U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
March 2, 2022
Kindergartners worked on an Almsgiving poster before Lent
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Today is Ash Wednesday, which begins our season of Lent. As a school community, we were able to join together today at 9:00 AM for Mass and receive ashes marked in a sign of the cross as a reminder that we are entering into a time of preparation for Easter. It is a time of transformation as we focus our lives and spirits toward God. During Lent, we prepare ourselves for the great feast of Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  

As a family it is important to engage our children in conversations about the rites and rituals of Lent. It is also a time to demonstrate how the Lenten season can help families focus on spiritual growth together. Often we focus on what to "give up" for Lent, which is a great practice to teach the habit of sacrifice, but also think about what spiritual goals you can set as a family during this time. It can be something simple like praying together on the way to school or cleaning out your closets and donating all of the things you don't need to charity or participating in our food drive for “Feed The Kids Columbus”. Another family goal this Lent could be having a simple meal at home once a week instead of going out to eat and putting the money that was saved in the Catholic Relief Services rice bowls. We will be sending home rice bowls on Friday if you would like to use them as a family this Lent.  

May these 40 days of Lent be a journey for you and your family to grow closer to Christ. 

Lenten blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly

P.S. Reminder that there will not be a school Mass on Thursday, March 3rd.

Also, there is a lunch menu change for this Friday -- we will now have cheese quesadillas instead of Bosco sticks. The rest of the menu stays the same.
Photo Newsletters: 7th & 8th Grade
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
School Calendar Outline 2022-23
First Day of School for A-K Students: Wednesday, August 24
First Day of School for L-Z Students: Thursday, August 25
*Kindergarten students will have a staggered start on Aug 24-26

No School for Students: September 5, September 30, October 31
Thanksgiving Break: November 23-25
Christmas Break: December 21 - January 3
No School for Students: January 16, February 17, February 20
Spring Break: March 13-17
Easter Break: April 6, 7, 10
No School for Students: May 29
Last Day of School: Friday, June 2, 2023
Garden Club Announcement
Spring is on its way, and our Saint Brigid Garden Club is ready to get organized for the season. Students in grades 5-8 who are interested in joining the garden club should sign up using the link below. Scheduled meeting dates will be March 9, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 20, and April 27. Dates in May will be scheduled soon. All meetings will run from 3:15-4:00 pm so parents/guardians should be available for pick-up promptly at 4 pm. Please access the sign-up link below. 

The sign-up period closes this Friday at 3pm.
Our School Annual Fund Update
The St. Brigid of Kildare Annual Fund is the way our Home and School Committee is able to provide all the extras that make the St. Brigid experience special for our children, teachers and staff. The Valentine's Day parties and field trips like Biz Town are just a few of the fun projects the Annual Fund pays for during the school year. 

This school year, we have raised $40,660 from 229 families! Our goal is $45,000 which is what the Home & School committee needs to fund their activities. 

We are so close -- if you have not donated, please consider giving to the Annual Fund so we can continue to provide the best experience for your children. Thank you to everyone that has supported this important program!
Security Hounds: Self-Defense Lesson
Mr. McKenna, coordinator of campus safety and security, is finishing self-defense lessons with the 8th graders this week. They have been doing fantastic. They will have the opportunity, if they wish, to practice what they've learned at the end of this week!

Lessons have focused on the following:
  • Intuition - Trust Your Instincts - Avoid Physical Confrontation.
  • Principles of Belief - You Can Do It!
  • Not Focusing on Purely Physical Strength - Fight Smarter; not Harder
  • Fall Principles
  • Verbal Stun
  • Low-Level Distance Clearing
  • Striking Techniques
  • Escape from Front and Rear Chokes
  • Introduction to Ground Defense

Mr. McKenna teaches that the first and most important lesson on self-defense is to avoid the physical confrontation. 

A reminder that we will be having our school safety drill on March 3, 2022.

As always feel free to contact Mr. McKenna with any questions. 
614.718.5825 ext 276
March, April, May Study Tables Sign Up Available
The After School Study Table program is a great opportunity for students to work on homework and studying while also having the chance to receive assistance with school work, study skills, and organization in any subject in a quiet and supportive environment. Mr. Byorth, along with other teachers, will be supervising and offering assistance during this time.

Who: 5th-8th Grade Students
When: 3-4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
Starts Today! School 2022 Lenten Food Drive
As we all begin our plans for Lenten sacrifices, please join us in our Lenten Food Drive to benefit Feed the Kids Columbus. Feed the Kids Columbus is a 501c3 organization working to serve and advocate for children in Central Ohio with food insecurities. In partnership with the community, local schools, and businesses, they provide meals and snacks to fight childhood hunger.

We will collect the following items between March 2nd - March 9th.       

  • Kindergarten - fruit snacks
  • Grade One - individually packaged goldfish crackers
  • Grade Two - individually packaged chips
  • Grade Three - individually packaged veggie straws
  • Grade Four - oatmeal packets or cups
  • Grade Five - applesauce or fruit cups
  • Grade Six - easy mac and cheese cups or packets
  • Grade Seven - pasta cups (like Chef Boyardee)
  • Grade Eight - individually packaged pretzels

Thank you in advance for the Lenten sacrifice you will make to help feed needy children in our community!
Yearbooks for Sale
Yearbooks are on Sale NOW thru April 1st, 2022! Don’t miss out on your chance to order your 2021-2022 school yearbook that is packed full of fun memories! Online ordering is simple and easy! Simply click on the direct link below, then fill in your information and pay by credit card. 

If there are questions regarding ordering - please call Diane at 614-873-6867 or email info@dianesphotography.com
Home & School Announcement
We would like to announce the upcoming 2022-2023 Home & School Vice Co Chairs: Venessa Lookabaugh and Ashley Jones. We are thankful for their willingness to take on this volunteer leadership role and look forward to working with them! 

If you are looking to be more involved in Home & School we have 2 open positions; New Family Welcome Committee Co-Chair and Recess Chair! We would love for you to join! Please feel free to email Jennifer Obers  (jennifer.obers@gmail.com) or Leila Ulrich (lmulrich@gmail.com) for more information.  

Jen, & Leila, Sherri & Anne
NCEA Article: Ash Wednesday
Shine the Light

Forty-three days before Easter, Catholics across the world can be identified by a dark cross of ashes on their foreheads. The ashes on our foreheads remind us we are called to repent for our sins. Ash Wednesday also marks the start of a hopeful journey, Lent, in which we rediscover the light of Christ in our lives. 
School Tuition Assistance Application – Deadline March 15, 2022
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2022.

Please note if you applied for and accept the Oak Society grant, you are not eligible for tuition assistance as well.

To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:
  • You must be registered for the 2022-23 school year by March 15, 2022.
  • The application, tax return, and W-2 must be submitted by March 15, 2022. (No exceptions will be made for any late applications, so please apply early in case additional documentation is requested by FACTS.)
  • You must pay the online $35 application fee.
  • You need only submit one application per family.
  • Saint Brigid does not offer tuition assistance for non-Catholic families but you may be eligible for Diocesan assistance.
  • There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.
  • If 2021 taxes are not finished for submission by March 15, 2022, the 2020 tax return with 2021 W2 is acceptable.

*Please note: requirements are slightly different than years past, so please be sure to read all instructions carefully before submitting your application
News from Our Parish Community
Family First Lenten Activities
Mom to Mom
This Lent, Mom to Mom will be listening to the Abiding Together Podcast/Lenten study of This Present Paradise by Claire Dwyer. This study will challenge you with spiritual inspiration and practical wisdom, revealing how to live in union with God right now, during everyday life.

Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays in the Church Basement from 9:45 am to 11:15 am. You do not need to listen/read ahead to participate, join when you can. Childcare available! Childcare sign up here!  

You can find links to the podcast, reading plan and where to buy the book here.

Please feel free to contact Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com or Anne Davis davis.anne81@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sisters in Christ
This Lent, Sisters in Christ will watch and discuss the video series “No Greater Love, A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion,” by Edward Sri. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God's immeasurable and unconditional love as you draw closer to Jesus.

Sisters in Christ meets on Wednesdays in the Deacon’s Room from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm. You do not need to prepare to participate, join when you can!  

Please feel free to contact Cheryl Hohlefelder hohleinone@gmail.com or Mandy Skinner amandaskinner2@gmail.com if you have any questions. 
Eucharistic Adoration this Friday
You are invited to spend time in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist on Friday, March 4th for First Friday Eucharistic Adoration following the 9:00AM Mass and concluding at 4:00PM with Benediction.

My sweetest Joy is to be in the presence of Jesus in the holy Sacrament. I beg that when obliged to withdraw in body, I may leave my heart before the holy Sacrament. How I would miss Our Lord if He were to be away from me by His presence in the Blessed Sacrament! - St Katherine Drexel (Feast Day: March 3)
Jesus invites each one of us to spend time in joyful silence with him in Eucharistic Adoration. All are welcome, including families with children. If you wish to sign up for an hour, please click here or email Shelly Cocumelli at rocks1dad@aol.com.
Father/Daughter Dance - March 25
The annual St. Brigid Knights of Columbus Father/Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, March 25th in Hendricks Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Registration will open at 1:00 pm on February 27th. For more information or details on how to register, please see the event website: Saintbrigidfatherdaughterdance2022.eventbrite.com

Cost is $25/person and includes dinner, snacks, crafts, entertainment, and more. Space is limited, so please register early. Email family@stbrigidkofc.org if you have any questions.
Vacation Bible School 2022
June 20-24, 2022

Save the date for VBS, scheduled for June 20-24, 2022. More details will be released as they are set.

If you missed the initial planning meeting but are still interested in helping out with VBS, please contact Andrea Komenda at akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Wine Bottles, Auction Item Donations Needed
Save the date for this year's Corks for a Cause! The annual silent auction and wine tasting that benefits our parish and school's SPiCE (Special People in Catholic Education) program will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall. We are excited to hold the event in-person again, but will continue to offer online bidding for guests who do not attend in-person.

Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. tickets, vacation homes, gift cards, etc.) as well as any bottles of wine valued at $20 or higher for our Wine Grab! If you can donate, please contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.

We also have several sponsorship opportunities that families or businesses can take part in:

If you would like to help make Corks for a Cause 2022 a success, contact Sarah Moore at smoore@stbrigidofkildare.org.
News from Our Catholic High Schools
Need Apparel for Your Future BWHS Eagle?
Bishop Watterson's Eagle Store carries youth-sized Future Eagle t-shirts and sweatshirts. To order, email mrs.cook@bwhs.org.

The Eagle Store offers items for the entire family. Click on the link to see more! Email mrs.cook@bwhs.org to place an order. 
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.