Catholic Schools Week 2018

What is Catholic Schools Week?

Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation.

During Catholic Schools Week, the NCEA chooses a theme that demonstrates the value in choosing Catholic Education. Additionally, St. Katharine Drexel chooses its own theme which showcases how our school goes the second mile to ensure that we are creating Catholic Leaders through Academic Excellence, Personal Discipline, and Christian Service.

Our school has many STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities and we’ve made the STREAM model the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week.

This year’s NCEA theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme chosen by St. Katharine Drexel School is “STREAMlining Success.”


Join us for a wonderful celebration of Catholic Schools during any of the Masses at St. Bede the Venerable or Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parishes. Our students will be active in the masses throughout the day. Stop by and say hello!

Following the 11:00 masses at both parishes, you will be invited to attend our Open House at St. Katharine Drexel School. Prospective and current families will enjoy a welcome and tour of our facilities followed by Hors D’oeuvres with our faculty and a student and parent panel. You’ll learn about how our school is STREAMlining education to be a model of Academic Excellence, Personal Discipline, and Christian Service.

Our school has many STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities and we’ve made the STREAM model the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week. Please visit us during our Open House! See below for details.

Join us for our Information Session

During these events, you will have the opportunity to tour our campus and meet students, faculty, and parents.

Finding the right fit for your child is important – and when it comes to finding the right school, there are many important factors to consider. We want to make your visit to St. Katharine Drexel School educational and enjoyable. We encourage you to bring your child, parents, friends, and anyone who will be supporting your child once you he or she starts school.

This is the time to bring all of your questions to obtain proper guidance. You will get the chance to talk to our Admissions team and discuss the admission process. We will give you better idea of what you will need to provide in order to enroll for the upcoming semester.

You will also hear from our faculty about our offered programs and co-curricular learning experiences. Additionally, you will get the chance to tour our beautiful campus with our delightful Student Ambassadors.

Tentative Agenda:

11:45 am Check-In
St. Katharine Drexel School Lobby
12:05 pm Welcome
St. Bede Athletic Center, Laura Clark, Principal
12:10 pm Admissions Presentation
Daniel Clifton, Director of Advancement
12:45 pm Campus Tour
Led by Student and Parent Ambassadors
1:15 pm Hors D’oeuvres with Faculty*
St. Bede Athletic Center
1:30 pm Breakout Sessions*
Choose your path to end your day. Hear from current students and parents about life at SKD or see our Robotics Team at work firsthand at the Robotics demonstration.

  • Student and Parent Panel*
    St. Bede Athletic Center
  • Robotics Demonstration*
    St. Bede Church Hall
2:00 pm Wrap Up and Giveaway
Turn in your survey for a SKD surprise.

* Indicates Optional Event



A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. In our mission, we focus on creating Catholic Leaders through Christian Service. When students take part in service activities—both local and beyond—they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. When they observe how others serve the community, they gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.

Today, we will focus on serving those who serve our community!

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  1. Community Homeroom at 8:45am
  2. 4th Grade will make goodie bags for Lower Southampton and Northampton Police Departments
  3. Pre-Kindergarten will perform for the Northampton Volunteer Fire Department and present them with gifts.
  4. The Student Leadership Team will lead us in a STREAM activity: STREAM Jeopardy.

By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. National Catholic Schools Week offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  1. Today, students may dress down for a $1 donation to the St. Katharine Drexel School Annual Fund.
  2. Students created “Thank You” cards and spiritual bouquets for our religious.
  3. Students will complete a STREAM activity with their prayer buddies in the afternoon.


Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. We acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools on the last day of National Catholic Schools Week, and all year long.

We’ll also have a Social Media Takeover! Keep an eye on our Instagram Account to view our school through the eyes of one of our students! (Follow us: @skdschool)

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  1. Student Instagram Takeover all day. (Follow us at @skdschool and watch our story)
  2. Parent Appreciation Breakfast 7:45-9am
  3. Parents may visit classrooms 7:45-9am
  4. Students may add Eagles attire to Uniforms
  5. Students will complete a STREAM Activity “Train Challenge”
  6. Eagles Pep-Rally in Gym 2pm

Thursday, we celebrate our students! We’ve got surprises planned throughout the day for our students and plenty of enjoyable and meaningful activities for them to recognize their accomplishments. We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how the grounding in faith, knowledge and service it provides will help them throughout their lives.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  1. Student Appreciation Day
  2. Free Dress Down Day
  3. Science Assembly at 9am in Gym
  4. Ice Cream Treat for Students
  5. SKD Variety Show at 1:15pm in Gym (Sorry, due to space restraints, this assembly is for students only. Catch the Live Stream Here!)


Teachers are the backbone of Catholic schools. On this day, schools honor teachers, as well as administrators, volunteers, and staff who support teachers in their important work, and thank the parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and school board members who provide volunteer service.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  1. Teacher Appreciation Day
  2. Mass 9am – Catholic Leaders announced
  3. Teacher Brunch
  4. STREAM Activity – Tallest Tower
  5. Eagles Spirit over PA System in afternoon


On National Appreciation Day for Catholic schools, students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders. They share information with leaders on the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens. They pray for the nation and recognize all those who serve it.