In our primary grades we offer several extra curricular activities for our students. Please see below for these offerings:
Music is an important part of our Lutheran Day School curriculum. All students in grades Preschool through 8th grade receive classroom music instruction and sing in a choir or ensemble. Children make beautiful music, and at Saint Luke, we encourage them to “Make music to the Lord!” (Psalm 96:13)
Saint Luke's "Son"shine Choir is composed of the Kindergarten, First and Second grade students. All students participate in a choir which rehearses during the school day. They sing throughout the school year during the various church services. In December, Kindergarten is part of the Early Childhood Advent Service. First and Second Grade join Third through Eighth Grade in their Advent Service. In March, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students perform songs and share God's word in an all-school Operetta and Grandparents Day Celebration.
3rd - 8th grade students participate in our Christus Choir which rehearses during the school day. Christus choir sings for the various worship services throughout the school year. They also lead a mid-week Advent worship service, participate in a yearly operetta, fine arts festival, and sing for special events such as Lutheran Schools Week celebrations, Grandparents Day, and Graduation.
Jubilate Ringers, our school handbell choir currently plays on three octaves of Schulmerich handbells and four octaves of Malmark handchimes. Rehearsals are held before or after school. The handbell choir rings for either the 8:00 or 10:30 worship services throughout the school year, as well as for a mid-week Advent worship service, and special events such as Lutheran Schools Week celebrations, Grandparents Day, and Graduation. In addition to the extracurricular groups, handchimes are integrated into the classroom music curriculum at the fourth and fifth grade level.
OPERETTA & FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
In addition to participating in the worship life of the congregation, all choirs and handbells perform “on stage” in the spring, as we showcase fine arts at Saint Luke for our Grandparents’ Day celebration. The highlight of the program is the performance of the yearly operetta. All students in 1st -8th grades make up the chorus for the operetta, with upper grade students auditioning for speaking and solo roles. Opportunities abound for exploring the technical side of the production as well. Students are encouraged to participate in set construction, and help with costumes, props, makeup and many other areas.
BAND AND STRING PROGRAM
Walther Lutheran High School provides band instruction for students in 4th - 8th grades for a participation fee. A Walther instructor comes to Saint Luke for weekly individual and small group lessons, plus a full band rehearsal. More advanced students are invited to participate in Walther’s Monday Night Band program, held at Walther. Students play in several concerts a year, and have the opportunity to attend the bi-annual Band Fest at Walther.
Students in 1st - 8th grades may participate in the Walther Grade School String program. Instruction in violin, viola, cello, and string bass are offered during the school day at Saint Luke by a Walther instructor. Opportunities for performances are scheduled twice a year.
Piano lessons are conveniently offered at Saint Luke by Mrs. Beverly Baumann, a member of our congregation. Times are scheduled after school and on Saturday mornings. She also offers a summer piano camp and summer organ camp. Please contact Mrs. Baumann directly about signing up for lessons through the School Office at 630.773.0509.
SUPER SOCCER STARS
Super Star Soccer is an after school program offered to children Preschool through 1st Grade. Classes are non-competitive, using positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, educational environment. This unique age-specific curriculum is designed by a combination of early childhood, behavioral, and soccer specialists to ensure that each child is learning, improving their self-confidence, and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows.
Develop your child’s intellect through the royal game of chess! Current research has shown a strong link between chess and academic performance in a variety of areas, including mathematics and language arts. Also, chess has been proven to enhance children’s motivation, concentration, focus, social skills, and creativity. Open to K - 8th grades.
No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Each class will consist of a fun interactive teaching period and guided practice time. Both new and returning participants are welcome and will get to the next level under the guidance of an experienced Chess Scholars coach. There will also be a chess competition with prizes and towards the end of the session! Special promotion: Each first-time participant will receive a gift chess set to take home.
For more information contact the School Office at 630.773.0509.