Irish Insider

January 22,2020
Progress Reports will be available to parents electronically through your SchoolSpeak Login on Friday, January 24 by 2:00 p.m. Any questions or clarification regarding student academic progress should be directed to the classroom teacher. Students bring home their academic work throughout a quarter so the Progress Reports are a reflection of student progress through the quarter.

Next week, January 26 – 31, is Catholic Schools Week. We always look forward to celebrating this week and sharing our school with our parish and community. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week of “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”.    
Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, we, as educators, are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants, and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed.
The official CSW logo brings the theme to life. The open book made up of multi-colored pages symbolizes how all areas of Catholic schools blend together, with faith — symbolized by the cross — at the forefront. Catholic schools are vibrant, dynamic and excellent.

We will be starting our celebration of Catholic Schools Week with opening Mass on Sunday, January 26 at the 11:00 Mass at St. Catharine. We will have an Open House on that Sunday for any interested parents and those in our parish community who would like to take a tour of the school. Our Advisory Board and Student Council members will assist with this Open House. The Open House follows the 11:00 Mass and will be held from 12:00 – 2:00.

On Monday, January 27 we will start our “Penny Wars” that will generate funds to be donated to the Harmony Project. This is a group that Mrs. Ann Everett has been part of for a number of years. In addition to the beautiful music that is generated by this group, their funds and service to the Columbus community are seen through a variety of outreach programs.   This Penny Wars will continue through Friday, January 31. You can read more about Penny Wars in this week's issue of the Insider.

On Tuesday, we are hoping to have a speaker to further our discussion of service to the community.

Wednesday we have our school Mass. Following the school Mass, Father Dury will lead the student body in the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the school. Each day since last Wednesday, a different class has been leading the school in a special prayer dedicated to the Sacred Heart during the morning prayer time.

On Thursday, January 30, the 8th grade students have been working on researching the virtues that they have painted on the corridors of the school. The classes will walk around to the location of these virtues and not only learn more about them but hear what these virtues look like in the daily lives of our students. 

On Friday, January 31, the Home and School is dropping off a luncheon for the teachers in thanks for their dedication to the students at St. Catharine School. In the afternoon, the faculty will play the 8th grade students in a friendly game of volleyball!

As always, our parents are always welcome to join us for any of the events to celebrate our school during this Catholic Schools Week celebration!

Until Next Week,

Janet Weisner
  • January 23 - Eighth Grade Boys visit St. Charles
  • January 25 - St. Charles Scholarship Test - 9am & 1pm
  • January 25 - First Reconciliation for 2nd Grade - 10am
  • January 26 - February 1 - Catholic Schools Week
  • January 26 - St Catharine School and Preschool Open House - 12pm - 2pm
  • January 27 - SCRIP Order Due
  • January 29 - Irish Insider
  • January 29 - School Mass - 9am
  • January 31 - Girls Lacrosse Registration is due ( Grades 3 - 8)
  • February 3 - SCRIP Order Due
  • February 4 - Student Led Conferences (Grades 6-8)
  • February 5 - Irish Insider
  • February 5 - School Mass
Save on your family's tuition with SCRIP !!
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. 

Upcoming Physical Gift Card Order Dates:
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • March 2

Questions? Visit the SCRIP page on the school website or email or call Jeni Cooke 614-214-4070.
St Catharine School and Preschool Open House
St. Catharine Home & School Nominations
Catholic Schools Week Fundraiser


We at St. Catharine are blessed with so many gifts. The annual “Penny Wars” are a great way to teach our children the joy of giving back, in a fun, competitive manner while showing we are thankful for our community that works together for service to others.

This year money raised by our students will be donated to the Harmony Project located in Columbus. For information on the Harmony Project visit The students will be playing penny wars for ONE WEEK ONLY, Monday, January 27th through Friday, January 31st. Money can be placed in class jars up until 9:30 a.m. Friday. The winning class will receive wristbands for Thursday night of Fun Fest!!!

How Penny Wars are played
Each class will compete to obtain the highest point total. Pennies are awarded positive points and other denominations are awarded negative points. Every penny a class has in their jar equals 1 point and, for example, every $1 bill a class has in their jar equals -100 points. Each class seeks to maximize its points by getting as many pennies as possible in their containers, preventing other denominations from being slipped in, and trying to put non-penny coins or bills into others' containers. It's a win-win situation: The team with the most points wins the competition.  
St .Catharine Girls Lacrosse
Registration for 3- 8 Grade
How to Registe r:
•     Visit
•     Complete forms on the Forms/Registration link
•     Please note that Lacrosse is not on the diocesan form. Put your parish name at the top (ex. St. Catharine – Lacrosse; St. Pius – Lacrosse; Holy Spirit – Lacrosse; St. Mary’s - Lacrosse)
•     Upload the completed forms on the same page below the form links
•     Registration is due by January 31
•     $80 fee is due April 1 (please reach out if you are in need of financial assistance)

Season Information :
Practice will begin on March 10 or later (weather pending)
•     No games during Spring Break
•     Games will begin early April and will end by June 1
•     Practice dates are TBD and based on coach schedules
•     Equipment needed: a girl's lacrosse stick, mouth guard, goggles and cleats (lacrosse or soccer cleats)
•     Teams will breakdown by grade
•     3/4
•     5/6
•     7/8
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. This is a great way for working parents to earn 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 - January 23 - 29
Thursday, January 23
  • Hot Meatball Sub on WG Bun
  • Caesar Salad
  • Corn
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Friday, January 24
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Veggie Tray with Ranch
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Milk

Monday, January 27
  • Honey Baked Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Corn or Spinach Salad
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Tuesday, January 28
  • French Toast Sticks with Syrup
  • Sausage Links
  • Spinach Salad
  • Orange Juice
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Wednesday, January 29
  • Cracker Barrel inspired Chicken and Dumplings
  • Romaine Salad or Veggie Tray with Ranch
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Monthly Menu can also be found on our Website

The SPICE St. Patrick’s Day Dinner benefiting St. Catharine Parish
will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 6 PM
For more information on SPICE and its mission within our Parish, please go to
St Catharine Playground Update
We received the necessary drainage permit from the City of Columbus for the new playground. As weather permits, excavation will begin to prepare for the installation of the equipment which arrived in December. Stay tuned for more updates & information regarding the ribbon cutting ceremony. 
Preschool News
The Caterpillars were Scientist last week. They made predictions about what would happen during the experiments. They were very patient as they waited to see how combining specific ingredients or actions caused a reaction. This week they will continue experimenting with ice and colors. 
Please pray for our High School students as they travel to D.C. for the March for Life !

Anyone who has registered for the parish, baptized a child, or joined the Catholic church in the last year or so is invited to our New Parishioner Dinner! Click here for more information .

Save the date for the Columbus Catholic  Men's  (Saturday, February 22nd) and  Women's  (Saturday, February 15) Conferences!
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.