December 11, 2019
We celebrated St. Nick's feast day on Friday with a visit from St. Nick on horseback! Click here to see more photos from our festivities.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This week we will celebrate the second week of Advent with our beautiful Lessons and Carols concert on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Thank you to our 5th - 8th grade choir students for sharing their gifts of musical talent with our community. Our select choir was also invited to perform last evening at the Muirfield Village Country Club to spread Advent and Christmas joy in our local community. Our wonderful band students performed at the annual Christmas band concert at Watterson High School last week and well represented our amazing school band program. We can be proud and thankful for our young people and their leaders for sharing their musical talents bringing joy to so many!  

All are invited to attend the parish Taize prayer service on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 pm. I hope that you will come with your children to this one-hour prayer service held in the church. The church is transformed for this service with lighting and candles creating a welcoming and meditative environment. Please come as a family and spend a restful and prayerful hour in the presence of the Lord with our parish family. 

Keep in mind next week on Friday, December 20th we will end the day with a prayer service in the gym at 12:45 pm followed by early release at 1:30 pm. Please join us if your schedule allows.

Planning ahead to February, please “Save the Date” of February 23, 2020 for a special Sunday CARE family Mass at 12:15 pm followed by a social and service event. More details to come in January.
May the blessings of Advent be yours,

Kathy O'Reilly

P.S. Salad Bar will not be available in the cafeteria next week on December 19th and 20th.
Photo Newsletters: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Crucial Conversations presents: The Culture of Safety
During the winter and spring of 2020, Bruce McKenna, campus safety and security, will be leading small group discussions on various topics related to community, family, and personal safety.

The small group meetings will be 30-minute presentations, followed by Q&A and discussion. You are welcome to stay for as long as you are able. Coffee will be provided, snacks and food are welcome. Meetings will be held in the church loft (Deacon’s Room).

January Meeting - How We're Keeping Your Kids Safe:
Learn about the safety principles and changes made here at St. Brigid, tactics for maintaining a safe and alert campus, and skills that can be applied to any workplace or public environment.

Meeting Dates:
  • Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 AM
  • Thursday, January 16, 9:45 AM
  • Wednesday, January 22, 12 noon
  • Wednesday, January 22, 7 PM

February Meeting:
Social Media, Cyber Bullying and Predator Grooming

March Meeting:
Active Threats - Safety in Community and Public Settings

Additional details about the February and March meetings will be released in January.  
Save the Date for Hounds Hoopla (formerly Pizza Bingo)
Save the date for Friday, January 24 from 6-8:30 for Hounds Hoopla!

This is a great family event at Saint Brigid of Kildare School! There will be many new items this year, including:
  • A DJ
  • A magician
  • Integrity gymnastics
  • Frozen character visits

Along with many of the previous activities, including pizza and bingo of course!

Watch for registration and volunteer information coming in the next few weeks.

Donations Needed:
Keep in mind over Christmas break that we will be collecting prize donations of all kinds (toys, gift cards, etc.) We will begin this collection in the office soon.
Educational Apparel Holiday Sale
Educational Apparel's holiday sale is now - December 20, 2019.

20% off entire store and free shipping on orders over $100.
Update: Spiritwear Order Pick Up
Merry Christmas! If you ordered Spiritwear during the last sale, pickup will be December 15 after the 9 AM and 10:45 AM Masses during the Sunday Social. 

Anything not picked up that Sunday will have to be picked up at the Premiere Sports store in Powell during store hours. 

If you ordered items that have the new St. Brigid patch, there is a slight delay on those items. There was a quality issue with the patches so those are being remade. Quality comes first! You will receive an email from Crystal Northup at Morganheimer regarding pick up or delivery options for those items. If you have questions or concerns feel free to text or call her at 614-256-2143. She sends apologies for the delay. Any other spiritwear questions, please contact Lesley Beran at lesley.beran@gmail.com or Katie Davis at katherinedavis8@gmail.com.
Semester Exam Schedule - Grades 7 & 8
Save the Date - Father/Daughter Dance
The annual St. Brigid Knights of Columbus Father/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, February 7th, 2020 in Hendricks Hall from 6:30 to 9:30pm. 

Registration will open at noon on Sunday, December 15th.
For more information or details on how to register, please see the event website here.

Cost is $25/person and includes dinner, snacks, crafts, entertainment, and more. Space is limited, so please register early. Email family@stbrigidkofc.org if you have any questions.
Columbus Catholic Women's Conference
Give Yourself the Gift of Time with Jesus and Your Sisters in Christ!

Give yourself the gift of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Come to pray, learn and rest with your sisters in Christ from around the diocese. Register now for early bird pricing at the link below. Don't miss this day of amazing grace!
Help Earn Rewards for St. Brigid this Christmas Season!
Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and use it every time you shop to help our school!

  1. Sign in to www.gianteagle.com or create a new account.
  2. Register/link your Giant Eagle Advantage Card online.
  3. Under your account, click on Apples for the Students.
  4. Type in 4423 or St. Brigid of Kildare School.
  5. Select and save.
Register your Kroger Plus Card and use it every time you shop to help our school!

  1. Sign in to www.krogercommunityrewards.com or create a new account.
  2. Click “I am a customer” then sign in with your account or create a new account.
  3. Search St. Brigid of Kildare or type in 82139. Select and save.

With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% to the charity of your choice.  

  1. To set St. Brigid of Kildare School as your preferred charity, visit smile.amazon.com and search for St. Brigid of Kildare.  
  2. Save smile.amazon.com to your desktop favorites OR add a shortcut  to your phone’s home screen. 
  3. Remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop on Amazon! 
Pope Francis 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood
Pray for our Holy Father on the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Friday, December
13. We thank him for his many years of faithful service to the Church and for his witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father of mercy,
we come before you with gratitude
for the fifty years of priesthood of Pope Francis,
whom you have made Peter’s successor.
Support him with the Spirit’s gifts,
so that he can continue to preach the Gospel with priestly zeal
and lead the Church with wisdom and strength and courage.
May his example of long and faithful service
be an inspiration to your priests and to all your faithful.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Advent Family Prayer
Dear God, thank you for giving us
these four weeks to prepare to celebrate
the birth of your Son.

We are so thankful for all the people
that help us along this path we're traveling
to welcome Jesus.

God, bless our family and prepare our home
and hearts to welcome your Son,
Jesus Christ, into the world.

Gifts of Gratitude
Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Will my family be recognized for participating?
Yes — the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this program. You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking “G.O.G” inside your Christmas card.

How much do I give?
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child once a year, however any given amount is graciously accepted!

Can't remember if you already contributed?
No worries -- just contact Amy Creekmur (amycreekmur@gmail.com) or Nancy Davis (tdnd1234@aol.com) and they will let you know!