Irish Insider
December 2, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thoughts with Mr. Watts
  • Clarification with Travel, Vacations, & Assignments
  • COVID-19 Information
  • School Lunches
  • Directory Spot - Formerly the Caller
  • Current Families Enrollment Period
  • Kanowsky-Ey Scholarship
  • Latchkey Update
  • Employment Opportunities at St. Catharine School
  • Community Night - Jersey Mike's
  • Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
  • St Catharine Christmas Tree Lot
  • Breakfast with Santa - Canceled
  • St Catharine Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
  • Lindy Infante Foundation Scholarship
  • Commissioners Needed
  • St Catharine Church
Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, December 2 - Wednesday, December16
  • Current Families Enrollment Period
  • Friday, December 4
  • 2nd Quarter Interims
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • School Mass 9a & 1:30p
  • Home & School Meeting
  • 6p
  • Thursday, December 10
  • No School Lunches
  • Friday, December 11
  • No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday, December 15
  • Advisory Board Meeting
  • 7p
  • Wednesday, December 16
  • School Mass (K-4)
  • 1:30p
  • Thursday, December 17
  • Community Night/Day
  • Jersey Mike's
  • Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, January 3
  • Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 4
  • School Resumes
Thoughts with Mr. Watts
And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
  one who will arise to rule over the nations;
  in him the Gentiles will hope.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:12-13
This is the first Wednesday in Advent and we are in the middle of the Week of Hope as we lit the Prophet's Candle on Sunday. Advent is a time for waiting in hopeful anticipation of the coming of Christ. 

As we navigate through what seems like never ending and ongoing challenges, let us keep the love of God in our hearts, be gracious for the blessings we have, and unselfishly serve others in our community.

Know that I pray for all of you daily and God's grace will continue to shine on us throughout toughest endeavors. Be strong in your Faith and lead your families through these times.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born
of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His blessed Mother.
Clarification with Travel, Vacations, & Assignments
This has been an very unique school year to say the least. Families have made many sacrifices, adjusted schedules on the fly, and have been forced to quarantine without much notice to keep all of our school children healthy.

At the same time, I would argue to say this has been one of, if not, the most challenging calendar year for teachers in the history of K-12 education. Teachers have also been forced to pivot without much notice to the ever-changing environments and requirements, have worked longer and harder than any year prior, and have had to accept even more responsibilities to best serve our students.

Teachers and Parents alike have been accommodating and understanding when it comes to the simultaneous (and often conflicting) role of keeping students safe and academically engaged.

One specific policy that we have kept consistent with past years is sending school assignments home with students due to an illness or family vacation. Assignments will NOT be sent home ahead of time for the previous two instances.

If a student is sick, it is important that student has the opportunity to get healthy in order to return to school.
If a student is on vacation during scheduled school days, that student should enjoy their vacation with their family.

In either scenario, assignments will not be sent with the student or a sibling while the student is sick or prior to vacation. Our teachers will work diligently to address any standards that may need taught and assessed that a student missed.

This policy is still relevant and important this school year. Although we are all more familiar with remote learning, the added stress of students transitioning between learning models is something we are trying to minimize. Teachers have been working extremely hard to best instruct, assess, and support multiple groups of students simultaneously. Lines of communication should stay open and enrichment is encouraged, but all assignments will be postponed until the student returns.

This year, there are four distinct attendance designations for students.
Student Attendance Codes
Present In-Person includes:
  • Students are are present in-person for face-to face instruction

Present Remote includes:
  • Students of families who have committed to Remote Learning for a 4-week period
  • Students who are quarantined due to a Positive COVID test in the household
  • Students who are quarantined due to a known close-contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Students who are themselves or a have a household member who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Absent Excused includes any student that has a medical excuse from the doctor or teacher for missing school .

Absent Unexcused - Student does not have an excuse for missing school. This would also include a family vacation, tournaments, or any other reasons for traveling out of town.

School Assignments for Students on Vacation
Assignments will not be sent home with students prior to going on vacation. Please encourage your child to relax, recharge, pray, and read during the time off. School assignments can be made up at the teacher's discretion upon the family's return.

If a student must quarantine for any reason after traveling, the student will receive their coursework once they return from vacation and start their quarantine.

Any days missed while on vacation will be marked as an unexcused absence.

Any days a student is not in school due to quarantine, those days will be marked “present remote”.
Quarantine after Travel
Students will need to quarantine if…

Their family travels to a state with a 15% or more positive COVID-19 rate. Please refer to this website for an updated list of states that fit in this category and for more information.

If anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.

If anyone in the household has knowingly been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If anyone in the household is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 Test
COVID - 19 Information
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.
We are required to post positive cases of students and staff on our website weekly. This data, along with other COVID-19 updates can be found at Currently, we have 0 active cases and 3 cumulative cases with students and staff. (As of 11.30)
When to Keep Your Child Home (Updated 10.9)- This is a great reference for you to print and keep handy. You can also find a copy in Backpack Express

Quarantine after Travel
Students will need to quarantine if…

Their family travels to a state with a 15% or more positive COVID-19 rate. Please refer to this website for an updated list of states that fit in this category and for more information.

If anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.

If anyone in the household has knowingly been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If anyone in the household is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 Test

Document created by Columbus Public Health to answer commonly asked questions about COVID-19.

Please click on this link to read a letter from Adam Dufault supporting the message to school communities about gatherings over Thanksgiving.

Please click on this link for guidance from ODE on operating schools and districts in "Purple" counties.
School Lunches
Christmas Dinner Meal - Wednesday, December 9
No Lunches - Thursday, December 10

  • This program is being provided by the USDA through the end of the school year!

  • You are helping our school when you order a take home lunch. This is provided for everyone. You are not taking away from any other students

  • Make sure you are using the Google Spreadsheet to sign up for Take Home Lunches. This spreadsheet is being sent through email to all families. The link will remain the same, but the menu items will be updated every Friday for the following week. Check your Digital Academy Account for Mr. Watts' emails. Here is a video to explain how to use the spreadsheet.

  • Any student who had all 5 days of the week checked, will continue to have the next 6 days checked for next week for your convenience. However, if you signed up for lunches on certain days, your requests were cleared. In either instance, please double check the sheet and make any necessary adjustments by Monday at 8:30 AM

  • When accessing the Google Sheet, keep in mind, you will have editing capabilities, so please only click on the checkbox for your child(ren).

  • PM Cohorts- You will be ordering lunch for the next day. The spreadsheet will reflect what you will be receiving on that day for tomorrow's lunch

  • St. Catharine At Home Learners - Please contact Ms. Hazel if the pick up schedule does not work for your family.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Raquel Hazel, our cafeteria manager

Raquel Hazel
614-725-1977 school cafeteria phone line
614-477-3000 cell  

*this government program could end sooner
*menu may change due to availability of some menu items
Directory Spot
Formerly The Caller
The caller has gone digital!

This year, Home & School has decided to make the transition from the paper version of the Caller to a digital platform. We have selected DirectorySpot as the provider of this due to their commitment to security, integration into schools, churches and other organizations with great reviews and customizable platform. Last week, you should have received an email with an invitation to set up an account with DirectorySpot to access the St. Catharine directory. These were sent to the email addresses that parents entered into Digital Academy. Please follow the instructions included in the email.

Once your account is set up, you will be able to access the directory through the web interface or you can download their free mobile app for Apple and Android devices from the respective app stores. The digital directory allows you to search for contact information by name, class, teacher, etc. Use the links in the directory to email, text or call a contact without having to enter information – you can even print PDF versions of the class list or directory if you miss the paper version!

If you have any trouble setting up an account or accessing the directory, please contact Stephanie Weber at or email
Current Families Enrollment Period
Our current families enrollment period will be begin on Wednesday, December 2 and all current family registration will be due by Wednesday, December 16. Registration priority goes to families with students already attending our K-8 program. You will receive a registration form(St Catharine School Enrollment Agreement on the back)in the book bag of your youngest or only child. You can also print a copy below:

The following forms and a $100 deposit ( will be deducted from 21-22 tuition) are due in the school office by Wednesday, December 16

On Monday, January 11 at 8am, we will be opening up registration to our parishioners without students in our school. We are expecting another amazing year(21-22) for our Kindergarten program and we will not be able to hold spots for families that did not register during our current families registration period. Please do not hesitate.

On Monday, January 25 at 8am we will begin accepting registration from Catholics from other parishes and non-Catholic families.

If you have any questions about registration priority, please visit our website
Kanowsky-Ey Scholarship
The Kanowksy-Ey Scholarship was established to assist practicing Catholic families with financial need.

The Kanowsky-Ey Scholarship is worth $1000 to be applied directly to the student's tuition.

Interested and qualified families should download, print, complete, and return the application no later than the extended deadline of Friday, December 4th.

Latchkey Update
Unfortunately, due to lack of participation, we will no longer be offering afternoon latchkey. We will continue morning and mid-day latchkey for the foreseeable future. 
Registration is available by clicking on this link:
Latchkey is a safe and convenient way for
Morning Latchkey 7:00-7:45 AM
$7 per student, per day
Mid-Day Latchkey 11:00-12:15 PM
*For AM Cohorts only
$5 per student, per day
Employment Opportunities at
St. Catharine School
Do you want to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in Catholic Education? We have several job openings available for an immediate start date:

Substitute Teachers

St. Catharine School is seeking substitute teachers for grades K-8.

Candidates should possess at least a bachelor’s degree or an appropriate teaching license.

Candidates must have current BCI and FBI background checks (less than one year old), which are sent electronically to the Diocese or on file at the Ohio Department of Education, attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training (they are available online), and complete the online substitute teaching application for the Diocese of Columbus.
We will reimburse fingerprinting costs and substitute application costs to any candidate who is hired.

Please contact me directly at with questions or to express interest.
Cafeteria Assistant

St. Catharine School is seeking a part-time cafeteria assistant to start immediately. Hours are flexible and up to 30 hours per week.
Candidates must have current BCI and FBI background checks (less than one year old), which are sent electronically to the Diocese or on file at the Ohio Department of Education and attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training (they are available online).
Please contact Mark Watts directly at with questions or to express interest.
It’s that time to send in your Kroger rewards info. Please fill out the google doc by clicking Kroger Report Button below

Thank you,
Alli Brinkmeyer
Turn your shopping list into earning!
Available for immediate pickup or drop off in 43209 area code

  • Chipotle $10- 5 cards
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods $25- 1 card
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods $100- 4 cards
  • Giant Eagle $25- 2 cards
  • Giant Eagle $100- 2 cards
  • Kohls $100- 3 cards
  • Lowe’s $25- 4 cards
  • Lowe’s $100- 1 cards
  • Meijer $100- 6 cards
  • Meijer $25- 3 cards
  • TAT $25- 10 cards
  • Tim Hortons $10- 6 cards
  • Tj max/Marshall’s/home goods/Sierra trading $25- 4 cards
  • Target $10- 8 cards
  • Wendy’s $10- 4 cards
  • Starbucks $10- 2 cards
  • Starbucks $5- 6 cards

Order will be placed this Friday 12/4/20.
E-gift cards and Reloads can be done at anytime through the website or app (RaiseRight).

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 and to get started or check out our TRIP/SCRIP page on our website

Get Signed Up TODAY
Community Night
Jersey Mike's
Join us on Thursday, December 17th (10am to 9pm) to show Jersey Mike’s ( 2840 East Main Street) in Bexley the love that they have always shown us!! Please place a carry out order or a delivery order to say 

“Thank you for always supporting us!”
Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
Dec. 3 - Dec. 16
Our Book Fair is online! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading!
St Catharine Christmas Tree Lot
Our Christmas Tree Lot is back!

Come visit us on the corner of Bexley Park and Gould Rd for a wide selection of trees, along with wreaths, tree stands, tree food, and ornaments.

Delivery available to the 43209 area code.

Sales begin Saturday, November 21st.
• Thursdays: 6:00pm-9:00pm
• Fridays: 5:00pm-10:00pm
• Saturdays: 10:00am-10:00pm
• Sundays: 10:00am-7:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Open 10:00am-10:00pm on Black Friday
Breakfast with Santa - Canceled
Unfortunately, with the current situation regarding COVID-19 the decision has been made to cancel the annual Breakfast with Santa.

Santa wanted all the girls and boys to know that he is checking his list and he can't wait for Christmas!
November 18, 2020

After much discussion and consultation with Pastors, elementary school principals, coaches, parents and the DRA Board, the decision has been made to postpone the start of the DRA basketball season until January.

With the recent developments and the precautions that are being taken by the state, we believe we are acting out of the best interest and safety of the children, their classmates and their families.

As of today, all practices and games are to be postponed. This also includes open gyms. A new DRA basketball timeline will be coming later this week. We are hopeful that the start of the DRA basketball games will begin the weekend of Jan. 16/17. This also includes the CYO programs.

Remember, this is a postponement, not a cancellation. The hope and plan of the DRA is to have a season in January and February. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed. Please stay safe, wear those masks and socially distance.

God Bless You,

Marty Raines—Director Office of Recreation
Adam Dufault—Episcopal Moderator for Education; Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Julius Palazzo—Boys’ Commissioner
David Oddi—Assistant Boys’ Commissioner
Mike Matthews—Assistant Girls’ Commissioner
The DRA Board of Directors
Girls' Lacrosse Commissioner
Ray and Mandy DeWeese have given much time and talent to help lead our girls lacrosse program at St. Catharine. They have decided that it is time to pass on the torch. If you have an interest in being the commissioner of our girls lacrosse program , please contact Mandy at Ray and Mandy would be an integral part of the transition this spring.
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
  • 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