The Art Club is an after school activity for students seeking a creative outlet in addition to their academic schedule. Art Club students will use different techniques and mediums such as clay, plaster (sculpting), collage, and wood sculptures (grades 6-8). There will be alternate/rotating grade sessions for 4-6 weeks at a time: Grades 3-5, 6-8.
ASL~Sign Language Club
Sign Language Club is open to students in grades 2-8 for a Winter and a Spring session. The club's goal is to learn simple conversational and seasonal signs to help the students communicate without words. The clubs hard work is shared by performing songs and signs in the Christmas performance and the Spring Concert.
St. Mary's Prep offers a variety of sports and fitness for its student athletes.
Baking Club is open to students in grades 2-4. Students will focus on learning to follow recipes, measuring, decorating and using baking tools.
Before and After Care
St. Mary’s Prep offers Before and After Care for students. Before Care begins at 7:00 A.M. Monday through Friday. Parents must walk students into the building and sign the students in. After care begins at 3:10 P.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M. Children who participate in the After Care Program must be picked up by 6:00 P.M. and parents are expected to sign their children out of After Care each day. Students who arrive 7:50 a.m. or earlier must enter the school through the cafeteria door. Parents picking up after 3:30 p.m. must pick up their child(ren) from the Trans-K room and must sign out. Families utilizing this service are billed monthly.
The Beta Club is organized to offer opportunities to students and teachers to discuss and carry out plans for improvement of school life. Members will assist the principal in organizing, maintaining, and expanding school activities. The Beta Club will assist in visibly and actively engendering school spirit and proving their leadership by upholding the principles of the school at all time.
The youth choir sings at First Friday Mass, on various Sundays during the school year, and special seasonal celebrations. The rehearsal schedule is determined at the beginning of September. The age for youth choir is 3rd grade to 8th grade.
The Performing Arts program at St. Mary’s Prep is an extracurricular program offered to students in grades 3-8 that are interested in the performing arts. Our main goals are to aid in building students’ confidence and individuality, exposing them to the musical and dramatic aspects of the performing arts, and building upon public speaking skills and knowledge. Students have the opportunity to engage in dramatic arts workshops, as well as, audition and perform in an annual musical.
The St. Mary’s Prep Forensics Team has begun this year for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Forensics is dedicated to improving public speaking skills which are needed in high school and college, as well as in future jobs and interviews. Students practice interpretive readings and memorize various pieces of literature, such as poetry and famous speeches, and then perform recitations.
Our club meets on Thursdays for J.V. and on Fridays for our Varsity Team. Our students encourage and support each other in striving toward improved eye contact, pronunciation, and expression. At various times during the school year, our forensics members are called on to entertain classes (ex. Dr. Seuss Week) or to join competitions. Our team is composed of very dedicated students with phenomenal team spirit!
Girl Scouts of America
Girl Scouts serving girls from K-8 grade who reside or attend school in Denville. (Middle School, Brownies and Daisies)
Homework Club is an after-school activity where students have the opportunity to remain in the school building and start their homework. It is mandatory for students in grades 4-8 that are using After Care to attend Homework Club prior to joining After Care. Homework Club takes place Monday through Friday from 3:10P.M. – 4:30P.M. All students who are not picked up by 4:30 will then join the younger students in the After Care program. The Club will be monitored by a teacher who can also provide the students with assistance. The fee for Homework Club will be the same as After Care and will be billed monthly.
Kids Can! Think, Make, Innovate Club
The Kids Can! MakerLab provides hands on challenges which foster 21st Century skills where students have opportunities for communication, collaboration, creative expression and problem solving. These will include designing Cardboard Arcade Games, exploring Green Screen Movie Making, coding with Dash & Dot, and creating Zip-line Adventures. The Engineering Design Process will be utilized to carry out these challenges.
Kids' Dance Caravan
The Academy is offering a unique dance and performance program for both boys and girls ages 3 thru K. The Fall Session will be from September to the December show. The Spring Session will be from January to May. Your child will perform in a holiday show during the winter and a recital in the spring. Dance is an education in itself. It teaches poise, coordination, grace and charm. It also teaches children to get along with others and to overcome shyness. This experience will not only help them perform for their dance audience but also, any future audience, whether it is a speech or a school play.
The Mad Science program sparks imaginative learning, and provides hands-on, interactive science activities. Real world discussions make learning about science fun for kids!
Students in grades 1-8 who are interested in learning to play an instrument and learning to play in a band may sign up with Partesi Music Company, an organization which operates independently from the school, but which uses the school facilities and school time for the teaching of lessons. The band performs at least once a year in the spring.