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 Fall! The cooler weather is arriving and students are hard at work building consistent routines and relationships at school. Spending time in classrooms, walking with students through the halls, and seeing our families at weekend Mass are a few of my highlights from the first weeks of school. It has been a busy and exciting time getting to know the children and families. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. It is evident that you have faith in the mission and you are all engaged in being an awesome part of making St. Katharine Drexel School a great place to be.
With Parent-Teacher Conferences just around the corner I want to take time to reflect on the importance of building partnerships between school and home. It is commonly acknowledged that one of the most important components of student achievement and success is parent involvement. Today’s parents–and families–are bombarded with growing demands, but regardless of their background or circumstances, overwhelmingly parents want what is best for their children. Parents are vital partners in their child’s education and life success. The staff at SKD recognizes this and values our partnership with you in your child’s academic and faith life.
I am blessed to be part of this wonderful school community…May God bless you this beautiful autumn season!
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.
“TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE” was a success. I am excited to announce that we made our combined school-wide goal of exceeding $21,000. The grand total for the 2017 WAT was…$24,579.40! We also had 86% participation by students…Way to Go!!!
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.
St. Katharine Drexel Knights fleece jackets are now available to purchase through the SFCS web store. Jackets are $35.00 and can be ordered online September 13th-24th. Please click here to access the link. This will be the only opportunity to purchase these jackets this year. Please contact the school office if you have any questions about ordering.
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
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