Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 21, 2019

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we have entered the final trimester of the school year. With our focus always being on high academic standards and faith development, we are proud of our students who are challenged in all subject areas each day. Our teachers work hard to collaborate and plan lessons that are engaging, meaningful, and fun for our students. As I travel the hallways of our school, I am always impressed with the wonderful learning happening in each classroom.

Beginning tomorrow, our students in grades 2-7 will participate in standardized testing. The Terra Nova Test is an assessment that we use to promote greater learning and academic growth of each student. In order to continue to obtain an accurate picture of our students’ achievement, please be sure that your children not only get a good night’s sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast, but also that they are not late for school or absent during this week. There will be no make-up tests for students who are absent for a reason other than illness.

As stated on the Archdiocese’s Office for Catholic Education website, “With emphases on learning, self-improvement, spiritual well-being, and inter-personal relationships, our Catholic Schools focus on equipping students with the skills needed to become respectful, contributing members of society.” May God bless us all as we continue to work together to achieve our school’s mission and form Catholic leaders!

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

We Need Your Help!

Important GALA Reminders:

  • RSVP’s are due on March 22nd so please send in yours as soon as possible. You definitely do not want to miss this fun night.
  • Also please donate in any way that you can --- small or big ---- to help get the raffle baskets together. If you need help deciding what to donate, our Gala Team has created a sign-up genius to help with ideas

  • This weekend- we will be selling raffle tickets at all of the Assumption and Saint Bede Parish masses. If you sign up to help, you will receive a free Grand Prize raffle ticket.

  • With the funds from this year’s gala- we plan to expand our beginner makerspace which is located in our Media Center.


Host Families Needed

On April 4th, our 8th graders will have a retreat day led by a team of missionaries from NET Ministries. These young men and women give up a year of their lives to travel the country leading retreats and days of reflections for youth. The 12 member team travel, like the disciples, with very little personal items and ‘survive’ off of the generosity of others. We need HOST FAMILIES for them. It is for a one night stay (Wednesday night, April 3rd). The missionaries need to stay with at least one buddy (of the same gender) in a home. Please contact Maritza if you have an available room and would be willing to host at least 2 of the missionaries. (215-357-5113)

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.

Homeroom and Parent Association Fee

For the upcoming school year 2019-2020, we will be collecting the $35 per student Homeroom & Parent Association Fee via SMART Tuition. This fee will appear on your monthly statement and will be collected over the 10-month installment process. If you are a family who pays tuition in full by June 1st, this fee will be added to your invoice, which is usually sent in early May. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Rock Your Socks Day

In honor of Miss Kaydee, SKD Rocked their Socks for World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on March 21 every year, is a global awareness day. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

Our students collected over $300 to support Ruby's Rainbow, a non profit organization that grants scholarships to adults with Down Syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes, helping them achieve their dreams of higher education while spreading awareness of their capabilities and general awesomeness.

Thank you to our Kindergarten classes who organized this service project for our school!

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You are invited!

Parents are welcome to join the discussion and learn more about our remarkable preschool environment. This informative event will include current year project presentations from our experienced and beloved preschool teachers. Families will also be welcome to tour the campus and meet our instructors. Please tell your families and friends to join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 6pm.
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Raffle Tickets are Available through School for the Men Who Cook Prizes

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Parent Association

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

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

3/22: Terra Nova Testing Begins

3/25-3/29: Terra Nova Testing

3/25: Report Cards Distribution

3/26: Saint Bede's First Reconciliation

3/27: Stations of the Cross 2pm

3/29: SKD Infant / Toddler Playgroup

4/3: Stations of the Cross 2pm

4/4: 8th Grade Retreat Day

4/5: Mass 9am / SKD Gala - Southampton Room

4/10: PreK Information Night 6pm

4/11: 8th Grade Class Picture / Confessions for grades 3-8

4/12: SKD Toddler Playgroup

4/14: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/15: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/17: 11:45am Dismissal

4/18: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

4/19: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/22: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/23: Classes Resume

Mission Statement

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