Band is a great extra-curricular activity. It is open to all 4th-8th grade students at Divine Infant. Playing a musical instrument is fun and has been shown to boost students’ grades in Math and Science. Divine Infant has two bands – a Junior Band for 4th and 5th grade students, and Senior Band for 6th – 8th grade junior high students. During the school year, Band students receive a group lesson once a week, and Senior Band students receive 2 full rehearsals per week. Beginning students start learning their instruments during a Summer Program prior to starting 4th grade. Our Band participates in the Vandercook College of Music Honorfest and the National Catholic Band Association Solo Contest and Band Contest. The Band gives two concerts a year and performs for the Christmas Show, and the school Spring Show. Senior Band plays for the 8th grade graduation ceremony.
8th Grade Mural Project
Under the supervision of Mrs. Gleeson, members of the 8th grade class paints a mural to decorate the walls of the school. School murals include:
- a jungle mural on the wall near Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten,
- a mural showing the internet connecting DI students to the world outside the Computer Lab,
- a mural outside the library showing how books can inspire the imagination..
- a mural of spotlights and a video camera outside the DIBS Broadcasting room
- a mural of The Last Supper outside the 2nd grade classroom.
- a mural of The Periodic Table outside the Science Lab.
Chess Club: instruction provided by Chess Scholars, is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 8 and consists of three 8-week sessions throughout the school year.
Stage Stars Program
Stage Stars: instruction provided by Afterschool Enrichment Solutions, is open to students in grades 3 through 6 and consists of three 8-week sessions throughout the school year.
“Let’s Build It!” Stem Engineering
“Let’s Build It!” Stem Engineering: takes a hands-on approach to engineering, allowing students to directly engage with basic engineering concepts through a variety of fun and educational activities. Instruction provided by Afterschool Enrichment Solutions, is open to students in grades 2 through 8 and consists of three 8-week sessions throughout the school year.
Amigos Spanish Club
Spanish Club: instruction provided by Afterschool Enrichment Solutions, is open to students in grades K through 5 and consists of three 8-week sessions throughout the school year.
Guitar Club: instruction provided by Afterschool Enrichment Solutions, is open to students in grades 1 through 8 and consists of three 8-week sessions throughout the school year.
The Robotics Club consists of 7th graders and meets on Tuesdays after school. Lego Mindstorms Kits are used to build and program robots, incorporating various sensors (light,sound, ultrasonic, color, touch) in the design. The program combines the Lego building system with Lego Mindstorms technology.
The Divine Infant Hand Chime Ensemble includes students from 4-8 Grade. No musical background is required, only the student’s enthusiasm. They currently practice every Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:45 in church. They play once a month at weekend mass. They also play on Christmas Eve and on Easter. The Hand Chime ensemble is under the direction of Lisa Barry and Donna Day.
CSC (Caring School Community)
CSC is the Divine Infant version of a student council. CSC meets 3 or 4 times a month, on Tuesdays. We work on service projects, fun activities, and problem solving. We are sponsored by Youth Initiative, part of the Community Memorial Foundation. This is a student-driven organization. Members are 4th through 8th grade. Basic plans are decided by the Leadership Team – 6th through 8th grade volunteers. Class representatives (also volunteers) make up the rest of the group. Projects we have worked on include on ongoing poptop collection for the Ronald McDonald House, adopting a Catholic school in New Orleans and working to set up a school store. Any questions? You may contact Mrs. Doucet or any Leadership Team member.
Peer Mediation is one of the programs sponsored by Youth Initiative. Presently, we have 8 eighth graders who are trained to mediate. The idea behind Peer Mediation is that students facilitate their peers in finding solutions to their problems – they don’t solve the problem for them. Mediation can be requested by a student or a teacher, and can involve 2 or even a group of students. Several mediations have been requested during this school year. All conversation that takes place during mediation is confidential. The Peers are also working on a playground mediation program. Some of the other schools in our cluster are having good results with this.
Altar serving is open to school and Religious Education students in grades 5 through 8. They assist in worship activities of the parish, particularly mass.