Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

September 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

It was so nice to welcome all the children back to our SKD family this week along with seeing their smiling faces. There has been much excitement around our school this week, and the students are getting right back into the swing of their school routine.


This school year we will focus on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. When we embrace the graces and gifts we receive from the Holy Spirit, we grow as followers of Jesus. We see the effect of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives in special qualities and attitudes that we develop as we grow in our faith. The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit are signs that the Holy Spirit is alive within us and helping us live the Catholic faith in our daily lives.


During the month of September, we celebrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit called KINDNESS. Each day we ask our Lord to help us to demonstrate kindness everywhere we go. We ask Him to help us to show others, the love and kindness that He shares with us each and every day.


Let us remember, "If we teach Jesus' example of kindness, then our children will become more considerate of the presence of Christ in others.”


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

SKD School Board

As you may already know, the purpose of our SKD School Board is to promote and advance the mission of our school. The board collaborates with the pastors and works in partnership with the principal in ensuring that our school fulfills its mission. This Board of Limited Jurisdiction makes decisions concerning development, marketing, finances, enrollment, and facilities. As the board enters its fourth year, there have been some changes.


We are deeply grateful to our Board Chairperson, Mrs. Terri Michel, for her commitment for the past three years. Mrs. Michel was an asset to our first school board and helped us in so many ways. We thank her for bringing her passion, intellect, insight, experience, and resources to our board and SKD. Mr. Frank Lynch, current board member, will now serve as our Board Chairperson. We are grateful to Mr. Lynch for accepting this role and for his continued commitment to Catholic education and our mission.


We are also very appreciative to Mr. James Kelly, who served on our board and led our development committee as chairperson. Mr. Kelly dedicated his time, talent, and treasure to ensure success with our school's annual fund. Mr. Edward Shannon, current board member, will now serve as our development committee chair. Mr. Shannon is committed to our school and its future.


The following members have joined our board last spring: Mary Harkins, Mark Arcidiacono, and Joseph Gnias. Our new members bring a diverse of backgrounds and expertise to our school board, but most importantly they believe in Catholic education! We welcome them, and thank them for saying "yes" to this big task aside from all of the many other things that they do, including their own careers and their own family and social lives.


We thank God for ALL of our board members- past and current- thank you for your service, your loyalty, your leadership, and your guidance.

Back to School Nights

We request that at least one parent of every child be present for this important meeting. Children are not to be present for this meeting.

Lunch Monitors- Help Needed

Lunch monitors are needed on a permanent basis. Each monitor will be assigned to supervise the students at lunch and recess. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten duty is from 11:20am to 12:30pm and our Grades 1-8 duty is from 11:45AM to 1:00PM each full school day. If you are able to give your time, please email Mrs. Guarino or call the school. Lunch monitors must be in compliance with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements and have all background checks, and the documentations must be on file. Please check the school website for a list of these requirements.

Student Safety First

IMPORTANT- When arriving to school in the morning, all cars and buses MUST enter the entrance by the Saint Katharine Drexel School Sign and exit through the driveway closest to the church. No car or bus will be permitted to enter through the driveway closest to the church.


Please enter the morning drop-off car line with caution. The morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE only. 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, you MUST park your car in the front of the school and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office. No cars are permitted to park or idle in front of the school in the fire lane.

Raptor Visitor Management System

The Raptor System, which is used in many school districts including Council Rock, is a visitor management system. This system will better allow us to track visitors, volunteers, student late arrivals and early dismissals, and provide us with a more monitored environment for our students and staff. Please see the attached letter in your email regarding NEW procedures when visiting our school.


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Attendance

School Hours are from 8:15am to 2:45PM and 8:30am to 2:30pm for our Pre-Kindergarten. Please call the school office and leave your child’s name and room number on the attendance line if your child is going to be absent for the day. If the absence is not reported to the office by 9am, a phone call will be made to confirm an absence.

Late Arrivals

After 8:15am, your child is considered late. Parent and child must report to the school office and sign a late arrival form. Children will not be admitted into school late without a parent present, so please do not just drop your child off at the front school door.


Please make every effort to get your child to school on time. This teaches our students respect and courtesy along with an understanding of the importance of being on time. When a child is late, it disrupts the morning routines of the classroom and often the child becomes overwhelmed.

Early Dismissal

If your child must leave school before the end of the school day, an early dismissal form must be completed and sent to the homeroom teacher in the morning. Parents are to come to the school office to pick up their child for dismissal.

Breakfast is Served!

We are excited to now have a breakfast option for our students when they arrive to school. Breakfast will be available once our doors open for the students at 7:40am and will be available to purchase until 8:05am. Our menu is now posted on our school website.

Lunch Menu

This can be located in the Parent Resource section of the website. Monthly lunch orders and any correspondence from Mrs. Berk, our cafeteria coordinator, can also be found in this section. If your child should forget his/her lunch, you can place his/her lunch in the Late Lunch Bin in the school vestibule. This bin will be taken to the cafeteria at lunch. Please instruct your child to check this bin if he/she should forget his/her lunch.

Ice Cream Social

Our Parent Association will hold their annual “Welcome Back Ice Cream Social” on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30-8pm on the school field. Please join us for a cold treat and reconnect with old and new friends! Flyer will be sent home soon.

Important Papers

Even though we are paperless, some documents are required to be sent home. Your child will be coming home with some important information during the first week of school. These documents must be completed and returned to school with your child. This will include: Student Emergency Information Form, Medical Forms, Handbook Agreement, and Milk and Pretzel orders. Please be sure to check your child’s folder for this information.

Health and Wellness Policy Reminder

In accordance with the Archdiocese Wellness Policy, the Council Rock School District, and our school health committee, no food/candy treats will be allowed at school for birthday celebrations.

SKD Annual Golf Outing

SKD School’s Annual Golf Outing at Northampton Valley Country Club, Richboro, PA will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. We hope you will join us for this enjoyable day! Specific information iwill be sent home soon!

Parent Association Weekly Update

Please click on the link below for news from our dedicated Parent Association.

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

9/7: Opening Mass 9am; Pre-K and Kindergarten Orientation

9/10: Opening Day for Pre-K and Kindergarten

9/12: Back to School Night Grades 1-4 at 7pm

9/13: Back to School Night Grades 5-8 at 7pm

9/14-9/16: Saint Bede Padre Pio Festival

9/20: Ice Cream Social 6:30-8pm

9/27: Community Homeroom

9/28: Jean Day

9/30: Saint Bede's Forty Hours Begins

10/2: Closing of Saint Bede's Forty Hours 7:30pm

10/3: NO SCHOOL

10/5: Mass 9am

First Day Memories

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Mission Statement

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