St. Katharine Drexel School

Welcome to                           St. Katharine Drexel School!

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.

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From the Principal

Charron, Stacy

Dear Families,

As we enter the second quarter of school, thoughts of Thanksgiving and winter are right around the corner. Now more than any other time of the year we give thanks to God for our many blessings. We are truly blessed at St. Katharine Drexel School to have this community of faith and excellence, the joy of our students, the dedication of our staff, and the involvement of our parents. It is a great place to be!

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family,

Stacy Charron, Principal

 

School Mass and Parish Information

St. Katharine Drexel Parish

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School Mass

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.

SKD Updates

SKD in the News
Just in case you missed our recent feature on KELO News, you can view it here. Thank you to all of our special grandparent volunteers for everything you do! Enjoy!

Thank You
Thank you for taking time to meet with your child’s teacher during our recent Conferences. We value your continued commitment and support of Catholic education. Thank you for choosing SKD to help shape your child into the person God is calling them to be!

Attendance Matters at SKD
Your high expectations make a positive difference in your child’s academic success. Another basic yet important way to make a difference in your child’s education is to make sure he or she attends school regularly and on time. It has been proven that children do not do as well in school when they frequently miss part of or an entire school day. Please keep this in mind when scheduling appointments or family vacations. According to SFCS guidelines, students arriving after 7:50am and/or leaving school after 1:00pm are marked ‘tardy’ in Infinite Campus.

After School Program
Due to an increase in student numbers, our After School Program is not accepting new enrollments at this time. If your child is in need of full time after school care, please contact the school office to be placed on a wait list. For families needing drop in care, please contact the school office or Mrs. Sandman, jsandman@sfcss.org, prior to that day or as early as possible. After reviewing student numbers for the given day, we will notify you if there is space available. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of drop in care.

Safety Patrol
Please remember to use the designated crosswalk when walking from the parking lot to the school and back. Our 6th Grade Safety Patrol members have been doing a fantastic job keeping pedestrians safe, but it’s important to always follow their commands by only crossing when they have it ‘open’ and by using the marked walkway. Children look to adults for guidance and expectations. The best way to reinforce this is to model appropriate crosswalk procedures at all times. Thank you for assisting us in keeping the children safe!

Cold Weather Reminder
Now that Fall is officially here, the temperature is starting to drop. Please send your child to school each day with a jacket or sweatshirt, hats and gloves, as the morning hours can be very chilly. The last day for shorts is October 31st, but please check the weather forecast before dressing for the day. Students are expected to go out for recess regardless of their attire.

Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Grandparent/Special Guest Day
St. Nicholas Day
Staff Potluck at Conferences
Book Fair
Specialty Day
1st Holy Communion Reception
Staff Appreciation Week
Talent Show Set-Up
6th Grade Graduation Reception

School Supply List
After School Care

Extra Days (to sign up for days not included in the normal After school care fee)

No School Early/Dismissal Contracts 2017-2018

School Wish List

*Playground Balls-basketballs, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls

*Hand Sanitizers

*Lifesaver Mints

*iTunes Gift Cards-varying Amounts

*Band-Aids

*Neosporin Tubes

*Disposable Latex Gloves

*Q-Tips

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