ONE HEART CLUB
The One Heart Club is a service-oriented club for girls at St. Francis Xavier School. One Heart focuses on serving our school, parish, and local community while also working on projects that benefit groups around the world. The club brings together girls across multiple grades in the spirit of friendship and service to others. One Heart is a project-based club that asks that our girls look beyond themselves and experience the joy in making a difference. Past projects include visits to Feed My Starving Children, cleaning up Wilmette’s lakefront as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, participation in the Crop Walk, collection of non-perishable foods for the New Trier Food Pantry, and the purchase and donation of Christmas gifts to Marillac House.
Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Brownie Troops are active across multiple grades at St. Francis Xavier School. Scouting programs are managed by SFX parent volunteers and provide exposure to camping, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and friendship.
St. Francis Xavier School partners with Band for Today to provide students with basic instruction for a number of musical instruments. Band For Today has worked with Chicago area schools with band and piano programs for over twenty five years. Offerings including band lessons, concerts, solo contests, honors ensembles, jazz ensembles, field trips, and Kinderkeys piano lessons. Practices are organized before the school day begins, and students in grades 4-8 are offered the opportunity to “try out” a number of instruments to find the option that best suits their tastes and talents.
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to run for office at SFX! The school’s student council provides 2 class reps per grade, and additional reps to oversee important functions such as recycling. After being named to their spots following school elections, council members meet once per week to discuss issues, assist teachers, and plan events and fundraisers. The student council is inducted with a special all-school mass and members take seriously their responsibility to represent the interests of their fellow students.
Members of the Book Cafe Club gather together in the school’s library over the lunch hour to discuss select titles. Students in this club gather multiple times per year, and are encouraged to take turns as group leader and facilitator, preparing questions and leading discussion. Book Cafe is open to 5th through 8th grade students.
The Teen Advisory Board empowers Middle School students by giving them a voice in library decisions, programming and purchasing. TAB members help select titles, plan programs and take care of the library collection. These students also receive “new releases” and advanced readers’ copies (books not already in circulation) in exchange for submitting book reviews to the library and their publishers. By valuing student input, we support and promote a love of reading and the library.
GIRLS ON THE RUN
Girls on the Run provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. At the culmination of a program that fuses healthy and empowering messages with a running curriculum, all participants complete a 5K race together. Girls on the Run is open to 3rd through 5th grade SFX students.