June 24, 2020
The cast of Annie met in the St. Brigid parking lot for a Kona Ice treat .
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This week, I would like to share with you a letter from Adam Dufault, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. In addition to the letter is an Executive Summary of the Diocesan Plan for the Reopening of Schools. (Please see link below.) The Executive Summary is a precursor to the full Diocesan School Reopening Plan which will be available as soon as the Governor releases updated school guidance. The Governor has promised this guidance in the next 7 - 10 days. Yesterday afternoon, in the Governor's press briefing, he stated that there will be no surprises and that the guidance will be flexible for school districts to make their own local decisions based on their community’s needs and readiness.

With this in mind, we are still not quite ready to announce an opening date for the fall. Our task force will wait until we have more information from Dublin City Schools regarding their start dates and possible changes to transportation. This information will be important for our planning. The Diocese is advocating for schools to open later than the originally planned date of August 20th. They want schools to take into consideration local needs for prepping the building and for training staff, and they are highly suggesting a staggered start for students. We will balance all of these recommendations for a great reopening plan and make a decision in the best possible interest of our students, families, and staff. We are truly hoping to avoid making any announcements too early and then needing to retract our decision. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to study and prepare.

Last week, the task force released a survey to gather additional information. The survey closes this Friday, June 26th. Please participate if you haven’t already. The link is below.

We have had a great response to our Camp Wolfhound offerings. We still have spots available; please see the information in the story below if you would like to register.

Please continue to pray for healing for our country and for our world,

Kathy O'Reilly

P.S.  If you have a summer submission for the Wolfhound Wednesday please email Chris Mazon at  mr.mazon@stbrigid-school.org .
Parent June Survey
After reading through all of the previous survey responses, a few more questions have come to mind that we would like you to answer. Your responses will help us to continue to plan for the fall. We are appreciative of your feedback and are hard at work exploring all possible scenarios for how school may look with focuses on Catholic Identity, communication, technology, logistics, curriculum and instruction, and health and safety.

Survey information is due by June 26th.

Thank you for sharing your experience!
Camp Wolfhound Update
Update: Parents may now sign students up for more than one camp. Links to sign up and original message below.

Original Message

Hello, St. Brigid families! We are so happy to announce our Camp Wolfhound offerings for July and August. We have a variety of opportunities, both in-person and virtual, for families to choose from, including programs such as Reader’s Theater, Monday Morning Mindfulness, Beyond the Stars, Get Moving, and exSTREAM Challenge. Please click on the Program Descriptions link below to read about all of our exciting programs!

Each program has a limited number of spots available. The numbers are dependent upon the teachers involved with each offering. We are working on the idea of having 8 students per teacher. If there are open spots after initial sign ups, we will let you know. Initial sign ups will be open until Friday, June 26th.

Each program has a fee of $25. This rate covers things such as materials for the camp and a Camp Wolfhound t-shirt. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Mrs. Carfagna at the email listed below.

To sign up for a camp, make a payment, indicate a shirt size and transportation, and to provide other necessary information, please use the Sign Up link below.

We will be following the health guidelines listed below:

  • Prior to attending camp each day, self testing of temperature must occur. If a camper has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, the camper may not attend. Also, assess your camper for any of the following symptoms: unexplained cough, sore throat, body aches/chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Has camper been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the past 14 days? Any of these conditions will preclude attendance at camp. 

  • Teachers will wear masks during camps. 

  • Campers must arrive wearing a mask each day. There may be times/activities during the program that will not require masking with 6 ft. social distancing. Each program is limited to 8 students per teacher in a space large enough to accommodate 6 ft. social distancing between campers.

  • Supplies will not be shared.

  • Campers must wash hands prior to entering the classroom. Handwashing will also occur after breaks, if coming in from outside, after using the restroom, and before leaving for the day.  

  • Masks must be worn by any visitors entering the building.

  • Campers will remain with the teacher leading their camp. No intermixing with other groups will occur.

  • Spaces and surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized before, between, and at the end of sessions.

  • Arrival/Departure-Curbside drop off and pick up will occur. It is recommended to ride with the same individual both ways, if possible. Upon arrival, teachers will meet their students outside, and teachers will bring students outside for pick up.

  • No personal items are necessary to bring to camp.  

  • A water bottle may be brought as drinking fountains will not be in use.

  • No food will be served.

We are so excited to be able to have students participate in Camp Wolfhound! We hope that this experience fosters further connection among staff and students, and that students are able to learn and have fun along the way! If you have any questions regarding Camp Wolfhound, please contact Jill Carfagna at mrs.carfagna@stbrigid-school.org.

***Summer programming is subject to change depending on guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health.***
Alumni on 4th Quarter Honor Roll
Congratulations to our many alumni at Bishop Watterson and St. Charles High Schools who are on the honor roll for the 4th quarter.
Protecting God's Children Zoom Session

The Diocese of Columbus will be offering a Protecting God's Children (PGC) training session via Zoom on Thursday, July 23th at 6:00 pm. Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and instructions.

Click on First-Time Registrant, View list of sessions, Columbus, OH - Diocese to see the current offerings. This Zoom session is listed at St. Matthew's in Gahanna and is open to St. Brigid parishioners.

Full details about the Safe Environment program for volunteering with children and youth in our parish can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Preschool Summer Activities
Preschool students are enjoying their summer preschool-in-a-bag kit. Kits include 14 activities they can do at home. The first bag was all about the zoo! If you are interested in purchasing any of the remaining kits, please contact Hillary at mrs.harper@stbrigid-school.org
Summer Work Links
Below are links to opportunities available for summer work from many Saint Brigid of Kildare teachers. The grades listed are for the student's current grade level.

These links are also listed on the e-learning webpage and will remain there throughout the summer.

Summer Tutoring
As we do at the end of each school year, we are sharing a summer tutoring list with you. In the world of COVID-19, we don't know whether or not 1:1 tutoring sessions will be allowed to happen in person. But, we thought we would share this in case things begin to open up and you would like to consider extra supports for your child.

Staff can be contacted via email or by calling the school office and leaving a message.
Refund Policy 20-21
Saint Brigid of Kildare School will be prepared to educate your children for the 2020-21 school year.  Given that families may need flexibility during this uncertain time we are offering assistance with deferring payments until September 1st (if needed).  If you find that your family needs to withdraw, please contact the school office so that we can understand your concerns. If finances are an issue, we may have additional resources available. We want to work with you to continue offering the gift of Catholic education to your child(ren). If you absolutely are not able to make tuition payments we would like to extend a more flexible COVID withdrawal policy
We offer our school families the following options:

If Saint Brigid School is restricted from offering a typical school schedule on campus full-day, families may withdraw without penalty any time prior to August 15th and will be refunded any tuition paid less the $150 tuition deposit (paid by new families). Families who withdraw after school starts will forfeit 1/10th of annual school tuition for every month the student is enrolled.

If Saint Brigid School is able to offer a typical school schedule on campus, families may withdraw without penalty any time prior to August 1 and will be refunded any tuition paid less the $150 tuition deposit (paid by new families). Families who withdraw after August 1 will forfeit 1/10th of annual school tuition for every month the student is enrolled.
We are also able to offer flexibility at this time with several different tuition payment plan options. If it is helpful for your family’s financial planning, you may choose to delay your first payment until September. You may choose the following:
  • Full payment in September
  • Semi-annual payments in September and February
  • Quarterly payments in September, December, March and June
  • 10 monthly payments starting in September
Support SPiCE: 20-21 Volunteers Needed
The SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare thrives because of the time and talent of people like you -- without your support, these programs wouldn't be possible.

From volunteering to help with an event, chair a committee, or donate financially, any bit of help you can give to support our SPiCE program is deeply appreciated. Click the link below to learn about the many ways you can support SPiCE at St. Brigid of Kildare.

Open positions for the 20-21 school year include:
  • Corks for a Cause Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Volunteer (March 6, 2021)
  • SPiCE Board Secretary
  • SPiCE Board Fundraising Event Committee
  • SPiCE Board Communications Committee - Parent Liason
  • SPiCE Board Communications Committee - Publicity
  • SPiCE Volunteer at Large
  • SPiCE Committee - General

Use the link below to view all volunteer opportunities and sign up. Please contact Karri Brady if you have any questions at sbokspice@gmail.com or 614-596-1725.