Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

December 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that our First Trimester ends tomorrow. Report Cards will be distributed on Monday, December 17th. This should be a time for you to commend your child for his/her hard work, effort, and strengths. This is also a great opportunity to reflect with your child on the areas that need improvement and develop a plan for this during the second trimester.

During the month of December, our school’s theme is the virtue of patience. We have all heard of the common saying that “patience is a virtue” while it tends to be one of the most challenging virtues. We challenge our students to practice this important virtue each day and especially during this holy season of Advent.

“Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the “Bethlehems” of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, and be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.”

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

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.

Save the Date- Parent Meeting

Our Parent Association is excited to host our General Assembly Meeting on Wednesday, January 16th. We welcome, Mrs. Barbara Tomlinson, who has been a puppeteer for 28 years and is certified in Kid Coaching, Life Coaching, and Happiness Coaching. Mrs. Tomlinson will present 11 Steps to raise a confident, compassionate, anxiety free child in today's high-paced, technological world. Parenting doesn't come with a manual, and these tips will give you valuable information on teaching your child life skills that will help him/her become a more confident and compassionate child.

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!

Parent Association

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

2nd Grade Prepares for Advent

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Black Belt Achievement

We are so proud of our students- Liam, Luke, and Katelyn- who earned their junior black belt in karate. This is a huge accomplishment as they have been preparing for three years. Along with physical and strength testing, the students also had to perform community service. They asked their classmates to write letters to our first responders and sent over 100 letters to the hurricane first responders.

Congratulations to Liam, Luke, and Katelyn for all of your hard work and determination. We are proud of you and we are #ProudtobeSKD
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Season of Giving

Our 5th grade students wrapped books for St. Bede the Venerable 's Annual Advent Gift Giving Mass. They presented these books for the fifth grades in the St. Patrick Parish in Norristown.

Beautiful Voices

Congratulations to our two seventh grade students- Lily and Chayse- who were selected to be a part of the Archdiocesan Elementary Music Festival Honors Chorus! They will perform at the music festival at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School on March 21, 2019.
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Missing- Blue the Bear

Pre-K 4 used their detective skills today to go on a hunt for the missing bear!

Lending a Helping Hand

Among many things, Advent presents the season of giving and helping others less fortunate than us. Our school community has embraced St. John the Evangelist School in Panama City, FL during this Advent season to help them rebuild their school that was greatly devastated during Hurricane Michael. Please see the flyer below and do what you can to extend a helping hand to a fellow Catholic School.
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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

12/7: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day

12/8: Robotics Competition

12/10: 2nd Trimester Begins

12/12: SKD Carol Night 7pm

12/14: 7th and 8th Grades Class Trip

121/17: Report Card Distribution

12/19: Red and Green Day / Classroom Parties / Christmas Choir and Band Concert 7pm

12/20: Community Homeroom / 11:45am Dismissal

12/21-1/2: Christmas Break, NO SCHOOL

1/3: 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.