Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

May 20, 2021

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your attendance at last night's State of the School Address. We are so proud of our school and its students! Many have asked for the poem that I shared at the end of the meeting. This poem was written by author, Laura Kelly Fanucci, a Minnesota resident, who writes a syndicated column, “Faith at Home,” published in Catholic newspapers nationwide.

"When this is over, may we never again take for granted

  • A handshake with a stranger
  • Full shelves at the store
  • Conversations with neighbors
  • A crowded theater
  • Friday night out
  • The taste of Holy Communion
  • A routine checkup
  • The school rush each morning
  • Coffee with a friend
  • The stadium roaring
  • Each deep breath
  • A boring Tuesday
  • Life itself.

When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people

  • We wanted to be
  • We were called to be
  • We hoped to be

and may we stay that way — better for each other because of the worst."

As we continue to honor Mary during this special month, let us remember the words of Saint Katharine Drexel: “Help me, Mother, to take from the hands of Jesus, in the spirit of humble love, devotion to my daily crosses.”

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Race for Education

Our Race Day is here! We have a fun day planned for our students. Besides walking and running the track, one lucky student will get picked from each homeroom to dunk Ms. Clark! Mr. LaRosa has challenged ALL- if we reach $45,000 by tomorrow, Mr. LaRosa will also get in the dunk tank and another student will be selected from each class to have the opportunity to dunk Mr. LaRosa. Let's go SKD!

Virtual Art Show

We are so proud of our talented students. Mrs. Parisian has uploaded over 700 drawings to the student gallery page of the art website. Check out these masterpieces by our students.

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.



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:

Award decisions will be made based on the FACTS Grant & Aid estimated need.


Covid Update

Week of 5/17: 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

Important Dates to Remember

5/20: Race for Education

5/25: Good Time Ticket Dress Down Day

5/26: Facebook Live 1pm

5/27: SKD Spirit Day / NJHS Talent Show


5/31: 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.