Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

November 30, 2017

Dear Parents,


As we enter this holy season of Advent on Sunday, we pray and prepare our hearts for the birth of the Child Jesus. We want our Christmas to be centered on the Child, but with all the shopping, decorating, and partying, we tend to lose the most important meaning. The humble simplicity of Jesus’ coming is overwhelmed by the gilt and glitz. Together, let us resolve that we are going to keep to the true meaning of Christmas. Let us welcome Christ into our lives in a manner that reflects the hope of our hearts, and put some time and energy into making Christmas that special time of healing, of peace, and of joy for all those we love.


It is hard to believe that our First Trimester ends tomorrow. Report Cards will be distributed on Monday, December 11th. This should be a time for you to commend your child for his/her hard work, effort, and strengths. This is also a great opportunity to reflect with your child on the areas that need improvement and develop a plan for this during the second trimester.


During the month of December, our school’s theme is the virtue of patience. We have all heard of the common saying that “patience is a virtue” while it tends to be one of the most challenging virtues. We challenge our students to practice this important virtue each day and especially during this holy season of Advent.


Come, Lord Jesus! Come and ease our anxiety. Come and reward our patience. Come and remove our sorrow. Our school community and our world eagerly await the day of your birth.


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Morning Arrival

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 once stopped at the curb. Children should 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, you MUST park your car and enter through the main school entrance. You must report to the office.

Report Cards / Tuition Reminder


As you are aware, the first trimester report cards are due to be distributed on Monday, December 11, 2017 This is a reminder to all families that the school’s policy is to withhold report cards to families who are delinquent in their tuition. All tuition and late fees should be current through November in order to receive report cards.


If you need to contact SMART to make tuition payment arrangements, please call their toll-free number 1-888-868-8828. Our SMART school code is 11670. You can make a tuition payment directly to the school by issuing a check payable to SKD School and delivering it to my attention at the school office.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have questions, please contact Fred Perazzelli, Business Manager 215-357-1221

AJPERAZZELLI@comcast.net

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.

SKD Spirit Shop

We are excited offer our spirit-wear through our new online store. Please click below to view all items. Be sure to place your orders to get your gear before Christmas. If you have idea for an item that you do not see listed, please let us know. Many thanks to Mrs. Kuriger for coordinating and setting this up for our school!

Parent Association Weekly Update

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

Free Money for Our School

Please be sure to participate in the following to help raise "free" money for our school:

  • Box Tops / Campbell Soup Labels
  • Giant Rewards
  • Smile Amazon
  • NEW- Shoparoo

Classroom Happenings

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

Fifth Grade Coding

Our fifth grade enjoys their time "coding," While our students are having fun, what really matters are the lasting benefits of building their skill sets in logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication.

Robotics Team

Did you know SKD has a Robotics Team? "Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two teachers, FIRST LEGO League* teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field."


We look forward to adding a Robotics Jr Team for Grades 3-4-5 and a Lego Club for Grades K-1-2 very soon! Visit the First Lego site for more details about this awesome experience!

Math and Cheerios

Third grade enjoyed math class this week as they created arrays using Cheerios to help them with their multiplication facts.

Makerspace

PreK 3 enjoyed working in the Media Center at the Makerspace where they were challenged to create animals using tinker toys! Imagination and creativity at its finest!

Important Dates to Remember

12/1: Mass 9am / End of the 1st Trimester/ SKD Dance

12/3: Saint Bede Christmas Concert 4pm

12/4: 2nd Trimester begins / General Assembly PA Meeting 7pm / Grades 3-8 Movie Trip

12/6: Saint Bede Gift-Giving Mass

12/7: Confessions / Christmas Village

12/8: Mass 9am Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12/11: Report Cards

12/12: Carol Night 7pm

12/13: Christmas Band Concert 7pm

12/18: Community Homeroom

12/20: Free Red and Green Jean Day

12/21: 11:45am Dismissal

12/22-1/2: Christmas Break

1/3: Classes Resume

Mission Statement

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