Wolfhound Wednesday
May 24, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, May 24
Preschool Family Picnic
Student-Led Conferences, Grades 3, 4, 7 (5 - 7 pm)

Fri, May 26
Library Books Due

Mon, May 29
No School - Memorial Day

Wed, May 31
Graduation Mass (6 pm)

Thurs, June 1
Last Day of School
Leadership Mass (9 am)
Early Release (1 pm)

Wed, June 6
Report Cards Published on SchoolSpeak

Sun, June 18
Last Day to View Report Cards on SchoolSpeak

 

Dear Parents,
 
Yesterday we will be celebrated our student athletes who have participated in winter and spring sports.  Several of our 8th student grade leaders shared personal testimonies about what they learned from participating in team sports.  Following this recognition,  the annual 8 th grade vs. Faculty volleyball game took place.  All students and staff enjoyed these spirited events.
 
Tonight we have Student Led Conferences for our students in grades 3, 4 and 7.  This opportunity allows both the student and the parents to review and celebrate a year's worth of spiritual growth and academic learning.  Next week we will proudly graduate our 19th class of 8th grade students on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  Our last day of school will be June 1st and the day will begin with our annual 9:00 am Leadership Mass and teacher and staff recognition.  Please join us in prayer and celebration if your schedule allows.  
 
As the end of the school year is rapidly approaching, we begin thinking about the calendar for the next year.  A few dates of note are  "Parent Administration Day" and "Meet The Teacher" for grades 1- 8  which will both take place on Monday, August 21st  from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Incoming kindergarten students will also have WOW Day on August 21st and 22nd and kindergarten parents will be receiving detailed information in the mail regarding this program.  The 1 st day of school for  2017-18 will be August 23rd.
 
Have a great Memorial Day weekend and remember to honor our men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces.  
 
Sincerely,

Kathy O'Reilly

 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.

Five Finalists in Letters About Literature Contest

Daniel Frommeyer, Akshay Mapadath, Thomas Matthews, Zoe Musselman, and Owen Samunek,sixth grade students from Saint Brigid of Kildare School, were chosen as state finalists in the national Letters About Literature writing contest. These students were part of the 175 students chosen from the 1,338 submitted letters that advanced after being judged at the national level by the Library of Congress staff in Washington, D.C.

The national writing contest is open to students in grades four through twelve in all fifty states. Students from public, private and charter schools enter the contest, with thousands of entries and participation from each state in the U.S. The annual contest integrates the English Language Arts learning standards with an authentic writing opportunity that allows students to express their personal feelings about a book and its effect on them in the form of a letter to the author. What comes from St. Brigid sixth grade students are interpretive reader responses that delve into their personal experiences, and how reading a book has shaped their larger view of the world, their lives, and their impact on others.

Congratulations to all our 6th grade readers and writers on a job well done! And a special congratulations to our state finalists.

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Become A  New   Family   Mentor
 
H ome and School is currently looking for parents to sign up to be on the  New   Family  Welcome committee. This entails being a  mentor  to a  new   family  for the next school year.  Mentor   families  will attend the  new   family  welcome reception at the beginning of the school year and also need to be available to check in with their  new   family  monthly and be available to answer any questions and assist with their transition.  Mentors  will be paired up with  new  families  with children in the same grades.


SPICE Summer Get Moving Program

The St. Brigid of Kildare SPiCE Wellness and Get Moving program is sponsoring a series of fun, active events this summer such as soccer, yoga, volleyball, and a dance party. The main objective is to get children moving twice a week for 2 hours in a fun, non-competitive setting. Remember to bring a water bottle!

The Summer Get Moving program takes place June 6 - August 10, 2017. You must sign up for each individual session online. A parent consent/medical form must be turned in at your child's first session. All students entering K-6th grade in St. Brigid School, Parish, and Religious Ed are welcome, and the program will be especially sensitive to kids with special needs.  All 7th-12th grades are welcome to volunteer as helpers throughout the program; please contact Morgan Ventresco at  ventreme1515@gmail.com if interested.

TO SIGN UP:
  1. Sign up for individual sessions here
  2. Complete the Medical Form and the Parent Consent Form and bring them to your child's first session
Summer Garden Help Needed

As the students leave for a summer break, our school garden will continue to grow! Wondering how your family can help?  No green thumbs required to pitch in on the tasks of watering, weeding, and harvesting. 

There are 2 ways to be involved:  
  1. Sign up as a family to cover the garden for a particular week -- come on days and at times that fit your schedule... maybe 2-3 times during your week.
     
  2. Sign up to receive periodic group emails to notify you when "Papa" Jack Rekstis will be in the garden with specific tasks in mind. 

Our students have connected with the garden in so many ways this year... researching, planning, planting, sketching, singing, tasting, and just enjoying. Now, help keep the connection growing!

Cub Scouts Collecting Worn Flags

The Cub Scouts are collecting American flags that are worn and need retiring. They will be retiring them during their camp on June 3rd and 4th. Please drop off your worn American flags in the school office by Thursday, June 1.


School Supply Kits
Deadline to order June 15

School supplies will be available to order through SchoolKidz. Lists for your child's school supplies will go home in this week's Friday folders. SchoolKidz will only accept online orders. School supply kits will be delivered to students' homeroom classes by the first day of school. The deadline to order school supplies online is June 15.

If you would not like to order supplies through SchoolKidz, you can use the supply list in this week's Friday folders, purchase the items over the summer, and have your child bring them with them the first day of school

Order online at  http://www.shopttkits.com/ and use our school's code 12621.

EPIC Middle School Youth Group is forming now for the  2017-2018 School Year!
 
Be a part of St. Brigid of Kildare's growing Middle School Youth Group.  With over 200 members from St. Brigid School, Grizzell, Karrer, Sells and other local schools, EPIC is a great place to earn Confirmation service hours with your friends, be part of the St. Brigid community and grow actively in your faith. 
 
We meet once per month from September through April.  Students attend 12:15 pm Mass together, come to Hendrick's Hall for pizza, games and discussion and complete two hours of meaningful service with their friends. 
 
To Sign Up :  go to the Middle School Youth Group page on the parish website here and fill out the electronic registration, or contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org. Seventh graders MUST re-register.   Once you sign up, you will receive all communications about the program, including the schedule once it is finalized. There is no cost to participate .  

Public Library Summer Reading Program

All summer long, the public libraries in Dublin and Columbus will offer reading incentives and *free* activities! There is truly something for all ages and interests... Chess Club, Animal Shows, Irish Dance...

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program at  http://www.columbuslibrary.org/ 
BWHS 2017 valedictorians
BWHS Alumni in the News
 
Congrats to our many alumni at Bishop Watterson High School who have earned achievements in their high school years.

National Honor Society 2017 Inductees:
Daniel Bower
Caroline Cloran
Ethan Costa
Grace Demboski
Kayla Gutridge
Trevor Marcinick
Annabella Mershad
Cecilia Moore
Caroline Newcomb
Maura Pirrmann
Lauren Putz
Robert Reis
Anthony Rogner
Maslin Slade
Julia St. John
John Stimpfl
Madison Tortora
Noah Weaver
 
National Business Honor Society 2017 Inductees:
Madi Arthur
Aidan Gran
Connor Hoying
Sarah Jonesco
Brenna Kenney
Kendall Wille
Abby Zebula
 
2017 Valedictorians:
Austin Hare
Brenna Kenney
Megan Krame

Service Charity Cords:
Students who have compiled 250+ hours of service have been awarded a blue and white service charity cord:
Madison Hart
Brenna Kenney
Laura Schmeling
Kendall Willet

Barn Bash Save the Date

The annual Barn Bash at Leed's Farm in Ostrander will be held on Friday, October 20. 

Save the date for the fun family event!
Recruiting New Cub Scouts
Boys entering 1st through 5th grades

St. Brigid Cub Scout Pack 117 is looking for boys who will be entering 1st through 5th grades in the 2017-2018 school year.  All boys in these age groups, whether a parishioner or student at St. Brigid are welcome to join.

The Scouting program teaches youth to be good citizens of their community, to be responsible to their families and reverent to God in a "Fun with a Purpose" atmosphere.

Joining this spring will entitle each youth and their families to participate in many summer activities including a weekend campout with archery, fishing, campfires and the like, building a float for the Dublin Fourth of July parade and walking in the parade, participating in the summer day camp, and much more.

If you are interested in joining the nearly 60 boys currently in the Cub Scouting program at St. Brigid, contact Cubmaster Jeff Leach at 614-761-2826 or email him at jkl_clf_jdl@sbcglobal.net.  


All incoming 9th grade students are invited to St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry!
 
Each week, high school youth ministry sends out a weekly email to keep teens and their parents up to date on what is happening in high school youth ministry.
 
We are looking forward to a wonderful summer with our graduating seniors, incoming freshmen, and everyone in the grades between! Check out our summer calendar by  clicking here. Join us when you can!
  • Weekly Summer Scripture 
  • Weekly Summer Socials Gatherings
  • St. Brigid Vacation Bible School, June 19-23
  • Diocesan Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, June 25
  • Diocesan Gospel Road Mission Trip, July 9-13 (Late sign-up will be considered, if there is room)
 
Looking forward to 2017-2018 High School Youth Ministry:
We will continue to meet on Thursdays from 7:30-9 PM. Next year's theme will be "Identity Revealed" as we focus on understanding who God made us to be and how we can use our gifts to grow in faith, friendship, and love with God, others, and ourselves. We will run 6 series, focusing on different aspects of our Christian identity, and teens are welcome to join us at any time throughout the school year. Stay tuned for the release of 2017-2018 series dates and topics!
   
Laura Butsch/ Director of HS youth ministry/  (614) 718-5832lbutsch@stbrigidofkildare.org

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