Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

May 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

As St. Francis de Sales said, “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” Here are three simple ways we can honor Mary this Mother’s Day:

  • Pray the Rosary. Take a few moments, either alone or with your family, to pray the Rosary. If it’s a nice day outside, go for a Rosary walk! If an entire Rosary seems overwhelming to you, consider praying just one decade.
  • Bring Mary Flowers. During May (the month of Mary), it is customary to set up an extra-special space in your home to honor Our Lady. A Mary altar doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be simple but beautiful atop a fireplace mantle or bookshelf. If you don’t have a statue of Mary, a framed holy card and Rosary can adorn your altar. Get the kids involved by asking them to make little bouquets of flowers for the Blessed Mother. They will love doing this!
  • Enjoy Dessert. What holiday is complete without a special treat? And the Catholic Church is very good about teaching us about the importance of fasting and feasting! While Mother’s Day might not be an official Marian feast day, she is the mother of all mothers, so let us celebrate her! And perhaps instead of “Happy Birthday,” we could sing a Marian hymn instead!


May God bless all of our mothers as we celebrate with them on Sunday. In the words of Saint Katharine Drexel, “O Holy Mother of God, behold your child! I am not worthy but Jesus gave me to you. I am a part of His legacy; teach me to be all that a child of Mary ought to be.”


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

May Procession

Please join our school community as we honor Mary during our school May Procession on Thursday, May 17th at 1pm.

State of the School Address

Our final PA General Meeting and State of the School Address will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm in the cafeteria. Don’t miss this important meeting! We will be discussing our school, highlights of the school year, future goals, school safety and security, finances, advancements, and much more. Our Stewardship Raffle will take place along with our regular $250 raffle drawing will take place this evening and students will not have homework.

Race for Education

We look forward to our Annual Race for Education Friday, May 18th. Donation dollars continue to come in. At this point, we have raised over $20,000 for our school. THANK YOU to our SKD families and friends for supporting this fundraiser!


Students may wear their gym uniforms with socks and sneakers on the day of the race. Sunscreen and reasonably sized water bottles are encouraged.

After-School Clubs

Our school has offered a variety of after-school clubs. Due to low enrollment and lack of interest, some of our clubs have stopped. Knowing the importance of after-school clubs and how they can ultimately build students' confidence and self-esteem, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the short survey to help us plan for the 2018-2019 school year's extracurricular activities.


https://goo.gl/forms/WPbOvM2jGJeUEpWG3

Annual School Picnic

Please Join us for our End-of-the-Year School Picnic. The following flyer went home with every child. Please send in your RSVP! We look forward to celebrating the end of a great school year!
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Summer Uniforms

Students are expected to be in complete uniform each day. Please carefully review our policies for sneakers, nail polish, haircuts, and jewelry. Infractions will be given to students who are not in compliance with our uniform policy.

Registration Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to our families who have not re-registered for the 2018-2019 school year. Many of our classes now have waiting lists and / or seats are filling up with new registrations. We do not want you to lose your place. Knowing your intentions helps us to plan and budget for the next school year.

Class Trips

Notices have been sent to remind you to please ensure that your tuition account is current. Per school policy, tuition must be up to date in order for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Summer Enrichment at SKD

This summer we are happy to offer a wide range of camps/courses to our students in a relaxed atmosphere so that they will feel confident and comfortable when they enter the next grade level in the fall. Courses will be offered in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and STEM. Be sure to check out our school website link below for the full listing of courses and registration information.

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.

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.

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

5/16: State of the School Address 7pm

5/17: May Procession

5/18: Race for Education

5/22: 1st Grade Class Trip

5/24: Pre-K and Kindergarten Field Day

5/25: NO SCHOOL

5/28: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

5/29: Community Homeroom, Jean Day

5/30: Kindergarten Class Trip

5/31: 2nd Grade Class Trip

6/1: Mass 9am

6/6: Pre-Kindergarten Graduations

6/7: Kindergarten Graduation

6/8: School Picnic 6-8pm

6/11: Full Day, Field Day

6/12: Full Day, Homeroom Parties

6/13: Full Day / 8th Grade Graduation 7pm

6/14: 11:45am Dismissal

6/15: Last Day of School / Mass 9am / Dismissal 10:30pm

Mission Statement

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