Irish Insider
August 28, 2020
Thoughts with Mr.Watts
St. Catharine Families:

I know we are all anxiously awaiting the start of the school year and it may look different compared to the beginning of last year. Regardless of how we start, I am very fortunate to start the year with all of you.

What this pandemic has taught us, is everyone is affected by it. There are really no families that have communicated this school year is a perfect situation for them. Everyone is making sacrifices and we all are carrying our cross in some way. I will continue to ask that we show empathy to others and have patience with everyone. None of us have gong through a first day of school quite like this.

Final Preparations
I have never been more proud of a group of teachers and staff this past week. They are a resilient group of professionals that have been working extremely hard to make sure your children are safe and have the best opportunity to learn. As we are finishing up classroom set-ups, cleaning, and sanitizing, our staff is working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Monday morning.

Visitor Policy
Starting today, there will be no more visitors, including parents, allowed in the school building. Once our final cleaning and sanitation efforts are finished and once students are present in the building, there will be new protocols as explained in our reopening plan.

If you need to pick up your child from school early, you will need to call ahead, ring the bell, and wait outside the front doors. Please call ahead to the school office to notify us in advance of the appointment.

Any parent-teacher meetings will be conducted via phone, Zoom, or if necessary, in the conference room by accessing it through the Parish Center doors.

Weekend Communication
Digital Academy On-boarding
You will be receiving an email with your Digital Academy Log-in information and to verify your contact information.

Family Number Assignments for Dismissal
Each family will be receiving an assigned number for pick-up purposed. This number will also be on two laminated cards to keep your vehicles. Even if your family typically walks to school, you will still receive a number. It is important these numbers should not be shared with anyone outside our school community. This will drastically reduce any delays in our dismissal process while keeping our students safe.

Arrival/ Dismissal Video
We will guide families through the arrival and dismissal process.

Reopening Plan
The Final Reopening plan will be updated on the website.

Final Walk-Through
I will be doing a final virtual walk-through video on Sunday.

"Trials have a neat way of helping us discover things about ourselves. There are things the valley will teach us that we could never learn from the mountaintop." - Ryan Meadows
September Schedule
Monday, August 31st
Grades K-4th in their AM/ PM Cohorts

Tuesday, September 1st
Grades 5th-8th in their AM/ PM Cohorts
Kindergarten Screening (Sign-up Genius was emailed this week)

Wednesday, September 2nd
Grades K-4th in their AM/ PM Cohorts

Thursday, September 3rd
Grades 5th-8th in their AM/ PM Cohorts
Kindergarten Screening (Sign-up Genius was emailed this week)

Friday, September 4th
Grades K-4th in their AM/ PM Cohorts

Saturday, September 5th
Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, September 7th
No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8th
The Nativity of the Blessed Mary
First Day of School with All Students in AM/ PM Cohorts
6:00 PM - Home & School Meeting

Wednesday, September 9th
Feast Day of St. Peter Claver

Friday, September, 11th
Patriot Day
School Food & Personal Care Drive (At AM & PM Dismissals)
*Parents are encouraged to donate food items when picking up their child(ren).

Saturday, September 12th
The Most Holy Name of Mary
9-11 AM - Parish Food & Personal Care Drive

Wednesday, September 16th
9:00 AM - School Mass for grades 5th-8th (AM Cohort)

Wednesday, September 23rd
1:30 PM - 9:00 AM - School Mass for grades 5th-8th (PM Cohort)
6:00 PM - First Holy Communion Rehearsal (3rd graders only)
*This is for last year's 2nd grade student who did not receive First Holy Communion last Spring due to COVID-19. Current 2nd Grade First Holy Communion Meeting will be moved to later in the Fall.

Saturday, September 26th
10:00 AM - First Holy Communion for 3rd Grade Students

Wednesday, September 30th
9:00 AM - School Mass for grades K-4th (AM Cohort)
4:30 PM - SPICE Meeting
School Lunches
As you all know, we will not be serving hot lunches in the cafeteria during school hours. However, we will eventually have the capability to offer lunches "to-go" for families.
Latchkey Opportunities for AM Cohorts
Morning Latchkey 7:00-7:45 AM
$7 per student, per day

(New) Mid-Day Latchkey 11:00-12:00 PM
*For AM Cohorts only, no lunch provided
$5 per student, per day

Latchkey Opportunities for PM Cohorts
Afternoon Latchkey 3:30-5:30 PM
$12 per student, per day

Latchkey will begin on Tuesday, September 8th
All students will need to wear a mask and will be socially distanced for the duration of latchkey. Items will not be shared and the latchkey area (cafeteria) will be cleaned and sanitized between all 3 sessions.
School Uniforms are expected to be worn starting Monday, August 31st. Please refer to our website for detail on our Dress Code policy. The only change you will notice this school year is first grade is now able to wear elastic waist pants without a belt.

Warm weather uniform can be worn until September 30. On October 1 the regular uniform must be worn.

Gym days are:

Tuesdays - Grades 1 -4
Wednesdays - Kindergarten
Thursdays - Grades 5 -8

Students are able to wear their gym uniform for the entire school day on their gym day.

Registration is open for baseball, volleyball and cross country
You are able to register at

Commissioners needed for football, baseball, summer baseball and basketball.

Parent Like A Champion
Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 7pm. 
This will also be a zoom session. Parents can sign up on the DRA website. At this time, this is the last one scheduled before the start of fall sports.

Please contact PJ Keiffer with any questions at 614-668-0134 or email,

Go Irish!!
Parent Fingerprinting
This year we will unfortunately not be able to offer a fingerprinting night. Fingerprinting can be arranged by contacting Kathy Kropp at 614.235.1396 or Fingerprinting fees are covered by St Catharine Home & School Association

To keep all of our activities safe for the youngest of our parishioners and students, all volunteers are asked to complete the Protecting God’s Children Training Program. To become compliant, all volunteers must complete the following steps:
  1. Attend a Protecting God’s Children Training Program, a course that details the importance of keeping our children safe through awareness and vigilance.
  2. Provide a current Bureau of Criminal Investigation criminal background report. Fingerprinting can be arranged by calling the St. Catharine School office. Fingerprinting fees are covered by the St. Catharine Home & School Association.
School Supplies
Families that orders school supplies from the St Catharine Home & School School Supply Sale, your student will find these items at their desk on the first day of school.

Please do not bring in any school supplies until you are notified by the teacher(s) to do so.

Here is a copy of the school supplies needed this year.

If any students have text books or library books from last year, please return them next week.
Mumkin Sale is Coming Soon
Mark Your Calendars!

Mum sale kick off: Tuesday, 9/8
Last chance to order: Sunday, 9/20
Curbside order pick up: Friday, 9/25

This year ordering will done exclusively online through Packets containing catalogs and order forms will not be sent home this year. Parents will receive an email with each child's webcode and online ordering information. Be sure to check future editions of the Irish Insider for more details.
Community Night - Plank's Cafe & Pizzeria
Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 17th - All Day

All Day THURSDAY, September 17th let’s show our support for businesses that have given back to our school by dining in, carrying out or placing a delivery order at Plank's

Mrs. Underwood is looking forward to seeing St. Catharine students and families!

Plank's will be hosting us for the entire day on Thursday, September 17.
St Catharine Church
Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is now open

Every day from 6:00am-9:00pm

Over 200 people have already made a commitment to spend an hour with Jesus every week in our Adoration Chapel! Our goal is to have three committed Adorers per hour. Saturday and Sunday are not yet completely filled with Adorers, but Sunday is getting very close.
We do plan to open up additional hours in the coming weeks, but we can not do that until all currently available hours are filled. Sign up at 

Ablaze Family Faith Formation

The family that prays together stays together

Ablaze is designed to reinvigorate the family as a place of faith and celebration in the life of St. Catharine families. And it's for ALL families of the parish, both School and PSR.

Ablaze is structured around two pillars: Faith and Feasting.

Families will receive two bags per month with different activities, lessons, and ideas of how to increase the presence of Jesus in your homes. Head to to register.

Eyewitness: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Wednesdays at 7:00pm • Begins September 16th

Spend 10 sessions in the Parish Center with our new Director of Adult Faith Formation, Mike Denz, as he unpacks the extraordinary Gospel of St. John. Discover who Jesus is like never before from the words of the Beloved Disciple himself. Head to to register.

*Face-coverings are required, and physical distance of at least 6 feet is to be maintained at all times for all in-person parish events.
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