Wolfhound Wednesday
March 20, 2019

Congrats to our cast and crew of the musical Aladdin Jr.!
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Thurs, Mar 21
Early Release (1:30 PM)

Fri, Mar 22
End of Quarter 3

Mar 25 - 29
No School - Spring Break

Mon, Apr 1
Stations of the Cross
(2 pm)

Wed, Apr 3
Confirmation Rehearsal (7 pm)

Fri, Apr 5
Confirmation (6 pm)

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the cast, crew and artists of Aladdin!  They put on three highly-talented performances last week that were enjoyed by students, parents, relatives, friends of the school and our parish 55+ Club.

A special thank you to the creative team of Crystal Bensonhaver,  Mar Frommeyer, Ken Heigel, Shelly Reardon, Stacie Williams, Larrie Habel, Carolyn Kramer and Bernadette Dinehart for their endless hours in directing and producing this theatrical event. Thank you also to the many teacher and parent volunteers who helped with the production including Chris Mazon, Jill Cecutti, Jeremy Johnson, Erin Mazon, Bridget DeSocio, Andrea Knabe, Nick Byorth, Amy Yaich, Sherry Drzal, Rich Habel, Greg Svatora, Diane Spagnuola, Alison Grogan, Erin Samenuk, Becky O'Connor, Barb Worly, Maria McClain, Brian Hagerty, Tina White, Bella Groce, Allie Wing, Kim Eilerman, and Lori Henry.  Thank you to St. Brigid theater alums, Catherine DeSocio and Dew Curtain, for helping to support the program this year.

Additionally, a big thank you to the many unnamed parent volunteers who assisted the creative team with countless hours of work to create costumes and play sets to help our students have fun, work hard, and experience new learning opportunities while learning an appreciation for musical theater. One of the most important aspects of this experience is that in the spirit of ministry our creative team guides the cast, crew and artists to be thankful for their God-given talents and for the strengths of each other.  Our students truly had the opportunity to learn the lessons of our performing arts mission statement: To inspire young people to discover and utilize their God-given talents and to bring evidence of Christ's love in the joy they bring to the audience.

It was a truly amazing performance that couldn't have been put on without all of their help!  With that thought in mind, many of our creative team are retiring after many years of service. We are seeking individuals who are interested in joining or participating in a leadership role on the creative team. If you are interested please contact Crystal Bensonhaver.  At this time, I would also like to thank the audience for the generous free-will donations of $1,275.00 to support the arts at St. Brigid.

See the article below for the links to view photos from the musical, and for a thank you video for our retiring volunteers. 

Please note that the Easter Basket collection for Holy Family Soup Kitchen is THIS WEEK .  See the story below for more details.  

Spring break begins this coming Friday, March 22nd and we will return on Monday, April 1st for fourth quarter.  Enjoy your time with your family and friends!

Lenten Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly

Quick Links
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.
C ongrats Cast & Crew of Aladdin Jr.!

C ongrats to the cast and crew of the musical Aladdin Jr!. To view photos from the productions and dress rehearsals, view the photo albums here.

Thank you to Alison Grogan of Grogan Studios (groganstudios.com) for the photography.
Tribute to our Musical Directors

Many of our musical directors will be retiring after this year's show. Below is a tribute video to thank those that will be retiring their volunteer positions: Mar Frommeyer (Mama Fro), Director & Choreographer, Ken Heigel, Set & Lighting Designer, Shelley Reardon, Props Master, Larrie Habel, Artistic Designer, and Carolyn Kramer, Costume Designer.

If you are interested in volunteering to fill any of these positions or to just get involved in the musical, please contact Crystal Bensonhaver at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org. 

Click the image above to view the musical tribute video, which highlights the musical over the last 15+ years.
Visit from Catholic Radio AM820

St. Gabriel Catholic Radio visited with the 5th graders at St. Brigid of Kildare yesterday for their Bishop Campbell call in program.  This was Bishop Campbell's last show in this format!  

Our 5th grade students worked hard in advance of this visit to prepare their answers to a reflection question from the Bishop: "How can we welcome new members in our Church?"

Our students' answers will be aired on "From the Chair with Bishop Campbell" on Tuesday, April 2nd from 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M . on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio AM820. The episode will also be available on their website on the Archive section here.
Support the School with Amazon Smile

Shop on Amazon?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases.

To set St. Brigid of Kildare School as your preferred charity, visit smile.amazon.com and search for St. Brigid of Kildare. Then remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop on Amazon!
Wax Museum Save the Date

Mark your calendars for this year's Wax Museum on Wednesday, May 1st in the St. Brigid Gym from 1:00-2:15 . All are welcome to attend, and we hope to see you then.

Thank you so much for your support as the 7th graders prepare for a very exciting speech!

SPiCE Survey Recap & Winner

Thanks to all those who completed the SPiCE Parent survey.  The winner of the drawing for the $50 Amazon gift card is Stacey Maxwell!

Look for a summary of the results in a future Wolfhound Wednesday, and/or please consider attending our next SPiCE meeting on Monday, May 6th, at 6 PM in Hendricks Hall to hear more details on the results and how we plan to utilize the feedback to put some plans in action.

Yearbook Orders Due Friday

Yearbook order form envelopes went home in Friday Folders.

Please complete the envelope with payment and return by March 22 to order a yearbook.

School Advisory Committee (SAC) Applications Due April 3

Take an active part in making our already amazing school even better. Apply for a position (3-year term) on St. Brigid's School Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to provide the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and the principal of Saint Brigid of Kildare School with advice and to make recommendations regarding issues affecting the school.

The mission of the School Advisory Committee is to promote and support a distinctive religious learning environment that provides for the propagation of the Catholic faith and values, fosters academic excellence, and develops fully the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional capabilities unique to each student. SAC meets once a month during the school months on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Prior to applying, please consider if you can commit to this time commitment for a three-year period.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and they can be submitted via the link below. Please contact Ann Sage (annosage@gmail.com) with any questions.

Click here to complete the online SAC application.
A St. Brigid Wellness Activity for Families:

Hilliard City Schools recently concluded digital wellness month. Each week had a different theme: Wellness, Citizenship, Etiquette, and Safety.

We suggest families complete one of the  theme activities over the next four weeks. The webpage provides numerous resources to help parents with the challenges related to social media.

For week 4, complete the activities under Safety at the top of the page. They break the activities by elementary and secondary levels.

Click the link
N ational Catholic Youth Conference
November 21-24, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN

The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an exciting, biannual experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general and concurrent sessions addressing a wide variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, sexuality, and leadership. There are also opportunities for liturgy and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic activity village.

In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship.

In 2017, over 23,000 people from across the nation attended NCYC. The 2019 NCYC will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, IN from November 21-November 24.

Online registration is open. Registration & more information can be found by clicking here.
PGC compliant parents & adult volunteers are needed and are invited to register.

NCYC information meeting for those considering registration will be held on Monday, March 25 from 7-8 PM in the Massey Teen Room. Parents & teens who will be in grades 9-12 in 2019-2020 should attend.

Can't make the March 25 meeting? Contact Laura Ginikos at lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org for additional information.
Protecting God's Children
April 11

St. Brigid of Kildare will be offering a Protecting God's Children session on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 am in the Carr Nursery of Hendrick's Hall. 

Registration is required at  www.virtus.org.
Important Message from the Saint Brigid Athletic Association!

The Athletic Board is pleased to announce a fundamental change in how our board is structured. All positions are now up for re-election each year.  We encourage all parish members to apply regardless of children in the program and/or previous service on the board. All current board members wanting to continue service should apply as well. 

This is your chance to get involved! If you have any interest in helping out with the athletic board, this is the time. You can see a list of current board positions on  www.gowolfhounds.com.

If you would like more information about any of our board positions and/or to express interest, simply contact  info@gowolfhounds.com. The time commitment depends on the position, but for most positions is far less than you might expect - and you get to be involved with all our sports programs and initiatives.

While all positions are available, in particular we are actively looking for a new Athletic Director as our current AD will be moving on at the end of this school year. Just contact us for more information!
Easter Basket Collection for Holy Family Soup Kitchen
Collection is THIS Week!

Please help the Social Action Committee supply Easter Baskets of candy, crackers and nutritious snacks for family distribution at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and food pantry. Donations are being collected March 18-22 in containers marked "Easter Goodies" in the school cafeteria. As a reminder, all crackers, nutritious snacks and candy need to be individually wrapped.

Your family is invited to help assemble the baskets on Saturday, March 23, at 9:30 am, in the school cafeteria. Come and make this a family event.
Installation Mass & Vespers Service for Most Rev. Robert Brennan
The Installation Mass for Bishop Designate Robert Brennan as the twelfth Bishop of Columbus will take place on Friday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral. There will also be an Evening Vespers Service with Bishop Designate Robert Brennan on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Due to space restrictions at the Cathedral, attendance at both Vespers and the Installation Mass is by invitation only. 

Parish lay participation at these historic celebrations is essential to Bishop Brennan and the Installation Committee, so our parish has selected Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Stephanie Hackett to attend the Vespers, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Maureen Zimmerman to attend the Installation Mass to represent Saint Brigid of Kildare at these services.
A Girl's Life
Program for adolescent girls -- April 2
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