Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

November 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

By teaching and modeling manners, giving, generosity, and respect, we are helping our children to make and keep friends, excel in school, and feel fulfilled. Here are some ways you can help your children learn and practice these important values:

  • Ask your children to go through the pantry at home and find any canned goods that haven’t been used within the last 6 months. If they’re not being eaten, give them to a family who can use them!
  • Request that your children pick out one item each at the grocery store to contribute to the local food pantry.
  • Direct your children to set aside a certain percentage of their allowance, job money, or money that came through gifts for the purpose of giving to charity. Then help them choose a charity that is meaningful to them, allow them to research it, and motivate them to write the letter telling the charity how much and why they want to donate to them.
  • Visit an assisted living facility or a nursing home so that your children can sing songs, play games, and read with the seniors there.
  • After every other season, have a “closet day” in which your children spend some time going through their closet and bagging up the things that are too small or unused. Then drive them to the drop off center or charity and allow them to contribute their donations.
  • Ask your children to help make cards or wrap presents for people outside of your family and circle of friends. Perhaps these contributions would be for the local children’s hospital or other charity. It doesn’t need to be holiday time to do this! Be different!
  • Invite someone who doesn’t have family nearby to share a meal or come over for a movie. You wouldn’t believe how grateful they will be just to feel included.
  • Talk to your children often about generosity, giving, and how they can give of themselves each day. It’s amazing that the more we give, the more we get out of living.
  • Encourage your children to call elderly family members—even extended family members– just to say hello, tell them what’s new, and ask them what they’re up to these days. A simple call can make someone’s day.
  • Ensure that your children send out thank you cards. If they’re very young, have them sign them in their own way—either with their name, a drawing, or decorative stickers.
  • Read books that illustrate the power of giving. Talk about the characters with your children and ask them how each character showed generosity of spirit. What did they admire?

-Dr. Robyn Silverman

During these Autumn days, let us remember that nothing lives forever- so we must be aware and appreciate God’s goodness in nature and in those surrounding us. Our generous spirit is a sign to others that we are believers and depend on the Holy Spirit to live a faithful Christian life.

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

SKD Value for November

During this month of November, we have been focusing on the virtue of respect. We teach our children that self-respect is at the heart of respecting others. When you can identify and appreciate your own strengths and accept your own weaknesses, it's easier to truly respect the value of others. We pray for the virtue of respect so that everyone we meet will feel like we are their brother and sister in Christ.

Re-Registration is happening!

Re-registration for the 2018-2019 school year has been taking place and all families who register before Thanksgiving will be entered in a drawing to win VIP seats for Carol Night and the Passion Play! Open enrollment will begin after Thanksgiving for new families.

We Salute Our Veterans

Please join us for our annual Veterans Day Celebration when we will honor those who have served our country and fought for our freedom! If you have a relative who is veteran and he/she would be able to join us, please call the office. Our celebration will begin at 10am on Thursday, November 16th.

Healthy Hands, Healthy Heart

Fall is here, and with the cool breeze comes the unfortunate cold and flu! 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!

Career Day

Please join us and see the attached flyer from our National Junior Honor Society.

Parent Association Weekly Update

Click the link below to see our PA's latest news and updates.

Classroom Happenings

Each week, I will highlight some of the wonderful learning experiences happening each day in our classrooms.

Teddy Bear Week in PreK

PreK met "Blue" on Monday! Then he went missing! They found tracks all around school on Tuesday but didn't see Blue! The students decided to make posters that said "missing blue," and they hung them up around school. They learned teddy bear songs and read many wonderful teddy bear books. Today they brought in their flashlights, put on their detective hats and badges and went on a bear hunt. They were so happy to finally find Blue in Mr Larosa's PE office. They ended their short week with a teddy bear picnic.

2B Wizards

Our second graders are practicing their new Even and Odd song to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O." They also are working on their Veteran's Day projects. In Grammar, they are learning the difference between synonyms and antonyms. They are using synonyms to make their writing pieces more descriptive!

4th and 8th Grade Engineers

In Science, the fourth graders created a boat from modeling clay and then floated it. They tested a design solution and went through a failure analysis in order to improve their solution in their latest lab.

The 8th grade designed a model (using marshmallows and toothpicks) so that they could engineer an earthquake simulation. They had to determine whether or not their model was able to withstand the earthquake after placing it a a shoe box sized container. There were straws that went along the bottom (width) of the container and then a piece of cardboard was on top of the straws. Once they placed the model on top of that, they had to enthusiastically shake the container to simulate an earthquake. If there was any damage, they could construct a new model and test that one as well.

Patriotic Sounds

This week the SKD choir practiced their songs for the upcoming Veterans Day celebration. The choir really has enjoyed learning and singing our patriot songs. The choir members are looking forward to performing them on Thursday, November 16th!

Technology Information for Parents

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Technology Team has provided an outstanding newsletter for parents with the latest updates and tips for technology. Click on the link below to view:

Important Dates to Remember

11/9: 11:45am Dismissal / Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/10: NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/16: Veteran’s Day Celebration

11/17: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast / Jean Day

11/22: 11:45am Dismissal

11/23: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving

11/24: NO SCHOOL

11/26: Lunch with Santa

11/27: NO SCHOOL

Mission Statement

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