Enrichment Classes and Clubs

The Jaguar Club will offer enrichment classes and clubs that will meet for 6-8 weeks every trimester. The classes and clubs are grade specific and will vary throughout the year. Enrichment classes and clubs are open to all current St. Joseph students. Please see below for detailed class descriptions, schedules, or to register.

General questions about enrichment classes or clubs? Please contact David Sepulveda 206.329.3260x224.

2018-2019 Club Schedule

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for class descriptions.

Spring Schedule

Club Grades Day(s) Dates Meeting Location Registration Fee
Beginner Guitar Class 4th-8th Mondays
3:15-4:00
4/15-6/3
(No Class 4/22 & 5/27)
TBD $216
Minecraft1st-5th Tuesday
2:00-3:30

5/7-6/11

Computer Lab $100
Cooking Class 1st-5th Wednesdays
3:15-4:45
4/17-6/5
(No Class 4/24)
Classrooms $325
French 1st - 4th Tuesdays
2:15-3:15
4/16-6/4
(No Class 4/23)
Classrooms $105
Science & Nature Studies 1st-4th Wednesdays
3:15 - 4:15
4/17-6/5
(No Class 5/24)
Classrooms $180
Lego Robotics Class 3rd-6th Thursdays
3:00-5:00
4/18-6/6
(No Class 4/25)

Classrooms $168
Machine Sewing 1st-4th Thursdays
3:15-4:45
5/2-6/6

Classrooms $150
Private Guitar, Piano, or Voice Lesson K-8th Ongoing Scheduled by instructor Music Room See tab below for details
Robotics Team 3rd-6th Wednesdays
3:15 - 4:30
10/3-3/6 (No Class 11/22) Classrooms $350

Yoga Class K-5th Mondays
3:15-4:15
4/15-6/3
(No Class 4/25 & 5/27)
Classrooms $125

Winter Schedule

Spring Registration

Club Descriptions

Chess Club

Club Coordinator: Laura Laun
Sessions: Fall & Winter
Grades: K-8

Whether your child is a seasoned tournament player or has never laid eyes on a chess board, they can enjoy 55 minutes of chess instruction and friendly competition by joining the St Joseph Chess Club. The club meets after school once a week, offered in two sessions throughout the school year, with periodic tournaments against other grade school teams.

We recommend if your child is learning chess for the first time to sign-up for the fall session. The winter session assumes children have learned the basics.

French Club

Grades: K-5

Through active learning and creative play, Véronique Proietto, a native of France, will take her students into the heart of the French language and culture. Each week, a different topic is introduced through fun activities and games that engage children to learn not only the language, but also cultural aspects about France: French food; French impressionists, Monsieur Eiffel and his famous tower, French medieval castles, etc. .

Junior Robotics Club

Junior Robotics Club - The club will introduce the students to robotics. They will design, build, and program their robots. The Club will be utilizing the WeDo 2.0 Lego Educational Sets and be working on iPads to program their creations.

Lego Robotics

Lego Robotics

Build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-
ended, investigative environment while having fun.

Minecraft Club

Club Coordinator: Laura Laun
Grades: 1-5

Minecraft is a very popular "sandbox" game which allows users to construct things out of blocks in a creative environment. The goal of Minecraft club is to work on engineering, collaboration and team-building skills while exploring the value of Game-Based Learning (GBL). The club utilizes the Minecraft educational module to work together as a team, explore and create in pre-defined worlds, as well work independently in their own world.

Minecraft once a week for 6 week sessions.

Robotics Team

Club Coordinator: Laura Laun
Grades: 3rd -6th

Experience basic design, engineering, programming and problem solving by building your own robot to accomplish fun and exciting tasks. Students will use Lego Mindstorms EV3 and work in teams to collaborate and share ideas. This club is focused on competition, structured team work, and good behavior. It is important that the expectation is clear that hard work will be key, and a want to succeed will go a long way. A more informal Robotics Club will be offered Winter quarter.

Speech Team

Year-long club
Grades: 7th & 8th Graders

No experience is necessary. The team competes in tournaments at Bishop Blanchet High School, Seattle Preparatory School and Archbishop Murphy High School on December 8, January 19 and February 9.

Practice begins on October 3, with weekly meetings at school on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45. Participants also are required to practice and prepare at home.

Participating in speech team is a great way to develop your child’s confidence and skills as a public speaker.

Speech Registration

Yoga

Yoga Class

In this 8 week Yoga curriculum, students will cover topics such as mindfulness, positive affirmations towards self and community, taking action, compassion, effort is key, gratefulness, failure is a way to learn, and following your heart to make a difference in the world. his course will incorporate behaviorism and social emotional learning into every session while practicing and engaging in a variety of Yoga stances and practices.

STEAM Club

Club Coordinator: Laura Laun

Grades: 3rd - 6th

ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality.

ExploraVision is a competition for K-12 students that engage the next generation real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM.

ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

We are offering an afterschool opportunity for the 3rd-6th graders to work with a team and enter the competition. Your child must commit to working afterschool or weekends. They will be working both independently, in addition to designated team meetings to complete the project. Based on the team’s availability, a specific day will be specified for team meetings. The project due date is February 8, 2018.Students on average spend 1-2 hours per week over a 3 to 4 month period.

For more information, please go to https://www.exploravision.org/.

Email Laura Laun for an application to join the club.

Drama

Session: Fall
Grades: 5th-8th

The Seattle Children's Theatre is bringing introduction to acting classes to St. Joseph. In this 10 week course bring a script to life. Explore scenes from great plays to expand your knowledge of the basic terms, concepts, and approaches to acting. Taking clues from the given circumstances found on the page, actors will embody dynamic characters, create strong relationships, and make choices that transform the words and stage directions into living, breathing scenes.

Piano Lessons

Students have the opportunity to take private piano lessons with middle school music teacher, Mr. Whitfield. Lessons are offered weekly in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. The pricing will be as follows:

  • 30 minute lesson $38
  • 45 minute lesson $56
  • 60 minute lesson $75

Lessons will take place in the music room by the cafeteria. Registration will take place through the website. Please contact Mr. Whitfield regarding available lesson times and for any additional questions.


Knitting

Session: Fall
Grades: 2nd-4th

Learn the art of knitting and crochet! Knitting is calming, relaxing, and keeps us centered because of its repetitive rhythmic movements. Beginners will start slowly with finger knitting, before moving on to knitting needles and our handy Knfity Knitter Looms. Projects include book markers, stuffed animals, hats, headbands, pouches and more!


Wildlife Studies

Pinnacle Exploration - Wildlife Studies

Pinnacle Exploration is a Nature and Wildlife Studies Program that works with kids to teach them about the wonders of the natural world. We do that by having the kids engage in projects, experiments, and exploring natural spaces. For example, when exploring the lithosphere, the kids will make volcanoes and their own geodes, while also learning how to use compasses and orienteering. Our ultimate goal is for kids to learn to appreciate the environment, whether that's through our experiments, learning a new outdoor skill, or simply spending time surrounded by nature. During the Winter season, a majority of this class will be spend indoors in our Science Lab, with possibly small adventures out and around campus.

Intergenerational Art Class

This is a Art Curriculum Class that sill focus on collaborative creativity between our students and members of the Fred Lind Retirement Community. They will work together on projects such as writing life stories, graphic narratives, plays, murals, dances or poetry - all based on the participants life experience.


Fiber Arts & Crafts

Machine Sewing

Session: Fall
Grades: 1st-4th

Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience necessary for boys and girls to learn the basics and beyond. New students will learn machine safety and beginner sewing techniques, while the more experienced students can expand on skills they already have. The class will begin with a simple project, then students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. This class is designed to teach children with both beginning and advanced skills. Projects, which are constantly rotating during the quarter, include backpacks, phone cases, clothing, accessories, bags, games, stuffed animal and more!


Play Creation Class

Play Creation Class

Choose your own adventure! During the course of this class we will choose ‘scenes’ from our favorite
stories (Series of Unfortunate Events, Boxcar Children etc) and create performance pieces of work.
These scenes will be treated as if they were written for the stage. We’ll pull direct dialogue, memorize,
block, rehearse and get ready to perform. A demonstration of learned material will take place the last day
of class during the last 30 minutes.

Drama K-3

Seattle Children's Theatre brings Dramatic Imagination to St. Joseph. Dive into a world we create together and act out a story that builds from session to session. Play characters and create environments that tie into the session-long adventure. We learn to use imagination, body and voice to work together, overcome obstacles, and develop every aspect of a completely original story.

Cooking

Rainy Day Dinner Club

You don’t have to make dinner tonight!

Each week, students learn basic cooking skills while making dinner for their family!

Students will create delicious dishes focusing on the importance of local ingredients, scratch cooking, and natural preservatives while practicing knife skills and kitchen safety.

As students follow recipes, they will learn the science behind the use of different ingredients involved and the important role herbs, spices and veggies play in flavoring our favorite dishes. Each entrée will serve 4 to 6 and will be packaged in oven ready cookware with baking instructions. All new recipes this session!

We will provide vegetarian options upon request at registration. **We can provide nut free classes, but we’re unable to provide gluten free or dairy free classes. ** For more info please visit rainydaydinnerclub.com

Private Voice Lessons

Lauren James, the Primary School Music teacher, is offering private voice lessons to students who are 7 years of age and older. The student will learn vocal exercises, classical voice technique which can be applied to various music styles and solo repertoire. Miss James holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Lessons will be held in the Primary Music room located next to the school Library. 30 minute lessons available for Primary grades, and 30-45 minute lessons available for middle school students. Please sign up through the website and feel free to contact Miss James with lesson availability and any additional questions.

  • 30 minute lesson $36
  • 45 minute lesson $54

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Fantasy and Fairy Tale Scene Study

For our young actors, these are the fairy tales you know - with a twist! Our students will learn the fundamentals of acting and storytelling in a scene study course using a collection of scenes from Fractured Fairy Tales by local actress and director Jan Ewen. These scenes take a comedic spin on classic fables and fairytales. This course will be focusing mainly on scenes from the book series, Harry Potter. For example, ESPN newscasters interview Jack out at the track where he does his training for candlestick jumping, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater meets Mary Mary Quite Contrary, and Little Bo Peep compares sheep herding methods with Mary, of Mary had a little lamb. A demonstration of learned material will take place the last day of class during the last 30 minute

Guitar Lessons

Rob Carroll, Ph.D., our Exploratory Rock Band teacher, is offering private guitar and electric bass lessons. Some preference will be given to middle school students who have an interest in playing in the Rock Band class or the Worship Band. Dr. Carroll received his doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington and his B.A. in music and psychology from Rutgers University. He’s been teaching guitar and bass privately for over twenty years, and at Holy Names Academy for eight years. While his main strengths are in rock, folk and pop styles, he also teaches classical, jazz and various international genres. He emphasizes building strong fundamental playing techniques and designs a student’s curriculum based on their individual musical interests. Lessons will mostly be held Tuesdays from 2–4 pm and Thursdays from 3–5 pm, but other times may be available. Lessons will be 30 or 45 minutes long depending on the student’s experience. For students who don’t yet own a guitar, a few may be available for loan from the school. Please sign up through the website and contact him directly with any questions.

• 30-minute lessons $38
• 45-minute lessons $56

Coding

Mathcraft - Can you say win-win?! MathCraft is the unique camp experience where both kids
and parents truly win as parents get to see their kids ecstatic about doing math, and kids get to see
their parents excited to support their time creating in Minecraft! Students solve grade level
appropriate challenges involving arithmetic, pre algebra, algebra, and basic geometry, all through
the block based structure of Minecraft. Our students build amazing structures and then derive the
math used to create these block based architectural marvels. Check out mathcraftteachers.com to
learn more about MathCraft and how it's changing the way math is being taught and learned in
schools across the country.

WATT Coding

Grades: 5th grade girls

WATT (Women Advancing Tomorrow's Technologists) Coding - Founded by HNA students who go back into Catholic Schools to teach girls basic coding skills and enhancement of logic skills.

Art

Art Workshops at St. Joseph!

We are excited to announce that Rainbow Parrot Art workshops are returning to St. Jose's! These workshops offer memorable opportunities for children to explore authentic expression and unleash their creative power through art. We explore diverse forms of ceramic sculpture, painting, multimedia, and more. We're going to have so much fun!