Wolfhound Wednesday
October 3, 2018

Third graders learning and studying rocks and minerals
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Sun, Sept 30-Fri, Oct 5
Book Fair

Wed, Oct 3
Interims Posted
Student-Led Conferences (Grades 3, 4, 7, 8)
(5-7 pm)

Thurs, Oct 4
Home & School Mtg (10 am)
Student-Led Conferences (Grades K, 1, 2, 5, 6)
(5-7 pm)

Thurs, Oct 11
Bring a Disciple to Mass (Grade 7) (9 am)

Mon, Oct 15
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Wed, Oct 17
All School Rosary (2 pm)

Thurs, Oct 18
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Fri, Oct 19
Barn Bash
Dear Parents,

Over the last two weeks, students in Grades 4-8 took the Clifton Youth Strengths Explorer.  This online assessment asked students to think about how they felt about different situations and to rate each one using a scale.  The results yielded three areas of strengths/talents for each child.  

Please take a few minutes to watch this video.  It provides a brief summary of why one mom chose to use the Strengths Explorer with her children and how it has helped her foster their strengths/talents.  

At school next week, your child will have the opportunity to see and read about his/her top three strengths, taking time to read the talent report that is created after the assessment was completed.  On Friday, October 12th,  you will be given directions, along with a code, so that you may access and take time to review the talent report as well.  

Please see this link for a brief summary of the 12 theme descriptions. You will see your child's top three themes described in the report that you can access October 12.

We will be completing activities at school to foster these strengths/talents, and we will also give students in all grade levels activities that we ask families to participate in at home. 

Blessings,
Kathy O'Reilly

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Photo Newsletters: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades

Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.

Terra Nova Test Prep

During the week of October 15th, 2018, 3rd - 8th grade students will be taking the Terra Nova test, a standardized test adopted by the Diocese of Columbus.  The Diocese mandates testing in grades three through eight. Testing will occur on each day of the week, Monday-Friday.

As in the past, we ask that parents do a couple of things to help their child do his/her best.
  • Don't plan any appointments that would cause your child to miss a portion of a test.
  • Make sure that your child is in bed at a time to ensure that he/she has sufficient sleep to function well.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast before coming to school.

Terra Nova testing is important for a variety of reasons.  First, our school uses these results to help us target areas in which we can improve as a school.  Additionally, teachers use the results to see how to best meet the needs of the students in their classrooms.  For eighth graders, the Terra Nova results have a critical impact as the high schools use these results to help make placement decisions about incoming freshmen.   

It is important that your child realizes that he/she is not expected to know all of the answers since this is not a test for which a student can prepare.  You can help to prevent anxiety if you take time to discuss this with your child. Although the results are important, please remember that this is only one indicator of how your child is doing academically.  The day-to-day assessments that your child's teacher gives are a better indicator of how well your child is mastering the diocesan curricula.
Announcing St. Brigid's 2019 Spring Musical!



Auditions will take place the week of December 10.  More details to come!

School performance:  Weds, March 13th - 1:15 p.m.
Evening performance:  Thurs, March 14th - 7:00 p.m.
Evening performance:  Fri, March 15th- 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the show, please visit:


For questions contact:
Crystal Bensonhaver ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org

Musical Help Wanted

Much of the success of the St. Brigid musicals is thanks to all of the behind-the-scenes work and leadership of many talented staff, parents, and adult volunteers.  The Musical Creative Team is looking for volunteers interested in becoming involved in the school musical productions. Areas of skills and leadership needed include stage direction, choreography, set design and building, costumes, props, production, and much more.  All volunteers of different skills and backgrounds are welcome.

If you are interested in sharing your talents, please email Ms. Bensonhaver at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org.

SPiCE Family Fun Day sponsored by The Donut Experiment
Sunday, October 7, 9:30-12:30 PM, Brigid's Green



See you this Sunday!




Better Sleep for Kids
Free Sleep Summit

The Better Sleep Summit is filled with practical skills and tools to help kids ages 5-18 sleep better. 

It is designed to help YOU and YOUR child:
  • Quell racing thoughts that keep them up at night
  • Calm anxiety and stress that disturb sleep
  • Put the device down and choose sleep over play
  • Fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night
  • Quash sleep-related fears (e.g. monsters, darkness, robbers etc.)
  • Empower kids with sleep skills that help them fall asleep with little or no help from parents
  • Understand what's underneath the night wakings and how to resolve them
  • Know that you and your family are not alone in this; we're in this together and we're here to help
Diocesan Family Rosary Day

Our Diocesan Family Rosary Day will be celebrated this year at 3 PM, Sunday, October 14 at St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio. This liturgy, which is presided over by Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy community, worship God, and ask our Blessed Mother's intercession for the needs of God's people. All are welcome.
Spiritwear Orders are Ready!

Thank you to all of the families who ordered spiritwear during the first sale of the year!

Our vendor has informed us that all orders are now complete. If you selected pick-up in Powell, the pickup address is 4389 Village Club Drive, Powell 43065. This is a home in the neighborhood behind Kinsale -- NOT a storefront. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Karen Huttsell ( karen.huttsell@siemens.com) or Theresa Vivona ( vivona1012@gmail.com). 

Missed out this time around? Stay tuned for our next sale in November!

Alumni Recognized by National Merit Program

St. Charles is proud to announce that three former St. Brigid of Kildare School students, now seniors at St. Charles, were recognized by the National Merit Program for their exceptional performances on the PSAT/NMSQT last fall. Of the more than 1.6 million high school students who took the test, approximately 16,000 were named Semifinalists. These young men and women are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million. Those were were recognized as Commended Scholars placed among the top 5% of all the students who took the test. 

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding academic achievement, as well as to their parents and teachers.

Liam O'Reilly - Commended Scholar
William Sweatt - Semifinalist
Phillip Wible - Commended Scholar

Catechists and Shepherds Needed
Can you help?

The Religious Education department is looking for individuals to help in the planning of Vacation Bible School 2019.

They are also in need of Catechists and Shepherds for the Children's Liturgy of the Word program during 9 am and 10:45 am Masses. 

Please contact Sherri Niekamp at sniekamp@stbrigidofkildare.org
Meals  on  Wheels  Delivery Opportunity
Informational Meeting October 11

There is a strong need to provide and deliver meals for the elderly in Columbus. You and your family have the chance to partner with LifeCare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program to help keep our aging neighbors in their homes, where they want to be. Our children will see the good they are doing in their community by handing over a hot meal to someone in need, while spending some quality time with their family.

This summer, we "adopted" our own route, which we run M-F every week. We are looking to recruit an additional 10-12 families to join the 20 or so of us that are currently servicing this route. You can work the route as frequently or as infrequently as you would like, but we are asking for a commitment of at least once per month.

Meals will be picked up at 10:45 am at Dublin Community church in downtown Dublin.  Our route takes a little over an hour to complete. We will have an informational meeting and training session on Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 am (immediately following Mass) in Hendricks Hall. Please contact Nancy Davis at 336-337-4421 to RSVP, or with any other questions you might have.
Save the date for the Annual Women's Retreat
 
This year's Women's Retreat, themed "His Grace is Enough" will be held January 18-20, 2019.
Author and speaker Pam Heil will encourage us to live authentic love based on grace.  The cost of the retreat will be $145 which includes food and lodging at the St. Therese Retreat Center in Columbus. Registration will open on November 5. 

For answers to additional frequently asked questions, please see our webpage:  http://stbrigidofkildare.org/2018/08/21/womens-retreat-2019/ 
The Fall Book Fair Is Going on Now!

Wednesday Oct. 3rd 8:00am-3:30pm ***
Thursday Oct.4th 8:00am-3:30pm
Friday Oct. 5th 8:00am-noon (closes early)

***Open 5:00-7:00pm on Wed & Thurs during Conferences!

We are excited to welcome our first Follett Book Fair!

Families can expect quality literature for every reading level... preschool through middle school!

Still Looking for Book Fair Volunteers! Click here for Sign-Up:


Questions?
Mrs. Bridget DeSocio

Register for Barn Bash
Friday, October 19

Registration for Barn Bash is now open!
Barn  Bash is Friday, October 19 from 6-8:30 PM at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. 

The price is $11 per person by October 15 and $15 per person after October 15 and at the door. Children 2 and under are free. This includes dinner, snacks, beverages, baked goods, family activities, fun and games and a DJ!

Click the arrow below to register.



Volunteers & Donations Needed
We need many volunteers and donations for this event to run smoothly! Please consider helping out during the event, and/or bringing items to donate. 


Women's Club Pumpkin and Bake Sale
October 13-14

The St. Brigid of Kildare Womens' Club is happy to announce that our Pumpkin and Bake Sale Co-Chairs, Niki Sellman and Mary Ehrsam, are organizing this popular event which will be held October 13th and 14th after each Mass. Below are the links to sign up and Volunteer - we hope you will join us in making this another fantastic year!

Baking volunteers:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0F45ACA92BA31-pumpkin  

Volunteers for the Bake Sale:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0F45ACA92BA31-pumpkin1 

For more events and information: stbrigidwc.com
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