Wolfhound Wednesday
April 19, 2017
4th grade students have been "caught doing random acts of kindness!" They filled out a fish paper and hung it on the wall with a description of something nice they did without being asked.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

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

Mon, May 8
All School Rosary (2 pm)
SPICE Meeting (7 pm)

Dear Parents,

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a blessed and joyous celebration with your family and friends.

Next week we will close our 20th Anniversary celebrations with our Showcase of Learning.  This open house will take place on  April 27th from  6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Our students are excited to share their STREAM projects, poetry, music, coding, book talks and P.E. skills.  There will be an interactive art display, famous wax museum characters to meet, a sphero robotic show, green screen weather reports and tours of the school garden. A few of the events will take place at scheduled times.

                         6:40 pm          Honor Choir                      Enke Hall
                         7:00 pm          Garden Blessing               Garden 
                         7:15 pm          Sphero Robotic Show       Enke Hall
                         7:30 pm          Sphero Robotic Show       Enke Hall
                         7:45 pm          Sphero Robotic Show       Enke Hall  

Anniversaries are a great time to celebrate past accomplishments, but they are also a great time to look forward and celebrate possibilities.  Our students are our future and this evening will allow you to witness the excitement of learning and in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt realize that  "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

I look forward to seeing you next week!

Easter blessings,

Kathy O'Reilly

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. 

4 Rules for Managing Tech Time

F amilies today are busy. Often everyone is running in different directions, and texting each other under the same roof is becoming the new normal. This disconnect in personal touch is troublesome.  
To keep our sanity, and our face-to-face conversations alive, my family follows four rules:
  1. Device-free dinners - this leads to engaging conversations, especially when we don't have easy access to answering questions about topics that come up.
  2. No phones during homework or study time - my two teenagers have made it a habit to have their phones in the other room for chunks of time while they study. They both also work to not go on YouTube videos etc. on the computer during that time. Tessa spends about 30 minutes at a time studying and then takes about a 10-minute break on her phone. It is not without temptations, lapses (I can relate!) and I do stay involved by asking how things are going and by looking at her homework with her at times. I try to focus much more on the positives than the negatives-saying how great she has done when staying on task rather than complaining that it's not long enough.
  3. Phone-free bedrooms at sleeping time-this is exactly what it sounds like. No phones, tablets, TV's or computers in the bedroom when the lights go out.
  4. Leave your phone at home during family outings. You will get a lot of resistance to this one, but stand firm. The kids will concede. I have insisted on leaving the devices at home during family outings for quite some time. I have a goal for them to go a day without the phone, longer if we are camping. Not only does this promote a more intimate family bonding experience, I believe it decreases their, and our, compulsion to always check our devices. This helps when they are back in school and have the urge to check during a boring lecture.
This content was taken from Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesdays.

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

Click the image above to view our new preschool schedule
New Preschool Class Offerings for 2017-18

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.

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!

Box Tops Contest
Deadline April 28 

Keep Turning in Those Box Tops!

Goal:          2,500  Box  Tops to be collected
** that's less than 5  Box  Tops per student

Prize:         Dress Down Day will be awarded in May!

To Do:        Send  Box  Tops collected to your homeroom teacher.              
** SAVE  Box  Tops with expiration date and acronym intact.**
Click HERE to see a complete list of participating products where you can find  Box  Tops.
* St. Brigid earns cash through the  Box  Tops for Education program.  EACH  Box  Top is worth 10 cents!  See  www.boxtops4education.com for program details.

* Please contact Kerry Sullivan ( jacquefarms@aol.com) or Beth Mooney ( brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com) with any questions.  Thanks!

Active Shooter Training 
May 24, 2017 at Scioto HS

Learn the same principles that have been taught to our schools and local businesses. 

This highly sought after training is conducted by your Dublin Police Department and involves an interactive presentation that will allow you to practice your responses in various scenarios.

The principles taught can be utilized in any setting. While it is unlikely that this will happen to you, realize that the more prepared we are, the safer our community will be. This class will be held at Scioto High School, Band Room. 
Registration for residents starts on 4.17.2017 and nonresidents on 4.18.2017.

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!

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 - order forms due today:
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
BWHS Softball Feeder School Night 
April 22

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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