Irish Insider
March 31 , 2021
We hope you enjoy the Irish Insider. For consideration in future editions, please email info@stcathschool.com by 9am Monday for the Tuesday's edition.
In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • St Catharine School Return to Full Time, In-Person Learning
  • School Mass Schedule
  • *Updated*Gym Day Schedule
  • Recess Duty Volunteers Needed
  • New Communication Days
  • Flower Sale
  • Latchkey
  • Community Night - TT Murph's
  • TRIP/SCRIP
  • CCL Spring 7 on 7 League
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, April 1 -Monday, April 5
  • Easter Break
  • Tuesday, April 6
  • Full-Day, In-Person Learning Begins
  • Irish Insider
  • Sunday, April 11
  • Middle School (6th-8th) Youth Group
  • School Gym 6p-8p
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Irish Insider
  • Home & School Meeting 6p
  • Advisory Board Meeting 7p
  • Thursday, April 15
  • Community Night - TT Murph's 3:30p-Close
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, 
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
St. Catharine Families:

First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a blessed Triduum and a joyous Easter. We are all looking forward to a relaxing 5-day weekend and returning to school full-time next week.

Next Tuesday will be the first day all of our students will be in the building since March 12, 2020. Although, we are excited for this new chapter at St. Catharine School, safety is still our top priority these next two months of the school year.

We have accomplished so much as a school community, but the job is not done. We will continue to set high standards and expectations for our students both academically and behaviorally. Our staff has been diligently preparing students for this next shift in learning and we are grateful for the parental support.

God Bless each and every one of you and I wish you the absolute best.

St. Joseph, Zealous Defender of Christ, Guardian of the Redeemer, and Terror of Demons, Pray for us.

Yours in Christ,

Mark Watts
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
  because he has anointed me
    to bring glad tidings to the poor.
  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
    to let the oppressed go free,
   and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."
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. Currently, we have 0 active cases and 5 cumulative cases with students and staff. (As of 3.29)
St Catharine School Return to Full Time, In-Person Learning
Highlights of the plan

  • Begins Tuesday, April 6
  • Arrival/ Dismissal
  • Drop-Off between 7:45 and 8:00 AM
  • Pick-Up begins at 2:45 PM
  • School Day 8am - 2:45pm
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • No Gaiter type masks
  • Masks breaks will be outside, 6 feet apart
  • Latchkey is available before and after school
School Mass Schedule
School Mass Dates
School Mass will continue to be closed to family members for the remainder of the year. As we increase the number of students attending Mass while still maintaining social distancing, it is not possible to allow visitors at this time.

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Masses
Wednesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 28th
Wednesday, Mary 12th
Wednesday, May 26th
Wednesday, June 2nd

4th, 5th, 6th. 7th, and 8th Grades Masses
Wednesday, April 7th
Wednesday, April 21st
Wednesday, May 5th
Wednesday, May 19th
Wednesday, June 2nd
*Updated*Gym Day Schedule
There will be three major changes to with gym class starting on Tuesday, April 6th.

1.) Kindergarten students will now have gym on Tuesdays
2.) 4th Grade Students will now have gym on Thursdays
3.) All students will have a second gym day on Wednesdays, every other week.

Gym Days by Grade
Every Tuesday
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades should wear gym uniforms

Every Thursday
4th, 5th 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades should wear gym uniforms

Wednesdays (Alternating "Odd" and "Even" Days)
Wednesday, April 7th - K, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades
Wednesday, April 14th - 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Wednesday, April 21st - K, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades
Wednesday, April 28th - 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Wednesday, Mary 5th - K, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades
Wednesday, May 12th - 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Wednesday, May 19th - K, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grades
Wednesday, May 26th - 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
School Lunches
We will continue to provide Free USDA Lunches for the remainder for the school year using the same School Lunch Sign-Up Sheet we have been using. Please be sure to update whether your child(ren) will need a lunch no later than 8:30 each morning. Teachers will also confirm during attendance each morning.


Contrary to prior communications, we WILL be allowing students to bring lunch boxes to school. Please make sure your child's name is labeled on the lunch box.

We will not be able to provide free milk or water to students who are not receiving a lunch from the school. Nor will we be selling milk or water at lunch. If your child packs a lunch, please ensure they have packed a drink as well.
Recess Duty Volunteers
Needed
Starting April 6, our students will be enjoying one of the best parts of the school day...
RECESS!!!!

Please help us to make this a fun and safe time of the school day by volunteering for recess duty. Please fill out the form below or contact Sarah Gipe (sgipe@kkg.org)
New Communication Days
Less is More... At least that is what they say!!

Now that life seems to be heading to a more "normal" state, we have made the decision to streamline our communications. You can expect:
  • Irish Insider
  • Every Tuesday (We are in school)
  • Submissions for the Insider are due Monday at 9am
  • Weekly Wrap-up
  • Every Friday (We are in school)
  • Mr. Watts will give you a wrap up of all the week's activities and what's to come.

You can also keep up on all of the fun, day to day activities in our classrooms on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Click on the icons below to be directed to our feed. Then Like and Follow !

You may also receive emails and texts outside of this time frame but they will be last minute information that can not be held. If you have any suggestions that would help to make St Catharine School communication more effective, please don't hesitate to reach out to info@stcathschool.com
Flower Sale
Thank you for supporting St. Catharine Home and School! Mark your calendars for curbside pickup on Saturday, May 15, 10a-1p.
Latchkey
Afternoon Latchkey will resume on Tuesday, April 6th. Please click on the form below if you are interested in morning or after-school latchkey. There will be an options for morning (7:00-7:45) and afternoon (2:45-5:30) latchkey. Please indicate which days and times you are interested on the form. 
Community Night - TT Murph's
Join us on Thursday, April 15th (starting at 3:30pm) to show T.T. Murph’s the love that they have always shown us!! Please dine in or place a carry out order to say

“Thank you for always supporting us!”
TRIP/SCRIP
Kroger Quarterly Report
It is now time to report your quarterly earnings from you Kroger Plus Community Rewards Card.
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 stcatharinetrip@yahoo.com

Get your order in for physical gift cards. Alli will be placing the next monthly order on Friday, May 7

Current inventory of physical cards available today (just reach out to purchase and money goes right into your OWN TUITION ACCOUNT)

Amazon 4 -$25
Chipotle 3- $25
Dicks Sporting Goods 1- $25
Giant Eagle 1- $100
Kohls 2-$100
Lowe’s 1- $25
Meijer 3- $25
Meijer 5- $100
Menards 1-$100
Panera Bread 4- $5
Starbucks 8- $10
Starbucks 3- $5
Target 5- $10
Target 2-$25
TAT 6- $25
Tim Hortons 3- $10
TJ Max, Marshall’s and Homegoods 4- $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
CCL Spring 7 on 7 League
St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration
Baseball
Grades 4-8
Baseball starts April 5 games start April 26-May 24
COACHES NEEDED!
Questions contact Paul Keiffer: pkeiffer@gmail.com
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, pkeiffer@gmail.com

Go Irish!!
St Catharine Church
Middle School Youth Group is back!

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

2021 Dates:

April 11th
April 18th

Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein, dorothy@damascus.net
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