October 7, 2020
3rd grade enjoyed a Wellness Break and spent some time running outside.
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

As we turn the calendar to October, we have much to celebrate including Halloween! First of all, thank you to everyone for following so closely our protocols for “Safe Together”. Due to the efforts of our families and our staff, our school community has overall been healthy.  Please keep up the good work, keep praying for good health and safety, and refer to documents on our “Safe Together” tab on our website if you need guidance regarding any aspect of COVID protocols.  

Next, we celebrate that we have made it to mid quarter and time for interim reports. Since Digital Academy is still in development regarding forms, we are not able to send formal interim reports at this time. However, our teachers are sending weekly digital Friday folders with regular information about assessed work. Parents are also invited to follow along with the posted Pacing Guide which may be accessed through Digital Academy. This regular communication will allow you to partner with us with encouraging your child to do quality work and to seek assistance as needed. During this “Interim Reporting Week,” teachers in K - 8 will send emails, request a conference call, or make a phone call to any parent of a student with an academic, social emotional, or behavioral concern. Also, in the spirit of partnership, parents are welcome to contact teachers at any time if you have a question or concern regarding your child’s academic, social, emotional or spiritual development.  

This coming Sunday, October 11th, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Class of 2020. Please keep our Confirmation class in your prayers this week as they prepare to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit this coming Sunday.  

Plans are underway to celebrate our annual Harvest Parties at the end of the month. This year, due to social distancing guidelines we are going to offer a variety of experiences instead of a traditional classroom party. More details will be shared soon.  

As a special treat this year and to have some Fall Fun, we are allowing students to wear Halloween costumes to school on Thursday, October 29. As masks have become so important to the health and safety of ourselves and others, face masks must be worn and may be incorporated into the overall costume, if your children would like to do this.  Masks can be a way of expressing creativity, honoring a hero, making a statement about a favorite food, athletic team, book character, etc. For example, if your child is going to dress as a cow, the mask could be white with black spots, or if your child is going to be a princess, the mask could have sparkles or sequins as part of the design. 

In place of a costume, students may choose a fall color dress down day, or they may wear sweatshirts or t-shirts recognizing their favorite athletic team’s colors or logos. 

Fall Festival Costume Guidelines (Oct 29):

  • Make them 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.

Please check your child’s costume or dress down day outfit, and make sure each outfit follows the guidelines. Thank you!  

One last important announcement. I would like to personally invite you to participate in the Crucial Conversation parent workshop: Surviving in Trying Times. The facilitator of this zoom workshop is knowledgeable, practical and entertaining. Sarah Buffie worked with our staff before school started and our staff commented that this was the best workshop ever! Please participate in our short survey so we can best plan to make this opportunity available to our school and parish community.  

Enjoy and celebrate the many blessings of autumn; stay healthy, and continue to keep our community safe.

Kathy O’Reilly
Photo Newsletters - 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades
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Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times
Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting will be providing a series of parenting workshops via Zoom for our St. Brigid of Kildare community. Sarah recently worked with our St. Brigid of Kildare School teachers and staff to learn about trauma-informed care and how to apply empathy as it relates to our students' lives and learning. Sarah's trainings disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma and systems of oppression.

The upcoming parenting workshop series will focus on Surviving in Trying Times:

Anyone else feel like they are in survival mode these days? Do you ever have full, happy days where you forget the chaos of the outside (or inside) world? Either way, we are all in the thick of it and one thing that makes it tougher is trying to do it all alone. So, let’s not try to do it alone. In this series we will be inviting families to come together in a supportive learning environment in order to engage with one another and with practices that help us not just survive in trying times, but thrive. We all have the capacity to cultivate safer relationships with ourselves and others. The key is practice. And practicing within the context of community makes it that much sweeter.

As we plan for this Zoom series, we would like parents to complete the one-question availability survey at the link below.
Ski Club Update
As I am sure you are tired of hearing... due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be able to have Ski Club for the 2021 season.

Stay well and we look forward to next year!!
Virtual All School Rosary
We will be praying a virtual All-School Rosary on Wednesday October 14th at 2pm.

We will pray together via Google Meets with the same password used for daily morning prayer, which is prayer.

Parents are welcome to join this virtual rosary.
Flu Vaccine at School - REGISTER NOW
We are happy to announce the opportunity for St. Brigid students (K - 8) and staff to receive 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.

Return the completed form to school as soon as possible to help with our planning purposes.

For questions, contact Peggy Iannarino, School Nurse at mrs.iannarino@stbrigid-school.org.
Home & School Meeting Today at 10 AM
All are welcome to join the next Home & School meeting, taking place Wednesday, October 7 at 10 AM via Zoom.

Click the Zoom link below to join:
Scam Email Continues - Do Not Send Gift Cards
There has been a new scam email sent out to parents claiming to be from Nancy Davis with Home & School, asking for gift card donations.

This is not from Nancy — someone is impersonating her in attempts to get gift card codes.

Please delete this email and do not respond. This person has been attempting this same scam by finding names of pastors, parish and school employees, and chairs of organizations on our website, as well as websites of other parishes and schools in our diocese. They continually make up new addresses and move on to impersonate other people, so if you ever get an email asking for a request/donation, or that does not seem right, please don't respond, delete, and contact us at the school via phone or our email addresses listed here.
St. Charles Informational Webinar
You are invited to a Zoom webinar to find out more about St. Charles Preparatory School.

When: Oct 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: St. Brigid of Kildare School and St. Charles

Register in advance for this one-hour webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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.

Prayer Warriors Needed
The School Advisory Committee is asking for your prayers for the students, staff and administrators at St. Brigid of Kildare School and Parish. Please select a day to devote to praying for their health and well-being during these times of uncertainty. May God continue to bless your family and we ask that you all join in embracing our school motto for this year "With God We Can".

Just click the link below to sign up for a date -- you will be emailed a reminder two days before the date you signed up for.

This link has also been added to the "Quick Links" at the top of the Wolfhound Wednesday for future reference.
Scouts Online Popcorn Sale
It’s Popcorn Time!! Please Support St. Brigid Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts by Purchasing Popcorn.

St. Brigid Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts need your help. Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to sell popcorn door-to-door nor at retail locations. However, our expenses have increased, so we need your help more than ever.

If you believe that it is important to help our youth grow up with high moral values and to become contributing citizens of our church and community, please help us.

Go to the link below to order popcorn, coffee, chocolate and other goodies to help our boys safely continue on their journey.