Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

January 25, 2018

Dear Parents,

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in our school each day. We teach our students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities.


The events we have planned demonstrate how we are STREAMlining success through the areas of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math each day at SKD. Please see the agenda below for this fun and memorable week for our school community.


It is known that SKD School works hard to provide strong emphasis on academic excellence, faith development, and commitment to service. We are committed to educating the whole child while living the Gospel values each day. You will have an opportunity to see those characteristics in action during our Catholic Schools Week events. I hope you and your family will join us. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be thinking about Catholic education for their children.


When you visit our school, I am sure you will be as proud of our students as we are. What helps make their accomplishments possible is the dedication and commitment of our pastors, teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers. I am thankful every day, but I want to make a point -- at this special time of the year for Catholic schools – of personally extending my deepest appreciation to everyone who makes our school a success.


As we approach this special week, “may Christ dwell in our hearts through faith and joy and may charity be the root and foundation of our lives.”


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

IMPORTANT- Morning Drop-off and Arrival

Once again, traffic and lateness are occurring due to parents not properly following the instructions for morning arrival. I remind you that the morning drop off is an express line; parents may not stop and get out of their cars. Please be sure your child is ready to exit the car once you arrive.


Students must exit from the PASSENGER SIDE once you have stopped at the curb. Children must not wait to exit the car until you reach the church. 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 or if your child is not ready to exit the car, you MUST park your car and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office.


No car is permitted pass the cones once they are being placed at 8:13am even if you were in line with the traffic.

Best of Bucks

We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Best of Bucks! We need your help! Voting begins on January 15th. Visit skdschool.org/bestofbucks to vote for your school!

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

  1. Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities.
  2. Fever (100° or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever without fever medication for 24 hours.
  3. Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Student may not return to school until appetite has returned to normal.
  4. Rash with a fever.
  5. Other conditions deemed appropriate after assessment by the certified school nurse and/or the staff nurse.

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!

Toddler Play Group

From babyhood onward, playing helps to develop physical skills, teaches problem solving, communication, social interaction – and obviously, it’s great fun. Community playgroups are fun and open to everyone. At St. Katharine Drexel, we're exploring the idea of creating a toddler playgroup.

Please take a moment to to complete the following survey to let us know how/if a toddler playgroup could benefit your family.


Click Here for survey.

Host Families Needed

Please see the letter below from Maritza Kelly, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Bede Church. Please let Maritza know if you are able to help!

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.

Wellness Policy Reminder

As a reminder: While many families enjoy special food treats at home, 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. Please review our Heath and Wellness Policy by clicking on the link below.


SKD Wellness Policy

School Emergency Closing Information

Please see the School Emergency Closing Information posted on our website under Parent Resources regarding specific information should our school close due to inclement weather.


Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is opening late, closed, or dismissing early.

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.

2018-2019 Tuition Rates

Our tuition rates for the 2018-2019 school year are now posted on our website under the Admission tab.

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

Classroom Happenings

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

Artists at Work

Our students are working hard on their winter moonlit landscapes as they learn how to blend and shade with oil and chalk pastels.

Totem Pole

Our third graders enjoyed the Totem Pole family project and creativity continues to flow as the children work independently on their descriptive Totem Pole writings on google classroom.

Looking Back at 2017

Our Seventh Graders are doing a Current Event 2017 Year in Review Activity. They are creating booklets and Google Slides of the biggest events that happened or became a part of our world in 2017.

Beautiful Voices

We are so proud of Keira, who made the Archdiocesan choir! What a wonderful honor and we are so proud of Keira for trying out and making the cut!

Shopping List

Pre-K-4 enjoys shopping at their classroom supermarket along with getting a tour of a real supermarket when they took their field trip to the ACME

Important Dates to Remember

1/26: Jean Day / Failure Warnings / Family Bingo

1/28: Catholic Schools Week Begins / Open House 12-2pm

1/29: Community Homeroom / December Catholic Leader Awards

1/30: National Day of Giving / $1 Dress Down Day

1/31: Parent Appreciation Breakfast and Visit

2/1: Free Dress Down Day

2/2: Mass 9am

2/3: Sweetheart Dance

2/13: Saint Bede's First Penance

2/14: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am

2/15: Vocation Day / ABVM First Penance

Mission Statement

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