January 27, 2021
Sixth grade students work together to identify different types of conjunctions.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Catholic Schools Week begins this coming Sunday, January 31st. We are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate St. Brigid’s feast day and our 25th anniversary during this special week.

Week of January 25 - Announce Quarter Collection in Celebration of our 25th Anniversary
Grade 8 students are taking a leadership role in our Catholic Schools Week service project by making daily morning announcements explaining our 25th Anniversary and the Quarter War. Each day this week our 8th-grade leaders are encouraging students to find ways to earn quarters ($0.25) to bring in next week to make a donation to help other children their age facing hunger and poverty. These donations will be given to our community partner, Feed the Kids Columbus. To learn more about the needs of Feed the Kids Columbus, who our 8th-grade students met virtually, click here: https://www.feedthekidscolumbus.com/
Monday, February 1st - Thursday, February 4, 8:00 - 8:15 AM each day - St. Gabriel Radio Conversations on Discipleship
Tune into St. Gabriel radio each morning (Monday-Thursday) next week from 8-8:15 AM to listen to the radio show Conversations on Discipleship with Fr. Adam Streitenberger. This radio show next week will feature Our Catholic Schools and not only their discipleship, but heartfelt interviews with teachers and administrators in our diocese on our mission, formation, and much more. Our own Cindy Lombardo was interviewed and will be featured on the show next week, so be sure to tune in! For more information on the show and archived shows, click here.

Monday, February 1st - Feast of Saint Brigid, Our Patroness
  • Virtual Feast Day Mass at 9 AM. Please join us on the parish YouTube channel.
  • Feast Day Party and Saint Brigid Anniversary Bingo
  • Saint Brigid read-aloud
  • Dress down in school colors
  • Student Led Conferences begin and continue through Feb. 18
  • Morning announcements continue this week; collection boxes for quarters distributed to homerooms
Tuesday, February 2nd - 25th Anniversary BAWD Day
  • BAWD Activity (Build, Act, Write, Draw) to prep for Thursday: What will you be doing in 25 years?
  • Saint Brigid read-aloud
  • FAVORITE school lunch - Rotini

Wednesday, February 3rd - Saint Brigid, Patron of Travellers
  • Where have you traveled in our nation? Wear a shirt or sweatshirt from there. Dress down day
  • Saint Brigid read-aloud
  • RUNNER UP FAVORITE school lunch - Calzone

Thursday, February 4th - 25th Anniversary Day
  • Students dress up representing a profession they hope to be engaged with in 25 years. Share BAWD activity from Tuesday.
  • Saint Brigid read-aloud

Friday, February 5th - Saint Brigid, Patron of the Poor and Hungry
  • We will finalize our quarter collection (on 2/5) and announce our gift to Feed the Kids Columbus.
  • Saint Brigid read-aloud
Report Cards
You will be receiving an email today from Digital Academy stating that your child’s progress and discipleship report is ready to view. If you click on the link and receive a message saying that the report is not available, please check back a few hours later. I have heard from another school that it is taking up to 15 hours for all of the cards to be generated once the email is sent. Keep in mind that you may not be able to view all of your children’s reports at the same time due to this lengthy process of distribution. If you have any questions about your user name and/or password please contact Megan Wachalec at [email protected] for assistance. Mr. Mazon has made a short video to explain how to access the report card.

Student-Led Conferences
Student-led conference scheduling information is being released today. Please see the story below to find the signup genius for each pod. Parents of students in grades K-6, please sign up to meet with your child’s pod teacher. He/she will represent the teaching team. If your child is in grades 7 - 8 please choose one of the subject area teachers that you would like to have lead the conference. These conferences will once again be held virtually and will include the student, parent(s) and teacher. These virtual family conferences are optional due to the fact that many parents and teachers have been communicating already this year. However, we want to make sure that the lines of communication are always open, and we offer this as a chance for families and teachers to discuss both academic progress and emotional well-being during these challenging times. 

Vaccine Update
We are still waiting to hear more information regarding the distribution of vaccines for educators. The limited information that I am receiving is that enough vaccines have been reserved to make sure all school staff members in Franklin County will be able to receive a vaccine next week. We may need to make a schedule change when this happens -- hopefully next week, with an early release or a closed school day due to vaccine administration. If so, I will let you know as soon as the information is available. As you might guess, covering classes may be difficult if we all need to travel off-site in the same time period. The second dose may pose another challenge in that many people seem to have side-effect symptoms that may prevent them from working the next day. I know I can count on our community to support our efforts to vaccinate our teachers and staff so that they remain healthy and able to serve our school community.    

May the blessings of Saint Brigid be with you,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 5th & 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Virtual Family Conferences
Virtual Family Conferences will be offered during the month of February.

These virtual family conferences are optional due to the fact that many parents and teachers have been communicating already this year. However, we want to make sure that the lines of communication are always open, and we offer this as a chance for families and teachers to discuss both academic progress and emotional well-being during these challenging times. 

Click the link below to find the link to sign up for a conference with your child's homeroom/pod teacher.
Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times
The Surviving in Trying Times parent working will conclude with this Thursday evening's presentation at 7 PM.

Please join us via this Zoom link on the following dates:
  • 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:
Oak Society Deadline is This Friday
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 was included in the re-enrollment information sent last week. Deadlines for Oak Society grant applications are Friday, January 29.

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week with Support from the Annual Fund
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week please remember to support the St. Brigid of Kildare Annual Fund. The ice cream treat, since St. Brigid was a dairy maiden, the supplies and materials for the craft for the St. Brigid Feast Day parties, and the Teacher Appreciation Lunch are all made possible because of the generosity of the parents that give to the Annual Fund.
Alum's Artwork Featured in the Lantern
Kate Drab, Bishop Watterson High School junior and St. Brigid class of 2018 was recently featured in an article on The Lantern about the Dublin Arts Council's virtual exhibition. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“Because of the COVID, a lot of the things I normally do were canceled or lessened,” Katherine Drab, an 11th grade student at Bishop Watterson High School, said. “I had the time to enter this exhibition, which I would not have done otherwise. It was really a blessing in that way.”

Drab contributed to Emerging with three pencil portraits, drawing inspiration from the book “200 Women” and a school assignment to draw someone influential — she picked Audrey Hepburn.
Ash Wednesday Schedule - Reservations Required
St. Brigid of Kildare will be celebrating Ash Wednesday (February 17) with the following schedule.

Reservations will be required for all in-person services on Ash Wednesday. Reservations open at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/Lent on Monday, February 8 at 9 AM and close on February 15.

In-Person Offerings:
6:30 AM – Prayer service in the church with distribution of ashes
9:00 AM – Mass in the church with distribution of ashes
7:00 PM – Prayer service in the church with distribution of ashes

At Home Offerings:
Blessing of ashes by Monsignor Hendricks and virtual prayer service — available on YouTube page beginning Feb 17
9 AM – Livestream of Ash Wednesday Mass

Please remember Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

Note on Distribution of Ashes:
Vatican modifies distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday
By Vatican News
The health situation caused by Covid-19 continues to force changes on daily life, which are also reflected in the Church’s sphere. Ahead of the beginning of Lent, on Wednesday, 17 February, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a note laying out the procedures Catholic priests around the world are to follow for the distribution of ashes at the start of Lent. The priest will bless the ashes, sprinkle them with holy water and distribute by sprinkling the ashes on each person’s head in silence.
8th Grade Parents: BWHS News
Parents of eighth-grade students who are interested in attending Bishop Watterson High School should be aware of these upcoming dates:
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 [email protected].
Save the Date—Uniform Exchange on January 30, 9 am-11am
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.
Family First Valentine Service Opportunity
Please join Family First to create Valentine´s Day cards for local nursing homes and senior-living facilities. This is an opportunity for families of all ages to “Visit the Sick” and give kindness back to the community!

Click here to sign up and for more details. Please drop off to Anne Flock (10300 Summersweet Way, Plain City 43064) or Anna Blouir (5776 Sandymount Drive, Dublin 43016) by February 3rd.