Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

August 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

A high level of excitement occurs with the opening day of school. Teachers anxiously await meeting their new class while returning students embrace the day with joy to see their friends again. New students anticipate meeting the teacher and other students while learning their way through a new school. Together, we form a circle of welcoming love. Sent to bring unity, let us build our community as we invite others into our lives.


Here are some suggestions to help ensure a successful school year for your child.


  • Provide a study environment conducive to learning at home. Establish a regular homework time and have a quiet place for the child to study;
  • Talk every day about the progress he/she is making in each class. When your child knows that you think school is important, he or she will take it more seriously;
  • Discuss with your child how learning in school helps in everyday life;
  • Be a good example yourself that learning is a lifelong process;
  • Reinforce learning at home, in the community, and on vacations;
  • Notice when your child completes homework and provide encouragement;
  • Help your child stay calm and confident on test days;
  • Teach your child to set goals;
  • Read together at least once a week;
  • Be realistic in your expectations;
  • Encourage your child to talk to teachers if he/she does not understand an assignment;
  • Make every effort to be actively involved in the child’s education and school;
  • Recognize the teacher as an important partner in your child’s education and future; and,
  • Remember that each parent and teacher share the same goal -- to help children love learning and to be successful.


Provided by: NC Division of Non-Public Education


It’s time to turn our summer rest into energy that will magically turn into the important work of Catholic education. We look forward to welcoming our children to school with all their enthusiasm anticipating a new school year! Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Lunch Monitors- Help Needed

Lunch monitors are needed on a permanent basis. Each monitor will be assigned to supervise the students at lunch and recess. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten duty is from 11:20am to 12:30pm and our Grades 1-8 duty is from 11:45AM to 1:00PM each full school day. If you are able to give your time, please email Mrs. Guarino or call the school. Lunch monitors must be in compliance with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements and have all background checks, and the documentations must be on file. Please check the school website for a list of these requirements.

Student Safety First

IMPORTANT- When arriving to school in the morning, all cars and buses MUST enter the entrance by the Saint Katharine Drexel School Sign and exit through the driveway closest to the church. No car or bus will be permitted to enter through the driveway closest to the church.


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. 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 in the front of the school and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office. No cars are permitted to park or idle in front of the school in the fire lane.

Raptor Visitor Management System

The Raptor System, which is used in many school districts including Council Rock, is a visitor management system. This system will better allow us to track visitors, volunteers, student late arrivals and early dismissals, and provide us with a more monitored environment for our students and staff. Please see the attached letter in your email regarding NEW procedures when visiting our school.


Attendance

School Hours are from 8:15am to 2:45PM and 8:30am to 2:30pm for our Pre-Kindergarten. Please call the school office and leave your child’s name and room number on the attendance line if your child is going to be absent for the day. If the absence is not reported to the office by 9am, a phone call will be made to confirm an absence.

Late Arrivals

After 8:15am, your child is considered late. Parent and child must report to the school office and sign a late arrival form. Children will not be admitted into school late without a parent present, so please do not just drop your child off at the front school door.


Please make every effort to get your child to school on time. This teaches our students respect and courtesy along with an understanding of the importance of being on time. When a child is late, it disrupts the morning routines of the classroom and often the child becomes overwhelmed.

Early Dismissal

If your child must leave school before the end of the school day, an early dismissal form must be completed and sent to the homeroom teacher in the morning. Parents are to come to the school office to pick up their child for dismissal.

Breakfast is Served!

We are excited to now have a breakfast option for our students when they arrive to school. Breakfast will be available once our doors open for the students at 7:40am and will be available to purchase until 8:05am. Our menu is now posted on our school website.

Lunch Menu

This can be located in the Parent Resource section of the website. Monthly lunch orders and any correspondence from Mrs. Berk, our cafeteria coordinator, can also be found in this section. If your child should forget his/her lunch, you can place his/her lunch in the Late Lunch Bin in the school vestibule. This bin will be taken to the cafeteria at lunch. Please instruct your child to check this bin if he/she should forget his/her lunch.

Ice Cream Social

Our Parent Association will hold their annual “Welcome Back Ice Cream Social” on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30-8pm on the school field. Please join us for a cold treat and reconnect with old and new friends! Flyer will be sent home soon.

Important Papers

Even though we are paperless, some documents are required to be sent home. Your child will be coming home with some important information during the first week of school. These documents must be completed and returned to school with your child. This will include: Student Emergency Information Form, Medical Forms, Handbook Agreement, and Milk and Pretzel orders. Please be sure to check your child’s folder for this information.

Health and Wellness Policy Reminder

In accordance with the Archdiocese Wellness Policy, the Council Rock School District, and our school health committee, no food/candy treats will be allowed at school for birthday celebrations.

SKD Annual Golf Outing

SKD School’s Annual Golf Outing at Northampton Valley Country Club, Richboro, PA will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. We hope you will join us for this enjoyable day! Specific information iwill be sent home soon!

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

9/5: Opening Day for Grades 1-8;

Pre-K and Kindergarten BTSN 7pm

9/6: Pre-K and Kindergarten Orientation

9/7: Opening Mass 9am; Pre-K and Kindergarten Orientation

9/10: Opening Day for Pre-K and Kindergarten

9/12: Back to School Night Grades 1-4 at 7pm

9/13: Back to School Night Grades 5-8 at 7pm

9/20: Ice Cream Social 6:30-8pm

Mission Statement

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