April 22, 2020
We have many submissions to our Wolfhounds E-Talent Show & Tell! Click the image above to view (you must be logged in to a St. Brigid student or staff account to view).
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As you are aware, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced all K-12 school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can be assured that we will continue to work diligently to ensure online learning continues. While we are saddened and disappointed that our students and teachers will not be returning to school this year, we were preparing for this possibility. Our staff has done a tremendous job of rapidly transitioning to delivering instruction online. We will continue to refine and to offer faith experiences and to educate our students.  

We are compassionate toward our 2nd and 8th graders knowing that they have special milestones that are being delayed. We will work hard to help them understand, know that they are special to our community and find small ways to celebrate now and celebrate even more later when we are able to safely gather together as a community. 

More details about the practical logistics for the end of the year will be shared at a later date. In the meantime, please reach out to your teachers if your children are having challenges with completing work. We are happy to problem solve and to help work through all your concerns. We know that this is a challenging time in our world and there are resources available so we can help support your child/family in many different ways. We are here and happy to help.  

Easter blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
New Updates: E-Learning Resources
We have added many new virtual learning resources and activities to the E-Learning webpage.

To view the items newly added this week, look for the red NEW icon.

To access, visit stbrigidofkildare.com/elearning, or use the "E-LEARNING" link from the top of the page.
Cafeteria Accounts Update
All current lunch account funds will be carried over to next year. If you have an 8th grader, we will transfer their funds into their sibling accounts. Refunds will be issued for students in 8th grade with no siblings and a balance over $15.00. Any family who would like all funds to be reimbursed to them please email Joyce Brown at jbrown@cdeducation.org and she will mail you a check. Please contact Joyce if you have any questions.
Article: Naming Loss & Gratitude with Young People in These Uncertain Days
Below is a brief article from the Fuller Institute on helping kids name their feelings of loss and identify areas they are grateful.
Wolfhounds E-Talent Show & Tell: New Videos Available
Do you have a talent that you would like to share? Make a video using Flipgrid and share it with our school! Here is what you do:

1. Go to the Saint Brigid School Flipgrid account using this link: https://flipgrid.com/bensonhaver3037

2. Log in using your Saint Brigid Google account.

3. You will see a headline for “Topics”. Click on the “Wolfhounds E-Talent Show and Tell!” topic.

3. Click the green circle with a + sign to record a video. You may have to download the app depending on the device you are using.

4. Create your video! Some suggestions for talents include but are not limited to: singing, dancing, playing an instrument, magic tricks, and telling jokes. Your video may be up to one minute in length.

5. After you make your video you can edit it for length. The program will then ask you to take a selfie and enter your name and title of your video. Then click submit.

You may start submitting your videos on Flipgrid now, and they will be accepted through the end of April. Ms. Bensonhaver will review, approve, and activate the videos beginning Monday, April 20. Make sure to check back frequently for new videos! If you have questions email Ms. Bensonhaver at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org.
Let's Stay Connected: Share Your Learning!
During this complicated time when we can't be together physically, let's lift each other's spirits and stay connected virtually!

We would love to see your photos of your children continuing their learning and creativity while social distancing.

Please share your photos and a short description via emailing them to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org and they will be featured in the Wolfhound Wednesday as well as on our Facebook page. Feel free to also upload to social media and tag our Facebook page at facebook.com/stbrigidschool!
Zach Hagen on crazy hat day following along with morning prayers.
Annabelle McCoy in her first Zoom meeting with Mrs. Springer's class doing show and tell with her Guinea pig. 
Latest Updates from the SBAA
  • The SBAA Board is having its annual board member election on May 12, and we are also looking for a Football Commissioner & SBAA Secretary.
  • Please check out the latest updates from SBAA with regards to spring sports status, fall sports registrations, and our summer programs.   
  • Our Club Sport of Boys/Girls Golf is looking for a new coach.

You can find out details and stay up to date by visiting www.gowolfhounds.com
SAC Applications Due April 30
Take an active part in making our already amazing school even better. Apply for a position (3-year term) on St. Brigid's School Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to provide the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and the principal of Saint Brigid of Kildare School with advice and to make recommendations regarding issues affecting the school.

The mission of the School Advisory Committee is to promote and support a distinctive religious learning environment that provides for the propagation of the Catholic faith and values, fosters academic excellence, and develops fully the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional capabilities unique to each student. SAC meets once a month during the school months on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Prior to applying, please consider if you can commit to this time commitment for a three-year period.

The deadline for applications has been extended to April 30, 2020 and they can be submitted via the link below. Please contact Ann Sage (annosage@gmail.com) with any questions.
Hope Hollow Thank You
Kevin and Jane, founders of Hope Hollow, prepared the card (to the right) as a special thank you for our students. They wanted to make sure that, even though we are out of school, our students still know what a huge help they were to the clients of Hope Hollow.

They also sent us a handwritten note that they received from one of their clients who received items from our collection.

Kevin and Jane want to make sure that our students know how grateful they are, and they want our students to know that they were able to help so many people whose needs are so great, especially now in this time. Also, they are grateful for the timing of our collection drive -- as we were able to send them so many small bottles of hand sanitizer (over 500) right before the virus became a reality and all the store shelves were empty!
Food Drive, Blood Drive & Masks Needed
In partnership with the Dublin Food Pantry, Dublin City Schools and St. Brigid School and Parish, there will be a food drive for the pantry on Thursday April 23. Residents can drop off items in the Eli Pinney vestibule from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A list of the food pantry’s most needed items are listed below.

SPAGHETTI BOXES* (regular size)
Small (hotel sized) SOAP, SHAMPOO, LOTION, ETC.

Face Masks Needed
The City of Dublin is in need of plain fabric masks for police officers, fire fighters, park and recreation staff and other city employees. If you are able to participate in this service project masks may be dropped off in the boxes located at the front entrance of Dublin Police Station, inside the first set of doors on the police side (NOT the Mayor's Court) at 6565 Commerce Parkway and Dublin Service Center, 6555 Shier Rings Road. 

Blood Drive
There will be a blood drive held at Indian Run United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Help for Parishioners in Need
“This is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic.”

Pope Francis’ statement in his Easter “Urbi et Orbi” was delivered from an empty St. Peter’s Basilica instead of to the usual crowd of tens of thousands. It was a message framed by his focus on this year’s “Easter of solitude” — that it should be a contagion of hope.

At St. Brigid of Kildare, now more than ever, we strive to continue to fulfill our Christian mission of extending grace and service to those in need. This is a time of crisis and we know it is a unique situation for everyone. We want to be a source of hope and comfort for our parish family — if you or someone you know is struggling spiritually or financially at this time, please reach out to us.
St. Brigid is blessed to have many devoted parishioners who have stepped up and donated funds to help their fellow parishioners in need. Our 55+ Club has designated over $1,500 to help someone in need during this time, and our Knights of Columbus have committed $2,000 to assist our parishioners. Our Sister, Deacons and Priests have been reaching out to those that need a reassuring call or consolation. We have been working with local agencies and volunteers to connect individuals with services. Please reach out. This is not a time for pride or embarrassment. We have the resources and want to help during this crisis.

If you or someone you know is in need, please fill out our Contact Form on our website and someone from the parish will be in touch.

We are praying for you all during this difficult time, as well as the world leaders and all those serving their community to help fight this pandemic.