Activities

Choir

Students in Grades 2-8 are invited to join the Childrens Parish Choir. The choir practices on Monday afternoons from 2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the church under the supervision of parish Musical Director Marina Struleva. In addition to attending practice, members are expected to sing at the 9:30 Mass on Sundays from September to June.

CYO

More information on the SFA Wildcats sports programs is available on sfawildcats.com.

Drama Club

Students in Grades 5 through 8 are eligible for Drama Club. Ms. Curro is the moderator.

Cheer leading

Students in Grades 5 through 8 are eligible for the Cheer leading Club. Miss Mastricovo is the moderator.

Band

Our band music education program meets every Friday and is sponsored by Paul Effman Music. Students in grades 3 and up are eligible to participate in the band program. 

Girl Scouts

The Saint Francis of Assisi Girl Scouts is an integral and empowering program for girls in grades K-8. It provides girls with a strong sense of independence, community, leadership skills, team work skills and self-esteem. Meetings take place every other week, mid-October through May. For more information, email sfagirlscouts@aol.com.

SFA Singers After School Club

The SFA Singers group is made up of students from Grades 3 through 8. They meet weekly November through December and perform at all academy Christmas Shows. The moderators are Mrs. Annunziata and Mrs. Nealis.

Student Government

Students from Grades 6-8 compose the 9-member board of the student government. The final selection is made by the principal and middle school teachers. Criteria for nomination is based on leadership, responsibility, and the ability to relate to the faculty, staff, and the student body. The term of office is one year, installation of new officers follows the opening school Mass in September. The council meets monthly, discusses current school issues, and makes suggestions for additional school activities. Mrs. Nancy Annunziata serves as moderator for the student council.

Yearbook Club & Digital Scrapbook Club

Open to 8th Graders.

More Activities at SFA

SFA offers a wide range of activities for our students, affording each child the opportunity to explore interests, engage in creative outlets for specific talents, and become well-rounded individuals.

Within our school, “buddy classes,” one younger and one older, are paired. Teachers schedule time to meet with buddies for holiday activities, as well as for help from older students with curriculum-based tasks.

Scheduled assemblies require each class to prepare a short curriculum-based presentation with students singing songs or acting out themes based on the season or month. The entire school participates in an annual Christmas Show with each classs performance related to the school-wide theme.

Each class plans and prepares a First Friday Mass. Students participate in the reading of Scripture, in preparing the Prayer of the Faithful, and in the Presentation of Gifts. School-wide prayer experiences include: grace before and after meals, recitation of the rosary during the months of October and May, opening and closing school liturgies as well as liturgies before Thanksgiving and Christmas, distribution of ashes, blessing of throats, a May Crowning, prayer for vocations over the public address system, Pre-Communion Masses for the second grade and Reconciliation for grade 3-8 twice a year. Our students also participate in several dress down days with the donated money sent to the missions.

Students are recognized by Student of the Month and Star Student awards. Those who obey classroom rules, show respect for teachers and other students, and demonstrate good effort in subject areas receive Student of the Month awards. Those who excel in a special content area, for example, Music or Art, are recognized by Star Student awards. Their pictures and names are posted on a bulletin board located in the front hall of school and first names are posted on our schools website.

Spirit Day, held in October, is a school-wide activity celebrating the feast of our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. Students engage in various sports activities conducted by our physical education teacher. A parent coordinates all events including procuring assistants, arranging for special lunches, and counting sponsor donations.

Students also participate in Family Science Night. They, along with their families, perform various curriculum-based activities at stations and receive grade-appropriate prizes. All these activities provide excellent social opportunities for our students and families. To celebrate Columbus Day, students participate in Italian Heritage Day for which a local restaurant provides Italian food. Parents prepare and host Mardi Gras at which our students participate in raffles and enjoy games for one period of the school day. Spelling and Math Bees, as well as an Oratorical Contest and a Poetry Presentation, are held in each classroom where all students participate. The winners from each class move on to the school bee or presentation. Parents are invited to attend and certificates of participation are awarded. We have a Walkathon every spring where the students wear t-shirts and process around the neighborhood to show off their school pride and to raise money for specific school needs.

Students have the opportunity to participate in parish-sponsored clubs such as Choir, Girl Scouts, Youth Group, CYO Sports Program. Faculty members moderate a wide variety of after-school clubs.