Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

June 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

As I write my last newsletter for the school year, please join me in welcoming the following new members to our SKD Family for the 2018-2019 School Year:


Mrs. Stacey Desmond who will teach first grade in 1A.

Ms. Elizabeth Menna who will teach second grade in 2B.
Mr. Colin Durnin who will teach fourth grade in 4B.

Mrs. Elaine Walton who will be our PreK 4 aide.


Please join me in congratulating Saint Katharine Drexel’s graduating Class of 2018! This class has obtained over $225,000 in high school scholarships! We are so proud of them! It has been a privilege to get to know each of them and to watch them grow. We know they will continue to make us proud as they move on to high school. In the words of Pope Francis, “Do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”


God has blessed us with many gifts and opportunities this school year. There are always challenges ahead of us as we continue to seek out His path for our lives. Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School is a great place to be, and we will continue to work together to make it even better.


I hope you find time to relax, rest, and spend quality time with your family this summer. I look forward to the 2018-2019 school year with great anticipation and hope for another outstanding year of Catholic education.


In closing, I share the following passages with you. The first one is a letter to parents from a principal in Singapore and the second one reminds us that just because everyone does not get public recognition, does not mean that success has not been achieved! Shout out to ALL of the students on their accomplishments this school year!!. We are so proud of ALL of our students at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School.


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

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IMPORTANT Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year

Documentation required for the start of school. Please send in when completed.

As a reminder, the state of Pennsylvania has changed their immunization requirements. Beginning August, 2017, the provisional enrollment period is 5 days. A parent must have all immunizations of their child completed within the first 5 days of school. If they are not completed within those 5 days, the student must be excluded from school.

Medication Pick-Up

Please remember that your child has medication in the Health Office for pick up on or before June 15, 2018. Medication permission forms will be available at this time so that you and your child’s physician can review the need for it for school year 18-19 and obtain the required signatures prior to the start of school in September. Expired medications will be discarded as well as any medications left after June 15, 2018.


Please call if you have any questions- 215-357-4720. Thank you for your cooperation.

REMEMBER, ALL MEDS MUST BE PICKED UP BY AN ADULT, NO MEDICATION WILL BE SENT HOME WITH A STUDENT.

Summer Hours

Our school office will be open for limited hours over the summer months. Tentatively- the school will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning June 19th from 9am until 1pm.

Summer Enrichment at SKD

This summer we are happy to offer a wide range of camps/courses to our students in a relaxed atmosphere so that they will feel confident and comfortable when they enter the next grade level in the fall. Courses will be offered in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and STEM. Be sure to check out our school website link below for the full listing of courses and registration information.

2018-2019 School Year

The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 5th for Grades 1-8. Please see the tentative calendar posted on our school website.

Parent Association

Please see the attached letter from our Parent Association.

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.

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 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.

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

6/8: School Picnic 6-8pm

6/11: Full Day, Field Day

6/12: Full Day, Homeroom Parties

6/13: Full Day / 8th Grade Graduation 7pm

6/14: 11:45am Dismissal

6/15: Last Day of School / Mass 9am / Dismissal 10:30pm

Mission Statement

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