January 22, 2020
3rd grade book clubs read independently to then discuss their findings in a chapter.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending Msgr. Hendricks' State of the School and Parish meeting last Thursday evening. There was so much good news to share with the announcement of the parish concluding many years of debt service payments on June 30, 2020. With the blessing of the parish finance committee, a portion of the parish allocated funds that were being used to make monthly debt payments will now be used to fund Oak Society grants to assist active parish families with tuition expenses. Please click here to learn more about the Oak Society.  To view the PowerPoint from the evening, click here. The deadline for applying for the Oak Society grants is January 24th.  

There are also several other ways for families to support tuition payments:
  • Tuition Assistance: Apply for this need-based assistance through the FACTS program. Deadline is March 15th. Find more information at this link.
  • Scholarships: More information will be available about these offerings this coming spring. At this time we are building this program so it is a work in progress. More information here.
  • Scrip Program: Through the purchase of gift cards families may earn tuition credits. More information can be found here.

Please remember to complete your re-enrollment form by the deadline of this Friday, January 24. All the details and links were included in the email sent last Friday.

We are excited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week next week with the theme of Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Please see the story below for our outline of planned events for next week, including information on a special dress down day.

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.
2020 Catholic Schools Week: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
Below is our agenda of exciting events to celebrate next week's Catholic Schools Week.

Monday January 27: Living As Disciples Through Music 
  • Worship and Praise Prayer Service with Station 14
  • Grades K-4 8:50 am in the gym
  • Grades 5-8 9:45 am in the gym

Tuesday January 28: Living As Disciples Through Service  
  • Assembly at 1:30 pm with founders of Hope Hollow

Wednesday January 29: Living As Disciples Through the Sharing of Talents
  • Student Led Conferences - evening as scheduled

Thursday January 30: Living As Disciples Through the Sharing of Talents
  • Choose Your Own dress down day - 100th day of school -- see details and ideas here!
  • Favorite lunch: Calzone, salad, mandarin oranges, brownie 
  • Watterson Basketball game at 1:30 pm
  • Student Led Conferences - evening as scheduled

Friday January 31: Living As Disciples Through Worship
  • Feast of St. Brigid Mass at 9am  
Hounds Hoopla (formerly Pizza Bingo) is This Friday! Volunteers Still Needed
Hounds Hoopla is this Friday from 6-8:30! You can still register for this fun event (including pizza, Bingo, face painting, a DJ, a magician, character visits, gymnastics and crafts) at the link below.

Volunteers Still Needed:
Use the link below to sign up!

Donations Needed:
Hounds Hoopla donations are still being accepted. A donation box is in the main office area outside the nurse's office. Hounds Hoopla
Congrats Spelling Bee Participants!
Each year St. Brigid School participates in the Scripps National Spelling Program which starts at the Classroom Bee level in December, and ends with the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. Classroom Bee winners competed through over 35 rounds of difficult words including "diaphoresis" and "thermohaline".

Seventh grader Hannah Stuebe earned the title School Champion. Fellow seventh grader Elizabeth McLaughlin was the runner up. 

Congratulations to all the grade-level representatives!

4th grade - Mailyn Price and Charlie Ferrara
5th grade - Joe Mangold and Luke Hegarty
6th grade - Maren Reville and Kellan Kerger
7th grade - Hannah Stuebe and Elizabeth McLaughlin
8th grade - Andrew Moore and Andrew Freiburger
Student-Led Conference Sign Ups
Student-Led Conferences will take place on Wednesday, January 29 for Grades 3, 4, 7 and 8, and Thursday, January 30 for Grades K, 1, 2, 5, and 6.

If you have not yet signed up for a time slot, please use the links below to sign up.

5th Grade Parent Social
Join other 5th grade parents for a Home & Social sponsored parent social on Friday, January 31 at 7 PM at Napa Kitchen + Bar. See the invite link below to view more details and RSVP.
Corks for a Cause 2020: SPiCE Silent Auction & Wine Tasting
Watch your mail for an invitation to the 2020 Corks for a Cause: Silent Auction and Wine Tasting to support St. Brigid of Kildare SPiCE.

Tickets will go on sale soon -- check your invitation for details to purchase. Purchase tickets early before the price increase and before they sell out!
Uniform Exchange Feb 2
There will be a school uniform exchange on Sunday, February 2 from 9 AM – noon in the school cafeteria. This will be at the same time as the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast. Any family can attend the uniform exchange to pick up the uniforms they need at no cost. It’s simple –– just show up, look through the uniforms and leave with what you need. 

If dropping off gently used uniforms please mark each item with its appropriate size.
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 track@gowolfhounds.com.
  • 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 baseball@gowolfhounds.com
  • 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 baseball@gowolfhounds.com  
EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry Upcoming Events
EPIC Youth Ministry is open to all 6-8th grade students in area public, private, & parochial schools. This February, EPIC Middle School Youth Ministry will be hosting a food drive (collecting specific food items before 9 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:15 PM Masses on Sunday, Feb. 2) to support the Family Mentor Foundation.

To read more about this event, and the list of items needed, click here.

Bosco Bash
The Bosco Bash Middle School Conference will take place Saturday, March 7 from 2-8 PM at Bishop Hartley High School.

To register, visit this link. Payments should be submitted to the parish office via cash or checks, checks made payable to St. Brigid of Kildare, memo: BOSCO

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
All girls and boys ages 9 to 14 (as of 1/1/120) are invited to participate in the St. Brigid local competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday, January 26th, at the St. Brigid grade school gymnasium.

For more information and registration forms, click the link below.
Make it a Date! Feb 8
Valentine’s Day Edition
Married and engaged couples are invited to the Valentine’s Make It a Date! night out. 
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Hendrick’s Hall at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish
Your evening begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize
with other St. Brigid couples. 
PERC Dublin: Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop is designed to instruct how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Choose to attend Sat, Jan 25 or Feb 2.

For the registration link and more information, use the link below.
St. Charles News for 5th-8th Grade Boys
St. Charles Offering Academic Scholarship Test January 25th for All 8th Grade Boys
St. Charles Preparatory School will offer its annual Academic Scholarship Test to prospective students at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25th in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons on the school’s campus (2010 East Broad Street). The exam is open to any 8th grade boy regardless of his current high school enrollment status. Test results determine which students will receive merit-based academic awards from the school for the 2020-2021 school year. For this 2019-2020 school year alone, St. Charles has offered more than $400,000 in academic scholarships and grants to its students. St. Charles is an Ed Choice participating school and is committed to providing financial aid to qualified families. Anyone interested in sitting for the St. Charles scholarship test may register by calling the school office at (614) 252-6714 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or online at https://www.stcharlesprep.org/8th-grade-scholarship-test .