Wolfhound Wednesday
January 28, 2015
In This Issue

Dear Parents,


Happy Catholic Schools Week!  This is a great time for all of us to be proud once again of our Blue Ribbon School and the important work we do as a parent - school team to educate our children in the Catholic faith and in their academic studies.  We will conclude the week with a Mass on Friday morning at 9:00 AM celebrating the Feast of St. Brigid which is on February 1st.   (Please note there is no school Mass tomorrow).  Additionally, Msgr. Hendricks has asked the students to once again wear their dress uniforms to Mass this coming weekend as the parish celebrates the Feast of St. Brigid.  


I am also very excited about our school-wide reading of the book Wonder It is so appropriate that we kick off the reading of this book during Catholic Schools Week.  One of the book's messages is "always be a little bit kinder than necessary,"  which is one of the important life lessons that we want our Catholic school children to learn.  This book is one of my favorites and I hope it becomes one of your favorites too!  Each week we will post in the Wolfhound Wednesday a suggested pacing guide and discussion question.  We also invite you to share your thoughts and pictures so that they may be shared on our Wonder website.  Additionally, we have initiated a precept wall in the main hallway.  Feel free to send in a favorite family or student precept that we can display in our hallway.  Happy Reading!


Next week we will begin the re-registration process for the 2015-16 school year.  You will receive an email inviting you to commit to the next school year.  We are very excited to announce the process can be done entirely online this year, including making your $50 per student commitment via credit card or PayPal.  Of course you can also send in a check to school if you prefer.  


Second quarter progress reports will be published today at noon.  You will receive an email letting you know that they are ready to be viewed and electronically signed.   


Happy Catholic Schools Week,


Kathleen O'Reilly


Upcoming Events:

Fri, Jan 30

World Orchestra

Feast of St. Brigid Mass 

(9 am)

Mon, Feb 2

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Wed, Feb 4

Home & School Mtg 

(8:15 am)

Fri, Feb 6

Pizza Bingo

Sat, Feb 7

First Communion Workshop

(9am - 12pm)

Sun, Feb 8

MyScrip Delivery Date

Altar Server Training 

(6:30 pm)

Fri, Feb 13

Valentine Parties (1:30 pm)

Mon, Feb 16

No School - President's Day

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Tues, Feb 17

SAC Mtg (6:30 pm)

Wed, Feb 18

Ash Wednesday Mass 

(9 am)

Thurs, Feb 19

Early Release (1:30 pm)

Sun, Feb 22

MyScrip Delivery Date

Wed, Feb 25

Interims Go Home

Mar 1-3

New Student Registration

Sun, Mar 1

Rapid Rites (1:30 pm)

Mon, Mar 2

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Stations of the Cross (2 pm)

Wed, Mar 4

Home & School Mtg 

(8:15 am)

Sat, Mar 7

Confirmation Retreat 

(12 - 5 pm)

Corks for a Cause (7 pm)


Wonder Weekly Discussion and Activity


Pacing Guide:

Week of Jan 25-31: read pages 3-36

Week of Feb 1-7: read pages 37-80


Weekly Discussion Question:

Upon first seeing someone, have you ever reacted in a negative way to someone's appearance?   
On page 3, August states. "Here's what I think: the only reason I'm not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way." Is anyone ordinary? Does August think he is ordinary or extraordinary?


Send us your photos and discussion question answers!

Email photos and discussions to jcarfagn@cdeducation.org. 


Wonder Website:

Visit this link to view photos and read about other Saint Brigid families' Wonder activities: bit.ly/stbrigidwonder

Photo Newsletters: 5th and 6th Grade

Click the images below to view photo newsletters.


5th Grade Newsletter:6th Grade Newsletter:

Blue Ribbon Bag Photo Challenge

Over the last few weeks, our Blue Ribbon bag hastraveled many places, including Disney World and Utah!

Click the photo to the right to view this week's new photos.
Click the photos above to view the updated Blue Ribbon School Cinch Sack Challenge album
Water Bottle Collection for CARE Tomorrow
The next CARE meeting is tomorrow

To help teach the idea "Give drink to the thirsty," we would like students to bring in unopened water bottles (Aquafina, Dasani, etc.)  

We will attach a prayer to the water bottles and donate them to Run the Race.  Please have your child bring in a water bottle by tomorrow, January 29th.

OSU Honor Band Selections
Lauren Allison and David Vietti have been selected to participate in the 3rd annual OSU Middle School Honor Band Festival. Each band director was able to nominate 4 students from 7th and 8th grade per school, and only 1 student was selected from those 4 this year (they chose 2 last year). Lauren and David were selected from nearly 800 nominees across the state and are part of 358 students invited to participate. Lauren is in 8th grade and plays the flute, and David is in 7th grade and plays the alto saxophone.

The date of the final concert is February 21st at Mershon Auditorium.

Pictured above are the students nominated from St. Brigid's 7th and 8th grades, from left ro right: Luke Hinsman, Liam O'Reilly, Julia Egelhoff, Gwyneth Hagerty, David Vietti and Lauren Allison. Daniel Paraskos was also nominated but is not pictured. 
Spelling Bee Competition  

St. Brigid of Kildare School held their annual school wide Scripps Spelling Bee competition for grades 4 through 8 on Friday, January 9th in the school gym. The winner of the classroom spelling bee from each homeroom represented his/her class at the bee that was held in the school gym. Students, parents, and families were in attendance.


The first place winner was eighth grader, Alex Goodlive, from Mr. Yeazell's homeroom, and the runner up was sixth grader, Chloe Matuska from Mrs. Brinkman's homeroom.  Each student received a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids donated by Encyclopedia Britannica, a supporter of the Scripps Spelling Bee since 1957.


The next step for Alex is to take the online Scripps National Spelling Bee's test along with other school spelling bee champions. His score on this test will determine whether or not he goes on to the regional competition held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio that will be held in March.


Participants in the schoolwide spelling bee are pictured in the top photo: [Back L-R] Luke Hinsman (7th), Max Baumgartner (5th), Alex Goodlive (8th), Jacob Egelhoff (8th), George Worley (7th).  [Front L-R] Jackson Hospel (4th), Chloe Matuska (6th), Jane Greco (5th), Tori Garascia (4th), and Bryndley Pitman (6th).

Pictured to the right, winner, Alex Goodlive and runner-up, Chloe Matuska hold their certificates of congratulations from Encyclopedia Britannica.  Each received a free year's subscription for Britannica's online encyclopedia and supporting materials.

Yearbook Ordering Time
Make sure you preserve your child's memories with a St.Brigid of Kildare Yearbook! Don't let your chance to hold on to some of this year's finest moments pass you by... order your yearbook TODAY!


This year all orders will be filled online at http://www.balfour.com/


When you log on just simply:

  • Type in the search box either School Name, City, State OR Zip code
  • Click Search
  • Click  "Order Yearbook"
  • Then fill in all of your pertinent information and you are set
  • The cost is $17.00 plus a $1.00 fee (not a charge per yearbook, but only per transaction)
  • There is also a link on our St.Brigid website, just go to: About us/Forms/Order a 2014/2015 Yearbook

The deadline to order is February 20, 2015.

Pizza Bingo
Pizza Bingo is coming up on February 6. 

We're looking for any NEW unopened toys/crafts/electronic games -- we need it all! Please drop off donations in the Pizza Bingo Box located in the school office. Business donations will be recognized.

Volunteers are also needed. Please consider signing up for a shift! Please use the Sign-Up Genius link by clicking here.

Questions please email Jan Chorich and Kristina Hooper at PizzaBingoSBOK@gmail.com

Calling Those Who Want to be an Altar Server

Come to Church for the training on February 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will be happy to have you!


Becoming an Altar Server:

Those in 6th grade and above who wish to be Altar Servers, please attend the training on February 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Church.  Before attending contact Vicky Humphrey for a registration sheet or pick one up from the kitchenette in Church.  Her email address is vhumphre@columbus.rr.com .  Please return registration to Mr. Matt Vulanich atstbrigidserver@gmail.com  or to Sister Joan.


What Does It Take to be an Altar Server?

It takes a person who wishes to learn how to serve at the altar.

It takes someone who is willing to study the materials with a parent or older sibling.

It takes a responsible person who likes to learn new things.

Finally, it takes someone like you who is willing to do mentoring.

Family First - Morning Discussion Group

The Spring session of our Morning Discussion Group will be starting January 27th.  All sessions are Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. in Monsignor Hendricks Hall, and facilitated by Youth Minister Pam Heil.  Childcare is provided.

We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month to discuss Mark Gregston's book/DVD study Tough Guys and Drama Queens: How Not to Get Blindsided by Your Child's Teen Years.
We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month to discuss Mary Reed Newland's We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home. 
Please see this flyer for more details.  We hope you can join us for one or both sessions!
Alum in the National Championship

Saint Brigid of Kildare 2008 graduate and 2012 Bishop Watterson graduate Craig Fada is a member of the Ohio State football team and got to participate in the National Championship. Below are some celebratory photos from the game. 

Spring Sports Registration Continues

SBAA spring sports registration continue now through Sunday, February 15, for track & field, boys baseball, and girls softball.

To register, just go to www.gowolfhounds.org to learn more about each sport, or directly to the registration site https://sbaa.sportssignup.com/site to register now.
We need volunteers for all sports and all grades. You can register to be a volunteer on the same link you register your children for sports (just choose Apply to Coach/Volunteer). 
All coaches and volunteers must comply to Diocesan Safe Environment requirements which include attending Protecting God's Children (PGC) training completing a fingerprinting background check, volunteer application and signed Code of Conduct. Full details about all Safe Environment requirements can be found on the parish website here. All Coaches must also complete concussion training and head coaches need to attend Play Like a Champion (PLC) training. Please ask sports commissioner for more details and availability. Please submit all certificates of training to Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator, at:
snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org or drop off copies to the parish office. 

Baseball and Softball Information
Track and Field Information
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