November 20, 2019
The 8th graders recently took a trip to Cincinnati. During the visit they learned about the Apollo 11 mission, the adventures of Lewis and Clark, and they even got to see the space capsule from the mission.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

We had a great evening last night with Laura Lewis presenting her insights on the rise of anxiety in our young people. Over 225 parents attended this informative session and learned about the catalysts for anxiety such as academic pressure, social media and lack of sleep. Laura shared many tips on how the impact of faith, family life, and relationships can really make a difference in easing anxiety. She also shared several of her favorite resource books:  

Worried No More, by Aureen Pinto Wagner
Smart But Scattered Teens, by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson and Colin Guare
Stress Reduction Workbook, by Gina M Biegel
For Teens:
Anxiety Workbook for Teens, by Lisa M. Schab

Next week we will gather together as a school family for Mass on Tuesday, November 26th at 9:00 am to praise the Lord and thank him for our many gifts as Thanksgiving Day approaches. Please plan to join us if your schedule allows.

Following Mass our students will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving Feast during our regularly scheduled lunch periods. The tradition of 8th grade students serving the delicious turkey meal is enjoyed by both the 8th grade and the younger students.  

We will end the day by giving thanks and celebrating with our Fall athletes at a pep rally beginning at 2:00 pm in the gym. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!
Congratulations to our Spanish teacher Marta Regan as she became a naturalized US Citizen yesterday! After a long process of preparation, an interview and passing her civics test Marta attended her swearing in ceremony yesterday with her family (pictured to the right). Congratulations Marta!

With gratitude,
Kathy O'Reilly
Photo Newsletters: 7th, 8th Grades, Specials
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
SPiCE Skillbuilding Scoop: Working Memory Skills & Strategies
By Jen Scheher, Intervention Specialist

Working memory, or short-term memory, refers to thoughts or information that you temporarily retain in your memory so that it is available to complete a task. It acts as a kind of shelf in your brain that can hold several items at a time. The number of items each person can hold in his or her working memory at a time varies, as everyone develops at their own pace and has different memory capacities. 

We can increase the amount and importance of information that is stored in the working memory, and help to move ideas into the long-term memory for later retrieval through several strategies.  

  • Let your child know when you’re about to share important information that he or she needs to remember. 
Announcing St. Brigid's 2020 Spring Musical!
Our 2020 spring musical will be...Annie Jr.!

Auditions will take place the week of December 10. See the link below for all audition information.
Advent is Almost Here
From NCEA Parent News:

As parents of Catholic school students, there are ways to keep the season’s religious traditions alive and to connect with our children and restore the hope and joy of the season. 
Corks for a Cause 2020: Volunteer Sign Up
The annual SPiCE Corks for a Cause silent auction and wine tasting will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Committee meetings will begin in December. There are a variety of ways to help, including event chair / co-chairs, auction (oversee the procurement of auction items), recruit sponsorship, decor & ambiance, dessert bar, special attractions, and week of preping and decorating the space. 

You don't have to commit to any tasks right now -- if you're interested in just learning more about the opportunities available to help click here to sign up to be on the email list.
BWHS Open House
Sunday, November 24, 1-3:30 PM

Take a tour of Bishop Watterson High School and hear from Deacon Campbell, Principal at 2 p.m.
Mom to Mom Advent Series
Join Mom to Mom for a special “Blessed is She” Advent Series Tuesday December 3rd, 10th and 17th. These sessions will be held in the Church basement 9:30 to 11 am each week. Led by a facilitator, the group will watch a themed video and reflect on and discuss the content. Childcare is available in Carr Nursery for children. Please sign up on the childcare Sign-up Genius if you plan to bring your children www.stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst.  
Gifts of Gratitude
Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Will my family be recognized for participating?
Yes — the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this program. You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking “G.O.G” inside your Christmas card.

How much do I give?
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child once a year, however any given amount is graciously accepted!
St. Brigid of Kildare Blood Drive
St. Brigid School, Religious Education, and Parish are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on December 9, 2019. 

Many donors are needed at the busy holiday season! 

Make an appointment now to Give the Gift of Life. Details below!
Harvest of Hope Thanksgiving Food Collection Drive
The Dublin Food Pantry is now preparing for its annual
Harvest of Hope food collection drive. This will provide over 350 families with all of the traditional fare necessary for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Parishioners can participate in one of two ways:

  1. Provide an entire Thanksgiving dinner (find more details and sign up here)
  2. Provide boxed potatoes and gravy (no glass please) - drop in collection boxes before Masses on November 16-17.

For assistance or questions, please contact Karen at kaernes@aol.com or text/call at 614-271-4086.
St. Brigid Ski & Board Club
Is your child interested in joining St. Brigid Ski and Board? No experience needed!

Date:   Tuesdays January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4 and 11.  
Who:  Students in grades 4th - 8th 
Where: Mad River Mountain
Time:   3:30pm - 7:30pm (return to St. Brigid parking lot by 8:15pm)
Cost:   $145 per child ( pay online here)

Note : Online payment link has been updated at the link below.
Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 14

Online registration and more info:

Reservations must be reserved by December 1.

Volunteers Needed
The Women’s club is in need of a few women who are interested in volunteering for the Cookies with Santa event for the women’s group. Anyone who is interested can email Barb Velasco at barbjvelasco@aol.com.
Shopping for the Holidays? Consider St. Brigid Spirtwear -- Store Now Open!
The Home & School Spiritwear Store is open now through November 24! Use the link below to shop and place orders.

Orders will be delivered to St. Brigid for pick up. The pick up date will be December 15 at the Sunday Social.

New items added include longer cardigans, joggers, varsity sweater, sherpa coats and popsocket!

For questions contact Karen Steinbrunner (karen.steinbrunner@gmail.com).
"No" is a Complete Sentence
As parents, we'd do anything to make sure our children are happy and healthy, but many of us also go to great lengths to shield them from feeling hurt, uncomfortable or unsuccessful.

December 3, 9:30 - 11 am and 7-8:30 pm
Dublin Community Rec Center

Presented by PERC Dublin
Financial Peace University Livestream at St. Brigid
November 20
Have you been wondering what Financial Peace University is all about? Have you ever heard Dave Ramsey on the radio talking getting out of debt and living "like no one else"? Wanted to sign up for the 9-week course but just can't commit to that kind of time? Well, you are in luck!

Dave Ramsey and his team are presenting a one-time only event that covers the baby steps that have led thousands of people out of debt and into financial peace and wealth. This scriptural-based program will transform your thinking about money and empower you to live the way you want to live. It is for everyone, young and old!

Sign up on the Parish website to join us in Hendricks Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:30 pm. It is free and refreshments will be provided.