Principal's Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Clark

March 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that our second trimester of the school year will end next Friday. With our focus always being on high academic standards and faith development, we are proud of our students who are challenged in all subject areas each day. Our teachers work hard to collaborate and plan lessons that are engaging, meaningful, and fun for our students. As I travel the hallways of our school, I am always impressed with the wonderful learning happening in each classroom.

As stated on the Archdiocese’s Office for Catholic Education website, “With emphases on learning, self-improvement, spiritual well-being, and inter-personal relationships, our Catholic Schools focus on equipping students with the skills needed to become respectful, contributing members of society.” May God bless us all as we continue to work together to achieve our school’s mission and form Catholic leaders!

God's blessings,

Ms. Clark

Dismissal / Safety

Once again, the safety of our children is of highest priority. When dismissing as a car rider, please be sure to exit the parking lot when directed by the teacher. No car should move until it is directed to move out the exit closest to the church. Parents and children are not permitted to re-enter the school building through the car-line exit doors in order to get a forgotten book or use the restroom. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Calendar Change

School will be in session on Friday, April 27th which was originally a scheduled day off. Please adjust your calendars.

Important Meeting for Students and Parents- DATE CHANGE

Please see the attached letter about the important meeting for all students and parents in grades 5-8. Please note the date change and mark your calendar.
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Parent Survey

Thank you to those families who have completed the Continuous Improvement Survey and I encourage our remaining families to take part in this very important part of the efforts to maintain a school culture focused on continuous improvement.

Here is the link to the survey:

As reminder:

  • The survey will be open until March 5, 2018.
  • All information gathered is secure (you don’t’ have to provide your name).
  • Since parents from each elementary school and high school in the Archdiocese will be completing the survey, we ask that if you have students at both the high school and elementary school level you complete the survey at each school.
  • For data accuracy, we ask each family to complete the survey once.

In the coming weeks, I will update you on our school response rate.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Toddler Play Group

SAVE THE DATE and join us for SKD's first-ever playgroup on Friday, April 13th in the school cafeteria (10-12pm) and on Friday, April 27th at Assumption BVM Room 15 (10-12). Specific information will be posted soon. Please contact Daniel Clifton with any questions.

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.

Morning Drop-off and 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.

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!

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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 or by going directly to

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.

Comparing Fractions

Our 2nd graders had a great time learning how to compare fractions.

Who knew..math could be so fun!

STREAMlining Success

We continue to STREAMline success at SKD. Our students in grades 5-7 participated in our annual SKD STEM Challenge. Many thanks to the Robotics Team from Mount St. Joseph for judging our competition, and congratulations to our winners! Our winning teams will now compete at the county level.

Wacky Wednesday

Our PreK 4 students were so excited to celebrate Wacky Wednesday and find wacky things in their classrooms.

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

3/2: Mass 9am

3/8: School Confessions

3/9: End of the 2nd Trimester

3/10: Saint Bede Confirmation

3/12: Third Trimester Begins

3/14: 7th Grade Universal Visitation Day

3/19: Terra Nova Testing Begins

3/25: Passion Play

3/26: Passion Play

3/28: Community Homeroom / 11:45am Dismissal

3/29: NO SCHOOL, Holy Thursday

3/30: NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

4/2: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

4/3: Classes resume

4/6: Mass 9am

Mission Statement

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