Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 5, 2020

Dear Parents,

During this holy Lenten season, we take time to reflect on our Lenten devotions and the mercy of God. We spend the time thanking Christ for His sacrifice and mercy, following the Lenten promises of prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving. Last year, I shared with you some suggestions for making this season of Lent meaningful for your children, and I wanted to share them with you again.

  • Making Family Sacrifices: Take the time to think of a family sacrifice together. It can be small, like giving up television on certain days. A group activity can introduce Lenten devotions to even small children and bring your family closer together.
  • Encouraging Charity: Catholics sometimes forget that almsgiving is a tenet of Lent; why not encourage all your children to give a small amount to a family donation box. Choosing a charity together is another way to help them realize how important it is to give to others at a young age.
  • Finding Role Models: Lent is the perfect time to introduce your children to the saints and their stories. It can be hard to follow through on sacrifices, but inspire your children with the great role models of the saints.
  • Prayer Time: As a busy parent, scheduling prayer can be difficult, but Lent is the perfect way to begin. Learning how to pray with your children is rewarding and can be a habit you keep throughout the year.
  • Read the Bible: Children’s Bibles deliver God’s Word in an interesting way so children can understand it. Don’t let your Children’s Bible be a book that remains unread.
  • Cook Together: Lent has a rich, long tradition and history, and there are several favorite recipes to be made including hot cross buns and pretzels. Fish is traditionally cooked on Fridays in Lent, and has been for centuries. This is an especially fun way to educate and encourage kids in their Lenten devotions.
  • Personalize a Game: Many games can easily have Lenten twists. Whether you play music with your kids, color together, or have a family game night, focus the game on Lent. Jelly bean games and Bingo are popular ways for kids to learn about Lent.
  • Follow Through on Your Lenten sacrifices: The most important way you can encourage your children to have a deep faith and love of Christ is to give them a good example. Follow your own resolutions and acknowledge when you haven’t. If you have an active prayer life, your kids will follow in your footsteps.

By: Kathleen Yacharn

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Let God enable our inner goodness and light to shine through in all we are and do!

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Terra Nova Testing

Terra Nova testing will begin on Friday, March 20th. The Terra Nova Test is an assessment that we use to promote greater learning and academic growth of each student. In order to continue to obtain an accurate picture of our students’ achievement, please be sure that your children not only get a good night’s sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast, but also that they are not late for school or absent during this week. There will be no make-up tests for students who are absent for a reason other than illness.

Health Update

While the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. remains relatively small, that number is likely to grow as additional testing is performed and more individuals seek care.

We continue to take precautions within our school and our classrooms. Classrooms are cleaned daily and all desks are wiped down with disinfectant wipes at the end of every day. We continue to enforce proper hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes. Please take time to disinfectant and/or wash your child's belongings such as backpacks and lunch boxes.

Most importantly, PLEASE keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill. Please remember that your child must be fever free for 24 hours without any medicine before they can return to school. It protects us all and contains the spread of illness in school.

Please see the article below which includes some great tips for how to talk about the coronavirus with kids.

Share the SKD LOVE

Our contest is still underway! Thank you to all who have participated already. There is still time to get involved. We added a NEW TASK to the list below: Write a testimonial for our school and submit it to Mrs. Figueroa.
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Gala RSVPs Due March 13th

Grab your masks because the Mardi Gras Gala is just weeks away! This is a friendly reminder that all RSVPs are due no later than March 13. This year this fun filled event is open to the entire community so be sure to invite your friends and family! The evening will consist of dinner, dancing, cocktails, live entertainment as well auctions! The proceeds of the fundraising efforts will directly benefit the students of Saint Katharine Drexel School. For more detailed information about the event visit the website:

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Sunny Days Summer Camp

We are incredibly excited to be conducting SKD's Sunny Days Summer Camp for the Summer of 2020. Please go to the Sunny Days Summer Camp Website listed below and read and fill out all registration forms.

All registration forms must be completed in full and turned in with the $25 registration fee. All registrations are on a first-come, first serve basis and space is limited, so please get your registration completed as soon as possible.

For any questions, please contact our Camp Director, Ms. Casey at 215-322-5275 or email at

Parent Association News

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association Update

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.

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
  • Shoparoo

Important Dates to Remember

3/6: Mass 9am

3/11: 7th Grade High School Visitation Day

3/13: End of 2nd Trimester

3/14: Saint Bede's Confirmation

3/16: 3rd Trimester Begins

3/20: Terra Nova Testing Begins

3/25: 8th Grade Retreat Day

3/27: SKD Gala

3/31: Spring Uniform Swap Event

4/2: Sacrament of Reconciliation

4/3: Mass 9am

4/5: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/6: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/8: 11:45am Dismissal

4/9: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

4/10: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/13: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

Mission Statement

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