From the Desk of Ms. Clark
January 11, 2018
In the words of Pope Francis, “It is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual, and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us, but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others. Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
Each day, I am reminded that Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School is not just a school. We are a community. SKD is a community with a strong focus on academic excellence, high moral standards, and faith development.
We are a Catholic School with a vision of what it means to follow Jesus and the teachings of His church. We are a powerful place that inspires hope in a world sadly depleted of hope. We are a place where we teach that with God, all things are possible when we trust in His power and strength.
Thank you for being an important part of our SKD family and for all you do in order to aid us in our mission.
Student Gala Rally
Walk for Life
I invite you to join us on Monday, January 22nd for our annual “Walk for Life.” We will gather in the gym at 1pm for prayer prior to our departure. We will make a public, pro-life statement as the entire school community walks down Holland Road and through the neighborhood behind school. It really is a special day!
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week is celebrated at the end of January. Mr. Clifton and our faculty are planning for this memorable week. Make your plans now to visit school or tell someone who is interested in seeing our school. Our Open House will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 12-2pm. More specific details will be communicated soon. We hope you will consider visiting us during our Open House and tell your family and friends.
School Emergency Closing Information
Please see the School Emergency Closing Information posted on our website under Parent Resources regarding specific information should our school close due to inclement weather.
Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is opening late, closed, or dismissing early.
Please enter the morning drop-off car line with caution. The morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE only once stopped at the curb. Children should not wait to exit the car until you reach the church. Students MUST be ready to exit the car once pulling into the car line drop-off in order to eliminate back-up traffic. DO NOT DRIVE OUT OF THE CAR LINE. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE LINE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO EXIT. If you need to bring your child into the school building, you MUST park your car and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office.
Applications for students who will be enrolled in K-12 during the 2018-2019 school year will be available for parents. Applications for Archdiocesan schools, parish schools, and diocesan high schools can be accessed at www.blocs.org or by going directly to https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
Please know that no parent who sincerely desires a Catholic education for their child at Saint Katharine Drexel School will be denied registration because of true financial hardships. Each parish will address this concern on a case by case basis for their parishioners. Any additional financial aid scholarship, in addition to the parishes’ subsidy, will be predetermined, and awarded by the parish, prior to the start of the academic year. Families who believe they are eligible and in need of this aid are asked to contact their local parish office and request a financial aid packet which will include the request for all pertinent financial information.
Important Dates to Remember
1/12: NO SCHOOL- Teacher PD Day
1/15: NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day
1/18: 8th Grade Pictures
1/19: Gala Pep Rally 1:30pm
1/22: Walk for Life
1/26: Jean Day / Failure Warnings / Family Bingo
1/28: Catholic Schools Week Begins / Open House 12-2pm
1/29: Community Homeroom / December Catholic Leader Awards
Our students work together and independently in their classes using their own devices.
Our choir and band students take time out of their lunch recess to prepare and practice for special performances for our school and our community.
Our Student Leadership Team leads our school each day in morning and afternoon prayers.