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St. Philomena’s extracurricular offerings provide outlets for students to nurture and grow their existing talents and explore new ones, while making friends with students who share their interests. With programs in the arts, academics, clubs, and community service, St. Philomena students have a variety of extracurricular options that are not only fun, but also serve to develop confidence and build leadership and teamwork skills.

Band

The band is opened to students in grades 5-8, and are split into two bands. 

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In addition to full-band rehearsals, students will also receive small group lessons during the school day. Band performs at the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and various other events during the school year. There is a separate activity fee, plus the cost of instrument rental. Instruments can be rented or purchased at Kidder Music. All beginning band students need an instrument, an Essential Element 2000 book 1, and a stand available to practice at home. All band students are asked to practice 75 minutes a week on their own.

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Bosco Boys

Bosco Boys is a ministry for junior-high age boys who attend St. Philomena School.

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This ministry for junior high boys meets after school on the following dates during the 2022-23 school year: September 21, October 19, November 16, February 15, March 15, April 26. Boys who are interested should look for information at the beginning of the school year from Miss Bogner and Mr. Dippold.

Boy Scouts

St. Philomena offers Boy Scout programs.

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St. Philomena offers Cub and Boy Scouts. The programs are open to all children in the parish, including home-school families and those who attend a non-Catholic school (but are parishioners).

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Chess Club

Are you looking for a fun, unique, and creative way to help bolster your child's patience, mental acuity and cognitive skills? Then chess might be the right fit for your child! Chess Club is open to students in grades 3-8.

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St. Philomena parent, Lawrence VanRyn, has volunteered to moderate a chess club here at St. Philomena School. Lawrence has been playing competitive chess since childhood and has coached children and volunteered as a tournament director the last five years. If you have specific questions about the club, please contact Lawrence at lnvanry@gmail.com or 520-647-1688. There is no fee to participate in chess club this year.

 

Club Goals: 

  • To inspire our children’s interests in the greatest mental game, chess!
  • Promote problem solving, strategic thinking, and sharpen cognitive abilities through the game of chess.
  • Improve our children’s abilities to learn, focus, and demonstrate patience.

 

Where/When:

We will host chess club at St. Philomena every Friday, 15 minutes after the school day ends. Anticipated start-up is October, exact date to be announced.

 

Potential Competitive Play:

If there is any interest from any child to play competitively, our club will be representing St. Philomena at local (Central IL) and at state tournaments (Illinois State Scholastic Championship and potentially IESA). Competitive play does not require any team or any individual time commitment other than being present to play at tournaments. All students’ first year US Chess Federation membership fees (required for most tournament play) will be covered at no cost to your family or St Philomena, if your child wants to compete. For those potentially interested, I will advise which tournaments are best suited for beginners and up.

To sign up, click here. We ask for registration by September 30, 2022. 

Choir

Choir and Performance Ensemble are open to students 6th-8th grades.  

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Currently we are a choir of 40+ students and always open to more members.  Our new Performance Ensemble is an auditioned group of 14 students who will represent St. Philomena at various school and community events.  We perform for school Masses every week and also at the Christmas Program each December.  In the past, we have also performed at outside school events such as the Catholic Women’s League Luncheon and Downtown Peoria.  We often sing in two parts and sometimes three.  There is no fee to join choir, just bring your singing voice and your best attitude!  If you are interested in joining choir and have questions, or have any questions concerning choir or the performance ensemble at all, feel free to contact Mrs. Mary Rose Smith.

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Finding Your Fiat

Finding Your Fiat is a ministry for junior-high age girls who attend St. Philomena School.

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This ministry for junior high girls meets after school on the following dates during the 2022-23 school year: September 14, October 12, November 9, February 8, March 8, April 19. Girls who are interested should look for information at the beginning of the school year from Miss Bogner.

LEGO League

LEGO League is part of an international organization that promotes science and technology and is open to students in grades 5-8.

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The organization holds regional, state, and international competitions each year, based on a new challenge and theme.

“The 2022-2023 FIRST® LEGO® League Season theme is Super Powered where students build and code an autonomous LEGO Education robot to complete a series of energy related missions. The missions will explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed, stored and used.

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the Super Powered season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FIRST LEGO League’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.” Registration for the 2022-2023 Lego League teams is now closed. For more information, please check out the LEGO League presentation  or visit https://www.firstinspires.org/ or https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.

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Little Flowers & Little Women

We are excited to introduce this new extracurricular club in 2022-23 at St. Philomena for our mothers and their daughters, (kindergarten through fifth grade).

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The Little Flowers group will be offered for kindergarten-third grade and Little Women for fourth-fifth grades. Both groups will gather on first Saturdays at the St. Philomena Parish Center from 8:30-10:00 am. All mothers of the girls are welcome and encouraged to attend each month. During each get-together there will be time for fellowship, fun, creativity and learning about the life of a saint and virtue. We will break out into small groups by age. Mark your calendar for: September 3, October 1, November 5, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Sign up by clicking here, cost is $10/daughter. If you prefer to not pay online, please make payment of exact cash or check (payable to St. Philomena) to the parish office by September 3.

Musical

Each spring our 5th-8th graders have the opportunity to participate in our school musical.

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Past Productions The Little Mermaid (2022); Seussical (2021); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2019); Lion King Jr. (2018); Beauty & The Beast Jr. (2017); Annie Jr. (2016); Shrek: The Musical, Jr. (2015); The Wizard of Oz (2014); The Little Mermaid (2013); Cinderella (2012); Seussical (2011); Beauty & The Beast, Jr. (2010)

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Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl team is open to students in 7th-8th grade who enjoy testing all areas of their academic knowledge.

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It’s fun – fast paced – and educational!  The season starts in January with practices and then meets. We compete against local Catholic and public schools, meets are after school (around 4:00 p.m.) on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Interested students should look for a sign up sheet at school in the Learning Center in December. There is a fee of $15 per student.

Speech Team

The St. Philomena Speech Team (Declamations) runs from January-March each year and prepares fifth- through eighth-grade students for the annual Bishop O'Rourke Speech Contest in March.

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Speech develops leadership qualities, speaking and listening skills, and a strong work ethic in our students while encouraging collaboration. The Speech contest requires memorization of a five to ten minute script which can be performed as a monologue, duet, or small group acting. Sign up for speech team occurs in December, prior to the Christmas break. Fees are also due at that time. Look for information to be sent home. There is a fee for the team to help cover the cost of scripts and entry fees. The team also enjoys an end-of-the-year pizza party to celebrate. Practices begin after Christmas break once-a-week. Students should be prepared for extra practices to be added in as the performance date gets closer. Practice times are TBD by the moderator, but in the past have been before school or during recess.

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Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team is open to 8th graders in our school. Students can apply in the spring of their 7th grade year. Meetings are held on Tuesdays during lunch.

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