February 24, 2021
Third grade students had fun reading and talking together in their Book Clubs!
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents, 

Saint Brigid School is proud to be able to offer several different opportunities for tuition grants, tuition assistance, and scholarships. Last year we re-imagined the Oak Society to include all three of these components and we were able to successfully implement the program with over 150 families participating in spite of COVID closings.   

All three components of the program are being offered again this year and we are pleased with the participation so far.  

  • I am happy to announce that the Oak Society Grant notifications email letters are being sent out today. The deadline for acceptance of the grant is March 3rd.  

  • A reminder to families wanting to apply for the FACTS tuition assistance program that you need to submit all paperwork by Mark 15th. More details are in the story below.   

  • The Oak Society Scholarship program will be opened for applications beginning on March 24.

 February 24 - March 3rd is “Interim Reporting Week,” teachers in K - 8 will send emails, request a conference call, or make a phone call to any parent of a student with an academic, social emotional, or behavioral concern that was not addressed during the Student-Led Conferences. Also, in the spirit of partnership, parents are welcome to contact teachers at any time if you have a question or concern regarding your child’s academic, social, emotional or spiritual development.   

In closing, I would most importantly like to invite you to join our K-8 students virtually in Eucharistic Adoration tomorrow (February 25th). Bishop Brennan has asked all parishes and schools to participate in a special program this Lent: 40 Days of Adoration - Real Presence, Real Future. Please read more details in the story below.  

Please note we will have a school safety drill on Tuesday, March 2. Please contact Bruce McKenna (mr.mckenna@stbrigid-school.org) if you have any questions.

May the blessings of Saint Brigid be with you this Lent,
Kathy O'Reilly
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.
Saint Brigid of Kildare Students Participate in Diocesan 40 Days of Adoration
Saint Brigid of Kildare School students in grades K-8 will join with our parishioners to participate in our diocesan 40 Days of Adoration during the Lenten season. This initiative, started by Bishop Brennan, joins together all members of our parishes and schools in experiencing our Lord Jesus in this most profound and intimate way. Our parish and school have been assigned the dates of February 25th and March 5th. On these two days, our school students will participate in continual Eucharistic adoration from 9:30-2:40, as each pod takes a 5-20 minute turn to virtually pray in the presence of Jesus via our chapel livestream. Please join with us as we quiet ourselves and turn to prayer with our friend and Lord Jesus.
The Annual Fund Contributions
The St. Brigid of Kildare Annual Fund is the way our Home and School Committee is able to provide all the extras that make the St. Brigid experience special for our children, teachers and staff.

During Catholic Schools Week the ice cream treats, the supplies and materials for the craft for the St. Brigid Feast Day parties and the Teacher Appreciation Lunch were all made possible because of the generosity of the parents that gave to the Annual Fund.

This year, we have raised $38,020 from 193 familiesOur goal is $45,000 which is what the H & S committee needs to fund their activities.

If you have not donated please consider giving to the Annual Fund so we can continue to provide the best experience for your children. Thank you to everyone that has supported this important program.
Congrats Wolfhound Power of the Pen Team!
The 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen team competed in a virtual District tournament on Saturday morning. Students had to respond to surprise prompts and write three short stories in under 40 minutes each. They competed against 19 other public and diocesan schools, and the top 50% will qualify for Regionals in March. We are in suspense while we wait to get tournament results sometime this week.

The seventh grade team included Will Davis, Paige Harper, Hayden Kiedrowski, Emily Mifsud, Maren Reville, Zachary Utt, and alternate Claire Heise.

The eighth grade team included Ava Blackburn, Marin Lynch, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Hannah Stuebe, Madeline Tinkler, and Eve Worley.

Go Wolfhound Writers!
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph
With the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph" that began on December 8, 2020 and ends on December 8, 2021.

St. Joseph's feast day is on March 19. Our school will be attending virtual school Mass that day, and will also be receiving St. Joseph Holy cards.

For a short reflection and prayer video, click the link below. We will be featuring one short prayer to St. Joseph each week during Lent.
School Tuition Assistance Deadline is March 15
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2021-22 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2021. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:

  • You must be registered for the 2021-22 school year by March 15, 2021.
  • You must submit your Grant and Aid application and all required financial documents by March 15, 2021. Grant and Aid applications must be complete to be considered for a tuition assistance grant.
  • 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.  
St. Brigid Athletic Association: Spring Season
St. Brigid Athletic Association currently has 3 offerings available for the Spring Season and are currently open for registration.  Please try to register in the next few weeks, as practices will start soon for track, and we are trying to align on numbers for baseball and softball.  

Track & Field
  • 4th - 8th Grade boys & girls that are St. Brigid students or parishioners
  • Practices start early March (weather permitting), meets early April until Mid-May
  • Cost $85
  • Registration: https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541566
  • With high numbers, we are always looking for assistant coaches, so if interested, or if you have any questions, please contact Commissioner Workman track@gowolfhounds.com
  • Register soon, a parent Zoom call will be sent out to all those registered here in the next week or so to help navigate how the spring track season will be organized.

Boys Baseball & Girls Softball
  • 4th - 8th Grade boys & girls that are St. Brigid students or parishioners.
  • Practices start early April, games late April to late May.  
  • Cost $90
  • Registration: https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541566
  • If you have any questions, please contact Commissioner Matthews baseball@gowolfhounds.com

Note: Registration is open to all St. Brigid students, Religious Education students and children of registered St. Brigid families. 
Planning to Travel?
As we have learned more about the transmission of Coronavirus, the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have both recently updated their travel guidelines. This seems to be a good time to share the updates that we will be following for travel going forward:

All travel guidance is subject to change as the pandemic progresses. Consult these ODH and CDC websites for current requirements if travel is anticipated.

  • Please continue to notify Peggy Iannarino, RN, School Nurse of your travel plans or if any concerns arise regarding COVID-19.
Corks for a Cause is Going Virtual!
We are excited to announce Corks for a Cause, our primary fundraiser for the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare, will be returning this year in a new weeklong virtual format!

Our website and silent auction bidding will open on Sunday, April 18 and close Saturday, April 24.

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. golf packages, gift cards, vacation homes, items and experiences that are COVID-safe), and bottles of wine valued at $20 and higher for our wine grab! To donate or get more information, contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.
Reservations Open March 1 for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Reservations will be required to attend all Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday Masses and services. 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 will be live on our website beginning Monday, March 1 at 10 AM. Reservations will close on March 22. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the “Lent 2021” 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. Please consider this option for celebrating the Holy Week and Easter safely at home.

For Mass times and details, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org/Lent.
KofC 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, March 1st from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM.   This event will provide us an opportunity to celebrate the Lenten 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 screen shared electronically for convenience and ease of following along. 
Please use the link below and credentials to sign in:
Meeting ID: 815 2208 9287
Passcode: rosary
For additional questions please email family@stbrigidkofc.org.
JA BizTown Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors
If you know a St. Brigid alum who will be graduating high school this year, pass on this scholarship opportunity available to students who participated in JA BizTown during grade school (which all students participate in during 5th grade at St. Brigid).

The scholarship application deadline is March 31.

Serra Club Vocations Luncheons Rescheduled
The Serra Club has decided to cancel the spring vocation luncheons due to COVID restrictions. The girls' luncheon is rescheduled for October 5 and the boys' luncheon for November 2.