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.
Welcome to a wonderful new school year. I hope that you have had a restful, enjoyable summer and are ready to learn!
The summer here at school has proven to be very busy. The summertime cleaning is complete and the classrooms are ready for students to fill them up. This is always an exciting time. Enthusiasm and expectations are high. Parents, students and teachers share the hope that this year will bring outstanding achievement in education, in community spirit, and in affirming our faith in God.
Realization of that hope requires both commitment and a plan of action. Your prayers, your participation as a volunteer, and your spirit of cooperation are essential to its success. We plan our curriculum to meet the high standards that characterize Catholic education. Our goals focus on areas of knowledge to be studied, skills to be acquired, and habits and attitudes to be developed. We are excited for the opportunity to serve your family.
The staff shares your commitment to excellence and the desire for your child to grow in their faith life. They have been busy working hard to prepare for the new school year. Your child is our priority and we look forward to working with all of the students and their families. Remember, you are not limited to visiting only at conferences; you can call the school office anytime to schedule appointments to meet with staff members.
We all look forward to a great year at SKD!
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.
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