Extracurricular Activities

The students have a wide variety of extracurricular activities available to them. Please contact the school office for additional information.

Altar Server

The altar servers are open to students in grades 5 to 8.  They assist the priest at Sunday masses.  Serving also serves as a good form of stewardship for students to give of their time to God and to others. 

Band

Music lessons are available from Palmer Music Education after school on Wednesdays throughout the school year.  All classes are taught by certified and experienced educators with lessons that teach to Missouri state standards.  The lessons are available for children interested in playing any brass, woodwind, percussion, or string instrument for a fee.

Bellarmine Speech

The speech league provides a fun, yet challenging opportunity for parochial grade school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Participating students in grades 5 to 8 develop and improve their public speaking skills by memorizing and performing material in Humorous, Serious, and Duet categories. Students compete in Speech Meets with teams from other schools during the school year. Ribbons are awarded to participants based upon the total score received from two judges.

Book Clubs

The purposes of the clubs are for those children who enjoy reading to read new books and discuss those books with others.  The groups meet monthly, share a snack, have book discussions, and conduct student-lead book talks to interest others in new books.  The program is divided into two groups by reading levels and interest levels.

Junior Readers for Life - Grades 3 and 4

Readers for Life - grades 5 to 8

Boy Scouts

The stated mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to provide a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.  For over a century, the BSA has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.    The program is divided into individual groups by grade.

Cub Scouts – Grades 1 to 5

Boy Scouts – Grades 5 and up

Chess Club

This club is for students in grades 3 to 8 who are interested in playing chess or learning how to play. There are two 8-week sessions beginning in late January and going into May. They usually meet on Tuesdays after school for one hour. 

They learn chess basics, including starting strategies and endgames. They play practice games and have a tournament. The tournament is held during in the 2nd session. They try to learn how to use chess clocks, learn chess notation and play fairly.  No experience is necessary. No need to bring a board. They share a snack and have fun.

Cross City Kids

Cross City Kids is a grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes fitness for grade school age children through running. They believe running is a fun lifetime tool that should be learned, shared, and developed.  Cross City Kids is open to all grades and both genders. They have 9-week sessions in the fall and spring that conclude with their own 5k and Fun Run for the kids. St. Roch had over 30 boys and girls from nearly every grade at St. Roch participate this past school year.

Girl Scouts

The stated mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  They discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.  Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.  The program is divided into individual groups by grade.

Daisy – Grade K

Brownies – Grades 1 to 3

Juniors – Grades 4 to 6

Cadets – Grades 7 to 8

Makerspace

Makerspace is a hands-on, do-it-yourself club where our students gather to create, invent, learn, and build. We generally have a variety of software, electronics, crafts, hardware supplies, tools, and more available for student use.  Many projects and tools will be technology-based but not every activity will have a technology component.  Example projects have included a cardboard challenge, Lego wind-powered building challenges, paper electrical circuit, light up crafts, and brush-bots robot creation. The club is open to students in 3rd grade and up.

Math Club

This club is for Grades 6 to 8 who are mathematically talented, inquisitive or who just like to have fun thinking. They meet on most Wednesdays after school for one hour from October through May. During their time together they solve challenging problems, learn new games, play old favorites, investigate new topics, and enjoy mathematics. They also share a snack.

Robotics Club

The "St. Rochin' Robots" participate in St. Louis University High School Clavius robotics program.  The club is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  The Lego Robotics program is introduced to all students in those grades as part of the regular technology curriculum.  Those students who are interested in learning more about robotics and programming are able to join this after school club to work on additional challenges.  We attend the annual Clavius project robotics jamboree each January at St. Louis University High School.  The club runs from September to January each year.

Select Chimers

This is a before-school activity for students in Grade 8 only.  Students meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. from September 1 until we break for Christmas.  Students work together to prepare a 30 minute program of religious and seasonal selections.  Then, during the month of December, they perform at various venues throughout the city.  This activity is part of St. Roch School's community outreach and service hours are earned for the public performances.

Yearbook

This is an after school activity for students in grades 5 through 8.  Students meet Mondays after school from September 1 through March 10 to create a full-color yearbook, using an on-line software program.  Students also learn how to take quality digital photographs for use in the yearbook.

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