From the Desk of Ms. Clark
February 8, 2018
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.
- Build bridges, not walls.
- Let yourself be moved by suffering and then do something.
- Don't be afraid to be ashamed of yourself and recognize when you've done wrong.
- Dream of love.
- Avoid attachment to riches.
- Pray daily for your health and that of your loved ones.
- Be strong in faith so as to overcome division.
- Work hard for your dignity and that of your family.
- Don't let yourself be robbed of hope.
- Remember that God never abandons us.
- Find happiness by creating harmony.
- 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.
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.
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
- Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities.
- Fever (100° or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever without fever medication for 24 hours.
- Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Student may not return to school until appetite has returned to normal.
- Rash with a fever.
- 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!
Toddler Play Group
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WANTED: Used Legos
Wellness Policy Reminder
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.
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
Our students enjoy hands-on science through their daily experiments. Third grade's science experiment on Matter using Hot Chocolate was a big hit.
Congratulations to one of our alumni, Brandon S., who has answered God's call and will enter the priesthood. May God bless Brandon as he begins his new journey! The SKD Community surrounds him with love and prayers.
We are so proud of our students and Catholic Leaders who demonstrate Christian service and values throughout each school day.