Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit in me.Our second graders received their first rite of reconciliation and the sacrament of penance last week. It was so nice to witness their excitement for this special sacrament. Congratulations to each of them and thank you to their teachers for preparing them for this special sacrament of grace and mercy.

Each Trimester our students participate in this special sacrament. Reconciliation provides them with a chance to reflect on their own lives and the areas they would like to change. They are given the opportunity to heal and resolve with God, themselves, their families, their peers, and their community. As we prepare our students to recognize and confess their sins, we are reminded that children learn what they live.

  • If a child lives with criticism, he or she learns to condemn.
  • If a child lives with hostility, he or she learns to fight.
  • If a child lives with ridicule, he or she learns to be shy.
  • If a child lives with shame, he or she learns to feel guilty.
  • If a child lives with tolerance, he or she learns to be patient.
  • If a child lives with encouragement, he or she learns confidence.
  • If a child lives with praise, he or she learns to appreciate.
  • If a child lives with fairness, he or she learns justice.
  • If a child lives with security, he or she learns to have faith.
  • If a child lives with approval, he or she learns to like himself or herself.
  • If a child live with acceptance and friendship, he or she learn to find love in the world.

Together let us give our children the gift of love, so they will always have enough love in them to give to others!

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Second Trimester Extended

Due to the snow days and possibly more to come, our 2nd Trimester has been extended and will now end on Friday, March 16th.

Report Cards will be distributed on Monday, 3/26.

Extended time added to school day

Time will be added to our school day beginning March 19th.

School will begin at 8:10am.

Cones will be placed at the drop off line at 8:07am.

Important Meeting for Students and Parents- DATE CHANGE

Please see the attached letter about the important meeting for all students and parents in grades 5-8. Please note the date change and mark your calendar.

Calendar Change

School will be in session on Friday, April 27th which was originally a scheduled day off. Please adjust your calendars.

Terra Nova Testing

Starting Friday, March 16th 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.

Interesting Parent Article

Please take the time to read the article below. I am sure you will find it as interesting as I did. Please make sure your children eat breakfast every day!

Parent Survey

Thank you to all who completed the Continuous Improvement Survey. We look forward to seeing what we are doing well and what opportunities we have to grow our culture of continuous improvement.

By collaborating with us on this very important project, you have reinforced that we at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School are partnering with you in your children’s education. Please know that we value this partnership.

We look forward to early May when we receive the survey results and we will share them with you at our Annual State of the School Address.

7th Grade Universal Visitation Day

The Universal Seventh Grade Visitation Day for the Archdiocese is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th. Seventh graders are invited to attend this event at Archbishop Wood High School. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. More information will be given by the students’ classroom teachers.

Report Cards and Class Trips

As we progress deeper into the school year, we want to remind families to please ensure that their tuition account is current. Per school policy, tuition must be up to date in order for students to receive their report cards and also for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Toddler Play Group

SAVE THE DATE and join us for SKD's first-ever playgroup on Friday, April 13th in the school cafeteria (10-12pm) and on Friday, April 27th at Assumption BVM Room 15 (10-12). Specific information will be posted soon. Please contact Daniel Clifton with any questions.

WANTED: Used Legos

As we constantly update and improve our Media Center, Mr. McWilliams is in need of LEGOS---lots and lots of LEGOS! If you have legos at home that are not being used and you are willing to donate them to our school, please send them in for our Epic Lego Wall. We are so excited to build this for our students in order to continue to spark their curiosity and creativity. Please help! Check out the link below for more information about this new addition to our state-of-the-art Media Center.

Morning Drop-off and Arrival

I remind you that the morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Please be sure your child is ready to exit the car once you arrive.

Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE once you have stopped at the curb. Children must 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 or if your child is not ready to exit the car, you MUST park your car and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office.

No car is permitted pass the cones once they are being placed at 8:13am even if you were in line with the traffic.

Dismissal / Safety

Once again, the safety of our children is of highest priority. When dismissing as a car rider, please be sure to exit the parking lot when directed by the teacher. No car should move until it is directed to move out the exit closest to the church. Parents and children are not permitted to re-enter the school building through the car-line exit doors in order to get a forgotten book or use the restroom. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

  1. Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities.
  2. Fever (100° or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever without fever medication for 24 hours.
  3. Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Student may not return to school until appetite has returned to normal.
  4. Rash with a fever.
  5. Other conditions deemed appropriate after assessment by the certified school nurse and/or the staff nurse.

If your child is sick, please keep him or her home. Please remind your child to always remember to wash his or her hands. Studies have proven that hand washing (next to the flu shot) is the BEST way to avoid colds and flu. A healthy diet and sleep also keep your immune system going, so be sure that your child gets plenty of rest!

Financial Aid

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 or by going directly to

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.

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Parent Association Weekly Update

Click the link below to see our PA's latest news and updates.

Science, Snow, and More Snow

Our Kindergartners took advantage of the snow on the ground. They had a great science lesson and discussed what would happen when they brought the snow inside. They also made predictions about how much water will be in the cup when the snow melts.

2018 Jazz Festival

Congratulations to our SKD Band and Band Director Mr. Facenda who participated in the Jazz Festival. They won Best Sax Section and Best Rhythm Section.

A special congratulations to Andrew F. who won Outstanding Soloist for SKD, Carolyn C. who won Outstanding Soloist for All Star Band, and Michael M. who won Overall Outstanding Soloist.

We are so proud of you!

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7th Grade ELA Escape Room

Our 7th graders used what they knew about conflict in literature as part of an Escape Room activity! Good news- all escaped!

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Artists at Work

Our 4th grade boys enjoy working collaboratively on their Keith Haring murals.

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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

3/10: Saint Bede Confirmation

3/14: 7th Grade Universal Visitation Day / Stations 2pm

3/15: Confessions

3/16: Terra Nova Testing Begins / 2nd Trimester Ends

3/19: Third Trimester Begins / Terra Nova Testing

3/21: Stations 2pm

3/23: Terra Nova Testing Ends

3/25: Passion Play 7:30pm

3/26: Report Card Distribution / Passion Play 7:30pm

3/28: Community Homeroom / 11:45am Dismissal

3/29: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

3/30: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/2: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/3: Classes resume

4/6: Mass 9am

Mission Statement

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