August 12, 2020
Fun activities at Camp Wolfhound
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Thank you for your kind notes of support recognizing the work of the Task Force. I share your thoughtful and generous messages with them and with all of the teachers. It is so wonderful to have our school busy with “normal” back to school preparations and it is energizing having all of our staff back after not seeing them in so many months! Now we can’t wait to see our students!!! 
Following the Task Force update regarding air quality, a generous donor has offered to help supply air purifiers for all of the classrooms and general areas of our school, offering an extra level of safety for our children. The total cost is $8,000 and this donor will be covering half. We are looking for other individuals or families that would help cover the additional $4,000. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sarah Moore, our Development Director at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or 614-761-3734. Thank you!

Please continue to pray for each other, practice social distancing and wear a face covering in public. As the beginning of the new school year approaches, we all need to do our part in making sure we are healthy and ready to open our school safely.

Kathy O’Reilly
Announcing Our Sequel!
The Saint Brigid of Kildare COVID-19 video production team has been busy filming this week's short film to help parents and students picture what school will be like when we all return to school. Today's video features our new clear plastic shields for students in grades preschool - 8 and latchkey.

Special thanks to:
  • Brian Zetzer: Class of 2018, videographer and editor
  • Mrs. Colleen Zetzer: voice over artist
Giving Opportunity - Air Purifier
A generous donor has offered to help supply air purifiers for all the classrooms and general areas of our school, offering an extra level of safety for our children. The total cost is $8,000 and this donor will be covering half. We are looking for some other individuals or families that would help us cover the additional $4,000.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sarah Moore our Development Director at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or 614-761-3734. Thank you!
PE Uniform FAQ
We have been answering many questions about the new PE uniform black wind suit. We are trying to respond to your concerns regarding availability and fit. Hopefully this FAQ will help to clarify the new dress code rules for PE:

What do you mean by a wind suit? A wind suit is a track suit combining pants and a jacket. Wind suits are loose fitting and typically made from tricot, polyester, a polyester blend, nylon, or the new dry-fit fabrics. We will not allow pants/jackets made from fleece or terry, those that look like pajamas, those that are tight-fitting, or those that look like yoga pants. Capri pants will not be allowed.

Does my child have to wear the wind suit jacket to school? We suggest that your child wears the jacket to school each day, or at least brings it in his/her bookbag. Some of our classrooms can be a bit on the cool side, so the option of putting on a jacket helps with student comfort.

When wearing the wind suit pants, what if my child is too hot at school during September? If your child finds the windsuit to be too hot to wear in school, K-4 children only may wear the navy blue dress uniform shorts on a daily basis in September instead of the wind suit on PE days and then wear the navy blue dress uniform pants instead of the wind suit on PE days starting in October.

Can my children just wear their PE black uniform shorts and PE green uniform t-shirt to school on PE days? No, the PE black shorts and PE green t-shirt are not appropriate for all-day wear at school.

Can my child wear the PE black uniform shorts underneath the new wind pants?  Yes, and this will allow your child to remove the wind pants for PE class time. Wind pants will not be removed for recess.

What shirt will my child wear on PE days? If your child wears the wind suit on PE days, the options include the PE gym shirt for grades 6-8, the white polo shirt for grades K-8, or the white blouse for girls in grades K-8. Students in grades K-4 may wear the PE green uniform shirt, but this is optional. If your child instead wears the navy blue dress uniform shorts or navy blue dress uniform pants on PE days, the shirt options are the same. Shirts will be tucked in at all times.

Can girls in grades K-4 just wear their jumpers on PE days? Yes, but girls should wear shorts underneath their jumpers each day, not just on PE days.
St. Brigid Socially Distanced Uniform Exhange, August 18th
Home and School is happy to announce that there will be a uniform exchange this year, held in the St. Brigid parking lot on August 18th from 3:30-6:30 PM.

Families that would like to donate gently used items may drop into a storage container located next to Erin Heise's mailbox at 6588 Wynwright Dr, Dublin, OH 43016 (just 1 mile from St. Brigid School). Please contribute by this Friday, Aug. 14 so that items can be organized for efficient shopping.

Families that would like to obtain donated items (for free!) are asked to sign up for a 15-minute time slot to shop so that no more than 8 families are browsing at a time. Remember, you do not need to donate to "shop" and all remaining items will go to other schools in need. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help can sign up here.
Preschool Donations Needed
Home and School is sponsoring a donation drive for the preschool. As many of you know, the preschool is moving into modular units on the St. Brigid campus in order to make additional classroom space for the K-8 pods. With this move, preschool will have four pods (classes) in session at a time. As a result of this, and the combined need to keep everything separated by pod, the preschool teachers have come up with a list of items needed for their new classrooms. We are asking for donations before preschool purchases these items. Items do not have to be new and do not have to be identical. We know this has been a tough time for many families and we are hoping your generosity puts a smile on the little preschoolers' faces and relieves some stress from our awesome preschool team.

Please drop off items on one of these dates to the school (more info to come on drop offs via email as the date approaches):

8/21/2020 - 4-6pm
8/24/2020 - 4-6pm

Please do not drop off donated or purchased items until the designated drop off times. There is not currently space to store the items until the modular units are ready.
Task Force Reopening Update - Aug 11
Below is information from the August 11th email update. All previous school updates can be found on the St. Brigid School Page. Click Here.

Dear Parents,

I am happy to announce that all of our teachers were back in the school building today! We began our professional development focused on Catholic Identity. Over the next few weeks, we will continue professional development days, working on things such as curriculum, instruction, assessment, online programming, and health & safety procedures.

Last week I promised an FAQ on the topic of Infection and Cleaning Protocols, however we have decided to compile all of our FAQ topics into a Family Guidebook. The Family Guidebook will be shared the week of August 17th. It will include information from the following categories: Health & Safety, Infection Protocols, and Academics & Programming.

Along with sharing the Family Guidebook the week of August 17th, we also hope to provide information about emergency card procedures, along with an update on the week of Staggered Start and PAD Day.

I did want to share some information about air quality in the school building and Hendricks Hall, as this is another area we know is important. Each classroom has its own circulation system. These are all tied to a unit which is pouring constant outside air into the building. Also, our new gymnasium unit brings in 100% fresh air. None of it is circulating air. It is constantly pulling air into the area of the gym, the cafe and the hallways nearby. As for Hendricks Hall, the spaces being used as classrooms are supplied with individual units. They are set up to pull fresh air in and bad air out. Also, air can be circulated in and out even if the units are not calling for heating or cooling. Finally, we will also be changing filters in the school building and Hendricks Hall more frequently.

As you can see, our task force and our teachers have continued to work diligently to be ready for the opening of school. We can’t wait for the students to arrive! Be on the lookout for more information from the Family Guidebook, along with information about emergency cards, the week of Staggered Start, and PAD Day.

Thank you for your confidence in our task force as we plan our 25th year of learning at Saint Brigid of Kildare School. We will continue to communicate regularly and in more detail as our plans continue to develop. Msgr. Hendricks and the school staff are committed to hold true to the mission of the Church to fully support families in caring for their children and in educating them in the Catholic faith while providing academic excellence and social and emotional support.

Please continue to pray for our school community and for each other.

Kathy O'Reilly
School Supply List
The window to purchase school supplies through EduKit has passed. Parents can find the school supply list on the St. Brigid school webpage under the Reopening Safely Tab. The link to the supply list is also included below.
First Communions Celebrated Through Septembr 20
We will be celebrating First Communions at weekend Masses through September 20, 2020. You can share in this joyous occasion by watching the livestream Mass through our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Please pray for these children as they come to receive Jesus.

See the link below to take you to the Youtube channel.
Protecting God's Children Zoom Session
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering a Protecting God's Children (PGC) training session via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19th. Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and instructions.

Click on First-Time Registrant, View list of sessions, Columbus, OH - Diocese to see the current offerings. This Zoom session is listed at St. Matthew's in Gahanna and is open to St. Brigid parishioners.

Full details about the Safe Environment program for volunteering with children and youth in our parish can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Refund Policy 20-21
Saint Brigid of Kildare School will be prepared to educate your children for the 2020-21 school year.  Given that families may need flexibility during this uncertain time we are offering assistance with deferring payments until September 1st (if needed).  If you find that your family needs to withdraw, please contact the school office so that we can understand your concerns. If finances are an issue, we may have additional resources available. We want to work with you to continue offering the gift of Catholic education to your child(ren). If you absolutely are not able to make tuition payments we would like to extend a more flexible COVID withdrawal policy
We offer our school families the following options:

If Saint Brigid School is restricted from offering a typical school schedule on campus full-day, families may withdraw without penalty any time prior to August 15th and will be refunded any tuition paid less the $150 tuition deposit (paid by new families). Families who withdraw after school starts will forfeit 1/10th of annual school tuition for every month the student is enrolled.

If Saint Brigid School is able to offer a typical school schedule on campus, families may withdraw without penalty any time prior to August 1 and will be refunded any tuition paid less the $150 tuition deposit (paid by new families). Families who withdraw after August 1 will forfeit 1/10th of annual school tuition for every month the student is enrolled.
We are also able to offer flexibility at this time with several different tuition payment plan options. If it is helpful for your family’s financial planning, you may choose to delay your first payment until September. You may choose the following:
  • Full payment in September
  • Semi-annual payments in September and February
  • Quarterly payments in September, December, March and June
  • 10 monthly payments starting in September
Pre-Registration for Fall Sports
We know that this year is unique, and so we are trying to be as prepared as possible for the upcoming fall season.  Right now, St. Brigid is waiting on confirmation from the Diocese that there will be fall activities for Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Football.  St. Brigid Athletic Association is currently waiting for those confirmations before we ask people to register and pay - we hope to have a decision yet here in the next few weeks before the traditional August 1 start date.

In the meantime, we would like to start to plan out the amount of participants, and try to get some communication with each sports commissioner, coaches, and families. It's important to know how many kids would be planning on participating so that we can also make sure that we have the proper coaches and ability to support those teams.

If you could register each of your children that plan to participate in a fall sport, please let us know by completing this registration. After we get the approval from the Diocese that there will be a fall season, we will ask that you complete the official registration with player/parent consent and with registration fees.

It would really help us out with planning if you could do this ASAP!

Please note - Golf and Tennis are club sports, and have been already given approval for their participation, so no need to pre-register if you are doing one of those activities.
Volunteers Needed: New Family Welcome Committee

Are you available to help welcome our new school families into the community? Please complete the Google Survey below if you are interested in being a mentor for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Leah McCoy at leah.mccoy@gmail.com for more information.