Irish Insider
October 21, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Food & Coat Drive
  • Did You Know?
  • New Addition to St. Catharine School Family
  • School Lunches
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Wreath Sale
  • TRIP/SCRIP
  • Community Day - Johnson's Ice Cream
  • Spirit Wear
  • Cub Scouts
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Wrestling
  • Commissioners Needed
  • Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference
  • St Catharine Church
  • Youth Group
  • CYSC 2021 Registration
Upcoming Events
  • Friday, October 23rd
  • 10:45 & 3:15 Food & Coat Drive ( Pick up Line )
  • Sunday, October 25th
  • 6-8 PM Middle School (Grades 6-8) Youth Group in the School Gymnasium (Bring a Friend & a Costume)
  • Wednesday, October 28th
  • Wreath Sale Orders Due
  • Last Day for Spirit Wear Sale
  • Thursday, October 29th
  • Last Day of the Quarter
  • Friday, October 30th
  • NO SCHOOL – Teacher Records Day 
  • Monday, November 2
  • Bishop Hartley Visit - 8th Grade
  • Friday, November 5th
  • SCRIP Physical Gift Card Order Due
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
I am not a huge Star Wars fan, but back in November, I added the Mandalorian to my watch list. I still haven't had the opportunity to watch an episode. But, one day, I guess. 

One of the catch phrases from the series is, "This is the Way." The release of season 2 at the end of this month got me thinking about this phrase and the path we are all on. 

We lost our summer in order to find the way in which we would be opening our school. And, we know that regardless of opinion, we will continue on this path of keeping our children safe and continuously improving educational opportunities for them. 

Students, teachers, staff, and parents have all been on the same journey and the way has not changed. We all have the responsibility of keeping our community safe. We all have invested in the educational process of our students. 

When Thomas asked Jesus how they would know the way, Jesus had to explain he wasn't referring to physical directions, but a way of life. We know the way. Be proud of all that we, especially our students, have accomplished thus far.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
-John 14:1-6
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 http://stcatharineschool.com/parents/covid-19/. Currently, we have 1 active cases and 2 cumulative case with students or staff. (As of 10.19)
 
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 info@stcathschool.com and we will feature it in the "Did You Know?" section.

Did you know we have an amazing and very active Home & School Association?
The St. Catharine Home & School Association exists to support the mission of St. Catharine School and the families of students who attend. Home & School strives to bring the school and school families together in several ways:

The Back to School Ice Cream Social, Buddy Family Program, Classroom Gifts at Christmas, and Teacher Appreciation Week are just a few of the ways Home and School helps to foster a sense of community and friendship at St. Catharine School.

Volunteers serve in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, and more. Through our Creative Activities Program, volunteers also lead the amazing after school programs offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Please see our Volunteers page to make sure you have completed the steps to be a volunteer at the school.

Home & School coordinates the Spring and Fall Uniform Swap, which allows families to save money on the cost of uniforms. The Caller, Spirit Wear sales, P.E. uniform sales, and the annual School Supply Sale are other programs offered for the convenience of St. Catharine families.

Funds raised support the school in a variety of ways: tuition assistance, buses for field trips, teacher wish lists, bonuses at Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th Grade trip assistance, fingerprinting fees for the Protecting God’s Children Program, the Caller, and other Special Projects (i.e. Media Center remodel, bathroom renovation, equipment needed for the cafeteria, landscaping, & signs).

A few of the fundraisers each year include:
  • Community Night
  • Fall Tailgate Party
  • Night At The Races
  • Monster Dash 5K
  • Wreath Sale
  • Rummage Sale
  • Mumkin Sale
  • Flower Sale

The St. Catharine Home & School Association is led by a board of volunteer parents who are elected each Spring by school parents. Generally, the board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the school year at 6:00 pm in the St. Catharine School media center. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.

There are many other ways to get involved with Home & School. Opportunities are available to fit every schedule, whether during the day, evening, or on weekends. Most opportunities take place at the school, but some may be accomplished from your home or office.
2020-2021 Home & School Board
President - Kelly Kersey
Vice President - Noelle Luzio
Secretary - Jasmine Williams
Treasurer - Will Dokko
Now You Know!
New Addition to our St. Catharine School Family
Hugo Michael Heisey was born at 6:16am on September 11th. He was 20.5 inches and 8 pounds 2 ounces. Amelia and Zelie love being big sisters to their baby brother. Hugo is well loved and well entertained by them!
Congratulations Mrs. Heisey and Family
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.

  • Update to this week's lunches

Wednesday:
Chicken Quesadilla
Black Beans
Salsa
Fruit of the Day
Milk

Thursday:
Meatball Sub
Spinach Salad
Oreo Cookies
Fruit of the Day
Milk

Friday: did not change**
Bosco Sticks & Marinara Sauce
Spinach Salad
Fruit of the Day
Milk

Monday 26:
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito
Hash Browns
Orange Juice
Milk

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
*menu may change due to availability of some menu items
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 mwatts1@columbuscatholic.org with questions or to express interest.
 
Wreath Sale
There are 65 days until Christmas!

Wreath Sale forms went home last Wednesday. Be sure to get your order in for these beautiful decorations. All proceeds from this sale help support our teachers and students!

This year's order form is online. You can find it here. The preferred payment method is Venmo to @StCats-School. If you can't use Venmo, please send a check in an envelope to the school office marked "Wreath Sale." Orders and payment are due by Wednesday, October 28.

If you have any questions or problems with the online form or payment, contact Emily McFadden at 614-207-5449 or emilymarieklein@gmail.com.
TRIP/SCRIP
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 stcatharinetrip@yahoo.com or 614.214.5428 with all your SCRIP questions or check out our TRIP/SCRIP page on our website

Get Signed Up TODAY
Community Day - Johnson's Ice Cream
Join us on Thursday, November 5th (11am to 8pm) to show Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Bexley the love that they have always shown us!! Please dine in or place a curb side order 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 https://stcatharines2020.itemorder.com/sale 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 stcatharinespirit@gmail.com
Cub Scout Pack 603 - Fall Hike
Fall Hike
  • Sunday, November 1, 2020
  • 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sycamore Creek Park
Covered Bridge Lane
Pickerington, OH 43147
Masks will be required for the duration of the Fall Hike Event by both youth and adults. We won’t have a potluck meal this year. We’ll be hiking, re-connecting, and playing on the playground. Please bring your own water bottle! There is no charge for the Fall Hike, but please RSVP to henneyc@gmail.com by Friday, October 30th so we know who to expect.
 
SPORTS UPDATE
This is a communication from St. Catharine Athletic Association

Parents and Coaches,

We are expecting to have a decision by the Diocese on how the upcoming basketball season will operate by the end of this month. Your patience during this time is very much appreciated as details, guidelines and protocols are finalized. The State of Ohio, OHSAA, and NFHS have not provided any guidelines at this time. Once these guidelines are finalized and published, the Diocese is hopeful in sending out a uniform set of guidelines to all parishes and then we will be able to finalize our program for a fun and safe basketball season. Registration is currently open. We will be suspending the participation fee until the guidelines noted above are finalized.
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
Wrestling
Bishop Hartley Youth Wrestling Club (Grades 1-6) is now taking registration
There will be a mandatory parent meeting on a “Zoom Call” from 6:30 – 7:30pm on Monday, December 7, 2020. The Zoom link is: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73959700324?pwd=NEYxSzRSS1Qxd3dLYk1MZVNod0dyQT09

Bishop Hartley Jr. High Wrestling Club (Grades 7 & 8) is also now taking registration
There will be a mandatory parent meeting on a “Zoom Call” from 6:30 – 7:30pm on Monday, November 2, 2020. The Zoom link is: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73959700324?pwd=NEYxSzRSS1Qxd3dLYk1MZVNod0dyQT09
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, pkeiffer@gmail.com

Go Irish!!
Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference
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 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.