Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

October 25, 2018

Dear Parents,

Our mission at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School is to form Catholic leaders through academic excellence, personal discipline, and Christian service. Our school is an extension of the parish community where our students are taught to carry out the mission of their own parish and of the universal church in order to grow into Catholic leaders. Saint Katharine Drexel imparts the knowledge of our Catholic faith and the responsibility of giving witness to our beliefs in all that we do.

Thank you for your attendance today, this evening, or tomorrow at our Parent- Teacher conferences. Family and school represent the primary environments in which our young children grow and develop, and at Saint Katharine Drexel, we value your parental involvement. The foundation for good parent-teacher relationships includes frequent and open communication, mutual respect, and a clear understanding of what is best for each individual child.

Thank you for the sacrifices you make and for your constant support for Catholic education and the mission of Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School. Let us ask God for the strength and courage to live our Catholic faith and to carry Christ’s mission into the lives of our children- creating Catholic leaders and ultimately equipping saints!

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

National Blue Ribbon Celebration

Please see the invitation below for our celebration. All students are expected to attend since we have off the next day after the Mass and celebration. Students are to be in their winter uniforms and are to wear their blue ribbon pins on their left collar. Students will gather in their classrooms with their teachers at 12:10pm.

All students will process with their class into Mass, sit with their class during Mass, and process out of Church after Mass. Students will then meet their parents in front of the school building after the unveiling of our new school signs.

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Pastors' Holiday, November 12th

In honor of our National Blue Ribbon Achievement, Monsignor Marine and Father Mike granted a Pastors' Holiday. On Monday, November 12th, there will be NO SCHOOL! Enjoy this special day off!


Re-registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Each youngest and only child has received a letter explaining the process along with the Re-Registration form. Register before Thanksgiving and it is only $50 per family AND your family will be entered in a drawing to win VIP seats for Carol Night and the Passion Play!

Winter School Uniform

Students must begin wearing their winter school uniform on November 1st. As always, a neat appearance demonstrates respect for others and fosters an individual’s sense of self-respect and pride. The SKD winter uniform requirements can be found in our Family Handbook on our school website.

We Salute our Veterans

Please join us for our annual Veterans Day Celebration when we will honor those who have served our country and fought for our freedom! If you have a relative who is veteran and he/she would be able to join us, please call the office. Our celebration will begin at 10am on Thursday, November 15th.

CRSD Incorporates 3-Hour Delay Option

Many school districts have decided to incorporate a 3-hour delay schedule into its inclement weather options. Council Rock School District has incorporated this option. The district has traditionally utilized a 2-hour delay on mornings that present a need for extra time due to weather conditions. The newly added 3-hour delay could allow us, on certain days, to not need to close schools when we otherwise would.

Please remember, since we are located in the CRSD, any announcements pertaining to Council Rock Schools will apply to Saint Katharine Drexel in the event of emergency school closings, early dismissals, or late start times.

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.

Healthy Hands, Healthy Heart

Fall is here, and with the cool breeze comes the unfortunate cold and flu! If your child is sick, please keep him or her home. Please remind your child to always remember to wash his or her hands. Studies have proven that hand washing (next to the flu shot) is the BEST way to avoid colds and flu. A healthy diet and sleep also keep your immune system going, so be sure that your child gets plenty of rest!

Student Safety First

IMPORTANT- When arriving to school in the morning, all cars and buses MUST enter the entrance by the Saint Katharine Drexel School Sign and exit through the driveway closest to the church. No car or bus will be permitted to enter through the driveway closest to the church.

Please enter the morning drop-off car line with caution. The morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE only. Students MUST be ready to exit the car once pulling into the car line drop-off in order to eliminate back-up traffic. DO NOT DRIVE OUT OF THE CAR LINE. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE LINE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO EXIT.

If you need to bring your child into the school building, you MUST park your car in the front of the school and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office. No cars are permitted to park or idle in front of the school in the fire lane.

Parent Association

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association's Weekly Update.

Pre-K Visits Church

Our Pre-K students had their scavenger hunt with Sr. Diane in the church! They learned to identify some of the most important objects used in the Mass to prepare them to join us for First Friday Mass next month.

Math Competition

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade students who competed in the Nazareth / Holy Ghost Math Competition. We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing SKD.

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Artists at Work

Many thanks to our Art Teacher, Mrs. Parisian, who our students in the Newtown Halloween Window Painting Contest. The event, which has its roots in the 1950s,involves artists of all ages. The end result is a festive, decorated town that people of all ages enjoy strolling through.

Lindsey, Carolyn, Brenna, and Delaney painted the Ace Hardware storefront window on Eagle Road. The girls did an amazing job representing SKD and worked really well together as a team. The theme was Hotel Transylvania.

Prizes will be awarded following the Newtown Halloween Parade at Brian Gregg Park on Congress Street on Saturday, October 27.

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Alumni News

Seminarian and 2014 graduate of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Brandon Schmidt, was interviewed on 1570am Holy Spirit Radio. He cites his time at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School as a foundational experience in his faith! "At St. Katharine Drexel, we had a lot of spiritual exercises that, to be honest, I’ve never experienced up until then."

Read more about what Brandon had to say about the journey that landed him in the seminary and about fostering vocations:

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I am happy to announce that our school received a check for over $70 from Shoparoo because of your commitment and making SKD your school of choice when shopping. If you have not done so already, please sign up for Shoparoo and help our school!

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

10/26: NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/30: Community Homeroom

10/31: PreK and Kindergarten Halloween Parade

11/1: All Saints Day/ Mass 9am

11/2: Mass 9am

11/9: SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup at ABVM

11/11: Blue Ribbon Mass / Reception / Open House 12:30pm

11/12: NO SCHOOL, Pastors' Holiday

11/15: Veteran's Day Celebration

11/16: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

11/20: First Grade Class Trip

11/21: 11:45am DIsmissal

11/22: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving

11/23: NO SCHOOL

11/26: NO SCHOOL

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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.