Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question.

"When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child." Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team, and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base, and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible. Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.

The first pitch came, and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"

By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases toward home. Shay reached second base. The opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!"

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay, run home!" Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world."

Every day our students are reminded of the Jesus’ Great Commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. We know that this is not always easy. The students learn ways to put this commandment into action. Our mission is that the children’s faith formation will guide their own decision making which is paramount to their own growth as successful and confident Catholic leaders.

Please pray for our teachers and students as we enter the final months of our school year. As we enjoy opening day for baseball season and the beautiful spring weather, may we begin each day with enthusiasm becoming ever more aware of Jesus’ presence in our lives.

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Summer Uniforms

Students may begin wearing their summer uniforms tomorrow, Friday, March 29th. Students are expected to be in complete uniform each day. Please carefully review our policies for uniform requirements, nail polish, haircuts, and jewelry.
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Game Show Time

Recently, some of our students and teachers traveled to Fox 29 Studios to tape an episode of the ClassH-room. The ClassH-Room is a trivia-based game show for school teachers and students. Each episode of "The ClassH-Room" features students and teachers from the same school competing against each other. The show premiered on FOX 29 in October 2018, and new episodes now air weeknights at 6:30 p.m.

Our school's episode is scheduled to air on Fox on Friday, April 5th at 6:30pm. Set your DVR because we know our parents will be kicking back in 80's style at our Gala. This episode will also be repeated at noon on Monday, April 8th.

Tune in to see our school and who finishes in first place in this game: the students or the teachers? Also- the winning team has decided to donate their winnings to Mrs. Kane! Don't miss it!

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Important information and applications for need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are now available.

Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab on the AOP Catholic Schools website to access the online applications for the Maguire Scholars Program, Howley Family Foundation Scholarship and all other opportunities available.

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You are invited!

Parents are welcome to join the discussion and learn more about our remarkable preschool environment. This informative event will include current year project presentations from our experienced and beloved preschool teachers. Families will also be welcome to tour the campus and meet our instructors. Please tell your families and friends to join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 6pm.
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Guest Readers

Our first graders were so excited that Mrs. Guarino and Mrs. Young escaped the front office to surprise their class as guest readers!
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Go Fly A Kite

After working so hard on their standardized testing this week, our fifth and sixth graders decided to go "fly a kite." The students' excitement and laughter were priceless along with their kite flying skills!
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Students will not be permitted to participate on school field trips and other school activities if there is an outstanding tuition balance.

Parent Association

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association's Weekly Update.

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to Michael Mayer, SKD Class of 2015, on his acceptances to Duquesne University, Mount St. Mary's University, Temple University, Loyola University, University of Delaware and the University of Pittsburg. Michael accumulated over $310,000 in merit based scholarships.

He was named a Temple Scholar and awarded the Mount St. Mary's Trustee's Scholarship. Michael is a senior at Archbishop Wood High School, and we thank AWHS for sharing this awesome news! We are so proud of Michael and his accomplishments.#ProudToBeSKD
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Free Money for Our School

Please be sure to participate in the following to help raise "free" money for our school:

  • Box Tops for Education
  • Giant Rewards
  • Smile Amazon
  • NEW this year- Shoparoo

Important Dates to Remember

4/3: Stations of the Cross 2pm

4/4: 8th Grade Retreat Day

4/5: Mass 9am / SKD Gala - Southampton Room

4/10: PreK Information Night 6pm

4/11: 8th Grade Class Picture / Confessions for grades 3-8

4/12: SKD Toddler Playgroup

4/14: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/15: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/17: 11:45am Dismissal

4/18: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

4/19: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/22: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/23: Classes Resume

Mission Statement

The Mission of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School is to form Catholic leaders through academic excellence, personal discipline, and Christian service.