Morning and After Care programs
St. Christopher School is pleased to provide a morning and after school programs that meet the needs of our families.
Our After Care program is staffed by St. Christopher School faculty members whose goal is to provide a safe, secure and reliable environment for your children. Our services are offered to students in grades kindergarten through eighth. It runs immediately after school until 6:00.
A typical day for our After Care children will include snack time, homework assistance, free play either outside or in the gym, and time to relax. There will be opportunities for quiet reading, imaginative play and participation in small group activities. Snacks are provided.
We require registration in our program, so please fill out and return the attached forms with your $25.00/family registration fee for full or part time use. After Care is $12.00 per child per day. Payment is made by monthly billing at the end of the month based on usage.
Morning Care begins at 7 am each day school is in session. Teachers supervise the program in the library. The fee is $4 from 7:00-7:30 am and $2 from 7:30-8:00 am per student.
The school has a large, dedicated use art room. Students in grades K-8 receive one hour of art instruction a week, by a certified art teacher. In addition to creating thematic works in a variety of mediums, students are also exposed to both art theory and appreciation. The students work is show cased at our annual art show which takes place on the last Sunday in January in conjunction with our Open House.
The music program at St. Christopher School is offered to students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Students focus on music reading skills, vocal technique and musical instrument exploration. Our fourth grade classes also learn to play the recorder. Twice a year, at Christmas and in the Spring, our students entertain the school community with performances.
Students in grades 4-8 take a Spanish class, the number of classes per week vary by grade level. Vocabulary acquisition, correct pronunciation, grammar, and sentence structure are taught. Middle school students should leave the school with the equivalent skills of a Spanish 1 student. Students also explore Spanish and Latin American culture and geography.
Time in the library varies by grade level and ranges from 20-40 minutes a week. Students are taught library usage skills, participate in read-aloud activities, can withdraw books, engage in research, or simply read for pleasure.
Computer Learning Center
Students in grades K-8 have computer class at least once per week. Students are taught key boarding and other computer usage skills, including the use of Google Apps and Microsoft Office. Internet safety practices in addition to responsible and ethical computer use are also emphasized. Students also have the opportunity to learn coding skills and participate in coding competitions. All K-3 students are in computer center one additional session per week, using a variety of web-based programs, for skill practice, remediation or enrichment.
During the sixth grade angel program, each sixth grader becomes a Guardian Angel to a new kindergartner. The 6th grade students help the kindergartners get accustomed during the first weeks of school. Sixth graders show them how to find their classrooms at the beginning of the school day, as well as eat lunch with them during the first weeks of school. Sixth graders and kindergartners sit together during the Guardian Angel Mass, celebrate the holidays together and play games and read during classroom sharing activities. They share their recess time as well!
Clubs and Organizations
At St. Christopher School, Altar Servers are trained in the fall of 6th grade. This opportunity is open to both boys and girls. A student can continue being an altar server throughout high school.
The St. Christopher School Announcement Club video tapes the daily school news each morning. Auditions are held for this club and students must be in the middle school to participate. Announcement Club meets every morning 30 minutes before school and one day a week after school for 40 minutes to prepare to tape the school news. The school news consists of daily readings, prayers of intention, daily updates (lunch menu, sport team updates and club/activity schedules to list a few). The readings and prayers are taped in advance while the news is taped each morning in the SCS Announcement Studio.
The Announcement Club Studio contains an interactive whiteboard, green screen and additional equipment to tape and send the daily announcements to the classrooms in an efficient and creative manner. St. Christopher School announcers must create the scripts, prepare the PowerPoints, tape and edit the video to keep the school informed of the many daily activities that happen throughout the week.
St. Christopher School Band is a group of student musicians that rehearse and perform instrumental music together. Beginner Band is made up of students in grade 4. Advanced Band are students in grades 5-8. The students meet individually with the band teacher one time per week. During a lunch period one time per week, students meet in groups to prepare for concert performances. The bands perform annual Christmas and spring concerts.
Brain Brawl is an academic challenge through Saint Ignatius High School. This competition focuses on many different topics that include Literature, Fine Arts, Geography, Science, U.S. History, Government, Pop Culture, World History, Math, Sports, and Potpourri. Saint Christopher School brings a seventh and eighth grade teams to this event.
The St. Christopher students that represent our school are selected based on academic achievement in the classroom, IOWA scores, and/or recommendations from teachers. Students practice weekly to prepare for this tournament. In 2016, St. Christopher School took first place and won the Fr. Ober, S.J. “Cup of Knowledge”. This is a great club to join if you have a passion for trivia. It is truly an excellent opportunity to meet other schools and develop relationships with Saint Ignatius High School.
The Chess Club is open to any St. Christopher student that enjoys playing, or wants to learn how to play chess. The club meets every other Tuesday in the library from 2:50 to 3:40. During our meetings, members typically play friendly matches against other members, play matches online against the computer, or try to solve chess “problems” presented by the computer. Before the close of the school year, a tournament will be held to determine the champions in the two grade level divisions. The divisions are grades K-4 and 5-8. The Club is also looking at challenging other schools to friendly matches as well.
CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS
Classroom of Champions is an academic competition at St. Edward High School where local eighth grade scholars compete to demonstrate their knowledge. In September, St. Edwards High School selects three different schools to compete each month from October through March. The top three scoring schools will come together in April for the final championship. In April, 2016, St. Christopher School took first place and now proudly display Annual Grand Champion trophy!
The St. Christopher students that represent our school are selected based on academic achievement in the classroom, IOWA scores, and/or recommendations from teachers. These students meet once a week to practice for the event. The top seventh grade scholars are invited to join our eighth graders practice sessions to help prepare for their future competitions.
St Christopher Parish offers a number of sports throughout the school year to students in grade 4 through 8. Teams compete against local catholic parishes under the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Girls can participate in volleyball and basketball, while the boys can participate in football and basketball. Girls and boys can participate in cross country and track. A junior hoops program is offered to all students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grades. Junior Hoops is a basketball development camp.
Drama Club is open to students in grades 6, 7, 8. It is an opportunity for students to learn basic acting skills and techniques, stage directions, set construction/props, lighting and sound. Selection of the cast and crew is in December and rehearsals begin weekly in January. Drama Club culminates with a play. There is a day performance for the school and a night performance for families and friends.
This is an enjoyable club where students learn to express themselves on stage, expand their imaginations through characterization and costumes, and form new friendships. Participating in Drama Club builds confidence, poise, and teamwork!
Are you interested in helping our environment or learning about it? If you said yes, then this club was meant for you. Ecology Club is open to all St. Christopher School students. The club meets from 2:45-3:30 once a month to learn about the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). The Ecology Club works on a hands on project. Some of the projects in the past have included using cloth napkins in the lunch room, creating infomercials to inform our St. Christopher School community about ecology, repurposing items for the purpose of gift giving, planted seeds to grow vegetables, and then planting them in our school garden in the spring.
The Enrichment Program is designed to provide learning experiences that challenge the intellectual and creative talents of small groups of 4-8 graders. The hands-on and project based activities enhance math, science, and language arts that incorporate the use of technology.
Students will be chosen based on ITBS scores in the above mentioned subjects as well as overall academic performance. There will be small groups of students per grades four, five, six, seven, and eight that will participate in each TEAM. The participation and activities in each session will vary depending on the individual strengths of the students. During TEAM sessions students will brainstorm and engage in “project based learning” that uses the Engineering Design Process and focuses on STEM topics. The overall goal of the TEAM experience will be to give the students an opportunity to work at a level that is challenging and capitalizes on their strengths in order to promote critical thinking skills and higher end cognitive thinking practices. At the end of each session the students will also have created a project. Current and past projects include:
NASA Design Challenges - “Let it Glide” and “Mission to Mars”
Science Olympiad preparation for competitions
K’NEX for Education - Forces, Energy, Motion STEM Building Sets
Bottle rocket & Roller coaster Design
Fishing club is open to all students in grades 6-8. No fishing experience or equipment is needed in order to join the club. The goal of the club is to increase students’ interest and knowledge in fishing as well as fish ecology. We want members to appreciate fish as a natural resource and to learn to respect the natural environment in which fish live. Fishing trips are usually scheduled after school.
Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate in the National Geographic Bee. The contest is designed to encourage and spark student interest in geography. Each week students meet to review materials prepared by the National Geographic Society, complete practice tests and study the geography of the world through a variety of activities, such as apps, online and small group activities. In January the students participate in the school geography competition and the winner of that competition participates in the online state bee qualify test and so on up to the national level if successful.
Junior Choir is open to all students in grades 2-8. We rehearse one day a week after school in the balcony of the church. Our rehearsals prepare us to sing for school liturgies and a weekend mass that occurs once a month. Junior Choir members are also eligible to audition to be a Junior Cantor. Junior Cantors rehearse in addition to the regular choir rehearsal. Their role is to assist in leading the congregation in song at school and weekend liturgies.
Knitting Club is an after school program that meets one day every other week from October through April. It is open to students from grades 4 and up. Students start out with 10 stitches on a needle and learn the basic garter stitch. Later, they will learn to cast on, the purl stitch, and binding off. Knitting occupies idle hands and broadens attention spans. This hands-on activity is creative, relaxing, entertaining, and very portable. Students in this club can take pride in the interesting projects they create.
Math Club is open to students in fourth and fifth grades. We meet every other week from October through April. Our goal is to encourage strong math skills by providing fun, collaborative games and activities. Students will build their self-confidence and excitement for math by using their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Join us in our mission to understand, solve and DO MATH!
Power of the Pen
Power of the Pen is the leading interscholastic program in written expression designed for 7th and 8th grade students. Power of the Pen inspires a love for the beauty and power of language for writing as a life skill. It encourages creative and critical thinking, and enriches and enhances the writing curriculum of our school. Power of the Pen at St. Christopher School has both 7th and 8th grade teams. Each team can have up to six students. The students meet once of week beginning in October to practice writing to a prompt to simulate the competitions which commence in February each year. The students advance from Regional to Sectional to State Competitions depending on individual success at each level.
The Lego Mindstorms series is the foundation for the St. Christopher School Robotics Club. The kits which contain software and hardware provide the students in grades five through eight the opportunity to create customizable, programmable robots. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts from the Techic line to create the mechanical systems. Once built the students program their robots to complete a variety of challenges which promote hands-on experience using mathematical concepts such as estimating and measuring distance, time and speed along with effectively using scientific and technical language.
Science club is an after school activity that offers students a chance to do science related activities that extend and enhance the science they experience in the classroom. Each science club features a different activity that corresponds to the events presented at local Science Olympiad competitions. Science club events include events such as Egg Drop, CSI, and Aerodynamics. Science club is for students in the 4th through the 6th grade.
Science Olympiad is a science competition that involves teams of students competing in science events that cover a range of science and engineering topics. There are general knowledge events such as What Went By, Deep Blue Sea, and Pentathlon. Other events are lab centered and require students to demonstrate skills. The John Carroll University Science Olympiad is for students in grades 4-6th and takes place in the spring. The Saint Ignatius High School Science Olympiad is for students in grade 6-8 and takes place in the fall.
There are many active troops including Daisy, Brownies and Boy and Girl Scouts. Students in grades K-8 are eligible to join. More information including sign-up is sent home with students from the different organizations.
Saint Christopher School's Ski Club allows 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to get some fresh air and exercise during the cold winter months. Our club travels to Boston Mills five Mondays beginning in January. There is an additional cost to cover lift tickets, equipment rental, and five trips on a Lakefront Lines bus. Participants also receive credit to the resort that they can use at a different time of their choosing.
The Saint Christopher School Student Government consists of 7th and 8th grade students who are elected to serve for the entire school year. Their duties range from selecting a school-wide service project and pep rallies to planning middle school dances and assisting with various service projects. This is a great club for those who exemplify great leadership skills and who have a passion for serving others.
It is the goal of the Saint Christopher School Yearbook Committee to capture the memorable moments of the school year through photography and written expression. Yearbook is open to middle students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The group meets at least once a week after school to select photos, which they took, of the various events and activities that make each and every school year memorable. The students create the layout of the yearbook, select, upload, crop and place the pictures into the book, and write any articles or summaries that appear in the yearbook. The Saint Christopher School Yearbook is truly an expression of the fond memories of a school community.
OTHER STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Dismissal announcers
- Office messengers
- Orange team
- Recycling crew