November 4, 2020
Second grade students studied a saint, wrote a report, and made a stole for All Saints' Day.
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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 Prayer Box. Each morning during our opening prayers we will remember our loved ones during this month of All Saints and All Souls. A special thank you to Griffin Steinbrunner for making our new prayer box.  
Tomorrow at 10 AM we will be sending all parents a text message and email testing our emergency alert notification system. This will be sent through Digital Academy, using the contact information we have in Digital Academy. If you do not receive both the text message and email message, please contact Megan Wachalec in the school office at mrs.wachalec@stbrigid-school.org or (614) 718-5825. Please note that this is how parents will be alerted in the event there are emergency notices such as weather closures, etc. We will no longer be using a call system to alert you of these notices -- rather look for a text message and email.

Autumn Blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 2nd & 3rd Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Virtual Family Conferences
We delayed our September Student Led Conferences to allow more time for the new normal to settle in. Keeping the new normal in mind and holding true to our philosophy of student led conferences, we would like to offer Virtual Family Conferences during the month of November. Our students will be working in class during the next few weeks to reflect on 1st quarter and work on setting goals for 2nd quarter. 

These virtual family conferences are optional due to the fact that many parents and teachers have been communicating already this year. However, we want to make sure that the lines of communication are always open, and we offer this as a chance for families and teachers to discuss both academic progress and emotional well-being during these challenging times. 

Click the link below to find the link to sign up for a conference with your child's homeroom/pod teacher.
Fall Festival Fun
We had a great time last week at our Fall Festival!

Preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade enjoyed a pumpkin patch, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade had fun trunk or treating at Brigid's Green, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades had fun taking turns in the gym with the DJ, and all grades enjoyed dressing down -- or dressing up!

Thank you to the room parents for all the behind the scenes work on these fun days! And thank you to the Annual Fund for funding these parties.

Click the button below to view photos.
Home & School Meeting Nov 4 at 7 PM
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM via Zoom.

Click the Zoom link below to join:
Specials Calendar Update
With the addition of our Wellness days this quarter, we wanted to reach out about the Specials Calendar to make sure all students were prepared for the correct special. The Specials calendar will not change, and we will not shift the days around. Instead, we will continue as scheduled and just "skip" the days that we now have off. The calendar will continue as follows:

Monday 11/16 - Blue day
Monday 12/14 - Green day
Tuesday 1/19 - Red day
Schoolbelles Store Moving
The Dublin Schoolbelles store is closing on November 8th and re-opening in a new location in the late spring/early summer 2021.

In the meantime, families can continue to purchase uniform items on their website with FREE shipping at http://www.schoolbelles.com/myschool/M37/S2649

or over the phone at 888-637-3037. Your school code is s2649.
Families may register their email addresses so they can receive news of our new store location:

Spirit Wear Order Pick Up
Spirit wear orders are completed and bagged. If you selected the shipping option, your order has been shipped. If you chose to pick up your order, please note that the address and hours of operation have changed.  Please see the address and times for pick-up below. If you cannot make it during these time please call 614-256-2143 to arrange pick-up. 

Morganheimer/Premier Sports & Spirit
473 Village Park Dr.
Powell, OH 43065
Office hours:
Wednesday – Friday 12-4
Saturday 12-3
Oak Society Scholarships Open: Deadline Extended + New Scholarship Added!
As part of our Oak Society revitalization, we are excited to launch our new scholarship program.  The Oak Society is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. It is committed to helping families in our parish continue a Catholic education through parish-supported grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance. If you are interested in donating or creating a scholarship, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.

We are now opening the application process for our Spring 2020 scholarships (as COVID-19 delayed this launch from the spring).

Current scholarship opportunities are:
  • The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship
  • The Home & School Association Scholarship
  • The Joyce O'Reilly Family Scholarship
  • The SPiCE Scholarship Program
  • The Karen and William Nomina Faith and Service Scholarship - new scholarship added

Deadlines to apply for all above scholarships has been extended to Wednesday, November 11, 2020. To read more about the criteria and application process for these scholarships, click the link below.
Picture Day Schedule + Picture Ordering Link
Pictures must be ordered online and must be placed by midnight on Sunday, November 8 in order to ensure Christmas delivery.

Click here to order pictures:

View more info on picture ordering packages:

Below is the Picture Day schedule for 2020:

Tuesday November 3:
Grade 8 - Mr. Mazon
Grade 7 - Mrs. Marschari
Grade 6 - Mrs. Jordan
Grade 6 - Ms. Knabe
Grade 6 - Mrs. Van Huffel
Grade 3 - Mrs. Asencio
Grade 2 - Ms. Borgemenke
Preschool - Tuesday PM classes

Wednesday November 4:
Grade 7 - Ms. Nentwich
Grade 5 - Mrs. Cecutti
Grade 4 - Mrs. DeLucia
Grade 3 - Mrs. Boyles
Kindergarten - Mrs. Hare
Kindergarten - Mrs. Troutman
Preschool - Wednesday AM and PM classes

Thursday November 5:
Grade 7 - Mrs. Regrut and Mrs. Zetzer
Grade 5 - Mrs. Wodarcyk
Grade 3 - Mrs. Veeder
Grade 2 - Mrs. Springer
Grade 1 - Mrs. Sobecki
Kindergarten - Mrs. Stuart
Preschool - Thursday AM classes

Friday November 6:
Grade 8 - Mrs. Hardin
Grade 5 - Mr. Byorth
Grade 4 - Mrs. Ford
Grade 4 - Mrs. Gutridge
Grade 2 - Mrs. Faler
Grade 1 - Mrs. Long
Grade 1 - Mrs. O’Neil
Kindergarten - Mrs. Grundei
School Rewards: Progress & How To Sign Up
St. Brigid of Kildare School earns thousands of dollars each year through loyalty reward programs. Our
programs have recently seen year-over-year increases thanks to our participating families!

  • Kroger rewards dollars are up 36% over prior year.
  • Amazon Smile reward dollars are up 29% over prior year.
  • Other reward dollars are up 6% over prior year.
  • TOTAL Rewards earned in 2019-2020 school year (from these 3): $6,334!

Our families are making a difference! Thank you all!

If you are not signed up, it is not too late! And it is easy! And it is free! Below are quick tutorials by
program to explain and help families sign up. We have also attached a written explanation.

***Please note Giant Eagle has currently decided to end their rewards program due to the pandemic.*** The organization is focusing these dollars on feeding students across all communities.
Make It a Date! Strengthening Your Marriage During a Pandemic
All married and engaged couples are invited to St. Brigid’s 20th Make it a Date virtual event!

Please join us on Saturday, November 14th from 6:15 to 7:15 pm to hear parishioner Dr. Tim Luis, PhD, a clinical psychologist, share strategies to strengthen your marriage during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has brought a variety of stresses to our homes and marriages – from financial hardships and illness to more togetherness and remote schooling. Learn ways to address these challenging situations and how to make your marriage stronger. There will also be an opportunity to socialize with other couples.

Tim works with adults and families, helping them to create fulfilling lives. Tim and his wife Renee are parents to three young children and have been parishioners for 10 years.

Please RSVP to Ellen Little at ellen.little.187@gmail.com or 614-595-9628 by November 12th to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

This event is sponsored by Family First and the St. Brigid School of Adult Faith Formation.
Thank You for Supporting the Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is a once a year contribution that covers the cost of programs that are planned by our Home and School Association. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to school projects and activities that enrich the learning experience for our children. Because of this, we will never ask you or your children to sell items door to door to raise money for our school.

Some of the items that have been funded so far this year are:

  • The teachers wish lists were doubled this year to provide supplies for a third learning space per grade to keep your children properly distanced.
  • The music program was changed to include rhythm sticks and other instruments so children could "make music" without singing. 

The Annual Fund suggests a $100 donation per child (and $50 suggestion per preschool child). We realize that families have varying financial circumstances, so any gift you can give is appreciated.
Protecting God's Children (PGC) TEAM Sessions 
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via TEAMS.

  • Monday, November 16th at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew 
  • Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew

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. These TEAM sessions are listed under St. Matthew (Gahanna) and open to St. Brigid parishioners.

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.
SBAA Opens Basketball Registrations
SBAA is pleased to open registration for the 2020-2021 Diocese Basketball season.  Registration is open to all 4th - 8th grade students and registered parishioners. There are a number of changes that will be coming with new guidelines for Covid-19, so please review online those details and register at https://www.gowolfhounds.com.  If you have questions, please email info@gowolfhounds.com
Moms: Grow Your Faith with Family First
If you’re a mom who’s looking to grow your faith and experience fellowship, join Family First for Mom to Mom meetings on Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:15 pm via Zoom. We’ll discuss podcasts on the topics of faith, motherhood, marriage and more. Go to stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst to find links to the podcasts and Zoom calls. If you can’t listen before the meeting, feel free to join the call anyways for great discussions!

It’s not too late to sign up for Play & Walks, which can also be found on the Family First website. For the next few weeks, sign up to walk with other moms (with and without strollers) and/or to join small, socially-distanced playdates. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully before committing to a date. If you have any questions, you may contact Gretchen O’Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com or Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com. To be added to our email distribution list, send a message to stbrigidfamilyfirst@gmail.com.