Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

December 14, 2017

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's Newsletter

There will be no newsletter next Thursday, 12/21. My weekly newsletter will resume on Thursday, January 4th. Have a wonderful Christmas break!

School Emergency Closing Information

Please see the School Emergency Closing Information posted on our website under Parent Resources regarding specific information should our school close due to inclement weather.

Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is opening late, closed, or dismissing early.

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated at the end of January. Mr. Clifton and our faculty are planning for this 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 28th 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.

Morning Arrival

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 once stopped at the curb. Children should not wait to exit the car until you reach the church. 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 and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office.

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

Classroom Happenings

Each week, I will highlight some of the wonderful learning experiences happening each day in our classrooms.

Math Presentations

Our students enjoy presenting and sharing with one another. One of our 7th grade Honors Math students demonstrated how to solve a Rubik cube and the algorithm he used.

The True Meaning of Christmas

This past week, our school community celebrated this holy season through the annual celebration of Carol Night. This was a beautiful combination of traditional Christmas songs and narration of the story of the birth of Jesus. Students from all grade levels participated in this special presentation. Our children truly helped us remember the true meaning of Christmas.

First Trimester Report Cards

Monsignor Marine and Ms. Clark distributed report cards to our students on Monday. Our students were commended for their hard work and effort and were reminded to set goals for the second trimester.

Shopping Time

Our students had the opportunity to buy gifts for their family and friends during our annual Christmas Village. Our prayer buddies helped the younger children select gifts and check off their shopping lists.

Important Dates to Remember

12/18: Community Homeroom

12/20: Free Red and Green Jean Day

12/21: 11:45am Dismissal

12/22-1/2: Christmas Break

1/3: Classes Resume

1/5: Mass 9am

1/12: NO SCHOOL- Teacher PD Day

1/15: NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day

1/18: 8th Grade Pictures

1/19: Gala Pep Rally 1:30pm

1/22: Walk for Life

Mission Statement

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