U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School
(2021, 2014, 2008)
March 9, 2022
Last week our fourth graders celebrated Ohio's 219th birthday with Ohio-themed activities in each subject -- a code breaker puzzle in Math, an ABCs of Ohio booklet for Social Studies, a reading packet for ELA, and an opinion writing piece. They had a lot of fun!
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

With the current cold weather, it is hard to believe that spring break is fast approaching. This break gives us all time to relax and refresh and take a break from the fast paced schedule of the school year. This break also allows for extra time for students to engage in social media and technology. The opportunities that these tools offer are amazing, they have given us so many advancements and wonderful resources; however they come with great responsibility. Please take a look at the great article below titled “The 12 Most Dangerous Apps For Kids: A Parent’s Guide”. The article was provided by “BARK” which is a software application we use to monitor our students’ internet activity while using their Saint Brigid issued email accounts.  

The deadline for submitting applications for Diocesan and St. Brigid tuition assistance is March 15th. The deadline is during spring break, so you may want to submit your application this week. See details below.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s Corks for a Cause event will be in-person. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, March 10 beginning at 9 AM at the auction website corks22.givesmart.com. See below for more info about this event.

Lenten blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly

P.S. There will be a menu change for Friday -- we will have bagel, macaroni & cheese, celery, kiwi, and pudding. 
Photo Newsletters: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Grade
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
SBK Musical Revue!
St. Brigid has a long-standing tradition of presenting wonderful musicals for the enjoyment of our school and community. To help celebrate the end of the school year, St. Brigid will be presenting an SBK Musical Revue! In this presentation, students from grades 6th, 7th, and 8th will be performing selected musical numbers from past school productions.

Possible song selections will include numbers from the following shows:

Aladdin Jr
Disney's Peter Pan Jr
Seussical Jr
Shrek Jr
Wizard of Oz Jr
The Little Mermaid Jr
Alice in Wonderland Jr
Once Upon A Mattress, Jr
Dateline Rock-n-Roll
Music Man Jr
Godspell Jr
Tom Sawyer Jr
The Glass Slipper (Cinderella Jr)
Annie Jr

Performance Dates
School Performance May 18th at 1:30 pm
Evening Performances May 19th and 20th at 7:00 pm

Dress Rehearsal (if needed): Sunday, May 15th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Auditions for the revue will be Monday, March 28th, and Tuesday, March 29th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the music room. Auditions are open to students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, and they can sign up for their preferred audition date outside of the music room.  If needed, there will be a callback call on Wednesday, March 30th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Students should see Ms.Bensonhaver for more information.

Rehearsals will tentatively start the following week on Monday, April 4th, Tuesday, April 5th, and Wednesday, April 6th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the music room.  (Students will receive what day they need to report for rehearsal following auditions.)

Questions? Email Ms. Bensonhaver at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org

*We are also in need of parent volunteers, so if you are interested in helping with revue logistics, costuming, and/or sets, please email Ms. Bensonhaver. (All volunteers must be PGC certified.) Thanks for considering!
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!
Tanishka Prabhu Headed to Regional Spelling Bee
Due to her individual performance on the preliminary online test, 8th grade student Tanisha Prabhu has earned a top 50 score and is invited to participate in the 2022 OHIO Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 26 at Ohio University (Athens, OH). The Top 50 spellers represent grades 3-8. 

Congratulations and good luck to Tanisha!
Last Call for Spiritwear!
St. Brigid spiritwear store is now open! This is your last time to order spiritwear for the 2021–22 school year. Check out some of our new options for spring in the “new items” category and be ready to go in your Wolfhound gear!

The site is open now through Sunday, March 20th.
Please note: Orders placed from 3/17 - 3/20 may not be ready for pick up until 4/14, so place your orders early to secure delivery for the first week of April. Pickup at Morganheimer or direct shipping to your home are both available. 

Any questions? 
Stacy Austin at 317-694-6202 or Lesley Beran at 
The 12 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids: A Parent's Guide
For even the most tech-savvy of parents, keeping up with all of the latest apps your kid wants to download can be a real struggle. Trends change, social media platforms evolve, and new viral apps can explode onto the scene in a matter of days. Making things even harder, it can be difficult to tell which apps are really a threat to your child’s well-being. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the twelve most dangerous apps for kids today. Some you’ll probably recognize, but a few may surprise you!
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
PERC Book Talk Today
Born to Be Wild, Dr. Shatkin

Join us for a book talk led by Syntero Clinicians to discuss why teens take risks and what drives their decision-making through the lens of neuroscience and research. Engage in candid dialogue about this important topic and how to help our children and adolescents manage risk.
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
Corks for a Cause Ticket Sales Open Tomorrow!
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:

Ticket sales will open Thursday, March 10 at 9 AM. To purchase tickets, visit corks22.givesmart.com.

Volunteer Meeting Tonight
Join us tonight, March 9 at 7 PM in Room B of Hendricks Hall for a volunteer committee meeting to learn how you can get involved!
SBAA Annual Board Member Elections
The St. Brigid Athletic Association's board members are an annual re-elected position. 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 https://www.gowolfhounds.com/board
If you would like more information about any of our board positions and/or to express interest, simply contact info@gowolfhounds.com by April 10th. 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 the following positions where existing board members are rolling off:
  • Athletic Director
  • Volleyball Commissioner

Board Elections will occur during the SBAA meeting on April 12th
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. 
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.
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.