Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

April 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Easter! It is my hope that you had a restful break and blessed Easter with your family and friends. During the month of April, our students focus on the virtue of hope. Each day, we remind our students about this important theological virtue which allows us to desire the Kingdom of Heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises.

As you know, we provide opportunities for our children to put their faith into action each day which gives them hope in God's plan for each of them. Our students learn various forms of prayer, and we begin and end our day with our community prayer together. During this time, we remind our students of the importance of inviting God into their lives. There are times in which we find ourselves faced with difficulties and struggles, and it is these situations that we are reminded of the gift of hope and that we are not meant to go through the troubled times alone. If we trust in Him, He will certainly supply us with the graces we need to get through the rough times. We might not always get what we want, but we can count on receiving what we need.

During this Easter season, may you experience a renewal of faith all because of our Savior! “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that all who believe in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Important Meeting for Students and Parents in Grades 5-8

Please see the attached letter about the important meeting for all students and parents in grades 5-8. ALL students are expected to attend with at least ONE parent/guardian. 100% participation is expected.

2018-2019 School Year

The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 5th for Grades 1-8. Please see the tentative calendar posted on our school website.

Third Trimester

Our third and final trimester has begun! Even though we are starting the last stretch of the school year, please continue to help us enforce the importance of good behavior and a solid work ethic with the children. Thank you, in advance, for supporting all that the teachers are doing during the school day to keep our students challenged by checking at home to see that homework and projects are completed.

SKD School Family Directory

We look forward to offering a Family Directory for the 2018-2019 School Year. The purpose of this directory is to provide parents an opportunity to communicate about rides, activities, play dates, and etc.

We feel it is important that there be open communication so that each parent can know what other parents/guardians believe and support. It is also important to know that others value the same things and are wiling to work together for a common purpose.

You will have the option to participate or simply opt out. Information will be coming home soon.

NOTE: This directory is ONLY intended for the private use of SKD and its families and its content may NOT be used for any other purpose, including mass mailings or advertisements of any kind.

Class Trips

As we progress deeper into the school year, we want to remind families to please ensure that their tuition account is current. Per school policy, tuition must be up to date in order for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Toddler Play Group

SAVE THE DATE and join us for SKD's first-ever playgroup on Friday, April 13th in the school cafeteria (10-12pm) and on Friday, April 27th at Assumption BVM Room 15 (10-12). Specific information will be posted soon. Please contact Daniel Clifton with any questions.

Hopelessly Devoted to SKD

Our students will have an opportunity to purchase root beer floats for $2 on Thursday, April 12th to celebrate the Gala. Thank you to our Leadership Team and NJHS for hosting this event!

Learning during Playtime

Our Pre-K 3 students learned about the letter Y. During playtime, students took their puzzle pieces and made a letter Y.
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Next Question

Our 8th grade held Presidential Press Conferences to learn about what the Presidency was like in the late 1800's.
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Welcome to the Church

Our first graders finished their lesson on the sacrament of Baptism by having a mock Baptism with Monsignor Marine.
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Prayer Centers

Each classroom has its own special prayer center. Our Pre-K 4 students spent time at their prayer center as they learned about the miracle of Easter.
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WANTED: Used Legos

As we constantly update and improve our Media Center, Mr. McWilliams is in need of LEGOS---lots and lots of LEGOS! If you have legos at home that are not being used and you are willing to donate them to our school, please send them in for our Epic Lego Wall. We are so excited to build this for our students in order to continue to spark their curiosity and creativity. Please help! Check out the link below for more information about this new addition to our state-of-the-art Media Center.

Financial Aid

Applications for students who will be enrolled in K-12 during the 2018-2019 school year will be available for parents. Applications for Archdiocesan schools, parish schools, and diocesan high schools can be accessed at or by going directly to

Please know that no parent who sincerely desires a Catholic education for their child at Saint Katharine Drexel School will be denied registration because of true financial hardships. Each parish will address this concern on a case by case basis for their parishioners. Any additional financial aid scholarship, in addition to the parishes’ subsidy, will be predetermined, and awarded by the parish, prior to the start of the academic year. Families who believe they are eligible and in need of this aid are asked to contact their local parish office and request a financial aid packet which will include the request for all pertinent financial information.

Parent Association Weekly Update

Click the link below to see our PA's latest news and updates.

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

4/6: Mass 9am

4/11: Important Parent and Student Meeting

4/13: Pi Day / SKD Playgroup / SKD Gala

4/15: ABVM Confirmation

4/19: 8th Grade Retreat Day

4/20: Kindergarten Grandparents Day / Jean Day

4/21: Saint Bede's First Communion

4/24: 4th Grade Class Trip

4/26: 8th Grade Class Trip

4/27: Full School Day

4/30: Community Homeroom / Failure Warnings

Mission Statement

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