Wolfhound Wednesday
October 11, 2017

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Oct 11
CARE Meeting
(8:45 - 10:15 am)
Student Led Conferences (5-7 pm) Grades K, 1, 2, 5 & 6

Thurs, Oct 12
Bring a Disciple to Mass
(7th grade)

Fri, Oct 13
All School Rosary (1:45 pm)

Thurs, Oct 19
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Fri, Oct 20
Barn Bash

Thurs, Oct 26
Harvest Parties

Fri, Oct 27
No School - Teacher Work Day
Dear Parents,

Today we held our first CARE meeting for the year.  Our CARE groups are multi-age family groups with an 8th grade leader.  These groups remain together as a family every school year with the addition each year of a new kindergarten member.  These family groupings encourage students to get to know students from other grade levels and promote empathy, care and respect for students of all ages.  This year our CARE groups will be focusing on our school theme by studying the Trinity Dome mosaic that is being built in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.  In particular, the students will be learning about the lives of the saints who will be honored in the dome's mosaic.  They will also be learning about mosaics as an art form which is often used in our churches. Students will discuss that each individual piece of glass, although vastly different in shape, size and color from any other piece, comes together to form a beautiful image.  In the same way, we as Catholics from different nationalities and backgrounds come together to form Christ's Church on earth.  

Terra Nova testing for grades 3 - 8  begins with the practice test this Friday and will take place each day next week.  Please see story below with more information.

Please join us on Friday for the whole school rosary service at 1:45 pm in the gym.

Autumn Blessings,  
Kathy O'Reilly

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Barn Bash - Exciting new offering for middle school students this year!
Friday, October 20, Register by Monday for a discount

Barn Bash is Friday, October 20 from 6-8:30 PM at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. 

NEW THIS YEAR:  All 6th, 7th and 8th graders attending Barn Bash this year will receive a token in their family's envelope that is good for 25 paintballs to be used in Leed's Farm's paintball target area.

The price is $10 per person by October 16 and $15 per person after October 16 and at the door. This includes dinner, snacks, beverages, baked goods, family activities, fun and games and a DJ!

To register, complete this form and turn it into the school office. 

Volunteers & Donations Needed
We need many volunteers and donations for this event to run smoothly! Please consider helping out during the event, and/or bringing items to donate. 

AM Drop Off Time

A friendly reminder that students are not to be dropped of at school before 7:45 am.  There is no supervision available before that time.  If you are in need of morning child care, our latchkey opens at 7:00 am.  Please contact Karol Halm at mrs.halm@stbrigid-school.org 

Advent by Candlelight
November 30

Treat yourself to a night out to prepare your heart and mind for the Advent and Christmas seasons!
Imagine a candlelit room, beautifully decorated tables, light refreshments and wine shared with friends. Then relax and enjoy an inspiring talk by special guest speaker, the very entertaining "Snoring Scholar" Sarah Reinhard, a local Catholic convert, wife, mom, author, and blogger. You do not want to miss this faith-filled evening of peace, fellowship, reflection, and humor!

Blanket Bee for Ronald McDonald House

Please join St. Brigid Women's Club's next meeting on Wed., October 18 at 7 p.m. in Hendricks Hall, where they'll be making blankets for children at the Ronald McDonald house. Feel free to bring your daughter, son, grandchild, or come yourself and meet new friends.

Terra Nova Testing is Next Week - Grades 3-8

During the week of October 16th, 2017, 3rd-8th grade children will be taking the Terra Nova test, a standardized test adopted by the Diocese of Columbus.  The Diocese mandates testing in grades three through eight.  Testing will occur on each day of the week, Monday-Friday.

As in the past, we ask that parents do a couple of things to help their child do his/her best.
  • Don't plan any appointments that would cause your child to miss a portion of a test.
  • Make sure that your child is in bed at a time to ensure that he/she has sufficient sleep to function well.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast before coming to school.
Terra Nova testing is important for a variety of reasons.  First, our school uses these results to help us target areas in which we can improve as a school.  Additionally, teachers use the results to see how to best meet the needs of the students in their classrooms.  For eighth graders, the Terra Nova results have a critical impact as the high schools use these results to help make placement decisions about incoming freshmen.   

It is important that your child realizes that he/she is not expected to know all of the answers since this is not a test for which a student can prepare.  You can help to prevent anxiety if you take time to discuss this with your child.  Although the results are important, please remember that this is only one indicator of how your child is doing academically.  The day-to-day assessments that your child's teacher gives are a better indicator of how well your child is mastering the diocesan curricula.  
EPIC Middle School Youth Group 
TAASC Service Day Oct 15

Our EPIC Youth Group will help out at TAASC - The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition -- on October 15. TAASC is a local non-profit that provides opportunities for veterans, adults, and children with disabilities to participate in adventure sports activities. We will complete a lot of outdoor work to winterize their property on Harriott Road by the the Scioto River. This will involve widening their walking paths by removing a lot of brush and weeds, cleaning out their sheds for bikes, canoes and other equipment, making sure the equipment is winterized and in good shape for next year, and possibly some power-washing and painting.

As always, we will begin with 12:15 p.m. Mass, sitting in the reserved section by the baptismal font; then we will go to Hendrick's Hall for pizza, games and discussion. We will leave for TAASC at about 1:45 p.m. and will return by 4:15 p.m. for parent pickup. Parent volunteers are still needed. Contact Kim if you can help. Students should wear their long sleeve EPIC t-shirts and bring a pair of work gloves. If you do not have a t-shirt yet, you can get it and change before we leave.

Don't forget to RSVP by contacting Kim VanHuffel at kvanhuffel@stbrigidofkildare.org.

2017/2018 EPIC Events:
November 19 Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries
December 10 On-Site Blanket Making for Kids in Foster Care
January 21 Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio
February 18 Dublin Food Pantry Warehouse
March 18 Visit Retirement Homes
April 8 Columbus Zoo & other service

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