March 17, 2021
The seventh graders had some fun for Valentine’s Day by making bridges out of toothpicks, marshmallows and heart gummies. They learned about what shapes make the most sturdy structure and challenged themselves to build the longest bridge.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Top O’ The Morning To You!!

Today our students are enjoying a St. Patrick’s Day celebration as a part of our Week of Remembrance and Hope!  The Home and School leprechauns stopped by the school last evening and surprised the students by turning the school green!  There will even be a green Kona Ice treat at recess today!  At the end of the week, we will send an email sharing photos from this week’s activities along with a video memoir written, directed and produced by three of our 7th-grade students.    

More great news!  Our children will begin attending Mass in-person a grade level at a time beginning on Tuesday, March 23rd.  The whole school will continue to attend Mass virtually each Thursday at 9:00 am.  Our sacrament classes of 2nd and 8th-grade students will be among the first to have this opportunity to return to the physical presence of the church. More details are shared in the story below.

The good news continues as we celebrate another one of our many blessings for the year 2021.  Congratulations to 7th and 8th-grade teacher Mrs. Sara Hardin and her husband Justin on the birth of Anna Katherine on March 2nd weighing 8lbs 4ozs.  Everyone is doing well, including 3-year old big brother James! 

COVID-19 certainly changed all of our lives so quickly.  As we take time this week to remember and reflect, I am so thankful for the positive, professional and caring response of our teachers to take care of our students.  I am equally thankful for the patience, understanding,  and flexibility of our parents in support of our teachers. As a total school and parish community, we are committed to providing quality educational experiences for your children no matter the circumstances.  Most importantly we want to continue to be a strong faith community supporting each other through prayer, support and engagement. 

An Irish blessing of light and hope
May the blessing of light be upon you, light on the outside and light on the
inside. With God's sunlight shining on you, may your heart glow with warmth
like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes like a candle in the window,
welcoming the weary traveler.
May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you, falling gently on your head,
refreshing your soul with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, carrying the rain to wash
your spirit clean, sparkling after, in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God's earth be on you and as you walk the roads, may you
always have a kind word for those you meet.
May you understand the strength and power of God in a thunderstorm in winter,
the quiet beauty of creation and the calm of a summer sunset.
And may you come to realize that insignificant as you may seem in this great
universe, you are an important part of God's plan.
May He watch over you and keep you safe from harm.

May God hold you in the palm of his hand, until we meet again,

Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 7th and 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Task Force Update March 8: Week of Remebrance, Hope & Prayer

Included in this email is a description of the Week of Remembrance, Hope and Prayer that we will be celebrating as a school next week, March 15 - 19.
Children to Begin Returning to Mass
Children attending Saint Brigid of Kildare School will begin alternating their attendance of in-person daily Masses beginning Tuesday, March 23. Students will sit with their assigned classroom pods, seated six feet apart, and will follow all COVID safety protocols including wearing masks. Each Mass will be limited to three classroom pods, so grade levels will alternate which days they will attend in-person. Children will only attend the 9 AM Masses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (this will not impact the liturgies for these Masses). School parents will not be able to sit with their school children during these Masses to limit movement within the church. 

The school children will continue to attend virtual school Masses on Thursdays at 9 AM (when it is not their classroom pod's day to attend in-person). We are excited for this step that will bring many of our parish children back into the physical presence of the church, and will allow our children to receive the physical Eucharist.
Switching to HOME Learning Reminder
As part of our COVID-19 reopening plan, St. Brigid is serving in-person and HOME Learners concurrently through Digital Academy, Google Meet, and Google Classroom (Grades K-8). Students who are sick or quarantined for an extended period of time can transition to online learning and receive instruction when needed. That being said, there are also important practical and logistical considerations in students being able to successfully engage in virtual instruction. It is not as simple as alternating back and forth between virtual and in-person; rather, we must follow a process of orienting students so that they understand and can access the right technology, follow an accurate schedule, and take the proper assessments.  

Please remember that this is intended for quarantines and for children with extended illnesses, not for day-by-day transitions (e.g. appointments, sporting events, etc). Please review this guide for reference, or contact Jill Carfagna (mrs.carfagna@stbrigid-school.org) if you have any questions.
Oak Society Scholarship Applications Open Next Week
Oak Society Scholarships Open March 24, Deadline April 23

The Oak Society is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. It is committed to helping families in our parish continue a Catholic education through parish-supported grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance. The Oak Society will provide scholarships to students with criteria set by the donor or organization. We will continue to build this scholarship program in order to expand the opportunities available to our students. If you are interested in donating or creating a scholarship, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.

Next week we will open the application process for our Spring 2021 scholarships.

Current scholarship opportunities are:
  • The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship
  • The Home & School Association Scholarship
  • The Joyce O'Reilly Family Scholarship
  • The SPiCE Scholarship Program
  • Karen & William Nomina Faith & Service Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Jane Zetzer Memorial Scholarship

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Wednesday, April 23, 2021.

To read more about the criteria and application process for these scholarships, click the link below.
Spiritwear Store Now Open
The Spiritwear store will be open one last time for the 2020-21 school year. We have added some new spring items...check out the link below! 

The Spiritwear store will be open starting today through March 31st. Shipping or pick up will begin April 16th.

If you select the shipping option, your order will be shipped. If you chose to pick up your order, please note the address and hours of operation below.

If you cannot make it during these times to pick up your order, please call 614-256-2143 to arrange another time.

Morganheimer/Premier Sports & Spirit
473 Village Park Drive
Powell, OH 43065

Office Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 12-4pm
Sat 12-3pm

Any questions? 
Please contact Stacy Austin at 317-694-6202 or Lesley Beran at 614-257-9791
Corks for a Cause is Going Virtual!
We are excited to announce Corks for a Cause, our primary fundraiser for the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare, will be returning this year in a new weeklong virtual format!

Our website and silent auction bidding will open on Sunday, April 18 and close Saturday, April 24.

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. golf packages, gift cards, vacation homes, items and experiences that are COVID-safe), and bottles of wine valued at $20 and higher for our wine grab! To donate or get more information, contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.
Home & School Meeting Rescheduled
Home & School will be combining the originally scheduled March and April meetings with a new meeting date of Wednesday, March 24 at 10 AM.

Kindly mark your calendars and Zoom link to follow closer to the date.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support Home and School!
PE Uniform Dress Code Update for the 2021-22 School Year
This school year has definitely been one marked by change, updates, and “pivoting.” Some of the changes we have implemented during this year of COVID protocols will dissipate, but those that have led to new best practices will most likely remain. One of the most visible changes to our policies this year has been the revision to our students’ PE uniform dress code. We are happy to announce that our PE uniform dress code for grades 5-8 will now be permanently changed. Students will no longer change their clothes at school for PE but rather will come to school dressed for PE on PE days. Students in grades 5-8 will wear our traditional green PE t-shirt with solid black wind pants and an optional solid black wind suit jacket. Please carefully read the requirements below:

  • The green uniform PE t-shirt must be purchased through one of the uniform stores, or through our periodic used uniform sales.  
  • The black wind pants must be made of 100% polyester, a polyester-spandex blend with less than 10% spandex, or a poly/tricot blend. The pants must be solid black, with no other colors, stripes, or logos. The pants must be open at the ankle, not cuffed or gathered. The pants must be loose fitting. The pants may have a short zipper at the ankle but this is not preferred. No fleece pants, tight fitting pants, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, or any other kind of athletic pant will be allowed.
  • The optional black wind suit jacket must be made of 100% polyester or a poly/tricot blend. The jacket must be solid black with no other colors, stripes, or logos. The jacket may not have a hood, and must be loose fitting. It may have a ¼ zip, a ½ zip, or a full zipper. No other kind of athletic jacket will be allowed.

On their PE days, students in grades K-4 have the option of wearing the PE wind pants and jacket with an approved uniform blouse or shirt instead of the uniform PE green t-shirt. However, all the above rules for the pants and jacket must be followed. Students in K-4 may also wear their regular school uniforms on their PE days, with uniform tennis shoes and, for our girls, a pair of shorts under their jumpers for modesty.

Parents are encouraged to start looking now for items that adhere to the school PE uniform dress code. A traditional uniform store, a department store, or an online store are all options, will all differ in price, will all differ in availability, and will all differ in fit and quality. Parents this year had various experiences with all retail options so we encourage you to shop early if you are able. Due to all of the issues our teachers and our families were dealing with during this year of COVID, we did not enforce the PE uniform dress code to the “letter of the law.” However, starting in the fall, we will expect all students to be in full compliance with our PE uniform dress code. 
PERC Dublin Presents "It's Just Alcohol, Right?"
PERC Dublin will be hosting "It's Just Alcohol, Right?" on Thursday, March 24 at 9:30 AM and 7 PM.

Click here to view the flyer, or visit www.percdublin.org for more information.
Schoolbelles Sales
Schoolbelles is having a 20% off everything sale with free shipping beginning March 14.

They are also continuing their tuition giveaway promotion, which you can find more details on here.
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph: Prayer 4 - During a Pandemic
With the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph" that began on December 8, 2020 and ends on December 8, 2021.

St. Joseph's feast day is on March 19. Our school will be attending virtual school Mass that day, and will also be receiving St. Joseph Holy cards.

For a short reflection and prayer video, click the link below.

We will be featuring one short prayer to St. Joseph each week during Lent.
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/Default.aspx?tabid=2541558.
  • If you would like more information about any of our board positions and/or to express interest, simply contact info@gowolfhounds.com by April 12nd. 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:
  • Treasurer
  • Baseball Commissioner
  • Volleyball Commissioner

Board Elections will occur during the SBAA meeting on April 14th.
Spring Sports Registration - Closing Today!
  • Registration for Track & Field, Baseball, and Softball is closing today, March 17th at noon.
  • If you have forgotten to register, don't miss out as we need to finalize teams for Diocese scheduling.
  • Registration can be found at https://www.gowolfhounds.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2541566
Planning to Travel?
As we have learned more about the transmission of Coronavirus, the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have both recently updated their travel guidelines. This seems to be a good time to share the updates that we will be following for travel going forward:

All travel guidance is subject to change as the pandemic progresses. Consult these ODH and CDC websites for current requirements if travel is anticipated.

  • Please continue to notify Peggy Iannarino, RN, School Nurse of your travel plans or if any concerns arise regarding COVID-19.