Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

May 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

As I write the date to my newsletter, I wonder how it can be May already. With only one short month left of school, time certainly does fly when you are having fun! Each day at SKD is full of learning and excitement!


During the month of May, we focus on the virtue of Justice. We remind our students every day that this Cardinal virtue enables us to give God and others what is due to them. Justice longs to see that others get that to which they are entitled. Justice requires that we offer praise and worship to God, protect each person’s rights, and be quick to forgive others.

Also, during the month of May, we focus on Mary, our Mother. Mary is the best example of motherhood, devotion, and a sense of hope that our Lord has given us so freely. During this month dedicated to Mary, our students offer special prayers and devotions to our Mother, Most Pure. I invite you to attend our school May Procession on Thursday, May 17th at 1pm. There is no better way to honor Jesus than to honor His mother.


As we honor Mary during this special month, let us remember the words of Saint Katharine Drexel: “Help me, Mother, to take from the hands of Jesus, in the spirit of humble love, devotion to my daily crosses.”


God’s blessings,

Ms. Clark

Prayers for our Community

Our entire school community lifts the Celenza and Roy Families up in prayer during this tragic time. Tyler was a graduate of our legacy school, Assumption BVM, Class of 2004.


May Tyler and Christina's souls and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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School Saftey

As a school community, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our students. Our faculty and staff gathered last week for a very important meeting regarding our school safety practices with expert, Mr. Jin Kim.


As our school partners with Mr. Kim, we will continue to make revisions to our drills and implement best practices in emergency situations. We will begin implementing some additional tools and practices within our classrooms and plan to practice a school-wide evacuation drill and reunification plan in the near future.


We are grateful to Mr. Kim and members of our local law enforcement who assist us in ensuring that we are using best school safety practices. More specific details regarding school safety and security will be discussed at our State of the School Address.

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Summer Uniforms

Students are expected to be in complete uniform each day. Please carefully review our policies for sneakers, nail polish, haircuts, and jewelry. Infractions will be given to students who are not in compliance with our uniform policy.

Registration Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to our families who have not re-registered for the 2018-2019 school year. Many of our classes now have waiting lists and / or seats are filling up with new registrations. We do not want you to lose your place. Knowing your intentions helps us to plan and budget for the next school year.

Northampton Days Festival

Come and visit our SKD table at this year's festival on Sunday. Also see our award-winning choir perform and our brand-new SKD cheer team! There will be fun for all ages. Check out the link below for a specific schedule of events! We hope to see you there!

Spring Choir and Band Concert

Please join us for our Spring Band and Choir Concert on Wednesday, May 9th at 7pm in gym.

State of the School Address

Our final PA General Meeting and State of the School Address will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm in the cafeteria. Don’t miss this important meeting! We will be discussing our school, highlights of the school year, future goals, school safety and security, finances, advancements, and much more. Our Stewardship Raffle will take place along with our regular $250 raffle drawing will take place this evening and students will not have homework.

Race for Education

We look forward to our Annual Race for Education Friday, May 18th. Donation dollars continue to come in. At this point, we have raised over $20,000 for our school. THANK YOU to our SKD families and friends for supporting this fundraiser!


Students may wear their gym uniforms with socks and sneakers on the day of the race. Sunscreen and reasonably sized water bottles are encouraged.

Class Trips

Notices have been sent to remind you to please ensure that your tuition account is current. Per school policy, tuition must be up to date in order for students to participate in upcoming class trips and other year-end activities.

Summer Enrichment at SKD

This summer we are happy to offer a wide range of camps/courses to our students in a relaxed atmosphere so that they will feel confident and comfortable when they enter the next grade level in the fall. Courses will be offered in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and STEM. Be sure to check out our school website link below for the full listing of courses and registration information.

2018-2019 School Year

The 2018-2019 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 5th for Grades 1-8. Please see the tentative calendar posted on our school website.

May Procession

Our 8th grade girls gathered at Mary's Grotto to say a special prayer to our Blessed Mother as we selected this year's May Queen and her attendant.


Please join our school community as we honor Mary during our school May Procession on Thursday, May 17th at 1pm.

Class Trip Time

Our 7th grade enjoyed their visit to the Museum of the American Revolution.
Our third grade enjoyed their trip to the Battleship NJ.
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Spring is Here!

Our Pre-K 3 students enjoyed a nature walk to see what God has made!

Check this out!

Our Robotics Team took the time to demonstrate and show off their robot during our Spring Expo Open House.
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May the 4th be with you!

Our PreK 4 celebrated May 4th "Star Wars Style!"

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.

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

Important Dates to Remember

5/4: Mass 9am

5/6: Northampton Days Festival

5/7: Grades 5 and 6 Class Trip

5/9: Spring Band and Choir Concert

5/10: Ascension Thursday, Mass 9am

5/16: State of the School Address 7pm

5/17: May Procession

5/18: Race for Education

5/22: 1st Grade Class Trip

5/24: Pre-K and Kindergarten Field Day

5/25: NO SCHOOL

5/28: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

5/29: Community Homeroom, Jean Day

5/30: Kindergarten Class Trip

5/31: 2nd Grade Class Trip

Mission Statement

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