Irish Insider
100 Days of School
February 24 , 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • FACTS Tuition Assistance
  • Home & School Nominations
  • Flower Sale
  • 8th Grade Fundraiser
  • School Lunches
  • 2021 KofC Fish Frys
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration OPEN
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
Upcoming Events
  • Friday, February 26th
  • Stations of the Cross
  • K of C Fish Fry (Drive Thru Only)
  • 5p-7p
  • Sunday, February 28th
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • St Catharine School Gym
  • 6p-8p
  • Monday, March 1st
  • 8th Grade Fundraiser Ends
  • MacBook Drawing
  • Friday, March 5th
  • SCRIP Gifts Card Order Due
  • Monday, March 8th
  • Flower Sale Kickoff
  • Tuesday, March 9th
  • All-School Reconciliation ( AM & PM Cohorts)
  • Home & School Meeting
  • 6p
  • Advisory Board Meeting
  • 7pm
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6
St. Catharine School Families:

As I have the opportunity to visit classrooms and witness the learning that is happening throughout our building, I am amazed at the dedication from our teachers and the effort from our students. Regardless of the situation, our students are fostering a love of learning in a safe and welcoming environment.

One of the goals for St. Catharine School this year is to transition to a Tier I instructional model at a time when it is safe to do so with the resources we have. We are working closely with the Diocese of Columbus in conjunction with Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health to explore options of how to safely transition to full-day learning and the optimal time to do so.

We are collaborating to assess risks, develop possible timelines, plan any necessary logistics, and analyze potential learning outcomes. We will communicate any changes or updates promptly.

Our school and parish is so alive during this season of Lent. With simultaneous consecrations to Mary and Joseph happening, Stations of the Cross, ADORE, Eucharistic Adoration, and our Lenten Retreat; prayer has become even more prevalent during this time. On that note, if there is anything you ever need prayers for, please contact me directly at so I can pray for you.

Yours in Christ,

Mark Watts
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
- Jeremiah 29:11
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. - Psalm 55:22
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 0 active cases and 5 cumulative cases with students and staff. (As of 2.22)
FACTS Tuition Assistance
In order to be eligible for St. Catharine School Tuition Assistance, families must apply for Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance.
Home & School Nominations
Flower Sale
Mark your calendars....

Flower sale kick off: March 8
Flower order deadline: March 28
Flower order pick up: May 15
8th Grade Fundraiser
Class of 2020 has added a 2nd and 3rd prize!!!
School Lunches
Please fill out this quick survey to provide valuable feedback on our USDA Free School Lunch Program.
Still don’t know how to use scrip? Need to still get registered?
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 2 -$25
Amazon 2 - $100
Chipotle 3- $25
Giant Eagle 10- $100
Kohls 3- $100
Lowe’s 2- $25
Lowe’s 2- $100
Meijer 3- $25
Meijer 5- $100
Panera Bread 5- $5
Starbucks 10- $10
Starbucks 6- $5
Target 3- $10
TAT 4- $25
Tim Hortons 4- $10
TJ Max, Marshall’s and Homegoods 5- $25

*St Catharine School and Church in not responsible for lost or stolen gift cards. They do not keep records of card numbers. Therefore, we suggest making note of your card numbers in case you are a victim of theft
E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight).

Get Signed Up TODAY
2021 K of C Fish Frys
St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration OPEN
Girls and Boys Track
Grades 4-8
Track start March 10 with meets starting April 10-May 8

Girls and Boys Soccer
Grades 4-8
Soccer starts March 10 games starting April 10-May 5th

Grades 4-8
Baseball starts April 5 games start April 26-May 24

Girls Lacrosse
Grades 3-8

Boys Lacrosse
Grades 3-4
**Boys in grade 1st and 2nd instructional team
Questions contact Paul Keiffer:
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
  • girls lacrosse
  • 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 Youth Group is back!

Select Sundays // 6:00pm-8:00pm in the School Gym

2021 Dates:
February 28th
March 14th
March 28th
April 11th
April 18th

Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein,

K of C Fish Frys
5:00pm-7:00pm | Drive-Thru Only

  • February 26th
  • March 5th
  • March 12th
  • March 19th

*There is no Fish Fry on March 26th or Good Friday.

Volunteer to help below!
Fish Fry Help Wanted!
Help volunteer and make the Fish Fry a resounding success by clicking on the dates below:

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