Irish Insider
November 11, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Construction on Fair
  • School Lunches
  • SPICE Up November Drive-Thru Dinner
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Community Day - Billy Lee's
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
  • Youth Group
  • CYSC 2021 Registration
Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, November 12th
  • Dress Down for $1 (Wear your Red, White, & Blue)
  • Parent - Teacher Conferences via Zoom
  • 4p - 7p
  • Friday, November 13th
  • No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday, November 17th
  • Picture Re-Takes
  • Thursday, November 19th
  • Community Night at Billy Lee's
  • 11a - 9:30p
  • Saturday, November 21st
  • SPICE Up November Drive Thru Dinner
  • 5p - 7:30p
  • Sunday, November 22nd
  • Mass of Inclusion
  • 5pm
  • Wednesday, November 25 - Sunday, November 29
  • Thanksgiving Break
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11
On behalf of all of the students and staff at St. Catharine School, Happy Veterans Day, especially to the men and women who served our country in the Armed Forces to fight for the freedoms we are granted.

When someone asks what is the best way to honor veterans, I feel in my heart there are three distinct ways.

First, we cannot say we love our country without loving the people who make up our country. The United States of America is not just a plot of land or a list of laws. It is the diversity of people that make this country great as one nation under God.

When we honor the American Flag, we are not honoring a piece of cloth, we are honoring everything that flag is supposed to represent. We must acknowledge that the flag has not represented the same principles for everyone, but it is our responsibility to fight for the potential of the flag to bring us all together, not divide us.

Finally, the best way to honor veterans is to ensure that our words and actions toward each other make this country worth their sacrifice.

God Bless all of our Veterans and our St. Catharine School Community.
A Prayer for Our Veterans

Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord; may we pray for them when they cannot pray. We ask for, echoing John Paul II, an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars. 

Have mercy on all our Veterans. Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions they fought in. Bless all the soldiers who served in non-combative posts; May their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways.

Give us all the creative vision to see a world which, grown weary with fighting, Moves to affirming the life of every human being and so moves beyond war. Hear our prayer, O Prince of Peace, hear our prayer.

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 11.9)
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
Construction on Fair
Please be careful when walking to and from school and when entering or exiting the front of the building as construction will continue on Fair Ave. Columbus City is replacing a water main starting from Gould and working they are working their way East. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
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
SPICE Up November Drive-Thru Dinner
Join us for a taste of St. Patrick’s day!

Each meal includes:
Corned Beef
Lemon Chicken
Beef Stew Garlic
Herb Butter Green Beans
Roasted Potatoes
Irish Cabbage & Bacon
Scratch-Made Artisan Breads
Fresh-Baked Cookies

Our hot, fresh fare will be prepared and packaged for you to pick up and enjoy in the comfort of your home. It’s as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 !

Select what time you want to pick up your meal(s) and the number of meals you want.

Step 2 - Pre-pay to expedite your pick-up!
Visit to securely pay for your meal(s) from your bank account or credit card. Be sure to select “SPICE” from the Fund drop down and make sure your phone number/email match the sign-up page. You can also pay via cash or card at time of pick-up.

Step 3 - Arrive at your selected time to pick up your meal(s)!

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.
You can now order physical gift cards through SCRIP that will ship directly to your home (for a small shipping fee) No more waiting for Gift card order days!! We will still be offering once a month physical gift card order days through Alli.

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 - Billy Lee's
Join us on Thursday, November 19th (11am to 9pm) to show Billy Lee’s the love that they have always shown us!! Please dine in or place a carry out to say

“Thank you for always supporting us!”
Basketball has been approved for grades 4-8. Please register immediately so teams can be formed. Thank you for your patience awaiting this decision
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
Middle School Ministry (6th-8th grade)
FALL 2020
2nd and 4th Sunday • 6:00pm-8:00pm
School Gymnasium

November 22nd

December 13th
December 27th
High School Youth Ministry
FALL 2020
Every Sunday • 6:00pm-8:00pm
Parish Center

November 15th
November 22nd
November 29th

December 6th
December 13th
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.