March 24, 2021
Students enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick's Day last week with time spent outdoors, a Kona Ice treat, and a surprise Leprechaun visit! (Students gathered quickly for a group shot).
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As Lent comes to an end it is time to prepare to celebrate Holy Week. To locate information about all of our Holy Week services that will be held both virtually and in person, please refer to the “Our Lenten Journey” booklet or the parish Lent webpage at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/Lent for links to all of our Lenten program information. If your family participated in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Program, you may begin sending in your donations to the school office this week and next. 

Many families may also be planning travel over the next few weeks. Please refer to the article below regarding the latest guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.  

Lenten blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
LATEST UPDATE: Planning to Travel?
Since our most recently published travel guidelines, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has dropped its weekly state positivity report and related quarantine requirement for domestic travel.

ODH continues to caution against unnecessary travel and reminds all travelers to follow safety practices of hand hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing.

Additionally, any international travel will require: a COVID-19 test done 3–5 days after travel AND a self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. If you do not get tested, we ask that you stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days.

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 if you plan international travel. 
Oak Society Scholarship Applications Now Open
Oak Society Scholarships Now Open, 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 Babs Pulsfort Memorial Gift of Giving Scholarship (newly added)

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

To read more about these scholarships and to apply, click the link below.
Ms. Ghiloni Adopts Two Daughters
Congratulations to Ms. Amanda Ghiloni, occupational therapist, who last week officially adopted her two youngest daughters in a virtual adoption ceremony!

Below is a story that was featured in the Newark Advocate about her virtual adoption ceremony.

Congrats to Ms. Ghiloni and her family!
Power of the Pen Spotlight on Mrs. Hardin
Congratulations to Mrs. Sara Hardin, who was just featured in a Power of the Pen Spotlight story on the organization's website. From the article:

Under the guidance of Power of the Pen alum Sara Hardin and co-coach Shelley Regrut, the St. Brigid of Kildare team took first place in both the 7th and 8th grades at the Gahanna Middle School South District Tournament on February 20, 2021, a remarkable accomplishment. For Sara, coaching a Power of the Pen team provides an opportunity to inspire young writers, just as she was inspired by her Power of the Pen experiences in middle school.
BWHS Little Theatre Presents PIPPIN
BWHS Little Theatre presents PIPPIN, beginning April 14 in various formats. Congrats to our many Saint Brigid of Kildare School alumni who are a part of this show!

See below for viewing options.

Congrats Alumni!
Veronica Worley, Molly Rafferty, Claire Hohlfelder, Kate Drab, Matthew Drab, Audry Eilerman, Nora Brady, Jake Bramlish, John Agan

DRIVE-IN (April 16):

ONLINE (April 17 & 18):
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.
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.
KofC Virtual Free Throw Contest
Please join us and participate in our virtual Free Throw contest for girls and boys ages 9 to 14 years old. This year, we'll be recognizing all participants. Let's have some fun!

Like most everything else, this year's Free Throw Championship will be different than other years. While the district and state level tournaments won't be taking place this year, we can still have some fun doing a virtual free throw contest focused on fun and participation at St. Brigid of Kildare!

We won't be getting together this year. Parents, please work with your children to find a safe basketball hoop where you can, after a few practice shots, take 10 free throws and report here how many you make!

All participants will be recognized with a participation certificate!

This virtual event will end on April 30th, 2021.

Feel free to share your participation in this fun event on social media! #StBrigid2021KnightsFreeThrowFun
Make it a Date!
Make it a Date! Strengthening Your Marriage During a Pandemic

Virtual Edition
Saturday, April 17, 2021
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Virtually via Zoom

All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 21st Make It A Date! event.

We’ll be launching a new video series that coupled with small group discussions
will help us focus on our marriages as well as meet other couples who also want
to make their relationships a priority.

Anne and Michael Flock will help us kick off this new series. Anne and Michael, St. Brigid parishioners, have three school-age children.

Registration Is Necessary

Please RSVP to Ellen Little at ellen.little.187@gmail.com or 614-595-9628 by April 15th and we’ll send you the link for the meeting.

Sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation
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!
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.
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph: Prayer 5 - Patient Protector
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.

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.