September 29, 2021
We had so much fun celebrating our 2021 National Blue Ribbon award last week! See our recap of our celebrations and why our students think we are a Blue Ribbon School in the video at this link.
The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Today we celebrate that we have made it to mid quarter and it is time for interim reports. Since FACTS is still in development regarding forms, we are not able to send formal interim reports at this time. However, our teachers are sending weekly Friday emails with regular information about assessed work. 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.  

Please note we have added the following COVID information to our "Safe Together" webpage:

When Children Can Return to Physical Activity After Testing Positive

Accepting Test Results
St. Brigid has the Abbott BinaxNow at home antigen test with results confirmed through a live proctor. PCR tests are acquired through a healthcare provider, or at a test site, and are the most accurate. In order to return after a close contact quarantine, a student must have a negative PCR, or BinaxNow at home test with official proctored results. Self-tests (without a proctor) are accepted to rule out COVID if a child is experiencing symptoms only if parents have the child’s name and date of the test on the results, and a clear picture sent in.

Please see additional details on interpreting results and multiple test results.

It was announced this morning by the Vatican that Bishop Brennan has been named the new Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Please see this attached memo from COO Matt Schlater with more information about Bishop Brennan’s appointment.

Kathy O’Reilly  
Photo Newsletters: 3rd and 4th Grades
Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
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!
Flu Vaccines Available for Students and Staff
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
October Study Table Sign Up
October sign ups are now available for After School Study Table. Study Table is a great opportunity for 5th-8th students to work on homework and studying while also having the chance to receive assistance with school work, study skills, and organization in any subject in a quiet and supportive environment. Mr. Byorth, along with other teachers, will be supervising and offering assistance during this time.

Please make sure to send a confirmation email to Mr. Byorth on the day your child is signed up to stay for study table.

Who: 5th-8th Grade Students
When: 3-4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

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
Picture Day Info & Ordering
School Picture Day is this week! Online orders will be taken through this Saturday.

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 until Saturday - so parents can 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.
Last Day to Wear Uniform Shorts
This Friday, October 1, is the last day for students to wear the uniform shorts. Please remember there are no PE uniform shorts anymore.
Schoolbelles is Moving
As families continue to make the majority of uniform purchases online, Schoolbelles will be closing the local store for the off season and re-open again next June. They will be extending a 15% discount and FREE shipping on orders placed while the store is closed. In addition, they will also continue to offer on-site School Measuring Events when requested. 

View the flyer below for more details.
 First Friday Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition and Benediction on October 1st
Join First Friday Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition in the main Church following 9AM Mass and concluding with Benediction at 4PM. All are welcome at any time during those hours. Opportunities to sign up as a scheduled adorer for a specific hour are available each month. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to receive reminders, sign up opportunities and reflections send an e-mail to Shelly/ St. Brigid Eucharistic Adoration Ministry at rocks1dad@aol.com.
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! 
Alumni Named National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Bishop Watterson High School senior and Saint Brigid of Kildare School class of 2018 Norah Dorley on being named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists based on her performance on the 2020 PSAT!

To read more about the BWHS semifinalists, click here.
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
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.