Irish Insider
February 3 , 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • FACTS Tuition Assistance
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Parent - Teacher Conferences
  • Partners In Education
  • Flower Sale
  • Community Night - TAT
  • 8th Grade Fundraiser
  • School Lunches
  • St. Valentine's Day
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • Boys' Lacrosse Information
  • Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
Upcoming Events
  • January 31st – February 6th           
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Friday, February 5th
  • SCRIP Physical Gift Card Order Due
  • Tuesday, February 9th
  • Home & School Meeting 6p
  • Advisory Board 7p
  • Friday, February 12th                
  •  No School – Teacher Professional Development
  • Monday, February 15th                      
  •  No School – Presidents’ Day
  • Tuesday, February 16th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, February 17th                  
  •  Ash Wednesday
  • Thursday, February 18th
  • Community Night/Day -TAT 11am - 8pm
  • Boys' Lacrosse Informational Meeting - 6:30p
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” - Booker T. Washington
Twenty-nine years ago today, I walked off of a bus, stood on a set of yellow footprints, and started my United States Marine Corps Recruit Training at Paris Island, SC. It was one of the many challenges and milestones in my life. We all have those obstacles we need to overcome and it should be a reminder that the journey is judged on how far we have come in our lives and not a final destination.

The first week of February is always a special time for me personally. Yesterday was also the 20 year mark for my mother of becoming sober and free from alcohol addiction. God works in wonderful ways and he was able to help her defeat one demon to prepare her to fight Breast Cancer a year later. She has recovered from both and it's another lesson that God will not give you anything you both can't handle together.

As we prayed a decade of the rosary today for our country, I wanted to bring together the ideas and values we can all rally together around. The month of February starts with Catholic Schools week, celebrates Black History in our country, and finishes with the beginning of Lent. As we pray for healing, unity, and solidarity in our country, we must understand that what makes us all different in our community and country, is much less significant than what unites us in Christ and as Americans. They are not one in the same, but share the same values. Let us show empathy to the challenges we all face with compassion and grace.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. - Frederick Douglas
"I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said "yes," when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else." - Fred Rogers
Who's on my socks? Well, my plan didn't go as planned. Most of our students did not know who Mr. Rogers was, at least by looking at his picture on my socks. However, it did give me a chance to talk about him with some of our students. He was my hero when I was 5 and then became my hero again after I turned 45. The world needs more Mr. Rogers.
"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers." - Fred Rogers
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 2.1)
FACTS Tuition Assistance
In order to be eligible for St. Catharine School Tuition Assistance, families must apply for Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance.
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
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday, January 31st until Saturday, February 6th.

Monday, February 1st- Celebrate Our Community
SOUPer Bowl dress down day: Students bring in cans of soup for Saint Vincent DePaul Society may wear their favorite sports team jersey or apparel!

Tuesday, February 2nd- Celebrate Students
Free dress down day to honor students!
School-wide BINGO over loudspeakers or Zoom: Winners will get a dress down day coupons

Wednesday, February 3rd- Celebrate Our Nation
Socks & Service: Students can wear silly socks and bring a sock donation for Shoes 4 the Shoeless. We will pray a decade of the Rosary for our nation together over the announcements.

Thursday, February 4th- Celebrate Vocations
Career Day: Dress like what you want to be when you grow up and bring a self-care donation item which will be donated to The Bishop Griffin Center. Students will write letters/cards to “Everyday Heroes” like Health-Care workers, First Responders, etc.

Friday, February 5th- Celebrate Faculty and Staff
Students and staff will wear their CSW shirts: Thank you, Home & School for providing this unifying spirit wear.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th. The basic format will be the same as the Fall with an available sign-up genius and a corresponding Zoom link. However, 7th and 8th Grade will still have Student-Led Conferences and will not schedule in the same manner.


Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity for both teachers and parents to address any concerns and provide valuable feedback. They are, however, optional, especially during the Winter/Spring. Please do not feel obligated to sign-up for conferences if you do not feel the need. Teachers who feel there is a need for a conference concerning your child will reach out to parents individually.

Monday, February 15th
Zoom Links will be sent to parents who have signed up for P/T Conferences.

Tuesday, February 16th
Parent-Teacher Conferences on Zoom
Partners in Education

Hal and Jean Ridenour
Dennis and Rosemary McCarthy
George and Vanessa Arnold
Lynn Ryan
Brian and Tiffany Inglis
Robert Griffith and Pat Mcjoynt-Griffith
Melissa and Stephen Bedell
John and Linda Mackessy
Hrabowy Orthodontics

Your Partnership means so much to our students and to the staff at St. Catharine School! Please consider becoming a Partner; contact for more information on how you can help to provide funds that go DIRECTLY to our students and the classrooms! 
Flower Sale
Mark your calendars....

Flower sale kick off: March 8
Flower order deadline: March 28
Flower order pick up: May 15
Community Night - TAT
Thursday, February 18th 11am to 8pm

Let’s show TAT the love that they have always shown us!! Please dine in, carry out or place a delivery order to say 

“Thank you for always supporting us!”
8th Grade Fundraiser
School Lunches
Please fill out this quick survey to provide valuable feedback on our USDA Free School Lunch Program.

School lunches will be back Monday, February 8. Thank you for your continued patience.
St. Valentines Day
Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, we will not be exchanging Valentines in the classroom this year. Students are welcome to bring in pre-packaged treats for their Cohort with approval from the classroom teacher. Thank you for your understanding.
Still don’t know how to use scrip? Need to still get registered? New Families now is the time to get started!!
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 4 -$25
Amazon 2 - $100
Chipotle 3- $25
Dicks Sporting Goods 1- $25
Dicks Sporting Goods 2- $100
Giant Eagle 10- $100
Kohls 3- $100
Lowe’s 4- $25
Lowe’s 2- $100
Meijer 3- $25
Meijer 5- $100
Panera Bread 5- $5
Speedway 2- $25
Starbucks 10- $10
Starbucks 6- $5
Target 3- $10
TAT 6- $25
Tim Hortons 4- $10
TJ Max, Marshall’s and Homegoods 5- $25
E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight).

Get Signed Up TODAY
Boys' Lacrosse Information
Are you a boy in 1st-4th grade? Saint Catharine’s School and Parish is looking for BOYS interested in playing on our lacrosse team. Players DO NOT need to have any experience playing or even an understanding of the rules. We will have a quick information session discussing the rules and equipment needed to play. This meeting will be on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30pm at St. Catharine. For more further information contact coach Bill Butler:(317) 313-5809 or Nathan Allwein: (614) 557-5871
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 Youth Group is back!

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

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

Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein,