Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

May 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

Along with building a foundation of faith and life-long learning, one of the basic tenets for students at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School is being kind and Christ-like to others. These behaviors are discussed, talked about, and recognized throughout our school each and every day.


Today, our students in grades 3-8 participated in our virtual assembly with an award-winning storyteller and educator, Dr. David Gonzalez. This entertaining mix of world tales and personal stories addresses the universal experience of standing up for yourself in the face of adversity and bullying. Through fables, myths, and stories from his own life growing up in a rough neighborhood, Dr. Gonzalez offers insights and strategies for cultivating compassionate relationships and communities.


Let us remember, "If we teach Jesus' example of kindness, then our children will become more considerate of the presence of Christ in others.”


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Race for Education

We are SO CLOSE to our GOAL! Remember- let's reach $40,000 by the weekend and the fun surprises will continue on Monday for our students and throughout the week. This will include "someone getting dunked." Share your fundraising page with your family and friends. Every and any amount helps us to reach our goal!

Spring Pictures

Pictures can be purchased via package or a la carte. There are, of course, more options. If you need any additional sizes or specialty products, please contact the photographer.


All individuals will be taken first, and then sibling pictures will be called. All students will have their picture taken.

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May Procession

Our annual May Procession will be held on Thursday, May 20th at 10am. This special devotion will be held outdoors with only faculty, staff, students, and Class of 2021 parents present. The May Procession will be live streamed via our school Facebook page so that you may watch from home or work.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: Dismissal on this day has been changed to 11:45 AM. There will be bus transportation from all districts except Bensalem. There will be no after-school CARES.


Second and Third grade students may wear their First Holy Communion attire to school. Our 7th grade may wear their confirmation robes, and our 8th grade classes may wear their graduation robes. All other school students should be in their uniforms.

SKD Health and Safety Plan

I know there are many questions regarding schools and the new mask guidance. We remain committed to our Health and Safety Plan for the rest of this school year. All health and safety protocols are still in effect and will remain until the last day of school.


PDE, the Archdiocese, and the DOH have not updated any masks protocols for schools. All students, faculty, staff. parents, and visitors are required to wear a mask both inside and outside the school building during school hours.

Thank you for your support!

2021-2022 School Calendar- Important CHANGE

We will incorporate Welcome Back Orientation Days at the start of the school for all grades level on August 31st and September 1st and 2nd. Parents and students will sign up for the best time and day for them to visit the classroom, drop off belongings, talk to the teachers, etc. The sign-up link will be sent out in August with my Welcome Back Letter.


We will welcome back all students in grades PK-8th for their official First Day on Tuesday, September 7th.

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

Week of 5/10: Number of positive staff / student cases = 0

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.

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
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Important Dates to Remember

5/18: Spring Pictures

5/19: Virtual State of the School Address 7pm

5/20: School May Procession / 11:45am Dismissal

5/21: Race for Education

5/25: Good Time Ticket Dress Down Day

5/26: Facebook Live 1pm

5/27: SKD Spirit Day / NJHS Talent Show

5/28: NO SCHOOL

5/31: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

6/1: PreK 3 Graduation 10am

6/2: PreK 4 Graduation 10am

6/3: Kindergarten Graduation 10am

6/4: Mass 10:30am

6/7: Field Day

6/8: 8th Grade Clap Out

6/9: 11:45am Dismissal / 8th Grade Gradaution

6/10: 11:45am Dismissal

6/11: Last Day / Mass 9am / Dismissal 10:30am

Mission Statement

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