August 5, 2020
Fun activities at Camp Wolfhound. See more pictures in the link below.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

We have many important items to share today in the Wolfhound Wednesday. Today we are asking any K - 4 families with a school Chromebook to return them to school this evening.  Please make sure you take a few minutes to read a letter from Adam Dufault, our Diocesan Superintendent. Also, I would like to ask you to participate in a short survey which will be instrumental in planning for our arrival and departure procedures for the coming school year. Finally, two of our Saint Brigid graduates (Abbey and Brian Zetzer) are sharing their talents with us by making student friendly videos to help our students prepare for changes ahead for the new school year. Please share these creative and fun videos with your children.

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


Kathy O’Reilly

P.S. Allie Wing returns next week. If you have any submissions for the Wolfhound Wednesday, please email her at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org .
Transportation Survey
As part of our reopening plan, we are working to redesign our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures to encourage social distancing. We will be changing the traffic pattern and using more entry and exit doors. In order to plan effectively, please fill out the following 15-second survey.  Please complete this survey by Thursday August 6 at 3pm.  Your help is greatly appreciated!
Chromebook Return Today
During March and April we distributed additional chromebooks to students in grades K - 4. We are needing to collect these chromebooks at this time to properly prepare them for permanent distribution for the 2020-21 school year.

ALL 2019-20 STUDENTS K - 4 who borrowed a school chromebook in the Spring, please plan on returning them TODAY from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The drop off will take place at the GYM entrance. Please make sure that the chromebook is labeled with the student name , 2019-2020 grade and homeroom teacher name.
Back to School Video Update
Lights! Cameras! Action! The Saint Brigid of Kildare COVID-19 video production team has been busy filming a series of short films to help parents and students picture what school will be like when we all return to school. The first two videos are launching today, and although we couldn't have a fancy premier in New York City or London, we are still excited to share these with you.

Special thanks to:
  • Brian Zetzer: Class of 2018, videographer and editor
  • Abbey Zetzer: Class of 2016, actress in a lead role
  • Mrs. Colleen Zetzer: actress in a lead role and writer
  • Mrs. Karen DeLucia: actress in a supporting role; props and set design

We will share more short films next week!
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 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. 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
Below is information from the August 4th email update. All previous school updates can be found on the St. Brigid School Page. Click Here.

Our Task Force knows that parents have many questions about the reopening of school. Today we are going to offer an outline of several of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ). This FAQ series will continue over the next few weeks. The FAQ will cover three general areas:  

  • Health and Safety
  • Infection Protocols and Cleaning
  • Academics and Programming 

This week we will be addressing the most frequently asked questions regarding health and safety.


Q: What does “reopening our schools” really mean? 

A: Gathering as a school community is an integral part of Catholic education. Our plan is to reopen our school to students this fall. This means that all students are welcome to return to classes for in-person instruction five days a week. Our plan addresses numerous aspects of the reopening process, and how our school will function once reopened. Families who choose not to have their children return to school in person will have a HOME (remote) learning option. 

Q: Will students be safe when school is reopened?
A: Safety is always our top priority in Catholic education. In constructing this plan, we have closely studied guidance from federal, state and medical authorities and have determined that we can implement the requirements.  

Q: Who decides when a school has met the requirements to reopen?

A: Our plan includes specific requirements that schools must meet in order to reopen. Schools must complete a plan and submit it to the diocese for review. The diocese will give feedback as necessary. Our school must also follow any mandated orders from the State of Ohio or Health Department. Peggy Iannarino, school nurse, attends the weekly meeting for school nurses with the Franklin County Department of Health. Mrs. Iannarino is able to monitor our situation and receive guidance from the Health Department.   

Q: Will students need to wear face coverings at school? 

A: Yes. All individuals above the age of three will be required to wear face coverings while at school, with certain exceptions. Face coverings may be removed for brief periods of time under certain circumstances (such as during a mask break when a student is seated at their individual assigned desk, six feet apart from others, and during lunch). When face coverings are removed, students/adults must remain at least six feet apart. 

Q: Do I need to purchase face coverings for my child? 

A: Yes. Parents must send their children to school with face coverings. Face coverings should be cleaned after each use and parents should send an extra one or two face coverings to school in case there needs to be a change during the day. No requirements for colors. Please make sure designs are school appropriate.  

Q: Will teachers teach children how to use face coverings?

A: Yes. We know that students (especially young children) will need training to learn how to properly wear face coverings. We will spend time at the beginning of the year helping children learn how to safely keep face coverings in place. We encourage parents and families to spend time prior to the start of school, working with your children on wearing a face covering for longer periods of time.

Q: Will students be required to physically distance at school?

A: Our plan calls for each student to be part of a group of students called a “pod.” When students are with their pod, they will strive to remain 6 feet apart. Homeroom teachers are also part of the pod and can walk around their classroom to monitor student classwork. Special area teachers and specialized subject area teachers will also be considered a part of the pod while presenting their instruction/lessons. We believe the pod model provides for better containment should there be a positive case of COVID-19. 

Q: Will students have any additional layers of protection such as plexiglass shields?

A: We have purchased an individual clear plastic shield or “sneeze guard” for each student to keep on his/her desk. This will provide yet another layer of protection, especially during a mask break: for example at lunch. 

Q: Will students be required to stay in their pod all day?

A: We have purchased two large tents (30 X 40) that will be available for outdoor learning spaces. Pods will be encouraged to take turns in sharing these spaces to allow for an alternate learning experience. Physical education classes will take place in the gym. Outdoor recess will be available weather permitting. Our teachers will also be providing short brain breaks (movement breaks) and wellness breaks throughout the day.  

Q: Will parents/families be required to take their child’s temperature every day before coming to school? 

A: Yes. A fever is a key symptom of COVID-19. Parents will be required to take their child’s temperature every day before sending their child to school. If your child has had a fever of over 100.0°F within the last 24 hours, your child should be kept home from school. You should contact your child’s doctor and the school’s main office. Similarly, you should ask your child if he/she has any of the other symptoms of COVID-19, such as a headache, sore throat, congestion/ cough, stomach ache or nausea. If your child complains of these symptoms, you should keep him/her home and contact your doctor and the school office.
Q: How will drop-off and pick-up at school be handled? 

A: We are carefully evaluating drop-off and pick-up procedures. We will use various entrances and exits to minimize contact between student pods. We will communicate exact procedures once they are fully developed.  

Q: What does the plan require regarding safety and cleaning of school buildings? 

A: Our plan includes specific requirements for the ongoing cleaning and sanitizing of all school/parish buildings. Buildings will be cleaned frequently, focusing on high traffic areas and common surfaces. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in main office areas. Our plan includes instructions for managing and cleaning shared areas such as hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias and bathrooms. 

Q: How will lunch take place when school reopens? 

A: Schools must think differently about lunchtime. Our students will eat in their pods. The cafeteria staff will prepare individually packaged lunches available for purchase and deliver them to students. A menu will be provided.  

Q: What about recess?

A: Pods will participate in outdoor recess weather permitting and will follow safety requirements. For example, pods must be physically distant from each other. Depending on the activity, face coverings may be removed if students stay at least six feet apart. The Task Force is currently developing a plan for providing a safe environment with choices for students and a process for sanitizing and cleaning toys, playground equipment, etc. 

Q: Can parents/family members come into the schools to drop off and/or pick up their child?

A: Parents will not be able to enter the building for drop-off or pick-up. Staff will supervise children outside the building. 

Q: Can parents/family members still volunteer at school?

A: In general, at this time we are not allowing volunteers.

Q: Will extended care (before and after care) be available this year? 

A: Yes. We are planning to offer extended care. Specific details will be released in the near future. 

Q: My child and/or another member of my household is in an at-risk group for COVID-19. Should I send my child to school?

A: The CDC has defined conditions in which certain people may be more at risk for severe illness through COVID-19. If your child or another member of your household is at-risk, we encourage you to speak to your doctor. Ultimately, you must decide whether you believe it is safe for your child to attend school. Our HOME learning option will be available for families who decide that their children will not return to school in person (see next question). 

Q: What do I do if I do not feel safe sending my child back to school? 

A: We are carefully preparing for our students’ safe return to school this fall. However, we understand that some families still may not wish to return. Some families may include individuals in at-risk groups for COVID-19, while others may feel more general concern. As such, we have developed a remote HOME learning option that will be available to any family that does not wish to return. The family will remain enrolled in the school and will continue to pay tuition. Deadline for registering for this option is August 4th in order to allow us time to plan.  

Q: Is it okay for my family to travel out of town during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: We recommend that you do not travel out of town during the current pandemic. However, if you or a member of your household travels to another country or to a state identified by the State of Ohio guidelines as having a surge in COVID-19 cases, we ask you to contact the Franklin County Health Department Hotline for guidance. https://covid-19.myfcph.org/  

Q: What happens if there is a COVID-19 surge (Purple) in Ohio for Franklin County and the state imposes more restrictions on schools?

A: If a COVID-19 surge occurs, we will work closely with state officials to determine whether we can continue in-person instruction. We are prepared to switch from in-person to remote HOME learning immediately should the governor of Ohio issue a Stay at Home order.


Next week our FAQ will address Infection and Cleaning Protocols. I hope that you find this FAQ format helpful. Please also remember to refer to our website on the “Reopening Safely Plan” page to find this information and all previous communications. 

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.  
Biking into Kindergarten!
On Wednesday and Thursday, small groups of our future kindergarten students came to Brigid's Green to meet new kindergarten friends and teachers. They began their adventure with a prayer and then listened to the story Duck On a Bike. The friends decorated their bikes with streamers, pinwheels, beads and straws. Everyone had a great time playing with friends, riding in a bike parade, eating a popsicle, and biking into kindergarten!
Camp Wolfhound Update
Camp Wolfhound enters its final week! Check out the link below for more photos of the various camps being held at St. Brigid.
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 Communion Updates
This past weekend our St. Brigid Family began celebrating First Communion during our weekend masses. We will be celebrating First Communions 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.
Matthew Kelly - Rescheduled Virtual Meet Up November 5
Dynamic Catholic has canceled the December 2nd presentation by Matthew Kelly due to COVID-19. An email was sent earlier this week to those who registered and purchased tickets for the event.

The event is now going virtual on November 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST. If you have purchased tickets, please click on the link in the box below and fill out the form to get access to the virtual event.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dynamic Catholic team at 859-980-7900 or you can email the team at info@dynamiccatholic.com.
Protecting God's Children Zoom Session
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering a Protecting God's Children (PGC) training session via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th and 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.
Summer Work Links
Below are links to opportunities available for summer work from many Saint Brigid of Kildare teachers. The grades listed are for the student's current grade level.

These links are also listed on the e-learning webpage and will remain there throughout the summer.

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.
Support SPiCE: 20-21 Volunteers Needed
The SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare thrives because of the time and talent of people like you -- without your support, these programs wouldn't be possible.

From volunteering to help with an event, chair a committee, or donate financially, any bit of help you can give to support our SPiCE program is deeply appreciated. Click the link below to learn about the many ways you can support SPiCE at St. Brigid of Kildare.

Open positions for the 20-21 school year include:
  • Corks for a Cause Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Volunteer (March 6, 2021)
  • SPiCE Board Secretary
  • SPiCE Board Fundraising Event Committee
  • SPiCE Board Communications Committee - Parent Liason
  • SPiCE Board Communications Committee - Publicity
  • SPiCE Volunteer at Large
  • SPiCE Committee - General

Use the link below to view all volunteer opportunities and sign up. Please contact Karri Brady if you have any questions at sbokspice@gmail.com or 614-596-1725.