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.
Each year, we take one week to celebrate why Catholic education is considered such a treasure for families throughout our nation. This year, National Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 28 and runs through Saturday, February 3. The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
As a parent or guardian, you have many options in selecting an educational opportunity for your child. It is indeed one of the most important choices you can make for your child’s future. In choosing a Catholic school, you are providing your child with the spiritual and developmental skills they will need to build a bright academic future. Our students are leaders, developing in safe and nurturing environments conducive to academic excellence and Gospel values.
In your prayers, please remember all Catholic schools throughout the world. We ask that God bless them and all of those who support them in order for Catholic education to grow and flourish. Thank you, parents, for investing in your child’s Catholic education
Stacy 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
1st Holy Communion Reception
Staff Appreciation Week
Talent Show Set-Up
6th Grade Graduation Reception
*Playground Balls-basketballs, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls
*iTunes Gift Cards-varying Amounts
*Disposable Latex Gloves