Wolfhound Wednesday
November 5, 2014
In This Issue
Dear Parents,

 

During the month of November, we traditionally celebrate in the Church the feasts of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.  Even though these special days fell on the week-end this year, our students are still studying the lives of saints and remembering their special stories as an opportunity to learn about our role models of faith. In particular, our 1st and 2nd grade students will have a special procession of saints at our 9:00 AM Mass this Thursday.  Additionally this month, all of our students and staff have the opportunity to write the names of loved ones who have died in our "Book of Remembrance."  We will remember all those listed in a special way each day in our morning prayers.

 

Next week will be a great week to celebrate and learn as a school community. On Tuesday, November 11th, Msgr. Hendricks, Mrs. Lombardo and I will be in Washington DC to accept on behalf of our school our Blue Ribbon Award.  Upon our return home, we will have a student celebration on Friday, November 14th with a BLUE dress down day and several "blue surprises" throughout the day.  Then on Sunday, November 16th, the celebration will extend to our greater community with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 12:15 followed by a short ceremony and a reception and open house at the school.  Several state officials and leaders in our community will be present to recognize our students and staff.  All families are invited to attend and please feel free to bring along grandparents, relatives, neighbors and friends.   Since this is such a special occasion and an important time to celebrate our school, Msgr. Hendricks is requesting that all of our students proudly dress in their best uniforms for the 12:15 Mass on this day. 

 

In the midst of all of our celebrating there will be an exciting learning opportunity for our parents.  St. Brigid School and SPICE is sponsoring Dr. Laura Lewis and 3 of our teachers (Molly Long, Chris Mazon and Nicole Brinkman) to reflect on the topics of developing conflict management skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills and resulting behavior for children.  Also to be discussed is how to role model problem solving skills and communication skills.  Our teachers, representing different grade levels, will share their insights from the classroom point of view on how parents and teachers can best partner on these topics.  This evening will be well worth you scheduling the time on your busy calendars.  Please click on this link for more information and to RSVP: http://communityspeakerlauralewis.splashthat.com/

 

First quarter report cards will be published on SchoolSpeak during the week of November 10. If you have not logged in yet, please make sure you are able to so that you can view the report cards. We will not be printing report cards.


 

All parents are invited to attend the pep rally this Friday, November 7 at 2:10 p.m. in the school gym.

 

Have a great week,

 

Kathleen O'Reilly

Principal

Upcoming Events:

Wed, Nov 5

8th Grade Visits BWHS

Home & School Meeting

Sun, Nov 9

8th Grade Dance Club (7 pm)

MyScrip Delivery Date

Mon, Nov 10

SPiCE Mtg (7 pm)

Thurs, Nov 13

SPiCE Speaker (7 pm)

Sun, Nov 16

Blue Ribbon School Mass & Reception (12:15 pm Mass)

8th Grade Dance Club (7 pm)

Mon, Nov 17

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Thurs, Nov 20

Early Release (1:30 pm)

Sun, Nov 23

MyScrip Delivery Date

Open House at Watterson
(1 pm)

Wed - Fri, Nov 26-28

No School - Thanksgiving

Mon, Dec 1

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Tues, Dec 2

Parent Like a Champion Today Training (6 pm)

Wed, Dec 3

Home & School Meeting (8:15 am)

Sun, Dec 7

MyScrip Delivery Date

Mon, Dec 8

Holy Day Mass (9 am)

Tues, Dec 9

Area Band Concert at Watterson

Mr. Scrooge Live Theatre

First Reconciliation (7 pm)


 



Blue Ribbon Corner
 
Did you know?

Of the 337 schools named Blue Ribbon Schools this year, fifty are parochial/ private schools.  Each year, the US Department of Education accepts the top 50 private school nominations through the Council for American Private Education.
October Photo Newsletters: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

This week, we have photo newsletters from preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade (click the images below to view).  Next week look for newsletters from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.

Preschool Newsletter:Kindergarten Newsletter:1st Grade Newsletter:

Community Speaker Event at St. Brigid
St. Brigid SPiCE will be hosting speaker Laura Lewis, M.A., L.P.C.C.

When7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13
Where: Hendricks Hall

Conflict & Adversity: The Parent's Role
Conflict and adversity are sure to confront all students at some point in their educational experience. So how does a parent respond?

Do you ever wonder:
  • When and how much should you intervene and how much should you let your children solve on their own?
  • What limits and boundaries should you set for your children?
  • When and how do you voice your concerns to the school?
  • How can you help enhance the school climate for your children?

Parents will learn how to model and develop conflict management, critical thinking and analytic skills and behaviors for their children. The presentation will delve into how parents can use their children's adversity to role model problem-solving and assertive communication skills that will improve their relationship with their children.

 

Join Us November 16 for a Blue Ribbon Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception
To celebrate Saint Brigid of Kildare School being named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, we will be holding a Mass of Thanksgiving and short program on Sunday, November 16 at the 12:15 p.m. Mass. We will then have a celebratory reception at Saint Brigid of Kildare School in the cafeteria and Enke Hall. 

The school will be open to tour our new learning spaces and to see what makes St. Brigid a second-time blue ribbon school. 

All family and friends are welcome. Please join us to help celebrate. 

Students are asked to wear their school uniforms to the 12:15 p.m. Mass on Sunday, November 16.
Harvest Parties Sponsored by Annual Fund

The Annual Fund pays for all the class parties your children enjoy throughout the year (like last week's harvest parties pictured to the right). 

 

Prior to the Annual Fund, parents were asked to send in money to pay for their children's parties or donate items.  Since the Annual Fund was created, room parents are able to purchase items that are allergy safe that allow all our students to enjoy the festivities.  

 

Please consider donating to the annual fund and supporting your children's education.  

 

To access the 2014-2015 Annual Fund Pledge Card, click here.

 

To learn more about the Annual Fund, click here.

 

For questions, contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com

 

2014 - 2015 Parent Survey

All parents, please take a few minutes to complete our annual parent survey. These responses are important to us as we continually analyze and evaluate our school's performance. 


Thank you to those who have already completed it.


 


 

School Rewards: Correction from Last Week

The School Rewards article giving instructions to register your Kroger or Giant Eagle shopper card to earn money for St. Brigid incorrectly listed the code for the Giant Eagle My Schools Program.

The correct code is 4423. 

 

See below for instructions to register you Giant Eagle or Kroger card. 


 
To do so for Giant Eagle:

  1. Sign in to gianteagle.com or create an account.
  2. Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card online.
  3. Visit the My School Programs page and enter the code: 4423 for St. Brigid of Kildare
  4. You're done! Be sure to encourage your family and friends to register, too.
To do so for Kroger:
  1. Sign in to kroger.com or create an account.
  2. Under "Community," click "Community Rewards."
  3. Under Your Rewards Details, enter the code: 82139 for St. Brigid of Kildare.
  4. You're done! Be sure to encourage your family and friends to register, too.
Mystery Reader Brings a Kangaroo
Last week, our second grade students enjoyed a visit from a mystery reader who brought a special friend with her. As second grade mother Cheryl Lesko began reading her children's book on kangaroos, she opened the bag she was carrying and a baby kangaroo peaked its head out of the top. Ms. Lesko works at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where the joey is being raised. The
 baby kangaroo, not even five months old, was abandoned by its mother so the Columbus Zoo has been caring for it. It lives in a pouch (shaped like a tote bag) until it's at least eight
 months old. 

As Ms. Lesko finished reading a book on kangaroos, she brought the kangaroo (still in its bag) around to each of the second grade students to pet and see up close. The kangaroo was very friendly and the students were excited to get to see and pet a baby kangaroo at their school. 

Gifts of Gratitude

The Home and School Association established Gifts of Gratitude as a united effort by families to provide generous gifts for all teachers and staff to thank them for sharing their talents with our children on a daily basis. 


Each family's $20 contribution per child provides for each teacher and staff member:

  • A Christmas monetary gift card
  • A special Christmas gift item
  • A special end-of-year gift item and monetary gift card

Your family's participation in this program is optional. The suggested annual gift amount is $20 per child; however, any amount given is graciously accepted. There are two payment options:


 

1)      Quick and easy: pay securely through PayPal! Log on to www.paypal.com, choose the "send money to friends and family" option, enter the email address sbkgiftsofgratitude@gmail.com and the total amount your family would like to contribute, and complete the transaction.


 2)      Send a check to school with your child payable to St. Brigid Home and School. Please mark the outside of the envelope with "Home and School Gifts of Gratitude."


                     Please send your contribution by Friday, December 5.


 Questions regarding the Gifts of Gratitude program may be directed to Home & School Association Vice Co-Chairs: Mary Moore at mary.moore@live.com and Theresa Vivona atvivona1012@gmail.com.


 

Thank you for your generosity!

Vacation Bible School: Save the Date



 

Save the date for the return of Vacation Bible School! 


Vacation Bible School will take place June 15-19, 2015. More details and registration will be available after the new year. 


 


 

Parent Like a Champion Today - Training Offered at St. Brigid Dec 2

 Beginning this year, 2014-2015, the Diocese Recreation Association (DRA) will be implementing Parent Like A Champion Today training for all of next year's 5th grade sports parents which supports parents as the primary educators of their children, especially in their faith.  This is accomplished by providing parents with a sports workshop which teaches them strategies to be champion sports parents in their attitude and behaviors and enables them to positively partner with their children's coaches. 

 

By 2018-2019, all parents will need to take the training prior to their child's participation in the DRA programs. The diocese has established a "phasing in period" in an attempt to offer this class to all parents of diocesan sports starting with this year's 4th grade parents (2014-2015). Although this year's 4th grade parents have until July 2015 to complete the training, next year's 4th and 5th grade parents (2015 -2016 academic year) will need to complete the training before their child can participate in DRA sports programs. 

 

Key points: 

* Only 1 parent per family needs to attend but both parents are welcome.

* Head coaches who have completed Play Like a Champion do NOT need to also take Parent Like a Champion Today. 

 

Questions? Please contact Scott Kasun, St. Brigid Athletic Director and Football Commissioner at skasun@forefrontweb.com, Mike Matthews, St. Brigid Assistant Athletic Director and Baseball/Softball Commissioner at wolfhoundbbsb@gmail.com or Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator at snerone@midohio.twcbc.com

 

Click here to register for the Dec 2 session

 

Halloween Candy Collection for Run the Race

The Service Club and Outreach Committee are collecting leftover Halloween candy to donate to the Run the Race Club. There is a box in the office where you can drop it off. The candy collection will last until next week.
 

Congrats Undefeated 4th Grade Girls Volleyball Team

 

 

Congratulations to the St. Brigid girls 4th grade volleyball team, coached by Sean O'Reilly, who went undefeated this year!

 

Pictured to the right are the 4th grade girls celebrating after one of their victories.

Alumni News: St. Charles Golf and Water Polo

Golf Team Finishes 2nd at State Tournament

The St. Charles Cardinals finished as runner's-up to Cincinnati Moeller in the 2014 Division I Ohio State High School Golf Tournament on October 19th at The Ohio State University's par-71 Scarlet Course. The Crusaders shot a 636, with St. Charles and Upper Arlington (645) finishing nine strokes behind. The Cardinals were awarded the second-place trophy over U.A. based on a fifth-man tiebreaker over each round. St. Brigid alum Jacob Rumfola (far right in above photo) was part of the team and shot a 165.


 

St. Charles Repeats as State Water Polo Champion

The St. Charles Water Polo team won their second straight state title, which was their fourth in just five years. Pictured to the right are members of the 2014 team celebrating with their state championship trophy. St. Brigid of Kildare alumni participating on the water polo team included Noah Miller (senior) and Derek Nguyen (junior).

Wolfhounds Football Championships

Congrats to all the Wolfhound football teams who all won the championship games this weekend!

Pictured to the right is our 7th and 8th grade football team praying after their game.
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