Wolfhound Wednesday
August 27, 2014
In This Issue
Dear Parents,


School safety is always one of our top priorities.  As you know we routinely practice fire, tornado, and lockdown drills with our students.  Current research is now showing that students and staff understanding the mechanics of a lockdown procedure is no longer  best practice.  The new recommendations on school safety include all of the training protocols found in the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training program.   The recommendations suggest that lockdown is no longer a standalone strategy.  Instead, ALICE training empowers decision making at the time of the incident using the strategies of ALICE.  Our staff began training with this protocol last year.  We have just completed the training last week and now would like to invite at least one parent per family to an information meeting before we start working with our students on this new protocol. This meeting will take place on SEPTEMBER 3rd at 6:30 PM.  It is important that NO CHILDREN (infants, toddlers or school-age children) attend this event or are even waiting in the hallways.  The videos and material presented is for ADULT ears only. 


I appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to get the SchoolSpeak system up and running. On the evening of September 3rd we will include a short presentation at the ALICE meeting and will have our technology and communications team available to answer questions and help families with making updates. 


Blessings for a safe and fun Labor Day week-end!


Have a great school year,


Kathleen O'Reilly


Upcoming Events:

Mon, Sept 1
No School - Labor Day
Wed, Sept 3
Parent Meeting: ALICE Training and SchoolSpeak Questions (6:30 pm)
Mon, Sept 8
SPiCE Mtg (7 pm)
MyScrip Order/Payment Date 
Wed, Sept 10
Home & School Kick-Off Meeting (6:30 pm)
Sun, Sept 14
MyScrip Delivery Date
Mon, Sept 15
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)
Thurs, Sept 18
Early Release (1:30 pm)
Mon, Sept 22
MyScrip Order/Payment Date 
Wed, Sept 24
Student Led Conferences (6:30 pm)
Thurs, Sept 25
Student-Led Conferences (6:30 pm)
Sun, Sept 28

MyScrip Delivery Date

Want Listed in the Family Directory? You Must Log In To SchoolSpeak

Your family information will not be listed in the Family Directory until you log in to SchoolSpeak and edit your profile. We will not be printing a St. Brigid Family Directory this year -- instead there will be an online version available by logging into SchoolSpeak.


Everyone has been emailed their SchoolSpeak login information as an email from SchoolSpeak. If you've not logged in yet, you should have received your login information again yesterday. Follow the instructions in the email to login and update your profile.  


Only one parent from each family needs to login, so if you have already done this you should be set and can disregard the login email from yesterday. Over the next week, we will be individually contacting families that have not logged in. We will also be holding a help session on September 3 at 6:30 p.m. after the ALICE session.


We cannot publish the Family Directory until all families have logged into SchoolSpeak. Once it's published, we'll email out the link so all can access it through SchoolSpeak. 


Click below to view a short video tutorial showing these steps:


Back to School Forms    

All forms from Parent Admin Day and important Back to School forms for parents are listed on the website. You can access them by clicking the "Back to School" green box (on the home page), as show in the image to the right.


You can also access them by clicking the direct links below:

Bright pink permission forms that were in the Parent Admin Day folders need completed and returned as soon as possible if you have not done so yet. 
St. Brigid's New Middle School Youth Group: Congrats Name & Logo Content Winners

The Middle School Youth Group held a student contest to come up with the name and logo for the new group. Congrats to 8th grader Kathryn Schreiber on coming up with the name EPIC (Endless Possibilities In Christ) and 8th grader Emma Benson on drawing the winning logo design (pictured to the right) - interlocking arms that show the connectedness of the students and that reach out to help those in need - all in the shape of St. Brigid's cross.


Middle School Youth Group will kick off on September 7, beginning with group attendance of the 12:15 p.m. Mass, then the group will proceed to Hendricks Halls for prayer and pizza, followed by games, fun activities, discussions, music and 2 hours of service work for Confirmation service hours. 


For questions, or if you'd still like to sign up, please contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuff@alumni.nd.edu or 614-593-5173.

New Spiritwear Items Added - Place Orders Now

There are many new St. Brigid Spirit Wear items available! To place an order for Spirit Wear, choose from the options at this link: http://stbrigidofkildare.com/get-involved/parent-programs/wolfhound-spirit-store


Print and complete the order form, found here.

Order forms are due to the school office by Tuesday, September 2. Payment is due at time of pickup. You'll be notified when the orders are in and when pickup will be (they take roughly 4 weeks).


If you'd like to try on any of the items or see them in person, bring the order form with you to Premier Sports & Spirit, located at 525 Village Park Drive, Powell, OH 43065.


If you have any questions, contact Stephenie Orsini (stephenieorsini@gmail.com) or Kara Tinkler (etinkler@columbus.rr.com).

Dress Code Reminders
A few reminders on the St. Brigid dress code:
  • Boys socks: White crew socks that can be folded over and still reach the ankle. Navy blue or black crew socks may be worn with pants only, not with shorts. No logos.
  • Girls socks: White or navy knee socks with jumper. Plain white, navy, or black opaque tights, not hose, may be worn. White crew socks that can be folded over and still reach the ankle with shorts or pants only. Navy blue or black crew socks may be worn with pants only, not with shorts. White crew socks may be worn with the jumper in August, September, May, and June. No logos.
  • Boys shoes: Solid black, navy, or dark brown (not tan) dress shoes. Tennis
    shoes that are solid white, solid black, or black and white. Silver and gray can appear on athletic shoes only as a slight border or outline. No moccasins, slippers, boots, cloth shoes or tennis shoes, or crocs. Shoelaces must be the same color as the shoe. No flashing or light-up shoes or any other type of embellishment. Sperry's/Tom's may not be cloth and must be one color only (not tan.)
  • Girls shoes: Solid black, navy, or dark brown (not tan) dress shoes with closed toes and no heel. Saddle shoes with white and navy or black. Tennis shoes that are solid white, solid black, or black and white. Silver and gray can appear on athletic shoes only as a slight border or outline. No moccasins, slippers, boots, cloth shoes or tennis shoes, dressy shoes, or crocs. Shoelaces must be the same color as the shoe. No flashing or light-up
Cindy Lombardo Honored for Serving on Educator Stands Board of Ohio

St. Brigid of Kildare recently received a letter from Julia Simmerer, director of the Educator Standards Board of Ohio thanking Cindy Lombardo for her service on the board. As the letter reads:


"On behalf of the State Board of Education and the state superintendent of public instruction, I give my sincere thanks to you and your school for your support of Cindy Lombardo during her tenure of service on the Educator Standards Board of Ohio. 


Cindy is a valued and active participant in our meetings and subsequent discussions. During the past academic year, Cindy and her standards board colleagues were actively engaged in several statewide projects and activities. In addition to keeping apprised of state initiatives including the Resident Educator Program and the new Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems, they have reviewed and developed new state professional development standards for educators, and they have reviewed, discussed and recommended new assessments for educator licensure."


Educator Standards Board Members represent several Ohio educational stakeholder groups. The board collectively possesses knowledge and experience that is both broad and deep, allowing board members to understand the diversity and complexity of education in Ohio.


Thanks to Cindy for all her time and contributions she made to participate in this work!

Service Hour Opportunities

All 7th and 8th grade students need a total of 25 service hours prior to Confirmation in 8th grade.  There are many wonderful ways they can gain hours while helping out at St. Brigid of Kildare.  Below are several opportunities. If your child is interested please let Sarah Moore know by contacting her at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or 761-3734 so she can plan for the volunteers.  Students can do as many or as few hours as fit into their schedules.


Saturday, September 13, 4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.:

Ministry Weekend food and drink service


Sunday, September 14, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

Ministry Weekend, serving doughnuts, juice, set up/ clean up, helping with crafts


Saturday, September 20, 8:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

SPICE Pancake Breakfast, set-up/clean-up, serving food, supervising games, doing crafts

Volunteers at Large: Please Sign Up Each Year

If you'd like to be on the Volunteers at Large list (a part of Home and School), please make sure you have filled out the Home & School Application Form. This includes those that were registered last year -- the committee would like all to sign up again this year. 


Volunteers at Large receive occasional emails requesting help with various volunteer activities during the school year.


The link to sign up can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/stbrigid-school.org/forms/d/1ZkcYEdInex3NvDg1rg6NvOUtdUwIWPU56gvaFvum8kk/viewform

BWHS Feeder School Dances

To view the calendar of the Bishop Watterson Feeder School Dances, click this link: 



Basketball Sign Ups Now Live

All children in 4th through 8th grade enrolled at St. Brigid of Kildare School or St. Brigid Religious Education are eligible to play for St. Brigid in the Diocesan league.  


Please go to the gowolfhounds.org website to register.


Fees for basketball are $150 per student ($300 max per family for basketball), which includes a practice jersey. Practices begin in early November and games begin in December. The season ends in late Feb.


The deadline is October 17th, 2014. All fees and applications must be received by this date.  Late applications may be placed on a waiting list.


All 4th grade parents will also need to take Parent Like a Champion, a 1-2 hour course required by the Diocese of Columbus. More information on upcoming dates will be available soon. 


Coaches are needed for all grade levels.  All coaches and assistant coaches must have taken Protecting God's Children (PGC) training and be fingerprinted, as well as have taken the Play Like a Champion course.  If you need PGC training, please check www.virtus.org for a local session or check the bulletin for more information.


Please contact Jim Dixon, girls basketball commissioner at jdixon@valpakusa.com or 561-8923 or Scott Laufenberg, boys basketball commissioner smlaufenberg@gmail.com or 582-5715 if you have any questions. 

Girls Tennis Update

The St. Brigid Girls Tennis team kicked off their season on Friday, August 22, 2014 with a big win over Granville.  The varsity girls defeated Granville by the score of 5-0.  Junior varsity girls won their exhibition matches 4-1.  Congratulations to the following players on their wins:


Isabelle Seikel, Emily Hohlefelder, Samantha Vogel, Elisa Magalang, Jacqueline McCully, Jenna Mar, Lauren Markert, Abbey Giesler, Claire Pavell, Regan Abahazie, Nicole Funge, Margaret Baur, Jamie Coss, Ella Myers and Claire Hohlefelder. 


This week the girls take on Wellington and Village Academy.  Go Wolfhounds!

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