April 14, 2021
In sixth grade Health class, Officer Makenna taught students about social media safety.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Easter and the season of spring delivers a sense of joy and renewal.  Our school has experienced both joy and renewal as we just welcomed  our students back to the school for 4th quarter!   We continue to be thankful for the opportunity to offer in person learning experiences in addition to our Home Learning opportunities for this entire school year. 

As the end of this school year approaches, many are asking about end of the year activities and how will next year look. Unfortunately, I am not able to answer these questions at this point. End of the year announcements will be coming soon, since we are currently planning and refining details.  Each and every day new data and information becomes available and changes what is possible.  We continue to  talk with the teachers about what we have learned this year and what we would like to incorporate going forward.  We will soon be asking parents to fill out a survey to gain parent perspectives. 

As we did last summer,  we will continue to plan and position ourselves to continue to offer safe, quality Catholic education for next year.  Please be assured that information will be shared as we move forward in planning.  Our students and families are at the heart of our school community and your trust and dedication to our school is truly appreciated. 

Please note that third quarter report cards will be distributed next week on Wednesday, April 20th at Noon. 

At this link is a letter from superintendent Adam Dufault about a switch that all primary schools in the Diocese of Columbus will be making over the summer from Digital Academy, our current Student Information System, to FACTS SIS.

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 5th & 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Summer Camp for Young Children
Calling all parish children ages four to six! Join us this summer for TREASURED: a faith-based camp. Make new friends and discover that you are God’s greatest treasure through bible stories, music, crafts, outdoor games, and much more!

Space is limited! Each program pod will hold no more than 12 children of the same age group. Each pod will have two counselors to supervise children. The summer program will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 11:30 am in the preschool arks on Saint Brigid of Kildare campus (located inside the units on the parking lot).

Please note that each week will be the same program so children should only attend one session. Children must be at least four years old by June 1, 2021 and have not completed first grade in order to register for the program. 

Program Date Options:
Session 1- June 7-11
Session 2- June 14-18
Session 3- June 21-25
Session 4- July 26-30
Session 5- Aug 2-6
Session 6- Aug 9-13

Available sessions will be determined by registration numbers. In order to implement safe covid practices and offer a high-quality experience, the cost to attend the summer program is $100.00 per child. 

We can’t wait for you to join us! For more information or questions, please contact Hillary Harper at mrs.harper@stbrigid-school.org

Registration opens Monday, April 26 at 10 AM and slots will be filled based on registration order. To register, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org (search "summer camp" or view the Recent News). 
Virtual Corks for a Cause is Coming Soon!
We are excited to kick off Virtual Corks for a Cause on Sunday, April 18! Corks for a Cause is our primary fundraiser for the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare.

Our website and silent auction bidding will open on Sunday, April 18 and close Saturday, April 24 at 9 PM.

Watch for an email to kick off this exciting week, which will feature a silent auction, the popular wine grab, videos about our SPiCE program, some fun social media activities (follow along @stbrigidparish on Instagram and St. Brigid of Kildare Parish on Facebook) and much more!

Make sure you’re on the email list by visiting stbrigidofkildare.org and scroll down then click “E-Newsletter Sign Up.”
World's Largest Diaper Drive
The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Columbus are partnering with Bottoms Up Diaper Drive to participate in the World’s Largest Diaper Drive.

Bottoms Up delivers free diapers and wipes to social service agencies so that moms and families living below the poverty line are able to have access to the diapers they need for their babies. In other words, when a single mother walks into a food pantry that partners with Bottoms Up, she is assured to get the size diapers necessary for her baby. Single moms are particularly susceptible to living below the poverty line. Be sure to keep the underprivileged and marginalized in our society in your prayers as you participate in the World's Largest Diaper Drive.

In 2020 Bottoms Up delivered 556,318 diapers to over 50 community partners in Central and Southern Ohio. That’s a half million fresh, dry diapers for babies whose mothers struggle to afford the $70-$80/month it costs to keep a sufficient supply of diapers to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy.

Bottoms Up continues to grow with very little promotion and a lot of dedication to principled charity. Diapers are collected through drives at churches, schools, and businesses or purchased through the generosity of others.

At Saint Brigid, we will collect packages of diapers in various sizes the week of April 26. If you are able to help us with this world-record setting attempt and our individual school goal of 10,000 diapers, please send in these sizes of diapers to school on April 26-April 30. Thank you!
Seeking Director for Early Childhood Summer Program
Saint Brigid of Kildare School, located at 7175 Avery Road in Dublin is seeking a Director for our Early Childhood Summer Program. This position will be needed June 1- June 25, and July 22- Aug 13 (Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm) Candidates must be available for all dates.

As Director you will develop, implement and lead activities and programs for children ages four to six. The Director will also be required to oversee summer program staff, maintain appropriate paperwork for students registered for the program, and ensure compliance with ODE preschool licensing rules.

  • Catholic required
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; College degree preferred, but not required.
  • Previous preschool experience preferred but not required.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • BCI & FBI background checks must be current and satisfactory.
  • Must participate in a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training safe environment seminar and maintain compliance.  

Interested candidates may email their resume and letter of interest to preschool director, Hillary Harper, at mrs.harper@stbrigid-school.org
Spring Break News: Congrats Wolfhounds!
Congrats to our many Wolfhounds who achieved great successes over spring break!

Brady Barnum Wins Drive, Chip and Putt Finals
Seventh grader Brady Barnum won the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National for the 10-11 year-old age group by sinking a 30-foot putt!

Click here to read more about this amazing win!

Track & Field News
On Saturday, the St. Brigid Track and Field team competed in their first track meet of the season. While all of the St. Brigid athletes did really well, a couple of performances merit special mention.

Michael Freiburger tied the St. Brigid Reserve boys high jump record of 4 feet 8 inches. Congratulations Michael!

Also, the 4th and 5th grade girls 4x100 meter relay team of Lucy Lanier, Maddie Berg, Lily Steinbrunner and Emily Swinerton broke the oldest existing St. Brigid track and field record, which was 23 years old and has existed since 1998! They ran 1:01.32, breaking the previous record of 1:01.46. Congratulations girls!

Power of the Pen News
We have more big news from Power of the Pen! The seventh and eighth grade teams competed at the Regional tournament on March 20th. Our writers competed against 32 public and private schools from the South-Central region. We are proud to announce that the seventh grade team won third place, and the eighth grade team won first place

Because our school did so well at both district and regionals, Saint Brigid also won the first place Sweepstakes award. Our school will get to hold the Sweepstakes trophy for one year, and we believe this is a school first for us. 

Three students also won individual awards:
- Hannah Stuebe, 11th place, 8th grade
- Eve Worley, 8th place, 8th grade
- Elizabeth McLaughlin, 3rd place, 8th grade

Seven out of 12 students have qualified for the online State tournament in May: Hayden Kiedrowski, Maren Reville, Ava Blackburn, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Hannah Stuebe, Madeline Tinkler, and Eve Worley. 

Also competing in the Regional tournament were Marin Lynch, Will Davis, Paige Harper, Emily Mifsud, and Zachary Utt. 

Congratulations to all 12 wolfhound writers!
Seventh Grade Class Newspapers of 2021
Congratulations to the 7th Grade Pods upon the completion of their class newspapers! Our students are proud to present their original articles in collaborative newspapers of their own design. Each 7th grader was tasked with advancing the goals of their team by taking responsibility for a role and using effective speaking and listening skills.

Click the link below to read each pod's newspapers.

Pod #1 (Maschari) Newspaper: "The Pod Squad Post"
Pod #2 (Nentwich) Newspaper: "The Nen Times"
Pod #3 (Zetzer/Regrut) Newspaper: "The Shamrock Times"
Summer Camp Opportunities
Below are local summer camp opportunities available to Saint Brigid of Kildare School children. Click the link to view more details.

Schoolbelles Sale
Schoolbelles is having a customer appreciation sale from April 23-26.

St. Charles Father/Son Mass & Luncheon April 24th
Current students, 5th-8th Grade Boys, Incoming 9th Graders (Class of 2025) Welcome!

St. Charles Preparatory School is hosting the 2021 Father/Son Mass & Luncheon on Saturday, April 24, 2021. This event is open to prospective 4th-8th grade boys, current students, incoming 9th graders and graduates and their sons along with their fathers and grandfathers. We will wear masks, socially distance and follow all safety measures as directed by the state, city and diocese.

The day’s activities will start with a Main Campus tour (9:00 a.m.), Mass (10:30 a.m.) and guest speaker, Mr. Chuck Strickler, in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. Afterwards, everyone is then invited over to the Robotics and Mentoring Center for a boxed lunch provided by Bosc + Brie. Tours of that facility, as well as the athletic and training facilities of West Campus, will also be provided. There will be a number of other activities going on around campus for attendees to watch including several athletic team games and demonstrations by the school’s Robotics Team.  

Registrations are required and attendance is limited to the first 325 people who sign up (no later than Thursday, April 22nd, please) on our online SignUp Genius event page located in the event’s posting on the school’s Homepage (www.stcharlesprep.org). Please contact the school’s Alumni and Communications Director, Louis J. Fabro ’83 at lfabro@scprep.org, with any questions. We hope you can join us for this special tradition!
Oak Society Scholarship Applications Deadline April 23
The Oak Society is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. It is committed to helping families in our parish continue a Catholic education through parish-supported grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance. The Oak Society will provide scholarships to students with criteria set by the donor or organization. We will continue to build this scholarship program in order to expand the opportunities available to our students. If you are interested in donating or creating a scholarship, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.

Next week we will open the application process for our Spring 2021 scholarships.

Current scholarship opportunities are:
  • The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship
  • The Home & School Association Scholarship
  • The Joyce O'Reilly Family Scholarship
  • The SPiCE Scholarship Program
  • Karen & William Nomina Faith & Service Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Jane Zetzer Memorial Scholarship
  • The Babs Pulsfort Memorial Gift of Giving Scholarship

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Wednesday, April 23, 2021.

To read more about these scholarships and to apply, click the link below.
BWHS Little Theatre Presents PIPPIN
BWHS Little Theatre presents PIPPIN, beginning April 14 in various formats. Congrats to our many Saint Brigid of Kildare School alumni who are a part of this show!

See below for viewing options.

Congrats Alumni!
Veronica Worley, Molly Rafferty, Claire Hohlfelder, Kate Drab, Matthew Drab, Audry Eilerman, Nora Brady, Jake Bramlish, John Agan

DRIVE-IN (April 16):

ONLINE (April 17 & 18):
KofC Virtual Free Throw Contest
Please join us and participate in our virtual Free Throw contest for girls and boys ages 9 to 14 years old. This year, we'll be recognizing all participants. Let's have some fun!

Like most everything else, this year's Free Throw Championship will be different than other years. While the district and state level tournaments won't be taking place this year, we can still have some fun doing a virtual free throw contest focused on fun and participation at St. Brigid of Kildare!

We won't be getting together this year. Parents, please work with your children to find a safe basketball hoop where you can, after a few practice shots, take 10 free throws and report here how many you make!

All participants will be recognized with a participation certificate!

This virtual event will end on April 30th, 2021.

Feel free to share your participation in this fun event on social media! #StBrigid2021KnightsFreeThrowFun
Make it a Date!
Make it a Date! Strengthening Your Marriage During a Pandemic

Virtual Edition
Saturday, April 17, 2021
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Virtually via Zoom

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 21st Make It A Date! event.

We’ll be launching a new video series that coupled with small group discussions
will help us focus on our marriages as well as meet other couples who also want
to make their relationships a priority.

Anne and Michael Flock will help us kick off this new series. Anne and Michael, St. Brigid parishioners, have three school-age children.

Registration Is Necessary

Please RSVP to Ellen Little at ellen.little.187@gmail.com or 614-595-9628 by April 15th and we’ll send you the link for the meeting.

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation