November 25, 2020
Yesterday we celebrated with our traditional Thanksgiving Feast -- but in a new way.
See below for more pictures!
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

During this week of thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for! Our faith, our health, our families, our school and for each other! Together we have accomplished so much already this year in spite of COVID precautions and the accompanying stressors. I am thankful and proud of our school community. In addition to successfully educating our children in the faith daily in a strong academic program, we have one additional reason to be thankful and proud. Our superintendent of schools, Adam Dufault, has asked us to share his Thanksgiving message with our school community. Please click on this link to read his letter. 

We are excited to announce that we have met the eligibility criteria to apply for our third National Blue Ribbon School award, and therefore have completed and submitted our application. We have again applied in the "High Performing Schools" category, which requires that the achievement of the school's students in the most recent year tested places the school in the top 15 percent in the nation in reading and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test or in the top 15 percent of its state as measured by a state test.

Schools may only apply to receive a National Blue Ribbon School award every five years. We received this award in 2008 and 2014. Our application will be reviewed by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), who will name finalists in February 2021. CAPE then will submit their finalists to the U.S. Department of Education, who will determine the national award winners in fall of 2021. 

In our 25th year, we are excited we have again met the eligibility criteria for this prestigious award. As their website states, "The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning."

We are eligible for this award because of our hard-working and dedicated teachers and staff, as well as our community of supportive parents and families. 

In closing, we thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed on our school and parish. We have many wonderful and generous families who help us to build a nurturing and faith-filled school community. We are thankful to our School Advisory Committee, Home and School Association, SPICE and our Athletic Association who work diligently to advise, generate funds and organize volunteers to provide many wonderful programs, activities and opportunities for our students and staff. 

Happy Thanksgiving and know that “With God We Can!” 

With gratitude,
Kathy O’Reilly

P.S. Enjoy the pictures in this holiday edition of our special Thanksgiving week at St. Brigid!
Thanksgiving Feast
On Tuesday, our 8th graders got to help our cafeteria staff serve the traditional Thanksgiving Feast!

8th graders were assigned to a classroom to spend a few minutes delivering freshly-prepared and packaged meals. They then returned to eat in the cafeteria while their assigned pod ate lunch. 8th graders then returned to their assigned classroom with a BINGO kit to lead the pod in a 10-minute Thanksgiving BINGO game. Students were happy to have a traditional Thanksgiving Feast, even with our COVID restrictions in place.
Switching to HOME Learning Option
Families wishing to consider having their child(ren) become a new consistent HOME Learner will be making the commitment from January 4th to March 19th. HOME Learners are asked to commit to this time period in order to provide consistency for your learner and for the teachers involved. If you are interested in switching to HOME Learning for this time period, we ask that you prayerfully fill out the form at this link no later than December 17th.
Fall 2020 SBAA Wolfhounds Recap
Congrats on a great season to all of our fall 2020 SBAA Wolfhound athletes!

Cross County:  The wolfhound cross country program had over 60 runners this fall, including two 8th graders -- Amber Regan (on the left) and Jillian Smith (on the right). Both of these 8th graders had a great season, consistently improving their times!

Girls Tennis:  The St. Brigid girls tennis team had a great season this fall! The girls played 14 matches and won over half of them.  The 8th grade girls on the tennis team included Jacklyn Kuehl, Molly Nollenberger, and Marin Lynch.

Golf:  The St. Brigid golf team had seven St. Brigid 8th graders on this past season’s team. The team won the 2020 Diocesan Championship this fall! 8th Graders on the team included Vincent Colombo, Jacklyn Kuehl, Zach Radtke, Kyle Allen Camdyn Price, Chet Woodruff and Lou McKinney.

Volleyball: The volleyball program had over 60 players on 6 different wolfhound teams. Two of those teams won diocesan championship trophies, including this year's 8th grade team! This year's 8th grade varsity volleyball team was completely undefeated 9-0 with losing zero sets to any opponent. The team was presented the Eagle league Trophy and individual medals by CDR Marty Raines.
(Players L-R)
1st row: Makenna Glenn, Meredith McAdow, Bryn McClain, Jacklyn Kuehl, Emma Cloran
2nd row: Clare Feehan, Macie Moreland, Chloe Moreland, Jessie Musselman.

Baseball: The baseball program had over 60 players registered and had a team for each grade, 4th through 8th. Three of the teams won diocesan championship trophies, including this year’s 8th grade team! This year's 8th grade varsity baseball team finished their season with an 8-1 record, were the Diocesan Varsity Baseball league champions, and received the Varsity Fall League trophy.
(Players L-R)
1st row (kneeling): Ryan Mooney, Sam Berry, Kyle Allen, Michael Tobias, and Clare Feehan.
2nd row (standing): Griffin Steinbrunner, Marcus Dixon, Teddy Long, Andy Matthews, and Colin Hare (not shown = Noah Lawler)
Home & School Zoom - Dec 2
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place Wednesday, December 2 at 10 AM via Zoom.

Click the Zoom link below to join:
Happy Thanksgiving 2020 from NCEA
Being grateful, truly grateful, and expressing that gratitude in prayer is powerful. We have so much to be grateful for and yet, so often, we become more focused on on our problems than on the countless blessings God has bestowed upon us. Offering prayers of gratitude to God, with much sincerity, has the potential to lift our spirits to the heights of authentic spiritual joy.

This year, the Thanksgiving picture will look a bit different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Various public health authorities, including the CDC, are advising us to stay at home and forego a larger family holiday gathering. While it will be difficult to avoid family and friends, this may very well help us reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country.

What are you grateful for? Better put, in what ways has God blessed you in abundance? If you are not immediately aware of your blessings from God, that is a good sign that you may need to spend more time “counting your blessings.” It’s good to keep our eyes on the innumerable blessings God has bestowed upon us, to see them, name them and be joyful in them. The more we see them, the more we grow in gratitude, and the more we grow in gratitude, the more we are blessed.
Schoolbelles and Educational Apparel Sales
Schoolbelles is having a Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sale.

Educational Apparel is having a year-end sale.

Click the links above to view more details about these sales.
Advent By Candlelight
PEACE be with you this Advent season!

Advent By Candlelight is offering a reflection and a variety of virtual retreats, prayers and seasonal inspirational music to help you experience the peace and hopeful expectation of Advent.

Carve out a morning, afternoon, or evening time for yourself once a day or once a week to slow down, focus on the season, and prepare your heart and mind for the birth of your Savior and Prince of Peace!

Christmas Gift Sign Up for Teachers & Staff
Its that time of year again and Home & School will be celebrating the amazing staff at St. Brigid with a fun holiday theme, treats and special goods each week in December. In a year full of craziness, we are even more thankful for our caring and giving teachers and staff! Please sign up for as much or as little as you are able and help us to show our deepest appreciation for our deserving teachers and staff! We really appreciate the help! The staff love these little ´extras´ and are always so appreciative! Thank you!

****This is not to replace the Gifts of Gratitude donation! We want to take care of our teachers as much as they take care of our kiddos!****
New Spiritwear Items Added for Christmas
The Spiritwear store is open through November 29.
Items will ship 12/14 and will be available for for pick up on 12/14 and 12/15 by appointment or regular store hours beginning 12/16.

Shop the new items at the link below!
Christmas Mass Reservations Required - Open Dec 1 at 9 AM
Reservations will be required to attend a Mass on Christmas Eve (6:30 PM and 9:00 PM), Christmas Day (9 AM and 11 AM), and January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (11 AM). To accommodate as many as possible, we will also be livestreaming some of these Masses in Hendricks Hall and in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. These locations also require reservations.

Mass reservations will be live on our website beginning Tuesday, December 1 at 9 AM. Reservations will close on Friday, December 18 at 12 noon. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org and click the “Advent & Christmas” link in the top black bar. You will be able to select the location (church, Hendricks Hall or gymnasium) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.

All Masses will be livestreamed at youtube.com/stbrigidofkildarechurch. Please consider this option for celebrating the Nativity of the Lord safely at home. We will also be holding Masses every day during the Octave of Christmas, Dec 26 - Dec 31. Please also consider attending one of these Masses instead of a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Mass.
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Knights of Columbus Family Rosary
The St. Brigid Knights of Columbus would like to invite all families of the parish to join us for a virtual Rosary on Monday, December 7th from 7:00PM to 7:30PM.  This event will provide us an opportunity to celebrate the Advent season as a community while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Don’t worry if you are new to or unfamiliar with the Rosary, all prayers will be shared electronically for convenience and ease of following along. Please use the link below and credentials to sign in:

Meeting ID: 870 5078 3647
Passcode: rosary

For additional questions please email family@stbrigidkofc.org.
Parent Engagement During COVID-19 Study
Parent engagement in school plays an important role in student success, and the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated increased collaboration between teachers and parents to support remote and hybrid forms of learning in the home.

A new study conducted by the University of Notre Dame, the Alliance for Catholic Education, and the National Catholic Educational Association seeks to better understand parent perceptions and experiences with remote learning during the pandemic, as well as how parents made decisions about the educational choices for their children in the 2020-21 academic year.

If you are a parent or caregiver of at least one child in a PreK-12 Catholic school and you would like to participate in the study, please follow the link to our survey below. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and those who complete the survey can choose to be entered into a drawing for one of 20 gift cards worth $50.00.

BWHS Virtual Open House
Bishop Watterson’s traditional fall open house has gone virtual for 2020 and all are invited! Our Virtual Open House, available 24/7, offers an opportunity to hear from Deacon Chris Campbell, our principal, and learn about topics such as school counseling, college counseling, campus ministry, athletics, performing arts, service, student wellness, finance and scholarships and our Dominican Program. Don’t miss the virtual tour of our campus or the Zoom panel with current BWHS students! Start your “visit” by clicking to tell us about your potential Eagle and to be added to our communication list!
Protecting God's Children (PGC) Zoom Sessions 
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via Zoom.

  • Thursday, 12/3 at 6:00 pm at Martin de Porres Center
  • Monday, 12/14 at 6:00 pm at St. Matthews

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First-Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, chose Columbus, OH (Diocese) - to see the current offerings.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a volunteer application, 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.