Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

April 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

Spring is finally here, and it is surely filled with exciting days for our students. Please join me in congratulating our 2nd graders and 6th graders. Our 2nd grade students will celebrate their First Eucharist this weekend. This is such a special day in their lives. Our children learn that the Body and Blood of Christ are offered to us as food to nourish and strengthen us for our journey through life. What a special and joy-filled gift to receive.


Please also join me in congratulating our sixth graders who were sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit during the Sacrament of Confirmation. They have worked hard to prepare for this special sacrament of initiation by studying about our faith and completing service activities. May God bless them as they are now full members of the Catholic Church.


As you know, our Catholic identity is essential in every aspect of our school life and the main reason our school exists. I conclude with one of my favorite quotes that I hope to get framed for our school’s front lobby-


“Be it known to all who enter that Christ is the reason for our school.
He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes.
He is the model of its faculty, and the inspiration of its students.”


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

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.

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.

SKD School Family Directory

We look forward to offering a Family Directory for the 2018-2019 School Year. The purpose of this directory is to provide parents an opportunity to communicate about rides, activities, play dates, and etc.


We feel it is important that there be open communication so that each parent can know what other parents/guardians believe and support. It is also important to know that others value the same things and are wiling to work together for a common purpose.


You will have the option to participate or simply opt out. Information will be coming home soon.


NOTE: This directory is ONLY intended for the private use of SKD and its families and its content may NOT be used for any other purpose, including mass mailings or advertisements of any kind.

Recycle Time

As we celebrate Earth Day next week, our SKD Environmental Club will be instructing our students about plastic pollution. They are also kicking off for a school-wide plastic water bottle collection competition next week. We are so proud of our students for making a difference by loving our planet.

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Pi Day Celebrations

Even though we celebrated our annual Pi Day a month late this year due to the extension of winter, we are so proud of our students. Students in grades 5-8 created mathematical games dealing with Pi for the students in the younger grades to play. Fun was had by all and prizes were awarded to the winners of the Pi games!

Remembering and Praying

Our students paid tribute to the members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who were killed in a crash in Canada last week. Students wore their hockey jerseys and prayed for the team and all who have suffered from this tragedy. Thank you to our student and hockey player, Anthony V., who asked if our school community could take part in this special tribute and remembrance.

It's Off To Work We Go

Pre-K-4 has been learning about tools, construction, and measuring. Their helper, Mr. Nolan, is a retired electrician. He shared all of his tools with the students. The workers fixing the playground shared their tools with the class too. The students enjoyed this lesson and loved going to work in their Construction Centers.

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

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: 7th Grade Class Trip / Full School Day

4/30: Community Homeroom / Failure Warnings

5/3: PK 4 and 3rd Grade Class Trip / Spring Expo and Art Show 6-8pm

5/4: Mass 9am

5/6: Northampton Days Festival

5/7: Grades 5 and 6 Class Trip

5/9: Spring Band and Choir Concert

5/10: Ascension Thursday, Mass 9am

5/16: State of the School Address 7pm

5/17: May Procession

5/18: Race for Education

Mission Statement

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