Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

February 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

Pope Francis discusses twelve ways to make the most out of 2018. These simple tasks provide us with such purpose and help us live life to the fullest.


  1. Build bridges, not walls.
  2. Let yourself be moved by suffering and then do something.
  3. Don't be afraid to be ashamed of yourself and recognize when you've done wrong.
  4. Dream of love.
  5. Avoid attachment to riches.
  6. Pray daily for your health and that of your loved ones.
  7. Be strong in faith so as to overcome division.
  8. Work hard for your dignity and that of your family.
  9. Don't let yourself be robbed of hope.
  10. Remember that God never abandons us.
  11. Find happiness by creating harmony.
  12. Know that you are loved so that you can give love and forgiveness.


Let us reflect upon these ways and put them into action as we continue our mission at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School. Please share them with your children so we may all work together to make the world a better place.


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

School Calendar / Snow Days

I know that many of you are concerned with the loss of school days with the past three snow days. We hope that there will be no more snow days.


As you know, our students and teachers (grades 3-8) have utilized their Virtual Classrooms during these snow days with the main goal of not losing instructional time and momentum.


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

IMPORTANT- Morning Drop-off and Arrival

Once again, traffic and lateness are occurring due to parents not properly following the instructions for morning 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.

Best of Bucks

Voting time is almost up. Please be sure to vote for us and tell your family and friends to vote too. We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Best of Bucks! We need your help! Visit skdschool.org/bestofbucks to vote for your school!

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!

Continuous Improvement Survey

Please read the attached letter. We value your feedback and appreciate your support in this important survey.

Toddler Play Group

From babyhood onward, playing helps to develop physical skills, teaches problem solving, communication, social interaction – and obviously, it’s great fun. Community playgroups are fun and open to everyone. At St. Katharine Drexel, we're exploring the idea of creating a toddler playgroup.

Please take a moment to to complete the following survey to let us know how/if a toddler playgroup could benefit your family.


Click Here for survey.

Host Families Needed

Please see the letter below from Maritza Kelly, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Bede Church. Please let Maritza know if you are able to help!

WANTED: Used Legos

We still need your help! 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.

Wellness Policy Reminder

As a reminder: While many families enjoy special food treats at home, in accordance with the Archdiocese Wellness Policy, the Council Rock School District, and our school health committee, no food/candy treats will be allowed at school for birthday celebrations. Please review our Heath and Wellness Policy by clicking on the link below.


SKD Wellness Policy

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.

Parent Association Weekly Update

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

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

2/14: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am

2/15: Vocation Day / ABVM First Penance

2/16: NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day

2/19: NO SCHOOL, Presidents' Day

2/27: Saint Bede First Penance

3/1: SKD STEM Design Challenge

3/2: Mass 9am

3/8: School Confessions

3/9: End of 2nd Trimester

3/12: 3rd Trimester Begins

3/14: 7th Grade Universal Visitation Day

3/19: Terra Nova Testing Begins

Mission Statement

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