October 23, 2019
Last week, the 7th and 8th graders led us in prayer for the All School Rosary, and our bell choir performed
Amazing Grace before the rosary.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

This Thursday we will celebrate the end of first quarter with our annual harvest parties. These fun-filled events are organized by parent volunteers and financially supported by the Annual Fund. Our students may also enjoy a dress down day with a special dispensation from Msgr. Hendricks to attend our weekly school Mass in dress down attire. Please make sure your attire is school and Mass appropriate by following the dress down day dress code found in our handbook on page 44. Here is an abbreviated version: 
As first quarter comes to an end, please keep in mind that both parents and teachers are encouraged to initiate communication any time during the year if there is a student concern. We believe that it is better to address a student concern or clarify a situation in a timely manner rather than wait for a scheduled conference time. You may contact teachers via email or leave a phone message in the school office at 718-5825. Faculty emails can be found using the quick link in the Wolfhound Wednesday or on our website at http://www.stbrigidofkildare.com/our-faculty/.

Please plan to join us for 9:00 am Mass on Friday, November 1st for Solemnity of All Saints. There will NOT be a school Mass on Thursday, October 31st. 

Autumn Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly

P.S. School pictures will come home tomorrow in Friday Folders. Picture retake day for P-8 will be next Wednesday, October 30. If you would like to get picture retakes, please bring your uncut photo package next Wednesday.
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.
Halloween, All Saint’s and All Souls Day:
A Triple Celebration
From NCEA Parent News:

For parents of children in today’s world of commercial or scary Halloween characters it is even more important to
know the history of the Catholic/Christian tradition of AllHallowtide, Hallowtide or Hallowmas, as you establish your home traditions and set the values on which your family decisions are based.
Student Wins 2nd National Bowling Title
Congratulations to 7th grade student Nicholas Maliwesky for capturing his second national bowling title at the 2019 USBC Youth Open Championships held in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Participating as a member of Thumbs Optional 2.0, Nicholas backed up his 2018 victory by capturing the U12 scratch division team title with a score of 2349. Separately, Nicholas was recognized for his performance at the Ohio State Youth Open Championship in April where Thumbs Optional 2.0 posted the high U12 team series (2504) and game (958) in the nation for the 2018-2019 season. The high game score of 958 is the highest U12 score on record in the nine years the USBC has tracked this team award.

Nicholas was presented with his Eagle trophy signifying a national championship win by the Central Ohio USBC Youth Committee on Saturday, October 5th at his home center, Sequoia Pro Bowl.
Letter to a Suffering Church Book Distribution + Email Reflections
I'm sure most of you are aware of the horrific sexual abuse crisis that has haunted our Church, especially in recent months. We all grieve the wicked ways that priests have abused children, seminarians, and other vulnerable people. With these scandals in mind, our parish has decided to share with you a new book by Bishop Robert Barron. The book is titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we've ordered a copy of the book for every family in the parish, and I think you'll find it helpful and uplifting. Bishop Barron provides clear insight on the crisis and where we should go from here.

We will be distributing free copies of this book after all of the Masses on October 26-27, or stop by the parish office to claim your copy. We are also providing email and video reflections focusing on one chapter per week for five weeks written by Bishop Barron and his Word on Fire team. 

Know that we at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish care deeply about helping you navigate these stormy waters. God bless you!
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
Barn Bash is This Friday!
Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome

Barn Bash is Friday, October 25 from 6-8:30 PM at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. 

Volunteers & Donations Still Needed
There are still some volunteers and donations needed for this event to run smoothly! Please consider helping out during the event, and/or bringing items to donate. 
Friday, October 25
Student Flu Shots Coming - Sign Up Now
Franklin County Public Health will come to St. Brigid on November 18 with Flu Vaccine for students in grades K - 8. 
If you would like your student to receive a Flu Shot, follow these steps:
  1. Print, complete, and sign all sections of the School Flu Consent Form below. Be sure to complete all demographics, screening questions, and insurance information.
  2. Return form to the school office by October 31 (firm deadline).
  3. Once a Consent Form is submitted, you will receive a Vaccine Information Sheet to help you monitor your child after they receive the vaccine.

For questions/concerns, please contact Peggy Iannarino, School Nurse via the school office or mrs.iannarino@stbrigid-school.org
October Study Table Sign Ups Live (Grades 5-8)
Study table is a wonderful time for students to have a quiet setting to work on homework, study for an upcoming test, spend some time getting organized, or get help from one of the teacher monitors. 

Study tables will be held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3pm until 4pm. 

If you would like your child to attend study table, please sign them up using the sign up link below. Also, you must send a change of transportation note for your child's homeroom teacher the day of the study table. 

Questions? Email Katy Nentwich at ms.nentwich@stbrigid.school.org
Altar Server Training November 3
All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses!

Our next training session is Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 3:00 - 5:30 PM in the Church. Please register by October 27, 2019, so that we can be prepared to welcome you. Don't worry, walk-ins are welcome to attend.

For more information, you may contact Todd Pepe at stbrigidaltarservers@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Family First - Mom 2 Mom
Join Mom to Mom/Family First on October 29th 9:30 to 11 am at Hendricks Hall for SoulCore and a presentation on the Blessed Mother with Lori Crock. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat and water bottle.

SoulCore is a prayer experience that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the prayers of the Rosary; a sensory experience that combines candlelight, music, scripture, reflections and movement to nourish body, mind, and soul and encourage deeper meditation on the mysteries and virtues of the Rosary. You do not need to know the Rosary prayers or bring your Rosary.

If you're bringing your children please sign up for childcare here. Please contact Gretchen O'Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com or Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com with any questions.
Registration for the Annual Women's Retreat Opens Soon!
This year's Women's Retreat, themed "I Fear Nothing, for God Is with Me!" will be held January 24-26, 2020 from Friday at 5:30 pm until noon on Sunday.

Keynote speakers Alyssa Grace and Father Sizemore will encourage us to trust in the Lord in the midst of difficulties and fruits that can blossom from those times in our lives.

Registration opens November 11 online on the parish website. Admission to the retreat is first come, first serve, and is open to 50 women. 
Little Eagles Wrestling Club
Bishop Watterson High School's Little Eagles Wrestling Club begins in November. This is open to students in grades K-8 in Bishop Watterson feeder schools.
Walking With Purpose Live
At St. Joan of Arc Church

WWP Live is coming to the Columbus, Ohio area November 5-6, and registration is now open! Our Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, will touch your heart with her all-new talk:

Hallelujah Anyway:
Discovering Good Despite Anxiety