Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

December 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we approach the final week before Christmas, let us use these days to try to heighten our awareness of whatever is going on in our lives, and how that can bring us to Christmas.


“For all of us, the story behind these days can draw us in, and invite us to bring our lives to the mystery of how Jesus came into this world and why. Our best preparation for the Holy Night ahead and the Joyful Morning to follow is for us to reflect upon how he came. He came in the midst of scandal and conflict. He came in poverty. He was rejected before he was born. He was born in a feed trough. He was hunted down. And he grew up in obscurity. He did not shun our world and its poverty and conflict. He embraced it. And he desires to embrace us right where we are, right where we are feeling most distant, right where we are feeling least “ready.” If we let him come into our hearts to be our Savior, we will find ourselves entering the sacred night and morning of Christmas “joyful and triumphant” as never before.”


On behalf of Father Mike, Monsignor Marine, and our entire SKD faculty and staff, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Like Mary, may we always be ready to say “yes” to God’s plan, so that Jesus may be born in us. Let us prepare our hearts to welcome Him, so that like the angels who announced his birth, we too might greet his coming with joy.


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Principal Spotlight

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Principal Newsletter

My weekly newsletter will resume on Thursday, January 3rd. Have a wonderful Christmas break!

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.

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated at the end of January. Mr. Clifton and our faculty are planning for this special and memorable week. Make your plans now to visit school or tell someone who is interested in seeing our school. Our Open House will be held on Sunday, January 27th from 12-2pm. More specific details will be communicated soon. We hope you will consider visiting us during our Open House and tell your family and friends.

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.

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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Rock Explorers

Dr. Rielly joined our 7th grades in the Arts & Sciences Center as part of our partnership with Holy Family University. The students had a blast making igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock using clay. They then explored rocks to finish the lab.

Christian Service Pays Off

We are so proud of our students who worked so hard throughout the month of October to raise $1,300 for Breast Cancer Support for Unite For HER! Our students came up with the idea to donate to this organization because it supported one of our own, Mrs. Kane, throughout her diagnosis last year. They sold pink lemonade, baked goods, and pink ribbon pins, hosted a "pink out" dress down day, and more to raise the money! Last week, during a special assembly, we were able to present a check to the organization!

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O' Holy Night

We are so grateful to all of our students who participated in our annual Carol Night. They really helped us remember the true meaning of Christmas.
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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

12/14: 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

1/4: Mass 9am

1/11: Gala Kick Off Pep Rally / SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup

1/16: PA General Assembly Meeting 7pm

1/17: 8th Grade Pictures

1/21: NO SCHOOL

1/25: SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup

1/27: CSW Begins / Open House 12-2pm

Mission Statement

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