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Cub Scouts

​St. Joseph's Cub Scout Pack 17 Information

WHAT IS CUB SCOUTING?


1. Program for boys in grades 1through 5

2. Builds Character

3. Teaches Citizenship

4. Strengthens Families

5. Tons of FUN!

WHAT PARENTS WANT

1. Bring the family together

2. Help the boys develop

3. Connect with others

4. Learn to get along

5. Build self-confidence

6. Be happy!

WHAT BOYS WANT

1. FUN!

2. Make new friends

3. Master new skills

4. Recognition and praise

5. FUN!

SCOUTING ACTIVITIES

1. Family Camping

2. Day Camp

3. Overnight Summer Camp

4. Hiking, Fishing, Indian Lore, and Crafts

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Den Meetings – Small groups organized by grade

2. Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guides

3. Pack Meetings & Activities – Family Events combining all dens

4. Boy's Life – Scouting magazine just for kids

5. District & Council Events – Community-wide activities

WHO TO CONTACT?

David Dietrich 515-265-9110 or email at dadietr@msn.com

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Student Council

Student Council is a student organization with the following purposes:

To make decisions for the school

Strive to be good citizens

To represent our school

Help out all individuals in the school and the community

Involve all students in sharing ideas to make our school the best it can be

To give members practice in democracy in action

Help all students work together in our school

To be leaders of the school

Try to help organize school programs

The Student Council usually meets twice a month to work on school improvement and service projects. Events that the Student Council assists with every year include Grandparents Day, The Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Candy Grams, The Talent Show, May Day, and the Dunk Tank. The Student Council discusses ways to make improvements to our school, and displays leadership qualities in their academic and behavior efforts.


The officers for the 2016-2017 school year are:

President – Shaylin Gonzalez

Vice President – Andrew Robey

Secretary – Yalitza Lovan

Treasurer – Matthew Dietrich

6th Grade Reps - Emily and Josh Ponxs
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Girl Scouts

​Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities to address the important issues in their lives. Girl Scouts do almost anything girls like to do! Girl Scout activities are open to all girls who are members of Girl Scouting, are based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, follow health and safety standards, and are done with the support of caring, trained adults.

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Band

Beginning Band

Every student meets with Mrs. Gervais for one half hour per week for an individual or small group lesson to work on instrumental techniques and one full-band rehearsal per week as the schedule allows. Students learn how to count rhythms, read notes, tune their instruments, and play as an ensemble. Students in this ensemble begin playing out of method books and then branch onto full-size sheet music. This group has openings to fill. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Advanced Band

This band is made of students who have played at least one year or beginners who have advanced their techniques quickly. Students meet with Mrs. Gervais for one half hour per week for an individual or small group lesson and two full-band rehearsals per week as the schedule allows. This ensemble learns to play pieces in 6/8 time, jazz, and more advanced classical literature. This group has openings to fill. If you have already played an instrument for at least 1 year and you are interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Piano Studio

This year, we purchased two digital grand pianos to be used for teaching "piano pairs" of students. We may be acquiring two more pianos next year to accommodate group piano classes. Students have, so far, enjoyed using the new technology as they have gotten to jazz up their lessons by putting fun drum beats with their songs or by playing their music using different instrumental sounds that are pre-programmed onto the instruments. Beginning students use the "Alfred Premier Piano Course" method. Intermediate students branch off into other classical or jazz piano literature. Students receive one half-hour lesson each week as the schedule permits, during which they learn to read notes and rhythms, they receive historical information about the music they are learning, and they improve their performance techniques.

Fees

Band - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

Bells - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Piano - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

2 Activities - $50.00 per month ($225.00 per semester, $450 for whole year)

All 3 Activities - $70.00 per month ($315.00 per semester, $630.00 for whole year)

1 additional sibling – 25% discount * 2 additional siblings – 50% * 3 additional siblings – 75% discount

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Angel for a Day

​We are a group of girls from Dowling Catholic High School who come to St. Joseph's school once a month to mentor and walk work with all 3rd and 4th grade girls. Our mission is to present once of the Catholic Virtues each month, through Bible stories, activities, movies, game and crafts. We will also be doing service activity in the Spring.

For information please contact our school office.

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Art Club

​Middle School Art Club is offered every Monday from 3:15-4:00. Students are given the opportunity to create with many different art mediums and produce wonderful works of art. The sessions are project-based and challenging. We have been having a terrific time in Art Club creating art and fun conversation. The students really enjoy it!

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Chess Club

The St. Joseph Chess Club meets after school on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15.

The coach is Jose Gatica who can be reached at
jose.gatica@gmail.com or at 913-375-8296.

There are two semesters each year, Fall (September - December) and Spring (January - May),
registration for each being $75. Up to 20 students are accepted, and late entries (with a prorated registration fee) are accepted as long as there is still space in the club. The club features instruction in tactical tricks, strategies, endgames and openings, with plenty of time for several games each session. Jose also runs chess tournaments at the St. Joseph School, the next one being on May 5th. Jose has been teaching chess for the last 7 years and is currently the Chess Champion of Iowa.

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Bells & Chimes

Rainbow Ringers

​This is the youngest musical ensemble made of kindergarten-2nd graders. Students in this group play colored one-octave melody bells with selected students playing hand chimes. It is quite remarkable to see members of this group mature. A kindergartener will start out not knowing how to follow the music so he/she watches the director to point at him/her. Left and right hands are also an issue. After growing two years, in 2nd grade, the student will be able to follow the music well and be a terrific leader for the younger members of the group. The music this group performs is easy one-page arrangements of folk songs or hymns. This group has two openings. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Heavenly Chimes

This ensemble is 3rd-8th grades. Each student is assigned two chimes to play independently from anyone else in the group. The music this group performs is arrangements of well-known church anthems. Students learn how to read music well and they learn certain ringing techniques to enhance the sound of the ensemble. This group has only one opening. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Band - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Bells - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Piano - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

2 Activities - $50.00 per month ($225.00 per semester, $450 for whole year)

All 3 Activities - $70.00 per month ($315.00 per semester, $630.00 for whole year)

1 additional sibling – 25% discount * 2 additional siblings – 50% * 3 additional siblings – 75% discount

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District Contact

Phone: 515-266-3433
Fax: 515-266-2860
Address:
2107 E. 33rd St
Des Moines IA 50317