Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

“Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” As our church celebrates Palm Sunday this Sunday, and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, we begin the most holy of weeks.


As we enter this solemn week and journey with Jesus through his Last Supper and Agony and Death on the Cross, I invite you to our 7th and 8th grade production of “The Passion Play.” Our students have worked hard during their many practices under the careful direction of Monsignor Marine and Mrs. Garner, and the many assistants that assist with the show. This performance will certainly set the tone for Holy Week as you journey with our students who will perform the Passion of our Lord.


There are two evening performances due to the usual large turnout. You can attend Sunday night or Monday night. Both shows begin at 7:30pm in the school gym. There is an admission fee of $5 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12.


I hope you and your family will join us. As our Lenten journey comes to an end, let us be transformed knowing that what appeared to be death has become, instead, a source of life. On behalf of Monsignor Marine, Father Mike, and our faculty and staff, I wish you a blessed Easter as we rejoice in our Savior’ s love and accept his gift of abiding hope!


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Important Schedule Changes

As we review our school calendar, please know that Wednesday (3/28/18) will now be a FULL day of school. As a reminder, school will now be in session on Friday, April 27th and we begin each school day at 8:10am. Our teachers and students have also been utilizing their virtual classrooms during our snow days. Finally, Wednesday, June 13th will also be a FULL day of school.


Please adjust your calendars, and I will let you know of any other changes.

Help Needed

We are in desperate need for parent volunteers to help backstage for our Passion Play. We need 3 more parents for Friday and Sunday and 2 more parents for Saturday and Monday -- all for backstage to keep the kids quiet and in place. Please let me know if you can help.

Important Meeting for Students and Parents- DATE CHANGE

Please see the attached letter about the important meeting for all students and parents in grades 5-8. Please note the date change and mark your calendar.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our sixth graders from Saint Bede's Parish who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation! May you be strengthened by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as you are now full members of the Catholic Church! Thank you to Mrs. Robbins and Mrs. Senoyuit who worked hard in preparing their students for this Sacrament of Initiation.

Race for Education- LABELS DUE

If you have not done so already, please return your labels for our Race for Education to school tomorrow. Please remember that this is one of our biggest fundraisers for our school!


SPECIAL PRIZE for the student who brings in the most labels- he or she will be Principal for the Day!

2018-2019 School Year

The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 5th for Grades 1-8. Please see the tentative calendar posted on our school website.

Report Cards

As you are aware, the second trimester report cards are due to be distributed on Monday, March 26th.

Third Trimester

Our third and final trimester has begun! Even though we are starting the last stretch of the school year, please continue to help us enforce the importance of good behavior and a solid work ethic with the children. Thank you, in advance, for supporting all that the teachers are doing during the school day to keep our students challenged by checking at home to see that homework and projects are completed.

Report Cards and Class Trips

As we progress deeper into the school year, we want to remind families to please ensure that their tuition account is current. Per school policy, tuition must be up to date in order for students to receive their report cards and also for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Toddler Play Group

SAVE THE DATE and join us for SKD's first-ever playgroup on Friday, April 13th in the school cafeteria (10-12pm) and on Friday, April 27th at Assumption BVM Room 15 (10-12). Specific information will be posted soon. Please contact Daniel Clifton with any questions.

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.

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.

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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

3/23: Terra Nova Testing

3/25: Passion Play 7:30pm

3/26: Report Card Distribution / Passion Play 7:30pm

3/28: Community Homeroom / FULL DAY of School

3/29: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

3/30: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/2: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/3: Classes resume

4/6: Mass 9am

4/11: Important Parent and Student Meeting

4/13: Pi Day / SKD Playgroup / SKD Gala

4/15: ABVM Confirmation

4/18: 8th Grade Retreat Day

4/20: Kindergarten Grandparents Day / Jean Day

4/21: Saint Bede's First Communion

4/24: 4th Grade Class Trip

4/26: 8th Grade Class Trip

4/27: Full School Day

4/30: Community Homeroom / Failure Warnings

Mission Statement

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