Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

January 24, 2019

Dear Parents,

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in our school each day. We teach our students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities. Our SKD theme is “A Splash of Color” which reflects our school’s distinction for our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

It is known that SKD School works hard to provide strong emphasis on academic excellence, faith development, and commitment to service. We are committed to educating the whole child while living the Gospel values each day. 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. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be thinking about Catholic education for their children.

When you visit our school, I am sure you will be as proud of our students as we are. What helps make their accomplishments possible is the dedication and commitment of our pastors, teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers. I am thankful every day, but I want to make a point -- at this special time of the year for Catholic schools – of personally extending my deepest appreciation to everyone who makes our school a success.

As we approach this special week, “May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith and joy and may charity be the root and foundation of our lives.”

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Catholic Schools Week

SKD is kicking off Catholic Schools Week 2019 with a splash of color- BLUE to be exact! Mr. Clifton and our faculty are planning for this special and memorable week. 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 27th from 12-2pm. We look forward to a fun week of celebrating Catholic education loaded with STREAM activities. Click on link below for a full listing of events and a tentative schedule for this special week.

CSW 2019 Agenda

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year, Catholic Schools Week is scheduled for January 26-February 1, 2019, and the theme our theme is “A Splash of Color” which reflects our school’s distinction for our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Celebrating our Parishes

  • Faculty Speakers at all Masses

  • Choir sings at ABVM 11am Mass

  • Open House 12-2

  • SKD School Band kicks-off Open House with “Star Spangled Banner”

  • STREAM Activity in Media Center

  • Robotics Demonstration in Art & Science Center

Monday, January 28, 2019 Celebrating our Community

  • Community Homeroom

  • Author Visit from Grades Prek-4th in Gym

  • Read Aloud with Principal Grade 5-8

  • STREAM Activities with Archbishop Wood High School Students

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Celebrating our MISSION

  • Student Instagram Takeover

  • Celebrate Academic Excellence- Academic Bowl

  • Celebrate Personal Discipline- Fitness Challenge in Gym

  • Celebrate Christian Service- Souper-Bowl Collection- School-wide service activity

  • ADOPT a Classroom to do kind act.

  • NCEA Day of Giving- begins at 12 NOON

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Celebrating our Families

  • Breakfast for Parents

  • School open for current family parents until 9am.

  • STREAM Activity with Parents in classrooms in the morning.

  • Parent / Student Photo in classroom

  • Special Assembly for all grades- Kindness Adventure 1:30-2:15pm in gym

  • NCEA Day of Giving ends 12 noon

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Celebrating our Students

  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

  • Community Homeroom

  • Free Dress Down Day

  • Special Activity in classrooms

  • Random Acts of Kindness Winners selected every hour for a special prize

  • Ice cream treat after lunch

Friday, February 1, 2019 Celebrating our Faculty

  • Mass at 9am- Special Prayer and Recognition of Teachers as Catholic Leaders

  • Student Council Subs 1-2:15pm

  • Teacher Scavenger Hunt

  • Teacher Random Act of Kindness drawing each hour for special prize

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Safe2Say Program

Please read the important letter below regarding the "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS) anonymous reporting system that has been mandated by the state of Pennsylvania.

Important Wellness Reminders

Children are never to keep medication in their possession such as allergy pills, any non-prescription or prescription medicine. Cough drops must also be sent to the Health Room.

If your child requires over the counter or prescription medication during the school day- kindly have a parent or guardian drop off the medication in the original bottle/box and complete the forms. The link is here:

Sunny Days Summer Camp

We have already received registrations for this year's summer camp. Please remember space is limited. All students in grades PreK to 2nd received a hard copy of the flyer below. Please check out the information and send your registration form and deposit as soon as possible.
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New After-School Club- Puppeteer Kids Coaching

Please see the attached flyer for our new after-school club that helps our students improve their Self-Esteem and Confidence and achieve goals they never thought possible!
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2nd Grade Crystals

2nd grade made the beginning of their salt crystal experiments to finish up learning about matter in science. They mixed hot water and a lot of salt until the water was saturated and couldn’t dissolve anymore salt. They are excited to be observing them everyday with microscopes to see when their crystals start growing!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

PB&J in the fourth grade! How well did they describe how to make sandwich?
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Fun with Force and Motion

Third grade enjoyed their STEM activity when learning about force and motion!

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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.

Parent Association

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association's Weekly Update.
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Please Vote and tell your family and friends to vote too.

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

1/25: SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup

1/27: CSW Begins / Open House 12-2pm

1/30: Parent Appreciation Breakfast

1/31: Free Dress Down Day

2/1: Mass 9am

2/15: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day


Mission Statement

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