October 21, 2020
First graders enjoying an outdoor snack time
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Our wonderful Home and School, in conjunction with our school staff, has been planning lots of safe distancing fun fall activities during this upcoming week! Our in-person and HOME Learners will have the opportunity to wear costumes or dress down in fall colors on Thursday, October 29th. (Due to the costumes and activities, students will attend Mass virtually on Wednesday, October 28th). Different Fall Fun activities have been planned for different grade levels and for HOME Learners. We plan to end this fun day with a short Halloween Prayer Service, using our Google Meets code prayer, just like morning announcements. 

  • Preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade - A visit to the St. Brigid Pumpkin Patch
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades - Trunk or Treat with decorated pillowcase treat bags
  • 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades - Fall Fun and Music with a live DJ
  • HOME Learners - Music, art and games under the tents or a Party in a Bag! 

All students will enjoy a delicious cinnamon doughnut treat and time for celebrating! Mrs. Brown and the cafeteria staff have also planned a special Halloween lunch for October 29th. The menu will include the following:
  • Mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
  • Spooky Mac and Cheese
  • Dirt pudding
  • Apple slices w/caramel dipping sauce  

In lieu of the Barn Bash, we would like to offer some family fun ideas to participate in as a school community family. Starting on Monday, October 26th, a display in front of the school providing a fun place to take family pictures will be available each day from 3:30 - 7:00 pm. Feel free to stop by and take a family picture to share with your friends and family on social media (and tag us on Facebook or Instagram!) or perhaps use the photo for Thanksgiving cards. We are also offering a Family Fall Fun Flip Grid for families to upload a video of their family Halloween costumes, pumpkin carving, apple picking, corny Halloween jokes, etc. The Flipgrid will be available October 21st - November 9th. It will be great to watch these short videos of our families celebrating. Please watch for an email later today from Nathan Graham with exact directions for accessing the Flipgrid.  

BIG NEWS!! A family directory is now available. We apologize for the delay, but due to data glitches in Digital Academy we are not able to use their directory. However, we have found a great substitute. You should have received an email from Directory Spot asking you to download the app for your phone or access the website on your computer.

More good news! We have added school pictures to the schedule for the beginning of November. They are scheduled for four days, November 3 - 6, in order to be able to socially distant everyone. A schedule is listed in the story below to make you aware of the date for your child’s picture. We will contact HOME learners regarding pictures as we finalize the plans.  

I continue to be thankful each day for our school community working together to keep everyone safe. Your commitment to our community pledge has been awesome! Please keep praying for our school community, and all those who are experiencing anxiety and loss due to the pandemic. Remember that kindness, grace, mercy and patience is necessary each and everyday as we continue to navigate these challenging days.

Autumn blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly 
Photo Newsletters - Kindergarten & 1st Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Oak Society Scholarships Open: Apply by Oct 28
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. The Oak Society will provide scholarships to students with criteria set by the donor or organization. We will continue to build this scholarship program in order to expand the opportunities available to our students. 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

Deadlines to apply for all above scholarships is Wednesday, October 28, 2020. To read more about the criteria and application process for these scholarships, click the link below.
Flu Vaccine at School - Register by Friday
St. Brigid students (K - 8) and Staff will be offered Flu Vaccine at school this year. The date for Flu Vaccines is Tuesday, October 27. 
Please print, complete, and return the Consent Form at the link below for each student who will receive a vaccine.

The Registration Deadline is Friday, October 23.

For questions, contact Peggy Iannarino, School Nurse at mrs.iannarino@stbrigid-school.org.
Picture Day Schedule
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
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 playground was completely updated to support the 3-pod play and mask break areas. Everything was color coded including the blacktop, carts and new equipment. More individual play items were added like scoop ball and jump ropes. 
  • New basketball hoops were installed.

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.
Spirit Wear Orders Ready
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
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
FACTS Communication Option
In a recent email to you, FACTS indicated that on Monday, November 2, all parents using a FACTS solution will have the opportunity to opt in or out of receiving communication and resources from FACTS affiliated companies.

What Will Parents See on November 2?
Parents will see a message the first time they log in to their FACTS account and can either opt in or out of receiving future communications at that time. The message will not appear again after they have made a decision. If a family wishes to change their communication preferences, this can be easily done within their FACTS account at any time.

FACTS wants to assure you that they will not be selling or sharing parent data with any third party. 
Schoolbelles Backorder Update
The Customer Service Team at Schoolbelles has been working diligently to provide approved, substitute uniform items, FREE OF CHARGE to any customer who is waiting on an over due back order. This effort represents Schoolbelles' commitment to making sure students are in uniform, at any cost. If you are waiting on an over due back order, please them call Schoolbelles at (1-888-637-3037) for an approved substitute item, free of charge. 
Congrats Wolfhound Volleyball Teams!
Congratulations to the following volleyball teams for receiving Blue Cards for good sportsmanship:
4th grade: Team St. Brigid Elizabeth
8th grade: Team St. Brigid Suzanne 

Congratulations to 5th grade Teams Green & Team White who both won their games!

8th grade is undefeated, and beat St. Paul last weekend to earn 1st place in Eagle Division. Congratulations to Emma Cloran, Clare Feehan, Makenna Glenn, Jacklyn Kuehl, Meredith McAdow, Bryn McClain, Chloe Moreland, Macie Moreland, and Jessie Musselman.
Fall Festival Costume Guidelines (Oct 29)
Please follow these guidelines in preparing for the Fall Festival dress-up day at school on October 29.

  • Make costumes/attire simple, easy to wear all day, and not too hot or cold.
  • Face masks that cover the entire face and/or head (examples-Spiderman, clown, skeleton, etc.) are not allowed, but instead feel free to decorate or choose a color of a daily mask that will enhance your costume.
  • Inflatable costumes will not be allowed. 
  • Please limit accessories (like wings, crowns, wands) that will be difficult to handle at school, or could be lost or broken. Also, violent props such as pistols, knives, or swords are not permitted.
  • Costumes may not have scary/bloody masks/clothes.
  • Costumes may not obstruct the student’s view or ability to do work in the classroom.
  • Costumes may not be inappropriately revealing, such as shorts skirts, bare midriffs, or low cut tops. 
  • Costumes may not be offensive or make a political statement in any way.
  • No makeup is allowed.

Please check your child’s costume or dress down day outfit, and make sure each outfit follows the guidelines. Thank you!
St. Charles Informational Tours & Webinars
On Wednesday, October 21st, St. Charles will be visiting St. Brigid and St. Mary (Delaware) grade schools. That evening, it will host a Zoom webinar for all families of these school and parish communities from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. **Online reservations/sign-ups required to participate in these sessions.

St. Charles is hosting private visits and tours during the months of October and November. They will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at three different times: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each session is restricted to a single family and limited to no more than FOUR people. Online **reservations are required for each 45-minute session.

**To register for these events, we invite you to visit https://www.stcharlesprep.org/prospective-students/ on the school’s website. From there, click on the corresponding tab (“Family Visits”/ Open House”/“Grade School…Webinar”) on which page you will find a sign-up link. 

If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us by email at smercado@scprep.org.
PERC Presents: Parenting Through the Pandemic
Navigating Uncertain Times and Change with Resiliency

Child and Family therapists, Matt Dunatchik, LPCC and Libby
Steele, LPCC of Gestalt Columbus will discuss current events affecting
families and children. They will explore how to best support children through emotional connection, healthy boundaries, setting loving limits, and discussing issues and current events.

This workshop will be presented via Googlemeet, but will be interactive as participants can ask questions and comment on their own experiences parenting during COVID.

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:30am and 7pm
COVID-Safe Halloween Tips
The City of Dublin will proceed with its annual Trick-or-Treat Beggar’s Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The City continues to follow Franklin County Public Health’s advice and guidelines as well as best practices regarding Beggar’s Night.

Residents are strongly encouraged to follow Governor Mike DeWine’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s recommendations on how to celebrate Halloween responsibly to keep your family, friends and neighbors healthy.
Blood Drive Oct 25
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted by Mary Hagen in honor of her late son Drew, taking place Sunday, October 25 from 11 AM - 4 PM.

Location: Shred CrossFit, 7670 Commerce Place, Ste. E, Plain City, OH 43064

Appointments must be made. Click the link below to schedule an appointment.