St. Patrick’s enriches our standards-based curriculum during the school day with opportunities like band, Student Government Association, and newspaper club. Homework Club, choir, scouts, photography, Zany Brainy Science, Lego Club, Mad Science, drama, art, speech and debate, and athletics are offered to the students at various grade levels after school. Each year, students participate in a rotation of enrichment activities including International Night, Geography Week, Invention Convention and Cardboard Challenge, Wax Museum, Science Fair, and Shark Tank. Field trips, assemblies, and guest speakers expand lessons.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in various school activities. A sampling includes:
Altar Servers– grades 4-8
Students participate in the celebration of the Eucharist in a special way as they serve at our weekly school masses and Saturday/Sunday Masses.
Our school newspaper, The Badger Beat, is published online four times a year with a portion of each issue appearing in our parish bulletin as well. Along with the traditional written articles, The Badger Beat also produces a video broadcast to go along with each issue that gives students the opportunity to get creative with our green screen. Students from grades 5-8 staff the newspaper as writers with articles on topics such as sports, school events, outreach projects, and reviews of restaurants, movies, and books. The Badger Beat staff is led by two eighth grade editors who pick out the articles, assign them, and edit them. Other leadership positions on the newspaper include two videographers, seven broadcast news reporters, and two sports editors. The Badger Beat gives students interested in writing, videography, and other creative hobbies a place to share their talents and broaden their knowledge of journalism.
Class Representatives- grades 5-8
Officers- grades 6-8
Members of the 2017-2018 St. Patrick’s School Student Government Association (SPSGA) will work to provide service oriented and community building activities that will include all students at St. Patrick’s School. Students meet regularly to prepare various activities. SPSGA sponsors one activity each month. These include: Pep Rallies, Bake Sales, Candygram Sales for Valentine’s Day, collecting food for needy families, donut sales, and collecting toiletries for our friends in Haiti. The SPSGA provides opportunities for students to become confident in leadership roles.
Band– grades 4-8
All students are invited to join St. Patrick’s band. Band lessons are held every Friday as well as advanced band rehearsal for experienced students. We offer lessons on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Band students learn to read and create music while having fun working in a musical ensemble.
Safety Patrols– grades 5-6
Safety is the primary concern for all during morning and afternoon carpool. Most St. Patrick’s children are picked up via carpool; therefore, the help of our safety patrols ensures that the youngest members of our community are walked to/from their cars directly to their classrooms teachers’ supervision.
Looking to spark imaginative learning after school? Mad Science brings hands-on, interactive, science programs right to your school! Children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and make their own experiments to take home! Children can participate a huge variety of STEM-based programs
Hands on Art
This weekly creative enrichment course invites children to explore and fall in love with the world of art. Hands on Art features an integrated curriculum, which can aid in improving language and math skills as well as spatial awareness, all in a fun, interactive way.
The children will create their own masterpieces using a variety of different techniques and mediums. At the end of the program your child will have created a diverse collection of original works.
The St. Patrick’s Drama Program offers a spring musical for students in grades 6-8. Students audition in the fall and everyone is given a role on stage. Rehearsals take place weekly after school until the performances in the spring. This engaging program teaches students the fundamentals of acting, singing and dancing on stage. Students interested in working behind the scenes can be part of the stage crew. The big reveal for the 2017-2018 spring musical will be made in the fall…stay tuned! Performance dates are Thursday, April 26th, Friday, April 27th, and Saturday, April 28th.
LEGO Engineering– grades 1-2
Gears, pulleys, levers, and catapults galore. Young engineers – or kids who love to build – will learn the science behind it all. Students build new projects such as an amusement park ride or go-cart.
Young Inventors – grades 4-8
To extend our critical thinking skills, participants take inventive thinking to the next level. Learn about famous inventors, create new inventions, learn about patents, and marketing. Thinking outside the box is required.
Homework Club – grades 2-8
Get it done before getting home… Escape the “I forgot my book” excuse. St. Pat’s teachers supervise homework completion in our very popular “club.”
Children’s Choir– grades 3-8
The choir sings monthly at our school Mass celebrations and at the parish 9:30 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month. Choir members deepen their faith through the singing of age-appropriate texts and selections from the treasury of Catholic sacred music. They grow as music ministers, leading the community to a full and more active participation in the liturgy. In addition to choral singing, students rotate through percussion instruments and tone chimes to further enhance their musical experience.
Daisies/Brownies– Kindergarten – grade 3
Girl Scouts– Grades 4-8
The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who will make the world a better place. Girl Scouting helps our girls develop to their full individual potential. At St. Patrick’s troops range from Daisies to Seniors. The girls have fun and deepen friendships while in a safe environment.
Badge activities include, camping, hiking, archery, geo-caching, first aid, financial literacy, and more. Troops support our community through outreach to local animal shelters, nursing homes, and children’s hospitals, to name a few. Our global efforts include annual sponsorship of school children in Montrouis, Haiti. Our girls use their cookie sale proceeds to make a difference. Girl Scouts … making the world a better place.
Cub Scouts– grades1-5
Boy Scouts– grades 6-8
The mission of scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. Scouting provides programs and opportunities for the students of St. Patrick’s to build character, train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Cub Scout Pack 457 (boys grades 1-5) and Boy Scout Troop 457 (boys grades 6-8) are chartered by St. Patrick’s Church.
St. Patrick’s School participates in the Catholic Youth Organization, which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington.
St. Patrick’s offers both parish and school-hosted leagues (St. Patrick’s League), and CYO level sports, including soccer, basketball, softball, track, and cross-country. Our athletic leagues are a great way to develop skills, build camaraderie, practice sportsmanship, and have a LOT of fun. CYO leagues are for students in grades 3-8. St. Patrick’s Parish also offers instructional leagues for Kindergarten-3rd grade children in soccer and basketball.
Programs currently offered at St. Patrick’s
- soccer for Kindergarten-grade 2 (St. Patrick’s league)
- soccer for grades 3-8 (CYO)
- basketball for grades 1-2 (St. Patrick’s league)
- basketball for grades 3-8 (CYO)
- fast pitch girls softball for grades 4-8 (St. Patrick’s league)
- track for grades 1-8 (CYO)
- cross-country for grades 1-8 (CYO)
For more information contact Bob Crismond, Athletic Director, St. Patrick’s Athletic Association.