The school offers a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities for students.
Instrumental music classes are offered to all students in grades 4-8. Participation is optional since the classes are scheduled before and after school hours. Students are encouraged to play oboe, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet, French horn and other select instruments. The young student learns to hear himself, to criticize and improve himself and to join others in a common effort with an immediate and rewarding goal. Music is one of the great values in education.
Classes are held for both Beginner and Advanced Band. In addition, a Jazz Band is open to members of the Advanced Band. For more information, contact Mr. Frank Goessler, Program Director, at email@example.com.
- Music Discovery is the perfect class for the young child who loves music! Classes for Pre-Primary, Primary and First and Second Class students provide the chance to experience music through a variety of activities. Singing, dancing, rhythm instruments and scarf play are part of every class, as basic musical concepts are explored through musical games and interactive play.
- Note reading, composing and musical fun are all part of Piano Keyboarding classes which are available for students in Primary through Eighth Classes. Students progress at their own pace with individualized instruction.
- Voices Together is a voice class for First through Sixth Class student who love to sing and want to sing with others.
Stagestruck offers Middle School students the opportunity to perform with classmates once or twice during the school year in a fall or spring production. Interested students meet on weekdays and weekends to rehearse and develop their talents and skills through theater games, improvisation and skits to prepare performances that the school community is welcome to attend. Past performances have included: Aladdin, Twinderella, Lagooned, Fearless Pirate Frank, Hillbilly Reunion and Altar Egos.
Encore! Speech Team
Students in Middle School are welcome to join Encore, the Academy speech performance team. Members of Encore participate in the Archdiocesan Bellarmine Speech League, which consists of more than 100 area parochial and private schools. Each student participant may compete in three weekend meets in the St. Louis area throughout the year, performing a humorous or serious speech and a duet. Speech material and individual coaching is provided.
Both beginner and experienced chess players in Primary through Eighth Classes have the opportunity to improve their skills in an after-school chess club. Two identical clubs, one on Monday and one on Thursday, meet for twelve weeks. The chess program will provide your children with a mixture of fun and intellectual stimulation! For more information, please contact Checkmate Saint Louis Academy instructors Joseph Garnier or Aleksey Kazakevich. Studies have shown that chess helps improve academic skills, while building self confidence. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Robotics is for Middle School students who welcome the challenge of working with robots programmed to perform specific tasks. Guided by adult mentors, they solve real world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make postivie contributions to society by programming robots from a computer to perform simple tasks. The club meets after school for ten weeks.
To read an article about Robotics that appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Heartbeats, click here.
If your daughter loves to craft and create, then she’ll love “Simply Homemade.” This camp allows Middle School girls the chance to cook and create after school. The club meets one Friday every month to work on homemade projects, crafting techniques and simple recipes. For further information, contact Laurie Strickland at LaurieSongs@aol.com.
Bricks 4 Kidz
This is a hands-on class in which students design and build educational models including motorized machines. Benefits include: (1) problem-solving and critical thinking skills are developed; (2) math and science concepts are explored through hands-on projects; (3) creativity and self-confidence are encouraged; (4) architecture and engineering concepts are explored; and (5) teamwork is fostered. Register online at www.bricks4kidz.com/chesterfield. For further information, email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Heart Yoga
Little Heart Yoga is a club for kids that combines mind, body and fun! Children will learn the fundamentals of a traditional yoga practice, while building strength, flexibility and body awareness. Yoga games, music, stories, crafts and esteem-building activities are all a part of Little Heart Yoga. For further information, please contact Ms. Lauren Felzien at email@example.com. Namaste’.
School organizations such as the Social Justice Leadership Council and Student Council provide members a venue for leading and serving the school community in various projects and activities.
Social Justice Leadership Council
The Social Justice Leadership Council is comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth graders who help promote Advent and Lenten projects such as Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Basket distribution, as well as food drives, book sales, soup kitchen decorating, and Mission Day participation. The commitment of these Social Justice students and the proceeds of their efforts benefit people in our local and global communities.
Student Council has sixth, seventh and eighth grade members who are elected as class representatives. These students organize school spirit activities such as Red, White and Blue Day and Teacher Appreciation Day. They help coordinate holiday parties, participate in Mission Day fundraising, collect Christmas Baskets and act as liaisons in expressing the student body’s concerns so that new initiatives can be explored and implemented.