Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

November 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

It was so fun to see our littlest students dressed up yesterday for Halloween. While it always exciting for our children to dress up on this thrilling day and night, we also remember our saints. Today as we celebrate All Saints’ Day, it is helpful to think of “saints” as not only those women and men who have been canonized by the church, but all people whose lives reflect the goodness of God. We are grateful to God for each of the saints who have been a part of our life in some way. Their witness and inspiration encourages everyone to live their own lives in a better way so that God’s love shines through for all to see!

Our virtue for the month of November is peace. Peace begins within ourselves and is an inner state of well-being and calm. We encourage our students to be people of peace who promote non-violence, practice conflict resolution, and believe in cooperating to solve problems. We demonstrate peace by treating others with thoughtfulness and tolerance. This month we will challenge our students to be peacemakers and to see the best in all people.

Please carefully review this week’s newsletter. There are many exciting activities happening around our school, and we cherish these moments that our students will always remember. Together, let us follow in the footsteps of the saints, and let our light shine for all to see

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

School Security

The safety of our students is our top priority. Our school handbook states:

No visitor or volunteer may go directly to any area of the school without first signing in at the office. Each person will receive a visitor’s badge and will be directed to the appropriate area when permitted.

For the safety of the children, visitors and volunteers are not permitted to go to a classroom to visit, confer with a teacher without an appointment, or visit any child in class, at lunch, or in the schoolyard.

If parents wish to arrange a conference with a teacher or the principal, they should call the school office or make a request in writing. It would be helpful if the nature of the concern was stated prior to the conference. No meetings are permitted without an appointment.

National Blue Ribbon Celebration

Please see the invitation below for our celebration. All students are expected to attend since we have off the next day after the Mass and celebration. Students are to be in their winter uniforms and are to wear their blue ribbon pins on their left collar. Students in grades 1-8 will gather in their classrooms with their teachers at 12:10pm.

All students in grades 1-8 will process with their class into Mass, sit with their class during Mass, and process out of Church after Mass. Students will then meet their parents in front of the school building after the unveiling of our new school signs.

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Pastors' Holiday, November 12th

In honor of our National Blue Ribbon Achievement, Monsignor Marine and Father Mike granted a Pastors' Holiday. On Monday, November 12th, there will be NO SCHOOL! Enjoy this special day off!


Re-registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Each youngest and only child has received a letter explaining the process along with the Re-Registration form. Register before Thanksgiving and it is only $50 per family AND your family will be entered in a drawing to win VIP seats for Carol Night and the Passion Play!

Winter School Uniform

All students should be wearing their winter uniforms. As always, a neat appearance demonstrates respect for others and fosters an individual’s sense of self-respect and pride. The SKD winter uniform requirements can be found in our Family Handbook on our school website.

We Salute our Veterans

Please join us for our annual Veterans Day Celebration when we will honor those who have served our country and fought for our freedom! If you have a relative who is veteran and he/she would be able to join us, please inform your child's homeroom teacher. Our celebration will begin at 10am on Thursday, November 15th.

CRSD Incorporates 3-Hour Delay Option

Many school districts have decided to incorporate a 3-hour delay schedule into its inclement weather options. Council Rock School District has incorporated this option. The district has traditionally utilized a 2-hour delay on mornings that present a need for extra time due to weather conditions. The newly added 3-hour delay could allow us, on certain days, to not need to close schools when we otherwise would.

Please remember, since we are located in the CRSD, any announcements pertaining to Council Rock Schools will apply to Saint Katharine Drexel in the event of emergency school closings, early dismissals, or late start times.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Important information and applications for need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are now available.

Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab on the AOP Catholic Schools website to access the online applications for the Maguire Scholars Program, Howley Family Foundation Scholarship and all other opportunities available.

Healthy Hands, Healthy Heart

Fall is here, and with the cool breeze comes the unfortunate cold and flu! 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!

Student Safety First

IMPORTANT- When arriving to school in the morning, all cars and buses MUST enter the entrance by the Saint Katharine Drexel School Sign and exit through the driveway closest to the church. No car or bus will be permitted to enter through the driveway closest to the church.

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. 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 in the front of the school and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office. No cars are permitted to park or idle in front of the school in the fire lane.

Parent Association

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association's Weekly Update.

Halloween Fun at SKD!

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Dia de los Muertos Altares in clase de Español.

Our 5th graders remembered their our loved ones by creating Day of the Dead Altars in Spanish class.

"BOO"ography Project

Our 7th and 8th graders enjoyed collaborating. Our 8th graders did research on a DEAD person, wrote a "Boo"ography and created a head of the person using a pumpkin. Our 7th graders were newspaper reporters interviewing 8th graders to write an obituary. They also created a tombstone and together they created an epitaph. The finished projects lined the hallway on Halloween morning.

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

11/1: All Saints Day/ Mass 9am

11/2: Mass 9am

11/9: SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup at ABVM

11/11: Blue Ribbon Mass / Reception / Open House 12:30pm

11/12: NO SCHOOL, Pastors' Holiday / Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 4-8pm

11/15: Veteran's Day Celebration

11/16: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

11/20: First Grade Class Trip

11/21: 11:45am DIsmissal

11/22: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving

11/23: NO SCHOOL

11/25: Lunch with Santa

11/26: NO SCHOOL

Mission Statement

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