Wolfhound Wednesday
September 5, 2018

Our Dynamic Mission: Discovering and Sharing Our Strengths
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Wed, Sept 5
Preschool Curriculum Night (6:30 pm)

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

Dear Parents,

It was great to see everyone last week at the curriculum nights.  If you would like electronic access to the curriculum packets prepared by each teaching team please visit our website and click on Current Families under the Quick Links button.  You can also access the packets by clicking on this link:   http://www.stbrigidofkildare.com/current-families/ 

This evening our preschool parents will have the opportunity to attend Preschool Curriculum sessions tonight beginning at 6:30 pm.

Curriculum nights provide a great opportunity for parents to meet their child(ren)'s teachers and to learn more about the academic expectations for the coming year.  In addition to curriculum information, each team shared a yellow Communication Plan .  Our hope with publishing all of the many different types of communication that occur throughout the year is that you will feel our strong desire to work in partnership with parents and guardians on behalf of our children.  The school-family partnership is integral to the success of each child. Please always feel free to reach out to a teacher if you have a question, observation, family information that might be helpful or a concern. We are here to support each other and to work together to care for and educate our children in a faith filled school and home.   
Kathy O'Reilly
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8th Grade Class Gift - Trinity Mosaic
The class gift from the Class of 2018 is now complete in our school garden. Their gift was the completed Trinity mosaic that sits on our garden, with an engraved marker stone now in front of it. The 2018 8th grade class worked hard during the 2017-18 school year to lead CARE meetings where all students worked on mosaics, and to help lead in the process of creating the final Trinity mosaic art project. Stop by the school garden to see it!

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.

Dublin Family Night
September 10

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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.

Keep the Conversation Going: Having Difficult Conversations 
Back-to-school season is a good time for parents to check in with their children

Back-to-school season can be a stress trigger for preteens and teens. Feelings of stress, confusion, fear, and doubt can often influence problem-solving and decision-making skills.  School's social and academic expectations can exacerbate anxiety and leave a child feeling  overwhelmed . It's a good time for parents to check in.

Boys Youth Vocation Luncheon Sponsored by Serra Club of North Columbus  
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

For young men from 8th grade through 12th grade: Newly ordained Father Brett Garland will be the speaker. Fr. Garland was ordained in May and is serving the diocese as Parochial Vicar at St. Aloysius, St. Agnes and St. Mary Magdalene parishes. The luncheon will be held at The Jessing Center at The Josephinum, 7625 N. High Street. A tour of the Josephinum will follow the program.


RSVP by September 19th to Mrs. Lombardo at mrs.lombardo@stbrigid-school.org. 

Volleyball Coach Needed

The St. Brigid Athletic Association is in need of a volunteer coach for one 4th grade girls volleyball team. Volunteers do not need to have experience, as they will be able to learn and follow a program from other coaches in the program.  Volunteers will need to go through our Safe Environment program (see  stbrigidofkildare.org for details). 

If interested or if you would just like more information, contact Scott Kasun at  skasun@forefrontweb.com.

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/

Now  Hiring in Religious Education
Financial Administrative Assistant

The St. Brigid of Kildare Religious Education department is  hiring a Financial Administrative Assistant. This is a year-round job, approximately 20 hours a week. This position is responsible for managing and processing databases, and preparing and reconciling financial reports, tuition payments, and financial records. This position also assists the Director of Religious Education in other special projects as needed. Qualifications include excellent hospitality, written and oral communication skills, organizational skills with attention to detail, and proficiency in MS Office, Outlook email, and google docs.

For the full job description, qualifications, and application instruction,  click here.
Basketball Registration Open

Registration is now open for Wolfhound Hoops! To register today, visit  http://sbaa.siplay.com/site/

All basketball offerings are open to  children of registered parishioners, children enrolled in Religious Education, and children enrolled in St. Brigid School.

Here are the offerings for the upcoming season:
  • Diocesan Basketball - grades 4 through 8, boys and girls, practices start in early November, 10 game regular season, starting in early December, with a season ending tournament in late February. Many of the teams participate in pre-season and holiday tournaments and play up to or over 20 games!  Cost = $ 160.  Contact = Bill Baumel at boysbasketball@gowolfhounds.com.
  • Lil Hounds Basketball - grades 2 & 3, boys and girls, 6 consecutive Sunday afternoons starting in early January.  cost = $ 75, includes cool shirt and basketball for each player registered!  Contact = Bill Baumel at boysbasketball@gowolfhounds.com.
  • CYO basketball - for high school parishioners, leagues for boys and girls teams. SBAA to take "full team" registrations directly to the sport contact, games begin in December and end in late February.  Contact = Jerry Geswein at cyobasketball@gowolfhounds.com.
Last year we had over twenty 4th through 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams in a positive environment, with tailored skills development based on level, and play and fun for everyone - from the player learning to dribble to the players perfecting their three point shooting form. Within this positive environment, a majority of our teams made their championship game, and a majority of those won their championship.

We also had over 70 second and third graders in our Lil Hounds program - which includes not only basketball training, but also a new Wolfhounds logo basketball for all participants.

Last year was the first year of our Player Development Program with a Player Development Coordinator who provides drills for all levels, and based on feedback from games weekly areas of focus. This year we will extend this to include more skills training sessions, in addition to the normal practices and games. Key themes for this year, beyond the basics of ball handling and shooting will include our greatest areas of weakness as a program - transition offense/defense, press/press-break, and man to man defense.

We also had our first annual end of year celebration, where around 400 of us gathered to watch a dunk and three-point contest and the Top Male and Female Player - who exemplified Christ-like qualities for their teams - and Coach of the Year were announced.

We look forward to a great season ahead!   GO HOUNDS!
BWHS Volleyball Feeder School Night

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