October 6, 2021
Sixth grade students work together in Science class to create index card bridges.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

October is traditionally the month that we administer Terra Nova testing for our 3rd - 8th graders. However, this year a change has been made at the diocesan level. A diocesan-wide committee gathered several times last year to take a look at assessment practices within the diocese. Elementary schools were all utilizing the Terra Nova as well as the STAR reading and math assessments.  High schools were using the Iowa or the state created assessment. The committee wanted to determine whether or not to continue with these assessments while looking at other possible assessments to replace these if needed.  

The committee ideally wanted to find an assessment that worked for grades K-12, assessing in all needed areas, including those that are necessary for scholarship purposes and graduation. Also, assessments must be state approved. The committee also wanted assessments that would provide access to data which would help to speak to student achievement and to student progress within different content areas.  

The committee looked at several different testing instruments, all of which are nationally normed. They listened to presentations from vendors, including Terra Nova, Iowa, STAR, iReady, and MAP. For a number of reasons, the committee decided to do away with Terra Nova and to continue the use of STAR in grades K-8. The high schools were to decide between Iowa and state administered assessments. This decision applies to all schools throughout our diocesan system.

The STAR assessments will be in place for three years. The testing committee will then reconvene to discuss whether or not the reading and math assessments provide us with the necessary data to support instruction and to monitor student progress over time. The committee will also consider what assessments are available in other areas, such as science.  

With the increased emphasis on STAR, our staff participated in professional development with the testing vendor, Renaissance Place. We are learning to better utilize particular reports to analyze data which help target instruction for students and to track student growth. Also, STAR has implemented a different algorithm to determine the scaled score in both reading and math, which means that the scaled scores we are used to analyzing are now reported using the new “Unified Scale,” which teachers, parents, and students will need to grow accustomed to during this school year. The new scaled score earned by a student will simply look different from his/her previous scores.

Because of the shift to the new Unified Scale, explained above, we plan to share our students’ STAR results once we have two points of data using the new scale. Having two points of data, over a period of time, allows the scores to make more sense, to be put into context on the new scale, and to illustrate potential growth from test one to test two. Best practice stresses that the STAR assessments are not meant to be viewed at only one point in time, but rather over a period of time.

Our second “testing window” of the school year will be in January, and we will then be able to report student scores in context and with the new scale.

Autumn Blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly  
Photo Newsletters: 5th and 6th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Disturbing TikTok Challenge
There is a disturbing “challenge” happening during the month of October on Tik Tok. Hopefully, this does not enter into our schools. There is a list of challenges circulating on social media to take place each month this school year. Please use this opportunity to speak with your children about this challenge -- here is a helpful guide for talking with your children about online challenges.

Project-Based Learning: Share Your Personal Work Story
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. This is a concept we are using in grades K-8 throughout the school year.

As a part of this Innovation Initiative, we are looking to have our parents and guardians offer a window into real life application of learning! To that end, we would like to offer opportunities for our students to see how skills and themes learned in school are applied in daily life. (Example: If you are a web designer, you could talk about your expertise in our Technology class, or if you work in landscaping you could speak during a plant/life design unit in Science.) 

Our students can benefit from your willingness to share your real world experiences! If you are willing to share your career expertise with our students at some point this year, please fill out the survey below. Grandparents and family members are welcome to complete this survey as well!
Barn Bash: Ticket Ordering and Donation Sign Up
Barn Bash is coming up on Friday, October 22 from 6-8:30 PM at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. 

All are invited to attend this fun night for families! The price is $11 per person by October 15, or $15 per person after October 15 and at the door. Children 2 and under are free. The price includes: beverages, pre-packaged snacks, family activities, fun and games and a DJ!

Ticket ordering is now available at this link: ORDER TICKETS

There are also opportunities to donate snacks or drinks to help make the event a success. Sign up for those opportunities here: DONATE

For questions related to Barn Bash, contact co-chairs Ashley Storey (ashleymueller.173@gmail.com) or Anne Knapke (bannie3@yahoo.com).
Spiritwear Orders Shipping, PE Uniform Ordering
The Rah-Rah spiritwear orders are shipping this week. If you selected pick up, those orders will be available starting today Wednesday 10/6. 

Tartan Fields (home of Lesley Beran)
6905 MacNeil Drive, Dublin

All pick up orders will be placed in a large tote on the side porch. Orders will be bagged and marked with your name.

If you are still in need of PE Uniforms for 2nd Quarter, the Premier link is open below for orders through this Sunday 10/10. Pick up for these items will be available at Morganheimer/Premier the last week of October. 

Here is the link for SBK Gym Uniforms. 

Any questions? Please contact Stacy Austin 317.694.6202 or Lesley Beran 614-257-9791
Flu Vaccines Available for Students and Staff - Next Week
We are happy to be able to offer Flu Vaccines at school again this year!

Partnering with Health Heroes of Ohio the vaccine will be available to students grades K-8 as well as school staff on October 14.

If you are interested, please read the Vaccine Information Statement as well as print and complete the Vaccine Consent Form to register your student for the vaccine. Completed Vaccine Consent Forms must be returned to school by October 12 to allow for adequate staff planning by Health Heroes.

Questions can be forwarded to Peggy Iannarino at mrs.iannarino@stbrigid-school.org
Recess Volunteers - Now Accepting Kindergarten Volunteers
Volunteering at recess is a great way to become involved at St. Brigid! Volunteers are needed to assist teachers and to manage playground equipment. Volunteers should sign in the main office, obtain a volunteer badge then report to the playground. Please follow all school COVID-19 protocols. In the event of inclement weather, recess will be indoors with their teachers and volunteers will not be needed.

All volunteers must be PCG (Protecting God’s Children) compliant and have completed the St. Brigid volunteer application. In the event you can not fulfill your shift, please contact Jennifer Glatz at jenniferglatz1@gmail.com
Save Money on Tuition with MyScrip
SAVE MONEY ON TUITION with the St. Brigid of Kildare MyScrip Program
Scrip Tips - October
Don’t forget to sign up for the Scrip program to save on your child’s tuition.

Simply order electronic or physical gift cards from more than 300 retailers and receive a portion of the purchase price as a tuition credit for the next school year. Signing up is easy and participation is even easier through the mobile app called Raise Right.

Sign up today!
Home & School MyScrip Contacts
Ashley Storey • (614) 929-8306 • ashleymueller.173@gmail.com
Mary Kate Wing • (310) 560-4807 • wingmkt@gmail.com
Home & School Zoom Meeting - Oct 6 at 10 AM
Home & School is inviting all parents to attend their monthly Zoom meeting.

The next meeting will take place next Wednesday, Octoebr 6 at 10 AM. Use the link below to join.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 2536 3834
Passcode: 206915
Security Hound Tips
For October, I will be working with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students for a few days with the Safe Escape program. Just in time for Halloween safety. I will also be working with our 8th grade with Constitutional Law during the Bill of Rights Lessons, culminating in some interesting court cases they will argue! Thank you to the teachers for allowing me to work with your kids on some very important topics.

An important principle taught for Safe Escape is to teach kids to trust their instincts and the foundation you developed with them about right and wrong. 
We want kids to judge people by their ACTIONS at that time, and not simply by whether they know them or not. Bad things are done to others often not by strangers. Just because we know a person does not mean that they are not capable of asking you to do something you know is wrong.

A common tactic for burglars is to knock on the front door of your residence during the day, assuming most people are at work.  When there is no answer, they kick open the front door. Besides the tip of putting a dog dish out, what can you do? 
One, get to know your neighbors. Ask the ones that are home during the day to keep an eye out for this tactic. 
Two, replace the ¾ inch screws in your front door strike plate with 3-inch screws. A very inexpensive upgrade. See this link: https://youtu.be/nOiYyNm92Ws

As always, please reach out for anything. mr.mckenna@stbrigid-school.org or 614.718.5825 ext. 276.

Three Alumni Named Commended Scholars
Three Bishop Watterson students have been named National Merit Commended Scholars based on their performances on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Kate Drab is the Student Council secretary and International Thespian Society treasurer, has served as a Kairos Retreat leader and is a Student Ambassador and the crew manager for the fall drama. She is also an intern for Ohio State Representative Adam Miller and an Ohio Attorney General Teen Ambassador Board member. Kate has served as a Homework Help Center Volunteer and Interns-4-Good Tutor. She plans to major in Biomedical Engineering in college.

Evie Owens is a Student Ambassador and a member of the varsity soccer team, In the Know team and National Honor Society. She is also chairperson of the Charity Committee of Student Council and volunteers at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Evie plans to major in Mathematics in college.

Veronica Worley is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mock Trial Team and the Political, French and Creative Writing Clubs. She also participates in the musical theatre program and has served as a volunteer at St. Brigid’s after-school care program. Veronica plans to major in Finance in college.
Virtual Family Rosary
Celebrate The month of the Holy Rosary with a St. Brigid of Kildare Virtual Family Rosary (hosted by Family First) October 17th @ 7:00pm!
October is the month of the Holy Rosary, which the Church celebrates with fervor and holiness. It is the perfect prayer to bring peace to the world.  To celebrate, parishes in the diocese will be praying the Rosary on October 17th!  At St. Brigid, Family First will be offering a virtual Rosary to unite our prayers with others in the diocese. All St. Brigid families are invited to join us in this holy prayer at 7:00 pm. We hope you can join us!
You may sign up to attend OR please volunteer your family to lead a decade! Prayers and reflections will be screen-shared live over Zoom and Family First will follow up with additional details several days before the event. It is OK to lead while still learning!
Pop onto the zoom at 6:50 PM to put your intentions in the chat, work through any technical details that may arise, and say hello to other families! Rosary will begin promptly at 7 PM. We're looking forward to "seeing" you there! Kiddos in pajamas expected and celebrated!
Topic: Virtual Family Rosary
Time: Oct 17, 2021 06:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 4621 3757
Passcode: rosary
Sisters in Christ
When: Wednesdays; September 15th - November 24th
Time: 1:15 to 2:30 pm
Location: Deacon’s Room in St. Brigid of Kildare Church

This Fall, join Family First’s Sisters in Christ! Each week we will view and discuss videos about our Catholic faith while building community. 

Open to all St. Brigid women, Sisters in Christ is a new faith sharing group focused on women’s spirituality. Please join us to share and gain wisdom from other women like you. No commitment necessary, drop in when you can join! We hope to see you there! 
Fall Parish Picnic: Together Again
Sunday, October 10 after 11 AM Mass | Brigid's Green

Come for lunch, stay for the community.

Join us after the 11 AM Mass on Sunday, October 10 for a Fall Parish Picnic. We will have food, drinks, activities, and representatives from various ministries at St. Brigid of Kildare. We've missed our community and are excited to gather together again!

No RSVP needed. All ages welcome.

For questions, contact Amie Lopez, parish life coordinator, at aslopez@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Vocations Luncheon for Young Men
On Tuesday, November 2 the Serra Club is hosting their first Young Men’s Vocation Luncheon since the Pandemic. The event will be held at The Jessing Center at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Fr. Bill Hahn will be the host and speaker.

The Vocation Luncheon agenda follows:
  • Arrival & check-in – 11:30
  • Lunch – 11:45
  • Welcome from Fr. Bill Hahn, Director of Vocations for our Diocese will be our host and speaker – 12:20
  • Optional: Doug Stein from The Josephinum with help from a few Seminarians will lead a tour of The Josephinum – 1:00
  • Depart from The Jessing Center – 1:30ish

Please RSVP to tim.perrine51@gmail.com by October 28.
St. Charles Informational Meetings
St. Charles Preparatory School will be hosting a series of casual informational meetings all around the greater Columbus area in September and October. Parents and guardians of young men in 6th, 7th or 8th grade are encouraged to join for an opportunity to learn more about St. Charles from other current families!

For locations and registration, visit cardinalchats.scprep.org or phone the school’s admissions team at 380-209-2228.
Family First Service Opportunity
New service opportunity for the family! 

We would love you and your family to join us in providing comfort (in the form of snacks) to families staying at the Ronald McDonald house. You can find detailed information here from the Ronald McDonald house website on how to safely assemble the bags. The snack pack program allows volunteers to prepare bags in their own setting while providing snacks for families caring for sick children

This is a great activity for the family and while you assemble discuss how acts of service and being Catholic go hand-in-hand! From the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12), to the Works of Mercy, to the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) we know Jesus urges us to provide service to others.

Once bags are assembled please drop them in the bin in the collection closet in Hendricks hall October 2nd - October 10th. We will also be collecting assembled bags at the Parish picnic, on October 10th! Any questions contact anne.flock@gmail.com or ablouir@gmail.com. 
Winter Sport Registration
Basketball for 4th-8th grade girls & boys continues.  Player Evaluations for 7th/8th grade competitive teams, and then forming of the 4th-8th rec teams will start in the first week of November. Registration fees will be $190 for the upcoming season with additional gym space rental now needed with our number of teams.    Please remember after you register each child at https://www.gowolfhounds.com, you must also provide the Parent Consent for the Columbus Diocese at https://www.dioceseregister.com 

Lil' Hounds Basketball for 2nd & 3rd grade girls and boys will again be held this winter.  Teams will have weekly clinics with their classmates to learn skills and have fun games.  Clinics will normally start in December, it's a great way to get out and work on those basketball skills with your friends.  Cost for Lil' Hounds is $85.  Register at https://www.gowolfhounds.com

For more information on our basketball offerings, please contact Bill Baumel at wbaumel@ohioinnovationfund.com

New this year is Cheer for 4th-8th grade girls. Practice will be once a week (likely Wednesdays) for 1 hour, and the Cheer season will be the length of basketball season.  The cost is $160 to participate (this includes full uniform, including briefs, hair bow, and poms).  Register at https://www.gowolfhounds.com

Registration for Cheer will close up on October 13th at noon to allow for uniforms to be ordered.  Please get registered before it closes.

For more information on Cheer, contact Lindsey Meadows at Lindsey.meadows25@gmail.com
Protecting God's Children - Updated Sessions
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions at the following times. All of these sessions are in-person.

  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm at St. Paul's Westerville (in person) 
  • Monday, October 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm at St. Paul's Westerville (in person) 
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm at St. Joan of Arc (in person) 
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 9:00 am via Zoom
  • Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Holy Spirit (via Zoom)
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm at Holy Spirit (via Zoom) 
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm at St. Francis DeSales (in person)

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, choose Columbus, OH (Diocese) and create a Virtus account.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a St. Brigid volunteer application, and submit a 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
Submit Materials for Wolfhound Wednesday
If you have information you'd like included in the next Wolfhound Wednesday, email it to Allie Wing at mrs.wing@stbrigid-school.org.

To view past issues of the Wolfhound Wednesday, find them archived on our website here.