December 2, 2020
The eighth grade students recently completed learning about the Bill of Rights and engaged in a series of different court cases related to the Bill of Rights.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This past Sunday we began a new liturgical year with the beginning of Advent. These four weeks are a special time of prayer and preparation. Advent is a time to ready our hearts and souls to celebrate the birthday of the Messiah. One way to spend time in prayer and preparation as a family is to light a family Advent wreath each evening before dinner. As a school community we start each school day by praying and lighting a candle on the school Advent wreath. Last week our students brought home a booklet that can be used by your families to help guide your observance of Advent. Additionally, the parish has many virtual prayer services during the next four weeks. Please refer to the “Celebrating Advent and Christmas” book that you received in the mail at your home.  

Our Home and School has been busy planning several fun activities for our students and staff during the month of December. This coming Friday, our volunteer parents will help us to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. This December 6th Feast Day provides a teachable moment to share the story of St. Nicholas, who is known for generosity and secretly gifting those in need. We will be on the lookout to see if St. Nicholas will stop by our school on his horse, and with the assistance of our Home and School deliver candy canes for all of our students!

Next week our volunteers are planning a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” event. Our students and staff will all be invited to wear school appropriate pajamas to school on Thursday, December 10th!!! There will also be a Christmas movie and popcorn treat! 

Since we were blessed with our first beautiful snowfall on December 1st this brings to mind snow days. Many have asked about snow days this year…..will they take place or will we turn to remote learning? We will take the opportunity for a traditional snow day if it comes our way. I am thinking this is one thing we can just do as normal! However, if for some reason we would have a multiple day closure for weather or heating/plumbing issues we may revert to remote learning for some of the days. Additionally, if we would happen to be already in a full remote learning mode due to a COVID closure, we would not take snow days since travel is not an issue. Please see the story below with more details regarding logistics.  

This week our 2nd graders will be celebrating a very special event in the development of their faith life. On December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd our 2nd grade students with the support of their parents will take turns making their First Reconciliation. Please keep our children in your prayers.

In closing, you will be receiving our virtual State of the School update via email on Thursday.  Please take time to review and to listen to Monsignor Hendricks' video presentation. We will also be announcing our first scholarship recipients in our new Oak Society program.  

Advent Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 7th & 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Calling Student Christmas Musicians
Students - Do you love Christmas Music? Do you miss singing in Music class or playing your instrument in band? Well, do we have a cool opportunity for YOU!

Mrs. Lombardo, Ms. Bensonhaver, and Mr. Graham are looking for students in all grades who will record just a tiny, 45-second clip of themselves singing OR PLAYING specific Christmas songs. We will then edit the videos together to create a virtual Christmas prayer service that the school will get to watch on December 18th!

  • We are asking Grades K-2 to sing “We Three Kings” 
  • Grades 3-4 will sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” 
  • Grades 5-6 will sing “Angels We Have Heard on High” 
  • and Grades 7-8 will sing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” 

Please view the document below for more details, including lyrics and piano/vocal recordings that students can listen to with earbuds while recording. Please forward any questions to Mr. Graham or Ms. Bensonhaver.

Video clips are due by Monday, December 7th!
Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times
Crucial Conversations will be hosting an upcoming Zoom parenting workshop series called Surviving in Trying Times.

Anyone else feel like they are in survival mode these days? Do you ever have full, happy days where you forget the chaos of the outside (or inside) world? Either way, we are all in the thick of it and one thing that makes it tougher is trying to do it all alone. So, let’s not try to do it alone. In this series we will be inviting families to come together in a supportive learning environment in order to engage with one another and with practices that help us not just survive in trying times, but thrive. We all have the capacity to cultivate safer relationships with ourselves and others. The key is practice. And practicing within the context of community makes it that much sweeter.

Please join us via this Zoom link on the following dates:
  • Thursday, January 7, 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 PM

Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting will be providing a series of parenting workshops via Zoom for our St. Brigid of Kildare community. Sarah recently worked with our St. Brigid of Kildare School teachers and staff to learn about trauma-informed care and how to apply empathy as it relates to our students' lives and learning. Sarah's trainings disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma and systems of oppression.

These workshops will include small group discussion and will build on each other (so it's beneficial to attend them all, but not required).

Meeting ID: 317 446 1533  
Weather Closings Reminder
Please keep in mind that for closures or delays we always follow Dublin City Schools. When the TV or radio announces Columbus Catholic Schools, they are referring to the Catholic schools that are in the Columbus City Schools boundaries. In addition we also use the directory information in Digital Academy to send out emails and text messages notifying parents about closures and delays. Please make sure your contact information in Digital Academy is always current. Please remember we will not be using a phone call system this year -- so look for a text message and email instead of a phone call.

A reminder that if St. Brigid and Dublin Schools are open and your district of residence (Olentangy, Hilliard, etc) is closed, you are then responsible for your child's school transportation that day. Safety is always at the forefront of these decisions.   If a district is on a 2-hour delay, the bus will also be on a 2-hour delay unless the district chooses to cancel.
School [VIRTUAL] Open House for Prospective Families
spread the word to friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool or School next year!

Sunday, January 10, 2021
1 PM: Preschool session
2 PM: K-8 session

At our Virtual Open House, you will hear from preschool, kindergarten and 1st – 8th grade teachers as well as have a chance to ask questions about our school. We hope to “see” you there! With God We Can!

Click below to RSVP. A Zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the Open House.
Switching to HOME Learning Option
Families wishing to consider having their child(ren) become a new consistent HOME Learner will be making the commitment from January 4th to March 19th. HOME Learners are asked to commit to this time period in order to provide consistency for your learner and for the teachers involved. If you are interested in switching to HOME Learning for this time period, we ask that you prayerfully fill out the form at this link no later than December 17th.
Fall 2020 SBAA Wolfhounds Recap
Congrats on a great season to all of our fall 2020 SBAA Wolfhound athletes!

Cross County:  The wolfhound cross country program had over 60 runners this fall, including two 8th graders -- Amber Regan (on the left) and Jillian Smith (on the right). Both of these 8th graders had a great season, consistently improving their times!

Girls Tennis:  The St. Brigid girls tennis team had a great season this fall! The girls played 14 matches and won over half of them.  The 8th grade girls on the tennis team included Jacklyn Kuehl, Molly Nollenberger, and Marin Lynch.

Golf:  The St. Brigid golf team had seven St. Brigid 8th graders on this past season’s team. The team won the 2020 Diocesan Championship this fall! 8th Graders on the team included Vincent Colombo, Jacklyn Kuehl, Zach Radtke, Kyle Allen Camdyn Price, Chet Woodruff and Lou McKinney.

Volleyball: The volleyball program had over 60 players on 6 different wolfhound teams. Two of those teams won diocesan championship trophies, including this year's 8th grade team! This year's 8th grade varsity volleyball team was completely undefeated 9-0 with losing zero sets to any opponent. The team was presented the Eagle league Trophy and individual medals by CDR Marty Raines.
(Players L-R)
1st row: Makenna Glenn, Meredith McAdow, Bryn McClain, Jacklyn Kuehl, Emma Cloran
2nd row: Clare Feehan, Macie Moreland, Chloe Moreland, Jessie Musselman.

Baseball: The baseball program had over 60 players registered and had a team for each grade, 4th through 8th. Three of the teams won diocesan championship trophies, including this year’s 8th grade team! This year's 8th grade varsity baseball team finished their season with an 8-1 record, were the Diocesan Varsity Baseball league champions, and received the Varsity Fall League trophy.
(Players L-R)
1st row (kneeling): Ryan Mooney, Sam Berry, Kyle Allen, Michael Tobias, and Clare Feehan.
2nd row (standing): Griffin Steinbrunner, Marcus Dixon, Teddy Long, Andy Matthews, and Colin Hare (not shown = Noah Lawler)
Home & School Zoom - Dec 2
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place today, Wednesday, December 2 at 10 AM via Zoom.

Click the Zoom link below to join:
Advent By Candlelight
PEACE be with you this Advent season!

Advent By Candlelight is offering a reflection and a variety of virtual retreats, prayers and seasonal inspirational music to help you experience the peace and hopeful expectation of Advent.

Carve out a morning, afternoon, or evening time for yourself once a day or once a week to slow down, focus on the season, and prepare your heart and mind for the birth of your Savior and Prince of Peace!

Christmas Mass Reservations Required
Reservations will be required to attend a Mass on Christmas Eve (6:30 PM and 9:00 PM), Christmas Day (9 AM and 11 AM), and January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (11 AM). To accommodate as many as possible, we will also be livestreaming some of these Masses in Hendricks Hall and in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. These locations also require reservations.

Mass reservations can be made on our website until Friday, December 18 at noon. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the “Advent & Christmas” link in the top black bar. You will be able to select the location (church, Hendricks Hall or gymnasium) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.

All Masses will be livestreamed at youtube.com/stbrigidofkildarechurch, including the Christmas Eve 4 PM livestream-only Mass. Please consider this option for celebrating the Nativity of the Lord safely at home. We will also be holding Masses every day during the Octave of Christmas, Dec 26 - Dec 31. Please also consider attending one of these Masses instead of a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Mass.
Knights of Columbus Family Rosary
The St. Brigid Knights of Columbus would like to invite all families of the parish to join us for a virtual Rosary on Monday, December 7th from 7:00PM to 7:30PM.  This event will provide us an opportunity to celebrate the Advent season as a community while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Don’t worry if you are new to or unfamiliar with the Rosary, all prayers will be shared electronically for convenience and ease of following along. Please use the link below and credentials to sign in:

Meeting ID: 870 5078 3647
Passcode: rosary

For additional questions please email family@stbrigidkofc.org.
BWHS Virtual Open House
Bishop Watterson’s traditional fall open house has gone virtual for 2020 and all are invited! Our Virtual Open House, available 24/7, offers an opportunity to hear from Deacon Chris Campbell, our principal, and learn about topics such as school counseling, college counseling, campus ministry, athletics, performing arts, service, student wellness, finance and scholarships and our Dominican Program. Don’t miss the virtual tour of our campus or the Zoom panel with current BWHS students! Start your “visit” by clicking to tell us about your potential Eagle and to be added to our communication list!
Protecting God's Children (PGC) Zoom Sessions 
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via Zoom.

  • Thursday, 12/3 at 6:00 pm at Martin de Porres Center
  • Monday, 12/14 at 6:00 pm at St. Matthews

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First-Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, chose Columbus, OH (Diocese) - to see the current offerings.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a volunteer application, signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, and submit to a criminal background check. Full details and forms can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.