Wolfhound Wednesday
May 6, 2015
In This Issue

Dear Parents,


Throughout the month of May, we remember Mary, the mother of Jesus.  She serves as an example for all of us to say "yes" in how we live our lives based on Gospel values.  Many Catholics turn to this beloved first disciple of Christ for inspiration and prayer. 


At the end of this week we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and pray.  This Saturday we will celebrate with our 2nd grade students as they receive their 1st Communion and then on Sunday we will take time to honor our own mothers on Mother's Day.   The following week on May 14th at 9:00 AM our May traditions continue with our 2nd and 8th grade students leading our May procession for our May Crowning Mass.  


During this month of honoring Mary, may we all continue to look to Mary for guidance on our journey of discipleship. 




Kathleen O'Reilly



P.S.  Make sure to check out the videos in this issue.  They highlight last week's activities for Wellness Week and our guest speaker Andy Wilmore.

Upcoming Events:

Wed, May 6

Home & School Meeting (8:15 am)

Thurs, May 7

Watterson Honor Band Concert (1 pm)

Fri, May 8

Interims Published

Sat, May 9

First Communion
(10 am and 2 pm)

Mon, May 11

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

SPICE Meeting (7 pm)

Wed, May 13

Interims Available

Sun, May 17

MyScrip Delivery Date

Mon, May 18

SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Thurs, May 21

Super Games

Early Release (1:30 pm)

Mon, May 25

No School - Memorial Day

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Wed, May 27

Faculty vs. 8th Grade Volleyball Game (1:45 pm)

Thurs, May 28

Library Books Due

Sun, May 31

MyScrip Delivery Date

Tues, June 2

Last Day of School - 1 pm Dismissal

8th Grade Graduation (6 pm)


View Full Calendar

Photo Newsletters: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Specials

Click the images below to view this week's updated photo newsletters.


7th Grade Newsletter 8th Grade Newsletter Specials Newsletter

All School News Photo Album Update
Click below to view our latest photos in our All School News album.

View the evening 10TV news segment showing the teachers greeting students as they arrived Monday morning: http://bit.ly/1c6oC4K  
Wellness Week 2015 Recap

The Wellness Committee borrowed the school focus of "Ready to Learn" as they made plans for Wellness Week this year. What helps a student be "Ready to Learn"? The following is a brief summary of our activities as well as some parent resources.


Breakfast is Brain Food

Surprising the students with a Grab-n-Go breakfast as they arrived Monday was meant to emphasize the importance of the first meal of the day. Since we generally don't eat during our sleeping hours, breakfast does "break the fast". Without nutrients to fuel our body and especially our brain overnight, it is crucial that students begin their day with a "3 out of 5" meal. It is recommended that every meal should include at least 3 of the 5 food groups -- fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, protein. This combination gives us quick energy and also sustains us until our next meal. Our Grab-n-Go breakfast fit the bill by including milk, a Nutri-Grain bar, and a choice of banana or apple slices. The meal required no time at a table, no utensils, and cost only $0.87 per student. Research evidence shows that making breakfast part of the morning routine benefits all students.


Here are a few ideas:

"23 Easy, Healthy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love"

"Ready, Set, Breakfast!"
"Super Healthy Kids Breakfast"


Wild for Water Wednesday

Water is the additional "nutrient" to be included in a healthy daily plan. Students learned to calculate their daily water needs (body weight divided by 2 = ounces of water needed daily) and were reminded that bringing a full water bottle to school is not only permitted, but encouraged!

Students sampled strawberry infused water during their lunch period. The flavor of fresh or frozen fruit added to water can make it more interesting. The students did notice that fruit- infused water is not as sweet as they expected, but a refreshing change. We will offer fruit-infused water at lunch on Wednesdays for students to try.


Here are the two short videos shown to students during lunch:

"Why Is Water Important For Our Bodies?" 

"Fitman TV Episode 5: Importance of Drinking Water"

Our very own "Fitman" dressed in costume (Mr. Yeazell) visited the students in class Thursday afternoon to drop off water and remind students of the importance of drinking enough water every day.


Sleep for Success

After enjoying Family Night on Thursday (no homework to provide time for a family activity), students should have been able to get "a good night's sleep"... what does that mean? Children age 6-13 years require a minimum of 9-11 hours of sleep per night. This can be difficult in the lives of our busy children, but is another essential component of being Ready to Learn. Sleep allows our brain to store knowledge learned during waking hours and prepare for more learning and problem-solving during the new day. Electronics can prevent or interrupt valuable sleep for many students. 


The American Academy of Pediatrics makes some important recommendations for parents in the following articles:

"Bedtime Routines for School-Age Children" 

"Children with Smartphones Sleep Less"


The Wellness Committee thanks all parents who were able to capture and share pictures of their sleeping children and pets.They were great! The students enjoyed a light-hearted laugh as they saw themselves and their friends on the screen while eating lunch on Friday. It was a fun and educational week!

8th Grade Scholarship Award Winners

We are so proud of our many eighth grade students who have received scholarships and awards to begin their high school years.

We are happy to announce the following scholarships awarded to our Saint Brigid of Kildare eighth grade students:

  • Jack Curry: St. Charles Academic Runner-Up (a one-year award)

  • Elizabeth D'sa: Bishop Watterson Dominican Sisters Scholarship (a four-year award)

  • Meghan Davis: Bishop Watterson Academic Scholarship

  • Jacob Egelhoff: Serra Altar Serving Award

  • Gwyneth Hagerty: Bishop Watterson Principal's Academic Award and Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators Scholarship (COACE) Scholarship

  • Andrew Nguyen: St. Charles The Class of 1958 Scholar (a four-year award)

  • Corinne O'Reilly: Bishop Watterson Principal's Academic Award

  • Liam O'Reilly: St. Charles The Class of 1958 Scholar (a four-year award)

  • Matthew Rhomberg: St. Charles Academic Runner-Up (a one-year award)

  • Abigail Rumfola: Serra Altar Serving Award

  • Jacob Samenuk: Bishop Watterson Principal's Music Award

  • William Sweatt: St. Charles Monsignor John W. Kerrigan Scholar (a four-year award)

Congratulations to all of our eighth grade students as they embark on their next journey.

Wolfhound Field Day - Volunteer Sign Up

St. Brigid of Kildare School Wolfhound Field Day is here again! Field Day will take place Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Brigid's Green. This end of the year field day will feature inflatables, game stations, activities, and fun for all grade levels to enjoy! 


We will need LOTS of volunteers to make this day fun and safe for our kids. Please sign up to help make this day a success! 


We need volunteers for the day (8:15 to 1) to work at one of the stations or to walk with a designated class. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. All volunteers should plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your shift. 


To join the fun, please sign up here.

Walking Club - Disciples on a Journey

We are excited to announce that students participating in the walking club have reached over 2 million steps! We made it to Amarilllo, Texas and are about 700 miles away from our goal to the Grand Canyon. Since the weather is becoming warmer, we hope to have our steps continue to accumulate. There are several individual students who have walked more than a half marathon in equivalent steps. Keep up the good work! We are almost there.

Andy Wilmore Presentation:
Part 1: http://youtu.be/kwm78Z9rLxw
Part 2: https://youtu.be/fDgH0XAIwao

Andy Wilmore Presentation

On Friday, we had a special guest speaker for 5-8th grade students in the gym. Our guest was Andy Wilmore, a 23 year college student who happens to be autistic.  He is dedicating his life to speaking with groups about what it was like growing up with autism, how he was treated, how he dealt with things and how he figured out what worked best for him.  

To view the video of the presentation, click the video links to the right. 

Girl Scouts Troop 2097

Girl Scout Troop 2097, a troop with girls in 6th through 8th grade, in partnership with the first graders of Troop 1069, recently held an afternoon of scouting fun for girls with down syndrome.  The event featured 16 different scouting stations as well as group activities to provide girls with down syndrome the experience of what it is to be a Girl Scout.  The event was the Silver Award project of Aubrey Bower, Julia Egelhoff and Megan Mullahey.  The Silver Award is the highest award that a Cadette Girl Scout can achieve.  It requires each girl to spend at least fifty hours on the project.

Parent Like a Champion Today Training

The next Parent Like a Champion Today training will be offered Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall. 

All parents of incoming 4th and 5th grade students participating in diocesan sports (fall sports include football and volleyball) will be required to complete this training before their child may participate. 

 Click here to sign up and learn more about this training.


New Family Mentors Needed

Home 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. There will be a short mentor meeting in the summer to go over the duties.


Mentors will be paired up with new families with children in the same grades.


VBS Registration - Last Chance

Last chance to register for VBS by May 14! The cost is $40 per child plus $10 late fee per family. The theme is "A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments: Jesus in my Heart," and will take place June 15-19. 


To register, click here.

Fall Sports Registration 
Fall sports registration has begun! 


Cross Country


  • 2015 Volleyball Info
  • Contact: Commissioner, Susan Moreland, srfcmoreland@gmail.com or 614-588-7502
  • Registration deadline: May 17


  • 2015 Tennis Info
  • To register: Contact Mimi Geswein, mimi.geswein@icemiller.com. 
  • Registration deadline: May 29


  • For boys and girls grades 7 and 8. Season starts August 3rd with end of year tournament on September 27.
  • To register: Contact Christy Zimmerman, cszimm29@gmail.com
  • Registration deadline: June 15
  •  A new cheerleading commissioner is needed for 2015-16. If you are interested, please contact Stephenie Orsini at stephenieorsini@gmail.com or 395-8130.
running-track.jpg Wolfhound Track Team Updates 

On Saturday, the Wolfhound track team had worked well as a team and had some tremendous performances.  Out of 18 schools, we finished in the following places:


4th/5th grade Girls - 9th place

4th/5th grade Boys - 13th place

Reserve Girls  - 5th place

Reserve Boys - 4th place 

Varsity Girls - 2nd place

Varsity Boys  - 7th place


In the events, we had the following relay teams finish in the top 2 of their events:

2nd place in the 4th&5th grade sprint medley relay. Dillon Sweetman, Bridget OReilly, Ava Bach, and Luca Fickell

2nd place in the Reserve girls shotput relay - Jamie Coss and Madelyn Moore

2nd place in the Varsity Girls Discuss- Lauren Markert and Olivia Asaf

2nd place in the Varsity Girls Shot put - Lauren Market and Lauren Allison

2nd place Reserve Boys High Jump - Daniel Paraskos and Jacob Hoying

1st place in the Reserve Girls high jump relay - Cailin O'Reilly - Regan Sommer 

1st place in the Varsity Girls High Jump Relay - Lauren Allison and Mandy Flanagan


Finally with a 1st place and a new school record in the Reserve 4x100 Hurdle Relay - Henry Owens, Jacques Charles Geoffrion, Daniel Paraskis, and David Vietti.


We have our final meet this weekend at Bishop Hartley.
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