Irish Insider
October 14, 2020
We hope you enjoy the Irish Insider. For consideration in future editions, please email by 12pm Monday for the Wednesday edition.
In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Latchkey Update
  • Did You Know?
  • School Lunches
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Digital Academy Tips
  • Terra Nova Information
  • Community Night - TAT
  • Spirit Wear
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St Catharine Church
  • Youth Group
  • CYSC 2021 Registration
Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, October 15th
  • Community Night - TAT
  • Monday, October 19th
  • Terra Nova Testing ( Grades 3-8)(In-view Test Only)
  • Sunday, October 25th
  • 6-8 PM Middle School (Grades 6-8) Youth Group in the School Gymnasium
  • Friday, October 30th
  • NO SCHOOL – Teacher Records Day 
  • Friday, November 5th
  • SCRIP Physical Gift Card Order Due
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
It seems like forever ago that we were developing our reopening plan, yet here we find ourselves nearing the end of the first quarter of school. I don't think anyone thought this year would look like it does now, when schools first closed their doors in March. But, here we are, moving forward.

This pandemic has made us more aware of the power of human connection, the importance of faith, and has given us an appreciation of our school community. If there was ever a time more difficult to explain the spectrum of raw emotions we all can be feeling, I can't remember it. This has been hard on all of us. Yet, we rise to the situation and show the resiliency and solidarity so needed from all of us. And, here we are, moving forward.

And, although we cannot know the burdens that each of us carry, we can live as Jesus would want us to. If we cannot take some of the burden from others, the least we can do is love each other and recognize those burdens they carry without criticizing how they carry it. We will keep moving forward.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30
COVID - 19 Information
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.
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 0 active cases and 1 cumulative case with students or staff. (As of 10.12)
When to Keep Your Child Home (Updated 10.9)- This is a great reference for you to print and keep handy. You can also find a copy in Backpack Express
Food & Coat Drive
So many around us are struggling and we want to continue to reach out as a parish family offering help. Your generosity has been amazing and is still needed! This drive we’re adding gently-used coats, hats, scarves and gloves to the list, as these are critically needed as the weather turns cold.

Friday, Oct. 23rd from 10:45 – 11am & from 3:15 – 3:30pm  in the Dismissal Pick-Up Line.

Enter the car pick-up line from Bexley Park and stop at the Garage on the right hand side (across from the church). Put donations in your trunk and members of our 8th grade class will take the items out of your trunk and transport them to the garage. Please stay in your vehicle.

Suggested food donations: Canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, baby food, canned tuna, salmon or chicken, soups, canned meals/stews, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, meals in a box, granola bars, baked beans, pet food, paper products, and personal care items.

We’re also collecting donations for Thanksgiving Food Bags which will be given next month: Mashed potato flakes, stuffing, canned yams, gravy jars, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables.
We also need Medium to large boxes to transport donations and Gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves, all sizes infant – adult. 

Sharing from our homes to the homes of others is a beautiful way of sharing our faith in Christ. Thank you for making a difference to many who are struggling.
Did You Know?
This is a way to learn about things that can make your St Catharine School life just a little easier. Hints and tricks you may or may not know. Do you have a question or comment regarding something you want to know about or something you want others to know about? Send it to and we will feature it in the "Did You Know?" section.

Did you know you can find the answer to many of your questions regarding school on our website? is a great resource for you to find answers to your most of your school related questions. The website is constantly being updated with the most up to date information

You can find.....
  • Staff and Faculty email addresses

  • A Google Calendar that can be synced to your mobile device

  • Cafeteria Information

  • Archived Irish Insiders

  • Backpack Express

  • Home & School / Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

  • Parent - Student Handbook

  • Dress Code information

  • School Supply List

  • Ways to Give back to our school and parish
Backpack Express can be found under Current Parents. The Backpack Express is St. Catharine School’s version of the Pony Express. On this page, you will find flyers sent home from the school, either in your student’s backpack or a email…because we all know that a kid’s backpack can be a black hole. Items are organized based on when they were sent.
Items are organized by when they are distributed, not necessarily by when they occur.
Take some time to look around the school website. You might be surprised at the amount of information you will find.

If you have any comments , questions, or suggestions, please fill out the website comment form.
Now You Know!
School Lunches

  • This program is being provided by the USDA through the end of the school year!

  • You are helping our school when you order a take home lunch. This is provided for everyone. You are not taking away from any other students

  • Make sure you are using the Google Spreadsheet to sign up for Take Home Lunches. This spreadsheet is being sent through email to all families. The link will remain the same, but the menu items will be updated every Friday for the following week. Check your Digital Academy Account for Mr. Watts' emails. Here is a video to explain how to use the spreadsheet.

  • Any student who had all 5 days of the week checked, will continue to have the next 6 days checked for next week for your convenience. However, if you signed up for lunches on certain days, your requests were cleared. In either instance, please double check the sheet and make any necessary adjustments by Monday at 8:30 AM

  • When accessing the Google Sheet, keep in mind, you will have editing capabilities, so please only click on the checkbox for your child(ren).

  • PM Cohorts- You will be ordering lunch for the next day. The spreadsheet will reflect what you will be receiving on that day for tomorrow's lunch

  • St. Catharine At Home Learners - Please contact Ms. Hazel if the pick up schedule does not work for your family.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Raquel Hazel, our cafeteria manager

Raquel Hazel
614-725-1977 school cafeteria phone line
614-477-3000 cell  

*this government program could end sooner
Employment Opportunities at
St. Catharine School
Do you want to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in Catholic Education? We have several job openings available for an immediate start date:

Substitute Teachers

St. Catharine School is seeking substitute teachers for grades K-8.

Candidates should possess at least a bachelor’s degree or an appropriate teaching license.

Candidates must have current BCI and FBI background checks (less than one year old), which are sent electronically to the Diocese or on file at the Ohio Department of Education, attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training (they are available online), and complete the online substitute teaching application for the Diocese of Columbus.
We will reimburse fingerprinting costs and substitute application costs to any candidate who is hired.

Please contact me directly at with questions or to express interest.
Cafeteria Assistant

St. Catharine School is seeking a part-time cafeteria assistant to start immediately.
Candidates must have current BCI and FBI background checks (less than one year old), which are sent electronically to the Diocese or on file at the Ohio Department of Education and attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training (they are available online).
Please contact Raquel Hazel directly at with questions or to express interest.
Digital Academy Tips
Hello St. Catharine families,

Wow! We have all been working so hard to learn this new technology platform in Digital Academy and I can already see our students (and parents) beginning to get the hang of it. Here are a few things to consider if your student is struggling with Digital Academy:

- Digital Academy works best with Google Chrome. Did you know that you can get Google Chrome in the App store for Mac devices?

- Students should log in (with their login credentials, not a parent's login information) through Digital Academy or through Clever rather than through Google.

- Consider if your version of Chrome needs to be updated. Check this link to learn how: 

- Click the same link above ^^to do a hard refresh on Digital Academy or to delete your browser data.

- If all else fails, you can call The Digital Academy 833-222-3359 in Cleveland between 8am - 5pm for technical support.

Señora Carmon
E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight)

Do you have questions about saving money on your 2021-22 tuition? Reach out to Alli Brinkmeyer at or 614.214.5428 with all your SCRIP questions or check out our TRIP/SCRIP page on our website

Get Signed Up TODAY
Community Night - TAT
Join us on Thursday, October 15 (11am -8pm) to show TAT the kind of love that they have always shown us!! Please Dine In, Order Curbside Pick Up or Delivery ( Through Door Dash or Uber Eats) to say "Thank you for always supporting us!"
Spirit Wear
St. Catharine Spirit Wear Sale is Now Open!

Time to order your St. Catharine apparel and accessories. Check out the Spirit Wear Online Store to purchase the latest St. Catharine t-shirts, onesies, tumblers, face masks and a uniform approved crewneck sweatshirt!

The Spirit Wear Online Store will be available until the end of day Wednesday, October 28. Products will be delivered the week of November 16. 

Proceeds from this sale support St. Catharine Home & School. For any questions, email

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!!
Knights of Columbus
St Catharine Church
Middle School Ministry (6th-8th grade)
FALL 2020
2nd and 4th Sunday • 6:00pm-8:00pm
School Gymnasium

October 25th
November 15th
November 29th
High School Youth Ministry
FALL 2020
Every Sunday • 6:00pm-8:00pm
Parish Center

October 18th
October 25th

November 8th
November 15th
November 22nd
November 29th

December 6th
Registration for Catholic Youth Summer Camp is now open!

Also, St Catharine Parish is offering a $100 scholarship to our campers. Use the code STCATS2021-100 at checkout. This scholarship in made possible through the Christina Ann Allwein Catholic Retreat Fund.