Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

June 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

As I write my last newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year, it is hard to believe how quickly the school year has passed. I would like to thank you for your faith, trust, and commitment to the mission of Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School. It is your belief in Catholic education that helps us to sustain our school. We respect the sacrifices each family makes to send their child to SKD School, and we will continue to put your child first in everything we do! This was a very busy year and you, as partners in education, played a great role in making it a success!


Our 8th Graders will graduate next week. Eighth grade graduation is a time for celebration and reflection on the impact a faith-based education has made on each student, and we proudly witness the following traits in our SKD Graduates:

  • Young adults that are instilled with Christian values, they practice their faith, and are proactive in their parish and community
  • Continue to voluntarily participate in acts of Christian service to others
  • Display a positive attitude and a good sense of humor
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and self determination
  • Demonstrates mastery of communication skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Possess a clear understanding of the essential truths of the Catholic faith that will contribute to a spiritual growth and authentic conviction of their beliefs
  • Articulate their spiritual conviction clearly and fully understand the Gospel message
  • Demonstrate self-discipline, dependability, commitment and self-evaluation on completing responsibilities
  • Appropriately apply biblical principles and knowledge to facts, theories, and ethical issues in all areas of education and life


Please join me in congratulating Saint Katharine Drexel’s graduating Class of 2019! This class has obtained over $112,000 in high school scholarships! We are so proud of them! It has been a privilege to get to know each of them and to watch them grow. We know they will continue to make us proud as they move on to high school.


In closing, I take this opportunity to congratulate all students of Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School! We are so proud of ALL of our students. I wish you all a very happy, safe, and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play, and pray together. I look forward to the 2019-2020 school year with great anticipation and hope for another outstanding year of Catholic education.


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

IMPORTANT Immunization Requirements for 2019-2020 School Year

Documentation required for the start of school. Please send in when completed. As a reminder, the state of Pennsylvania has changed their immunization requirements. Beginning August, 2017, the provisional enrollment period is 5 days. A parent must have all immunizations of their child completed within the first 5 days of school. If they are not completed within those 5 days, the student must be excluded from school.

Medication Pick-Up

Please remember that your child has medication in the Health Office for pick up on or before June 14, 2019. Medication permission forms will be available at this time so that you and your child’s physician can review the need for it for school year 18-19 and obtain the required signatures prior to the start of school in September. Expired medications will be discarded as well as any medications left after June 14, 2019.


Please call if you have any questions- 215-357-4720. Thank you for your cooperation. REMEMBER, ALL MEDS MUST BE PICKED UP BY AN ADULT, NO MEDICATION WILL BE SENT HOME WITH A STUDENT.

Summer Hours

Our school office will be open for limited hours over the summer months. Tentatively- the school will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning June 18th from 9am until 1pm.

Summer Enrichment at SKD

This summer we are happy to offer a wide range of camps/courses to our students in a relaxed atmosphere so that they will feel confident and comfortable when they enter the next grade level in the fall. Courses will be offered in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and STEM. Be sure to check out our school website for the full listing of courses and registration information.

2019-2020 School Year

The 2019-2020 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 4th for Grades 1-8. Please see the tentative calendar posted on our school website.

Parent Association

Please see the attached letter from our Parent Association.

Financial Aid

Applications for students who will be enrolled in K-12 during the 2019-2020 school year will be available for parents. Applications for Archdiocesan schools, parish schools, and diocesan high schools can be accessed at www.blocs.org or by going directly to https://online.factsmgt.com/aid


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.

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

6/7: School Picnic 6-8pm

6/10: Full Day, Field Day

6/11: Full Day, Homeroom Parties

6/12: 11:45am Dismissal CRSD Bussing Only/ 8th Grade Graduation 7pm

6/13: 11:45am Dismissal NO BUSSING- Parent Transportation

6/14: Last Day of School / Mass 9am / Dismissal 10:30pm NO BUSSING- Parent Transportation

Academic Excellence

Ten of our seventh grade students have qualified for the Neumann Scholars Program! These students rank among the best and brightest in our county! We congratulate our students on this prestigious honor and we couldn't be more proud of our outstanding students.
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Personal Discipline

Congratulations to all of our Catholic Leaders who worked so hard all school year!
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Christian Service

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Student Leadership Team. These students have worked hard and are ready to serve our school community.
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Mission Statement

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