From the Desk of Ms. Clark
March 15, 2018
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.
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.
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
WANTED: Used Legos
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.
Spring, Where Are You?
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
Our students in first grade collaborated and designed their own LEGO trap to try and catch the sneaky leprechaun that kept visiting their classroom unexpectedly.
Our 7th and 8th grade students have been practicing since December in preparing for this year's Passion Play.
Our SKD Alumni still come and visit and even help our 4th grade Honors Math students by teaming up for a math game of Kahoot.