Wolfhound Wednesday
April 5, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Apr 5
Home & School Mtg (12 pm)
Confirmation Rehearsal (7 pm)

Thurs, Apr 6
Stations of the Cross (2 pm)

Fri, Apr 7
Grade 7 Scholarship Day
8th Grade Dismissed at 11:30 am
Confirmation (6 pm)

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

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

 
Dear Parents,

This is an important week for our 8 th graders.  On Friday, April 7th at 6:00 pm Bishop Campbell will be visiting our parish to confirm our 195 parish children.  Please pray for our parish confirmandi as they take the next formal step in their faith formation.

As Lent comes to an end and we enter Holy Week next week, please consider joining us for Stations of the Cross tomorrow at 2:00 pm or next week on April 12th at 2:00 pm.  Below is the schedule for the Triduum services, which is another special way to prepare for the celebration of Easter.      


EASTER TRIDUUM:
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 15, 7:30 pm, in the Church

BLESSING OF EASTER FOOD Saturday, April 15, 2:00 pm, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 15, 2:30 pm Brigid's Green

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


Operation Rice Bowls may be turned in next week to the school office.

Lenten Blessings,

Kathy O'Reilly

Photo Newsletters: 5th & 6th Grades
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. 


My son plays video games all day. Should I worry?


My son is 16-years-old. He is a straight-A student, got good SAT scores, is on the varsity golf team, and participates in business clubs at high school. He makes money by mowing neighbors' lawns. He does not get in trouble, does not party, does not do drugs. He's a good kid. However, he spends most of his waking hours locked away in his bedroom  playing video games .




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

Seventh Grade Scholarship Day
Four Scholarships Available

In an effort to celebrate the seventh grade students of Saint Brigid of Kildare as the next leaders of our school, the Home and School Association and Athletic Association are pleased to announce this year's "Middle School Scholarship" open to all seventh grade students regardless of financial need or academic merit.  Four (4) scholarships valued at $500 each will be awarded on June 1st at the 9:00 AM Leadership Mass.  The scholarships will be applied to Saint Brigid tuition for the 2017-2018 school year.  This year's scholarship competition will take place on Friday, May 12th.
 
In an effort to give back to the students, this scholarship will be awarded to four individuals who demonstrate that they embody the mission statement and represent all that Saint Brigid has given to them to become the Catholic individuals they are today as they are poised to take on the role as leaders of the school.
 
Students may compete either by writing an essay or by completing an interview with a panel of adults.  Students will meet with Mrs. Lombardo on Friday April 7th to discuss the details of the competition and how they can prepare for "Scholarship Day."  In their April 7th Friday Folders, they will receive materials about the scholarship competition to share with parents. The requirements of the program are as follows:
 
Requirements:
  1. Complete and submit "Application and Declaration Form" by Monday, May 1, 2017 to the school office attention Mrs. Lombardo.
  2. Complete a written essay (1 ½ pages and up to 5 paragraphs within 90 minutes) or an oral interview (5 -10 minutes) on "Scholarship Day", Friday, May 12, 2017.
  3. Submit two reference forms on "Scholarship Day."
  4. Bring the assigned PIN number to "Scholarship Day" to include on the essay or to give to the interviewer. 
It is the sincere desire of Home and School Association and the Athletic Association that this is a rewarding experience for our seventh graders and that they learn how truly special we believe they are in the role of leaders of Saint Brigid of Kildare School.  

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
Author Visit & Books for Sale 
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. 
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. 

Keep Turning in Those Box Tops!
We have collected over 1500 box tops so far - we are well on our way to achieving our goal!

When:        NOW through  April 28th

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!

Yearbooks for Sale
Deadline extended to May 1

Below is the link to go to and order your copy (or copies) of the Yearbook for 2016-2017 school year. It will also be on our website. ONLINE is the only way you can order!

The price is $17.00 plus $1.00 charge card fee, for a total of $18.00.

Click here to order.
Algebra Testing Notice

Saint Brigid of Kildare School has for many years offered algebra one for qualified eighth graders.  In the last year, the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Columbus has reviewed and restructured the process by which seventh grade students will qualify to take algebra one during their eighth grade year.

The first step for our students involves the mathematics score on the seventh grade Terra Nova tests taken in October 2016.  Students to be considered for algebra one must have scored in the top ten national percentiles on this mathematics test.  

The second test involves an additional standardized test.  Students with a qualifying Terra Nova score will take the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test  here at school. This test will be provided to us by the Office of Catholic Schools and will be scored by the Office of Catholic Schools.

Subsequent to this test, the Office of Catholic Schools will let us know which of our students have qualified for algebra one in the eighth grade year.  At that point, we will notify our parents with the Office of Catholic Schools' decision.

Parents of students who have met the diocesan qualifications to take the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test will receive a letter in this week's Friday Folder with additional details.
Girl's Life Event at Mt. Carmel
April 10
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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