May 19, 2021
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This is an important week for our 8th graders. On Friday, May 21st, and Saturday, May 22nd, Bishop Brennan will be here to confirm 200 of our parish children. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they take the next formal step in their faith formation. 

Our 2nd-grade students have all received their 1st Communion over the past several weeks. Please see the beautiful First Communion album below.  

I am pleased to announce several new staff members for the 2021 - 2022 school year.  
We welcome Mrs. Allison Herold Mensching as our school nurse. Allison has been a member of Saint Brigid parish since childhood. Mrs. Mensching has 3 children, and her nursing career has all been working in pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and in a pediatrician's office. She will be working with Mrs. Iannarino at the end of this year to make a smooth transition. I would also like to formally welcome Ms. Rachel Riendeau to our 1st and 2nd-grade team. Ms. Riendeau has been a long-term sub in Mrs. Sobecki’s 1st grade since January. Rachel is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is currently working virtually on a master’s degree in literacy at Columbia University. Mrs. Paula Thompson has been hired to teach our 7th and 8th-grade math and algebra. A couple of years ago, Mrs. Thompson worked part-time teaching algebra at Saint Brigid. Paula has her Master’s degree in mathematics from Ashland University and is looking forward to being back on staff at Saint Brigid School. 

I have recently received questions about the requirement of vaccinations for students. Saint Brigid of Kildare School will not require students to be vaccinated, as it is the parents’ decision. Our school has always followed state requirements regarding immunizations, requiring only those that the state requires, and following the state-mandated process for families who choose to not participate.

Mr. Adam Dufault has asked all of our Diocesan schools to share the following letter regarding Governor DeWine’s recent announcements.  Click here to read the letter from Superintendent Dufault.

Spring Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: K & 1st Grades, First Communions
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
School Supply Kits - Ordering Open Now through June 15
Go to edukitinc.com/schools/12478 by June 15, 2021 to order your kit and receive FREE shipping!

Saint Brigid of Kildare is offering the EduKit program for our families to order school supplies for the 2021/2022 school year. EduKit has put together specific grade level kits approved by your student’s teacher. Some supplies can be reused next year (Earbuds, Spanish-English Dictionary, etc.).

Order by June 15, 2021 and your kit will be shipped directly to Saint Brigid of Kildare and delivered to your student’s classroom.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Musser, jmusserfamily@aol.com
Summer Tutoring
Summer tutoring is available from many Saint Brigid of Kildare staff members. Staff can be contacted via email or by calling the school office and leaving a message.

Click below for the list of teachers, subjects and contact information.
Summer Booster Camp: Sign Ups Open
Students Entering 1st-4th Grade:
Calling all students entering 1st through 4th grade who would benefit from a jump start into the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! The Academic Support School staff team (Intervention Specialist, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Speech-Language Pathologist) is planning a week of enriching and enjoyable activities focusing on team work, problem solving, creative writing, social skills, growth mindset, self-regulation and much, much more. Students will learn and practice important skills to help them be ready to learn and start the school year off confidently. The camp will be offered August 9th-13th, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 am at St. Brigid of Kildare School and will be available to the first 20 students that register.

Students Entering 5th-8th Grade:
Students going into 5-8 will learn important skills and strategies to help them be successful in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year!  The Academic Support School staff team members (Intervention Specialist and Guidance) are planning a 3-day jumpstart program focusing on strengthening independence, mental and physical health. Students will have opportunities to explore growth mindset, self-regulation, and planning & prioritizing, and organization strategies.  The camp will be offered August 16-18, 2021 from 9:00-10:30 am at St. Brigid of Kildare School and will be available to the first 20 students that register.

Olentangy Bus Riders Notice
Please see the note below regarding May 27.

Dear Parents of Olentangy Local School District Non-Public Students:
This letter is to inform you that May 27, 2021 is the last day of school in the Olentangy Local School District (OLSD). All OLSD elementary schools will release two (2) hours early on the last day of school. Please be aware that the early release may cause up to a 15 - minute delay in the arrival of buses at non-public schools. Consequently, this delay could impact the PM routes of your students arriving to their stops on time. Notification of potential delays were issued to non-public school offices and drivers were instructed to call the OLSD transportation office to report if they experience delays on that day. Non-public schools that are still in session after May 27 will continue to have bus service through the end of their school calendar. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We hope you enjoy your summer!

Sincerely, Lori Carter-Evans Director of Transportation
Register for Bus Transportation for 21-22
The transportation departments from Dublin, Hilliard and Olentangy schools require all new and returning families to register your students for busing this fall. If you are a new family moving to the area, and don’t know your new address yet, please contact them as soon as you have this information.

Olentangy Schools Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) must fill out this online form.

Dublin Schools Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) please complete this form.

Hilliard School Requests:
All Non-Public parents (new or returning) please complete this form by July 31, 2021.
Spring Sports Updates: Congrats Wolfhounds!
On Sunday, the fourth grade girls softball and boys baseball teams had back to back games at Brigid's Green. The boys and girls watched each other's games and cheered everyone on, and had special visits from fourth grade teachers Mrs. Gutridge, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. DeLucia, who cheered on the teams and took a quick photo!

Track & Field
The St. Brigid track and field teams recently competed in the Diocesan championship. In the team results, two of our teams had runner-up finishes - the 4th and 5th Grade Boys team and the 4th and 5th Grade Girls Green team.

On an individual basis, we had many great performances. In all, 65 results from St. Brigid athletes earned top eight awards.

Diocesan champions are:
Varsity and Reserve Divisions:
  • Varsity Boys 4x100 Meter Relay of Connor Samenuk, Andrew Petersen, Chase Lanier and Zach Radtke
  • Jillian Smith - Varsity Girls 400 Meter Dash
  • Michael Freiburger - Reserve Boys High Jump

4th and 5th Grade Division:
  • Girls 4x100 Meter Relay of Lucy Lanier, Maddie Berg, Lily Steinbrunner and Emily Swinerton
  • Lily Steinbrunner - Girls 400 Meter Dash
  • Lucy Lanier - Girls 50 Meter Dash
  • Elyse Patel - Girls Long Jump
  • Mary Beth Siston - Girls Softball Throw 
  • Collin Petersen - Boys 100 Meter Dash
  • Danny Schiavone - Boys Softball Throw

Diocesan Runners-up are:
Varsity and Reserve Divisions:
  • Varsity Girls 4x100 Meter Relay of Lilli Glatz, Jacklyn Kuehl, Samantha Schmiesing and Jillian Smith
  • Connor Samenuk - Varsity Boys High Jump

4th and 5th Grade Division:
  • Lily Steinbrunner - Girls Long Jump
  • Andy Oberhammer - Boys Softball Throw
  • Mea Seago and Emily Swinerton tied for second in the Girls 50 Meter Dash

Congratulations to all of our St. Brigid track and field athletes!
Saints Lacrosse
The Columbus Saints 7th/8th Grade Lacrosse Team just finished their season at third place in the Division 4 Blue Division State of Ohio Tournament. The team was led by seven St. Brigid of Kildare seventh and eighth graders.  

Congratulations to Marcus Dixon, Lucas Goodfellow, Will Moeller, Luke Ishmael, Zac Curtin, JM Beuselinck & Grant Mooney on your great season and representing the Wolfhounds proudly on the Saints Lacrosse Team.
School Advisory Committee Update
The School Advisory Committee feels incredibly blessed that our students not only continued to grow in their Catholic faith, but were able to do so in an in-person school environment this school year. Starting in the summer the committee was able to meet once a month via zoom to continue to support the school administration. As the school moves forward to a return to normal, the administration has asked the current SAC members to stay on for one more year. This will allow greater engagement from the members in a typical school year.

If you are interested in joining SAC for the 2022-2023 school year, please check the school's website for more information.

The 2021-2022 School Advisory Committee Members: Karen Steinbrunner (Chair), Jill Kilanowski (Vice Chair ), Michelle Loudon (Secretary), Jennifer Roncone, Dan Creekmur, Zach Haughwout, Sara Reville, Jaime Shiavone, Derek Hegarty, Stacy Austin
SPiCE "Get Moving" Summer Fitness
The “Get Moving” SPiCE fitness program is returning this summer to help children socialize, get moving and get into shape!

Students can participate in two different sessions. One session will take place from June 15-24, 2021 meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8. The second session will take place from July 13-22, 2021 meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-10:30.

Sign ups for each session will take place two weeks before the start of each session. The sign up link will be posted on the school and parish website news (or search “get moving”).

All incoming 1st-4th grade students in St. Brigid School and parish are welcome to participate. The program will be especially sensitive to kids with special needs.

The following forms must be completed and turned in at your child’s first session:
  1. Medical Form
  2. Consent Form
St. Charles Theatre Spring Production
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its spring production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Complete Works…will be presented May 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 23 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre. Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by visiting the St. Charles website homepage at www.scprep.org – Buy Tickets button. (Tickets will not be sold at the door). This production of Complete Works… is presented following the guidelines set forth by Ohio Department of Health - Responsible RestartOhio – Performing ArtsTheaters. Masks must be worn at all times. Seating will be limited to 200 patrons per performance.

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays! Join our madcap cast as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. 
Summer Camp Opportunities
FACTS Re-Enrollment Tuition Payment Plan Agreements for 2021-2022 Distributed Via Email Week of May 24th
FACTS Re-enrollment Tuition Payment Plan Agreements will be sent electronically via the email listed in your FACTS profile the week of May 24th (please note this is an updated date from last week). If you agree with everything on the agreement, you do not need to respond. Your tuition payments will be automatically processed on the date listed on your FACTS agreement.

It is extremely important that you review the following information and notify us via email if you want to change from your current payment plan or Peace of Mind agreement:

1) Contact information, especially email address, to ensure that you receive all critical communication. No agreements or information will be mailed or sent home.

2) If you want to make a change, please email changes to Jackie Mack at jmack@stbrigidofkildare.org. You do not need to create a new agreement -- just email Jackie the change you'd like to make.

3) Peace of Mind Option, you can elect ($22.50 fee) or decline this option.

All changes, including the decision to NOT re-enroll, must be communicated to Jackie Mack by Friday, May 21, at 5:00 pm at jmack@stbrigidofkildare.org. The deadline to withdraw for the 2021-2022 school year is June 15, 2021. If the school is notified of the withdrawal after June 15th, families will be subject to a withdrawal fee of 1/10th of annual school tuition.  
Meals on Wheels Service Opportunity
Looking for a fun service project to do with your kids over the summer? Meals on Wheels is looking to add drivers to the Dublin / Hillard route!

Each time you deliver will require about 1-1 1/2 hours starting at 10:45 am. 

A zoom training session will be held before school is out, so you will be all set to go once summer hits. If interested, please contact Nancy Davis at 336-337-4421 for additional details.

Dispatch Article
Click below to read the Dispatch article published May 17, 2021 regarding the current need for Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Uniform Store Sales
Educational Apparel
Click below to see details on Educational Apparel's early shopper sale for May, June and July.

Please note the address was listed incorrectly on the flyer. They are located at 3906 Brown Park Dr. Hilliard, Ohio 43026
The next sale will be May 30-31, 2021. View flyer below.
Family First Summer Service Opportunity
Get ready to get your hands dirty and ‘feed the hungry’ at the same time! In conjunction with the St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry, please join Family First to volunteer to weed and water the Dublin Giving Garden at Historic Coffman Homestead across from Dublin Coffman High School.

Volunteers will meet at the garden every Tuesday morning (June 8 – Aug. 10) from 10 to 11:30 am. There is no minimum age for volunteers but little ones must be accompanied by a parent. This is a great opportunity to get outside, do service, and play at the nearby playground before lunch and/or naps. Or pack your lunch! After working up an appetite, feel free to enjoy lunch at the picnic area in nearby Coffman Park. 

At least two Protecting God’s Children compliant adults will be needed every Tuesday to keep the group compliant. Choose a date to sign up below.

Please contact Anne Flock at anne.flock@gmail.com with any questions!