October 30, 2019
Third graders working on the "Array Bakery" in Math class.
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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. Students will then reflect on the saints as role models, which will help them to determine how they can use their own strengths to be the NOW of God. 

Please plan to join us for the All Saints Day Mass on Friday at 9:00 am.  

May the blessings of St. Brigid be yours on this feast of All Saints,
Kathy O'Reilly

Photo Newsletters: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Student Flu Shots Coming - SIGN UP DEADLINE TOMORROW
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
Dress Code Do's and Don'ts
Catholic schools have traditionally implemented dress codes. Our school dress code is important for some very significant reasons. First, it reminds our students daily that their importance is not based on their outward appearance, but rather on their inner being. We are all made in the image and likeness of God, and exterior appearances are not the basis of our individual value. Also, a common uniform allows students to focus on academics and friendships, rather than on competition or current styles.  When bringing their children to our school, parents agree to comply with the dress code and purchase clothing items accordingly.  

This year, we are having many issues with the implementation of our dress code. Blouses, shirts, belts, socks, and shoes are all frequently non-uniform at this time, and we need your help to remedy this issue. Please click the image to the right for dress code "do's and don'ts," and please insure that your students are dressed according to the school dress code as soon as possible.  If we all don't follow the dress code, it becomes unjust and unfair for everyone.  

As clothing trends continue to evolve, we will continue to provide clarifications and updates to help you sort through what is and is not dress code.
Click the image above to view examples
Musical Help Wanted!
Do you love the St. Brigid school musical tradition and want to support the arts in our school? If the answer is yes, then come and volunteer with us! The St. Brigid theater program is in need of adult leadership and volunteers for the 2020 musical. Areas for volunteering include: directing, set building and design, choreography, lighting, props, and production. Experience is helpful but not necessary. High school alumni are also welcome to volunteer and may receive volunteer hours for their efforts.

There will be an informational meeting the first full week of November. If you are interested in volunteering and want to attend the meeting, please contact Ms. Bensonhaver directly at ms.bensonhaver@stbrigid-school.org. Thank you for your support!
Cross Country News
The St. Brigid Cross Country team recently completed a very successful season. The 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls team won the Diocesan championship for the first time and also finished in 4th place in the State Elementary School Championship Meet. Earlier in the season they also won the Central Ohio Cross Country Invitational and finished as runner-up in the Johnstown Harrier Showdown.  

The 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys team finished in 4th place in the Diocesan championship this season. In the 7th-8th grade boys and girls divisions, we did not have enough runners to field complete teams, but our individual runners all had successful seasons.

On an individual basis, Natalie Fouts won the Diocesan championship in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls division and also finished in 7th place in the State Elementary School Meet. In the Diocesan championship, she also set a new St. Brigid record in the girls one mile race with a time of 6:08.11 and Fritz Oberhammer did the same in the boys one mile race with a time of 6:31.40, finishing in 7th place.

Other medalists in the Diocesan championship races include Samantha Schmiesing (4th), Emma Drab (7th), Stella Schiavone (9th) and Lily Steinbrunner (10th) in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls division and Jillian Smith (10th) in the 7th-8th grade girls division.

There were also K-3rd grade Diocesan championship races. In those, the St. Brigid medalists were Andy Oberhammer (6th) in the boys race and Martha Oberhammer (8th) and Izzy Murphy (10th) in the girls race.

Every one of our runners set a new personal record this season, so that is something to be especially proud of! Congratulations to all of them on a great cross country season!
Volleyball News
It's an exciting time for St. Brigid volleyball -- all teams eligible 5th-8th grade made it to the Diocesan Volleyball playoffs! We have 4 St. Brigid teams continuing to the Volleyball Championship games, and we would love for students to come support the teams !  

6th grade Team Blind plays vs St. Michael
Nov 2nd 10:00 am at St. Timothy's gym

6th grade Team Moreland plays vs St. Vincent
Nov 2nd 11:00 am at St. Timothy's gym 

7th grade Team Glenn plays vs St. Paul
Nov 2nd 10:00 am at St. Brigid's gym

8th grade Team Beuselinck plays vs St. Paul
Nov 2nd 12:15 pm at St. Paul's gym 
Annual Asbestos Notification
Notification Requirement per Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

Consistent with the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Columbus Diocese Schools inspect for Asbestos Containing Building Materials and develop an Asbestos Management Plan for each school.

We are required by law to inform you of our Asbestos Management Plan. At this time, we are pleased to inform you that Saint Brigid of Kildare School is an Asbestos free building.
3rd & 5th Grade Parents: Home & School Parent Socials
3rd Grade Parent Social
Mix & Mingle Friday, November 15, 7:30 PM at Vine & Tap
Join us for third grade parents night out! We hope to see both new and old faces.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach to Jennifer Obers, Leila Ulrich, Hillary Harper, or Amy Piggrem.  
5th Grade Parent Social
Save the date for Friday, January 17. More details to come!
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
Crucial Conversations: Upcoming Events & Resources
Anxiety is skyrocketing. How can we help?

The numbers have been rising steadily; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%. The rate of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers has doubled over the past decade. What's causing this rise and how did we get here?
How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Boys in the Digital Era

Tech Balance for parents of 3-8 year olds

Upcoming Event: Screenagers at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Recycled Materials Needed
One of Saint Brigid’s ALSO programs, Recycled Rhythm, is in need of clean, recycled materials to use for instruments. Great recycled materials for playing include: cans, large plastic containers/buckets, metal containers, jugs, gift wrap tubes, and any other recyclable materials that are sturdy. The box for donations can be found in the cafeteria. Thanks for your help!
St. Charles Open House Nov 3
Sunday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. for all 8th grade boys and their parents. St. Charles, the diocese’s college preparatory school for boys, is located at 2010 E. Broad Street.
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.
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
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.