U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
February 23, 2022
Enjoying our Blue Ribbon dress down day last Thursday!
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

We had a great time celebrating 2-22-22 yesterday! It was a great chance to have a little fun, express creativity, learn about palindromes, and celebrate this rare date! Check out the photos in the story below. We even took a school-wide brain break at 2:22 pm! 

This past week notification emails were sent regarding the Oak Society grants. If you did not receive a notification and you feel that you should have, please contact me. Also, the March 15th deadline for applying for Tuition Assistance is fast approaching. Details regarding this program are in the story below. Please keep in mind that if you apply and receive tuition assistance your family is not eligible for the Oak Society grants.  

Next week, Lent begins on March 2nd with Ash Wednesday. Our students will be attending the 9:00 am Mass on Wednesday. There will not be a school Mass on Thursday, March 3rd.

Kathy O’Reilly
School Calendar Outline 2022-23
First Day of School for A-K Students: Wednesday, August 24
First Day of School for L-Z Students: Thursday, August 25
*Kindergarten students will have a staggered start on Aug 24-26

No School for Students: September 5, September 30, October 31
Thanksgiving Break: November 23-25
Christmas Break: December 21 - January 3
No School for Students: January 16, February 17, February 20
Spring Break: March 13-17
Easter Break: April 6, 7, 10
No School for Students: May 29
Last Day of School: Friday, June 2, 2023
TWOS-DAY Celebration: 2/22/22
On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, we celebrated TWOS-DAY by inviting children to dress like a twin, wear two hats, wear two different shoes, wear a tutu, or create a twos-day shirt. See pictures below for the fun, creative ways we celebrated!
Project WET Grant
Last weekend, some of our teachers had the opportunity to take part in the ProjectWET training here at St. Brigid. There were 19 total educators here - five from St. Brigid and five from the Diocese as well as other teachers from around Columbus. Teachers were able to try activities from the ProjectWET curriculum to bring back to our classrooms. Topics of study included the water cycle, the transfer of pollutants, erosion, the impact of building and development on streams and waterways and other topics related to water and wetlands. 

This project is part of a grant we received from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and is an effort to bring together existing resources and create a cohesive learning module and instruct students on both core content, as well as multiple water concerns being addressed in our state as part of H2Ohio.
March, April, May Study Tables Sign Up Available
The After School Study Table program is a great opportunity for students to work on homework and studying while also having the chance to receive assistance with school work, study skills, and organization in any subject in a quiet and supportive environment. Mr. Byorth, along with other teachers, will be supervising and offering assistance during this time.

Who: 5th-8th Grade Students
When: 3-4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
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!
Yearbooks for Sale
Yearbooks are on Sale NOW thru April 1st, 2022! Don’t miss out on your chance to order your 2021-2022 school yearbook that is packed full of fun memories! Online ordering is simple and easy! Simply click on the direct link below, then fill in your information and pay by credit card. 

If there are questions regarding ordering - please call Diane at 614-873-6867 or email info@dianesphotography.com
Home & School Announcement
We would like to announce the upcoming 2022-2023 Home & School Vice Co Chairs: Venessa Lookabaugh and Ashley Jones. We are thankful for their willingness to take on this volunteer leadership role and look forward to working with them! 

If you are looking to be more involved in Home & School we have 2 open positions; New Family Welcome Committee Co-Chair and Recess Chair! We would love for you to join! Please feel free to email Jennifer Obers  (jennifer.obers@gmail.com) or Leila Ulrich (lmulrich@gmail.com) for more information.  

Jen, & Leila, Sherri & Anne
Upcoming PERC Dublin Events
PERC (Parents and Educators Raising Our Community) Dublin is hosting some upcoming community parent events:

  • February 24: “How to Keep Our Kids Safe,” presented by Nationwide Children's Family Safety and Healing Center and addressing the warning signs of persons who cross boundaries and what this looks like at various stages and ages, as well as how to respond appropriately, with steps for protecting children. 

  • March 16 and 17: “The Risky Business of Parenting” Author of "Born to Be Wild," Dr. Jess Shatkin, MD, MPH. "Born to Be Wild" is a groundbreaking, research-based book that sheds new light on why young people make dangerous choices - and offers solutions that work.
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
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.
Wine Bottles, Auction Item Donations Needed
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:

If you would like to help make Corks for a Cause 2022 a success, contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Spring Sports (Baseball, Softball, Track & Field) Registration Closes This Week
Reminder, this is the last week for Spring Sports registration.  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 close up this 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 Named to Cap City Percussion
Bishop Watterson High School senior and Saint Brigid of Kildare School alum Lucy Loudon has been named as a member of Cap City Percussion after tryouts this winter. She joins fellow BWHS and Saint Brigid of Kildare School alumni Gwyn Hagerty ’19, a student at Xavier University, and Kristen Kramer ’19, a student at the University of Dayton.

Cap City Percussion is an ensemble that competes in Ohio Indoor Performance Association and Winter Guard International (WGI) events. The group was a finalist at the last three WGI World Championships.

St. Charles Upcoming Events
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.   
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