Wolfhound Wednesday
May 2, 2018

Our 2nd grade children were "angels" on our recent field trip to the Topiary Garden in downtown Columbus.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Mon, May 7
SPiCE Board Meeting

Wed, May 9
Interims Published

Thurs, May 10
Kindergarten Bring a Disciple to Mass Day (9 am)

Fri, May 11
Scholarship Day - 7th Grade 

Sat, May 12
First Communion (2 pm)

Wed, May 16
Home & School Meeting
(12 pm)

Thurs, May 17
Super Games
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Fri, May 18
May Crowning Mass (9 am)

Mon, May 21
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Thurs, May 24
Celebration of Learning
(6:30 - 8 pm)

Dear Parents,

We are proud of your child's accomplishments and of the goals he or she set and worked towards, both academically and personally, throughout this school year. As we turn the calendar to May and the school  year comes to an end, we want to celebrate our successes and set goals for getting ready for next school year.

Our celebration this year will take place in two parts.  The first phase will be a student led conference for students to share their personal success story for the year and discuss areas for future growth.  These conferences will take place at home on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Pick a time/date that will work with your family schedule to spend an important 30 minutes to review your child's work products, test data, progress, and goals for the last half of the school year.  Also take time to plan together additional summer learning experiences. We respect that you are your child's primary educators and that you can provide unique experiences for your child throughout the summer that will enrich your child's faith formation, education, and personal growth. Discussions should include possible summer learning opportunities, goals, and a plan for continuing reading and math work within your home setting.  We will provide your child with a Math Solutions book and summer reading opportunities. Please conduct your conference, complete the reflection, and return it to your child's teacher by May 24th. Each teacher will send home specific directions later in May for the Student Led Conference process.

The second phase of our year end recognition will be a community celebration.  On May 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, we will have a Celebration of Learning Open House so that we can gather together and celebrate the outstanding growth and learning experiences of  ALL of our students. This is a great way for our community to recognize and celebrate each other. There will be music, a family PE challenge, a blessing of our new garden mosaic, visitors from the 7th grade wax museum, and drone challenges, just to name a few of the exciting exhibits of learning.

Thank you for your continued support of both your child's work towards his or her goals and to the success of our community as we continue our journey and celebrate that we are life-long learners, compassionate leaders, and dedicated disciples of Christ.

Kathy O'Reilly
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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.

Celebration of Learning
Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8 PM

Join our Celebration of Learning  as student demonstrations and work will be displayed highlighting STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics). There will be a blessing of the garden and mosaic by Monsignor Hendricks with a choir performance, an parent Phys Ed challenge, 3D printing demonstrations, a drone challenge, STREAM lab displays and many more student projects and presentations on display.
New 529 Savings Opportunities
Savings for Catholic School Tuition

The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act expanded 529 savings plans to allow families to invest funds for K12 tuition (including costs to attend St. Brigid of Kildare School) in addition to higher education expenses.

This means families can now take advantage of 529 plans (which have tax advantages) to help save and pay for costs of St. Brigid of Kildare School tuition.

Learn More at the Celebration of Learning, May 24
Richard Clemens, CFA CPA, a member of our parish Finance Committee, will be available at a table at the Celebration of Learning on May 24 from 6:30 - 8 PM to answer questions about the tax advantages of using your 529 plan to pay for St. Brigid of Kildare tuition.

More Details
Below are additional resources explaining these changes. To enroll in a 529 or for specific advice, please discuss with your financial advisor.

Crucial Conversations 3.0: Finding the Balance Resources from Presentation
Thank you to all who attended Crucial Conversations 3.0: Finding the Balance last week with Dr. Ali Carine, pediatrician, Megan Bouscher, OT, and Sr. Teresa Tuite.

To review the handouts, articles, PPTs and notes from the presentation, click below. Look under the "Resources" heading.

2018-2019  Calendar   Dates

Below are the major  dates for the 2018-2019 Saint Brigid of Kildare school year. These dates are also available on our school  website calendar.

August 22 First Day of School
September 3 No School - Labor Day
October 26
No School - Teacher Work Day
November 21 - 23 No School - Thanksgiving Break
December 24 - Jan 4 No School - Christmas Break
January 21 No School - Martin Luther King Day
February 15 No School - Teacher Work Day
February 18 No School - Presidents' Day
March 25 - 29 No School - Spring Break
April 18 - 22 No School - Easter Break
May 27 No School - Memorial Day
May 31 Last Day of School

Summer   Tutor  List
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.

Grade Level

Christine Gutridge
3-4 team teacher

Grades K-3
All Subjects
Andrea Knabe
5-6 team teacher
Grades 4-9

Karen DeLucia
7-8 team teacher

ELA and Social Studies
Grades 3-8

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
Paige Regrut
Instructional aid
All subjects K-2 ms.regrut@stbrigid-school.org
Brittany Burger
3-4 team teacher
All subjects K-4 ms.burger@stbrigid-school.org

Summer Camps

Below is a list of local summer camp opportunities.
Wolfhound Field   Day Volunteer Sign Up

St. Brigid of Kildare School Wolfhound Field Day is coming up on  Thursday, May 17 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.

Wax  Museum
This Afternoon

Today is the day for this year's  Wax Museum in the St. Brigid Gym from  1:00-2:15 pm. All are welcome to attend, and we hope to see you then.

Thank you so much for your support as the 7th graders prepare for a very exciting speech!

Real Love is for Real Discussion with Pam Heil
May 8, 9:30 AM

Tuesday, May 8th at 9:30am in the Immke Room of Hendricks Hall, Pam Heil will be leading a discussion on her new book Real Love is for Real.  This guide for teens, young adults and parents helps us teach our children about authentic love.  It will help us communicate to our children what real love is and what it isn't, how to recognize it, and how to find it. 

Please consider joining the women of the parish welcoming Pam and purchasing a copy of her book for yourself and for the teens and young adults in your life.

Catholic Family Night at the Columbus Clippers
May 16

Every year, the Diocese of Columbus Recreation Association sponsors an evening with the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.

The night includes favorable family pricing for this event. See flyer for all event details and registration.

Join Home & School Committee
Vice Co-Chairs, Display Case Chairs Needed

St. Brigid Home & School is gearing up for the 2018-19 school year, and there are a few committee chair positions that still need filled. These positions can be filled by one chair or two co-chairs. Home & School is a great way to get involved at St. Brigid -- no prior Home & School experience is needed (all positions will receive training and information from the current chairperson).

Vice Co-Chairs
The vice co-chairs assist the co-chairs in overseeing the committees and special school events. They are responsible for overseeing the Gifts of Gratitude program in December and May and recognizing birthdays of office staff. The position is a one-year term before filling a one-year term as co-chairs. 
Time Commitment: moderate and consistent throughout the year. The co-chairs should attend the monthly home and school meetings.

Display Case
This position is responsible for maintaining and decorating the display case in the main hallway by the cafeteria.
Time Commitment: moderate throughout the school year (updates about once a month)

If you're interested in signing up for one of these positions or would just like more information, contact Kate Giha at kategiha@gmail.com
School Advisory Committee ( SAC Applications  Due TODAY

Take an active part in making our already amazing school even better.  Apply for a position (3-year term) on St. Brigid's School Advisory Committee ( SAC). The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to provide the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish and the principal of Saint Brigid of Kildare School with advice and to make recommendations regarding issues affecting the school. 

The mission of the School Advisory Committee is to promote and support a distinctive religious learning environment that provides for the propagation of the Catholic faith and values, fosters academic excellence, and develops fully the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional capabilities unique to each student.  SAC meets once a month during the school months on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Prior to applying, please consider if you can commit to this time commitment for a three-year period. 

The deadline for  applications is Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and they can be submitted via the link below. Please contact Erin Kagel (ek7456ek@yahoo.com) with any questions.

Click here to complete the online SAC application.
Yearbook Deadline Extended to May 11

St. Brigid of Kildare Yearbooks are on sale now for $18.00.

Don't let your chance to hold on to some of this year's finest moments pass you by... order your Yearbook TODAY!

ALL orders will be filled online at: https://shop.smart-pay.com/index.cfm?p=order-start&sid=24264&no=1%C2  

Alternatively, you can place your order over the phone by calling 1-800-853-1337.

The deadline to order is May 11, 2018.
F ootball  Friday   Night   Lights  in May

The high schools in the Central Catholic League (CCL) will be holding a football camp that consists of 3 Fridays in May.  The Camp is open to current 1st - 7th Graders.  Each session will have coaches and players from all CCL high schools and will have a period of flag football competitions.  The Camp will emphasize the virtues of faith based education within athletics with a focus on FUNdamentals: Safety, Teamwork, and FUN!  Your son(s) can attend one or all of the sessions. 

Cost = $0.  That's right, it's free but registration is required.  To Register, click here.
May 4th, 7:00-8:30 pm - St. Charles 
May 11th, 7:00-8:30 pm - St. Francis DeSales
May 18th, 7:00-8:30 pm - Bishop Hartley

Benefits of the Camp:
  • An introduction to football for future players that are unsure if they want to play.
  • No commitment, just go out and have fun!!
  • Boys get a chance to play with kids from other Catholic schools and meet potential future teammates.  
  • Boys get a chance to meet their potential high school coaches.
  • Parents have the opportunity to talk to high school coaches and ask any questions they may have.
Contact Tim Long, Football Commissioner at  football@gowolfhounds.com  if you have any questions.

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