Irish Insider

January 8,2020
Welcome back to the New Year of 2020! Lots of “happenings” during the Christmas vacation. As you can see from the pictures, we were able to paint the gym. This was certainly a much needed project! The ceilings, bleachers, walls, and stairwell/ bathrooms were all given a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the new logo and “Irish” were added to the walls. We were all very excited about this new renovation in the gym! The painting was about $15,000. The school budget picked up the majority of this endeavor with Home and School donating $3,771 and Athletics donating $3771. Thanks to both organizations for their continued support.

We have received the Terra Nova Test results for Grades 3 – 8. Parents will be receiving a copy of their child’s report. In addition, we do receive results from the In-View Test (Cognitive Ability Test) that is taken at the same time as the Terra Nova Tests. If you are interested in the results of the In-View please email me and I can send them to you.

We welcome a new teacher to the 5 th grade on January 6. Mrs. Katie Ference will be teaching in 5 th grade. She has certification in Middle Childhood Education and a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She and the interim sub have worked together over Christmas vacation to ensure a good transition for the students.

The end of Secord Quarter is next Thursday, January 16. Teacher Record Day (no school for students) is Friday, January 17.

Until Next Week,

Janet Weisner
  • January 11 - Middle School Youth Group - 6pm - 8pm
  • January 13 - Student Council - 3pm
  • January 14 - Home & School Meeting - 6pm
  • January 14 - Advisory Board - 7pm
  • January 15 - Irish Insider
  • January 15 - School Mass - 9am
  • January 16 - End of the Quarter
  • January 16 - Community Night - City Barbeque - Gahanna
  • January 17 & 20 - No School
Thursday, January 16 from 10:30am to 10pm  City Barbeque in Gahanna will be hosting Community Night. They will be generously donating 25% of all our sales back to St. Catharine Home & School. Don't forget the   flyer!
CAP - Creative Activities Program
Creative Activities Program (CAP) is in need of volunteers to help lead clubs for the winter sessions.

Clubs are open to grades 1-8 and one day a week after school from approximately 3:00 to 4:00 . The winter session dates are from Jan. 27 to Mar. 6.

Please consider giving an hour per week on the day of your choice to lead a club. This would be a great way to earn volunteer hours and can be anything from Legos to gardening to science club. I am happy to help with any ideas and materials to get your club started. We also will reimburse you for all materials used.

Our students really enjoy participating in after school clubs but it is essential for parent involvement to keep these clubs going.

Please contact Jasmine Williams at by Jan. 17th if you are interested.

Potential ideas:
Archery, Board games, Dodgeball, Lego (CAP has a large collection of Legos for use), Puzzles, Rocket Building/STEM, Sewing
The Christina Ann Allwein Catholic Retreat Fund Dinner
Please join us for a faith-filled evening on Sunday, January 19 at 6:00pm to help provide scholarships for Christ youth to experience Christ fully alive. Bishop Brennen will also be joining us for this amazing evening .
Please contact Peggy Mackessy ( to register for this event.

Special evenings, such as The CAACRF dinner, can not be a success without the help of many hands. Please sign up here to help make this night an overwhelming success by volunteering!
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 6
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10

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 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!!
January 9 - 16

Thursday, January 9
  • Chicken Parmesan over Spaghetti
  • Caesar Salad
  • WG Garlic Knot Bread
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Friday, January 10
  • Bosco Sticks with marinara sauce
  • Green Beans or Carrots with Ranch
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Monday, January 13
  • Hamburger on WG Bun
  • Shoestring Fries
  • Mixed Salad or Carrots with Ranch
  • Choice of fruit
  • Oreos or Rice Krispie Treat
  • Milk

Tuesday, January 14
  • Hot Italian Sub
  • Romaine Salad
  • Baked Lays Chips
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Wednesday, January 15
  • Pepperoni & Cheese Calzones
  • Mixed Salad or Carrots with Ranch
  • Choice of Fruit
  • Milk

Thursday, January 16

Cafeteria Closed
**Please pack a small lunch/snack for your child**

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.

**Wow Butter Sandwiches
** Salad ** Choice of Fruit **
***These items are offered daily ***

Please take the following survey to let us know the best way to serve your communication needs regarding the lunch menu.
Preschool News
We hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!

More fun stuff to come next week!!
Alpha is gearing up for January! Join us for a meal, a thought provoking video, and the opportunity for honest discussion. All are welcome, so be sure to invite a friend, family member, coworker, or neighbor! Click here for more information

Catholicism 101 will be offered beginning in January! Join us for a meal, a teaching about the Catholic Church, and the opportunity to learn more ways to pray! Click here for more information .

The Christina Allwein Catholic Retreat Fund Dinner is coming up! Click here to volunteer , or contact Peggy Mackessy to register ( ). 

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.