St. Ignatius offers activities during the lunch and recess period to extend to give students the opportunity to learn new skills and work together. Most clubs meet during lunch-recess or during both lunch and recess where the students have the opportunity to eat a working lunch with the club moderator.
Band (Grades 4-8/Monday):
Instructor: Mr. Brian Neukum
St. Ignatius offers music lessons during the school day through Northeastern Music Programs. Students have the opportunity to take lessons for instruments such as the saxophone, clarinet, snare drum, xylophone, and trombone. Music lessons take place during the day, but the schedules rotate so that students do not miss the same class every week. Information is available on the Northeastern Music Programs website; you can also enroll and pay online. The website can be found here.
Choir (Grades 3-8/Thursday):
Moderator: Mr. Caucci
Our school choir meets on Mondays during recess, in the art/music room, to rehearse and practice their singing. The choir performs at our First Friday Masses as well as other special events.
Newsletter (Grades 4-8/Monday):
Moderators: Mrs. Glunz & Mr. Merrick
The newsletter club teaches the students skills to be journalists. The students interview, write, edit, and publish a newsletter three times a year. The club meets on Mondays in the 5th grade classroom to receive assignments and support in writing and editing their stories.
Yearbook (Grades 4-8/Friday):
Moderators: Mr. Iannacone & Mr. Merrick
The yearbook club meets in the 5th grade classroom on Fridays during the winter and spring; the students take photos during the year and then assist the yearbook moderators in laying out and proofreading the school yearbook to capture all of the activities of faith, academics, service, and fun that occur at St. Ignatius School. The yearbook is distributed on Field Day (the Tuesday of the last week of school).
After School Activities
During the school year, St. Ignatius teachers and outside organizations sponsor after school activities clubs to enrich our students experience at St. Ignatius and allow them to explore various interests. Information about these activities (dates, times, etc) is sent home as they begin during the school year.
Boy Scouts Troop 230:
Jodi Litus, Scoutmaster – 215-736-8241
A program for boys age 10-18 of all faiths sponsored by the parish following the guidelines of the BSA with a special emphasis on being faithful in their religious duties. A strong outdoor activity schedule, as well as service to the parish and the community characterizes this group.
Cub Scouts Pack 230:
David Iannacone, Cubmaster
Provides opportunities for boys ages 6-10 of all faiths to “reach out” into a wider community while maintaining the link with more secure foundations such as the home, the church and school. Based on individualism, human dignity, loving and serving God and others, the program encourages its youth and leaders to be faithful in their religious duties while being useful and participating citizens.
Girl Scouts Troop 21363:
Moderators: Mary Beth Flatley – 215-321-6516
The Girl Scouts of St. Ignatius School (Troop 21363) meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. We currently have 2nd, 4th and 5th grade scouts. The program encourages opportunities in badge activities, participation in service projects, building of faith and friendships and the chance to build confidence and pride in themselves and their accomplishments.
Venture Crew 230:
A coed program for youth from age 14-20 of all faiths based on providing high adventure opportunities for growth and team building, while being faithful in their religious duties.
Basketball: Steve Nash
Track/Cross Country: Greg Sargent
The St. Ignatius Sports Program is dedicated to the spiritual and physical development of the youth of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Parish in Yardley, PA. Christian Sportsmanship, Christian Teamwork and Sports Fundamentals are the three legged stool upon which the program is built and conducted under the auspices of the Catholic Youth Ministries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cross Country, Basketball, and Track & Field are offered.
HSPT Math Prep Class:
Moderator: Mrs. Casey
An after school review course for the math section of the HSPT (high school entrance test used by many area high schools) is offered to 8th graders in the fall and 7th graders in the spring.
After School Baking:
Moderator: Mr. Merrick
After school baking classes are offered on select Tuesdays from 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM in the cafeteria and kitchen. 4th-8th grade students are instructed in the science, math, and art that goes into making various baked goods. Each class, the student complete one or two recipes.
Moderator: Mrs. Reeth
The LEGO Club meets on selected Wednesday’s. The club provides a hands-on, project based, creative, and team building exploration for children in grades 1 to 4. Each meeting has a theme or challenge for the members to build. The club meets from 3:30 to 4:30 in the 1B classroom. In order to give more students the opportunity to attend LEGO Club it is divided into two sessions, October to January and February to May.
Moderator: Mrs. Ginter & Mrs. Schmidt
Students will create and design their own worlds, working together, with our school subscription to the educational version of Minecraft. At the end of each session (twice a year), the parents will be invited to a presentation where the club members will exhibit their projects.
Music Lessons (Westminster Conservatory of Music):
Westminster Conservatory offer music programs on-site at Saint Ignatius on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students are offered classes in piano, voice, guitar, and other instruments. Evaluations are conducted each spring, and the students have the opportunity to participate in recitals organized by the conservatory. The Westminster Conservatory office is located in the school building, and the telephone number for that office is 215-493-3514; their website can be accessed here.
Director: Mary Alice LaMorte, Samantha Fleming
Spiritual Director: Fr. Brownholtz
Technical Director: Mr. Merrick
The 7th and 8th grade students at St. Ignatius have the opportunity to participate in the production of the annual Passion Play which has been a St. Ignatius School tradition since 1983. Our 5th & 6th grade students have the opportunity to work behind the scenes on the lighting, props, and sound. Students work hard throughout Lent to prepare for the production on the Friday of Palm Sunday weekend. The production is a prayerful yet entertaining family event that draws a sellout audience from the parish community. The students work to sharpen their acting and public speaking skills while enjoying fellowship with their classmates during the production process.
Moderator: Miss Barker & Mrs. Schmidt
Do you like to go on scavenger hunts? Do you like to take walks in the woods? Then you might like to try Geocaching! This is a new hobby that I started doing last summer and I love it. I decided to offer an after school club to teach the children how to do this fun activity. It's a way for families to get outside and have fun together while getting exercise and learning about new places in your neighborhood.
Moderators: Mrs. Casey
Students participate in a contest to develop and model a sustainable city of the future. Students work with an engineering mentor during the process and then present their model at a contest in Philadelphia.
The Reading Olympics program aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading in our students as well as build comprehension and critical literacy skills. A book list is established by the Bucks County Intermediate unit, and students are encouraged to read as many books as they can on the list. Then, the teams meet after school with the faculty moderators to discuss the books and prepare for the competition which is held in the late spring where St. Ignatius competes with other area elementary schools.