Irish Insider
Welcome Back To School
August 28, 2020
Upcoming Events
  • 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- 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
Thoughts with Mr.Watts
"Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" - Philippians 2:4
Digital Academy
You should have received an email from Mr. Watts titled St Catharine Digital Academy Onboarding over the weekend. We need for all parents to log in, set up their accounts, and fill out all the forms for your student(s). If you have any questions, please email Mr. Watts ( The forms need to be filled out by Friday, September 4.
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 to offer lunches "to-go" for families. Free and Reduced Lunch forms are being sent home this week.
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!!
SCRIP Physical Gift Card Orders are due Friday, September 4. You can place your order on the website or by using the new app, RaiseRight. E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app.

Do you have questions about saving money on your 2021-22 tuition? Reach out to Alli Brinkmeyer at or 614.214.5428 with all your SCRIP questions
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 Next Week
Mark Your Calendars!

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

We have less than a week until the official Mum Sale kick-off. Get a jump start picking out your favorite colors and decorative pots. Don't forget about the "hair club" for your mumkins and mumsters from last year's sale.

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 

St Catharine Youth Groups Kick Off Nights
Mark your calendars!!
High School
Sunday, October 4 6pm - 8pm
St Catharine Parish Center

Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Sunday, October 11 6pm - 8pm
St Catharine School Gym
More information to come!
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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