September 22, 2021
We're a third-time Blue Ribbon School!!!
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

What a great day we had yesterday celebrating our third Blue Ribbon Award in 15 years! This award not only affirms the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and students, but it also recognizes the dedication of our parents. It is the strong partnership and passion for Catholic education exhibited by our families that helps make our school a school of excellence. As parents, you are not only seeking Catholic education for your children, but you are seeking quality, well-rounded education. Your continued support of your children and teachers, high expectations, and the importance you have put on the integrated faith and educational experience make our school a place of faith and excellence. I am proud to be a part of this amazing school and I know all of our teachers, staff and families are too! 

Last week the Governor and all of the Children’s Hospitals in the state of Ohio asked schools to do their part in keeping children safe as the COVID numbers rise in the youth population. I am proud to say that our students are following the protocols at school with masking, distancing, washing/sanitizing hands. Our student cases of COVID seem to be most often socially based. For example, being a close contact at birthday parties, athletic events, and extended family gatherings. Please keep safety protocols including distancing and masking in mind at social events and gatherings. For your consideration, please find an open letter to all Ohioans from the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and an infographic displaying information about the current spike of COVID-19 cases among Ohio’s kids. Thank you for your commitment to working together as a school community to protect our children and staff. 

When taking at-home COVID tests, please remember the photo sent to Mrs. Mensching must include the name of the test-taker and the date to be valid.

Kathy O’Reilly  

P.S. The Blue Ribbon celebration will continue on Friday with a blue dress-down day! Students learned of this news on the announcement this morning.
Photo Newsletters: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Picture Day Info & Ordering
School Picture Day is coming up next week!

Tuesday, September 28: Grades K, 1, 2
Wednesday, September 29: Grades 6, 7, 8
Thursday, September 30: Grades 3, 4, 5

The online ordering link is currently active - so parents can start to place their online order here: http://diane-spagnuolo-photography.hhimagehost.com/StBrigidofKildareSchool2021

Parents must send the printout of their online confirmation to picture day to ensure their background color choice. Gray is the default background color if we do not have the printout, or the student is not purchasing a package. If you do not wish to order online, please contact the school office for an envelope.

School Picture Day Clothing Tips
We want your child to look their best on school picture day so here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
  • Avoid “new” hairstyles for picture day. Pony tails, while practical for school days are not the best in school pictures because the pony tail is usually hidden. Headbands can also become a distraction - so please choose wisely.
  • Please make sure your school uniform is neatly pressed. Boys and girls collars should be pressed down and the tops of girls' uniforms should be pressed, especially around the patch. If your child wears a school sweater, vest or fleece pullover and you want them to wear it in the picture - PLEASE make sure they are aware of that.
School Safety Drills
Each year we do several school safety drills in addition to our regular evacuation (fire) drills. Yesterday we accomplished a combination evacuation and school safety drill. Evacuation and tornado drills are held regularly. School safety drills dates are registered with the Dublin City Police Chief and will be held on the following dates this year: Jan. 13, 2022 and March 3, 2022. A reminder will be in the Wolfhound Wednesday prior to the two school safety drills. Just a reminder that if we would have to evacuate completely off site, Karrer Middle School is our off campus relocation site.
Sign Up to Be a Recess Volunteer
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. 
Prayer Warrior Sign Up
The St. Brigid 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 "Pencils in the Hand of God". 
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 or to volunteer, contact Amie Lopez, parish life coordinator, at aslopez@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Vocations Luncheon for Young Women - Deadline Sept 30
The Young Women’s Vocation Luncheon will be held October 5 at The Jessing Center at The Pontifical College Josephinum. Please see the below flyer for full information.

The Vocation Luncheon agenda will include lunch, a welcome from Fr. Bill Hahn, Director of Vocations for our Diocese, an overview of vocations and the Sisters/Orders from Fr. Stash Daily as well as optional sessions with Doug Stein from The Josephinum for a tour and an optional meeting with The Sisters who will have information tables set up in The Jessing Center.

Please RSVP to Annemallampalli@icloud.com by September 30.
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. 
Basketball and Cheer Registration Now Open!
Basketball for 4th-8th grade girls & boys is now open.  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 when you register each child, 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.

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). 

For more information on Cheer, contact Lindsey Meadows at Lindsey.meadows25@gmail.com
Upcoming PERC Events
PERC is a committee of Dublin parents, community members and educators. PERC's mission is to empower parents to encourage informed and responsible choices for and by the youth in our community. PERC provides program facilitation, information dissemination, parent networking and a unified message.

September 22nd, 7pm, Coffman HS: Operation Street Smart, presented by Franklin County Sheriff's Department
Introduces the signs of drug use and types of drugs students may encounter

October 6th: Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett. 
Join PERC for a book talk on the following novel, led by Syntero School-Based Clinician Annie Knotts, MSW, LSW.As the founding Director of Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Marc Brackett has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being.(11am-12:30pm, Dublin Public Library, Meeting Room 2)

Please register, visit https://forms.gle/Z8LLtDgjzUThSKhWA
Attend Virtually: https://fb.me/e/3KGWRxzCS
Mom to Mom Fall Kick Off
Is your family calendar so jammed that there’s never enough time to “be spiritual”? Maybe you need to think about spirituality in a new way. Author Tom McGrath shows how the hectic and ordinary moments of family life offer endless opportunities to live more deeply.

This Fall join Family First’s Mom to Mom group where facilitator Kim VanHuffel will lead the discussion each week based on Tom McGrath’s book Raising Faith-Filled Kids while also building community and sharing in our spiritual journeys.  

Family First’s Mom to Mom is a vibrant, faith sharing group focused on motherhood, spirituality, and Catholic parenting. Whether you’re a rookie or veteran, please join us to share and gain wisdom from other moms like you. Raising Faith-Filled Kids can be purchased from Loyola Press or Amazon

Discussion Begins: Tuesdays Sept 21th - Nov 23rd
Time: 9:45-11AM  
Location: Church Basement
Childcare: Carr Nursery 

There is no commitment necessary; drop in when your schedule permits. You do not need to pre-read and childcare is available sign up here. We hope to see you there! 

Questions, please reach out to Erin Heise; erinjolene@hotmail.com or Anne Davis; davis.anne81@gmail.com.  
Adult Volunteers: Protecting God's Children Class - 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.

  • Wednesday, September 22nd at 10:00 at St. Brigid (in person) 
  • Saturday, September 25th at 9:00 am at Trinity Elementary (in person) 
  • Wednesday, January 12th at 6:00 pm at St. Francis DeSales

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.