Wolfhound Wednesday
September 12, 2018

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Thurs, Sept 13
Bring a Disciple to Mass - Grade 8 (9 am)

Mon, Sept 17
SAC Meeting (6:30 pm)

Wed, Sept 19
School Pictures (P-8)

Thurs, Sept 20
Preschool Pictures
Early Release (1:30 pm)

Sun, Sept 30-Fri, Oct 5
Book Fair

Wed, Oct 3
Interims Posted
Student-Led Conferences (Grades 3, 4, 7, 8)
(5-7 pm)

Thurs, Oct 4
Home & School Mtg (10 am)
Student-Led Conferences (Grades K, 1, 2, 5, 6)
(5-7 pm)

Dear Parents,

In light of the recent allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you of our partnership with you to take care of our children and to keep them safe. We are grateful to have a parish that is vibrant with youth life -- youth programming at St. Brigid includes many ministries, such as Children's Liturgy of the Word, Religious Education, St. Brigid School, St. Brigid Preschool, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Vacation Bible School, Children's Choir, junior ushers, altar serving, EPIC middle school youth ministry, high school youth ministry, athletics and more! All of this programming for kids and teens is successful because of the passion and joy of our parish youth and the time and talent of our generous adult volunteers.

We take our responsibility to protect our children very seriously. In any activity where children are present (including all of those mentioned above), all volunteers, clergy, and staff who may be around children must complete a criminal background and fingerprint check, sign our Volunteer Code of Conduct , submit a copy of their driver's license or photo ID, and take a Protecting God's Children awareness session on the signs of sexual abuse prior to their first day volunteering. Every activity involving children on our campus abides by "two-deep" ministry, meaning there is never an adult alone with a child or group of children. We have hired staff to ensure these policies are always followed and that our volunteers and staff members always have up to date background checks and volunteer status. Read more about our Safe Environment program here.

In my homilies to our parish over the last several weeks I continued to stress that our faith and friendship with Jesus Christ is essential to building our faith and that of the Church. This real crisis for the Church will be a test of our transparency and faith in the truth and the power of Jesus to be close to us on this difficult journey.

Below are some resources to help guide you through this time.

A Crisis -- but Not of Faith (WSJ, George Weigel)

If you would like to speak with a member of our clergy, parish or school staff, we are always happy to talk. We can be reached at any of the contact information below.

Monsignor Hendricks ( jhendricks@stbrigidofkildare.org or 614-761-3734)
Kathy O'Reilly, Principal ( ms.oreilly@stbrigid-school.org or 614-718-5825)
Hillary Harper, Preschool Director ( mrs.harper@stbrigid-school.org  or 614-718-5825)
Andrea Komenda, Director of Religious Education ( akomenda@stbrigidofkildare.org or 614-761-1176)
Laura Ginikos, Middle & School High Youth Minister ( lginikos@stbrigidofkildare.org or 614-718-5832)
Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Manager ( snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org or 614-761-3734)
Quick Links
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New After-School Study Tables
Sign Ups Beginning September 19

Through the support of our SPiCE program, Saint Brigid of Kildare School is excited to announce the new After-School Study Tables program for students in grades 5-8. The focus of these  study  tables will be for students to work on executive functioning skills such as organization, time management, and  study strategies, as well as giving children time to receive support with homework. 

The  study  tables will be held in the school from 3-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year. Mrs. DeLucia, along with other staff members, will supervise the program to ensure a quiet learning environment and give support as needed. 

To Sign Up:
Parents will sign their child up for each individual session (on a first-come, first-served basis) via a Sign up Genius link. Children must be signed up at least 24 hours in advance of each session. Parents will need to bring a transportation note change for each day their child is signed up. Latchkey students may also sign up through the same link.

After-School  Study  Tables will begin on Monday, September 24. The link to sign up will be available in next week's Wolfhound Wednesday.

Contact Karen DeLucia at  mrs.delucia@stbrigid-school.org

Celebrating International Dot Day

International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, collaboration and courage.  This year we will be celebrating "Dot Day" at St. Brigid School on Friday, September 14th.  "Dot Day" provides a framework to encourage students to discover their strengths and talents and to make their "mark on the world".  As our school theme states, our students will be reminded that as disciples they are called to creatively and innovatively use their strengths to make a positive difference in the world.  During the next few weeks our students in 4th - 8th grade will participate in a Strengths Finder Assessment .  More details will be shared about this great opportunity in future newsletters.   

Our local celebration will begin with a schoolwide reading of the story "The Dot"  which dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities to be brave enough to "make her mark" in the world.  What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a journey of self discovery and sharing.

Our students and staff will be able to enjoy a creative polka dot dress down day on Friday and they will have the opportunity to make their mark with a dot art project.  

As a family, on the official International Dot Day on Saturday, September 15th consider going on a dot photo safari to find dot shapes in our world - write a dot song - do a dot-inspired dance -- eat dots or reconnect the dots with a friend! How you celebrate is totally up to you!

Join Home & School Committee

St. Brigid Home & School is still in need of filling the Vice Co-Chair position for the current 2018-2019 school year.  This position can be filled by one chair or two co-chairs. Home & School is a great way to get involved at St. Brigid - no prior Home & School experience is needed (all positions will receive training and information from the past chairperson).

Vice Co-Chairs
The vice co-chairs assist the co-chairs in overseeing the committees and special school events. They are responsible for overseeing the Gifts of Gratitude program in December and May and recognizing birthdays of office staff. The position is a one-year term before filling a one-year term as co-chairs. 
Time Commitment: moderate and consistent throughout the year. The co-chairs should attend the monthly home and school meetings.

If you're interested in this position or would just like more information, contact Beth Mooney at b rian.beth.mooney@gmail.com or Jen Lynch at lynchjen@hotmail.com

School Picture Day Next Week

School picture day will be next Wednesday, September 19 for grades preschool - 8th grade, and Thursday, September 20 for preschool. 

We are using a new school photographer this year, so the ordering process will be slightly different. Students will receive order forms this Friday in their Friday folders.

You can review the packages on the form and pay by check and return the form to the school, or if you prefer to pay online please visit dianesphotography.com here. You can preview packages and pre-pay now. 

ALSO   Program  Sign Ups

ALSO (After-school Learning and Service Opportunities) programs help to supplement the rich curriculum at our school and allow children to explore the various interests they may have. 

When your child is considering programs to sign up for, please help him or her to take a realistic look at his or her current extracurricular schedule. Will an ALSO program enrich him or her, or is he or she already committed to other activities? For those interested in participating, sign-ups will be held in classrooms on Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st. Flyers and permission slips including starting dates will be sent home the following week.

Register for Barn Bash
Friday, October 19

Registration for Barn Bash is now open!
Barn  Bash is Friday, October 19 from 6-8:30 PM at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. 

The price is $11 per person by October 15 and $15 per person after October 15 and at the door. Children 2 and under are free. This includes dinner, snacks, beverages, baked goods, family activities, fun and games and a DJ!

Click the arrow below to register.

Volunteers & Donations Needed
We need many volunteers and donations for this event to run smoothly! Please consider helping out during the event, and/or bringing items to donate. 

SPiCE Family Fun Day brought to you by The Donut Experiment
Registration is open!

Sunday, October 7, 9:30-12:30 PM, Brigid's Green

Join us for breakfast donuts, snacks, and outdoor family fun after the 9 am and 10:45 am Masses at Brigid's Green. The SPiCE Family Fun Day is open to all parishioners. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Brigid of Kildare Special People in Catholic Education.

Register online by October 1 to reserve your donut package. All donut packages include coffee, granola bars, fresh fruit and juice as well as outdoor crafts, games and activities.

Donuts are provided by The Donut Experiment and entitles you to your choice of a pre-crafted specialty donut or a spot in line at the Donut Creation Station!

Click the arrow below to register.

Crucial Conversations: Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, November 8 from 7-8:30 p.m.

How can you help your child manage their emotions so they cope well with disappointment and in stressful situations?

Erin Tebben, early childhood mental health consultant at Nationwide Children's Hospital will share strategies that will allow your children to recognize positive and negative emotions - and deal with them in a healthy way.  The evening will begin with prayer and reflection led by Sister Teresa Tuite, OP.  This presentation is geared for parents of children in sixth grade and under.

The seminar will cover:
  • Recognizing, understanding and accepting feelings
  • Expressing feelings safely
  • Developing a positive outlook
  • Building coping skills
  • Dealing with negative feelings and tough situations
  • Managing stressful life events
The seminar is an informal presentation with time for reflection, discussion and questions.  It will give you an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies, and some great ideas to take home and try out with your family right away.

Click here to RSVP.
Support the Annual Fund
New this year - donate online

The Annual Fund supports the efforts of our Home & School, including welcome and tours, artists and authors in the school, class parties, class field trips, teacher appreciation, playground supplies, student organizations (ALSO programs), school musicals, new  family welcome, classroom wish lists and the teacher education fund, among others.

The general suggested request is $100 per student in order to meet the needs of the school programs the fund supports. However, any amount is appreciated.

New this year: Donate to the Annual Fund online
Your early contribution to the fund is appreciated as some school programs begin at the start of the school year. Click below to make your annual donation online, or feel free to forward this link to a family member or friend who may be interested in contributing.

PERC Presents Confident Girls ROX 

How can we raise a confident girl in a complicated world? Get new insight into the confidence decline in our girls with Lisa Hinkelman, PH.D, ROX Founder. 

September 25 at the Dublin Rec Center

Taize Prayer - Sept 25

Join the next parish Taize prayer on Tuesday,  September 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. 

Take time to join together as a parish family in this beautiful service of music and reflection by candlelight.
Women's Club Kick-Off

All Parish Women are Invited to Join 
Kick-off Meeting for 2018-2019 Women's Club
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hendricks Hall
Monsignor Hendricks will kick-off this season's Women's club and we will have Spiritual Friendship Speaker and Author, Emily Jaminet talk about friendship.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please considering joining the Women's Club. We meet once per month to socialize, listen to great speakers and do something positive for our community.

For more information:
www. stbrigidwc.com
New Parish Group: CREW

CREW (Catholics Ready, Eager and Willing) is a new parish group! Throughout the year, there are many times that we could use your hands to help make a difference here at St. Brigid of Kildare.

This is not a committee with members and monthly meetings. 
This is not a year-round commitment.  
CREW is just a list of parishioners who are ready, eager and willing to help around our campus and during special events.

Sign-up today to receive all the  CREW requests via email, but only commit to those that appeal to you and fit in your schedule! You'll meet new people, feel connected to our parish family and be the first to know that we aren't too shy to ask for help!

Do you enjoy hosting guests? We could use you!
Would you be a pro at directing traffic? We need you!
Do you like to put furniture together? We'd love your help!
Do you have 30 minutes to spare? Maybe an hour? Maybe three? A sporadic schedule? No problem!

Does someone call you "Mom"?

Consider joining one of the best-kept secrets at St. Brigid of Kildare!  Family First's Mom to Mom is a vibrant, women's faith sharing group, comprised of moms who range from "rookie" to "highly experienced" in their parenting journey.  Join us for prayer, faith sharing, and conversation.  Mom to Mom meets on Tuesdays from  9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Hendricks Hall beginning  September 18

We kickoff the year with the book  Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life's Biggest Yes by Kristin Welch and the DVD Series YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. Little ones always welcome, childcare is available.

For more information, please visit the Family First table at Tapestry Weekend and view our Fall Schedule online at   http://stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst/

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