Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 11, 2021

Dear Parents,

A nurse in the pediatrics unit, before listening to the little ones’ chest, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts. Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal four year-old David’s.


Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart. “Listen,” the nurse said, “what do you suppose that is?” David drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. “Is that Jesus knocking?”


As we continue our Lenten journey, let us listen to our own heartbeat. Listen closely for the knock of Jesus upon the door of your heart.


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Terra Nova Testing

Terra Nova testing will begin tomorrow and extends to Friday, March 19th. The Terra Nova Test is an assessment that we use to promote greater learning and academic growth of each student. Students have to be present in school for the standardization to be valid. We ask that the students get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and promptly arrive for school each morning on time. Since this is a standardized test, students cannot be admitted late to take the test. Each child has to be present, in person, to hear the same directions before they begin the test.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, 3/15 for students in Pre-K to 3rd grade. Grades 1-2-3 will have an asynchronous virtual day. Students in Grades 4-8 will have a regular school day.

Race for Education

Important information for our annual Race for Education will be sent home with every youngest and only child tomorrow. Please be sure to look for it as it contains some updates and important information.

Travel Restrictions

Even though the state has changed the restrictions for traveling, we are keeping to our Health and Safety Plan and requiring students to go virtual for ten days after traveling. Please contact Ms. Clark if you are planning to travel in order to determine your child's safe return to in-person instruction.


We remain incredibly grateful for the gift of our teachers and staff. Because of their great sacrifices and love for your children, we have been able to maintain in-person instruction. We are also grateful to our parents for respecting the important role they play in ensuring the health and safety of our students.

Visit our Website

Thank you for your patience. Our new and improved website is up and running. Please know we are still in the process of adding information, links, and pictures.


Please check it out, and share with your friends.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION TIME FOR 2021-2022 IS HERE!

FACTS GRANT & AID: MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EITC AND BLOCS FINANCIAL AID.


Grant & Aid Application Fee: $35.00 Your 2019 or 2020 tax return is required to complete your application. If you applied last year, your application will autofill. You will be notified by FACTS if any additional documentation needs to be submitted. The link is on our website, on the Archdiocesan BLOCS website and here:


https://online.factsmgt.com/aid


Award decisions will be made based on the FACTS Grant & Aid estimated need.

COVID DATA

Covid Update for the Week of 3/8/2021

Number of positive staff / student cases = 0


*PLEASE NOTE: You will no longer receive a letter when we have a positive case. All data will be posted weekly. If there is an exposure within a cohort, you will be notified.

REVISED Symptom Screening Tool

All parents are primarily responsible for monitoring the health of their children. While it is our intention to remain open for the entire school year, parents are expected to do their part and keep their children home when they are sick.


Please see below for the “Revised” Symptom Monitor Checklist which is to be completed each day. By sending your child to school, you are confirming that you have completed this health screening.

Health and Safety Reminders

As cases are increasing each day within our county, I urge you to continue to take necessary precautions to limit coronavirus spread in our community.

  1. Continue with your attentiveness to washing our hands

  2. Properly wear face masks indoors and outdoors when away from home

  3. Maintain appropriate physical distance

  4. NO SLEEPOVERS

  5. No small or large social gatherings

  6. Monitor your health on a daily basis.

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
  • Shoparoo

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, 3/12: Terra Nova Testing / End of the Second Trimester

Monday, 3/15: Terra Nova Testing / Third Trimester Begins

Tuesday, 3/16 Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, 3/17: Terra Nova Testing / Stations of the Cross

Thursday, 3/18: ABVM First Penance / Terra Nova Testing

Friday, 3/19: Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, 3/24: Stations of the Cross

Thursday, 3/25: School Confessions

Friday, 3/26: SKD Spirit Day

Monday, 3/29: Good Time Ticket Dress Down Day

Tuesday, 3/30: Service Dress Down Day

Wednesday, 3/31: 11:45am Dismissal

Mission Statement

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