October 28, 2020
Seventh grade enjoying time outdoors while the weather was nice!
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that our first quarter is coming to an end this week! Please read our many important updates below.

Virtual Family Conferences
We delayed our September Student Led Conferences to allow more time for the new normal to settle in. Keeping the new normal in mind and holding true to our philosophy of student led conferences, we would like to offer Virtual Family Conferences during the month of November. Our students will be working in class during the next few weeks to reflect on 1st quarter and work on setting goals for 2nd quarter. These virtual family conferences are optional due to the fact that many parents and teachers have been communicating already this year. However, we want to make sure that the lines of communication are always open, and we offer this as a chance for families and teachers to discuss both academic progress and emotional well-being during these challenging times. A Sign Up Genius will be available in the November 4th Wolfhound Wednesday with varied conference times being offered throughout November.

Prayer Warriors
The end of the 1st quarter has brought us time to reflect on the first 10 weeks of school. Our community efforts to keep each other safe and healthy have worked, and have been much appreciated by school staff and school families. Our school staff have also greatly appreciated your kind notes, treats, and prayers as we continue to meet our students’ shifting academic and emotional needs. I would also like to once again invite parents to join the School Advisory Committee (SAC) Prayer Warrior project. We all appreciate the power of these prayers and the lesson you are teaching your children to pray together as a family! The link to sign up for a day to pray for our teachers and staff can be found here:

Free Lunch Program Extended
We have exciting news regarding our school lunch program. We have just received word that the USDA has extended the grant to provide free lunch to all students until June 30th! We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to our families as a great way to eat a healthy free lunch during these challenging times. I would also like to take a moment to recognize our “lunch ladies,” Mrs. Joyce Brown and her team. They have been amazing in their dedication and creativity in providing “room service” with hot delicious lunches to keep our children nourished and ready for learning while enjoying their favorite school foods!

First Semester Wellness Days - Schedule Change
Yesterday I shared in a task force update email that school will be closed November 13, December 11 and January 15 as planned Wellness Breaks for our teachers and students. Thank you for your many positive comments and support for this change. We will continue to keep you updated if future schedule changes are necessary.

We are looking forward to our Fall Fun Festivities this week, our Family Fall Flipgrid, and Family Fall photo opportunities! (Please note: Virtual all school Mass will be on Thursday, October 29th at 9:00 am.)!

Autumn Blessings,
Kathy O’Reilly
Photo Newsletters -7th & 8th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
2020 Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners
Each year Washington Township sponsors a poster contest during fire prevention month. We are very proud to announce that two of our 3rd grade students are first palce winners: Maggie Flock and Cooper Musser!

Congrats Maggie and Cooper!
Oak Society Scholarships Open: Deadline Extended + New Scholarship Added!
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. 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
  • The Karen and William Nomina Faith and Service Scholarship - new scholarship added

Deadlines to apply for all above scholarships has been extended to Wednesday, November 11, 2020. To read more about the criteria and application process for these scholarships, click the link below.
Picture Day Schedule + Picture Ordering Link
Pictures must be ordered online and must be placed by midnight on Sunday, November 8 in order to ensure Christmas delivery.

Click here to order pictures:

View more info on picture ordering packages:

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
School Rewards: Progress & How To Sign Up
St. Brigid of Kildare School earns thousands of dollars each year through loyalty reward programs. Our
programs have recently seen year-over-year increases thanks to our participating families!

  • Kroger rewards dollars are up 36% over prior year.
  • Amazon Smile reward dollars are up 29% over prior year.
  • Other reward dollars are up 6% over prior year.
  • TOTAL Rewards earned in 2019-2020 school year (from these 3): $6,334!

Our families are making a difference! Thank you all!

If you are not signed up, it is not too late! And it is easy! And it is free! Below are quick tutorials by
program to explain and help families sign up. We have also attached a written explanation.

***Please note Giant Eagle has currently decided to end their rewards program due to the pandemic.*** The organization is focusing these dollars on feeding students across all communities.
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:

  • Individually wrapped cookies and logo water bottles were provided for Kindergarten WOW Day.

  • The New Family Welcome committee made welcome baskets for new families and delivered them to their porches -- they included spirit wear, logo items, etc. 

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.
Protecting God's Children (PGC) TEAM Sessions 
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via TEAMS.

  • Monday, November 16th at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew 
  • Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and meeting instructions. Click on First-Time Registrant, View a list of sessions, chose Columbus, OH (Diocese) - to see the current offerings. These TEAM sessions are listed under St. Matthew (Gahanna) and open to St. Brigid parishioners.

Potential volunteers with children and youth must also complete a volunteer application, 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.
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
SPICE Meeting Nov 2 Cancelled
The SPiCE (virtual) meeting scheduled for Monday, November 2 has been cancelled.
Home & School Meeting Nov 4 at 7 PM
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place Wednesday, November 4 at 7 PM via Zoom.

Click the Zoom link below to join:
Moms: Grow Your Faith with Family First
If you’re a mom who’s looking to grow your faith and experience fellowship, join Family First for Mom to Mom meetings on Thursdays from 1:15 to 2:15 pm via Zoom. We’ll discuss podcasts on the topics of faith, motherhood, marriage and more. Go to stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst to find links to the podcasts and Zoom calls. If you can’t listen before the meeting, feel free to join the call anyways for great discussions!

It’s not too late to sign up for Play & Walks, which can also be found on the Family First website. For the next few weeks, sign up to walk with other moms (with and without strollers) and/or to join small, socially-distanced playdates. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully before committing to a date. If you have any questions, you may contact Gretchen O’Reilly at gsoreilly@yahoo.com or Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com. To be added to our email distribution list, send a message to stbrigidfamilyfirst@gmail.com.
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.
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
Last week's P.E.R.C. program, "Parenting through the Pandemic" is now available on P.E.R.C.'s YouTube Channel. Click here to view: https://www.percdublin.org/past-programs