December 18, 2019
Our choir students singing at their Lessons and Carols performance last week.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

I hope you read the email sent by Monsignor Hendricks earlier this morning. We are very excited to announce that the tuition rate will be frozen for the 2020-2021 school year. We are also very excited about a new program we've been working on for your family. Please join Monsignor Hendricks and me on Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM for a mandatory parent meeting where we will be announcing this new program and discuss the state of our Catholic school. Click here to RSVP if you have not yet.

Please make sure you read the SPICE Skillbuilding Scoop in this issue. Megan and Amanda, our school occupational therapists, share information about the importance of play and mental health. Mental health issues are on the rise nationally and in our school. This article is full of easy ideas to help make positive changes in your child’s daily life.  
As Christmas break is fast approaching I have several updates for the remainder of this week:
  • Lunch Menu reminders: 
  • Thursday - Sack lunch only due to CARE Family lunch meeting - Turkey sandwich, chips, apple slices, carrots and an oreo cookie.  
  • Friday - No salad bar available.
  • Students may dress down on Thursday - suggested to wear Christmas colors, Christmas sweaters, etc. Students in grades P-4 are invited to wear school appropriate Christmas PJ’s if they wish.  
  • There will NOT be a 9:00 am school Mass on Thursday
  • Advent Prayer Service at 12:45 pm on Friday in the Gym. All are invited.
  • Early Release on Friday at 1:30 pm
  • School resumes Monday, January 6th at 8:00 am

May your days be filled with love, peace, hope and joy this Christmas season.

As always, thank you for your support of Saint Brigid of Kildare School.

Merry Christmas!

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 5th, 6th 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.  
Registration Open for Hounds Hoopla (formerly Pizza Bingo)
Register now 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
  • Crafts
  • A special 6th-8th grade only DJ party time

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.
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Prospective Families Open House
Sunday, January 13, 3-5 PM

Please consider inviting co-workers, neighbors and friends to join our St. Brigid School community and take advantage of our Share the Good News referral program (where current families receive a $500 tuition discount for each new family you refer! Click here for details).

New family registration for the 2020-2021 school will be January 6, 2020 - January 19, 2020.

SPiCE Skillbuilding Scoop: What Has Happened to Play?
By Megan Bouscher, Occupational Therapist and Amanda Ghiloni, Occupational Therapist

Play has changed significantly over the last several years. Remember when you were young? If your mothers were anything like ours, she probably stood in your backyard and yelled down the neighborhood calling you inside for dinner and then would do it again in 3 hours for bed! As children, we were NEVER inside. So what has changed? How is it affecting our children, and how can we as parents support our children better?

What Has Changed?
In the past fifteen years, educators and professionals have made significant strides in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of children who are different learners. However, more children are being diagnosed in schools with not only learning issues but attention and emotional issues that are impacting success in the classroom. 

Mental Statistics from 2017
  • 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
  • 43% increase in ADHD
  • 37% increase in teen depression\
  • 100% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old
Spiritwear Pick Up - Update
All Spiritwear orders not picked up Sunday are ready at Premier Sports at 525 Village Park Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065

If your order was one of the new St Brigid Patch items those will not be available until the 23rd and will be delivered to your home or available to Premiere to pick up.

Any spiritwear questions, please contact Lesley Beran at  [email protected]or Katie Davis at [email protected].
Spring Sports Registration is Open
Spring Sports Registration is open - you can register at www.gowolfhounds.com - and click the 'Register Now' menu.  

  • Wolfhound Track – 4th through 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 85.00, starts in early March, finished up in early May. Contact = Dan Workman at [email protected].
  • Wolfhound Boys Baseball & Girls Softball – 4th through 8th grade boys and girls, cost = $ 160.00, starts in early March, runs thru 3rd week of May. Contact = Mike Matthews at [email protected]
  • Pre-Season Free Pitcher/Catcher Clinics for Boys Baseball & Girls Softball (4th thru 8th grade).  Will run Mid-February through early March.  Free of charge, and will be held indoor at St. Brigid Gymnasium. Contact = Mike Matthews at [email protected]  

Please note - the Registration Site that we use has a new registration form and they have also added a Service Fee of $3.00 to every order - so group all of your family registrations and order them all at 1 time to save on the service fee.  And don't forget, for Track, Baseball, and Softball - you must also register at www.dioceseregister.com for your diocese parent consent forms (1 for every participant each season, each sport).
Semester Exam Schedule - Grades 7 & 8
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!
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.