From the Desk of Ms. Clark
January 23, 2020
In the words of Pope Francis, “It is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual, and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us, but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others. Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
As we celebrate yet another Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded that Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School is not just a school. We are a community. SKD is a community with a strong focus on academic excellence, high moral standards, and faith development.
We are a Catholic School with a vision of what it means to follow Jesus and the teachings of His church. We are a powerful place that inspires hope in a world sadly depleted of hope. We are a place where we teach that with God, all things are possible when we trust in His power and strength.
At the close of this year’s celebration, on behalf of Monsignor Marine, Father Mike, our faculty, our staff, and our students, I thank you for helping make our week a success and for all you have done and continue to do in order to aid us in our mission.
Saint Katharine Drexel Gala RSVPs, Sponsorships and Advertisements Due February 7
This is a reminder that the Saint Katharine Drexel Gala RSVPs at the discounted rate, sponsorships and advertisements are due on Friday, February 7.
We hope to see many SKD families at this amazing event that is our largest fundraiser of the year! You can also show your support and be a sponsor at any of level, place an advertisement in the event program or donate an item, gift card, experience, etc. to be auctioned off in either the silent or live auction.
Donations can be returned with your RSVP or dropped off at the front office at your convenience. No amount is too small and every dollar donated benefits the children of the school directly. Be sure to visit the Gala website for complete details: https://skdschoolgala.weebly.com/
If you have any questions, you can email the Gala team at: email@example.com
Snow Emergency Procedures
By this time last year, we already had a snow day. We have been very lucky so far, but I am not sure how long this luck will last. Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. You can view these procedures in detail on our school website under Parent Resources. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is closed or is dismissing early.
In the event of a Snow Day, our students and teachers (grades 3-8) will once again participate in their Virtual Classrooms with the main goal of not losing instructional time and momentum. In this digital age, where the technology exists, if we do not utilize online learning in these types of circumstances, it is truly a missed opportunity.
I thank our dedicated teachers for always striving for our mission of academic excellence by embracing this 21st century learning strategy and developing short but thoughtful and meaningful lessons for our students. Some lessons will include viewing a simple video, sharing a reflective response, or reading for a short period of time.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
Important information and applications for need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are now available.
Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab on the AOP Catholic Schools website to access the online applications for the Maguire Scholars Program, Howley Family Foundation Scholarship and all other opportunities available.
Important Dates to Remember
1/31: CSW Closing Mass 9am
2/4: Saint Bede's First Penance
2/7: Mass 9am
2/8: SKD Sweetheart Dance
2/12: ABVM First Penance
2/13: Service Jean Day
2/14: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day
2/17: NO SCHOOL, President's Day
2/20: Good Time Ticket Jean Day
2/21: Spirit Jean Day
2/26: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am
2/28: Community Homeroom
3/6: Mass 9am
3/11: 7th Grade High School Visitation Day
3/13: End of 2nd Trimester
3/14: Saint Bede's Confirmtion
3/16: 3rd Trimester Begins
3/20: Terra Nova Testing Begins