Irish Insider
May 18, 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • Mask Guidance
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Advisory Board Election
  • Legislative Action Network Update
  • Summer Tutoring
  • Gym Uniform Order form
  • Flower Sale
  • School Closet Coupon
  • Community Night - Bexley Pizza Plus
  • Information Regarding Yearbooks
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St. Catharine Spring Sports Registration
  • Field Hockey Clinic
  • Summer Sports Camps
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
  • Gym Day Schedule
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, May 18
  • Irish Insider
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • School Mass -Grades 4-8
  • Thursday, May 20
  • Community Night - Bexley Pizza Plus -12p - 9p
  • Saturday, May 22nd
  • Memorial Mass for Tyler Anderson - 10a
  • Tuesday, May 25
  • Irish Insider
  • Wednesday, May 26
  • Eucharistic Adoration, Praise, & Worship - Grades K-3
  • Monday, May 31
  • No School - Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, June 1
  • Final Irish Insider of the school year
  • Wednesday, June 2
  • All School Mass
  • Thursday, June 3
  • 8th Grade Graduation - 7p
  • Friday, June 4
  • Last Day of School - 11a dismissal
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
St. Catharine Families:

So many fulfilling things are happening at our school over the past week. May Crowning on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Smile Project to magnify the Lord, and our 8th Grade receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

With Pentecost Sunday approaching, this is a great time to allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with joy. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with a breath of life and be an advocate for us all, as we can be advocates for others.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all of the wonderful things our students and staff are doing.

You are in my prayers,

Mark Watts
"Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4
Mask Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control recently revised their recommendations around mask guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated. However, St. Catharine School will continue to require students and staff members to wear masks through the end of the current school year.

A Message from Governor Mike DeWine
"As you may have seen, the Centers for Disease Control recently revised their recommendations around mask guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

While Ohio will be amending its health orders to comply with this new CDC guidance, in order to maintain consistency and model safe behavior for Ohio’s students, these changes do not affect the existing order requiring the use of facial coverings and other health protocols in our schools.

With limited numbers of students vaccinated, it is important that we continue these safety measures through the end of the current school year. I appreciate the efforts that you have undertaken locally to protect students and I look forward to continuing to work together for Ohio’s kids."

Please contact Mr. Watts directly if you have any questions or concerns.
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 of5.17)
Advisory Board Election
Thank you to all the parents that have shown interest in being a part of the St. Catharine School Advisory Board. We will be electing 3 new members to our board for this coming school year. Every parent is entitled to vote for 3 people. The top 3 vote-getters will be elected to a 3-year term. In the case of a tie, the current sitting board will be the tiebreaker. All votes are due by Friday, May 21 at 9 pm.

Please use your voice and exercise your right to vote!

Nominees for the 2021 Advisory Board Election
Term Fall 2021 - Spring 2024

  • Mindy Anderson
  • Jenny Assman
  • Nick Coenen
  • Jimmy Ference
  • Joe Kemp
  • Jaime Lawler
  • Emily McFadden
  • Jason Molnar
  • Gini Ryan
  • Elyse Salisbury
  • Kelly Scocco
  • Nell Vitale 
Legislative Action Network Update
The Ohio Senate is discussing the budget bill right now! Help us continue the positive momentum from the recent Education Hearings by contacting our Senator, Senator Hearcel F. Craig, TODAY! Below is a template you can use that highlights several important budget items we hope he will support. Letters can be emailed to him at Thank you for using your voice to advocate on behalf of our children and our Catholic schools!

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:
Contact Beth Henney to receive all legislative updates from the Office of Catholic Schools, action alerts, and email templates for letter-writing campaigns.
Summer Tutoring
If you are interested in finding a tutor for your child this summer, SPICE is here to help. Special People in Catholic Education will pay up to 50% of tutoring costs for families who apply.

There are two options to request funding:

1.) Download, print, fill-out, and return this form:

2.) Fill out this online form:

If you need assistance in finding a tutor for your child, please contact your teacher or the school office.

Finally, if you are a licensed professional able to offer tutoring sessions over the summer and would like to be added to St. Catharine School SPICE tutoring list, please contact Mr. Watts, School Principal at

Special People in Catholic Education (SPICE) is a program to support the education of children with special needs in our parish and school.

SPICE supports the teachers and staff at St. Catharine in their philosophy that every child is special. Our parish and school are committed to serving all of our children.

SPICE served as a means to raise funds, to employ needed personnel, and to support the educational process in whatever area deemed necessary by our pastor or principal.

SPICE brings about discussion and awareness necessary to embrace diversity in our parish and school.
Gym Uniform Order Form
Twice A Week!!

What is twice a week?? Gym !!
Starting next school year our students will be enjoying gym twice a week with Mr. Oddi!
With gym 2 times a week and their growing bodies, you might need to order new gym uniforms. Use the button below to access the form and to receive more information on this awesome convenient service we are able to offer our families.
Flower Sale
Thank you to all of our students who participated in the Spring Flower Sale!

A special thanks to the parents who stepped up and volunteered for the pick-up.
Trish and Thomas Schindler
Krisztina Ivey
Stacie and Kris Massey
Adam Place
Sara and Kyle Wolfe

Thanks to the Lushecks for our surprise breakfast treat.

Raffle winning numbers
Pre-K: 3665538
K-2: 3665581
3-5: 3665275
6-8: 3665135

Pie the Principal will take place this Friday during recess. If your child has the winning ticket email Ronnee by 5:00p Wednesday at
If tickets are not claimed we will draw again on Wednesday night.

As always, thank you for supporting St. Catharine Home and School.
Schoool Closet Coupon
Community Night - Bexley Pizza Plus
Join us on Thursday, May 20th (11am-10pm) 
to show Bexley Pizza Plus the love that they have always shown us!! Please place a carryout or delivery order to say
“Thank you for always supporting us!”
Kroger Quarterly Report
It is now time to report your quarterly earnings from you Kroger Plus Community Rewards Card.
Please reach out to Alli Brinkmeyer with any questions or concerns at 614-214-5428

*St Catharine School and Church is 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
Information Regarding Yearbooks
Our yearbook order for 2021-22 has been placed. Due to the extension to reopen the ordering window, it is doubtful yearbooks will be received by the end of the school year.

If you placed an order through the Lifetouch Website, you will receive your order in August (or before). You are all set.

If you added your name to the waitlist in the school office, please forward a check (made out to St. Catharine School) or cash in a clearly marked envelope to Kathy Kropp in the school office. Each yearbook is $10.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to Kathy Kropp or call the office.
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
Mass Schedule
Sunday 8:30a - 11:00a - 5:00p

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
6:00a - 9:00p daily except Saturday
Saturday 6:00a -4:00p
Gym Day Schedule
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