January 8, 2020
2nd graders working on Eric Carle Inspired Dragons, using paint and texturized paper which will be used to create a dragon.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Happy New Year with the wish that 2020 will be filled many blessings! As the routine of back to school and work takes place this week, it is time to start planning ahead to a busy January.  

Please start planning for the following January events. The annual school Spelling Bee will take place on Wednesday, January 15th at 1:15 pm in the gym. Hounds Hoopla will take place on Friday January 24th. Catholic Schools Week will be the week of January 27th concluding with the celebration of St. Brigid Feast Day on January 31st at the 9:00 am Mass. (Please note there will not be a 9:00 am school Mass on Thursday, January 30th.) Student-led conferences will take place on January 29th and 30th.   

I would like to personally invite you to join us next Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM for a mandatory parent meeting with Monsignor Hendricks. We are excited to welcome Adam Dufault, Superintendent of the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools, to join us for this event. He will be sharing an overview of his first year as superintendent and the startegic plan that is being put in place for the future of our Diocesan schools.  If you still need to RSVP, please use the link below to make your committment to this important meeting..

Blessings for healthy, happy and faith-filled new year,

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 7th, 8th Grades, Specials
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Parent Meeting with Monsignor Hendricks - Jan 16 at 7 PM
Please join us for a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM.

We will welcome Adam Dufault, Superintendent of the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools, along with other school and parish speakers to discuss the state of our diocese and our Catholic school, along with an exciting new program announcement for our families.

Please RSVP for this meeting at the link below.
Girls Coding Club Tours Nationwide Technology
Our Girls Coding Club recently got to visit Nationwide Insurance on a Women in Technology tour. The girls had a lot of fun, learned about Nationwide Technology, and began to see themselves in technology.

Nationwide Insurance's Women in IT program has partnered with our Girls Coding Club to bring a real-world level to their projects and interests. We are a pilot program for them to see if it benefits young girls to have a corporate mentor/sponsor.

One or two people from Nationwide's Women in IT have attended our after school club to help with coding. They shared with the club where they went to school, college, what subjects they liked in grade school, and their college path that led them to their job. Some are coders and others are developers or project managers. It was a great experience for everyone to see that there are many jobs in technology beyond just coding.

At the end of the semester Nationwide had the girls come to their facilities for a tour, where they got to see the developers area and all the staff that is needed to make it happen. It was a great experience the girls really enjoyed!

Thanks Nationwide for this amazing experience!
Crucial Conversations presents: The Culture of Safety
During the winter and spring of 2020, Bruce McKenna, campus safety and security, will be leading small group discussions on various topics related to community, family, and personal safety.

The small group meetings will be 30-minute presentations, followed by Q&A and discussion. You are welcome to stay for as long as you are able. Coffee will be provided, snacks and food are welcome. Meetings will be held in the church loft (Deacon’s Room).

January Meeting - How We're Keeping Your Kids Safe:
Learn about the safety principles and changes made here at St. Brigid, tactics for maintaining a safe and alert campus, and skills that can be applied to any workplace or public environment.

Meeting Dates:
  • Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 AM
  • Thursday, January 16, 9:45 AM
  • Wednesday, January 22, 12 noon
  • Wednesday, January 22, 7 PM

February Meeting:
Social Media, Cyber Bullying and Predator Grooming

March Meeting:
Active Threats - Safety in Community and Public Settings

Additional details about the February and March meetings will be released in January.  
Registration Open for Hounds Hoopla (formerly Pizza Bingo)
Register now for Friday, January 24 from 6-8:30 for Hounds Hoopla!

This is a great family event at Saint Brigid of Kildare School! There will be many new items this year, including:
  • A DJ
  • A magician
  • Integrity gymnastics
  • Frozen character visits
  • Crafts
  • A special 6th-8th grade only DJ party time

Along with many of the previous activities, including pizza and bingo of course!

Donations Needed:
Hounds Hoopla donations are now being accepted. A donation box will be in the main office area outside the nurse's office. Hounds Hoopla relies 95% on donations from families to make this another successful family fun night.
Great donation item ideas include: gift cards for the older kids in $10-$20 amounts, crafts, stuffed animals, games, sports equipment like soccer balls, plastic bats and balls, little kids ball gloves, and nail polish. Anything new, unopened or in like new condition we would look forward to having for the prize tables.
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Prospective Families Open House
Sunday, January 12, 3-5 PM

Please consider inviting co-workers, neighbors and friends to join our St. Brigid School community and take advantage of our Share the Good News referral program (where current families receive a $500 tuition discount for each new family you refer! Click here for details).

New family registration for the 2020-2021 school will be January 6, 2020 - January 19, 2020.

Spring Sports Information Meeting on Tuesday, January 14
Are you interested to find out more about what Wolfhound Baseball, Softball, and Track are all about?  The Baseball/Softball and Track Commissioners (Mike Matthews & Dan Workman) will be holding a informational session for any parents that have questions about these sprint activities.  The information session will be on Tuesday, January 14th, from 7:30-8:00 PM in the Hendricks Hall Berry Room.  While this session is to answer any questions from anyone in grades 4th - 8th, it is especially helpful for those 4th graders new to the spring sport offerings.  And a reminder, all SBAA activities are open to any registered parishioner, anyone attending Religious Ed at St. Brigid, and any St. Brigid School students.  

If you have questions ahead of time, feel free to email baseball@gowolfhounds.com or track@gowolfhounds.com  

Registration is open until March 1st for all 3 activities, and registration details can be found at GoWolfhounds.com
Semester Exam Schedule - Grades 7 & 8
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.
Autism Speaks: Pathways to Transition
Join Austism Speaks for an informative panel discussion from local experts on how to prepare your child for the transition to adulthood.

Geared for transition-aged students with autism ages 12 through 21, family members, school staff, adult service system professionals, and policy makers.

January 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Ohio State University Fawcett Event Center
BWHS Feeder School Nights
Bishop Watterson High School has two feeder school nights this week: Ice Hockey on Friday, January 10 and Boys Basketball on Saturday, January 11.

Click the links below to view more information.
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 .

5th-8th Grade Boys Invited to Experience “Cardinal Madness” on January 20th
St. Charles Preparatory School invites all young men in the 5th-8th grades to join us for a Night of Cardinal Madness on Monday, January 20th. Meet new friends and

future classmates as the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. in our Campus Theater’s Cavello Center. Enjoy wings, sliders and refreshments before attending the St. Charles varsity basketball team’s home game at 7:00 p.m. Parents, who are also welcome to join us, may wish to tour the school, meet other families and learn more about the St. Charles experience. There is no cost for the young men or their parents, but we ask that those all those attending register their attendance by e-mail at nkeyes@scprep.org.