Wolfhound Wednesday
May 1, 2019

Fifth graders created their own aliens to describe the living conditions of other planets.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, May 8
Interims Posted
First Communion (4:30 pm)

Thurs, May 9
Bring a Disciple to Mass (Grade K)

Sat, May 11
First Communion (10 am)

Mon, May 13
All School Rosary (2 pm)

Wed, May 15
Home & School Meeting (12 pm)

Thurs, May 16
Super Games
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Dear Parents,

As the calendar turns to the busy month of May I would like to invite you to put several events on your calendar.
  • This afternoon stop by the gym and visit our 7th grade wax museum from 1:00 - 2:15 pm
  • First Communion May 11 at 10 am
  • All school rosary May 13 at 2:00 pm
  • Super Games and Early Release May 16
  • May Crowning May 17 at 9:00 am
  • Winter and Spring Pep Rally and 8th grade vs. Faculty Volleyball game May 28 at 1:15 pm
  • Graduation May 30 at 6:00 pm
  • Leadership Mass and last day of school May 31

The month of May is a special time for us as Catholics to pray to our Blessed Mother Mary.  During this very busy month of May remember to make time to pray the rosary together as a family.   

Spring 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.
Kathy O'Reilly and Cindy Lombardo with Mark Sumers from sponsor Catholic Textbook Project at the Innovations in Catholic Education 2019 banquet. Photo credit: Lisa Julia Photography/Bayard Inc.
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Wins 2019 Innovations in Catholic Education Award

Congratulations to Saint Brigid of Kildare School for being selected as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Innovations in Catholic Education Award in the category promoting Catholic identity.

The Innovations in Catholic Education Award, created by Today's Catholic Teacher, honors Catholic schools that have led the way nationally by implementing exemplary innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staff. The 2019 award was offered in four categories: promoting Catholic identity, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, and total community involvement. 

On April 24, at an awards event during the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Convention in Chicago, one grand-prize winner was announced in each category, and those four winning schools each took home a $1,000 prize. Winning schools will be featured in a special section in the fall issue of Today's Catholic Teacher in addition to being honored at the awards presentation banquet during the NCEA Convention.

Saint Brigid of Kildare School won this award for our discipleship model. With the goal of increasing students' understanding of their personal call to discipleship, St. Brigid has implemented many methods of teaching and reminding students what it means to be a modern-day disciple. Teachers provided visuals to help students learn that disciples are kind, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. A Student Discipleship Rubric was created to allow students and teachers to assess progress with each tenant. The code of conduct and even cafeteria rules were rewritten so that the expectation is clear: Student disciples will be kind, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn in all places and at all times. This discipleship project has taught students how to measure their own daily actions with the understanding of how Jesus calls us to live.

To learn more and see the finalists in each category, visit www.catholicteacher.com.

Article on St. Brigid Alum
Sam Severance is a 2010 graduate of St. Brigid of Kildare School, and a 2014 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School. Below is his story, full of strength, hope and faith -- and his plans for the future, including entering the priesthood.

WOOSTER - Sam Severance is back on field with The College of Wooster's baseball team for the 2019 season this spring - something few thought possible at this time last year. 

A senior outfielder turned designated hitter, Severance is determined to finish his intercollegiate career despite having had his lower right leg amputated following a protracted and agonizing battle with bone cancer. 

Click here to read the full article. 
Arc of Hope Update
Over $3,000 Raised for CRS

\We are excited to announce that we have collected a total of $3,112.61  for th e Catholic Relief Services Ark of  Hope  Project and Operation Rice Bowls.  This means that our students have raised enough money to purchase 3 arks!

This generous donation will be able to support children in underserved areas of the world with farm animals to build self-sufficiency and food to feed their community. 

Inspired by the Arc of Hope fundraising project, fifth grade student  Calin Shelley worked to design and create a 3D printed Arc of hope with the words  "Sharing our Strengths with God" surrounding it. 

He was excited to help raise money for the project,  and tied in the Lenten project with our school theme in his creation. To the right is a close up of his detailed work.

Wolfhound  Field   Day  Volunteer Sign Up

St. Brigid of Kildare School Wolfhound Field Day is coming up on Thursday, May 16 at Brigid's Green. Please remember this is an Early Release  Day

Our end of the year  field  day will feature inflatables, game stations, activities, and fun for all grade levels to enjoy! We need LOTS of volunteers to make this  day fun and safe for our kids. Please sign up to help make this  day a success! 

We need volunteers for the  day (8:15 to 1 pm) to work at one of the stations or to walk with a designated class. We will also need lunch volunteers (9 to 11:00 am).

To join the fun, please sign up below. All volunteers must be fingerprinted and have completed Protecting God's Children.

Summer Tutoring

Summer tutoring is available from the following Saint Brigid of Kildare staff members. Staff can be contacted via email or by calling the school office and leaving a message.

Staff Name
Grade Level(s)
Contact Info
Christine Gutridge
3-4 team teacher
Grades K-4
All Subjects
Andrea Knabe
5-6 team teacher
Grades 4-9

Jill Cecutti
5-6 team teacher

Reading, Writing, Study Skills,
Test-taking strategies
Grades K-8 (entering)

Nick Byorth
5-6 team teacher

Math, Social Studies, & Writing
Grades 5-8

Teri Ryan
instructional aide

All subjects

Grades K-4

Katy Nentwich
7-8 team teacher

Math and ELA
Grades 4 - 9
Megan Byorth
1-2 team teacher
All subjects
Grades K-3

Mackenzie Veeder
1-2 team teacher

Grades K-4
Grades K-4

Molly Long
1-2 team teacher
Grades K-4
Grades K-4
Erin Russell
Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech and Language


Gladys Ruz
instructional aide

Reading, Math
Shelley O'Neil
1-2 team literacy teacher
Reading  and Writing
Brittany Burger
3-4 team teacher
All subjects

Shelley Regrut
3-4 Literacy Teacher

Reading, writing,  grammar and

Grades 2,3,4,5,6

Area Band Concert
This Monday

The Spring Area Band Concert is this coming Monday, May 6 at 7pm at Bishop Watterson.  This concert involves all of our 81 band students at St. Brigid. Come out and support our band program!

Contribute Online to Gifts of Gratitude

Gifts of Gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide monetary gifts to teachers and staff members at Christmas and the end of year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Why participate?
This is a convenient way for families to make sure that each teacher, aide, and staff member who touches your child's life is recognized for all they do at St. Brigid. Instead of several small gifts from each student, each teacher and staff member will receive a monetary gift that they choose how to use - whether they want to splurge on themselves or help with their own family's expenses.

What if I already participated at Christmas? 
If your family donated to the Gifts of Gratitude program at Christmas time, no need to donate again! We only ask for each family to donate once each year.

Oops...I can't remember, did I already contribute this year? 
If you are unsure if you already contributed for this year, just email 
Stacy Austin ( stacyandrob2001@yahoo.com) , Amy Creekmur ( amycreekmur@gmail.com)  or Laura Farnham ( lfarnham@erpartners.net)  and they will let you know.

How much do I give? 
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child; however, any amount is graciously accepted!

What's the deadline?
Please contribute by May 10, 2019 for the year-end gifts.

Contact Home & School Association Vice Co-Chairs Stacy Austin (
stacyandrob2001@yahoo.com) , Amy Creekmur ( amycreekmur@gmail.com)  or Laura Farnham ( lfarnham@erpartners.net)

VBS Registration Deadline Approaching
Register by May 3

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 volunteers! Look for the volunteer registration form at the link above.
Summer Camp Opportunities
Below is a list of local summer camp opportunities. 
Friday Night Lights is Coming!
The teams and coaches of the Central Catholic League have joined together for the second annual Friday Night Lights Football Camp!  This one night camp will focus on the FUNdamentals of CCL Football and is open for all young men in grades 2-7! Last year was awesome and this year will be better!

Friday, May 17 -  7PM-8:30 at Bishop Hartley High School
Walk Up Registration beginning at 6 PM  
Cost is $5.00  
For more information contact any CCL Head Football Coach!
Girls Field Hockey

Attention middle school girls! Anyone who is interested in playing field hockey is welcome to join the St. Agatha field hockey Wildcats in fall 2019! We have lots of fun and would love to have YOU on our team! New to field hockey? Come to Watterson field hockey camp June 2-4! 

Please contact Amanda Ilenin (St. Agatha coach) at  a-meyer.2@onu.edu for more information.
St. Charles Presents Spelling Bee

The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to present its spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Spelling Bee  will be shown on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 2-4 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 PM in the St. Charles Campus Theatre (2010 East Broad Street). Adult Tickets are $10 each and student tickets are $5 each. 

Ticket reservations can be placed through Drew Curtin at  dkcurtin@outlook.com  or the St. Charles office at (614)252-6714 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday-Friday. 

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