January 6, 2021
Kindergartners visited the outdoor Nativity at the church during Advent.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Happy New Year with the wish that 2021 will be filled with many blessings and with great hope! 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:

  • Zoom parenting workshop series called Surviving in Trying Times (see more datails below).  The presenter, Sarah Buffie worked with our staff in August on the topic of Trauma-Informed Care to help prepare us for our work with our children this school year.  Sarah’s presentation was one of the best I have ever attended, so I feel very strongly that this would be time well spent.   The first session is this coming Thursday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Please RSVP here. Session 2 will be offered on January 14th and Session 3 on January 28th.  

  • Virtual Open House for interested new families will take place this Sunday, January 10th.  Please invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to consider enrolling their children in our school.  More information is below.

  • Current family re-enrollment will take place starting next week on Wednesday, January 13th. More information will be forthcoming. 

  • School will be closed January 15 - 18th for a Wellness Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated the Week of January 31st and will include activities to also celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  More details to follow.
One of our many blessings for 2021 includes celebrating the birth of new staff babies! Congratulations to 1st-grade teacher, Mrs. Megan Sobecki and her husband Jeff on the birth of their identical twins, Charlotte Marie and Emma Beth. They were born on January 4th and all are doing well!

Another one of our blessings is that our preschool was able to move into their Arks! Our preschool classes have been in temporary quarters in the church since late September while awaiting the final preparations of their new space. We passed all final inspections on December 31st...a great way to celebrate the new year for our preschool! Thank you to Mr. Jake Groce and his team and to our preschool staff for preparing the spaces to be ready to open on January 4th!

On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank our school families for your support, Christmas photos, kind notes, prayers, gifts and the generous Gifts of Gratitude program. We are so thankful for your on-going generous and loving support of our school community. 

It is my hope that 2021 will be filled with many blessings and our families and staff will have a healthy, happy and hope-filled new year,

Kathy O’Reilly

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
~Romans 15:13

Photo Newsletters -Kindergarten & 1st 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 - Tomorrow!
Crucial Conversations will be hosting an upcoming Zoom parenting workshop series called Surviving in Trying Times.

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 7, 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 PM

Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting will be providing a series of parenting workshops via Zoom for our St. Brigid of Kildare community. Sarah recently worked with our St. Brigid of Kildare School teachers and staff to learn about trauma-informed care and how to apply empathy as it relates to our students' lives and learning. Sarah's trainings disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma and systems of oppression.

These workshops will include small group discussion and will build on each other (so it's beneficial to attend them all, but not required).

Meeting ID: 317 446 1533  
School COVID-19 Cases and Guidelines Update
Face Mask 2
During Christmas break, our school community experienced 9 student cases and 4 staff cases of COVID-19. These cases were reported as a group to Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) and have also been added to the school COVID-19 Dashboard today as a group. There were no known school contacts to notify since school was not in session.

FCPH COVID-19 exposure quarantine guidelines were recently updated to reduce the number of days from 14 to 10. St. Brigid published materials will reflect these changes in the near future. A negative test during a quarantine period will still not allow for early discontinuation of quarantine. This infographic will help you understand appropriate quarantine in a variety of scenarios. 
Registration and Re-Enrollment Dates & Reminders
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.
Current Latchkey Families: Register for 21-22 by Friday
Current latchkey families must register for the upcoming school year 2021-2022 by Friday, January 8, 2021 by 6:00 pm.

Please use the following link to register. 
Car Rider Update
AM car rider drop off will start five minutes later, at 7:40, on any day when the actual temperature or wind chill is 15 degrees or colder.

Please remember that no child should ever exit a car until our morning crew comes outside. Thanks for your help and care for our teachers.

Also, please remember we will switch the order of car rider dismissal when we reach the halfway point in the school year. 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.
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.
School [VIRTUAL] Open House for Prospective Families - This Sunday!
spread the word to friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool or School next year!

Sunday, January 10, 2021
1 PM: Preschool session
2 PM: K-8 session

At our Virtual Open House, you will hear from preschool, kindergarten and 1st – 8th grade teachers as well as have a chance to ask questions about our school. We hope to “see” you there! With God We Can!

Click below to RSVP. A Zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the Open House.
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.
Protecting God's Children (PGC) Zoom Session
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.
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! The 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.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11 
Forever Dublin Programming
Vaccinations – The Science Behind Them
January 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
Presented by OhioHealth
Knowledge is power, and understanding how vaccines are developed will give you information to make informed decisions. Doctors will discuss how the two types of vaccines – live attenuated and inactivated – are developed and tested. This presentation does not intend to influence the taking of vaccines; it will be educational and informative.

All American Smart Homes
February 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
Learn about available technologies to make your home safe and secure. See how these tools can help you live safely and more independently in your home.
Creating a 911 Profile and Go- Pro Tour of the NRECC
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11am
Presented by Dublin Police/Education
Learn how to create a 911 profile which aides first responders when making a call to YOUR home! A Go- Pro tour of the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (NRECC) will give some insight into how Emergency responses are coordinated.