Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

February 25, 2021

Dear Parents,

During this holy Lenten season, we take time to reflect on our Lenten devotions and the mercy of God. We spend the time thanking Christ for His sacrifice and mercy, following the Lenten promises of prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving. Here are some suggestions for making this season of Lent meaningful for your children.

  • Making Family Sacrifices: Take the time to think of a family sacrifice together. It can be small, like giving up television on certain days. A group activity can introduce Lenten devotions to even small children and bring your family closer together.
  • Encouraging Charity: Catholics sometimes forget that almsgiving is a tenet of Lent; why not encourage all your children to give a small amount to a family donation box. Choosing a charity together is another way to help them realize how important it is to give to others at a young age.
  • Finding Role Models: Lent is the perfect time to introduce your children to the saints and their stories. It can be hard to follow through on sacrifices, but inspire your children with the great role models of the saints.
  • Prayer Time: As a busy parent, scheduling prayer can be difficult, but Lent is the perfect way to begin. Learning how to pray with your children is rewarding and can be a habit you keep throughout the year.
  • Read the Bible: Children’s Bibles deliver God’s Word in an interesting way so children can understand it. Don’t let your Children’s Bible be a book that remains unread.
  • Cook Together: Lent has a rich, long tradition and history, and there are several favorite recipes to be made including hot cross buns and pretzels. Fish is traditionally cooked on Fridays in Lent, and has been for centuries. This is an especially fun way to educate and encourage kids in their Lenten devotions.
  • Personalize a Game: Many games can easily have Lenten twists. Whether you play music with your kids, color together, or have a family game night, focus the game on Lent. Jelly bean games and Bingo are popular ways for kids to learn about Lent.
  • Follow Through on Your Lenten sacrifices: The most important way you can encourage your children to have a deep faith and love of Christ is to give them a good example. Follow your own resolutions and acknowledge when you haven’t. If you have an active prayer life, your kids will follow in your footsteps.

By: Kathleen Yacharn


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Let God enable our inner goodness and light to shine through in all we are and do!


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Grandparents and Special Persons Virtual Gathering

Our Virtual gathering for our grandparents and special persons will be held on Wednesday, 3/3 at 10am. Please mark your calendar!

Sunny Days Summer Camp

Registrations are coming in and camp space is limited. Please be sure to register to ensure your child's spot.
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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 for the Week of 2/22/21
Number of positive staff/student cases = 0


*PLEASE NOTE: You will no longer receive a letter when we have a positive case. All data will be posted weekly. If there is an exposure within a cohort, you will be notified.

MASK CHECK

This is a good time to remind everyone to do a mask check of their kids. As the kids grow – some of their masks are getting too small – especially seen in grades 3-7. Some kids need to move away from a child size and wear an adult size – just shorten the ear ties. Noses must be covered. If their nose pokes out or over the top of the mask when talking, then the mask is not the correct size. Remember to wash the mask everyday – and each student needs a back-up mask. You are welcome to have your child wear a shield instead of the mask.

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.

Health and Safety Reminders

As cases are increasing each day within our county, I urge you to continue to take necessary precautions to limit coronavirus spread in our community.

  1. Continue with your attentiveness to washing our hands

  2. Properly wear face masks indoors and outdoors when away from home

  3. Maintain appropriate physical distance

  4. NO SLEEPOVERS

  5. No small or large social gatherings

  6. Monitor your health on a daily basis.

SKD Spirit Shop is NOW OPEN!

We have opened our store with NEW items featuring our school mascot, Drexel the Dragon. The link is below. You can also find direct access on our school website under parent resources; tab says SKD Spirit Wear Shop!

Parent Association Stewardship 2020

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

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, 2/28: SKD Spirit Day

Monday, 3/1: Facebook Live 1pm for Catholic Leaders, Birthdays, Acts of Kindness Winners

Wednesday, 3/3: Grandparents / Special Person Day / Stations of the Cross

Friday, 3/5: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 3/10: Stations of the Cross

Thursday, 3/11: Terra Nova Testing Begins

Friday, 3/12: Terra Nova Testing / End of the Second Trimester

Monday, 3/15: Terra Nova Testing / Third Trimester Begins

Tuesday, 3/16 Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, 3/17: Terra Nova Testing / Stations of the Cross

Thursday, 3/18: ABVM First Penance / Terra Nova Testing

Friday, 3/19: Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, 3/24: Stations of the Cross

Thursday, 3/25: School Confessions

Friday, 3/26: SKD Spirit Day

Monday, 3/29: Good Time Ticket Dress Down Day

Tuesday, 3/30: Service Dress Down Day

Wednesday, 3/31: 11:45am Dismissal

Mission Statement

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