Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

February 21, 2020

Dear Parents,

Next week, we will enter the season of Lent. During this time, we have a wonderful opportunity to grow closer in our relationship to God. This forty day period, in which we practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, helps prepare our hearts for the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

More often than not, we focus on what we can give up during the Lenten season, not what we can give. We should model ourselves after Jesus’s example by showing gentleness to our classmates, parents, and coworkers. We should accept each other’s faults. We should refrain from gossiping or saying things that are hurtful or unkind. We should be sincere in our apologies and forgive those who have hurt us. We need to give of ourselves and share our time, talents and skills. Lent is a time to remind us how one small, kind deed can bring us closer to the person God wants us to be. Simple acts of kindness bring great joy to others and fill our own hearts with love.

As a school community, we will be coming together for Mass on Ash Wednesday at 9AM and for Stations of the Cross each Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. during Lent. Our students in grades 3 through 8 will also have the opportunity to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Families are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl. We, as a school community, will work together to prepare our hearts for Easter.

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Wellness Check

We are experiencing confirmed flu diagnoses within our school community. As a precaution, if your child has a cough, sore throat, body aches, headache and a fever, please remember that your child must be fever free for 24 hours without any medicine before they can return to school. It protects us all and contains the spread of the flu in school.

Terra Nova Testing

Terra Nova testing will begin on Friday, March 20th. 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.

Share the SKD LOVE

Our contest is still underway! Thank you to all who have participated already. There is still time to get involved. We added a NEW TASK to the list below: Write a testimonial for our school and submit it to Mrs. Figueroa.
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Gala Update and important reminders:

**Below is a link to the Mardi Gras Gala Wish List. For so many of you whom have asked how you can contribute to the Gala, here is your answer! Should you wish to donate, kindly have all items submitted by February 28th. Any questions can be directed to Erin and Bridget at

**Continue sending in those RSVPs and table sponsorships. We are so excited to see the room filling up! It's going to be a great night!

**We are still accepting event sponsorships and advertisements. Please forward any interests to

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Sunny Days Summer Camp

We are incredibly excited to be conducting SKD's Sunny Days Summer Camp for the Summer of 2020. Please go to the Sunny Days Summer Camp Website listed below and read and fill out all registration forms.

All registration forms must be completed in full and turned in with the $25 registration fee. All registrations are on a first-come, first serve basis and space is limited, so please get your registration completed as soon as possible.

For any questions, please contact our Camp Director, Ms. Casey at 215-322-5275 or email at

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.

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

2/25: SKD Karaoke Sing Off

2/26: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am

2/28: Community Homeroom / STEM Design Challenge Grades 4-5

3/6: Mass 9am

3/11: 7th Grade High School Visitation Day

3/13: End of 2nd Trimester

3/14: Saint Bede's Confirmation

3/16: 3rd Trimester Begins

3/20: Terra Nova Testing Begins

3/25: 8th Grade Retreat Day

3/27: SKD Gala

4/2: Sacrament of Reconciliation

4/3: Mass 9am

4/5: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/6: Passion Play 7:30pm

4/8: 11:45am Dismissal

4/9: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

4/10: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/13: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

Mission Statement

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