January 13, 2021
Our 8th grade students enjoying the beautiful Advent Prayer Service in their decorated space in Hendricks Hall
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As we prepare for the start of second semester, it signals it is time to start planning for the next school year!  Today you will be receiving a separate email asking you to take a few minutes to re-enroll your children for the next school year.  At this time you will also be invited to apply as needed for tuition assistance or for our Oak Society grants.  Please review carefully all of the time-sensitive information shared in the re-enrollment email.

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you last week on the “Surviving Trying Times” virtual workshop with Sarah Buffie.  In the article below you will find the resources which Sarah is graciously making available for all of our families.  You are still able and encouraged to join the next two sessions if your calendar permits.  

In closing, this year’s Terra Nova scores will come home in the Friday Folders of children in grades 3-8 on Thursday of this week.  

Enjoy the upcoming Wellness Day and holiday weekend with your families!

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 7th & 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times - Continues Tomorrow!
The Surviving in Trying Times parent working will continue tomorrow evening at 7 PM.

Anyone else feel like they are in survival mode these days? Do you ever have full, happy days where you forget the chaos of the outside (or inside) world? Either way, we are all in the thick of it and one thing that makes it tougher is trying to do it all alone. So, let’s not try to do it alone. In this series we will be inviting families to come together in a supportive learning environment in order to engage with one another and with practices that help us not just survive in trying times, but thrive. We all have the capacity to cultivate safer relationships with ourselves and others. The key is practice. And practicing within the context of community makes it that much sweeter.

Please join us via this Zoom link on the following dates:
  • Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 PM

Learn more about presenter Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting.

Meeting ID: 317 446 1533  

Resources from Last Week:
Re-Enrollment & Oak Society Grant Application Begins Today
Registration for new families (or children) for the 2021-22 school year is now open.

If in fall 2021, your child is entering...
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschool for the first time

Complete New Family Registration by January 17, 2021.

If in fall 2021, your child is entering...
  • Preschool for the second or third year
  • 1st - 8th Grade

Complete Re-Enrollment between January 13-20, 2021; information will be emailed to you.

The Oak Society Grant program will continue again this year. These grants will be awarded to active parish families after a brief application and will amount to $500 per K-8 Saint Brigid of Kildare School student for the 2021-2022 school year. The application is included in the re-enrollment information sent today.

New Dismissal Schedule Starts Tuesday
Please remember we will switch the order of car rider dismissal starting Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will dismiss the L-Z car riders at 2:50 and the A-K car riders will be dismissed at 3:05.

Early Release Next Week
This change also impacts our early release dismissal times. Our next early release will take place Thursday, January 21. On early release days for the remainder of the school year, dismissal times will be:
Bus Riders - 1:30
Latchkey - 1:34
L-Z Car Riders - 1:37
A-K Car Riders - 1:50
Tour Our Preschool Arks
Our preschool children have enjoyed their first full week in the newly opened Arks! The Arks house four preschool classrooms, which has allowed us to expand our classroom capacity in the school and Hendricks Hall.

We are grateful to our parish family that has allowed our preschool children to use the church facilities as we were waiting to pass final inspections to occupy the Arks.

Click below to view a quick video tour of the new space.
2021-2022 Calendar Dates (Subject to Change)
Below are preliminary dates for the 2021-22 school year. As with all things, this is subject to change due to COVID.

Week of August 23: school opens; exact date(s) to be determined based on COVID situation in August
December 20-31: Christmas Break
March 14-18: Spring Break
April 14-18: Easter Break
Home & School Meeting Today at 10 AM
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place today, Wednesday, January 13 at 10 AM via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
Schoolbelles Uniform Sale
The next Schoolbelles sale is happening January 14-17 with 20-30% off items.

Click the flyer link below to view details.
St. Charles News
St. Charles Offering Annual 8th Grade Scholarship Test and Private Family Visits

St. Charles Preparatory School is offering its annual 8th Grade Scholarship Test for prospective students on January 30, 2021. Students may take the test at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons. Online registration is required. The exam is open to any 8th grade boy regardless of his current high school enrollment status. This is not an entrance exam. Test results determine which students will receive merit-based academic awards from the school for the 2021-2022 school year. For this 2020-2021 school year alone, St. Charles has offered more than $400,000 in academic scholarships and grants to its students. Those interested in sitting for the test should visit the school’s website at https://www.stcharlesprep.org to sign up.

We also invite prospective families to sign up online for a 45-minute Private Family Visit and Tour of our school campus. These sessions are being held throughout most of January and February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at three different times: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Due to safety protocols, we are only able to host one family per session. Each session is restricted to a single family and limited to no more than FOUR people. To schedule a visit, we invite you to visit our school’s Homepage at https://www.stcharlesprep.org.

Should you have any questions, we invite you to contact Salvador Mercado (Assistant to the Principal) at smercado@scprep.org.
Protecting God's Children (PGC) Zoom Session Today
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering a Protecting God's Children (PGC) training session via ZOOM on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at St. Francis DeSales at 6:00 pm.

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First-Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, chose Columbus, OH (Diocese) and create a Virtus account. This Zoom PGC session is listed under St. Francis DeSales and open to St. Brigid parishioners.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, 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.
PE Uniforms - Schedule Change Jan 19
When third-quarter begins on Tuesday, January 19th the PE schedule will change again, so please be prepared with the appropriate clothing for PE days.

Students who did not have PE second quarter will now have PE again for third quarter. "No-show" socks are not allowed with the PE uniform or with the daily school uniform.
Save the Date—Uniform Exchange on January 30, 2021 9 am-12pm
It’s a new year! Do your kids need to size up or get ready for spring weather? If so, please sign up to attend the uniform exchange, a socially-distanced event held in the school gym. All school families are invited to gather up gently used uniforms that your children no longer need to donate during the week of Jan 24-29 to a bin outside Erin Heise’s home at 6588 Wynwright Dr. Dublin, OH. Items accepted include all logo and non-logo uniform items AND spirit wear/PE uniforms. Non-logo articles that are not claimed at the exchange will be donated to another school in need.  A reminder that all items at the uniform exchange are FREE and you do not need to donate to attend!

Parents, you can also sign up to volunteer, allowing you first pick of items.
Join Family First via Zoom
Moms, do your goals for 2021 include focusing more on you? Perhaps being more intentional with your time? Developing a deeper spiritual life? Seeking fellowship with women who raise you up?

If so, then please join Family First via Zoom on Thursday afternoons from 1:15 to 2:15 pm to discuss weekly podcasts which can be found here. Tune in from wherever you are in your day, whether you’re at home folding laundry or in your car running errands. Topics include spirituality, motherhood, marriage, and more! Even if you don’t have time to listen, you’re still welcome to join the group for conversation! Zoom link can also be found at the link above.

If you would like more information about Family First please contact Gretchen O’Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com or Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6