Irish Insider
January 20, 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • FACTS Tuition Assistance
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • School Lunches
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Community Night - Plank's
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
Upcoming Events
  • Monday, January 11 - Friday, January 22
  • No School Lunches
  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • SPICE Meeting @ 4:30
  • Thursday, January 21
  • Community Night - Plank's
  • St. Charles Webinar with Parents @ 7PM
  • Saturday, January 23rd              
  •  First Reconciliation & Penance Service @10AM
  • Monday, January 25th
  • Registration opens for all Prospective Families
  • Friday, January 29th                            
  • No School – Teacher Professional Development
  • Saturday, January 30th
  • St. Charles Prep Scholarship Test
  • January 31st – February 6th           
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 12th                
  •  No School – Teacher Professional Development
  • Monday, February 15th                      
  •  No School – Presidents’ Day
  • Tuesday, February 16th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, February 17th                  
  •  Ash Wednesday
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If this pandemic has taught us anything, is that human connection is of vast importance for people of all ages. Since March, we have learned that no matter what is happening in the world around us, the people closest to us are the people we need most. The frustrating feelings of isolation and disconnection brings to a decision about what is really important in our lives. The painful reminder of what we really control is alway present.

As we optimistically venture into the second half of school, I invite all of you to share your unsolicited compassion with others. Knowing we are coming out of the tunnel of this dark pandemic is reassuring, but we all know the rest of the journey will not be easy. If there is any time where we need each other and the creative call of connection, it is now. Let Jesus fill our hearts with the empathy to connect with others.

Finish this week with a phone call, a text, or a message asking someone this question...

"How can I pray for you?"

Do that often and ask as many people as you can. As things get more "normal" again, our relationship with Christ, and each other, will be stronger than ever.

In Christ,
Mark Watts
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. - 1 Peter 3:8
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- Galatians 6:2
COVID-19 Updates
If anyone in your household would have a Positive COVID-19 test result, you must notify Mr. Watts by calling (614) 949-7713 as soon as possible, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If anyone in your household has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test, the rest of the household must quarantine for 10 days or until the test results come back negative. Please call the school office as soon as possible in this situation. at (614) 235-1396.
We are required to post positive cases of students and staff on our website weekly. This data, along with other COVID-19 updates can be found at Currently, we have 1 active cases and 5 cumulative cases with students and staff. (As of 1.18)
FACTS Tuition Assistance
2021-2022 School Calendar
These dates have been set by the Diocese. We will be adding addition dates (Teacher Professional Development Days, Record Days, etc...) at a later time. Please check the school google calendar for the most up to date information
  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • First Day of School
  • September 6, 2021
  • No School – Labor Day
  • November 25 and November 26, 2021
  • Thanksgiving
  • December 20 through December 31, 2021
  • Christmas Vacation
  • January 17, 2022
  • No School – Martin Luther King Day
  • February 21, 2022
  • No School – Presidents’ Day
  • March 14 through March 18, 2022
  • Spring Vacation
  • April 15 and April 18, 2022
  • Easter (Good Friday and Easter Monday)
  • May 30, 2022
  • No School – Memorial Day
  • June 2, 2022
  • 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 3, 2022
  • Last Day for Students
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday, January 31st until Saturday, February 6th. Below is a tentative schedule and more fun, safe activities will be added and more details to come.

Monday, February 1st- Celebrate Our Community
SOUPer Bowl dress down day: Students bring in cans of soup for Saint Vincent DePaul Society may wear their favorite sports team jersey or apparel!

 Tuesday, February 2nd- Celebrate Students
Free dress down day to honor students!
School-wide BINGO over loudspeakers or Zoom: Winners will get a dress down day coupons

 Wednesday, February 3rd- Celebrate Our Nation
Socks & Service: Students can wear silly socks and bring a sock donation for Shoes 4 the Shoeless. We will pray a decade of the Rosary for our nation together over the announcements.

Thursday, February 4th- Celebrate Vocations
Career Day: Dress like what you want to be when you grow up and bring a self-care donation item which will be donated to The Bishop Griffin Center. Students will write letters/cards to “Everyday Heroes” like Health-Care workers, First Responders, etc.

 Friday, February 5th- Celebrate Faculty and Staff
Students and staff will wear their CSW shirts: Thank you, Home & School for providing this unifying spirit wear.
School Lunches
NO SCHOOL LUNCHES January 11- 22
Please fill out this quick survey to provide valuable feedback on our USDA Free School Lunch Program.
Watch and listen to how one family has saved with SCRIP over the last 10 years!!
Still don’t know how to use scrip? Need to still get registered? New Families now is the time to get started!!
Please reach out to Alli Brinkmeyer at 614-214-5428 call or txt or email at
Current inventory of physical cards available today (just reach out to purchase and money goes right into your OWN TUITION ACCOUNT)

Amazon 4 -$25
Amazon 2 - $100
Chipotle 3- $25
Dicks Sporting Goods 1- $25
Dicks Sporting Goods 2- $100
Giant Eagle 10- $100
Kohls 3- $100
Lowe’s 4- $25
Lowe’s 2- $100
Meijer 3- $25
Meijer 5- $100
Panera Bread 5- $5
Speedway 2- $25
Starbucks 10- $10
Starbucks 6- $5
Target 3- $10
TAT 6- $25
Tim Hortons 4- $10
TJ Max, Marshall’s and Homegoods 5- $25
E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight).

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Community Night
Thursday, January 21st- All Day 

Let’s show Plank’s the love that they have always shown us!! Please dine in, carry out or place a delivery order to say 
“Thank you for always supporting us!”

Mrs. Underwood is looking forward to seeing St. Catharine students and families!            
After much discussion, consultation and input from concerned Pastors, elementary school principals, coaches, parents and the DRA Board, the decision has been made the to continue the postponement of the start of the DRA basketball season through January 15. As stated previously, the hope and prayer is that, in delaying the start of the season, we will be able to keep our children safe from the spread of the coronavirus and to have a successful basketball season.

Although the most recent numbers seem to be leveling off, they are still high and it is possible that there will be a spike in numbers after the Christmas holidays. This postponement will give us a chance to see what happens and to respond appropriately. Due to the concerns expressed by families and the fact that the primary focus of our ministry is to keep the children in school and to keep the schools safe, we believe we are acting out of the best interest and safety of the children, their classmates, their teachers, coaches, and their families.

At this time the postponement of the DRA basketball season will continue until mid-January. No one is to be practicing or holding open gyms. This also includes the CYO programs.
Please share this information with your basketball commissioners, the coaches and parents. Remember, this is a postponement, not a cancellation. The hope of the DRA is to have a season in late January and February, as long as we can do it so the safely for all involved in the DRA. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed. Please stay safe, wear those masks, and socially distance.

God Bless You,
Marty Raines—Director Office of Recreation
Adam Dufault—Episcopal Moderator for Education; Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Julius Palazzo—Boys’ Commissioner
David Oddi—Assistant Boys’ Commissioner
Mike Matthews—Assistant Girls’ Commissioner
The DRA Board of Directors
Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
Ray and Mandy DeWeese have given much time and talent to help lead our girls lacrosse program at St. Catharine. They have decided that it is time to pass on the torch. If you have an interest in being the commissioner of our girls lacrosse program , please contact Mandy at Ray and Mandy would be an integral part of the transition this spring.
Lindy Infante Scholarship
The Lindy Infante Scholarship Foundation helps families who need assistance paying for Diocesan athletic fees. Please fill out the application and send to:

Marty Raines
Diocesan Recreation Association
197 E. Gay St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Commissioners needed
  • football
  • baseball
  • summer baseball 
  • basketball
This is a great way to volunteer!!

Please contact PJ Keiffer with any questions at 614-668-0134 or email,

Go Irish!!
St Catharine Church
Youth Adoration Nights

Every Sunday • 6:15pm-7:15pm
Adoration, Confession, a talk, and praise & worship.
For all students in grades 6th-12th.