Wolfhound Wednesday
May 9, 2018

Fifth grade students completed a sacramental scavenger hunt to learn more about the different things in our church.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

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,

This weekend we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and pray as a community.  On Saturday we will celebrate with our 2 nd grade students as they receive their 1 st Communion and then on Sunday we will honor all mothers on Mother's Day.  The following week on Friday, May 18th our May traditions continue with our 2 nd and 8 th grade students leading our May procession for our May Crowning ceremony.   Monsignor Hendricks will bless sacramentals for our students after Mass on Friday. Students may bring in rosaries, medals, chaplets, etc. that have previously not been blessed for the blessing right after Mass.

Next week on Thursday, May 17th, students will participate in another time honored tradition - Wolfhound Field Day!  Please see the story below for more details and to sign up to volunteer. Also, please keep in mind that Thursday, May 17th will be Early Release at 1:30 pm.  Please note there will be no school Mass on May 17th.

Tuition packets will be going home this FRIDAY and are due back to the office Friday, May 18.

During this month of honoring Mary, may we all continue to look to Mary for guidance in following God's plan.

Kathy O'Reilly
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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.
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.

Reception for Mrs. D
Mrs. Maureen DiDomenico, preschool director, is retiring at the end of this school year after 15 years of dedicated service to St. Brigid of Kildare School.

Help us to thank her for her service during the Celebration of Learning on  Thursday, May 24 from 6:30 - 8 pm. Stop by the preschool rooms for refreshments and to visit with Mrs. D and wish her well in her retirement!

New 529 Savings Opportunities
Savings for Catholic School Tuition

Recent tax reform 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.

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

Tax Reform Helps St. Brigid Families - by Richard Clemens

SPICE "Get Moving" Summer Fitness

The "Get Moving"  SPiCE fitness program is returning this summer to help children get moving and into shape!  

The summer fitness program will take place twice a week beginning June  12th and continuing through  August 9th. Sessions will take place  on Tuesday mornings from  9-10:30 and  Thursday evenings from  6-7:30.

All  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.

Sign up for each session at this link.


The following forms must be completed and turned in at your child's first session:
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.

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 Beth Mooney (brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com) or Jen Lynch (lynchjen@hotmail.com) 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!

Contact Home & School Association Vice Chairs Beth Mooney (brian.beth.mooney@gmail.com) or Jen Lynch (lynchjen@hotmail.com).
Final CARE Meeting of the Year
Last week, we held our final CARE meeting for the year.  This year our CARE groups focused on our school theme, Our Family of Disciples: Pieces in Christ's Mosaic , by studying the Trinity Dome mosaic that has been built in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. Students learned about five more special saints who are honored in the Trinity Dome: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Saint John, Saint Marianne Cope, Saint Damien de Veuster, and Saint Michael the Archangel, as well as the First Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Father. CARE families then enjoyed recess and lunch together for their final meeting of the year.

Together as a family, our students have completed our own version of the Trinity Dome, on display in our cafeteria. Each individual piece of these mosaics, although different in shape, size and color, comes together to form a beautiful image.  In the same way, each of our students and families here at Saint Brigid of Kildare School are the pieces in Christ's mosaic that come together to form our family of disciples.

Become A New Family Mentor

Home and School is currently looking for parents to sign up to be on the New Family Welcome committee. This entails being a mentor to a new family for the next school year. Mentor families will attend the new family welcome reception at the beginning of the school year and also need to be available to check in with their new family monthly and be available to answer any questions and assist with their transition. Mentors will be paired up with new families with children in the same grades.

If you have any questions, contact Susan Mangold at smangold1025@gmail.com or 610-308-4203.
Students Organize Donation Drive
Sixth grade students Maddy Lynch, Lydia Wieringa, Micole Phillips, and Julia Belli recently organized a donation drive for Nationwide Children's Hospital. They collected about 1,000 items including children's crafts, books and activities that will be used for the children at the hospital. The girls brought the items to Nationwide Children's and were given a tour of the first floor of the hospital and got to see firsthand where their donations will be used. Thank you to all who donated and supported this generous project!
Meals on Wheels Delivery Opportunity
Informational Meeting May 23

There is a strong need to provide and deliver meals for the elderly in Columbus. You and your family have the chance to partner with LifeCare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program to help keep our aging neighbors in their homes, where they want to be. Our children will see the good they are doing in their community by handing over a hot meal to someone in need, while spending some quality time with their family.

We are looking to recruit 20-25 families to volunteer so that we can "adopt" a full route. We have both weekend and weekday volunteer opportunities, and you can work the route as frequently or as infrequently as you would like. We are asking for a commitment of at least once per month. We would like to get the route started as soon as possible, once we have 20-25 families signed up and trained.

Meals will be picked up at 10:30am at LifeCare Alliance, 670 Harmon Ave. and delivered in neighborhoods throughout the city. Each route takes between 1 - 2 hours to complete. We will have an informational meeting and training session on Wednesday May 23 at 6:00 pm in Hendricks Hall. Please contact Nancy Davis at 336-337-4421 to RSVP, or with any other questions you might have.
Helpful resources for parenting in today's digital age
Juuling, Fortnite and 10 Apps Teens are Using

Juuling (e-cigarettes)
Juuling is a brand of e-cigarette that looks like a flash drive and charges by USB. It is a new trend sometimes referred to as the iPhone of vaping.  Click here to learn more.

10 Apps Teens are Using that Parents Need to Know
Read this article to learn about 10 apps teens are using, how to enable parental restrictions on your child's phone, how to spot fake social media accounts and how to find secret apps on your child's phone.

Below is an article on the Fortnite phenomenon by Dr. Leonard Sax (who we had as a speaker at St. Brigid in September 2016).

Fortnite - what's a parent to do?
If you talk to American teens often, as I do, then you are aware that the video game Fortnite is sweeping the United States in a way which really has no parallel. It's bigger than Grand Theft Auto. It's bigger than Minecraft. It's sucking in girls as well as boys, although boys are still more likely to be truly addicted to the game than girls are.

The New York Times published two articles in just the past three days on the Fortnite phenomenon. In one, Lisa Damour encouraged parents to chill: after all, Damour writes, videogames "cultivate the spatial skills needed in advanced math and engineering." Damour does not mention, and shows no awareness of, the many studies showing that playing video games excessively undermines social skills and increases distractibility. And, playing video games where the objective is to kill people - games such as Fortnite - over time, leads to gamers becoming less patient, and more likely to depersonalize other human beings. Neither article in the New York Times mentions any of this research, which I cite at length in my book Boys Adrift.

The second article, by Nellie Bowles, begins with the assertion that "video games are beginning their takeover of the real world." Bowles notes that "over the last month, people have spent more than 128 million hours on Twitch just watching other people play Fortnite." You read that right: 128 million hours just watching other people play the game.

Neither Damour nor Bowles have the courage or the perspective to say: This is not a good thing. Kids need to learn face-to-face social skills. They need to be physically active, outdoors. They need to get a good night's sleep. A teen obsessed with Fortnite is doing none of these things. The growing epidemic of American kids staying up past midnight to play Fortnite is not likely to end well.

In the comments on Damour's article, a teacher reported that she had emailed a boy's mother, to let the mother know that the boy was using his school-issued computer to play Fortnite at 2 am. The mom emailed the teacher back saying "this is what 12-year-old boys do."

I review the relevant research on video games in my books Boys Adrift (2016) and Why Gender Matters (2017). Here are evidence-based guidelines for your son or daughter playing video games:
  • No more than 40 minutes a night on school nights.
  • No more than an hour a day on weekends.
  • Your minutes do not roll over: if you go three weeks without playing, that does NOT mean that you are allowed to spend seven hours on a Saturday playing video games. That's binge gaming, and it is harmful.
  • NO games where the objective is to kill people. That means no Fortnite, no Call of Duty, no Grand Theft Auto. NBA Live is fine. Madden NFL Football is fine. Candy Crush is fine.
  • No games until all the homework is done and all the chores are done.

SBAA Fall Sports Registrations Open
Wolfhound Nation:  SBAA has opened fall sports registrations!

All of the below offerings are open to children of registered parishioners, children enrolled in St. Brigid Religious Education, and children enrolled in the St. Brigid School.

Click Here to REGISTER NOW:  


Cross Country  - Boys & girls, 4th - 8th grade, cost = $ 85
Questions?  Dan Workman at track@gowolfhounds.com

Football  - Boys 4th - 8th grade, cost = $ 160
Questions?  Tim Long at foootball@gowolfhounds.com

Volleyball  - Boys & girls 4th - 8th grade, cost = $ 160.  
Questions?  Rob Hooper at volleyball@gowolfhounds.com

Girls Tennis  - Girls 6th - 8th grade, cost = $ 65
Questions?  Susan Goodlive at sgoodlive@columbus.rr.com.

Golf  - Boys & girls 6th - 8th grade, cost = NO REGISTRATION COST (there will be costs incurred during the season pay per event, etc.). 
Questions? Jon Yarbrough at midwestmandura@gmail.com.

L'il Hounds Football  - Boys 2nd and 3rd grade, cost = $ 75,Questions?  Tim Long at football@gowolfhounds.com.

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.

Summer Camps

Below is a list of local summer camp opportunities.
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

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