August 26, 2020
Thank you Home & School for the warm welcome back to our teachers and staff over the last weeks!
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Thank you for participating in our first virtual Parent Administration Day! Please see the directions below if you still need to access your “back to school” forms and access to your student’s class assignment.  Meet The Teacher will take place on Thursday via video. We will be emailing parents a link to all Meet the Teacher videos to show to your children at your family's convenience.

Our Task Force would like to offer an opportunity for you to bring your own lunch and “Meet The Task Force”. They will be happy to answer any last minute questions that have not already been addressed. In order to run the meeting efficiently with a potentially large group, please submit questions to Jill Carfagna at [email protected] by Friday 9:00 am so that we may ensure that we address these during the virtual meeting. Below is the Zoom meeting link that you will need for the Friday meeting. It can also be found on our website calendar.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 858 9379 5786
Passcode: 9z2zzp
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,85893795786#,,,,,,0#,,486710# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,85893795786#,,,,,,0#,,486710# US 

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 a community promise to be sure we are healthy and ready to open our school safely.
Kathy O’Reilly
Important Digital Academy Steps to Complete by Friday
All parents should have received a login to Digital Academy on Monday. If you did not, please first check your spam or promotions folder, and if it is not there please contact Megan Wachalec at [email protected] or 614-718-5825.

IMPORTANT: Please complete the following steps in Digital Academy by this Friday, August 28.

STEP 1: Login to Digital Academy
(a password change will be required upon login)
STEP 2: Complete forms for your child/children
(click link in red banner at top of screen)
STEP 3: Review and update your profile information
(including name, email, address and phone)
Arrival and Dismissal Videos
Today we have our 4th video in our back to school video series. This week our videos explain our new arrival and dismissal procedures. Thank you again to Brian Zetzer for creating these videos.

Bagpiper & Photo Opportunities
On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next week, children will be greeted with our traditional welcome back bagpipe music. There will be a life size cardboard cut out of the bagpiper.

Family photo opportunities will be available Monday - Friday, August 31st through September 4th, from 3:30-7:00. While waiting your turn, please adhere to the 6 feet physical distancing policy. Please, refrain from taking photos in the morning upon arrival or at dismissal.
Bus Assignment Information
Olentangy Families:
Bus assignment information is now available via the Olentangy Transportation Office. Please contact them for your bus assignment at 740-657-4080.

Dublin Families:
You should be contacted soon by the Dublin Transportation Office. If you have questions, please contact them at 614-764-5926.

Hilliard Families:
You should be contacted soon by the Hilliard Transportation Office. If you have questions, please contact them at 614-921-4700.
Air Purifiers Purchased - Thank You Donors!
We would like to thank the generous families that donated to provide 27 large unit air purifiers that clean 840 SF of air every 30 minutes, and 12 smaller units that clean 500 SF every 30 minutes. These units are medical grade HEPA-13, which clean air much better than regular HEPA filters. These families’ support allows us to provide the highest level of protection for our children as they return to school. We are committed to providing the safest environment for our students -- their health is our top priority. Thank you for your commitment to our children.
Lunch Calendar
The lunch calendar for August and September is available to view on our website here. Please note there is a google calendar option and a printable PDF option for viewing.

2020-2021 Salad Bar Info:
Students will have the option to purchase pre-packaged salads.
Option 1: Chef Salad – romaine lettuce, cheese, ham, turkey, egg, cucumber, tomato, croutons
Option 2: Ceasar Salad – romaine lettuce, chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons
Salad bar will also include the fruit that is being served for hot lunches that day, bagel and/or crackers, milk and water.
Chocolate, white milk or a 10 oz bottled water is also included with salad bar. Additional milk can be purchased for $0.50 and water for $0.25.

Had a change in income?
Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Please contact the cafeteria or school office for an application. All information is kept confidential.
Toy Donations Needed for Kindergarten
As we have added an additional kindergarten classroom, below is a list of plastic toys we are looking to add. If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off at the table inside the front door between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. this week or by next Monday, August 31. If special arrangements are needed please contact [email protected]

  • Magna tiles
  • Legos-small or large
  • Kinnex
  • Bristle Blocks
  • Small Plastic Zoo Animals- approximately 1 inch - 6 inches
  • Matchbox cars
  • Straws and connectors
  • Little people dolls or small plastic dolls for a dollhouse
  • Plastic gears
Prescription Drug Take Back
The City of Dublin and Dublin Police are committed to working to end the opiate crisis in Central Ohio and around the nation. These events provide a free, safe way for community members to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 When and Where:
August 29
October 24
December 19

Dublin Justice Center
6565 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, Ohio

You can learn more about upcoming prescription drug take-back events: www.dublinohiousa.gov/police
Protecting God's Children Zoom Sessions - New Dates Added
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via Zoom (the schools listed are hosting the Zoom meetings):
  • Wednesday, September 9th (via St. Francis DeSales HS)
  • Monday, September 14 (via St. Joseph's Montessori)

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 sessions are listed as the schools hosting, and are 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 [email protected].
Fall Updates from St. Brigid Athletics Association
Diocesan flag and tackle football has been postponed until the spring season but in addition to cross country and volleyball, baseball will now be offered this fall.  See below details:

Boys Baseball
When: Practices start late August, games mid-September - October
Who: 4th - 8th Grade boys that are St. Brigid students or parishioners.
   Note: To limit the risk of spreading the virus, at this time we cannot take boys that are not St. Brigid students or parishioners.
Registration fee: $160

You should have already registered for the team (if not, please do so), but we also now will need to process your "Cross-Country Payment" - please sign-up for this on the site and we can complete things now that the season has been given an approval to begin.

You should have already registered for the team (if not, please do so), but we also now will need to process your "Volleyball Payment" - please sign-up for this on the site and we can complete things now that the season has been given an approval to begin.

Don't forget your Spring Refund Coupons!!!
Those of you that had your Spring Athletics registration fees refunded in the form of coupons, please don't forget to use those for the fall.  If you have problems with the coupon or can't find that email, please email [email protected] for assistance.
PE Uniform FAQ
Task Force Reopening Update - Aug 25
Below is information from the August 25th email update. All previous school updates can be found on the St. Brigid School Page. Click Here.

Dear Parents,

We are quickly approaching the first week of the new school year! Today our teachers and support staff are attending a 3 hour training with Sarah Buffie on the topic of trauma informed care. The focus of this training is to help our teachers and staff better understand how trauma affects the brain and body and teach effective approaches for developing resilience in our children. We feel strongly that we want our teachers and staff to be well prepared to help support our children emotionally and socially as they return to school both physically and digitally.

Yesterday we sent out an email from Digital Academy asking parents to establish an account, access the “back to school” forms and student’s pod placements. If you did not receive this email, please contact Megan Wachalec at [email protected]

I do have one change to announce to our teaching staff. Mrs. Hardin will have an 8th grade pod this year and Mrs. Maschari will have a 7th grade pod. This change is now reflected on the updated pod maps that are located on the website.

On Friday at noon we are going to host a virtual Lunch and Meet…..”Meet the Task Force”. While we are hoping that the Family Guidebook will have the answers to most of your questions, we know you may still have some last minute questions. The Zoom meeting link will be available in the Wolfhound Wednesday and on the Reopening Safely tab on our website. The Family Guidebook can also be found on our website under the Reopening Safely tab.

In closing, I would like to share with you my video message as we begin our final preparations for the new school year.

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

Thank you,
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.
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 [email protected] for more information.