Activities and Clubs
St. Norbert’s School is proud to offer a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs to nurture our student’s interests outside of the classroom.
Science Explorers’ mission is to demystify, inspire and explore the wonderful world of science with hands-on, inquiry based lessons aligned with the National Science Education Standards to work together with families, communities and the citizens of tomorrow to put the wonder back into the world. This afternoon activity is held on Wednesdays.
Contact: Mrs. Jill Shinn, Education Coordinator
The McDade-Cara School of Irish Dance teaches Irish Step Dancing for girls and boys to preserve and enhance the rich tradition of Irish step and figure dancing. They believe that instruction in step dancing develops the overall physical abilities of children and strengthens their self-esteem as they master the progression of dance steps. Above all, it is their hope to provide an atmosphere where girls and boys can have fun and build relationships that will last a lifetime. This activity meets Monday afternoons.
Students in Grades 1-8 are welcome to participate in the annual school musical which will be held in March. Practices will start at the end of February. SALT Performing Arts, under the direction of Lauren McComas will produce this year’s show The Lion King.
Contact: Lauren McComas, SALT
SNS Broadcast Club began in 2015 to create a student-run television studio. Each week students write scripts and present them on camera. Students determine past, present, and future newsworthy events. With teacher guidance, they set up equipment and prepare the studio for broadcasting. Students then select the event(s) of their choice and prepare the scripts for editing. Scripts are finalized with teacher and peer assistance. The students then determine the order in with the scripts are presented.
Presently we are recording video to the school’s YouTube channel treating the newscast as “live”. In the future we hope to have the equipment to do live broadcasting in the morning for the school, friends, and family. Until then click here to view our broadcast.
Beginning in 4th Grade, students may participate in Instrumental Band. First year students are in the Beginner’s Band. Students entering their 2nd year or longer are members of the Advanced Band. Lessons and instrumental rental are charged to parents independently from the music company that provides the lessons. Lessons are held weekly in school. Musicians participate in a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert.
Contact: Mr. Tim Gorman
Beginning in 4th grade, boys and girls who enjoy singing can participate in Select Choir. Students practice at lunch time with music teacher, Mrs. Frack. The choir sings at First Friday Mass and performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts.
Contact: Mr. Dan Kaufmann
Beginning in 4th grade, students who play a musical instrument can participate in the select ensemble. These student musicians perform at First Friday mass and the Christmas and Spring Concerts. The students meet weekly with Mrs. Frack, the school’s music teacher.
Contact: Mr. Dan Kaufman
Members of the Saint Norbert Student Council and the classroom representatives (Grades 5-8) are elected by their peers and are responsible for representing their classroom in weekly meetings. Service projects sponsored by the Student Council include collection of baby items for Birthright, Student Council Day in May, dances, and bake sales to benefit different charitable organizations.
Contact: Mrs. Kris Harlan
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools. Students in the Honors Math program in 7th and 8th grade practice weekly and compete at different local competitions.
Cooking for a Cause
Children in grades K-8 are welcome to join Mrs. Lori Myers, SNS Dining Hall Manager, after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays afternoons to create delicious dishes and snacks. Students take home samples of their creations while healthy casseroles, side dishes and desserts are donated to the Chester County Food Bank. Participants also tend to the herb and garden tower in the dining hall to harvest ingredients in their recipes.
Contact: Mrs. Lori Myers
Eighth graders work as a collaborative group to design the school yearbook online. Students work during their weekly library period and after school to create this wonderful school memory. Yearbooks are available to school families by order.
Contact: Mrs. Riisen
The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase students’ reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills. Two county-wide competitions are held for the elementary level (Grades 4 and 5) and the middle school level (Grades 6, 7 and 8). A school competition is also offered for the Junior Reading Olympic team (Grades 1, 2, and 3).
Students collaborate with their teammates to read forty to fifty books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers. These professionals read the books and write questions which teams of students answer during the competition. The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are awarded ribbons. Since the teams generate much excitement about this event, the experience is rewarding for everyone involved.
Contact: Mrs. Teri Cardille
Saint Norbert’s Parish welcomes all boys and girls in the 4th grade and older to assist the clergy during Mass. They are also asked for their service at weddings. For new server information and application, click here.
Contact: Paul & Peggy Lavallee Altar Server Coordinators at 484.716.8295 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children in grades K-8 are invited to take private piano lessons offered by piano teacher, Nancy Smolinski. A mutually convenient time during or after school can be arranged.
Contact: Miss Nancy Smolinksi
Norbert Parish CYO
CYO is one component of St. Norbert Parish’s comprehensive youth ministry program which enables the partnership of parents, coaches, priests, religious, teachers, and adult leaders to manage and support a sports program that allows youth to grow in their relationship with God and come to better understand themselves and the Catholic Faith. Students may compete in the following sports: Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Basketball, Track and Field and Lacrosse.