Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

November 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, I want to extend a message of gratitude to you for the investment that you make in order for your children to attend our school and receive a Catholic education. On behalf of Monsignor Marine, Father Mike, and our entire SKD Faculty and Staff, I hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Please be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers with deep gratitude.

Here is a Thanksgiving Blessing for you:

  • May an abundance of gratitude burst forth as you reflect upon what you have received.
  • May thanksgiving overflow in your heart, and often be proclaimed in your prayer.
  • May you gather around the table of your heart the ardent faithfulness, kindness, and goodness of each person who is true to you.
  • May the harvest of your good actions bring forth plentiful fruit each day.
  • May you discover a cache of hidden wisdom among the people and events that have brought you distress and sorrow.
  • May your basket of blessings surprise you with its rich diversity of gifts and its opportunities for growth.
  • May all that nourishes and resources your life bring you daily satisfaction and renewed hope.
  • May you slow your hurried pace of life so you can be aware of, and enjoy, what you too easily take for granted.
  • May you always be open, willing, and ready to share your blessings with others.
  • May you never forget the Generous One who loves you lavishly and unconditionally.

    -Joyce Rupp

There will be no newsletter next week. My newsletter will resume on Thursday, 11/29. May God continue to bless you abundantly!

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Veterans Day Celebration

Our celebration has been rescheduled for Monday at 10am. Please join us for our annual Veterans Day Celebration when we will honor those who have served our country and fought for our freedom!

Blue Ribbon Fridays

For the rest of the school year, our students may wear their National Blue Ribbon T-shirts with their school uniforms every Friday. (Except for First Friday Masses)

We are a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! We wear our shirts with school pride! We are proud to be SKD!

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Tuition and Report Card Reminder

As we get deeper into the fall season, we want to remind people of the importance of ensuring that your tuition account is current through November. As you are aware, report cards will soon be distributed during the second week of December. Additionally, over the next few months there are many class trips scheduled. This is a reminder to all families that the school’s policy is to withhold report cards to families who are delinquent in their tuition. All tuition and late fees will need to be current in order for students to participate in class trips.

If you need to contact SMART to make tuition payment arrangements, please call their toll-free number 1-888-868-8828. Our SMART school code is 11670. You can make a tuition payment directly to the school by issuing a check payable to SKD School and delivering it to the school office. Upon receipt your SMART tuition account will be credited.


Re-registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Each youngest and only child has received a letter explaining the process along with the Re-Registration form. Register before Thanksgiving and it is only $50 per family AND your family will be entered in a drawing to win VIP seats for Carol Night and the Passion Play!

SKD Spirit Shop

Start ordering gifts! Our Spirit Shop is officially open!

Visit to start shopping now!
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School Security

The safety of our students is our top priority. Our school handbook states:

No visitor or volunteer may go directly to any area of the school without first signing in at the office. Each person will receive a visitor’s badge and will be directed to the appropriate area when permitted.

For the safety of the children, visitors and volunteers are not permitted to go to a classroom to visit, confer with a teacher without an appointment, or visit any child in class, at lunch, or in the schoolyard.

If parents wish to arrange a conference with a teacher or the principal, they should call the school office or make a request in writing. It would be helpful if the nature of the concern was stated prior to the conference. No meetings are permitted without an appointment.

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.

Healthy Hands, Healthy Heart

Fall is here, and with the cool breeze comes the unfortunate cold and flu! If your child is sick, please keep him or her home. Please remind your child to always remember to wash his or her hands. Studies have proven that hand washing (next to the flu shot) is the BEST way to avoid colds and flu. A healthy diet and sleep also keep your immune system going, so be sure that your child gets plenty of rest!

Student Safety First

IMPORTANT- When arriving to school in the morning, all cars and buses MUST enter the entrance by the Saint Katharine Drexel School Sign and exit through the driveway closest to the church. No car or bus will be permitted to enter through the driveway closest to the church.

Please enter the morning drop-off car line with caution. The morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE only. Students MUST be ready to exit the car once pulling into the car line drop-off in order to eliminate back-up traffic. DO NOT DRIVE OUT OF THE CAR LINE. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE LINE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO EXIT.

If you need to bring your child into the school building, you MUST park your car in the front of the school and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office. No cars are permitted to park or idle in front of the school in the fire lane.

Parent Association

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

"Success is not a resting is a launching pad!"

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Our PreK students enjoy their time playing and exploring.

Our 4th graders loved their spooky reading time under their class tent.

Our 3rd and 7th grade buddies worked together on their community service project- they collected coupons for the troops.

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

11/16: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

11/19: Veterans Day Celebration

11/20: First Grade Class Trip

11/21: 11:45am DIsmissal

11/22: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving

11/23: NO SCHOOL

11/25: Lunch with Santa

11/26: NO SCHOOL

11/27: Jean Day

11/28: Picture Re-Take Day

11/29: Vocation Day Grades 5-8

11/30: Community Homeroom

12/2: Saint Bede Christmas Concert

12/6: Confessions / Christmas Village / End of First Trimester

12/7: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day

12/8: Robotics Competition

12/10: 2nd Trimester Begins

12/12: SKD Carol Night 7pm

12/13: Report Card Distribution

Mission Statement

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