Irish Insider
October 28, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Information
  • A Letter from Bishop Brennan
  • Welcome Jude Aloysius Green
  • Dress Down for $1
  • Did You Know? - Coming Back Soon
  • School Lunches
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Wreath Sale - Last Day to Order
  • 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
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Knights, Wings, & Fries Drive-Thru
  • St Catharine Church
  • Youth Group
  • CYSC 2021 Registration
Upcoming Events
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.
- Romans 15:5
We are entering the last week of October and I couldn't be more proud of our students and staff. Our students have been resilient, positive, and motivated to learn. Our teachers and staff have been working harder than ever to support all of our students during this challenging time.

As we enter November, there can be plenty of "darkness" in our world. With COVID, the Election, the weather, and the literal darkness of the coming months, it is easy to get discouraged and feel divided. We all need to remember that darkness is just the absence of light. Light conquers all darkness. The smallest candle lights up an entire room. And, we can be that light for others and help illuminate their darkness with prayer, support, and encouragement. 

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12
There are four rules I learned in my coaching career that can directly apply to our entire school community. I wanted to explain them in detail in this video.

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 2 cumulative case with students and staff. (As of 10.26)
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
A Letter from Bishop Brennan
Please click on the link below to read a letter from Most Reverened Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Columbus, to all Catholic school families.

Jude Aloysius Green
Mrs. Green had her baby! Jude Aloysius was born Saturday morning at 7am.

He was 9 pounds 11oz, 21 inches. Both mom and baby are healthy, happy and tired!

Congratulations to the Green family and you are in our prayers.
Dress Down for $1 Thursday
This Thursday, October 29th is the last day of the quarter and the last day before Halloween. As much as we all enjoy seeing little ones in costumes, we will not be permitting our students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to dress in costumes this year.

However, students will be permitted to Dress Down for $1. This money will be donated to SVDP Fill-a-Bag for Thanksgiving. Please reference the Student Handbook for Dress-Down guidelines. Fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will have gym, so please wear appropriate footwear. Again, NO COSTUMES.
Did You Know? - Coming Back Soon
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.

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
*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 with questions or to express interest.
Wreath Sale - Last Day to Order
Today is the last day to submit wreath sale orders! Be sure to complete the order form here. Contact Emily McFadden at 614-207-5449 or with questions.
A physical gift card order will be placed on Friday, November 6. You will only have one more opportunity (Friday, December 4) before Christmas to order physical gift cards. E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight).

Are you aware that you could be saving HUNDREDS of $$ off your tuition just by shopping at the places you currently shop? Giant Eagle, Kroger, Amazon, Gap, Bath & Body Works, Chipotle, Starbucks... just to name a few. No better time to start than now!

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 and to get started 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 - Last Day to Order
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
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 by Friday, October 30th so we know who to expect.
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
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:

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

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

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.