Welcome to the newest Catholic elementary school in Sioux Falls – St. Katharine Drexel! In response to the growing demand for Catholic education from the families of the west side of Sioux Falls and surrounding areas, St. Katharine Drexel School opened its doors in the Fall of 2008 as a Preschool through 1st grade school. We have since added one grade each year and now offer Preschool through 6th grade.
We begin our week with students saying a decade of the Rosary together, school mass is held every Wednesday morning, and the week concludes with classes spending time in the Chapel. Each classroom has the opportunity to prepare and participate in the weekly school mass. We invite parents and other family members to join us for this special time.
At St. Katharine Drexel School, we place a strong emphasis on teaching the students about the virtues of respect, responsibility, gratitude, service, honesty, love, compassion, forgiveness, manners, and trust. Through various activities, students understand the value of being a Child of God.
Upon entering our school, you will be greeted by a very caring and spiritual staff who know each child as an individual. We have small class sizes which are great for meeting each student’s unique needs. Classrooms have interactive Promethean or Smart Boards for teachers and students to use in the learning process. Parents are also actively involved in school activities and with our School Family Organization (SFO).
For any additional questions or to schedule a tour, please contact the school office at 275-6994 or SFCS Admissions Coordinator, Jenni Struck, at 575-3358.
As we begin our journey through Lent, let this be a time for self-discovery and to
remember how Jesus went into the desert for forty days and was tempted by the devil. During our Lenten experience, we pray more, eat less, and give to the poor to prepare ourselves for the biggest event in our Christian faith-Christ’s Resurrection at Easter! But we must make ready our hearts and minds, like an athlete trains for a key game or race. We need to strengthen our good habits as we remain God’s sons and daughters through the waters of Baptism. It is our hope that you have taken time to talk to your children about their thoughts and come up with both family and individual plans to make these days meaningful ones. Prayers go out to all the SKD families this Lenten season.
Mrs. Charron, Principal
Our school Mass is held every* Wednesday at 8:00 am.
*There are occasionally special date changes which will be communicated to families as needed
St. Katharine Drexel Prayer
Ever-loving God, You called Saint Katharine Drexel to teach the message of the Gospel and to bring the life of the Eucharist to the African American and Native American peoples.
By her prayers and example, enable us to work for justice among the poor and the oppressed,and keep us undivided in love in the eucharistic community of Your Church.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,one God, forever and ever. Amen.
New Student Shadow Day
We would like to extend an invitation to any students in K-6th grade interested in attending SKD for the 2017-2018 school year to our “New Student Shadow Day” on Monday, March 27th from 7:45am-10:45am. If you know of any family friends that may be interested in sending their children to SKD, please pass this message along and let the office staff know. Students wanting to attend, may also use this LINK to register online.
Each Monday morning at 8:00am we will have the students gather in the gym for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday (beginning 3/10/17) at 2:00pm in the Nave.
The 6th Grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 7th at 2:00pm in the Nave.
The 2nd Grade will present the Passion Play on Thursday, April 13th at 11:00am in the Nave.
Our Lenten Service Project will be collecting items to be donated to the Red Cross for their Comfort Kits. Each class will have their own list of items to be collected for the kits.
Rice Bowls will be collected in the Parish.
Students may choose to wear their Catholic Schools Week t-shirt, in place of their white polo, on the Fridays during Lent. Uniform pants are still required.
After much consideration, there will no longer be a ‘traditional’ yearbook at SKD. In order to reach more families, reduce cost, and integrate up-to-date technology applications we are transitioning into a digital yearbook at each grade level. We have created a digital yearbook team, consisting of eight SKD students in grades 5-6, that are working on this innovative year in review. These digital yearbooks will consist of student class composites and pictures highlighting special events from the year, all formatted and set to music. Every student in the school will receive their special DVD at the end of the year!
SFO Volunteer Opportunities
This year there will be many opportunities to volunteer for at the school and I encourage everyone to get involved whenever and however possible. Listed are the yearly SFO events in need of volunteers and the online link to sign up if you can. Thank you, in advance, for making these opportunities special for the students at SKD!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click the link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com.
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Lunch Room Volunteers
Grandparent/Special Friend Day
St. Nicholas Day
Staff Potluck at Conferences
First Communion Reception
6th Grade Graduation Reception
Talent Show Set-Up
Staff Appreciation Week
Extra days (to sign up for days not included in the normal After school care fee)
*Playground Balls-basketballs, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls
*iTunes Gift Cards-varying Amounts
*Disposable Latex Gloves