Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

October 11, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we move through this first trimester and these beautiful fall days, our school’s mission is alive in each of our classrooms. Each and every day, the teachers and the students stretch themselves to do their very best work so as to make our world a better place.

While we are so proud of our school’s strong academic programs and innovative offerings, the most important work that we do is to help our students grow spiritually and form Catholic leaders for our Church.

I am proud and honored to be a part of this mission in forming our children as persons of kindness, compassion, and generosity. Each month our students focus on a service project within their own classroom and as a school community. Listed below are acts of Christian Service have taken place in our school last month and will continue in the months ahead.

As always, I thank you for your commitment to our school and its mission! Let us make a special effort to be more aware of God’s presence in our daily lives and pray for the grace to follow Him more closely. As we journey together, let us pray for one another!

God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Catholic Leaders Achieving our Mission

  • Our PreK students along with their 8th grade prayer buddies participated in Operation Gratitude by creating Care Packages for our servicemen and servicewomen.
  • Our Kindergarten students donated canned goods to the Food Pantry in honor of Saint Vincent de Paul's Feast Day.
  • Our 1st grade students and their 5th grade prayer partners are working together. Students will be donating a book of their choice to another fifth grade student at an inner city school. First grade students will be making book marks to go along with these special books.
  • Our 2nd graders are writing cards and collecting items to thank the veterans for serving our country.
  • Our 3rd graders and their prayer partners in 7th grade are collecting Coupons for the Troops!
  • Our 4th graders are hosting a coat and hat drive for those in need.
  • Our 6th grade students are sponsoring a classmate for when he walks for the "Out of the Darkness" walk-a-thon. It is a foundation that provides counseling for teen suicide.
  • Mrs. Kane is leading our entire school community in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month and raising money for the Unite for Her Fundraiser. Students are selling Pink Ribbon Pins, Pink Lemonade, and we will host a "Pink Out" Day on October 19th.

AFTER-SCHOOL Clubs and Activities

SKD offers many fun and exciting after-school activities. Below is a list of the first session of activities and clubs being offered. More information including registration dates can be found on our school website.

  • SKD Lego Club
  • SKD Robotics Junior
  • SKD Robotics Team
  • SKD Performing Arts Club
  • SKD Art Club
  • SKD Cheer Team
  • Young Rembrandt Drawing Club
  • Irish Dance Club
  • Go-Golf Club

Assumption BVM's Forty Hours

Assumption BVM Church will hold its annual Forty-Hours Devotion October 14-15-16. On October 16th, we will have the solemn closing of Forty Hours. All students are strongly encouraged to attend. All students should wear their school uniforms.

National Blue Ribbon T-shirts

Show your school spirit by ordering our impressive National Blue Ribbon T-shirt. Orders will only be accepted for a limited time. Please see the order form below.
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Save the Date- National Blue Ribbon Mass and Celebration- Sunday, November 11th

Please join our school community on Sunday, November 11th for the 12:30pm Mass at Saint Bede. We will also host an Open House and Blue Ribbon Reception after mass. All students are expected to attend and will meet in their classrooms at 12:10pm. More specific details will be sent home soon.

Pastors' Holiday, November 12th

In honor of our National Blue Ribbon Achievement, Monsignor Marine and Father Mike granted a Pastors' Holiday. On Monday, November 12th, there will be NO SCHOOL! Enjoy this special day off!

SKD Annual Golf Outing

Our SKD Parents Association is once again coordinating the Fifth Annual Saint Katharine Drexel School Golf Outing on Saturday, October 13th. You can either golf in the event, which includes lunch, golf, dinner and prizes, or just attend the evening dinner. See the golfer registration form for details. This is one of our largest fundraisers for the school, so your participation is greatly appreciated. It promises to be a great day for everyone involved and for the school.
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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!

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.

Parent Association

Please click on the link below for our Parent Association's Weekly Update.

7th Grade Scientists

Our seventh graders enjoyed their hands-on lab as they modeled erosion and deposition.

Field Trip Time

Our 3rd graders enjoyed their class trip to Howell living history farm.

Reading is Fun!

Our Prek 4 students love their library time and sharing their favorite books!

2nd Grade Engineers

Our 2nd graders had a blast designing something out of index cards that would be strong enough to hold the weight of a pencil box. Team work and creativity = SUCCESS!


Each week, our students produce our SKD Weekly Newscast. The video is always posted on our school website, but I had to include this week's in case you missed it. Check out this week's newscast which highlights our National Blue Ribbon teachers and students. We love these smiling faces. #proudtobeSKD

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

10/19: Pink Out Jean Day / SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup at ABVM

10/22: SKD Night at the Flyers

10/24: High School Night 6:30pm in Gym

10/25: 11:45am DIsmissal / Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/26: NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/30: Community Homeroom

10/31: PreK and Kindergarten Halloween Parade

11/1: All Saints Day/ Mass 9am

11/2: Mass 9am

11/9: SKD Infant and Toddler Playgroup at ABVM

11/11: Blue Ribbon Mass / Reception / Open House 12:30pm

11/12: NO SCHOOL, Pastors' Holiday

11/15: Veteran's Day Celebration

11/16: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

11/20: First Grade Class Trip

11/21: 11:45am DIsmissal

11/22: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving

11/23: NO SCHOOL

11/26: NO SCHOOL

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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.