The list below includes clubs that have been offered at St. Louis School. Those in red are being offered this fall.
3D Printing Club
3D printing is an emerging technology that is changing the way we design and produce products. The ability to rapidly produce prototypes reduces the time and cost of many types of manufacturing and enables greater creativity in exploring potential solutions. Students in 7th and 8th grades are invited to apply to be considered for the SLS 3D Printing and Design Club. This six-week fall after-school program will expand on the design tools introduced in the classroom and will provide participants with an opportunity to design, export, slice, load, and print their designs.
Art Club offers 7th and 8th grade students many opportunities to express and develop their creativity. Students employ a variety of media to design works of art that appear in numerous venues. The members of Art Club will be assisting with service projects throughout the school year as well as practicing more complex artistic techniques in their own works of art. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare portfolios for high school.
Students in grades 4 through 8 may enroll in the Instrumental Music Program. Lessons are held during school hours once a week for one-half hour. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the teacher of his or her academic subjects for any missed work. Full band practice is held after school once a week. The school has contracted with the Instrumental Music Program of Columbia, Maryland for this program.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore CYO Basketball Committee offers two divisions of basketball for children in grades 4 through 8: the Playoff Division, a competition-focused division, and the Non-Playoff Division, a skill-building/social-focused division. St. Louis Basketball Program has a structure for all students and parish children that want to participate. Sports teams may only represent themselves as St. Louis teams with the permission of the principal and the pastor. Visit our Basketball page for more information.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books gets 5th grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship. Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 16 pre-determined books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name and dress accordingly. During the "battle" (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Prizes are also awarded at the competition in April.
Learn chess from a Silver Knights Chess coach! State and national champions have come from this program, but most students are just looking to have fun! Class time is split between lesson and play. Lessons range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies, depending on the children. Play time is structured to pair each student against an opponent of similar skill. This club accepts students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Silver Knights will supply all the equipment during chess club. Students will have the opportunity to play in tournaments.
Students in grades one through four are invited to join the Primary Chorus, and students in grades five through eight are invited to join the Middle School Cantor Chorus. Primary Chorus performs at the Christmas program, the Cultural Arts Evening, and takes two field trips to perform for the residents of Charlestown Assisted Living Center in Catonsville. Middle school participants will cantor during liturgies and prayer services. Each chorus rehearses once a week.
This club is a great way to stay in shape and be an ambassador for St. Louis School. It is open to any interested students in grades 5 through 8. All practices are held at St. Louis School and meets are run at nearby locations..
Students in grades 4 through 8 are invited to engage in computer-based and hands-on STEM activities through gaming, modeling, and simulation with an emphasis on logical thinking, problem-solving, and the application of coding to real-world problems. Participants will learn and apply basic concepts of programming, cryptography, and cybersecurity while exploring the interconnections of science, math, technology, and engineering. Students will program with Scratch and will be introduced to Python, HTML, and Java Script.
Design and Build
Students in grades 1-4 joining this club will have the opportunity to design, create, and build using Legos. Imagination will meld with construction as students bring their creations to life.
Primary Drama Club is offered for students in grades 2 through 5, while Middle School Drama Club is offered for students in grades 6 through 8. Interested students select a play, rehearse after school and, in middle school, stage a dinner theater in the spring. Primary Drama Club will perform in March.
Environmental Club is geared for students in grades 4-8 who are passionate and committed to helping care for our environment - on a local and global scale. As a group, we will take on projects and initiatives that will benefit the earth, communities, and our school. We will also strive to increase awareness of relevant issues (such as understanding the effects of human behavior on our environment and how we can better protect our planet) among other students, families, and faculty. Some projects/activities may occur off-camps, outside of regular school hours.
Girls on the Run
This club inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The programs combine training for a 3.1-mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.
The Poetry Club offers a welcoming and creative environment where students have the opportunity to collaborate with others who share a love of words. The club will provide students with a venue to read and write poetry and perform their original work at an open mic night. Although the focus of the club will be on spoken word poetry, we will celebrate all forms of creative writing.
Rubik's Cube Club
Rubik's Cube Club provides an opportunity for students to learn algorithms (methods) for solving the cube. We will have fun together learning to compete for best times, and maybe even have an official competition! Past knowledge of the cube is not necessary, but helpful.
This club is offered for students in grades 3 through 5. Students will have an opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community to share God’s love and compassion. They will be making lunches, place mats, blankets, cards, etc. to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Speech & Debate
Students in grades 6-8 learn to create factual, logical, ethical, and emotional arguments to persuade others that their point of view is correct. The club’s purpose is to teach and train students in the fundamentals of debate and public speaking. The goal is to prepare students to compete in local debate competitions.
Students who participate in Student Council have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the political process, serve others, raise money for the school and for various charities, and have fun. Seventh and 8th grade students are elected to serve as officers, while students in grades 5 through 8 are elected to represent the entire student body.
Open to all students in grades 5 through 8, this club will practice once per week during the spring semester in our John Evans Memorial Gymnasium. No prior experience is necessary to participate in this club, only a willingness to learn the game.