Extracurricular activities make a school come alive. St. Francis de Sales offers a variety of opportunities that allow students to become involved in areas of interest, and display their talents and skills outside the academic arena.
The Battle of the Books is a reading competition that motivates students to read a wide variety of books at varied levels of difficulty. BOB is an excellent technique to encourage quality reading. Enthusiasm, motivation, responsibility, group and individual achievement are all positive benefits of being part of this team. Battle of the Books team competes against other schools in the area on comprehension and understanding of the assigned books. Battle of the Books team is open to students in 6th through 8th grade.
Choir of Angels is the student choir that performs during our school Masses. Students rehearse the day of Mass before school and then perform songs and lead the rest of the school in song during Mass. Middle School students are given the opportunity to accompany the singing on different musical instruments. Choir of Angels is open to students in 2nd through 8th grade.
The Green Team is an organization of students that meets throughout the year to determine ways in which the members can positively impact the environment in the community of Lake Geneva and surrounding areas. Members might pick up litter, help maintain trails and parks, and our own school garden, and raise funds to donate money to environmental organizations. Students also work to reduce the carbon footprint of St. Francis de Sales School. Green Team is open to students in 5th through 8th grade.
Fiat is the Latin word for Mary’s “yes” to God to be the mother of Jesus. FIAT also provides a great acronym for our Faith in Action Team! It reminds us that we say “yes” to God by being involved in our faith. We will be learning about our faith, leading school prayer services, and having quarterly service projects that will help us to live out our faith, even as young people. At each meeting, students learn about a Catholic saint. Service projects include: one for the community—usually the food pantry, one for the Archdiocese—during Catholic Schools Week, and one for the parish—sponsoring the Soup & Stations during Lent. Mary’s FIAT is open to students in 5th through 8th grade.
Lights! Camera! Action! Each year students perform a musical. Students audition for, rehearse, wear customers, and learn what a stage production is all about and how to put on a great show. All students who audition will get a role in the production. At the end of rehearsal, students perform the musical 4 times for family and friends. The musical program is open to all students 1st through
The Ski Program is a partnership with The Grand Geneva Resort. On Wednesdays in the winter, students are able to go skiing or snowboarding at The Grand Geneva Resort and receive lessons with other SFdS based on their abilities. This is a great way to learn how to ski or snowboard and groups range from beginner to advanced. There is a fee associated with this program. The SFdS Ski Program is open to students ages 7 and up.
Student Voice is an organization that allows students to help make decisions that affect students and give students the opportunity to discuss possible changes to the school. Student Voice meets during lunch where students can voice their opinions, plan school-wide events and programs, discuss different ways to improve the school from the student perspective. Each classroom is assigned a Student Voice representative to be their “voice” in the meetings. Student Voice is open to students 5th through 8th grade.
Students in the Swing Choir learn how to put on show! The team is coached and taught to perform music, sing, and dance. Students rehearse after school once a week and have two concerts during the school year. There is a winter concert in the winter and a spring concert towards the end of the year. Swing Choir is open to all students in grades 1st through 8th.