Co-Curricular Program

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Co-Curricular Program 2018-08-15T22:29:43-05:00

On any given weekday, NFA is alive with multiple afterschool co-curricular activities. Our children choose from a full array of co-curricular activities including athletics, academics, the arts, service, and special interest activities. In our classrooms, our three gyms and on the fields, our children have ever-expanding choices for all ages from pre-school through grade 8.


  • Academic competitions:
    • Women Chemists of PA
    • Scripps National Spelling Bee
    • Pennsylvania Statistics Contest (Gr. 7-8)
  • Johns Hopkins Scholar
  • Reading Book Clubs (Gr. 3-6)
  • Reading Olympics (Gr. 4-8)
  • Robotics (Gr. 6-8)
  • Write Brain (Gr. 6-8)
  • Science Explorers Jr. ( 4 & 5 year-olds)
  • Science Explorers (Gr. 1-5)
  • Coding for Girls (Gr. 4-6)
  • Chess Club (Gr. 3-6)
  • Forensics (Gr. 6-8)
  • Debate (Gr. 7-8)
  • Bear Print Newspaper (Gr. 7-8 with contributions from all grades)

Art, Music and Theatre

  • Kitchen Wizards Culinary Arts (Gr. 1-5)
  • Drama Club (Gr. 7-8)
  • Dramakinetics (Gr. 1-3)
  • Dramakonnections (Gr. 4-6)
  • NFA Note-ables (Gr. 4-8)
  • Music Lessons (Instrumental) (Gr. 4-8)
  • Music Lessons (Piano) (Gr. K-8)
  • Music Lessons (Violin) (Gr. 3-8)
  • Young Rembrandts (Gr. 1-6)


  • Student Council
  • Liturgy Leadership
  • Campus Ministry Delegates
  • Treasuring the Earth Commissioners
  • Student Ambassadors


  • Altar Servers
  • Community Service Corps (Gr. 1-8)
  • The Green Team Collaborative Waste Initiative
  • Dining Room Captains
  • Couriers

Special Interest Activities

  • Art Lunch
  • Girls on the Run (Girls Gr. 3-5)
  • Matt Paul Basketball (Gr. 1-4)
  • Matt Paul Flag Football (Gr. 1-4)
  • Matt Paul All Ball (Gr. 1-4)
  • Soccer Shots
  • Student Philanthropy Club

Art, Music, Theater, and Special Interest Offerings (as of Fall 2017)

Join the spirit of fun and generosity through CSC! This service-learning program is designed to broaden students’ awareness of others and their needs. Students learn how working together in cooperative activities will make a difference in the lives of others. The students are encouraged to use the gifts and talents they have been given in the spirit of service. CSC members develop their communication skills and develop their capacity to show compassion. The students are involved in a number of diverse activities throughout the year.  CSC is open to all students in Grades 1 through 8.

The Drama Program (Grades 7 and 8 ) helps prepare students for participation in theatrical productions at the high school level through self expression and teamwork resulting in the presentation of a junior version Broadway show in the spring.  Students involved will learn many production aspects of theatre including auditions, stage directions, stage presence, cooperation, and technical theatre.  Students who have an interest in the stage, whether as an actor or working backstage are encouraged to participate.

Dramakinetics (Grades 1, 2, and 3) is designed to develop within the child four categories of skills: development of a well-coordinated body, ability to exercise creative imagination, fluency in oral communications, and the ability to cooperate with a group.

Dramakonnections (Grades 4, 5 and 6) is designed to be the bridge between Dramakinetics and Drama with emphasis on group cooperation, oral communication, and stage and costume design.

Girls on the Run is a national not-for-profit after school program for girls from 3rd to 5th grade which combines training for a 5K with an interactive curriculum to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles.  Over a 12-week season, GOTR trained volunteer coaches deliver a curriculum that teaches life skills through group processing, running games, and workouts. The GOTR curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development -their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. At each season’s conclusion, the girls compete a 5K running event as a group within the community. Each girl is paired with a Running Buddy, an adult mentor either selected by the girl or a volunteer within the community, who runs the 5K alongside them and provides support throughout the season.

Kitchen Wizards Culinary Programs help children of all ages (offered to Grades 1-5) to discover the magic of cooking one bite at a time.

MATT PAUL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, & All Ball
The Matt Paul programs are designed to be fun! They create a high energy, exciting atmosphere where children celebrate each other’s accomplishments. By setting and achieving personal goals, players build self-confidence and learn the benefit of challenging themselves. Matt Paul Basketball (year round) is open to students in grades 1- 4. Matt Paul Flag Football (fall) is open to students in grades 1-4. Matt Paul All Ball (winter/spring) is open to students in grades 1-4.NFA

The NFA Bear Print is a student newspaper and has several purposes. It builds on NFA’s Signature Curriculum by providing students an opportunity to showcase their ELA skills while expressing their views on a wide range of topics. It also adds to the Signature Curriculum by developing a wide assortment of skills required to run a newspaper. Participation in the Bear Print can prepare students for life after NFA in both their academic and professional pursuits. All students are eligible to participate, though only 7th and 8th grade students meet formally. The Bear Print is available in printed and electronic format throughout  the year.

The NFA Note-ables was established for those students in grades 4-8 who love to sing.  The group performs for school-wide and community events. Note-able members help to choose the music and are taught to sing various parts and harmonies.  The Note-ables meets once per week at a lunch recess so that members can also participate in sports and other co-curricuar activities.

The Forensics Club provides the opportunity for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 to work in the area of communications skills. Speech writing, speech presentation, oral interpretation and extemporaneous speaking are offered to students who wish to improve in the art of public speaking and who may be interested in competing in these areas. We look forward to growth and fun as we practice together and enter competition at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Holy Ghost Preparatory School, LaSalle College High School, and Waldron Mercy Academy. Quality communication is our goal!

The Debate Club is open to 7th and 8th grade students. The members learn to research and give constructive and rebuttal speeches according to the rules of debate. For each debate, the members divide themselves into three groups. One group takes the constructive and another, the rebuttal of the issue, while the third group serves as judges.

Science Explorers and Science Explorers, Jr. meet to enjoy, explore, and learn through hands-on experimentation.  There are themes that range from the Mysteries of Earth to Anatomy.  Students may register for the five weeks of a particular theme or for the year.  The fun-filled experiments will amaze you!

Soccer Shots is an “introduction to soccer” program offered for 3 year-olds through grade 4. The primary objective of each session is to creatively introduce children to the sport of soccer. Character development, physical skills, and fun are guaranteed in this exciting program.

Everyday we all need to write – writings that have nothing to do with coursework: a thank you note, a cover letter, an e-mail, and entrance exam essay – and there is a skill in that!  Join a former NYC publishing executive in learning the right way to write essential, everyday writing with confidence.  As a bonus, interested students will prepare writings for national writing contests at course’s conclusion.   Write Brain is open to students in grades 6-8 and will be offered in the fall.

The Student Philanthropy Club is one to 7th and 8th grade students. The members desire to promote the welfare of others, lead peers in student stewardship and serve as philanthropists in various ways with staff and students of NFA.

The Young Rembrandts program provides a qualified, trained instructor for on-site drawing and cartooning classes. Fall, late winter, and spring sessions will be offered for Grades 1-8. Child-friendly and relevant subject matter sparks children’s interest, creativity, and imagination.