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SKDS Alumni News September 2022

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 social year. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2022. We welcome to our alumni Matt McKeon, Jordan Williams-Robinson, Chelsea King, Sandra Nov and Andres Schneidinger.

Graduates Dances

The dances are back! Yes, the dance season kicks off with a dance on November 18! The dates for the remaining dances are January 20, February 17, March 17 and April 21. Admission is $10.00 which covers the cost of the DJ, pizza, snacks and refreshments. Our dancersfavorite DJ Lenny will be returning!

Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated to help set up refreshments and chaperone our great dancers. Please call Barbara Saunders (610-246-3621; [email protected] or Flossie Snyder (215-990-6251; [email protected] with any questions or to sign up as a chaperone for one or more of the dances. Dances start at 7 and end at 10 pm. Please note that there is no dance in December. WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS TO BE PRESENT AT THE END OF THE DANCE TO WRAP THINGS UP. The only requirements are to be present by 9:45, make sure all the dancers are picked up and lock two doors. That’s it!

In the event a dance needs to be cancelled because of bad weather or other school emergency, notice will be placed on the SKDS website on the afternoon of the dance. Dance dates and information are also listed under “Alumni” on the website. Please check for cancellation notice.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Waggies by Maggie & Friends on their 15 year anniversary. Waggies is a non-profit dog treat company whose mission is to employ persons with disabilities. Waggies was started in 2007 by Maggie Corrigan, Class of 2005, and Elizabeth Nolan, Class of 2005, and their families. Check out their website, especially the history section to see how much they have grown. Waggies has successfully mentored a group from Pennsylvania and a group from New Jersey to launch dog treat businesses. It’s a great way to grow!

Good luck wishes to Bianca Pedulla, Class of 2010, on her new adventure making beautiful beaded bracelets. Bianca will open an Etsy shop soon. Bianca and her family held a successful Art Exhibit last September and sold Biancas artwork and jewelry. Look for Biancas Etsy shop in the near future. In the meantime, check out Biancas Facebook page at Creations by Bee and Instagram

In Memoriam
Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Steve Palomino, Class of 2009, who passed away on May 4, 2022. Steve was a beloved SKDS student for many years. Steve was fun-loving and a loyal friend. He called Megan Penman, also Class of 2009, every Saturday since graduation. A donation was made on behalf of the Alumni Association to Steves family in his memory.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Lisa Cetroni who passed away on April 11, 2022 after a battle with cancer. Many of our alumni and parents will fondly remember Lisa from her days as Principal of SKDS. Lisa was warm and caring and touched many lives during her years at SKDS. A donation was made in her memory on behalf of the Alumni Association to St. Katherines Day School as requested in her obituary.


You can help support St. Katherine Day School by participating in this years Holiday Fundraiser through BloomBox. A flyer is enclosed which contains all the details. You can order beautiful holiday décor online from Nov. 1-15 and have it delivered right to your door. The students, staff and parents appreciate your support

Looking ahead to Spring 2023, the prom will be held in May. Stay tuned for the date!


Alumni dues will remain at $5.00 which covers mailing expenses, memorial donations, remembrances, etc. Please make checks payable to Flossie Snyder and mail to 2323 Perot St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Thank you. Please include a current phone number and email address. Many phone numbers in our directory are very old and no longer active, especially with the elimination of some landlines over the years.

We are always interested in news you have to share or information you think may be of interest to others, especially social events for our alumni. Just email, call or send the information to Flossie Snyder at any time.


A great big thank you to family and friends of Colleen Bruton, former SKDS student, who passed away in 2017.

They made a very generous donation to help keep our Alumni Association and the Dances going by sharing the proceeds from an annual fundraiser in Colleen's memory - Colydol's Day at the Beach. Sweet Colleen liked

walking on the beach and sure loved her Barbie dolls. The donation was a wonderful surprise and very much


Ken’s Krew is a not-for-profit job placement and training organization founded by parents of young adults with

disabilities in 1998. They believe every individual deserves the opportunity to enter the workforce, earn a fair wage, and reach their full potential. They have served 800 workers in nine states with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Karen LaPera, mother of Michael LaPera, Class of 2000, who passed away in 2008, is the Chief Operating Officer

and Co-Founder. For more information, see their website

Please feel free to contact me with comments, questions or suggestions. 215.990.6251 Email: [email protected]

Sincerely, Flossie Snyder