Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

January 4, 2018

Dear Parents,


Christmas blessings to you and Happy New Year! It is my sincere hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. As we begin 2018, I would like to personally thank you for your investment in Catholic education and for entrusting your children to our care. Thank you for your constant support and your dedication to our school's mission in forming Catholic Leaders. As you know, there is no greater investment for forming our future leaders and saints than a Catholic education.


As we embark on this New Year, may you be given opportunities to know Him more, walk in faith, and grow by His grace!


God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

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.

Virtual Classroom

Our students and teachers (grades 3-8) are excited to have participated in their Virtual Classrooms during our first snow day 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 to reach 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 included viewing a simple video, sharing a reflective response, or reading for a short period of time. Students worked on assignments independently and submitted homework to their teachers online. Some students collaborated on projects using Google Docs or had discussions with classmates and teachers via online forums. I am also very proud of our students for their enthusiasm, effort, and cooperation with this approach!

Genius Hour

During genius hour students of all levels are empowered to explore their own passions. View the video below to see how your child's classroom is being transformed into a place where they want to come and learn.


http://www.geniushour.com/

Mrs. Kane

Mrs. Kane has expressed her sincere gratitude for our continued prayers for her.


She was very happy to share that not only did she ring in the New Year, but she continued the celebration by ringing the bell at the hospital after completing her radiation treatments. What a great way to kick off 2018!


We love you, Mrs. Kane! We are praying for you and, we look forward to your return to school!

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated at the end of January. Mr. Clifton and our faculty are planning for this memorable week. Make your plans now to visit school or tell someone who is interested in seeing our school. Our Open House will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 12-2pm. More specific details will be communicated soon. We hope you will consider visiting us during our Open House and tell your family and friends.

SKD Junior Robotics Club

We are so excited to implement the SKD Junior Robotics Club for students in Grades 3-4-5. More information will be sent home next week.

SKD Spirit Gear

Most spirit wear has arrived and delivery will be next week. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon at 215-500-3595.

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.

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.

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.

Technology Plus Math Equals Success

Our 5th graders use their chrome books to display their math skills through their own created "kahoot" games.

Hola, Buenos Dias

Our students are greeted in Spanish during their morning arrival. Sonreir- it is going to be a great day at SKD!

Pre-K Learning Centers

Our Pre-K four students love learning especially during their center time.

Important Dates to Remember

1/5: Mass 9am / SKD Dance

1/12: NO SCHOOL- Teacher PD Day

1/15: NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day

1/18: 8th Grade Pictures

1/19: Gala Pep Rally 1:30pm

1/22: Walk for Life

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

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

1/29: Community Homeroom

Mission Statement

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