Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

February 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

During this holy Lenten season, we take time to reflect on our Lenten devotions and the mercy of God. We spend the time thanking Christ for His sacrifice and mercy, following the Lenten promises of prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving.


Our entire school community attended mass on Ash Wednesday. Our teachers are guiding their students as they determine how to best observe this time of preparation. Some students will make small sacrifices while others will try to do something special. Increased prayer is always encouraged. Students in grade 3 through 8 will participate in Stations of the Cross during the afternoon on Wednesdays throughout Lent. It is a blessing that we can express our faith and live Lent fully in Catholic school.


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Let God enable our inner goodness and light to shine through in all we are and do!


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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Best of Bucks

Please tell everyone to VOTE for us! The contest is almost over. We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Best of Bucks! We need your help! Visit skdschool.org/bestofbucks to vote for our 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!

Parent Survey

Thank you to those families who have completed the Continuous Improvement Survey and I encourage our remaining families to take part in this very important part of the efforts to maintain a school culture focused on continuous improvement.


Here is the link to the survey:

https://www.research.net/r/aops-pf


As reminder:


  • The survey will be open until March 5, 2018.
  • All information gathered is secure (you don’t’ have to provide your name).
  • Since parents from each elementary school and high school in the Archdiocese will be completing the survey, we ask that if you have students at both the high school and elementary school level you complete the survey at each school.
  • For data accuracy, we ask each family to complete the survey once.



In the coming weeks, I will update you on our school response rate.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Toddler Play Group

Thank you for participating in our survey. We are excited to pilot this program in the Spring. More information will be posted soon including specific dates and times.

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.

Morning Drop-off and 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.

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

School Emergency Closing Information

Please see the School Emergency Closing Information posted on our website under Parent Resources regarding specific information should our school close due to inclement weather.


Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is opening late, closed, or dismissing early.

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

SKD Jr. Robotics Team Comes Together

Our team members in grades 3-4-5 are discovering STEM concepts through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination.

Important Dates to Remember

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 the 2nd Trimester

3/10: Saint Bede Confirmation

3/12: Third Trimester Begins

3/14: 7th Grade Universal Visitation Day

3/19: Terra Nova Testing Begins

3/25: Passion Play

3/26: Passion Play

3/28: 11:45am DIsmissal

Mission Statement

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