Irish Insider
July 6, 2021
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • 2021-2022 School Calendar
  • School Supply Order
  • Yearbooks
  • School Closet Coupon
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Summer Learning
  • Summer Mask Guidance
  • Summer Math Camp
  • Summer Writers Workshop
  • New St. Catharine School Teachers and Staff
  • Mrs. Felici - 4th grade
  • Mrs. Fitzgerald - Kindergarten
  • Mrs. Quinn - 3rd Grade
  • Mrs. Tonnous - Cafeteria Manager
  • FunFest
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • St Catharine Church
August 12 - 14 - FunFest
  • 5:00pm - 11:00pm

August 23 - Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Back Parking Lot/Parish Center/School Gym
  • Uniform Swap
  • Gym Uniform Pick-up
  • School Supply Pick-up

August 25 - First Day of School
  • 8:05am - 2:55pm

August 25 - SPICE Back to School Donuts and Coffee
  • 8:00am - 9:00am
  • St Catharine Parish Center

August 31 - Fingerprinting
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Media Center

August 31 - K -2 Curriculum Night & Open House
  • 7:00pm
  • Parish Hall

September 1 - All School Mass
  • 9:00am
  • St Catharine Church

September 1 - 3-5 Curriculum Night & Open House
  • 7:00pm
  • Parish Hall

September 2 - 6-8 Curriculum Night & Open House
  • 7:00pm
  • Parish Hall

September 6 - No School - Labor Day

September 7 - September Seminar Series: Standards-Based Grading
  • 7:00pm
  • Parish Hall
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
- Jeremiah 29:11
This pretty much sums it up...

When my family and friends ask me how the school year went last year, I usually answer (half-jokingly), "Well, it's over."

Thinking back on all of the obstacles we had to overcome, it gives us a sense of relief and optimism for the future. However, as challenging as the last school year may have been, I

don't want to dismiss the positive outcomes that came from it. We are stronger today not just because of the physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardships, but because of the positive examples of our brothers and sisters rising above all of it for the sake of others.

Describing someone as resilient has become an undeniable complement. When we can describe our students as resilient we have a feeling of confidence that they have developed the self-efficacy to be better prepared to take on any future challenges that come their way.

However, we don't become more resilient just by going through tough times. For example, social isolation doesn't necessarily make us better at being socially isolated. Being depressed doesn't make us better at being depressed.

However, it is the collection of positive experiences in our life that leads to resiliency. It is in the hope of a better day and the grace and kindness of others that enable us to "weather the storm." With all of the challenges, I am proud of our students and our staff for not just surviving the year, but coming out of it a better person.

Summer Hours
The school office will be closed until Monday, August 2nd. However, if you need to speak to someone directly, we will be checking voicemail and emails.

School Phone - (614) 235-1396
School Email -
Stacey Poulos, Office Administrator -
Mark Watts , Principal -

Digital Academy
As previously indicated, the Diocese of Columbus Office of Catholic Schools has made the decision to no longer have Digital Academy serve as out Student Information System. The Digital Academy portal is no longer available for parents, teachers, or administrators.

The Diocese is currently making the transition to FACTS as our School Information Systems and Learning Management System. St. Catharine School has already partnered with FACTS for our Tuition Management. Although this will be the third SIS in three years, we are looking forward to the stability and support of a reputable, established company to partner with.

More information about parent onboarding will be sent in the near future.

STAR Testing
One of the most misleading notions I have heard since this pandemic is the need to "get our students caught up." My initial reaction is to ask, "Get caught up to who?" Our students have excelled under the circumstances of the past school year and based on their STAR scores have made tremendous progress in one school year as a group.

I realize that Reading and Math standardized testing in only one piece of the educational puzzle. However, when looking at Achievement and Growth for both tests, we have made tremendous progress.

In looking at Reading and Math, over 90% of our students were considered "Highly Proficient" and over 2/3 of our students were in the "High Growth" category compared to their peers across the nation.

Parent Volunteer Hours
Just in time for the FunFest 2021, parent volunteer hours have been re-established. School parents may sign up for volunteer hours during the FunFest to go toward their suggested fifty hours for school. In addition to FunFest, there will be plenty of opportunities to serve our school community. For more information on the FunFest, click here.

Curriculum Night
This year, we will be hosting our curriculum night scheduled by grade-bands on consecutives nights. We will start in the Parish Hall as a large group and finish by grades in each individual classroom.

  • Tuesday, August 31st
  • Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades
  • Wednesday, September 1st
  • Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades
  • Thursday, September 2nd
  • Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

September Seminar Series
Save the Dates! We will be hosting a series of presentations and discussions this Fall to help parents navigate some key aspects of their child's education and how to better collaborate to ensure student success.

  • Tuesday, September 7th
  • Standards Based Grading:
  • Why not As, Bs, and Cs?
  • Tuesday, September 14th
  • Response to Intervention:
  • How is My Child's Learning Supported
  • Tuesday, September 21st
  • Social-Emotional Learning:
  • Improving Beyond Report Cards
  • Tuesday, September 28th
  • Education in Virtue:
  • The Holy Spirit's Guide to Behavior

I wish all of you a joyous summer and please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.

Yours in Christ,

Mark Watts

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." - Romans 15:13
2021-2022 School Calendar
  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • First Day of School
  • September 6, 2021
  • No School – Labor Day
  • October 29, 2021
  • No School - Teacher Records Day
  • November 24 through November 26, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20 through December 31, 2021
  • Christmas Vacation
  • January 14, 2022
  • No School – Teacher Records Day
  • January 17, 2022
  • No School – Martin Luther King Day
  • February 17, 2022
  • No School – P/T Comp Day
  • February 21, 2022
  • No School – Presidents’ Day
  • March 14 through March 18, 2022
  • Spring Break
  • April 14, April 15, and April 18, 2022
  • Easter Break
  • May 30, 2022
  • No School – Memorial Day
  • June 2, 2022
  • 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 3, 2022
  • Last Day for Students
School Supply Order
Home and School would like to offer you the opportunity to have all of your school supply shopping done for the 2021-2022 school year! If your child is entering Grades 2-8, you can order your child’s school supply packet now, which will be packaged and placed on your child’s desk at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Star Beacon continues to provide great prices for our group order!

Please note, Kindergarten and 1 st grade teachers request a supply fee to purchase their own supplies and ask you to supply a couple of items, so please keep an eye out for a separate note from your Kindergarten or 1 st grade teacher.

Please go to this link to purchase your child’s school supply packet.

You are responsible for placing your own order and paying directly online. Your order must be placed by JULY 31 to guarantee fulfillment. The full 2021-2022 School Supply list is also enclosed and is posted on Backpack Express on the school website.

Please compare your Star Beacon order with the full school supply list to order the correct pack for your student—some teachers have different items on the list for boys/girls and based on the last name. You also should check the school supply list to know if any items still need to be purchased by you. Certain items, such as a school bag/backpack, book covers, flashcards, and any other items noted “purchased at school” are NOT included in the online Star Beacon packets.

In the Comments section, please list your student’s name, grade, and favorite color.

Questions? Call Nikki Mesnard: 614-506-1923 Or Nell Vitale: 614-937-9961
Due to high demand, we had to order more 2020-21 Yearbooks.

Please reach out to Kathy Kropp or call the office to claim your copy!

Each yearbook is $10
Schoool Closet Coupon
Join us in the back parking lot on Monday, August 23 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for our annual Back to School Ice Cream Social.
We will have:
  • Ice Cream
  • Pre-ordered Gym Uniforms for pick-up
  • Pre-ordered School Supplies for pick-up
  • Used Uniform Exchange/Sale in the school gym
  • and more!!

See you there!
Summer ordering: physical cards
Monday, July 19
Monday, Aug 16
Arrangements for cards will be with Alli Brinkmeyer (614)214-5428

Want to know what our current inventory has?? Email or call Alli Brinkmeyer

Allison Brinkmeyer

*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 any time through the website or app (RaiseRight).
Get Signed Up TODAY
The Diocese of Columbus Office of Catholic Schools COVID Task Force has developed guidelines for the summer after school is officially out. Please click on this link to read the document.
Summer School: Middle School Math Camp
We are excited to announce we will be offering a Middle School Math Camp for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades this summer. The camp will be free for students and will run for three consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30 at St. Catharine School.
Week 1: Fractions – July 19th – July 23rd
Week 2: Decimals – July 26th – July 30th
Week 3: Percents – August 2nd – August 6th
We encourage students to sign-up up for an entire week but can also register daily. To Register for the camp, please click on this link.
Summer School: Writers Workshop
In addition to Math Camp, we will be offering a Writers Workshop for rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders this summer. The camp will be free for students and will run for three consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 to 4:00 at St. Catharine School.
Week 1: Informative/ Explanatory Writing - July 19th – July 23rd
Week 2: Argumentative Writing - July 26th – July 30th
Week 3: Narrative Writing - August 2nd – August 6th
We encourage students to sign-up up for an entire week but can also register daily. To Register for the camp, please click on this link.

New St. Catharine School Teachers and Staff
Please give a warm St. Catharine School welcome to our new teachers and staff! We are excited for you to meet them.
Mrs. Felici - Fourth Grade
Hello St. Catharine Community! My name is Joanna Felici and I will be the new fourth grade teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. I am extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful community and meet all of my students for the coming school year. I have taught fourth grade for four years and recently completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership. My husband’s name is Derek and we have been married for six years. We have twin girls, Anna and Lucia, who will be turning four in November. Our youngest daughter Mia is eight months, and we have a Boston terrier named Layla. Our household is definitely full of girls and we love every minute of it! In addition to being a teacher, I am also a group fitness instructor and love to motivate people to keep working towards their goals. I am an avid reader and whenever I get the chance, I will sit on my porch with a good book and a cup of coffee. This school year I am most looking forward to learning and sharing all of the classroom adventures with my fourth-grade students.
Mrs. Fitzgerald - Kindergarten
Hello! I’m Greer Fitzgerald and I am incredibly excited to be the new Kindergarten teacher at St. Catharine’s School. Having attended Catholic schools through graduate school and being part of the parish for the past 6 years, I am so excited to have the opportunity to be more involved in the community and be a part of your child’s education and growing love for Jesus!

I bring over 10 years of experience in the education field and am already planning for an amazing year with your children. I am an avid reader and I hope to instill that love of reading into all of my students. When not teaching, I am a busy parent to three children (ages 11, 8, and 4).

I am truly looking forward to joining the St. Catharine’s school community and developing new relationships with you and your children!
Mrs. Quinn - Third Grade
My name is Natalie Quinn and I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach Third Grade this coming school year! I am so excited to meet all of the students and their families. I know we will have a productive and fun-filled year while building a loving classroom community. This will be my third year of teaching, and I think this is the best career I could have picked for myself!
I am a graduate of John Carroll University where I earned my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and my Masters in Literacy. I also played for the Women’s Tennis Team at John Carroll where I competed in doubles with my twin sister, Nicolette. Last year I moved to Columbus because I married my college sweetheart. My husband and I live minutes away from St. Catharine with our Golden Retriever named Luna. In my spare time, I love to cook for a big crowd and get lost in an extra thick novel. 
Again, I am looking forward to meeting the St. Catharine community. I cannot wait to make special memories with my new kiddos this coming school year. I hope the rest of your summer is relaxing. I look forward to seeing everyone in August!
Mrs. Tonnous - Cafeteria Manager
Hi St. Catharine School! My name is Erin Tonnous and I'm so honored to assume the role as cafeteria manager for the 2021-2022 school year. My husband Anthony and I live in Millersport, East of Columbus, with our 5 kids, Ty, Quinn, Jack, Jamey, and Vivienne, our adopted cat Herman and our Great Dane Willa. This past year, we moved from South Eastmoor, and have been busy remodeling our 115 year old farmhouse and enjoying our land and huge fruit and vegetable garden!

I grew up in the St. Pius X Church and school community and attended Bishop Hartley, graduating in 1993. I've spent the last 20+ years in foodservice, working every single job in a restaurant, and have been lucky enough to spend the last 7 running my own food truck, Erin's Lunchbox!

I'm so excited to meet all of our kids and I can't wait to show each and every one of you that school lunch can be delicious and satisfying. My hope is to teach you to love and appreciate food in a new way!

Anthony and I are so excited to join this community and as our oldest heads off to college in the fall, our youngest 2 will be attending St. Catharine School in kindergarten and first grade! Oh my!
August 12th - 14th, 2021
As always, admission is FREE
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