Principal’s Weekly Newsletter

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Principal Laura Clark

June 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please join me in welcoming the following new members to our SKD Family for the 2017-2018 School Year:

  • Mrs. Tara Williams who will join our first grade team and substitute for Mrs. Marasheski during her maternity leave.
  • Mrs. Diane Reese who will join our seventh and eighth grade team in 7B.

I am also excited to announce the following change for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Mrs. Karen Dorneman will stay with our 7th and 8th grade team but will be in 8B.

God has blessed us with many gifts and opportunities this school year. There are always challenges ahead of us as we continue to seek out His path for our lives. Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School is a great place to be, and we will continue to work together to make it even better. [READ MORE] & Parent Immunization Flyer & SKD Stewardship Program Booklet 2017-2018 & 6.5.2017 School Year End Letter to Families

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SKD in the News

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School holds ‘pink out’ to support teacher with cancer

An entire school community banded together Thursday to support one of their beloved teachers.

Karin Kane is a 6th grade teacher at Saint Katharine Drexel School in Holland, Bucks County.

She was recently diagnosed with an aggressive stage of breast cancer.

Mrs. Kane has two children who also attend St. Katharine Drexel, but Thursday’s event clearly shows that this school is one big family.

They gathered for a “pink out” and a “Kickball for Kane” game.

Students and faculty want her to know she’s loved and supported.

“We just felt that she is one of our own and this is what our school does. We come together as a family, especially as life happens. That’s one of our most important goals here as a school,” said Lisa James, Director of Advancement at St. Katharine Drexel School.

So far, the school community has also raised more than $6,500 for Mrs. Kane’s care.

They tell us she’s under the weather from chemotherapy treatments, so she couldn’t attend Thursday’s event.

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St. Katharine Drexel School kickball tournament benefits teacher with breast cancer

Students and staff at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School in Northampton held a kickball tournament and other activities Thursday, June 1, 2017, to benefit sixth-grade teacher Karin Kane, who recently was diagnosed with an aggressive stage of breast cancer.

Kane, the mother of two children, has taught at the school the last five years. Thursday’s activities started with the St. Katharine Drexel community gathering in the parking lot for a prayer service, and then the kickball started. One of the highlights was a game pitting teams of school alumni against each other. Participants in Thursday’s activities decked themselves out in pink, the color of breast cancer awareness.

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SKD makes big investment in technology – Bucks Courier

St. Katharine Drexel Regional School makes big investment in technology

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October 11, 2016

Learning at St. Katharine Drexel Regional School has shifted into high tech.

The Catholic elementary-middle school in Northampton has invested $81,860 in a new media center and other equipment designed to better prepare its students for the rapidly advancing digital world they will face in later grades and beyond.

Included is a one-to-one digital learning initiative that saw the school issue Google Chromebooks to all 130 students in grades four through eight and iPads to all 100 students in grades one through three.

“It makes class work a lot more fun and a lot faster,” said eighth-grader Grace Franklin of her Chromebook. “We’re able to research papers while writing them, and in the same place rather than going from book to book. It definitely makes coming to school a lot more fun. It’s not so much of a task as it used to be.”

Students can do homework and class assignments on the portable devices and also take some tests, St. Katharine officials said.

“They are great, you can use them for anything,” said another eighth-grader, Luca Baratta. “The world is becoming more and more technology-based, so this will definitely help us.”

Classmate Jillian Clark agreed the devices “will better prepare us for college and all through life.”

That’s the main goal, said administrators at St. Katharine, which was formed when the old St. Bede the Venerable and Assumption BVM (Lower Southampton) schools combined at the site of St. Bede in Northampton. The church at the site still is called St. Bede.

“They come to us with so much experience already in the use of technology, so we want to expand on that and get them ready for the competitive world waiting for them when they leave here,” said St. Katharine Interim Principal Barbara Zanaras.

“We had to make this turn to technology,” she added. “These students will all be going to different high schools when they leave here, and they have to be able to compete with students coming from everywhere.”

A big part of the technology emphasis is the new media center. The old library at St. Katharine was renovated into a center that includes 24 desktop computers for use by both staff and students, books, periodicals and a television studio that will soon enable students to broadcast school, local, state and national news throughout the building.

The $65,000 renovation was made possible by donations from St. Bede parishioners, Assumption BVM parishioners, parents, local businesses, alumni and many others, said St. Katharine Director of Advancement Lisa James.

The media center combined with all the other digital advances has many pluses, said the school’s new media specialist, Timothy McWilliams, who teaches digital literacy and media studies at the school.

“I can put an assignment onto the Chromebooks and iPads and each student can then work on it at their own pace,” he said. “I can concentrate on each student’s specific needs.”

Part of the technology push also includes teaching students the responsible use of social media platforms, said James.

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Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School
Embracing Leadership, Love, & Legacy

February 11, 2016

Dear Incoming Fifth and Sixth Grade Parents,

After working with our faculty and consultants from the Tech Team of the Archdiocese, I am excited to introduce our students to a new one to one Google Chrome program which we will begin to implement during the 2016-2017 school year with our fifth and sixth grade students. This program is designed to better equip our students as they move through the remaining years of elementary school and prepare for high school.

The choice of beginning in fifth grade was made with much thought and care. Our fifth graders are members of the upper floor and have been receiving weekly technology instruction from the beginning of their years at SKD. It is the belief of our faculty that students in grade five are ready for the responsibility of handling a personal technology device.

The incoming fifth and sixth graders next September will be expected to bring a Google Chrome Book with them to school for use, which you will need to purchase. Should this place a financial burden on a family, we will try to allow the child/ren the use of a school Google Chrome Book. However, the school device will not be able to leave the school. Realizing the financial burden placed on the parents, we have considered a number of options including which device would best serve the needs of our students. After studying available data, the decision was made to use the Google Chrome Books. Parents choose size/memory of the device. You can find weekly sales for Google Chrome Books as low as $149. [READ MORE]

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