Extracurricular and Enrichment Activities

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School strives to develop the whole person, made in the image and likeness of God. We address the growth of the Soul (Spiritual), Mind (Academic) and Heart (Community) aspects of all our students. These various activities allow us to expand our support of the students’ development beyond the classroom.

*Please note, additional fees may apply for some programs.

Middle School Extracurricular Opportunities

“Households” at Aquinas is designed as a time set aside for our middle school students to come together around topics outside the normal curriculum. Each household involves 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, facilitated by a faculty member or older student. Household topics have included issues related to human formation, spiritual growth, and service. We have discussed topic such as friendship skills, time management, organization, and etiquette. The students have created a living Rosary, and pray outside a crisis pregnancy center. We have enjoyed numerous service projects such as collecting backpacks of items for immigrant refugees, making boxes of Christmas cookies to deliver to our local senior centers, and planting flowers around the school and church. Household time allows our middle school students to interact with each other outside the classroom environment in a way that fosters the best of what Aquinas is all about, community and dignity for every person.

The school sponsors a Middle School musical annually. Middle school students may audition to perform or act as stage crew in a full-length musical drama production in the second semester. Rehearsals take place after school. The performances take place offsite in a local theater. Past performances have included My Son Pinocchio, Jr., Wizard of Oz, Annie, jr., The Little Mermaid, jr., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mulan, Guys and Dolls, and Oliver!. Our 2017 Middle School Musical will be Disney’s The Lion King Junior.

Each fall our 8th graders participate in a Student Council Election. The elected officers work with the principal to support student activities, a Thanksgiving food drive and other charitable activities.

Faculty nominate 8th grade students to join the National Junior Honor Society based on academics and character in accordance with the 5 pillars of the society. A special induction Mass is held each November to honor those students.

Every morning, rain or shine, you will see the dedicated members of our 8th grade Safety Patrol assisting with morning drop off. The Safety Patrol members help PreK and younger students from their cars to the safety of the pathway and into the building.

Select students work with Mr. Wage to support technology needs for special events.

Sports Centered Activities

see more information on the Athletics page

RunFit Kidz, sponsors a running and fitness program developed specifically for boys and girls in grades 2 – 8. RunFit Kidz is designed to teach youths of all fitness levels about proper running mechanics, nutrition/hydration, pacing and goal setting. The class will include dynamic warm-ups, strengthening and speed drills, form, stretching and plenty of games. Our commitment is for children at all levels to run better, faster, and smarter and for the students to end the 8-week program with increased running knowledge and enhanced love for being active. The program concludes with a 5k run/walk that is held locally.

for more information and registration, please see the Run Fit Kidz website

Sponsored by the Players Soccer Academy.  After school soccer sessions for k-4th grade students who would like to learn the game and practice soccer skills are offered. These Thursday Sessions will be weekly starting 3/30 through 5/25.  See the attached flyer for more information. Registration is online and limited.

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Please more information on the Advanced Language Arts (ALA) program on the Curriculum webpage.

Our St. Albert the Great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, more information available on the STEM page

Sponsored by Ms. Kathleen Walsh-FIRST® LEGO League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14*, to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Students program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® EV3 robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. – See more

Math Enrichment and Student Support. Please see the separate Curriculum webpage.

Sponsored by Mrs. Jeryl Glascock, math tutoring is available for any child struggling with new concepts in Math or needs some extra help to achieve success on Math homework. Math help is available every week on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 for all 5th-8th grade Math students who need extra help in Math.

 

Clubs

Sponsored by Sister Maria Faustina, O.P. and Mrs. Kim Perroots. Debate Club meets every other Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:55 in Sister Maria Faustina’s room. Students in debate learn logical reasoning skills, basic techniques of persuasive argumentation, and the listening skills essential for entering into a dialogue that promotes the dignity and freedom of those one encounters in discussion. Students also engage in real formal debates in teams using current debating formats. There are no official competitions at this time.

Sponsored by Mr. Ben Wage and Mrs. Kim Perroots. Yearbook Club is a student group that creates the Aquinas yearbook.  Students take photos and design their own year pages.  Yearbook Club is open to a limited number of students in grades 5-8 and meets on Wednesday after school in the computer lab.  Yearbook Club starts in September and ends before Easter break.

Sponsored by Mrs. Judy Beda, the Chess Club meets every Thursday from 3-4pm in the library.  The club is open to students in grades 5-8.  Students learn the strategies of chess through play with their peers enhancing their critical thinking skills. Members of the chess club have the option of participating in monthly chess tournaments sponsored by Scholastic.  The tournaments are held at local county schools.

Sponsored by parent volunteers the Jr. Chess Club meets every Thursday from 3-4pm in the library.  The club is open to students in grades 1-5.  Students learn the strategies of chess through play with their peers enhancing their critical thinking skills.

Musical Opportunities and Activities

Students in grades 4-8 may audition for a place in the Aquinas Choir, which provides vocal and instrumental accompaniment primarily at school Masses. The choir also performs two concerts at the school, participates in the Diocesan Music Festival, and takes a special trip to compete in choir competitions hosted by local amusement parks. This is a serious musical endeavor requiring before or after school practice and regular attendance.

Mrs. Riley also teaches group piano lessons* after school.

Band is offered at the beginner and advanced levels to any interested students beginning in 4th grade. Families pay a quarterly fee to the Garwood Whaley Music Program, a highly respected diocesan-wide band program. Students meet with the band director for sectional lessons and full band practice once a week. Both the beginner and advanced bands perform two concerts a year, in December and May. The advanced band competes at the Diocesan Band Festival in February. Band members are also called upon to play at special events such as Grandparents’ Day and school Masses. Seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to participate in the Honor Band at Bishop Ireton High School after nomination by the band director.

Lessons are offered in violin, viola and cello. Students in grades 3-8 may take lessons after school on Thursdays. Cello practices from 3-4 pm and violin and viola lessons are from 4-5 pm. Students taking violin and viola lessons attend a study hall from 3-4 if they must stay after school until their lesson begins.