Irish Insider
April 20 , 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Gym Day Schedule
  • School Lunches
  • Bottoms Up Diaper Drive
  • Flower Sale
  • 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 20
  • Irish Insider
  • First Communion Rehearsal
  • Church 6p
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • School Mass - 4th-8th
  • Saturday, April 24
  • First Communion
  • Church 10a
  • Sunday, April 25
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • St Catharine School Gym 6p
  • Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30
  • Bottoms Up Diaper Drive
  • Tuesday, April 27
  • Irish Insider
  • Wednesday, April 28
  • School Mass - K-3
  • Friday, April 30
  • 4th Quarter Interims
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
"Instead of worrying about what you are without, be concerned with who you are within." - Martin Rooney
St. Catharine Families:

As the weather reminds us we live in Ohio, I want to remind you we have five Mondays left this school year. The month of April has been a weird combination of the first month of school adjustments with the last month of school "Spring Fever." As strange as the month of April has been for students and staff, we are all working together to adjust and make the most of the 4th quarter of school.

There is still plenty of time in the year to make significant academic progress, plenty of time to read more books, take on math challenges, become better scientists, understand our world and environment, build on our strengths, and most importantly, become stronger disciples of Christ.

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right." - Lou Holtz

The last 6(ish) weeks of school is an unprecedented opportunity for all of our students to show love, kindness, and compassion for their fellow students. It is an outstanding opportunity to include those who are often excluded. The final weeks of this school year can be an unforgettable opportunity for students to stand...

To stand up for themselves
To stand for what they believe is right
To stand in the face of adversity
To stand up for others who need it most

Something that stood out to me that I learned from a well respected coach in 2004 was about how to treat others. He asked, "How do you treat others whom you have nothing to gain?"

What can I do for other people who cannot give anything in return?

That is a prime example of the difference between being transactional and being transformational.

Can I be the best version of myself? Can I help other people around me become better people because of my words and my actions?

"It's not what you can make them do, it's who they become because of you."
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10
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 of4.19)
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.
Bottoms Up Diaper Drive
April 26 - 30 we will be collecting diapers for the Bottoms Up Diaper Drive. The will be a drop off in the Parish Center or your student may bring to school and they will be collect from classroom.
Flower Sale
Flower Sale Winners

Class Pizza Party - Mrs. Scurlock's 3rd graders; date/time TBD

$50 Plank's Gift Card - The Santuomo Family
$25 Johnson's Gift Card - The Plageman Family

The Pie the Principal raffle drawing will take place after the sale pick up. We will draw 3 winners, 1 winner in each grade grouping, K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The winners will get to pie Mr. Watts during recess on a date TBD. Don't forget the candy too.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Curbside Pickup on Saturday, May 15, 10am-1pm. Gift cards and raffle tickets will be disbursed at pick up.

As always, thank you for supporting St. Catharine Home and School.

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
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 25th

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