From the Desk of Ms. Clark
February 15, 2018
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!
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!
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:
- 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.
WANTED: Used Legos
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
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.
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
2/16: 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
Our students enjoy spending time in the Maker Space when they visit the Media Center.
Our students in Grades 5-8 learn about answering God's call during their annual Vocation Day.
Our students share the love with their classmates especially on Valentine's Day.