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Fall 2016

The most wonderful time of the year!

Arrupe and Saint Ignatius are getting ready to celebrate the holiday season with you


he temperature is changing. The leaves are falling. Halloween is behind us and now we’re gearing up for Christmas, New Year’s and all the fun that the holiday season brings! Arrupe has a few activities and events in store for participants and neighborhood families as we head into December. Our annual Christmas Party, hosted by the Loyola Society Mothers’ Club at Saint Ignatius, will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from 12-2 p.m. This annual tradition is open to all neighborhood kids and families and includes, food, games, crafts, prizes and a chance to talk with Santa! After-school programs at Arrupe will take a vacation starting on December 8 and finishing on January 9. However, that final week (Dec. 5-8) is Christmas Week at Arrupe, meaning our participants will partake in some holidaythemed activities, enjoy Christmas cookies and receive a special package of presents.

Saint Ignatius will also deliver food baskets to families in our neighborhood on December 17th for the 80th Rini Family Christmas Food Drive. Please contact Mr. Pat Valletta at or (216) 961-1260 ext. 2 if your family is interested in receiving a food basket. Arrupe after-school programs will resume again on Monday, January 9, 2017. As we look back on this past year, we’re grateful to have had your participation in

Arrupe programs and camps. It’s been a memorable year, especially for the City of Cleveland, and we’re already looking forward to what is in store for next year. Have a very happy and safe holiday season! See you next year!

2017 CALENDAR January 9: After-school programs resume February 4: Super Refund Tax Day March 26-30: Spring break; no programs April 12: Easter Party (3:30 p.m.) April 17: No programs May 4: Last day of 2016-2017 after-school programs

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Cat Pack

Cat Pack has been using a lot of that afterschool energy for playing a bunch of sports, including rugby! With Mr. Mekker and Mr. Gill running the program and lots of high school students, there has been a lot of good competition in rugby, football, cornhole and more as the good fall weather has made it possible to play a lot of games outside. The Arrupe rugby team has really come together in just the second year of play through the Rookie Rugby league. Saint

Big things have been happening in little moments with the Arrupe Bigs and Littles Program. After pairing up the high-schoolers with the middle schoolers, we began bonding through awesome activities. We cooked up a healthy meal of spaghetti squash and autumn salad, shocking everyone with the tasty, nutritional, low-cost and low-calorie results! We took a bus out to Patterson Farms to hunt for pumpkins among the apples, while spending the following week carving out our giant harvest! Joel, one of our participants, wrote during an identity conversation that he “hoped to build something that helps the world.” New Cleveland resident Torey has really hit his stride following his victory in the Arrupe Amazing Race competition with his big, Adam. Torey and Adam didn’t think they were going to make it to first place, but after sliding through the math challenge, alphabetizing baseball cards and defeating the toss challenge, the two were rewarded with ice cream (Correction: we were all rewarded with ice cream!) We’re looking forward to what winter season will bring!

Bigs & Littles

Arrupe Explorers The Arrupe Explorers are delving into some serious topics this season! By analyzing their “Identitrees”, we were able to pinpoint issues of interest for these 7th and 8th graders; topics include: race, gender, appearance and ability. Before we moved into these areas, we wanted to start the year off with a bike ride to Edgewater Park. We brainstormed ways to earn money for some post-ride ice cream, and Angie took the lead with our lemonade/cookie sale. The AXers paraded the sidewalks with signs and smiles, earning a staggering $81 for the AX Adventure Fund. Though multiple weeks of inclement weather postponed the ride until the Spring, the group was able to


Ignatius rugby players and other students help coach the team. Alma, according to Mr. Gill, is an undiscovered talent who has adapted to the sport quickly. Amani has been a big contributor to the team, and Mia and Angie have made names for themselves as some of the most skilled players. The team plays on Sundays against teams from all around the city, like Rocky River, Brunswick and Parma. Arrupe claimed second-place in the fall league of play—not bad at all!

treat themselves with Mitchells while Mia shared her pizza-making skills with the group. This AX group is looking to expand their minds and open their hearts through service and social discussions this year. Watch out world!

Fall 2016 | Arrupe After-school News

Chamber L E G O Homework Ensemble Robotics C l u b This season is off to the harmonious start for the Arrupe Chamber Ensemble! With 10 new beginners this season, we are spreading the joys of music far and wide. As we prepare for our Christmas concert, students have been working in small groups to master “Ode to Joy” and “Jingle Bells.” Beginner Gustav has made significant strides in only eight short weeks; he has mastered all the beginners’ music, has moved past the intermediate tunes and is now onto advanced Allegros and Minuets. He will be playing a solo at our upcoming concert. In the first weeks of the season, Jayla experienced some challenges with the large size of her violin. Equipped with a smaller instrument and a determined attitude, she is now plucking through the pieces and hoping to bow in time for the concert, which is on November 28th. We will celebrate a successful season by travelling to the Cleveland Institute of Music for a Christmas recital by violin students just like our Arrupe Ensemble!

Arrupe LEGO Robotics is gearing up for the upcoming competition at LEGO League in December. This year’s theme is how humans and animals interact and involve challenges such as moving a shark tank, reorganizing the panda exhibit, moving the research specialist and signaling on-coming traffic for a seeing-eye-dog. Don’t worry, all of this is done through LEGOs and robots on our competition mat. Arrupe and Boys Hope Girls Hope held a mock competition at Saint Ignatius in early November to get both teams prepared for the tournament. Standouts include Gustav and Jeffery who have been working hard. Wish us luck this December!

Fall has been off to a busy start for the kids in Homework Club! So far we’ve toured Mitchell’s Ice Cream and completed a West 25th fill-in sheet, did a healthy cereal branding challenge and drew up non-physical portraits of our identities. We did some reading, worked on an intense monthly budget sheet and had a thrilling time watching the Indians game (although they lost that particular game). Even with all the crazy fun times, we have still managed to get a ton of homework completed with the Saint Ignatius men. Special shout-outs go to Alejandro who brings a fantastic energy to Homework Club and Olivia who is always positive and ready for action.

Arrupe After-school News | Fall 2016


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Congratulations to the Arrupe

H Stars of the Season! H



Sara Idiaquez

Chamber Ensemble, HW Club T/Th


ara has been present at all practices. Having never played violin before, she has a great attitude as she learns how to read music and play. She encourages her peers and helps them in finger-placement and reading music.

Joel Chavez

Chamber Ensemble, Cat Pack Tuesday Bigs & Littles, LEGO Robotics


oel has perfect attendance and is eager to try new things. He goes out of his way to help others with the violin and build a relationship with his Big. He is a role model to younger students and a positive influence on his peers.



Gustav Kotlarsic

Chamber Ensemble, LEGO Robotics ustav has been a key player in Chamber Ensemble and Robotics. He is constantly working hard and motivating his peers to challenge how things are done. He has also had great attendance and participation in programs.


Sofia Rios-Idiaquez

Chamber Ensemble, HW Club T/Th



ofia always looks forward to HW Club and does her best to complete her homework and challenge herself with all related work. Her respect, attitude, effort, manners and presence are always top-notch.


Thanks for a fantastic fall season!

Arrupe After-school Newsletter, Fall 2016