September 16, 2020
Welcome to our Preschool students this week! The arks are still being built but preschool improvised and is able to open with a hybrid model of outdoor playdates, online storytime and learning, and "to-go bags" of hands-on learning activities!
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

Today we are sharing with you the latest information about “When To Keep Your Child Home From School.” While we are working very hard to keep students in school, it is important to realize when it is necessary to keep your child home. This is not only important for your child and for your family, but it is also vital for the health of the school community at large. At times it may be difficult to decide if your child should stay home if you are merely suspecting illness, but it is crucial to do so. The following chart will be helpful in guiding your decision.  

If in doubt, please always feel free to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Iannarino at mrs.iannarino@stbrigid-school.org. Thank you to the parents we have worked with so far in the process of determining if a student has COVID-related symptoms. We appreciate our families coming forward and keeping their child/ren home out of an abundance of caution.  

Thank you for your well wishes, notes, cards, treats and most importantly your prayers! Our reopening wouldn’t be happening so smoothly without the support of our community.   

May the blessings of St. Brigid be with us as we celebrate our 25th year of Catholic education in Dublin….With God We can!

Kathy O’Reilly
Curriculum Night Part 2: Google Meets Q&A
For part two of our virtual curriculum night, teachers will be holding Google Meets sessions for parents to ask questions. Click below to join the Google Meet for your child's teacher/grade level at the time and date listed below.

Google Meets Q&A Schedule:

K - 2: September 16, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
5-6: September 16, 7:15 - 7:45 pm
3-4: September 17, 6:30 - 7:00 pm
7-8: September 17, 7:15 - 7:45 pm

Two Important Dismissal Announcements
Tomorrow is our first early release day of the school year. On early release days, dismissal times will be:

Bus Riders - 1:30
Latchkey - 1:34
A-K Car Riders - 1:37
L-Z Car Riders - 1:50

Second, we will switch the order of car rider dismissal when we reach the halfway point in the school year. Please be aware of this now if you are already scheduling activities for mid-January and later. Starting Tuesday, January 19, 2021, we will dismiss the L-Z car riders at 2:52 and the A-K car riders will be dismissed at 3:05.
Flu Vaccine at School Oct 27
We are happy to announce the opportunity for St. Brigid students and staff to receive Flu Vaccine at school this year. The date for Flu Vaccines is Tuesday, October 27. Mark your calendar! Registration forms will be available in the next few weeks.
New Basketball Hoops Installed - Thank You Annual Fund
Our new basketball hoops were installed this weekend! Thanks to the Annual Fund, Home & School was able to purchase this new item for our recess and outdoor time.

Pictured are students taking the first shots on the new hoops!
Earn Our School Rewards While Shopping
Our school earns over a thousand dollars each year through loyalty reward programs! Please remember to register your Giant Eagle card, Kroger card, and to shop using Amazon Smile to help our school earn rewards. These donations add up to large increments when we all use them!

For instructions to register for all of these programs, click the link below.
Kindergarten Girl Scouts
You're invited to join Girl Scouts! A new Kindergarten Girl Scout troop is currently working through details in order to form a troop at St. Brigid this school year. If your Kindergartner is interested in joining Girl Scouts, please contact Natalie Mitchell for more information - natalie.cygan@gmail.com.
Spiritwear Store Open Until Sept 27
The Wolfhound Spiritwear Store is open now until September 27 with new items available.

The new store link is below. Options for pick up will be at the store during store hours, or shipped directly to your home.

If there are any Spiritwear questions, please contact Stacy Austin stacyandrob2001@yahoo,com, Lesley Beran lesley.beran@gmail.com or Katie Davis katherinedavis8@gmail.com
Congrats Wolfhound Golfers
Congrats to the Wolfhound golf team who won first place at the Diocesan Championship this weekend!  The team consisted of Zach Radtke, Kyle Allen, Vinnie Columbo, Jacklyn Kuehl and Cami Price. Zach Radtke was the medalist, Kyle Allen was third overall and Jacklyn Kuehl finished 2nd in the girls division for individual honors!

Congrats Wolfhounds!

*Masks were briefly removed for a quick photo.
Mom to Mom Play and Walk
The St. Brigid Ministry of Family First is sponsoring an organized playdate/walk series to help new moms (and veteran moms) get and stay connected to St. Brigid school and parish. If you are an experienced St. Brigid parish or school mom, would you consider hosting a socially-distanced playdate at a local park or hosting a walk (if your children are school-aged)? New moms and experienced moms alike, select a date with a host signed up and meet someone new! Please read the directions in the signup genius carefully, and if you have any questions, feel free to email Erin Heise at erinjolene@hotmail.com.
Mom to Mom: Fall 2020
Hey moms! Come and refill your spiritual cups with Mom to Mom this Fall as we meet Thursday afternoons 1:15 to 2:15 pm via Zoom! Mom to Mom is a vibrant faith-sharing community and discussion group that includes Catholic moms in all stages of motherhood.

We’ll gather virtually beginning September 24th and discuss podcasts which will be emailed in advance. Topics include, but will not be limited to, Catholic parenting, marriage enrichment and spirituality. Don’t miss this chance to connect spiritually with other moms in the comfort of your own home, car or wherever your busy schedule takes you!

To be added to our email list, please send a request to stbrigidfamilyfirst@gmail.com.

Zoom links and the Fall schedule will be posted on our website at stbrigidofkildare.org/familyfirst.

Please contact Gretchen O’Reilly (gsoreilly@yahoo.com) or Erin Heise (erinjolene@hotmail.com) with any questions.
Volunteer with Home & School
The Home & School Association is a parent-run organization with the purpose of enriching the Catholic School experience for Saint Brigid of Kildare students and staff by supporting our school’s mission statement, building a strong sense of community spirit, and expressing appreciation to those committed to our school.

While many events typically planned each year are currently tentative, we are still collecting volunteer sign ups so that if and when these programs and events can return (whether virtually or in their traditional form), we will have volunteers who are interested in helping!

Gifts of Gratitude
Gifts of gratitude was established by the Home and School Association as a united effort to provide a generous monetary gift to every school and parish teacher and staff member at Christmas and the end of the year to thank them for all they do for our children.

Why participate?
This is a convenient way for families to make sure that each teacher, aide, and staff member who touches your child’s life is recognized for all they do at St. Brigid. Instead of several small gifts from each student, each teacher and staff member will receive a monetary gift that they choose how to use–whether they want to splurge on themselves or help with their own family’s expenses.

Will my family be recognized for participating?
Yes — the teachers and staff will receive a list of families who participate in this program. You may also let the teachers and staff know that you participated in the program by marking “G.O.G” inside your Christmas card.

How much do I give?
The suggested annual gift amount is $25 per child once a year, however any given amount is graciously accepted!
Join the Cub Scouts
Is your son interested in scouting? Cub Scouts Pack 117 is hosting their first monthly pack meeting, a bike rally, on September 18th from 6-8pm. Sign up soon to ensure they don’t miss out on any of the fun!

Parents please email lkramerjr@gmail.com and rpetersen3@gmail.com to sign up or for more details.
Lunch Calendar
The lunch calendar for August and September is available to view on our website here. Please note there is a google calendar option and a printable PDF option for viewing.

2020-2021 Salad Bar Info:
Students will have the option to purchase pre-packaged salads.
Option 1: Chef Salad – romaine lettuce, cheese, ham, turkey, egg, cucumber, tomato, croutons
Option 2: Ceasar Salad – romaine lettuce, chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons
Salad bar will also include the fruit that is being served for hot lunches that day, bagel and/or crackers, milk and water.
Chocolate, white milk or a 10 oz bottled water is also included with salad bar. Additional milk can be purchased for $0.50 and water for $0.25.

All school lunches are currently free due to a program with the USDA until further notice.