Wolfhound Wednesday
April 12, 2017
After enjoying a lunch with the 55+ Club, the 8th graders enjoyed playing board games with the members.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Apr 12
Report Cards Published
Stations of the Cross (2 pm)

Thurs, Apr 13 - Mon, Apr 17
No School - Easter Break

Tues, Apr 18
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Thurs, Apr 20
Bring a Disciple to Mass - 1st Grade
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Thurs, Apr 27
Celebration of Learning (7 pm)

Fri, Apr 28
Author Visit - Nancy Row Primm

Wed, May 3
Author Visit - Dr. Becker
Interims Published

Thurs, May 4
Bring a Disciple to Mass - Kindergarten

Click the image above to view our new preschool schedule.
Dear Parents,

We're excited to let you know about some new class offerings in our preschool! In response to growing demand for longer class times and additional class offerings, we have restructured and expanded our class schedule for the 2017-18 school year.  Also new this year, we are excited to offer "Wolfhound Adventures" -- optional learning activities parents can sign up for on an individual basis (this schedule and registration will be available in August). Another benefit of our new program is that restructuring our class schedule has allowed us to restructure our tuition schedule. 

If you have younger children at home considering preschool, or friends or family considering preschool, take a look at our new offerings. If you would like more information or would like to set up a tour, contact preschool director Maureen DiDomenico at mrs.didomenico@stbrigid-school.org or (614) 718-5825. 

Today we will conclude our week at school with the Stations of the Cross at  2:00 pm in the church.  Please feel free to join us for Stations and I encourage you to attend as a family the  Triduum Services over the next few days.  See schedule in the story below.

School will resume on  Tuesday, April 18th

May your family experience the grace, peace and light of the Risen Christ!  

Easter Blessings,

Kathy O'Reilly


MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm
Adoration in the Church following Mass concluding with Night Prayer at 9:30 pm

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S PASSION: Friday, April 14, 3:00 pm, in the Church  

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Friday, April 14, 7:30 pm, in the Church

EASTER VIGIL MASS: Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm in the Church

EASTER SUNDAY April 16 - Mass Schedule:
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am, 12:15 pm
Photo Newsletters: 7th & 8th Grades, Specials
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.

Keep the conversation going is weekly feature designed to keep up the dialogue that began with Dr. Sax's presentation on The Collapse of Parenting. We'll share resources to help guide parents in today's socially and technologically complicated world. 

What is Brain Hacking?

Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager.

If you have resources you'd like to share with other parents, please email them to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

A Showcase of Learning: Our 20th Anniversary Year-End Celebration
April 27

We have spent our 20th anniversary year celebrating our Family of Disciples, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. To conclude our anniversary year celebrations, we will be hosting the Showcase of Learning at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 27.

Join our showcase  as student demonstrations and work will be displayed highlighting STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics). There will be a blessing of the garden by Monsignor Hendricks, an honor choir performance, an interactive art display, a healthy snack in the cafeteria, STREAM lab displays and many more student projects and presentations on display.

Wellness Week to Focus on Breakfast

Wellness Week gives us a chance to celebrate and promote the many faces of Wellness with our students and families. As a school community, we realize the importance of breakfast for students. With busy mornings at home as well as students who like to stay in bed as long as possible, breakfast is often missed!

Here is our plan: Offer a la' carte style breakfast/snack foods for sale from 7:45 - 8:05. Choices will be: apples, bananas, grapes, dry cereal (Crispix, Apple Jacks, Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Chex), and colby-jack cheese sticks. These foods could be eaten before 8:15... or, saved for snack time. We will trial this cart May 1 - 5. Parents should discuss this trial with their children. The cost of each item will be $.25 - $.50 and will be deducted from their lunch account. Students will be limited to a max of 2 items per day. Parents and students will be surveyed following the trial week!

Diocesan Honor Choir Concert
April 19

The Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools Honor Choir Concert "Worthy is the Lamb" will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Andrew Parish, at 6:30 PM, 1899 McCoy Rd, Upper Arlington.  This 10th annual concert of sacred song is performed by more than 250 singers representing 15 diocesan elementary schools, St. Francis DeSales High School and Ohio Dominican University, led by artistic director Sheila Cafmeyer.  Free will offering for Holy Family Soup Kitchen.  Recordings available at http://soundwaves.org/   For more information, contact dccshc@cdeducation.org

Saint Brigid of Kildare School has 18 students singing in the Honor Choir Concert.
Attend Our 7th Grade Wax Museum
April 20th

We are excited to invite you to our fourth annual 7th grade Wax Museum on Thursday, April 20th from 12:20-1:20 in the St. Brigid Gym.  We would love for you to come and learn about the leadership and legacy of some historically famous (and in some cases, infamous) individuals.  Please note that this is an early release day from school.  The students have been working diligently on their research and speech writing and are excited to show their costumes and give speeches to all parents that attend.

At every station, students will have pictures and artifacts about their chosen individual. To hear a speech, press the button on the student's desk and he or she will begin giving his/her speech.

As students studied these impactful individuals, they learned about how doing even a small act can create a lasting impact. To learn from these examples, students will be collecting donations for the Rice Bowl through Catholic Relief Services. Collection cans will be scattered throughout the gym. Donations are not expected, but are very much appreciated. Last year we raised over $500 for the Rice Bowl. We hope this charitable opportunity allows our students to see how even small acts can make a positive impact on their community.

We hope to see you on April 20th!

All Volunteers:
Save the date for an appreciation dinner event on April 29. RSVPs are filling up quickly -- RSVP now to ensure you have a spot.
Author Visit for Grades 5-8 
April 28

Nancy Roe Pimm is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young readers. On April 28th Ms. Pimm will be teaching the St.Brigid students in grades 5-8 about her writing process. She will also be working with the students on writing their own work of non-fiction. 

Nancy Roe Pimm's life-long love of animals compelled her to write her latest book, Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pimm observed military war dogs as they trained through obstacle courses and bomb-sniffing drills. These four-legged soldiers are sometimes heroic, and sometimes supportive, but always full of courage, loyalty, intelligence, and a whole lot of heart.

All Nancy Roe Pimm's books are available to order before the visit. Any pre-ordered books will be *signed* by the author! 

Click here to view the order form.
Author Visit for Grades K-4 
May 3

On Wednesday, May 3, author Dr. John Beckner will visit grades K-4 at St. Brigid of Kildare of School. Dr. Becker will talk about the twenty-six books he has written for children, read from his books, share video from his field research experiences, and sign copies of his books. He will discuss the writing process and tell stories based on his adventures, such as how he came to write Mugambi's Journey after making his first trip to Africa while working at the Columbus Zoo. Dr. Becker will also explain the role his book, Frenemies for Life , plays in the cause of cheetah conservation, as well as answer questions about Mugambi's Journey, Wild Cats Past & Present, Returning Wildlife series, and Seedling books for beginning readers.

Dr. Becker is a graduate of The Ohio State University, a former elementary school teacher, college professor at the University of Florida, and administrator at the Columbus Zoo. He has also worked for many years in the field of wildlife conservation, so it is of no surprise that wild animals are the central theme of his books. Dr. Becker is a full-time author living in Delaware, Ohio. Dr. Becker also teaches writing at the Thurber Writing Academy in Columbus, Ohio. More information about Dr. Becker and his books may be obtained from www.johnbeckerauthor.com.

Books written by Dr. Becker are available for pre-sale and will be delivered during his presentation on May 3. 

To pre-order books:
Print the order form found here and turn into the school office by April 19. Dr. Becker will focus on Mugami's Journey for grades K-1 and many other books for grades 2-4. 
School Advisory Committee (SAC) Applications Due April 24

Take an active part in making our already amazing school even better.  Apply  for a spot (3-year term) on St. Brigid's School Advisory Committee ( SAC ). The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to provide the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and the principal of Saint Brigid of Kildare School with advice and to make recommendations regarding issues affecting the school. 

The mission of the School Advisory Committee is to promote and support a distinctive religious learning environment that provides for the propagation of the Catholic faith and values, fosters academic excellence, and develops fully the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional capabilities unique to each student.  SAC  meets once a month during the school months. 

The deadline for  applications  is Monday, April 24, 2017 and they can be submitted to Shannon in the school office. Please contact Lori Henry  (614-561-0244 ) with any questions.

Applications  are available at  stbrigidofkildare.com/SAC   or in the school office.
Sign Up Now: "Get Moving" SPiCE Fitness Program
April 12 - May 24

The "Get Moving" SPiCE fitness program is returning this spring to help children get moving in to shape!

The spring f itness program will take place once a week beginning next Wednesday, April 12 and will run each Wednesday until May 24 from 3-4 pm in the school gym.  All K-5th grade students in St. Brigid School are welcome to participate, and the program will be especially sensitive to kids with special needs.

You will see more information regarding the GET MOVING SUMMER PROGRAM in MAY!

To sign up:
  1. Sign up for individual sessions at this link.
  2. The following forms must be completed and turned in at your child's first session:
    1. Medical Form
    2. Consent Form
Build a School on MARS at Summer Computer Camp
June 26-30, sign up by May 15

Current 3rd - 7th grade students, sign up for St. Brigid Summer Computer Camp to design and create an idea to take through the launch cycle. Students will use Sphero's, infographics, coding software, the 3-D printer, various materials from the maker space, videos, brochures and much more. During the design challenge process students will use the LAUNCH cycle. 

To sign up, please complete the form at this link.

Deadline to sign up us May 15. Contact Mrs. Asencio with questions at mrs.asencio@stbrigid-school.org. 

Summer Camps

Below is a list of local summer camp offerings:

Sale highlights include:
  • St. Charles Academic Camps for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students (includes Latin, Math, English, Study Skills and mroe)
  • St. Charles Athletic Camps for 3rd through 9th grade students (includes speed & agility, baseball, lacrosse, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball)
  • PAST Foundation Summer Camps for 3rd through 12th grades (includes over 20 different camps such as Lego, Robotics, Girls Who Lead, 3D Printing, Star Wars in Shakespeare and much more).
  • BWHS Athletic Camps for grades 3 - 8 (includes basketball, baseball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, soccer, volleyball and weight training)
  • BWHS Wood Shop Camp for grades 7 and 8
  • BWHS Art Camp for grades 6 - 12
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