Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

January 23, 2020

Dear Parents,

At Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School, we Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed. Not only are we teaching our students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, we as educators are growing with them each day. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. They are what sets our school apart from other schools.

The official Catholic Schools Week logo brings the theme to life. The open book made up of multi-colored pages symbolizes how all areas of Catholic schools blend together, with faith – symbolized by the cross – at the forefront. You will have an opportunity to see those characteristics in action during our Catholic Schools Week events. I hope you and your family will join us. Make your plans now to visit school or tell someone who is interested in seeing our school. Our Open House will be held on Sunday, January 26th from 12-2pm. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be thinking about Catholic education for their children. We also hope you will participate in our Share the SKD Love Contest! The flyer below went home with every child yesterday.

We have been working hard and are so very proud of our school and our students. I feel blessed to be entrusted with your most precious gift- your child, and to participate in their educational experience. We will continue to empower your children to Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed at SKD School. I encourage your continued active involvement to engage in the mission of Catholic education. Together, let us carry out the mission of the universal church and help form our future Catholic leaders!

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Our SKD Performing Arts Club proudly presents "The Lion King Kids" during this year's Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for this free show on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm in the gym.

Snow Emergency Procedures

By this time last year, we already had a snow day. We have been very lucky so far, but I am not sure how long this luck will last. Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. You can view these procedures in detail on our school website under Parent Resources. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is closed or is dismissing early.

Virtual Classroom

In the event of a Snow Day, our students and teachers (grades 3-8) will once again participate in their Virtual Classrooms with the main goal of not losing instructional time and momentum. In this digital age, where the technology exists, if we do not utilize online learning in these types of circumstances, it is truly a missed opportunity.

I thank our dedicated teachers for always striving for our mission of academic excellence by embracing this 21st century learning strategy and developing short but thoughtful and meaningful lessons for our students. Some lessons will include viewing a simple video, sharing a reflective response, or reading for a short period of time.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Important information and applications for need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are now available.

Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab on the AOP Catholic Schools website to access the online applications for the Maguire Scholars Program, Howley Family Foundation Scholarship and all other opportunities available.

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

1/24: Service Jean Day for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

1/26: Catholic Schools Week Begins / Open House 12-2pm

1/28: Community Homeroom

1/29: SKD Performing Arts- Lion King Jr Performance 7pm

1/30: Spirit Jean Day

1/31: CSW Closing Mass 9am

2/4: Saint Bede's First Penance

2/7: Mass 9am

2/13: Service Jean Day

2/14: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day

2/17: NO SCHOOL, President's Day

2/20: Good Time Ticker Jean Day

2/21: Spirit Jean Day

2/26: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am

2/28: Community Homeroom

Mission Statement

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