Wolfhound Wednesday
May 31, 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, May 31
Graduation Mass (6 pm)

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

Wed, June 7
Report Cards Published on SchoolSpeak

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


Dear Parents,
As the school year closes, it is a great time to reflect on the highlights of the past year.  We have focused on our school theme "Our Family of Disciples:  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" by celebrating our 20th Anniversary with several special events.  We began the year with a special anniversary Mass and recognized our alumnae with a special luncheon.  Unfortunately, our family picnic experienced a rain out, was cancelled and was joyfully revisited as a school dance and bubble party in our back yard with Arnett Howard providing the music.  Our next event featured Dr. Leonard Sax, sharing research and tips for parenting in the 21st century.  This hallmark event led to a year long series in our Wolfhound Wednesday titled "Crucial Conversations."  This series and subsequent presentations are our commitment to partnering with our parents to assist our children in their faith, academic and social/emotional development.  We closed our year of celebrations with our " Showcase of Learning" in late April.  This high energy event highlighted that the future of our world is in good hands with our talented and faith-filled students.  We have had a wonderful year celebrating our 20th anniversary.  
Planning ahead to the 2017 - 18 school year I have several staff changes to announce.  I am pleased to announce that Mr. Nathan Graham, our Watterson band instructor, is joining St. Brigid School and Parish full-time.  Mr. Graham will be using his musical talents to expand our musical offerings in both the school and parish. More good news....since Mr. Graham is now on our staff there will no longer be a fee paid to Watterson to take band lessons. Please keep in mind there will still be fees for renting or purchasing musical instruments.  My next announcement is bittersweet.  Mrs. Sara Hardin has decided to take a family leave for the next school year.  Mrs. Hardin plans to return for the 2018-19 school year after spending time with her new baby James.  The last change I have at this time, is to welcome back Mrs. Katie Sachs after a one year family leave.  Mrs. Sachs will be joining the preschool team and will be the lead teacher for Hearts Class.   
As the year draws to a close tomorrow, I would like to once again invite everyone to our closing school liturgy at 9:00 AM.  Following Mass we will be recognizing our school staff who have served 5, 10, 15 and 20 years at our school.  The day will close at 1:00 PM with early dismissal (Please note the change from our regular 1:30 PM early dismissal).
This is our final regular Wolfhound Wednesday for the school year.  However, periodically during the summer months there will be a Wolfhound Wednesday with summer updates.
We have prayed, we have studied, and we have played, and now it is time to take our summer break to renew, refresh and prepare for the 2017-18 school year.
Thank you for a great year and on behalf of the entire school faculty and staff we wish you a restful, prayerful and fun-filled summer.

Kathy O'Reilly

 Photo Newsletters: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
View Report Cards June 7 - 18

Report cards will be available to view on SchoolSpeak from June 7 - June 19. After that, they will no longer be available, so be sure to print them if you would like to have access to them in the future.

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.

  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!

Got Meds in the Clinic? 

Many students have medications in the Clinic that have been used as needed throughout the year.

Unless you are contacted by the Nurse, the medication will come home in your child's backpack on  June 1, the last day of school. Please contact us if you would prefer to pick up the medication yourself.

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.

Note for 5th & 6th Grades:
In addition to your school supply kit, please also have your child bring a pair of headphones that is comfortable to them.

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/ 
Do you know anyone interested in becoming Catholic?

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): Are you, or do you know of anyone, who might be interested in becoming Catholic?

For information about our RCIA program,  please complete the form on the bottom of the RCIA webpage here. Our first meeting will be an orientation meeting on  Thursday, October 12, 2017, from  7:30-9:00 pm in the Church basement. The calendar for this coming year is on our website at:  www.stbrigidofkildare.org under the link "Want to Become Catholic?" on the home page. 

For more information, contact Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org.

Football Registration is open for the 2017 season. 

Open to 4th thru 8th Grade Boys, fee = $150, contact = Tim Long, Football Commissioner, at football@gowolfhounds.com.

The program is open to registered parishioners of St. Brigid, students in the St. Brigid Religious Education program, and students of the St. Brigid School.

REGISTER TODAY AT http://sbaa.siplay.com/site/ 

St. Brigid Football Mini-Camps
Every Saturday morning starting June 3rd from 8:30a-10a at Brigid's Green across from the parish. These are completely optional. We are providing an opportunity to provide fundamental education and begin getting your boys acquainted with each other and the great coaches in the program. If you're not sure about playing next season, come out and see what St. Brigid football is all about!! There is no fee to attend the camps.

If you have not registered, a separate consent form must be submitted prior to participation.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gowolfhounds.org/football/ 

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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