
When:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ One-hour slots are available Saturday morning, May 11th or 18th FULL
Where: Larry Fink Park in Highland Park.
Cost: Free
Register: Please email Coach Castle at jcastlenorthshore@gmail.com with your child's name and age and preferred day and time. 

Scouting at the School of St. Mary

 

Brownie Troop #47457

Grades: 3rd grade girls
Meeting Days/Time: Third Wednesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the PGC Art Room: September 20 - May 15
Registration: Contact the leaders below
Contact: Michelle Kijek and Leah Woock

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. 
Grades:
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