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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are an important part of the total school experience offered here at St. Joseph School. We offer many different clubs or activities, including the following:


Studio Art Class

Studio Art willmeet on Thursday afternoons in the art room from 2:45 - 3:45 pm. This year's class will be comprised of several mini-sessions, each focusing on a single project which will have its own cost and age requirements. A master list of mini-sessions will be available at the club fair. Classes begin 11/29/2017. Director: Mrs. Sherry Dennehy


Drama Club

Open to students in grades 4-8; limit 25 per session. If need be, two sessions will be held so that all students may be accommodated. This group will meet every Tuesday, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. (If two sessions are held, each group will meet every other week.) Students will be exposed to the various elements of Drama, including pantomime, improvisation, dialect, character identification, costuming, make-up, etc. The culminating event will be a full length production in the Spring. Extra rehearsal times will be scheduled as the Spring play approaches. Director: Ms. Brielle Babiar, Mr. Frank Langan & Dr. Valenti


Golf

Open to students in grades 4 - 8. Participants will work on the basic skills of golf; learning the game, the approach and etiquette of the sport. Meetings for this club willbe held in April 2018 in the Lower School gymnasium and possibly outdoors (weather permitting). Director: Mr. Joseph Abbadessa


St. Joseph School Yearbook Committee

Open to students in Grade 8 and a limited number of students in grade 7. This group meets on Wednesdays in the Upper School computer lab from 2:50 - 3:30 pm. The group requires a dedicated commitment from each member and attendance is mandatory. Additional meeting times may be required as deadline approaches.

Directors: Miss Frei and Senora Zuccaro


A Capella Singers

Open to students in grades 5-8. This group will meet during lunch recess on Mondays to rehearse in the music room. They will perform in the Christmas and Spring concerts. Director: Ms. Cara Zakian


Math-tastic Club

Open to all students in grades 3 - 4. This club is a perfect opportunity to review classroom material and reinforce core concepts. The club meets every other Wednesday from 2:50 - 3:30 pm in the 4th grade classroom. Director: Jessica Valdes


Scouting

Scout groups are available for both boys and girls beginning in Kindergarten. If interested, please contact the school office for more information.


Martial Arts Program

Open to students in grades K - 8. This program is designed to give students an understanding of how to develop a strong mind and body through Martial Arts training. The class meets every Wednesday in the Gym, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Instructor: Mr. Ralph Keefe, Body Mind Systems Training Center


Athletics

Team try-outs will be announced for boys and girls basketball and track and for cheering. There are a variety of team levels, with cheering and basketball beginning in grade 3 and track beginning in Kindergarten. Please watch the weekly E-News newsletter for further information. (All these teams include students from the parish as well as students from St. Joseph School.)


Trivia Club

Students who enjoy questions (asking/answer) on a wide range of topics will enjoy this club! No prior experience is necessary. Open to students in grades 5 - 6 and meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Upper School grade 5 classroom from 2:45 - 3:15 pm. Moderators: Mrs. Nicole Caraballo & Mr. paul Juszcyk


Student Choir

Open to students in grades 3 - 8. Students in choir wil provide music for all school Masses and one Sunday Mass. Rehearsals are held every Thursday afternoon, from 2:50 - 3:45 PM, in the Upper Church. Attendance at rehearsal is required in order to participate in events. Director: Mr. Monroe Quinn, Parish Director of Music. Assistant: Ms. Zakian, School Music Teacher


Junior Robotics Team

This STEM education team is part of the FIRST LEGO Team league and is open to 10 students in grades 7 & 8. The team will meet most Saturdays in the Fall and other days as needed to prepare for competitions. All meetings will be off campus, at one of our local Catholic High Schools. The league participation fee is $150.

Moderator: Mrs. Suzana Tan, School Parent


Weekly Rosary Prayer Group

Open to all students in grades 1 - 8. The Grades 1 - 4 group meets in the Lower School Music room every Wednesday from 2:50 - 3:30 pm. The Grades 5 - 8 group meets in the Jackson Room of Mary's Chapel on Thursdays from 2:50 - 3:30 pm. Rosary beads are provided but students are encouraged to bring their favorite rosary and any special prayer intentions. Moderators: Mrs. Pat Fekharzadeh & members of the Legion of Mary


Poetry Club

Open to students in grades 5 - 8. Students will learn a variiety of poetry styles and technuques. Students will compose, compare, read and share their original poetry. Poetry is the "game," and fun is the "aim!" This club will meet in the Social Studies room of the Upper School from 2:45 - 3:15 pm the first Monday of each month. Director: Mr. Paul Juszcyk


Board Games of Strategy

Open to students in grades 3 & 4. This club will focus on problem solving strategies through fun activity. It will meet the first Monday of the month from 2:50 - 3:30 pm in the third grade classroom. Moderator: Mrs. Jane Quigley


Literary Magazine

This club will meet on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm. Staff membership is open to grades 6 - 8. Submissions are open to grades 5 - 8. Writers, artists and designers are welcome. This club requires a commitment to writing, editing, and publishing print media. The club will meet in the Language Arts classroom of the Upper School. Directors: Ms. Brielle Babiar & Mr.Matthew Withers


Mythbusters Oradell

This club will meet two Mondays per month in the Upper School Science Lab from 2:45 - 3:30 pm. Students will perform existing experiments and or brainstorm ways to improve experiments or come up with experiments that have not yet been done. Director: Mr. Withers


Early Childhood Reading Club

Students in grades Pre-K through grade 1 will meet the first Monday of every month from 2:45 - 3:15 pm in one of the Pre-K classrooms. A different author will be chosen every month. Students will get to read a story from that author and a craft as well. Moderators: Mrs. Ana Rossig & Mr. Frank Langan


Beta Club

Invitation only honor society for students in grades 7 & 8 who demonstrate leadership qualities, good moral character, academic excellence and who wish to provide service to their community. An induction ceremony is held in the fall semester of the school year. Beta Club members are responsible for coordinating and participating in various fundraisers throughout the year and setting a positive example for the school. Meetings are held monthly from 2:45 - 3:15 pm in the Upper School Spanish classroom. *Additional meetings can be scheduled as needed. Advisor: Senora Adrienne Zuccaro


Cooking/Baking Club

Students prepare a variety of dishes and food items; appetizers, healthy snacks, and/or desserts. Students will learn nutritional food values, measurement and simple kitchen chemistry. Limited to ten (10) students and there is a fee for supplies. Meets once per motnh on Fridays at 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the Lower School cafeteria as follows: 1/12/2018, 2/9, 3/23, 4/20, and 5/18. Dates subject to change. Advisor: Mrs. Osika


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