Wolfhound Wednesday
October 1, 2014
In This Issue
Dear Parents,


We had a great time yesterday announcing our 2nd National Blue Ribbon School Award.  Our surprise Blues Clues assembly was a big hit with the students.   Needless to say I am very proud of our students and all of our staff.  We are dedicated to working together with the belief that every child is a gift from God.  We are committed to ensuring that each child is provided with a variety of instructional approaches and meaningful experiences to reach his or her greatest potential as a Catholic citizen.  This is our formula for an extraordinary academic and faith-filled school...a Blue Ribbon School. (See more details and pictures in the story below).


Today we joined together as a community for a Pink Mass as a day of remembrance for victims, survivors and caregivers of breast cancer and other forms of cancer. Students were encouraged to pray for families and friends who have been touched by cancer and to wear pink to raise awareness.  You are also invited to attend the Diocesan-wide Pink Mass which will be celebrated tonight at St. Andrew parish at 6:30 PM.


Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in our first round of Student-Led Conferences. It was great to see students and parents having important conversations based on goal setting, high expectations and working to be a good disciple.  Job well done!


Thank you for your support and blue ribbon well wishes,


Kathleen O'Reilly


Upcoming Events:

Wed, Oct 1

Einstein Alive

Interims go home

Sun, Oct 5

Book Fair Begins This Week

Mon, Oct 6

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Tues, Oct 7

Celebration of Belonging (First Communion candidates) 6:30 pm

Wed, Oct 8

Home & School Mtg (8:30 am) 

Sat, Oct 11

Protecting God's Children 

(9 am)

Barn Bash

Sun, Oct 12

MyScrip Delivery Date

Wed, Oct 15

Confirmation Candidate & Parent Meeting - Mandatory (7:30 pm)

Thurs, Oct 16

Early Release (1:30 pm)

Sun, Oct 19

8th Grade Dance Club (7 pm)

Mon, Oct 20

MyScrip Order/Payment Date

Terra Nova Testing (through Fri, Oct 3)

SAC Mtg (6:30 pm)

Sun, Oct 26

MyScrip Delivery Date

8th Grade Dance Club (7 pm)

Thurs, Oct 30

Harvest Parties (1:30 pm)


We're a National Blue Ribbon School For the Second Time

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yesterday recognized 337 schools as National Blue
Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. 

Saint Brigid of Kildare School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for the second time in just six years. To announce the exciting news with our students, we held a surprise
 assembly yesterday at 2 p.m. (after the 1:30 p.m. announcement), with a surprise visit from Blue -- the dog from Blue's Clues (a popular children's show). 


Blue, along with Principal Kathy O'Reilly, Principal Cindy Lombardo, and Monsignor Hendricks helped lead the students through a game of Blue's Clues. Students spotted three large clues hidden among the audience--the number 2 (to designate how many times we've won the award), Washington D.C. (to signify where the award comes from), and azul (the word blue in Spanish). We then had the mail call, which was a letter from Washington D.C. delivered for Monsignor Hendricks to read. After reading the exciting news to the students, the mail came again, but this time to Principal Kathy O'Reilly. Ms. O'Reilly open the envelope to find blue ribbon bead necklaces, which were then passed out to each student.


Secretary Duncan made this announcement live via the Department's USTREAM channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department at 1:30 pm and was viewed by recognized principals, teachers, and students assembled across the country. 


To read the press release from the U.S. Department of Education, click here.


We'll be releasing details soon on a Mass of thanksgiving and celebratory reception in recognition of the award.


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

This week, we have photo newsletters from 7th and 8th grades and specials (click the images below to view).  Next week look for newsletters from preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade.


To view, click a photo then scroll down to read the caption describing the activity and content the students are learning. You can then hit the arrow icon to the right or left of the photo to scroll through to the next photo.


You can also find the link to these newsletters by clicking "Calendar and News" on our website, then clicking "Photo Newsletters" on the left.


7th Grade Newsletter:8th Grade Newsletter:Specials News:

Pink Mass

Students showed their support for breast cancer awareness today in honor of our pink Mass by wearing pink accents to their uniforms.

Flu Vaccine Offered For Students

Flu Vaccine will be offered again this year for students at St. Brigid School and Preschool on Tuesday, October 7 from 9 - 11 am. Nurses from the Columbus Department of Health will be in Enke Hall to administer vaccine to registered students. Preschoolers are welcome if accompanied by a parent.


To register your student: 
1) Read the Vaccine Information Sheets (Live and Inactive)
2) Print, complete, and sign the Consent Form
3) Return form to the School Office by the end of school Friday, Oct. 3.

For questions, contact Peggy Iannarino, school nurse at 614-718-5825, ext. 239 or iannarino_margaret@dublinschools.net
STEM For Daises and Brownies - Oct 28

Girl Scout Troop 2097 consisting of girls from 6th through 8th grade, invites all Kindergarten to 3rd grade Girl Scouts to an afternoon of "S.T.E.M. for Daisies and Brownies" on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Hendricks Hall from 4:45-5:45.  


The Cadettes of Troop 2097 have planned an afternoon of fun for the younger Girl Scouts while learning about science, technology, engineering and math.  Participate in a rain gutter regatta and learn about wind energy.  Use measuring cups and spoons to create a yummy treat.  Experiment with baking soda and vinegar and see what happens!  Dare to hold a leopard gecko?  Hear from an engineer, Dr. Carol Clinton,  PhD, P.E., LEED AP who will talk about her latest project in South Africa.  We will also be joined by a few friends from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio.  Let us show these girls how welcoming we are at St. Brigid of Kildare School!  If your Daisy or Brownie is interested in attending, please email Eileen Bower at ebower@cbjlawyers.com on or before October 15.

Barn Bash is October 11 - Register By Friday
Barn Bash is in less than 2 weeks! Join families from St. Brigid for games, face painting, a hay maze, a petting barn, a DJ and dancing, pizza, tacos, snacks and much more!

Cost is $10 per person. Registration deadline is this Friday, October 3.

To view the flyer and sign up, click here. 


Bishop Watterson Eagle Auction - Oct 11

All are welcome to join us for the 2014 Eagle Auction, Field of Dreams, at BWHS on October 11! For registration, donation and corporate sponsorship information, go to www.bishopwatterson.com and click on Development.


Tuition Raffle

Purchase your ticket NOW for your chance to win a year of free tuition at Bishop Watterson High School! Tickets are $100 each. (If all 200 tickets are not sold, the amount of free tuition will be pro-rated accordingly). Tuition credit will be given for the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 school year, whichever year the winner chooses. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2014 Eagle Auction. 


Contact Jim Melaragno at melaragno_bwaa@yahoo.com to purchase your ticket. Checks should be made out to: BWHS Tuition Raffle and mail to: Jim Melaragno, 2390 Sandover Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43220.


Only 200 tickets will be sold -- with more than 600 families at Bishop Watterson, tickets are sure to go quickly!

Liturgial Minister Training

Required training for new Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Ushers/Jr. Ushers is scheduled for October 4, 2014 in the Church beginning at 8:30 a.m.   Interested candidates please contact Vicky Humphrey at vhumphre@columbus.rr.com  to receive a registration form and other information.  


If you have ever thought about being a liturgical minister now is the time to answer the call.  We need you!

Come to our Scholastic Book Fair


Our fall book fair begins this Sunday, October 5th and runs through Friday, October 10th at noon.  


8th Grade Dance Club Invitations Mailed

 8th grade dance club formal invitations have been mailed. Please fill out the return card and send check for $35 to Megan James by October 12th. 


First Dance Club is Sunday, October 19th. 


Email Megan James with questions at mjames2@columbus.rr.com.

Ski and Board Club

Would you like to join St. Brigid Ski and Board this year on Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 February 3 and 10th?  

  1. Print out the following forms:
    1.  Emergency medical
    2. Permission and waiver
    3. Permission form
  2. Fill out and all forms and return them to the school, attention Stacie Williams, with a check for $140.00 made out to St. Brigid of Kildare.
  3. Return all forms by December 3, 2014
  4. Go to Mad River Mountain's website and obtain a ski pass at skimadriver.com, ski club login:  username:  stbrigidpassword:  stbrigid
  5. Please contact us with any questions or concerns:Stacie Williams - williams_stacie@dublinschools.net - 614-718-5825 Bill Bennison - bbennison@columbus.rr.com - 614-558-8696
Sophia Wible, DJ Matthews, Maria Jeric
Three Alumni Named National Merit Semifinalists

Three St. Brigid alumni have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The students are DJ Matthews (St. Charles), Maria Jeric (BWHS) and Sophia Wible (BWHS). 


Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were announced, based upon their scores on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.


Congrats to our alumni!

Boys & Girls Basketball Sign Ups Going On Now

All children in 4th through 8th grade enrolled at St. Brigid of Kildare School or St. Brigid Religious Education are eligible to play for St. Brigid in the Diocesan league.  


For more information and to register, click here. 


The deadline is October 17th, 2014. All fees and applications must be received by this date.  Late applications may be placed on a waiting list.


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