Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

Beginning tomorrow, our students will participate in standardized testing. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia utilizes the Terra Nova which is a national standardized test published by McGraw Hill. The Terra Nova is an assessment that we use to promote greater learning and academic growth for each student. The individual reports highlight students’ overall abilities and strengths. As a faculty, we use the results to direct our constant efforts to improve instruction. Our results certainly tell a story of academic excellence that leads to impressive real-world outcomes.


Our students continue to score in the top 15% of all schools in the nation in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and we meet the qualifications to be considered a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I am proud to say that we have sent in our application for this exemplary title through the U.S. Department of Education. It is no surprise that our students produce outstanding results, and this standardized testing is just one piece of the overall assessment of our school’s success.


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. Please pray for our test-takers this week as we continue to fulfill our mission and form successful Catholic leaders.

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Extended time added to school day

Time will be added to our school day beginning March 19th.

School will begin at 8:10am.

Cones will be placed at the drop off line at 8:07am.

Passion Play

I invite you to our 7th and 8th grade production of “The Passion Play.” Our students have worked hard during their many practices under the careful direction of Monsignor Marine and Mrs. Garner, and the many assistants that assist with the show. This performance will certainly set the tone for Holy Week as you journey with our students who will perform the Passion of our Lord.


There are two evening performances due to the usual large turnout. You can attend Sunday night, March 25th or Monday night, March 26th. Both shows begin at 7:30pm in the school gym. There is an admission fee of $5 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12. Tickets are being sold through the school office and both Saint Bede and Assumption Parishes.

Important Meeting for Students and Parents- DATE CHANGE

Please see the attached letter about the important meeting for all students and parents in grades 5-8. Please note the date change and mark your calendar.

Calendar Change

School will be in session on Friday, April 27th which was originally a scheduled day off. Please adjust your calendars.

Report Cards and 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 receive their report cards and also for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Northampton Days Festival

Please join us on Sunday, May 6th. We are excited that our choir will be performing during this special day!

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.

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 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.

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Parent Association Weekly Update

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

Spring, Where Are You?

Even though there is still some snow on the ground, our pre-k students thanked God for flowers. They learned about different types of flowers and painted hyacinths and made pussy willows.
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Blanket Collection

Our Student Council has been collecting “Blankets for Gracie.” These new blankets will be donated to Temple University Hospital in the beginning of April in memory of Gracie Sonneborn. If you have not donated a new blanket yet, you still have time to do so. We will be collecting blankets until the end of March. Thank you to our student leaders for coordinating this special cause!
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Math Whiz!

Congratulation to 8th grader, Dan B., who is a finalist in the IHM math competition. The contest evaluates students' understanding of complex mathematical concepts and is considered one of the most rigorous in the country.
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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

3/16: Terra Nova Testing Begins / 2nd Trimester Ends

3/19: Third Trimester Begins / Terra Nova Testing

3/21: Stations 2pm

3/23: Terra Nova Testing Ends

3/25: Passion Play 7:30pm

3/26: Report Card Distribution / Passion Play 7:30pm

3/28: Community Homeroom / 11:45am Dismissal

3/29: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

3/30: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/2: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/3: Classes resume

4/6: Mass 9am

Mission Statement

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