Irish Insider

December 4, 2019
Words from Weisner
We hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving vacation. Time moves quickly as we enter the season of Advent. Morning prayers focus on the season of Advent and teachers spend time discussing what this season means to all of us. We had a Penance Service yesterday as we prepare for His coming. In addition, our students will be attending Mass on Monday, December 9 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Interims for the Second Quarter will be sent home to parents during the week of December 9. These interims provide parents with information regarding their student’s progress during this quarter. They will be mailed to parents. If you do not receive an interim, then you can assume that of this date, your child is making progress in meeting the standards that have been taught during this Second Quarter.

Please note that students can enter school at 7:55. Teachers are on duty at that time. Students whose parents drop off their children at 7:30 are NOT supervised so please do not drop off any earlier than 7:50.

Thank you to some of our 8th grade students, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Heisey for spending the Saturday before Thanksgiving in stenciling the names of virtues (see pictures above) in certain areas of the school. Our teachers and students work on specific virtues that support our religion goal in accreditation. Having these stenciled virtues around the school helps to keep our mission alive on a daily basis.

We received two information sheets… from the OWjL program at Ohio Wesleyan University (a summer program for students in grades 6. 7. 8 that is designed for gifted and talented students) and the other on “Kids Career Day” for girls in grades 1 – 6 who might be interested in STEM opportunities. Please call the school if you might be interested in either of these programs for your child.

Janet Weisner
  • Dec 9 -SCRIP Order Due * Final Physical Gift Card Order Before Christmas*
  • Dec 9 - School Mass - 9am
  • Dec 9 - Student Council Meeting - 3pm
  • Dec 10 - Home & School Meeting - 6pm
  • Dec 10 - Advisory Board Meeting - 7pm
  • Dec 11 - Irish Insider
  • Dec 11 - No School Mass
  • Dec 13 - Registration Deadline for Current St Catharine School Students for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Dec 14 - Breakfast with Santa - 9am-11am
  • Dec 14 - Middle School Youth Group - 6pm
  • Dec 17 - Mandatory Christmas Program - 7pm
  • Dec 18 - Irish Insider
  • Dec 19 - Early Dismissal - Christmas Break - 1pm
  • Dec 19 - Community Night - Jimmy John's
St Catharine School Registration
Hard to believe but it is now time for current St. Catharine School Families (K-8) to register for the next school year (2020 -2021). Our registration is based on a priority system. A gold form was sent home in backpacks ( or you can find here) on Monday, December 2. We ask that you please fill out the form and send back with the $100 tuition deposit to the school office by Friday, December 13 to guarantee your student’s placement for next school year. Deadlines matter. We appreciate your promptness.

  • December 2 – 13 – Current St. Catharine School Families

  • January 13 – 24 – St Catharine Parishioners (who do not have a current K-8 student)

  • January 26 – February 14 – Parishioners from other Catholic Parishes and Non - Participating families
New Faculty Parking Area
Part of the east side of the school has been paved. That is a faculty parking area for teachers and staff. Parents who need to pick up their children for appointments can park briefly in front of the school after 9 or before 2:00. 
Thank you.
St Catharine School Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is back!

Just in time for the holidays, shop local and support your favorite home and school association!
Today is the last day to order.
Items will be delivered to students or available for pickup on 12/18.

Questions? Email .
This is it!!
The LAST Order before Christmas
SCRIP orders are in full swing. Still not sure how SCRIP can help you? Check out these testimonials from families in other programs: ShopWithScrip. Family Testimonies

Don't forget physical card orders are available each FULL week of school, order placed Monday will then be delivered that Friday in students backpacks. The last day to order physical gift cards for Christmas will be December 9. Don't' miss out!!!

The SCRIP Holiday Gift Guide is now available

Upcoming Physical Gift Card Order Dates:

  • December 9 ( last day to order before Christmas)
  • January 6
  • January 27

Questions? Visit the SCRIP page on the school website or email or call Jeni Cooke 614-214-4070.
Athletic Commissioner Openings
The Athletics Department is looking to fill the following commissioner roles. All interested parties should contact the Director of Athletics, PJ Keiffer at or 614-668-0134. It's a great way to get your volunteer hours.

  • Boys Basketball Commissioner
  • Girls Basketball Commissioner
  • Summer Baseball Commissioner
  • Football Commissioner
The Lindy Infante Foundation 
The Diocesan Recreation Association is providing financial assistance for participation fees through the Lindy Infante foundation. See visit for details.

Go Irish!!
Cafeteria -December 5 - 11
Thursday, December 5
  • Orange chicken w/steamed rice
  • Veggie spring roll
  • Broccoli
  • mandarin oranges
  • Fortune cookie
  • Milk

Friday, December 6
  • Grilled cheese on WG bun
  • Tomato soup
  • Tossed salad
  • carrots w/ranch
  • Pears
  • Milk

Monday, December 9
  • Chicken Waffles Fries
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Peas
  • Salad
  • Strawberries
  • Dinner Roll
  • Milk

Tuesday, December 10
  • Hot Dog
  • Baked Beans
  • Carrots with Ranch
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Brownies
  • Milk

Wednesday, December 11
  • Sausage and Egg Sandwich on a Waffle Biscuit
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Spinach Salad
  • Sidekick
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk

**Wow Butter Sandwiches ** Salad ** Choice of Fruit **
***These items are offered daily ***
We hope your children are enjoying some of the new offerings in the cafeteria. We truly are enjoying serving lunch to your children. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Just a reminder, all lunches need to be paid through My School Account. Please make sure your child's account is up to date.

Girl Scout Troop 2851 - Breakfast With Santa
Girl Scout Troop 2851 of St. Catharine Parish Present:
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lower Level of the Church
$10.00 per person
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December. 11 th
Reservation includes:
  • Breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage and more!
  • Raffle                                         
  • Secret Santa Shop     
  • Face painting                               
  • Photo with Santa!
  • Crafts & coloring           
  • Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop

Reservations and payments can be made on the St. Catharine church website ( ) or by sending this form to St. Catharine School or Parish Office, care of Ava Bruck. Please send checks payable to GSOH 2851 with the Reservation name in the memo to St. Catharine School or Parish Office, care of Ava Bruck
St Catharine Parish Christmas Tree Lot
Haven't purchased your Christmas Tree yet? The St Catharine Tree lot has been restocked with fresh locally sourced trees so make sure you stop by!

On Thursday (December 5th) there will be a Christmas Wreath Workshop in the lower level of the church. The $30 cost includes all supplies, drinks and snacks! Purchase a tree on or before the event and receive a $5 discount. To register contact Allie Brinkmeyer at

The Tree Lot is in need of volunteers! Please consider signing up for a shift or several at Tree Lot! 
School Closet/School Days Uniform Sale
Preschool News
The Preschool is starting Advent by creating their own Advent wreaths and spending time in the Atrium saying prayers. 
Preschool Upcoming Events
December 2- Registration Begins for Preschool and Elementary School- See notes below
December 19- 3:15 Dismissal for all Extended Care children
December 20- January 3- Christmas Break
Preschool Registration Information
Returning Preschool Registration - Returning preschool children will receive registration paperwork next week during conferences or directly from your teachers. They will be due back no later than December 6th.  

Sibling Preschool Registration- Any sibling of a current or past St. Catharine student can register between Dec. 9-13th.  

Kindergarten Registration- Registration packets will be passed out soon. Registrations are taken on a priority basis. Please see the website for more information. 
Christmas Cards for Prisoners  Join us on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 pm to write Christmas Cards for some of the loneliest people in our society. Bring a box of cards (no glitter, tri-folds, or pop-ups, please!). Feel free to also bring an alcoholic beverage or dessert to share! Contact Lisa Reis with questions at 614-746-9997.

Men's Advent Retreat Day  Saturday, December 7 from 9-Noon. Join us after TMIY and Mass for guest speaker Perry Cahall as we learn about and discuss the topic, "Daily Habits of Faithful Catholic Husbands and Fathers." Resch's Donuts will be provided for breakfast!

Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday, December 9 at 8 am, 9 am and 7 pm. Celebrate our Spiritual Mother by joining us for Mass!

Parish Advent Penance Service will be Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Visiting priests will be available to hear confessions - all are invited!
We hope you enjoy the new format of the Irish Insider. For consideration in future editions, please email by 12pm Monday for the Wednesday edition.