U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
February 16, 2022
After learning about the Winter Olympics, our preschoolers got to hold their own Olympic Parade through the school with flags, music, and torches.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

The students enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day with a red dress down day, party games planned by our room parents, and a delicious ice cream treat sponsored by our Annual Fund!  You can see some pictures from the day on our new school Instagram account. This week is also National Random Acts of Kindness Week so I have challenged the students to be extra kind this week!  

Next week we will have the unique opportunity to celebrate Twos-Day!  Please see the story below for details. The upcoming long weekend will provide plenty of opportunity for creativity and planning for this rare occasion. 

Please note that when positive COVID notifications are sent, we are strongly recommending that all students in the classroom with the positive case wear a mask at school for 10 days from the date of the last classroom exposure.  No child will be denied an education for failure to follow this recommendation.

Please remind your students that this Thursday is early release and time to celebrate our Blue Ribbon award once again by enjoying a Blue Ribbon T-shirt dress down day.  

Keep in mind during this week of kindness:  "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love others as yourself” - Mark 12:30-31 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kathy O’Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 5th and 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
TWOS-DAY Celebration: 2/22/22
On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, we are celebrating TWOS-DAY!

We invite your child to choose one of the following:

  • dress like a twin
  • wear two hats
  • wear two different shoes
  • wear a tutu
  • or even create a twos-day shirt

to wear to school in honor of Tuesday 2/22/22!

Get creative and have fun!
Saint Brigid of Kildare School 2022 Lenten Food Drive
As we all begin our plans for Lenten sacrifices, please join us in our Lenten Food Drive to benefit Feed the Kids Columbus. Feed the Kids Columbus is a 501c3 organization working to serve and advocate for children in Central Ohio with food insecurities. In partnership with the community, local schools, and businesses, they provide meals and snacks to fight childhood hunger.

We will collect the following items between March 2nd - March 9th.       

  • Kindergarten - fruit snacks
  • Grade One - individually packaged goldfish crackers
  • Grade Two - individually packaged chips
  • Grade Three - individually packaged veggie straws
  • Grade Four - oatmeal packets or cups
  • Grade Five - applesauce or fruit cups
  • Grade Six - easy mac and cheese cups or packets
  • Grade Seven - pasta cups (like Chef Boyardee)
  • Grade Eight - individually packaged pretzels

Thank you in advance for the Lenten sacrifice you will make to help feed needy children in our community!
Cheerleading & Basketball Wolfhounds
Last week, the St. Brigid Wolfhound cheerleaders had the opportunity to cheer for the undefeated 5th grade girls basketball team.

It was a fun game for the girls to cheer and exciting to be able to cheer on these girls!

Go Wolfhounds!
Earn Money for Our School by Submitting BoxTops!
Submitting Box Tops is getting easier and easier. Download the Box Tops App onto your phone and start scanning. You only have to scan your receipts and Box Tops dollars are directly deposited into our school account. 
Submit your receipts before March 2nd for a chance for St. Brigid to win 5,000 bonus Box Tops.
For more information and to download the Box Tops App visit:
Situational Awareness Tips
Keeping with this month’s theme of self-defense, we will briefly discuss: Transitional Spaces and Tucked Chin.

Transitional Spaces:
A Transitional Space is the space between Point A (start) and Point B (end). We have countless Transitional Spaces throughout our day. Going into and out of buildings, cars and any movement in between. We are more likely to be attacked in a Transitional Space. We let our guard down because we are thinking about what we are going to do once we get to our destination; not what we are doing right then and what is going on around us (Situational Awareness). Be vigilant during these Transitional Spaces.

Tucked Chin:
Tucking our chin to our chest can help keep us safe, even during a simple fall. Tucking our chin to our chest while falling could keep us from serious injury, including a rebound effect from falling backwards where the rear of our head strikes the ground and bounces forward. Tucking the chin during a fight prevents being choked and also being struck in a vulnerable area. If we can’t breathe, we can’t defend ourselves.

8th grade will be doing a week of self-defense this month. Hopefully, we will be able to offer this class to families after school who are interested. It is a good way to prepare or refresh parents and children especially before going to college.

Contact me at: mr.mckenna@stbrigid-school.org or 614.718.5825 ext. 276.

Stay safe.
School Tuition Assistance Application – Deadline March 15, 2022
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2022.

Please note if you applied for and accept the Oak Society grant, you are not eligible for tuition assistance as well.

To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:
  • You must be registered for the 2022-23 school year by March 15, 2022.
  • The application, tax return, and W-2 must be submitted by March 15, 2022. (No exceptions will be made for any late applications, so please apply early in case additional documentation is requested by FACTS.)
  • You must pay the online $35 application fee.
  • You need only submit one application per family.
  • Saint Brigid does not offer tuition assistance for non-Catholic families but you may be eligible for Diocesan assistance.
  • There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.
  • If 2021 taxes are not finished for submission by March 15, 2022, the 2020 tax return with 2021 W2 is acceptable.

*Please note: requirements are slightly different than years past, so please be sure to read all instructions carefully before submitting your application
Free Books for Children 0-5
The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails kids one book each month until their 5th birthday. All kids in Ohio between birth and age 5 are eligible to be enrolled in the program at no cost to their family. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and various local affiliates, this program is available at no cost to families.

Caregivers can enroll their kids at OhioImaginationLibrary.org.
News from Our Parish Community
Father/Daughter Dance - March 25
The annual St. Brigid Knights of Columbus Father/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, March 25th in Hendricks Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Registration will open at 1:00 pm on February 27th. For more information or details on how to register, please see the event website: Saintbrigidfatherdaughterdance2022.eventbrite.com

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.
Vacation Bible School 2022
June 20-24, 2022

Save the date for VBS, scheduled for June 20-24, 2022. More details will be released as they are set.

If you missed the initial planning meeting but are still interested in helping out with VBS, please contact Andrea Komenda at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Corks for a Cause: Save the Date, Volunteer Meeting
Save the date for this year's Corks for a Cause! The annual silent auction and wine tasting that benefits our parish and school's SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) program will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall. We are excited to hold the event in-person again, but will continue to offer online bidding for guests who do not attend in-person.

Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. tickets, vacation homes, gift cards, etc.) as well as any bottles of wine valued at $20 or higher for our Wine Grab! If you can donate, please contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.

We also have several sponsorship opportunities that families or businesses can take part in:

Volunteer Meeting
If you are interested in volunteering or just learning more about ways you can help out with this event, there will be a meeting held on February 22 at 11 AM in the Immke Room of Hendricks Hall.

If you can't make the meeting but would still like to help, contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track & Field) Registration Open
SBAA is happy to open up the Spring Sport Registration for 2022.  Offerings for the spring are Baseball, Softball, and Track & Field.  All three are available to boys and girls in the 4th - 8th grades that are students of St. Brigid or parishioners of St. Brigid.

Registration will be open until Friday, Feb 25th, with the first practices to start shortly thereafter.  Please register soon to not miss out on any communication around practices and forming of teams. You can Register at the link below.

Baseball & Softball:
Season will be made up of 8-10 games with a season ending tournament planned for grade 5-8. Registration fees are $160 and include your jersey & St. Brigid hat. Practices will be at Brigid's Green along with about 1/2 of the games at St. Brigid and the rest at other Diocese schools.

Track & Field:
Season will consist of 4 meets + the Diocese championship starting with April 2 until May 14.  Practices will be held at Karrer Middle School or at St. Brigid/Avery Park as needed. Registration fees for track & field are $85.
Protecting God's Children Sessions
The Diocesan Safe Environment Department will be offering Virtus Protecting God's Children sessions via Zoom 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16 at 6:00 pm via Holy Spirit Church. Registration is at www.virtus.org. All potential parent and athletic volunteers are encouranged to register before these sessions fill up. Limit is 50 participants per session. 

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, and submit a 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
News from Our Catholic High Schools
BWHS Alumni in the News
Msgr. Spiers Awards 2022
Four students have been honored with the Monsignor Spiers Service Award for the 2021-22 school year, announced as a highlight of Catholic Schools Week. Congratulations to St. Brigid alumni John Agan and Lucy Loudon!

The Monsignor Spiers Service Awards honor students who have performed outstanding service in both the school and the community. The Msgr. Spiers Awards honor individuals who have upheld his commitment to the Christian values of service and education.

John Agan
It’s obvious to see that service has played an essential role in John’s life. A talented vocalist, John has used his gift to sing at many St. Brigid Masses and Diocesan events. Amassing more than 400 hours, John has been an active volunteer with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in his home parish of St. Brigid of Kildare, and within the Bishop Watterson Theater program.

During the summer of 2020, John was integral to the success of the Little Theatre Clothing Drive.

The COVID-19 pandemic John continued to cantor for St. Brigid Virtual Masses, shoveled snow for elderly neighbors, wrote cards to nursing homes, and made sandwiches for local soup kitchens. From the time he was a freshman at Bishop Watterson, John has made it a priority to serve his community.

At Bishop Watterson, John is a Student Ambassador, and a member of Student Council, Gold Standard, the St. Joseph of Arimathea Society, Worship Band, the Paso a Paso Club, and the In the Know team as well as Secretary of the International Thespian Society.

Lucy Loudon
“For me, service is an extension of myself. If I am with someone face-to-face, or even if it’s just my voice through a screen, I can reach out to others…. Service allows me to make connections with others and the opportunity to make their day.”

Lucy has done an incredible job making those connections not just locally, but nationally as well. Starting at home, you can find Lucy making blankets to donate to Nationwide Children’s hospital. At Bishop Watterson, Lucy has found creative ways to give back to activities she is already actively involved in. Weekly, you can find Lucy volunteering with the middle school honor band and in swim season timing younger children during swim meets. At her home parish of St. Brigid, Lucy is actively involved in the parish Diaper Drives, the Christmas Giving Tree and assisting with the Sunday Social.

During summer months, you can find Lucy volunteering with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as a volunteer – cleaning animal areas, assisting zookeepers, answering guest questions, and even forging a friendship between a little girl and young goat. During the 2020 quarantine, Lucy volunteered for the Audio Information Network of Colorado where she created a weekly podcast, Animal Kingdom, for blind and visually impaired learners. The podcast focused on lessons on the environment and various animal species.
St. Charles Upcoming Events
St. Charles Charism Award Essay Scholarship Program (New)
Students will have an opportunity to write essays related to their leadership experiences and service to their community. They will also be asked to describe how they've exemplified the values of the school and our patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo. Essay writing sessions will be held on the evenings of February 15, 16, and 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the school’s Walter Student Commons. At least one student from each parish community will earn an award for participating in the essay writing competition.
To register and learn more about these scholarship opportunities, we invite you to visit the St. Charles website at stcharlesprep.org  and clicking on the Homepage’s "Admissions" menu tab.

St. Charles Drama Department to present The K of D, an urban legend
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its winter production, The K of D, an urban legend by Laura Schellhardt. The K of D will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 24, 25, & 26 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre. Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by visiting the St. Charles website homepage at www.scprep.org – Buy Tickets button. (Tickets will not be sold at the door). The K of D, an urban legend is a summertime ghost story about lonely girl with a lethal skill. Our cast brings an entire town to life in this delightfully mysterious show, featuring a luminous script by Laura Schellhardt.   
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.