Wolfhound Wednesday
February 14, 2018

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Feb 14
Ash Wednesday Mass (9 am)

Thurs, Feb 15
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Fri, Feb 16
No School

Mon, Feb 19
No School

Tues, Feb 20
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Wed, Feb 21
Interims Posted

Mon, Feb 26
Stations of the Cross (2 pm)

Sat, Mar 3
Corks for a Cause (7 pm)

Dear Parents,

Lent begins today, and during this liturgical season we are called to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This is a time to prepare ourselves to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Jesus.  As a family we suggest that you consider gathering together for a few minutes this evening to talk about how your family will practice the Lenten traditions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Below are some of the many ways you can practice Lenten traditions.

Stations of the Cross
As a school community we will spend extra time in prayer and reflection by attending the Stations of the Cross.  You are invited to join us for the Stations on the following dates:

February 26,  2:00 PM
March 9,  2:00 PM
March 20,  2:00 PM
March 28,  2:00 PM

Kindness Folders
Last Friday we sent home a packet of materials which we hope will guide your family discussion.  Based on the book Wonder and our traditional Lenten practices, we are asking families to CHOOSE KIND .
  • Most of the suggestions on the Kindness Family Calendar are based on the traditions of Lent and these intentional gestures of kindness will demonstrate discipleship in our local community.  
  • The outline of the kindness jar included in your packet can be used to collect all of the kind deeds that have taken place during the season of Lent.  Feel free to make copies for each family member or have one family jar.  The purple construction paper can be used to cut out rock shapes to fill the jar with kindness.  This models our school-wide efforts to Choose Kind and to fill the kindness jars on each classroom door.   
CRS Rice Bowls
To spread kindness to a larger global community we are asking families to participate in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project.  The kindness calendar has several suggestions for donating kindness coins to the Rice Bowl.  Also, the Catholic Relief Services website has many good materials to use with your family.

Daily Reflections
If you are interested in some daily inspiration coming to your  inbox each morning two of my favorites are Bishop Robert Barron and Matthew Kelly.  
Soup Suppers
Additional ways your family can pray, fast and give alms is by attending the parish Lenten Soup Suppers.  As an act of kindness during the soup supper consider making a donation to the Catholic Relief Services - Operation Rice Bowl.

The parish Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations are on the following dates:
February 20,  6:00 PM
February 27,  6:00 PM
March 6,  6:00 PM
March 13,  6:00 PM
March 20,  6:00 PM
For a printable summary of these activities, click the image.

Many of our families attended Taize prayer during Advent and Msgr. Hendricks and I would like to invite you to attend Taize prayer again during Lent.  It is a beautiful way to spend a quiet hour together as a family with prayer, reflection and music. Taize Prayer will take place on February 25th at 6:30 pm.

Together we can make this Lent especially meaningful for all of our children.

Lenten Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
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Photo Newsletters: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to. 

2018-2019 Calendar Dates

Below are the major dates for the 2018-2019 Saint Brigid of Kildare school year. As this is an early draft, all dates are subject to change.

August 22 First Day of School
October 26
No School - Teacher Work Day
November 21 - 23 No School - Thanksgiving Break
December 24 - Jan 4 No School - Christmas Break
January 21 No School - Martin Luther King Day
February 15 No School - Teacher Work Day
February 18 No School - President's Day
March 25 - 29 No School - Spring Break
April 18 - 22 No School - Easter Break
May 27 No School - Memorial Day
May 31 Last Day of School

Corks for a Cause: Featured Trips

Bidding on Corks for a Cause silent auction items will begin in just a few weeks! You don't need to be present at the event to bid. 

Here is a sneak peek of some of the featured trips that will be available for bidding. Click the images for more information.

Wine Train Tour and Tasting in Napa Valley

3 Nights in Miami at Turnberry Resort

Attend the 2018 CMAs

A New York City Broadway Vacation for 2

T o purchase tickets to attend the event, or to purchase raffle tickets for $6,000 cash or a year of tuition (winner doesn't need to attend to win), use the link below.

Home & Garden Show Storybook Theme
Mrs. Maschari at local author showcase on Monday

If you are looking for something to do on President's Day, swing by The Columbus Dispatch's Home and Garden Show! The theme of this year's show is Storybook Gardens, and the show is partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Library  on Monday for library day! Show your library card to receive two admissions for the price of one. There will be many storybook gardens based on popular books like Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. 

There will also be presentations, story times and a special celebration of local authors, including our own 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Jen Maschari. Mrs. Maschari will be at the local author showcase from  2:00 - 4:00 PM. For more information visit  https://www.dispatchshows.com/spring-home-and-garden-show#spring-home-garden-show-welcome

ABP Critics

The next episode of ABP Critics, made by 8th grade students   Aiden Steinbauer, Patrick Lynch, and Brian Zezter is available. Their video reviews popular movies.

Click the video image to the right to view their creative video!

Box Tops for Education Contest 
Due this Friday!

Home and School Association is running a school wide contest through  February 16th. Send  Box  Tops into school to help St. Brigid earn cash through the  Box  Tops for Education program. 

Goal: 3,500  Box  Tops to be collected.

Prize: Dress Down Day will be awarded in March!

Make sure to save the expiration date and the acronym. 

For more information:  Click Here

For a Complete list of Participating Products:  Click Here

Please contact Kerry Sullivan  jacquefarms@aol.com  or Beth Mooney  brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com with any school rewards program questions.

A Girl's Life Event

Blood Drive
February 17

Our SPiCE Story: The Brady Family

From Tom and Karri Brady:
When we were preparing to register our daughter, Nora, for kindergarten, many people told us that we had a difficult choice to make.  It was a choice that, for many years, faithful Catholic parents of children with special learning needs had to make: either send their child to a public school that had specialized intervention services but no faith formation or send their child to a Catholic school that had high academic standards and faith formation but lacked specialized intervention services.  However, as we know, our God and our Catholic faith are not either-or entities, but rather they emanate both-and generosity.  Hence while researching area schools, we read about SPiCE, Special People in Catholic Education, at St. Brigid.  What a blessing to find a Catholic school that had both high academic standards and also specialized intervention services including both additional intervention staff and also adaptive spaces, technology, and equipment!

St. Brigid's SPiCE program has benefited Nora in more ways than we can count.  Nora loves taking breaks in the multi-sensory room to calm down and burn off extra energy.  SPiCE provides additional staff such as the Educational Support Assistants who enable Nora to receive lots of small group and individualized help that she would not otherwise have available to her in the regular classroom environment.  Most importantly, everyone in the St. Brigid family -- staff and students alike -- care for Nora as a unique daughter of God who "in virtue of her dignity as a human person, has an inalienable right to education, adapted to her ability" (Vatican II document Gravissimum Educationis).  Because of the funding that the SPiCE program is able to provide, we, as her parents, feel blessed by the opportunities Nora has at St. Brigid both to participate in a Christ-centered education and to receive amazing intervention services.

Tom & Karri Brady, Nora (6th Grade), Joe (3rd Grade)

Support SPiCE
Support SPiCE through its main fundraiser -- Corks for a Cause. You can purchase tickets to the event or a raffle ticket for a chance to win a year's tuition or $6,000 cash at the following link:  https://stbrigid18.auction-bid.org/microsite/register-tickets 


Our next EPIC youth group meeting will be on February 25, when we will bring items donated from the Ash Wednesday food collection to the Dublin Food Pantry. We will weigh, sort and box the food, along with other items at the pantry. This will be a good introduction for our youth of what the Dublin Food Pantry does and how they can be involved and serve their neighbor through this organization in the future.  As always, we will begin with 12:15 p.m. Mass by the baptismal font and then come to Hendricks Hall for pizza prior to heading to the Food Pantry.  

EPIC Registration:
If you have a child interested in joining EPIC, don't worry, it is never too late to join! EPIC is for all 7th and 8th grad- ers of the parish. Simply go to the parish website atstbrigidofkildare.org, and select "Youth" and "Middle School Youth Group" from the drop down menu. Then fill out the online registration form at the bottom of the page under "links." There is no fee to participate. If you have questions, contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org

St. Charles News

St. Charles Hosting Annual Spaghetti Dinner February 18th
The St. Charles Alumni Association, with the expert assistance of Berwick Party House, is hosting the school's annual spaghetti dinner onSunday, February 18th, from 1:00-6:30 p.m. in the school's Robert C. Walter Student Commons (St. Charles is located on 2010 E. Broad St., just east of the Franklin Park Conservatory.). Guests will enjoy a bountiful meal of spaghetti with meatball, salad, rolls, ice cream and a beverage. The dinner is bargain-priced at $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens; $5 for children 12 and under; Free for those 3 years-old and younger; and a special $40 family rate (dine-in and immediate family up to six members only, please). Carry out orders will be available.
St. Charles winter production, The Odyssey, being presented Feb. 22nd-25th  
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its winter production, The Odyssey, adapted by Mary Zimmerman.The Odyssey will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 22, 23, & 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre. Adult tickets are $10, and student tickets are $5. Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles main office at 614-252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.Monday through Friday.

Latchkey Registration for 2018-19

Registration has begun for the 2018-2019 St Brigid of Kildare Child Care Program.  This program offers before and after school care for students enrolled in grades K - 8.  The St Brigid of Kildare Child Care Program offers the school-age child opportunities for physical activities, self-expression through arts and crafts, and socialization with peers.

Online forms can found on the school website here: http://www.stbrigidofkildare.com/latchkey/ 

Please call Karol Halm 614-718-5833 or email:  Mrs.halm@stbrigid-school.org  for further questions.

Yearbooks on Sale Now

St. Brigid of Kildare Yearbooks are on sale now for $18.00.

Don't let your chance to hold on to some of this year's finest moments pass you by... order your Yearbook TODAY!

ALL orders will be filled  online at  https://shop.smart-pay.com/index.cfm?p=order-start&sid=24264&no=1 

Alternatively, you can place your order over the phone by calling 1-800-853-1337.

The deadline to order is March 16th, 2018
Home & School Treasurer Needed

St. Brigid of Kildare Home & School is looking for a new treasurer for the 2018-19 school year. Duties include record keeping and helping manage and forecast the budget. This person will ideally begin training with the current treasurer this spring, to be prepared for the 2018-19 school year.

If you are looking for a great way to share your time and talents and give back to St. Brigid of Kildare School, this is a great way to get involved!

Contact Kate Giha if you are interested or for more information at kategiha@gmail.com.
Spiritwear Store Opening

Just in time for the spring sports season, the St. Brigid Spirit Wear store is NOW OPEN!
Show your spirit at school events, sporting events and just around town with St. Brigid spirit wear.
The store will be open from  Wednesday, February 7 through Wednesday, February 21, with orders ready in early March.  Please note that the store is not set up to accept orders outside of the sale dates.
Check out the new items and styles just added. Visit  http://2horseapparel.com/wolfhounds to place your order. 
Questions? Contact Theresa Vivona at  vivona1012@gmail.com or Karen Huttsell at  karen.huttsell@siemens.com

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