Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 25, 2021

Dear Parents,

What a difference a year makes! Who would have imagined last year at this time that our lives would be where they are today? Hopefully this pandemic has taught us to treat each day as a gift from God.


We are fast approaching the beginning of Holy Week this coming Sunday, which is Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, while understanding that amidst the celebrations of this entrance, Jesus knew what was to happen later that week. Palm Sunday marks the commencement of Holy Week, a week when we remember Christ’s suffering and death. Hopefully, this remembrance helps us to focus on being the best people we can be in our daily lives. Christ’s suffering was to help us to be closer to God. He modeled a life for us to emulate, particularly in the acceptance and help He gave to the outcasts and underprivileged of His time. The Resurrection of Christ is at the heart of our beliefs as Catholics. Christ was born and died for us, giving the gift of our hope and belief in everlasting life.


As our Lenten journey comes to an end and we enter Holy Week, let us be transformed knowing that what appeared to be death has become, instead, a source of life. On behalf of Monsignor Marine, Father Mike, and our faculty and staff, I wish you a blessed Easter as we rejoice in our Savior’ s love and accept his gift of abiding hope!


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMIT

We continue to place a high value on the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Over the past several weeks, there has been a noticeable trend of vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed through our school parking lot and pulling out onto Holland Road. Please be advised that the speed limit in our parking lot is 5 miles per hour and 15 miles per hour in the school zone on Holland Road. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our campus safe by observing all posted speed limits and being mindful of your surroundings.

Report Cards

Report Cards have been posted on MSP. I hope you took the time to review your child's report card. Please remind your children that report cards reflect their learning and each trimester presents an opportunity to set goals for the next trimester. Remember that our teachers are available for conferences, either by phone or virtually, if you have any questions or concerns.

SKD Gala and Grand Prize Raffle

Invitations to this year's Gala were sent home with each student on Tuesday. Please join this virtual event on Friday, May 7th. Grand Prize Raffle tickets were also sent home. Students who submit 10 tickets by April 9th receive a free dress down day, and the classroom that sells the most tickets by May 4th receives a free dress down day, extra recess, and a pizza/movie party. The winner will be announced at the Gala and you do not need to be viewing to win.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Attendance Policy

If your child will be absent from school, either in-person or virtually, a phone call to the school is necessary on the morning of the absence. Please call the Main Office at 215-357-4720 to report the absence. A phone call from the parent/guardian serves as verification of the absence if made on or before the day of the absence. We have also allowed parents to call their students in as "Virtual" if the student has been around someone who is COVID-19 positive or if the student is experiencing symptoms. This opportunity is not intended to be used for any other reason, such as if a student prefers to stay home for convenience on a given day. Please help us in ensuring that you only call your student in as "Virtual" for the proper reason.

Travel Restrictions UPDATE

The Archdiocese lifted travel restrictions along with the state. I pray and hope all families continue to practice all safety protocols. As stated in my letter and advised by the Archdiocese and the Department of Health, it is more about the behaviors that are practiced rather than what state a family travels to.


If you can not practice proper safety protocols, please be sure to utilize our virtual option for ten days before sending your child back to in-person instruction. If you are traveling, please continue to contact me to determine your child’s safe return to in-person instruction.


We remain incredibly grateful for the gift of our teachers and staff. Because of their great sacrifices and love for your children, we have been able to maintain in-person instruction. We are also grateful to our parents for respecting the important role they play in ensuring the health and safety of our students.

Uniform Requirements

Even though the students are permitted to wear their gym uniforms, there are a few things we have noticed that need to be addressed and corrected:

  • Students need to wear the proper logo school PE shirt.
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleeces may be worn on any day - but if they are not SKD logo, they have to be removed upon arrival at school.

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.

Sunny Days Summer Camp

Please know that our Summer Camp is now FULL. We will no longer be accepting registrations for our Sunny Days Summer Camp.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION TIME FOR 2021-2022 IS HERE!

FACTS GRANT & AID: MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EITC AND BLOCS FINANCIAL AID.


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:


https://online.factsmgt.com/aid


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

COVID DATA

Covid Update for the Week of 3/22/2021

Number of positive staff / student cases = 0


*PLEASE NOTE: You will no longer receive a letter when we have a positive case. All data will be posted weekly. If there is an exposure within a cohort, you will be notified.

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.

Health and Safety Reminders

As cases are increasing each day within our county, I urge you to continue to take necessary precautions to limit coronavirus spread in our community.

  1. Continue with your attentiveness to washing our hands

  2. Properly wear face masks indoors and outdoors when away from home

  3. Maintain appropriate physical distance

  4. NO SLEEPOVERS

  5. No small or large social gatherings

  6. Monitor your health on a daily basis.

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

Friday, 3/26: SKD Spirit Day

Monday, 3/29: Good Time Ticket Dress Down Day

Tuesday, 3/30: Service Dress Down Day

Wednesday, 3/31: Facebook Live 10am Catholic Leaders / 11:45am Dismissal

Thursday, 4/1: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

Friday, 4/2: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

Monday, 4/5: 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.