November 3, 2021
5th & 6th grade students in Power of the Pencil Club enjoy creative writing after school.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

All Saints Day invites us to reflect on the kind and courageous actions of the saints and how we can model our lives based on their example. More than ever, in today’s struggling world we need to find as many ways as possible to spread the Gospel messages of kindness and respect. During the month of November our students will be studying the lives of the saints. Our 1st and 2nd graders are sharing their saint research with the school community each morning during our morning prayer meeting. All of our students and staff are being invited to place a prayer of remembrance request in our Remembrance Prayer Book. Each morning during our opening prayers we will remember our loved ones during this month of All Saints and All Souls. It was great having so many of our parents join us for the All Saints Day Mass on Monday. Just a reminder that we ask our students to wear masks indoors, therefore when joining your child at Mass please also wear a mask in order for us to be consistent and to keep everyone safe and healthy.  

During this coming month our teachers are offering conferences for parents who would like to touch base with their child’s teacher. Please see the story below for more information. Additionally, I would like to emphasize the importance of reading the weekly Friday emails from your child’s teacher and reviewing your child’s work with them over the weekend. This weekly process enhances communication and understanding of your child's progress over time. Our teachers carefully craft these emails to keep parents informed and an important part of the learning process.  

We have really appreciated and enjoyed having parent volunteers for outdoor recess. The Sign Up Genius for November volunteers is available below. We will be continuing to go outside for recess as much as possible even though the weather is turning colder. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with hats, gloves and coats.  

School pictures will be coming home this week. Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, November 9th. Important information is in the story below.  

Autumn blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly  
Photo Newsletters: 5th & 6th Grade
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Conference Sign Up Links
Click on your child's teacher below to sign up for a virtual parent-teacher conference.

Teachers will be emailing the Zoom links out prior to the conferences.
Fall Festival Photos
We had so much fun at our Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat last week! Thank you to our Home & School and room parents for all their work planning the parties and for the amazing trunk decorations.

Congratulations to our staff pumpkin carving contest winners!

  • 1st place: 3rd & 4th grade team with The Big Mac Pumpkin
  • 2nd place: Preschool team with Spooky Scary Village
  • 3rd place: 5th & 6th grade team with Mr. Shark Man
School Picture Retake Day: Nov 9
Picture Retake Day will be next Tuesday, November 9. School pictures will be coming home this week.

For students that placed an order but need a retake - you MUST return your ENTIRE UNCUT package on picture day.

For those that were ABSENT on the first picture day and didn’t already place an order, here is the direct link to now place their order:

Everyone that was photographed on the first picture day will receive an envelope with their picture package (even if they didn’t purchase a package). Each envelope contains a package insert with the student’s proof along with a web link and password that they can go online and place an order. There are also other products and items that make great Christmas gifts! These orders are shipped directly to the customer.

Class pictures will be delivered to the school when the retake packages come in.  
Pick Up & Drop Off Reminders
Drop off reminder: The safety of our students is our highest priority. For those who are arriving at school after the morning bell rings at 8 am, please remember to park, walk your child up to the building and sign them into school. Students are not permitted to sign themselves in without a parent present.

Early Pickup Reminder: We understand there are many circumstances throughout the year that require you to pick up your child early from school. Please remember you should always plan to pick up your student and be out of the parking lot by 2:30 pm to avoid being blocked in by the buses. 

Thank you!
COVID Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds Available at Nationwide Children's
Late breaking news...vaccinations for children have just been approved in the United States. 

We are blessed to have several St. Brigid parents who work at Nationwide Children's Hospital and they have sent the following late breaking information that vaccine appointments are already available for children at NCH. Please use the link below for more information. As Catholics we believe in taking care of the common good and this may be one way in which we can.

Thank you!
Recess Volunteers Needed for November
We have enjoyed having parent volunteers help during outdoor recess!

We are in need of volunteers during the month of November. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to sign up. All volunteers must have completed the Safe Environment protocols before volunteering. The protocols include a background check and completing the Protecting God's Children class.  
School Spiritwear Store Opening for Christmas Orders
Both St. Brigid Spiritwear stores are now open! Lots of options for every budget and new merchandise available! 

Rah-Rah vintage-inspired Spiritwear store opens today Wed 11/3 and closes Wed 11/10!

PICKUP VS. DELIVERY (will begin approx Dec 10th)
Use the checkout code "Brigid" to negate shipping costs if you prefer to pick up your order instead of shipping directly to your home. More info on timing to come but pickup location will be:
Tartan Fields (home of Lesley Beran)
6905 MacNeil Drive

All pick up orders will be placed in a large tote on the side porch. Orders will be bagged and marked with your name.

Ship direct: If you want it shipped directly to you, simply do NOT use the code and we'll send to you based on standard USPS rates.

Premier/Morganheimer Store opens Wed 11/3 and closes Sunday 11/14

PICKUP VS. DELIVERY (will begin approx Dec 2nd)
If you choose to pay for shipping those items will be shipped directly to your home. If you would like to pick orders up, those will be available at:

473 Village Park Drive

*Please note Spiritwear stores will not be open again until closer to spring.

Any questions?
Please contact Stacy Austin 317-694-6202 or Lesley Beran 614-257-9791
School Tuition Assistance Application Available
Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2022-23 school year are now available and must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2022. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:
  • You must be registered for the 2022-23 school year by March 15, 2021.
  • The application, tax return, and W-2 must be submitted by March 15, 2022. (No exceptions will be made for any late applications, so please apply early in case additional documentation is requested by FACTS.)
  • You must pay the online $35 application fee.
  • You need only submit one application per family.
  • St. Brigid does not offer tuition assistance for non-Catholic families but you may be eligible for Diocesan assistance.
  • There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.

*Please note: requirements are slightly different than years past, so please be sure to read all instructions carefully before submitting your application
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Congrats Wolfhound Football Teams!
Congrats to our many Wolfhound football players for a great fall season! Below are some recaps from each of the teams.

Team Bill: 
Team Baumel 4th Grade had a successful season - with Cooper Musser and Luke Baumel each accounting for over 1,000 combined yards throwing/ running/ receiving. Jacob Dublikar and Stephen Freiburger were elite corners and receivers, as were Roshan Patel and Matt Dempsey at linebacker. Speedy Calvin Bihari tore up the field, as did Andrew Adorno in busting long touchdown runs. Benjamin Johnson was the extra point specialist finding the end zone and Brennan Norton had over 10 catches down the seam for first downs. Joshua Dempsey was on IR, but our biggest supporter. 

Team Brian:
Overall, the team came together and played a great season. The players developed into a powerful defense and an offense which capitalized on strengths. Through a season of ups and downs, the team had fun while representing Catholic values on and off the field. This team can compete with any opponent.

5/6 Senior Reserve:
The St. Brigid 5/6 Sr. Reserve ended a successful return to football at Brigid's Green this year with a 3rd place finish in the diocese play. Coach Moeller, Coach Steinbrunner, Coach Seago and Coach Graff are extremely proud of the growth the team made this season and all of the hard work they put in over the last four months. The players really became a team and ran with the motto of Faith...Family...Football.. Go hounds and congratulations to Bradley DeScocio, Danny Schiavone, Delcan Barr, Evan Mooney, Franky Dziewiatkowski, Gus Graf, Jack McCurdy, Jaxon White, JD Seago, Max Steinbrunner, Mitch Parker, Nick Scott, Perry Santangelo, Reid Austin, Ronan O'Reilly & Sam Moeller.
The St Brigid Varsity finished out the season in a hard fought game with St Brendan. Although the win/lose record is not the outcome we had worked for, the boys continued to improve and never gave up! We also brought football back to St. Brigid and we know only good things are ahead of us based on what we see in the younger groups! All of our 7th graders expressed that they will be back next year, and we believe our 8th graders have the tools they need to move on and be successful in high school. We wish our 8th grade players the very best as they move on to high school as they have an abundance of football talent. Some of them have been in our program since 4th grade, congrats on a great youth and middle school career at SBKAA: Cade Shelley, Calin Shelley, Grant Mooney, JM Beuselinck, Luke Ishmael, Max Bartlett, Michael Freiburger, Ryan Lee, Rylan Bihari & Will Moeller.

And thank you to our many coaches and SBAA volunteers who worked many hours this season to allow our children to incorporate faith and fun into their football season!
Thank You to Everyone Who Has Donated to the Annual Fund!
Last Thursday the school enjoyed a day of festivities celebrating the Fall Harvest. This was made possible by your support! The Annual Fund donations pay for the parties planned by the Home and School Association. Please consider a once-a-year contribution of $100 per student ($50 for preschool) 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to school projects and activities that enrich the learning experience for your children. 

Please click the below button to give to the Annual Fund, and/or forward this email to a family member or friend who may be interested in contributing.
Book Drive Thank You!
Our Christ Child Society Book Drive was an overwhelming success! We collected just under 2,000 new and gently used books for infants - age 7. Here is the spontaneous and very joyful reaction from the Christ Child Society representative:

"Oh my goodness-what a phenomenal turnout! I am overwhelmed with joy! I can't thank you enough for your participation and donations to this book drive. A big thank you to all of your students and staff for supporting Christ Child in this book drive. These books will reach so many children in need in the Columbus area. We are so grateful for your help in this effort! "
Paying Attention to TikTok
From Angelus News:

[Did you know that] TikTok has now overtaken YouTube when it comes to “average watch time” in the U.S. and the U.K. This development, according to the BBC, has “upended” the streaming and social media landscape.

Then a few days later I got another wake-up call about the reality of the context actually being served to our children via a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article, which detailed how “TikTok is Serving Up Sex and Drugs.”

Did you know that a 13-year-old can sign up for an account, search for a topic related to sex or drugs, and through TikTok’s algorithm be served a steady diet of sex and drugs as the primary videos they are shown as they scroll?
News from Our Parish Community
Eucharistic Adoration This Friday
Join us at First Friday Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition in the main Church following 9 AM Mass and concluding with Benediction at 4 PM on Friday, November 5th. All are welcome at any time during those hours. Opportunities to sign up as a scheduled adorer for a specific hour are available each month. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to receive reminders, sign up opportunities and reflections send an e-mail to Shelly/ St. Brigid Eucharistic Adoration Ministry at rocks1dad@aol.com.
News from Our Catholic High Schools
Alumni on Honor Roll
Congratulations to our many alumni at Bishop Watterson and St. Charles High Schools who are on the honor roll for the 1st quarter.
St. Charles Open House
St. Charles Holding Annual Open House November 7 for Prospective Students
Attention prospective St. Charles Cardinals and families: You are invited to see our campus and learn about the school during our in-person Open House program taking place on Sunday, November 7th, starting at 1:00 p.m. Included is a presentation by Principal Jim Lower, a Q & A session with faculty members, student-conducted tours of campus, and opportunities to learn about and speak to members of our many teams, clubs, and organizations. There will also be refreshments to enjoy in the company of your fellow future Cardinal families. Register for open house today at openhouse.scprep.org.
BWHS Open House, Application Open for 8th Graders
BWHS is rolling out their options for 8th graders and their parents to learn about the benefits of a Bishop Watterson High School education!

They will be holding individual school day visits, as well as a Sunday Visit Day on November 21. For those who have already decided, they can begin the freshman application now.

To learn more about their visiting options and to sign up, click the link below.
St. Charles Drama Department To Present The Play That Goes Wrong
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its fall production, The Play That Goes Wrong. The Play That Goes Wrong will be presented November 18-20 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 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).

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields! This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania! Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s sure to bring down the house! The perfect show to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of our Campus Theater!
Little Eagles Wrestling Club
The Bishop Watterson Little Eagles Wrestling Club is for K-8th grade students in all of BWHS feeder schools, and begins in November.

Click the flyer below to view more information and how to sign up.
News from Our Catholic Community
Happy World Drawing God Day!
How or where do you see God? Join friends in faith from around the world, Wednesday, November 3rd for the third annual World Drawing GOD Day (parishes can celebrate Sunday, November 7th). Create your “masterpiece” and share your faith imagination with others using the hashtag: #drawinggod.

Stay tuned for how we celebrated the day at Saint Brigid of Kildare School!
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions at the following times. All of these sessions are in-person.

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Holy Spirit (via Zoom) 
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm at St. Francis DeSales (in person)

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, choose Columbus, OH (Diocese) and create a Virtus account.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, and submit a signed code of conduct, copy of photo ID, and submit to a criminal background check.

Full details and forms can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.