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8th Grade Art Club: Mrs. DeGraw
Friday after school- 4:00Pm
Each trimester, the 8th Grade Art Club will complete a project for our school or community, including participating in Newtown's "Halloween Art Scene:Paint Our Town" window painting contest and help create the set for our school play. Parents will be notified of each trimester's events as they are scheduled. Club membership will be limited due to space. Apply by September 30, 2016. Email Mrs. DeGraw at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
After School Library (Grades 4-8): Mrs. Felker
Tuesday after school- 4:00Pm
Beginning October 18, After School Library is open to students in 4th-8th grade. Students can quietly work on homework, research projects or just check out books and read. The computers will be on and available for student use.
After School Sports (Grades K-2 and 3-5): Overtime Athletics
Monday After School- 3:15PM-4:15PM
Kaboom Kickball & Head's Up Dodgeball– Starts 4/10
~Knock it out of the park with a big kick and use those same feet to motor around the bases. This program is all about playing the game. More game time equals more fun! The class will focus on teamwork & sportsmanship, topped off with some HIGH FIVES!
~Throw em! Dodge em! Grab a group of friends and test your agility and accuracy in a fast paced game of Dodgeball! Coaches will discuss the safety and game rules at the beginning of each class. Soft, foam balls are used for players protection. Learn techniques like Peek-A-Boo, Tip-Flick and Psych-Out or make up your own strategy! Join the game today!
Go to www.Otathletics.com to sign up!
Art Adventure Club (Grades 1-6): Mrs. DeGraw
Mondays For Grades 1-3 & THursday For Grades 4-6- after school- 4:30Pm
Students in grades 1-6 are invited to sign up for Art Adventure Club meeting once a week after school with Mrs. DeGraw. In each class, we'll work on exciting, colorful and fun pieces every artist will be proud of. If you enjoy art class at school or being creative at home, then these classes are for you. Email Mrs. DeGraw at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
Beginner and Advanced Bands (Grades 4-8): Mr. Neukum
Rehearsals are weekly, 7:30-8:00AM, small group lessons are held during
the school day for a half-hour
Come learn trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone. violin and snare drum. Students perform a Christmas and Spring concert each year. The advanced band performs at Neshaminy Mall at Christmas. Students perform at the Saint Andrew Open House during Catholic Schools Week and for the 8th grade graduation in June.
Boyz Book Club (Grades 4): Mrs. Eliason and Mrs. Kelley
This Book Club is open to a limited number of 4th grade boys. A book is read each month starting in October. A meeting is held at the end of each month with games,
discussions and other activites relating to the book.
Chess Club:(Grades 3-6)
October - May, Tuesday, 3:15 - 4:00 (Room 214)
You can now register to join the Saint Andrew School Chess Club! Whether you are an experienced chess player, or if you’ve never played the game before but are interested in learning, you are welcome to join. If you want to join the Chess Club, please pick up a registration form from outside of room 214, get your parents to sign it, and bring it back as soon as possible.
Cub Scout pack 380 (GRADES 1-5): Mr. Strader
Third friday each month pack meeting 7:00 - 8:00pm
with one Den meeting throughout the month
Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to experience the Cub Scout adventure with fellow classmates. Scouting teaches values consistent with good citizenship, character development and physical fitness all while learning fun and exciting new things. Pack 380 is honored and blessed to be chartered by St. Andrew Church with our monthly meetings held at the St. Andrew Catholic Education Center cafeteria. Please visit the Pack 380 website for more information http://www.cubpack380.com/ or Email Mr. Strader at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
Forensics (Grades 7-8): Mr. Caucci and Ms. Pontious
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 practice presenting a written speech or preparing a dramatic, literary or poetic presentation. Advice and assistance is offered by a team of former Saint Andrew students who participate in high school forensics. Students participate in 2 or 3 grade school tournaments in categories such as Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation of Literature or Original Oratory. Students compete at Holy Ghost Prep and LaSalle College High School tournaments in April and May. Visit the high school site of the National Catholic Forensics League: their information is modified and applied to the grade school level.
Garden Club (Grades K-8): Mr. Matteo
Come learn about the wonders of the natural world while exploring your creative side. The St. Andrew garden club will beautify your home and school. We grow plants from seeds and cuttings, produce unique art projects using ordinary recycled materials and take care of the gardens around the school. If you are interested in joining, please contact Mr. Matteo. Space is limited.
Go Golf! (Grades K-5): Mr. Mike Duda
Fridays, Gym, Fall & Spring Terms
Students will learn and continue with the elements of putting/chipping and driving through the use of drills, games and onsite golf practice. Small group/individualized instruction (depending on the skill level). Students can bring their clubs but clubs are provided. Final class option at Spring Mill. Many students go on to play in a Saturday League if desired at Spring Mill. Classes coached by Mr. Mike Duda school psychologist/former Notre Dame/ Ivy League Tournament golf coach. Questions call 267-337-1095. Click Here for the Registration form.
Guitar Lessons: Mr. Matteo
This year Mr. Matteo will be offering guitar lessons after school. Lessons will be 30 minutes long on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis. No prior knowledge is required. You must have your own acoustic guitar, strap and capo. If you are interested please contact Mr. Matteo. Please know that space is limited and availability will be on a first come, first served basis.
Gymnastics, (Pre-School - 2nd Grade) Jamie Halbreiner
8 Week Program, Tuesday, 3:15-4:15PM
This program deals with a strong emphasis on developing basic gymnastic and tumbling skills, while incorporating the latest technology. The class includes tumbling, balance beam, bars, mini trampoline, games, group activities, stretching and strength.
K.I.T.C.H.E.N. (Kids Into the Tasty Choice of Healthy Eating Now) (2nd and 3rd grades): Mrs. Nace
The KITCHEN Club was designed to educate students on the importance of healthy eating and how important nutrition is for overall health. Offering children nutritious and tasty meals and snacks provides them with food and nutrients needed for good health and well-being. Kids will discover and taste new healthy foods, learn about food nutrients, gain "hands on" experience with preparing healthy foods and create a cookbook. For more information, please contact Angela Nace at email@example.com
Lego Club: Mrs. Adden and Mrs. Finegan
Tuesday, 3:15-4:00PM, Room 119
Show us how creative you are! The club provides hands on and team building exploration for children in grades 1, 2 and 3. Space is limited.
Lower School Chorus (Grades 3-5): Miss Sassaman
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15PM, Marian Room
The Lower School Chorus is open to students in grades 3-5. No audition is required, just a desire to sing. The choir sings for All School Liturgies, Christmas and Spring Concerts, Catholic Schools Week and 8th grade graduation. The choir also sings the National Anthem at many different sporting events.
Musical Theater 360˚ (grades 3-7): Mrs.O’Hara-Tapp
Musical Theater 360˚ is an exciting, all-inclusive after school enrichment program which exposes students to many facets of theater. This program will expose students to singing, acting and dancing. All participants in MT 360˚ will be cast in a production of "Annie".
The Mustard Seed: Mrs. Felker
Items for our online literary magazine, "The Mustard Seed", are compiled throughout the school year. Students submit their original stories or other favorite works for online inclusion. Publication is in the spring. All classes are welcome and encouraged to contribute to become a published author or illustrator!
Ministry Team (Grades 7-8): Mrs. Pentz And Mrs. Gdovin
Comprised of approximately thirty students in seventh and eighth grades, the team leads daily prayer with our prayer families and aids in the planning of school liturgies. During Advent, Ministry Team members lead a daily service with each grade. The seventh grade team reenacts the Living Stations of the Cross during the school’s Lenten Retreat. Meetings are held as needed to discuss upcoming events.
Newspaper (Grades 5): mrs. Finegan
3:15-4:00PM, Computer Lab
The Newspaper Club produces two editions of
“The Post” which can be read on-line. Reporters write articles about happenings around our school. Puzzles, seasonal recipes and holiday fun are included.
Reading Olympics (Grades 5-8):
Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Moffett (Grades 5 & 6)
Mrs. Spurri and Mrs. Schuman (Grade 7 & 8)
This annual event begins each spring as book lists are published for the following year's contest. During the school year, teams of up to 12 students work together to read the books and write questions individually so that they can practice answering questions about all 45 books on the list. A contest is held each March or April for hundreds of teams around the Bucks County area. Ribbons are awarded for points scored during three rounds of competition. All teams receive a ribbon - the color depends on total points scored. Check out the 2016-2017 book selection
Robotics Club (grades 4-8): Mrs. Busby
The club is open to 4th-8th grade. The students learn the basics of Robotics and Computer Programming. The students honor the spirit of friendly competition and work to find solutions using their critical thinking skills. They complete missions, and compete against each other to see whose Robot completed the mission correctly. They also learn how to work together in teams, and share ideas and knowledge all while having FUN!.
Science Explorers (Grades K-5): Mrs. Eliason
Each section consist of 5 classes with 5 lessons on various topics. In the past, students looked into The Magic of Magnets, Incredible Eggs, Surface Tension Tricks, Polymer Power and Paper Puzzles. Every class is a lesson with students enjoying a hands-on experience.
School Play (8th Grade): Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Thiers
Auditions are held each January for interested 8th grade students. The plays are sometimes musicals, sometimes dramas. Students can work on the stage crew or as actors. The students rehearse for 2-3 months and the show is performed during the school day for the students and on two evenings for family and friends, usually in March. The students learn about the entire theater process: sound and light equipment, live piano accompaniment, make-up, costumes, etc.
Mrs. Gen Thiers is the director and Mrs. Wagner is the producer.
Scrabble Club (Grades 5-8): Mrs. Schuman
Grades 5-6 & Grades 7-8
Coming in October, you can have fun with your friends and sharpen your vocabulary skills! Spaces are limited so register early with Mrs. Schuman.
Philologists (lovers of words) are phun!
Spanish Club (Grades 1-8): Mr. Andris
3:15-4:00PM SPANISH ROOM
The Spanish Club is open to students in grades 1 - 8 who would like to improve their knowledge of the Spanish language and learn about Spanish culture, traditions, food, recipes, music, games and learn to dance salsa!! At the end of the school year, we will have a party-picnic with a piñata. The club is free. Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stock Market Club: Ms. Bilello and Mr.Caucci
Grades 6-8, Monday, October-May, 3:15-4:00PM
Learn how the Stock Market works by using virtual funds to buy, sell or trade stocks on the exchange. Compete against other schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.
Stock tip of the week...buy low and sell high.
Student Ambassador Club: Mr. Rosenblatt
3rd Tuesday each Month, 3:15-4:00PM
Students with excellent penmanship are invited to join the club to write cards to the newly Baptized children. The Student Ambassador writes a card of congratulation and signs their name to the card. Each anniversary of the Baptism, the same Student Ambassador who sent the initial congratulation card will send a card to say, “Hello.” When the Baptized child is old enough to begin Pre-school, the Student Ambassador will send an invitation for them to visit Saint Andrew Catholic School where both Student Ambassador and child can meet each other.
Student Council (grades 4-8): Miss Pontious
Each fall students are elected by their peers to hold a leadership position on the Student Council. At meetings, students discuss ways to enrich school activities and address needs in the school and in the community. The Student Council representatives help around school (recycle, help teachers, etc.) and engage in various community service activities (bingo at D'Youville Manor, clothing/food drives, Daffodil Day for American Cancer Society, etc). The Executive Council in comprised of four 8th graders; these elections are in the fall.
TLC-4-ME (18 months-3 yrs old): Mrs. Finegan
Fridays, 8:30- 9:30AM
TLC-4-ME is an opportunity for parent and child to share special time together. Parent and child will interact and explore music, crafts, story time and physical fitness fun. Come and share this precious time with your child. We will meet once a week on Friday mornings.
Upper School Chorus (Grades 6-8): Miss Sassaman
Thursdays, 3:15- 4:15PM, Music Room
The Upper School Chorus is open to students in grades 6-8. The choir sings for All School Liturgies, Christmas and Spring Concerts and Catholic Schools Week. Students in this group also are able to learn how to cantor for All School Liturgies. This group, along with the Lower School Chorus, sings the National Anthem for various sporting events.
Yearbook (Grade 8): Mrs. Busby
December-April, Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15PM
Students prepare collages, class pages, the "favorites" and "most likely" pages for the annual yearbook. Typing all the names and information is part of the fun.
Saint Andrew Catholic Education Center, 51 Wrights Road, Newtown, PA 18940 ~ 215-968-2685