Irish Insider
April 13 , 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Gym Day Schedule
  • School Lunches
  • Legislative Action Network
  • Digital Academy
  • Flower Sale
  • Community Night - TT Murph's
  • What is Racism... and How Do I Talk to My Kids About It?
  • Bishop Hartley 2021 SPICE Social Group Summer Camp
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration
  • Summer Sports Camps
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, April 13
  • Irish Insider
  • Home & School Meeting 6p
  • Advisory Board Meeting 7p
  • Wednesday, April 14
  • School Mass - K-3rd
  • Thursday, April 15
  • Community Night - TT Murph's 3:30p-Close
  • Sunday, April 18
  • Middle School (6th-8th) Youth Group
  • School Gym 6p-8p
  • Tuesday, April 20
  • Irish Insider
  • First Communion Rehearsal
  • Church 6p
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • School Mass - 4th-8th
  • Saturday, April 24
  • First Communion
  • Church 10a
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
"At the end of the day, I’d rather be excluded for who I include than included for who I exclude." - Rev. Eston Williams
St. Catharine Families:

As we enter our second week of full-time, in-person learning, we are starting to "settle-in" and acclimating to the new schedule.

It has been 13 months since we have had all of our students in the building at once and.... we can tell.

In the trials of life, you reveal your own heart: how solid it is, how merciful, how big or small. - Pope Francis, Let Us Dream

It has been an adjustment for our students and staff but everyone is showing their resiliency and we are balancing the ever-present threat of COVID-19 and optimizing the learning experience for our students.

We have some obstacles we need to overcome as a school. The social-emotional well-being of students is always an area of concern. It is even more important now, as the students are dealing with the effects of the pandemic, yet another adjustment to their schedule, and getting along with others.

"In moments of crisis you get both good and bad: people reveal themselves as they are. the state of our hearts is exposed."
- Pope Francis, Let Us Dream

Regardless, our expectations must remain high and our empathy contagious during the last seven weeks of school. We need accountability for our actions and kindness above all things. That needs to start (again) now, for everyone.

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
nothing so gentle as real strength."
-Saint Francis de Sales

Yours in Christ,

Mark Watts
“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”
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 of4.12)
Gym Day Schedule
School Lunches
We will continue to provide Free USDA Lunches for the remainder for the school year. Teachers will be taking lunch count during attendance. You will no longer need to update the lunch spreadsheet.
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.
Legislative Action Network

Please join the effort of advocating for our children! The State Budget is in full swing. Currently the Ohio House is hearing testimony from agencies and stakeholders regarding HB 110, that creates appropriations for FY 2022-2023. There are several important budget items we’d like to ask our representative to support. Here is a template you can use to contact State Representative Dontavius Jarrells, as St. Catharine School is in his district. This can be emailed to him at or
mailed to 77 South High Street, 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.

We will keep you informed through the Irish Insider! Contact Beth Henney to receive all legislative updates from the Office of Catholic Schools, action alerts, and email templates for letter writing campaigns.

For more information about the LAN and the legislative process, please visit the LAN page of the Our Catholic Schools website: Our Catholic Schools - Legislative Action Website

Also please check out the March 2021 issue of the Advocate. It contains government news pertaining to education and our schools. Access the March 2021 issue here: ADVOCATE - March 2021

Click on the letter to download the template
Digital Academy
Unfortunately, Digital Academy has fallen short of the diocese and our expectations this school year. The Dioceses has made the decision to move to a new Student Information System (SIS). We will be implementing FACTS SIS over the summer. Please see the attached letter for more information on this transition.
Click on the letter to download
Flower Sale
Thank you for supporting St. Catharine Home and School! Mark your calendars for curbside pickup on Saturday, May 15, 10a-1p.
Community Night - TT Murph's
Join us THIS 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!”
What is Racism... and How Do I Talk to My Kids About It?
Presented by the Diocese of Columbus Office of Catholic Schools

Click on the flyer to download
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

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
Bishop Hartley 2021 SPICE
Social Group Summer Camp
Our social group focuses on general social skills and the specific needs of students going through adolescence.

This camp is designed for 6th-9th graders who have been diagnosed with a disability who need support in the areas of communication, social interactions and relationships.

This camp will help students work on skills needed to build friendships, learn expectations of the high school setting, and develop confidence in many different social situations.

Students will participate in a variety of fun activities and engaging lessons while getting to know other students in other Catholic Schools that have similar needs and experiences.

June 8th - June 11th, 9 a.m. - Noon

Open to Grades 6th-9th, Cost is $45

Contact Cara Rezabek at
614-237-5421 ext 10626

St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration
Grades 4-8
Baseball starts April 5 games start April 26-May 24

Summer T-Ball/Baseball
Ages 4-8
Due May 28
Questions contact Paul Keiffer:
Summer Sports Camps
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:

April 18th

Questions? Contact Dorothy Allwein,
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