It has been a busy first half of the school year at St. Charles. Our students have taken part in various clubs and sports since the first full week of the year. From Art Club to Robotics to Cheerleading and CYO Basketball; the students at St. Charles are immersed in various activities that expand and enrich the education they receive during the day.
The Art Club met for a handful of weeks during the fall, allowing the students an opportunity to learn different techniques and create beautiful pieces that they shared with family and friends. Their hard work was on display at our 6th Annual Art Show at Open House during Catholic Schools Week.
Our brand new Robotics Club kicked off its multi-week sessions towards the end of January. This is a first for St. Charles and the program is being run by STEAM Works Studios. The program is open to students from grades K through 8 and they are learning how to build models, use a 3D printer, learn code, and much more.
CYO Basketball and Cheerleading began before Christmas break. A 2nd-grade clinic was added to the CYO program this year, allowing our 2nd graders the opportunity to learn the nuances of basketball prior to jumping right onto the court for games in 3rd grade. This cheerleading program was resurrected this year and has been a nice addition to the sidelines at CYO games.
The choir has been performing at school masses and Parish masses since October. Comprised of students from 2nd-8th grade, the choir is led by music teacher Mr. Joeram Nuarin. The choir performed at the 10:30 Mass on January 26 as the St. Charles community kicked off the annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
A school newspaper, The St. Charles Scoop, was launched this year and is produced entirely by our middle school students. The students, under the tutelage of the middle school staff, conducted surveys, interviews, tabulated results, wrote poems and articles and provided artwork for the first edition. The first edition of the newspaper was sent home prior to Christmas break.
The BETA Club has hosted multiple service projects since the beginning of the year in an effort to raise money or collect items for those in need. The BETA Club officers are planning additional service projects for the rest of the school year.
A brand new Theater Program launches this February in conjunction with Burlington County Footlighters. The program is open to students from K-8 and they will be putting on a performance of Alice in Wonderland in April.
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