Wolfhound Wednesday
March 6, 2019

Kindergartners hibernated with stuffed animals and good books.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Mar 6
Ash Wednesday Mass (9 AM)

Thurs, Mar 7
Home & School Mtg (10 AM)

Sun, Mar 10
Spring Musical Dress Rehearsal

Wed, Mar 13
Spring Musical School Performance (1:15 PM)

Thurs, Mar 14
Bring a Disciple to Mass (Grade 2)
Spring Musical (7 PM)

Fri, Mar 15
Stations of the Cross (2 PM)
Spring Musical (7 PM)

Dear Parents,

Lent begins today, and during this liturgical season we are called to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This is a time to prepare ourselves to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Jesus.  As a family we suggest that you consider gathering together for a few minutes this evening to talk about how your family will practice the Lenten traditions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Below are some of the many opportunities for you to consider as you discuss how your family can best practice Lenten traditions this year.

Stations of the Cross
As a school community we will spend extra time in prayer and reflection by attending the Stations of the Cross.  You are invited to join us for the Stations on the following dates:
March 15,  2:00 PM
April 1,  2:00 PM
April 9,  2:00 PM
April 17,  2:00 PM

CRS Ark of Hope and Rice Bowls
To show support and to raise awareness of the needs of our larger global community we are asking families to participate in the Catholic Relief Services Ark of Hope and Rice Bowl Project. Using the symbolism of the Noah's Ark story, our students are pariticipating in lessons in the classroom and in this week's CARE meeting to learn more about the needs of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world.  Students are being asked to find creative ways to raise money to donate to the Rice Bowl which will be used to purchase animals to "fill the ark". The animals will be used for agricultural projects to help build self-sufficiency and bring food security to communities around the world.

Easter Basket Collection for the Holy Family Soup Kitchen
The parish Social Action Committee will collecting Easter candy, and nutricious snacks the week of March 18th to make Easter Baskets for the Holy Family Soup Kitchen.  Donations can be made at church or school.

Daily Reflections
If you are interested in some daily inspiration coming to your  inbox each morning two of my favorites are Bishop Robert Barron and Matthew Kelly.  
Soup Suppers
Additional ways your family can pray, fast and give alms is by attending the parish Lenten Soup Suppers.  As an act of kindness during the soup supper consider making a donation to the Catholic Relief Services - Operation Rice Bowl.
The parish Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations are on the following dates:
March 12,  6:00 PM
March 19,  6:00 PM
March 26,  6:00 PM
April 2,  6:00 PM
April 9,  6:00 PM

Many of our families attended Taize prayer during Advent and Msgr. Hendricks and I would like to invite you to attend Taize prayer again during Lent.  It is a beautiful way to spend a quiet hour together as a family with prayer, reflection and music. Taize Prayer will take place on April 11 at 6:30 pm.

Together we can make this Lent especially meaningful for all of our children.

Lenten Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly

Quick Links
Photo Newsletters: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Aladdin Jr.

Saint Brigid of Kildare School Presents

March 14th and 15th
Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

No admission fee.
Free will donations will be accepted to help support
Saint Brigid Performing Arts

St Brigid 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.

Musical Help Needed!
Many of our musical's volunteers will be retiring after this year's musical. We are looking to fill many positions for next year. Please consider helping in one of these areas for next year: 
- director
- choreographer
-set designer (construction and painting/backdrop)
-light designer
-props master/mystress
-costume designer

If you are interested, please contact Crystal Bensonhaver at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org. 
2019-2020 Calendar Dates

Below are some of the major calendar dates for next school year.

August 21, 2019
First day of school
September  2 - 3, 2019
No school for students
October 25, 2019
No school for students
November 27-29, 2019
Thanksgiving Break
December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020
No school for students
January 20, 2020
No school for students
February 14 - 17, 2020
No school for students
March 23 - 27, 2020
Spring Break
April 9 - 13, 2020
Easter Break
May 25, 2020
No school for students
May 29, 2020
Last day of school

Run the Race Food Drive - Thank You!

Thank you to all who donated to the Run the Race food drive last week!

Rachel was very thankful for all the donations that came in to stock her shelves. Pictured to the right are our students helping deliver the donations we collected.
Stu dent Meets with State  Reps

Saint Brigid of Kildare School 6th grade student, Bailey Kerins, has been involved in fundraising for the  NoBody is Perfect non-profit organization that raises awareness for eating disorders and promotes a positive body image.  NoBody is Perfect started three years ago at the University of Notre Dame, and grew over the last couple years and is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

On February 8th, Bailey had the opportunity to meet with Ohio State Senator Stephanie Kunze, Policy Director Bridget Harrison and Ohio State Representative Rick Carfagna to introduce her non-profit NoBody is Perfect.  The meetings were located at the Ohio Statehouse and the Governors Office.  During each meeting, Bailey presented the Mission and goals of the charity.

Bailey has fundraising events scheduled for this year, including a 5K on August 4th at Glacier Ridge Park, a TopGolf fundraiser, and speaking engagements with Dr. Sarah Altman.

Congratulations to Bailey for her hard work and goal of helping other people!

National Assessment of Educational Progress

Last week, our 8th grade students participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a measurement of student achievement in the United States. NAEP is considered the gold standard of assessments because of its high technical quality. Our school was selected to represent other Catholic and private schools across the nation, to accurately capture the nation's student progress. Schools, students, and teachers who participate in NAEP perform a valuable community service and enable The Nation's Report Card to provide a more inclusive representation of what our nation's students know and can do in key subject areas.

Thank you to our 8th grade students for completing this assessment and making an important contribution to The Nation's Report Card!

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 2, complete the activities under "Citizenship" towards the bottom of the page. They divide the activities into elementary and secondary levels.  Click the link here.

Home & School Meeting Thursday

A Home & School meeting will be held this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (please note this is different from previous meetings that it is not following a school Mass).  

During the meeting there is a speaker from the parish coming to talk about a new class being offered called TMIY "That Man Is You." 

All are welcome to attend! The meeting will be held in Hendricks Hall. 

Diocese Tuition Assistance Application - Deadline March 15, 2019

Applications for Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted and verified by March 15, 2019.

Click here to read how  to be considered for the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance program.

Keep Collecting Box Tops!

Our contest results will be announced next week!

Corks for a Cause - Thank You!

THANK YOU for your support of our SPiCE program at Corks for a Cause!

We had another successful fundraiser for our parish SPiCE program, raising thousands of dollars for children in our parish and school with special learning needs. 

This year, we introduced our next big goal for our SPiCE program -- launching a  social emotional learning program to help children develop the skills needed to manage emotions, learn empathy, and build healthy relationships.   Research shows that investment in social emotional learning in schools has led to gains in academics, improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and positive mental health outcomes. In just minutes at Saturday's event (despite the technological difficulties!), you helped us raise over $15,000 for this program! We are so grateful for such a supportive community that allows our SPiCE program to grow and adapt to the changing needs of our children. 

If you were unable to attend or support our event this year, you can still contribute to our children by clicking the link below. 

(scroll down to the Donate Now section)

Thank You to our speakers at the event, Chris & Jackie Walling, for sharing their heartfelt SPiCE story. To read their presentation notes, click here.

Thank You Sponsors

VBS Registration Open!

Get ready for a Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer!  Join us as we travel the globe and learn why we pray, where we pray and how to make your prayer life take flight!

When: June 17-21, 2019, 9 am - noon
Where: St. Brigid of Kildare School
Who: Children 3 years old and potty trained by June 17, 2019 through those entering grade 6 (2019-20 school year)*
Cost: $40/per child (includes VBS T-Shirt, Music CD and all supplies used throughout the week)

Click here to register and learn more!

VBS is looking for adult and junior volunteers! Look for the volunteer registration forms at the link above.
SPiCE Meeting Cancelled

The SPiCE Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 11 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Monday, May 6 at 7 PM.
SPiCE Survey Reminder

The  SPiCE  committee would like to raise awareness and collect your input on the  SPiCE  program at St. Brigid. Please complete the short  survey  below by this Friday, March 8 if you have not yet. Be sure to enter your contact information at the end in order to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.
Lenten Activities at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

St. Brigid of Kildare Parish will be offering many activities, prayer services, speakers and bible studies during Lent. 

Click the image to the right to view the full page flyer of all of our Lenten activities.

Article: Trying to Be Perfect 

Here is an article from the parenting website Grown & Flown titled "Trying to Perfect is Killing Our Teens and We're to Blame"

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