Wolfhound Wednesday
February 7, 2018

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Feb 7
Home & School Mtg (12 pm)

Thurs, Feb 8
Bring a Disciple to Mass
(3rd Grade)

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

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support of our Catholic Schools Week events.  It was wonderful to have so many people join us for our Mass for the Feast of St. Brigid, the 8th grade vs. Watterson basketball game, and Pizza Bingo!  All of these great traditions make our community a special place for families to grow in faith and build strong lifelong relationships.   

Next week the liturgical season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.  The students will be attending Mass on Wednesday, February 14th  at 9:00 am and there will not be a school Mass on Thursday.  Please look this week in the Friday folder  of your youngest/only child for a packet of materials for your family to use during Lent.  I will have more details about using the materials next week in the Wolfhound Wednesday.  In the meantime, place the materials in a safe place.  

Also, please note that since Valentine's Day is on Ash Wednesday, students may bring Valentine cards for classmates on Tuesday, February 13th, when we will have a combination Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day simple celebration.  We will not have formal parties due to the fact that we just celebrated the Feast of St. Brigid with classroom parties.

Kathy O'Reilly
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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. 

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Catholic Schools Week CARE Meeting

Last week we held a CARE meeting on the last day of Catholic Schools Week. We began the meetings by discussing the life of Saint Brigid and how we celebrated her feast day. We then reflected on Catholic Schools Week and why we love our Catholic school.
We then learned about five more special saints who are honored in the Trinity Dome. Students learned about St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and St. Gabriel the archangel, as well as the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
After discussing these special saints, we moved onto a rock painting service project for our SPiCE fundraiser, Corks for a Cause. Each student wrote a positive word or phrase that is important to them on a rock. These rocks will be displayed at the fundraiser on March 3.
Finally, each CARE group spent time at the mosaic building station. The students worked together to put paper mosaic pieces on a large mosaic illustrating each of the five saints they learned about during the meeting as well as one mosaic of the Holy Spirit. By the end of the year, our CARE families will have created 24 large mosaics featuring the Holy Trinity and most of the saints who are now honored in the national basilica's Trinity Dome.

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

Corks for a Cause: Tickets & NEW Raffle Tickets are LIVE

Announcing a NEW Raffle Ticket option for 2018's event ...  enter to win your choice of TUITION for a whole year, or $6,000 CASH. You don't need to attend the event to purchase raffle tickets, so spread the word to friends and family!

For $100 per raffle ticket, you are e ntered to win your choice of:
  1. One student's full tuition to Saint Brigid of Kildare School for the 2018-19 school year (K-8 tuition)
  2. $6,000 CASH
Winner will be drawn at Corks for a Cause on March 3, 2018. You do not need to be present to win.

Use the link below to purchase event tickets and/or raffle tickets.

Wine Donations Needed
As you enter into the season of Lent, you can help out our SPICE (Special People in Catholic Education) program.  By donating a bottle of wine (retail at least $30) you can help raise over $3,500 in our wine grab during the "Corks for a Cause" Winetasting and Silent Auction.  We will be collecting bottles before the 9:00 and 12:00 Masses on Ash Wednesday February 14th.  You can also bring them to the parish office any time before February 27th.  Any questions, contact Sarah Moore 614-761-3734 sarahmoore00@hotmail.com.

Our SPiCE Story: The Owens Family

From Tracy and Jeanne Owens:
We have lived in Dublin for nearly ten years, moving from Philadelphia in early 2007.  Henry was 5; he's now 14 and a freshman at Bishop Watterson High School.  Evie was 3; she's now in 7th grade at St. Brigid of Kildare School.  And Eliot was a newborn baby.

Two years later Eliot was diagnosed with autism.  In addition to the physical and mental difficulties that his condition was expected to cause, we were very worried about his emotional and spiritual well being.

Before starting kindergarten, we met several times with the staff at St. Brigid School.  We were very comfortable with the conditions and we were assured that children with special needs are welcome in an inclusive classroom so, together with the teaching team, we built a plan for Eliot's success.

We have now served as Chairs of the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish for three years.  The SPiCE program at St. Brigid is more than just a way of thinking.  It is a concerted effort to bring strong awareness of conditions that require support, and to provide the necessary tools and skills for teachers to reach students who learn in non-traditional ways, and to keep students in the classroom with their peers and not out in a separate room.  SPiCE is making a tremendous difference in Eliot's life because he is learning his schoolwork, advancing his faith formation, and learning to make friends.

SPiCE has been helpful for Henry and Evie and other students, too.  Understanding special needs gives kids a strong foundation in empathy, serving others, early leadership skills, and expanding what it means to be a friend.

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 

Alumni on Honor Roll - 2nd Quarter

Congrats to our alumni on 2nd quarter honor roll at Bishop Watterson High School and St. Charles.

Click here to see the 2nd quarter honor roll list for both schools.
Keep the Conversation Going

Below are some great articles for parents to read:

Why kids lie about screen time
From Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesday

Teens and Anxiety: When is it time to seek treatment?
From YourTeen Magazine

BWHS Girls Basketball Feeder School Night

The Bishop Watterson Girls Basketball Feeder School Night will be held  Thursday, February 8.

Lenten Speaker Series

Catholic Social Teaching has always been present in our faith tradition, deeply rooted in scripture and called for by Jesus. High School Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Adult Ministry are offering a Lenten Series that will touch upon some of the issues facing our world today.

Join us in Hendricks Hall from 7-8:30 PM on the following Thursdays during Lent:

February 22: Modern Day Slavery
March 1: Poverty and Homelessness
March 8: Care of the Elderly
March 15: Hunger (spiritual & physical)*
March 22: Catholic Social Teaching

Each workshop will include a guest speaker presentation and an activity that will offer an experiential piece. These evenings are open to the community. Children in 8th grade or younger must have a parent/ guardian attend the evening with them.

*Your RSVP to any evening you plan to attend is appreciated. RSVP is required for the March 15 evening on Physical & Spiritual Hunger

Coordinated by Laura Ginikos & Sr. Teresa Tuite.
Questions? Laura Ginikos at (614) 718-5832 or lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org

Make it a Date: Valentine's Edition
A Night Out To Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, February 10, 2018 
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. 
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish Center 

Registration Is Necessary 
Please RSVP to Karen Hutsell at karen.huttsell@siemens.com or 614-602-7724 by February 8. 

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid's 15th Make It A Date! event. Your evening begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples. Then join Monsignor Hendricks as he offers a reflection on marriage. Spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice around 7:15 to privately discuss the evening's topic together. 

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation

You are Invited to Minister Training
February 10, 8:30 am in the Church

Have you ever considered serving the church as a liturgical minister? Read below to find out more about what's involved.
  • Who can be a Eucharistic Minister? A Eucharistic Minister must be Confirmed and 16 years of age or older
  • At what age can a parishioner become a Junior Usher? Individuals in 5th Grade and above are able to train as Junior Ushers
  • Do I have to get to church early on days I serve? Yes, ministers are asked to arrive 20 minutes before Mass begins
  • Is there a dress code? Yes, business casual dress is recommended, no jeans, tennis shoes, athletic shoes or flip flops
  • Am I required to serve at the same Mass time every month? No, you decide when you serve
  • Who decides how many times a month I serve? You decide how often you would like to serve
  • Who decides when I serve? You do. Each month you tell us dates you are unavailable for the following month. 
  • Is there online training available for Ushers? Yes, Ushers can train in person or take the online training and then mentor alongside an experienced Usher
  • Sometimes it's hard to find a seat at Easter and Christmas Holy Day Masses. A reserved seating area is designated for you and your immediate family if you serve at one of these Holy Day Masses. 
  • Does it matter if I travel frequently? No because you decide when you will be scheduled
  • What about unexpected business trips and family emergencies? You will be provided with a list of Ministers you can contact to get a replacement. 

Online Registration is available for all ministries at stbrigidofkildare.org/during-mass/ 

Once registered you will receive an e-mail prior to the next training session with details and a reminder of the date/time.

Altar Server training will be held on a separate date in March. More details will be sent soon.

Questions? Contact Vicky Humphrey at vhumphre@columbus.rr.com

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