After the Bell

SJS offers many activities for students after school. We provide a wide variety of programs to help each student find something that interests them. 

Extended Day Program – (Grades 3k-6th) Children are supervised according to grade level. An afternoon snack is provided. Outdoor play and indoor games are included in the daily schedule. A homework period is provided for grades 2–6.  This program is from 3pm-6pm. There is a fee for this service.

Basketball teams for girls and boys (Grades 5th -6th) It is a competitive program designed to give our students an introduction to the game of basketball and allow an outlet for fitness and sporting competition. We play a short season with an organized schedule of practices and games against other local schools.

Chess and Scrabble Club (Grades 2nd-6th) Chess and Scrabble have been shown to strengthen problem solving skills, enhance memory and mathematical abilities and foster critical and creative thinking. It also provides a fun forum in which to practice making fast and accurate decisions and encourages logical and efficient decision making. Scrabble improves vocabulary, pattern recognition, and spelling accuracy as well as memory and calculation skills.

Cheerleading (Grades 2nd-6th) Cheerleaders must always bring a positive attitude, we must work hard, listen to your coaches, meet new friends and have fun! Cheerleading provides kids with great exercise, as well as an excellent social and teambuilding experience. Participating in our cheerleading squad can improve your child’s self-confidence and help develop leadership skills.

Coding Club (Grades 2nd-6th) Coding Club meets on Wednesdays 3:10-4:00.  This is a self-driven online program designed to introduce elementary students to computer science. 

Robotics (Grades 3rd-6th)  This club meeting on Tuesdays from 3:10-4:15.  Come learn how to build and program a robot and work to solve challenges using the Lego Mindstorms eV3 robots. 

Drama - SJS Drama Club provides an opportunity for students in Kindergarten – 5th grade to experience rehearsals and performances.  Each year, a Christian-based musical is chosen for our presentation.  Students are chosen for chorus parts, as well as spotlight parts with lines and choral solos.  Rehearsals are held each week for several months, culminating in performances for the school body, as well as family members.

MDS Junior Football League - (Grades 1st-6th) Mount de Sales offers a football league designed to promote positive instruction for beginners as well as for older elementary students to compete while learning the fundamentals needed to play the game.

MDS Junior Soccer League - (Grades 1st-6th) This league provides a fun and safe environment to introduce children to the “world’s most popular sport.”  The three-week program for students in first through sixth grades begins Monday, October 22, 2018 with practice or games each Monday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. until Thursday, November 8.  On game days, coaching staff and former players conduct 20 to 30-minute instructional practices followed by short-sided games (3v3, 4v4 or 5v5). All practices and games will take place at Cavalier Fields on our soccer fields.  Cost: $65* (includes MDS soccer t-shirt and ball)

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K-Kids (Grades 3rd-6th) K-Kids is a student-led service organization that teaches children the value of helping others. The Club is sponsored by a local Kiwanis group. Throughout the year the K-Kids raise money and donate their time to make their school, community, and world a better place. Some of their hard work has benefitted organizations such as Rooms from the Heart, Jay’s Hope, The Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Church, Loaves and Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, and Mulberry Street Outreach Food Pantry.

Quiz Bowl (Grades 4th-6th) Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. A written exam will be given to 4th/5th and 6th graders who are interested in trying out for the quiz bowl teams. The students with the highest scores will then go on to compete in the hands-on portion of the selection process in which their response time to oral questions using the quiz bowl machine will be evaluated for quickest reflex response time and correct answers. There will be a 4th/5th grade team and a 6th grade team consisting each of seven players. Students will be notified if they meet the criteria to be on the quiz bowl team. Practice sessions will be held at school and students on the teams will be required to attend the practices and be responsible for researching questions and studying various handouts that will be given at the practice meets.

Science and Engineering Club (Grades 5th -6th) Students learn physics and engineering through hands-on experiences in the Science and Engineering Club. After a professional engineer teaches students a principle of engineering as well as the associated vocabulary and sets the parameters for construction, students work in pairs to design and build a project that requires an understanding and application of the principles.

Cub Scouts (Grades 1st-5th) Saint Joseph's Catholic Church is the chartered sponsor for our Cub Scout Pack 10.  The mission of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Pack 10 accomplishes this by having a very active Pack that participates and focuses on individual and group development. Each grade makes up a "Den" and each Den meets generally twice a month on Sunday afternoons. On one of those Sunday afternoons, we also have a Pack meeting, which are all the grades together. Activities include regularly scheduled camp outs, the famous "Pinewood Derby" car race, and a host of other family oriented activities.

Student Council The purpose of Student Council is to represent the interests of the student body and to provide communication between students and faculty. Student Council is also a service organization for the school and community. Eligible students are allowed to run campaigns for the four officers and then are elected by the students (grades 2-6) and staff. Two representatives from each class (2-6) are elected to serve as members of the Council.  Student council operates the school store, sells treats on special days and recycles paper and cardboard. Students and teachers may apply for Student Council grant money to help with projects or activities. Student Council sponsors fundraisers, fun days, and special programs.


For information about any of these opportunities please contact the school office.