U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
WOLFHOUND WEDNESDAY
August 17, 2022
Our school theme for the 2022 - 2023 school year is:
“Together as One: Serving our God, Our School and Our Community” 
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

I am excited to share with you our full Back To School edition of the Wolfhound Wednesday with information regarding back to school forms, sign ups, Meet The Teacher and how to access homeroom assignments. 

Our school theme for the 2022 - 2023 school year is “Together as One: Serving our God, Our School and Our Community.”  At this unique time in the history of our school, let us focus on the importance of Catholic community and all that comes with it. In the context of community, the transmission of our faith and culture takes place by sharing Catholic values, beliefs and practices which are critical in the formation of our students.  The last two years have been challenging and isolating at times. We are more than ready to keep moving forward with joy and hope knowing that as Catholics and Christians there is a purpose and a value in what we do each day. Working together as parents and school staff, forming ONE community focused on serving God and each other, we place importance on intentionally developing our children’s hearts, minds and souls.  Our school staff is looking forward to partnering with you this year to serve our God, our school and our community.     

IMPORTANT K - 8 DATES:  
  • Parent Administration and Meet the Teacher - August 22nd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Kindergarten WOW - August 23rd - Please see your letter for assigned times for WOW and for staggered start times and dates.
  • Staggered Start Opening for grades 1- 8 will be 8:00 am - 2:50 pm.
August 24th - Last names A - K only
August 25th - Last names L - Z only
August 26th - All students 
  • Opening School Mass - Friday, August 26, 9:00 AM

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday evening and looking forward to a great year working Together As One: Serving God, Our School and Our Community!

Summer blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly
Back to School Handouts
Please review all the Back to School handouts at the links below. All other forms that need to be completed will be emailed to you to complete digitally in FACTS on Monday, August 22.

These forms may also be found on our website by clicking the "Current Families" box.


Handbooks & Procedures:

**Dress Code information begins on page 41
(a paper version of the H&S brochure will be available at Parent Admin Day)



Action Items & Sign Up Forms:




Save the Date:

Barn Bash
is Friday, October 21 from 6 - 8:15 pm
Message from the Tech Department
Laptop
Many students are finishing up their summer work at this time. Unfortunately, we are experiencing some problems as many of our applications and websites have rolled over to the next school year. Some of these issues include Clever log ins, Renaissance for AR testing, and IXL.

Students will not be penalized for this, so please do not stress over uncompleted summer assignments.

This week we will also be deploying a new filtering system for grade 5-8 called Deledao. When your student logs into his/her school Google account, he/she may be taken to a Deledao website to log in. He/she should be able to log in with his/her same Google credentials. Or, another way around this is to simply sign out of his/her Google account and sign back in.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Kerinan Jordan at mrs.jordan@stbrigid-school.org
Thank you
Recess Volunteer Sign Up
We are excited to invite recess volunteers back this year and we need your help! The recess schedule has changed back to the regular schedule and we would like to see all of the slots filled in effort to give the teachers some time back in their day. There are two sign-up links as in years past:

  1. The Kindergarten Recess Volunteer sign-up link (one time slot per day, one volunteer needed)
  2. 1st-6th grade recess sign-ups (broken into two time slots per day, two volunteers per time slot)
 
These sign up links can be found below and also in the Quick Links at the top of the Wolfhound Wednesday each week.

All volunteers must be PGC (Protecting God’s Children) certified and have completed the St. Brigid Volunteer Application. We appreciate the support anyone is able to provide this year!
Volunteers Needed for Parent Admin Day
Home and School is requesting volunteers to help with the Parent Admin Day festivities on Aug 22nd! Slots are only 30 minutes so you can still have time to enjoy the night! We appreciate all your help!!
Arrival & Dismissal
The morning drop off will begin at 7:45 am with cars following the pattern outlined on the map below. If you are in need of an early morning drop please consider using our morning latchkey program which opens at 7:00 am. Please contact Karol Halm, our director at mrs.halm@stbrigid-school.org.  

We are pleased to announce that dismissal will be returning to just one session beginning at 2:55 pm in the Enke parking lot. Parents please park according to the map below (click the links below the maps for more detailed instructions). Students will be released to your cars and cars will be directed to leave once all children are safely in their car.  
A Reminder: Our Attendance Notification Policy
If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the school office that morning before 8:30 a.m. (614-718-5825) or email the attendance email at attendance@stbrigid-school.org so we can notify the teacher.

This is an email address that all office secretaries can access.

Thank you!
Sign Up for Home & School
St. Brigid Home & School is looking for volunteers to get involved in the many Home & School activities for the 22-23 school year!

To sign up to be a volunteer or on a committee with Home & School, click the sign-up button below. If you have questions, contact 22-23 Home & School Chairs Sherri Johnson (clarke97sd@msn.com) or Anne Flock (anne.flock@gmail.com).

To learn more about Home & School and its committees, view the 22-23 brochure here.
2022-2023 School Lunch Update
During the last school year, children and families benefitted from no-cost school meals for all students, made possible by special permission from the United States Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, these permissions have expired. St. Brigid of Kildare school and the Ohio Department of Education cannot extend the permissions for no-cost meals for all students. 

School meals will still be available to all students; however, they will not be free to all students. Households may apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits by 09/20/2022. Applications are available on the school website here, as was done before the pandemic. Eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch is based on federal income guidelines or participation in other programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Ohio Works First. For additional information concerning the National School Lunch Program, please see the U.S. Department of Agriculture school lunch question and answer webpage.

2022-23 Lunch Cost
The cost of lunch is $3.00 and that includes milk. Individual milk is available for purchase for $0.50. Water is available for free in the cafeteria. All cafeteria items are peanut-free.  Please note that we will be offering a full salad bar option for students in grades 4 - 8 after Labor Day. 

Breakfast Program
Breakfast items will be available for sale from 7:45 - 8:00 AM. Items will be sold for $0.75 each. The cost will be deducted from the student’s lunch account. All items will be peanut-free and will be convenient to eat.

For questions or additional information please contact Joyce Brown at 614-425-4822 or mrs.brown@stbrigid-school.org.
Back to School Mental Health Checklist
Back-to-school can be fun – new activities, kids back together again, and seeing how children have grown and changed. And it can be challenging – figuring out the buses, a new class or school, and finding school supplies…

How children feel can impact their learning. We have a mental health checklist your family can use to make sure you’re practicing some keys to mental wellness, so they can start the year off feeling confident!

Use the Back-to-School Mental Health Checklist to get back into school mode in a fun way.
FACTS: Web Forms & Teacher Assignment  
All students in preschool through grade 8 will be using FACTS to complete their back to school Web Forms again this school year. These forms will be available beginning Monday, August 22nd. Upon login, please navigate to School, and then Webforms, to complete your Web Forms packet. Directions are attached below.

After completing your Webforms, select Student, and then Schedules to view your student's homeroom teacher.
 
If you do not have a FACTS log in please follow the directions attached. There is also a video tutorial linked in the document below. If you have problems or questions, please contact Kerinan Jordan at mrs.jordan@stbrigid-school.org
 
Meet the Teacher: Aug 22 & Spiritwear Sale
We begin this year with a “Meet The Teacher” on Monday, August 22nd from 4:00 - 6:00 pm hosted by our Home and School and our School Advisory Committee. This event will be outdoors behind the school. Families will be invited to visit classrooms to “Meet The Teacher” and then spend time outdoors visiting information tables and enjoying treats. Come in the front doors, stop by the Home and School table, pick up your treat tickets, and proceed to meet your teacher. Then go outside for the welcome back party. Preschool students will have a separate meet the teacher playdate. Information about this event will be sent to preschool parents via email.

Spiritwear Sale at Meet the Teacher
We will have t-shirts available (quantities will be limited) for sale as a part of the activities during Meet the Teacher night. We will be accepting cash and Venmo (Venmo is preferred )!
Uniform Information Update: EA Has Black Gym Uniforms in Stock
We have received notice that due to supply chain issues, uniform inventory is extremely limited. Please be sure to shop early for any uniform items you need.

PE Uniforms:
For the 2022-23 school year, we will continue to have the all black gym pants and jackets with the dark green St. Brigid required PE t-shirt. No logos, stripes or wording of any kind or color on the jackets or pants is permitted. Both must be all black. If there is a small logo, it will need to be covered. No outer fleece pants (fleece lined is acceptable). No leggings, yoga, or tight-fitting pants for girls. No hoods on jackets. Quarter zip or full zip is acceptable for the jackets. 

Please remember K-4 PE Uniforms are not a requirement.

You can purchase the required PE t-shirt as well as the black gym uniforms at our uniform stores: 

Schoolbelles
867 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Educational Apparel 
3906 Brown Park Drive 
Hilliard, OH 43026
*Currently EA does have in stock the all black gym pants or jackets. 

Other retailers that offer options:
  • Target (All in Motion brand (youth and adult sizes), Cat & Jack brand) 
  • Dicks Sporting Goods (DSG Brand youth & adult sizes) 
  • Kohls (Tek Gear brand youth and adult sizes)  
  • Old Navy 
  • Amazon 
  • Walmart (Sport-Tek brand youth & adult sizes)

As a reminder, the all black PE jacket is an acceptable jacket to wear with your school uniform as well. If you have any questions regarding the PE uniforms, please contact:
Stacy Austin (317) 694-6202
School Supplies
The deadline for online ordering of EduKit School Supply Kits has passed.

To view the list of school supplies needed for your child's grade, click the link below.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Musser, jmusserfamily@aol.com
Register for Bus Transportation 22-23: Reminder, All Riders Need to Register Every Year
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The transportation departments from Dublin, Hilliard and Olentangy schools require all new and returning families to register your students for busing this fall. If you are a new family moving to the area, and don't know your new address yet, please contact them as soon as you have this information.

Olentangy Schools Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) must fill out this online form by June 19, 2022.

Dublin Schools Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) please complete this form.

Hilliard School Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) please complete this form by July 29.
News from Our Parish & Community
Make It A Date - Aug 27
A Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

Saturday, August 27, 2022, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Hendrick’s Hall – St. Brigid of Kildare Parish 

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 23rd Make It a Date!

It will be a flashback Saturday as we reminisce about how we first met our spouses and our first impressions of each other. 

Parishioners Mark and Patsy Callahan will be our guides on this journey down memory lane. The Callahans have been married for 22 years and have 2 children.

Like always, we’ll have light appetizers and there will be a chance to catch up with old and new friends. 

At the conclusion of the event, couples leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to talk about the evening and how it relates to their own relationships.

Please RSVP to Christine Drab at cadrab@gmail.com or 614-256-9065 by August 24.

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
Family Service Activity - Snack Bags for Ronald McDonald House
As we start back to school, Family First invites you to join us in providing comfort--in the form of snacks--to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald house. The Snack Pack program allows volunteers to prepare bags in their own home while providing snacks for families that are caring for sick children. 

You can find additional details on this website, which outlines how to assemble bags and what should and should not be included

This is a great activity for the family, and while you assemble, discuss how acts of service and being Catholic go hand-in-hand.  From the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12), to the Works of Mercy, to the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) we know Jesus urges us to provide service to others.
Once bags are assembled please drop them in the bin in the collection closet in Hendricks Hall October 1st - October 9th. Any questions, please contact Anna Blouir at ablouir@gmail.com or Sue Adorno at westbrsc@yahoo.com.
News from Our Catholic High Schools
Please email any alumni news for sharing to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.
Shop BWHS Spirit Wear
Shop and purchase online for your Bishop Watterson High School Eagles!

View the new site at the link below.
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.