September 2, 2020
6th graders in Ms. Knabe's class eating lunch in their room on the first day of staggered start
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The O'Reilly Minute
Dear Parents,

We had a great first day with our A-K students. The building felt like it was going to burst with excitement and joy! We look forward to welcoming our
 L - Z students tomorrow morning with the same enthusiasm.  

We are very excited to announce that Bishop Brennan and Mr. Adam Dufault, our Superintendent of Schools, will be visiting our school on Friday, September 4th to meet and greet students as they arrive between 7:45 - 8:00 am. Bishop Brennan will also be leading our morning prayer on Google Meets beginning at 8:10 am. All of our A-K students and HOME Learners are invited to pray with our Bishop by joining the Google Meets and using the word “prayer” to enter the meeting.  

A few reminders and helpful hints about our new procedures:

During morning drop off, car-rider students must be dropped off along the Enke Hall side of the school.  Students are not to be dropped off in the main parking lot or at the front of the school. Parents may not park in the main lot or in the Enke lot and walk their students to the sidewalk or the crosswalk. If a student is tardy, then the parent will walk the student to the front doors of the school.

For afternoon car-rider pick up, cars of families with A-K last names will be able to enter the Enke parking lot at 2:30 each day. Cars should park so that they are able to pull out instead of backing out of a parking space. This will allow for better visibility and make the exiting procedure move along more quickly.  

A few students did break their mask loops today. Please make sure that your child always has a back-up mask in his/her bookbag. If that mask gets used, please be sure to add another back-up mask to your child's bookbag.

Each student should bring his/her own water bottle to school each day. If the student is using a reusable water bottle, any stickers used to decorate the water bottle must be appropriate for our Catholic school.

Thank you for your well wishes, notes, cards, treats and most importantly your prayers! Our re-opening wouldn’t be happening so smoothly without the support of our community and the dedication and talents of our Task Force and all of our teachers and staff.

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
Meet the Task Force Q&A Zoom Meeting
Thank you to the many parents who tuned in and submitted questions during last Friday's Meet the Task Force Q&A Zoom session.

Below is the link to view the Zoom recording, along with an outline of topics covered and where to find those topics addressed in the video.

All About Masks & Gaiters - 8:43
Medications - 12:08
Flu Shots - 13:24
Classroom Spaces & Physical Distancing - 15:04
Shields / Sneeze Guards - 16:04
Number of Students in Each Room - 16:57
Thanksgiving & Christmas Break - 18:48
Diocese Policy on Travel - 19:52
School Supplies - 20:33
Vaccine & Our Plans - 21:04
Picking Up Children During School Day - 22:14
Lockers - 23:01
PE Uniforms - 23:46
Lunch Account - 24:04
Protecting God's Children Sessions - 24:31
Classrooms Within a Pod - 25:10
Testing Positive Within a Family - 26:54
Arrival & Dismissal - 28:45
Dublin Busing - 33:45
Children Displaying Symptoms During the Day - 37:08
Siblings of Sick Children - 38:52
Digital Academy Helpful Videos
All parents should have received a login to Digital Academy last week. If you did not, please first check your spam or promotions folder, and if it is not there please contact Megan Wachalec at mrs.wachalec@stbrigid-school.org or 614-718-5825.

Below are links to some helpful videos we have created to help parents and students learn and navigate Digital Academy. These links can also be found on the Reopening Safely tab on our website.

Thank you Knights and Home & School Volunteers!
Thank you to the many volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and our Home & School who came out this Saturday to help prepare the school for opening on Monday! We had many volunteers show up to help with installing desk shields, temporary dividing walls and air purifiers.

Thank you all!
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!

First Home & School Meeting - Wed, Sept 9 at 7 PM via Zoom
The first Home & School kick-off meeting will be held next Wednesday, September 9 at 7 PM via Zoom. All are welcome to join! The link will be available in next week's Wolfhound Wednesday, as well as on the school google calendar.
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!
Spiritwear Store Opening Next Week
The Wolfhound Spiritwear Store will be opening online next week from September 7 - 27 with new items available.

The new store link will be available in next week's Wolfhound Wednesday.

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
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.
Arrival and Dismissal Videos
Today we have our 4th video in our back to school video series. This week our videos explain our new arrival and dismissal procedures. Thank you again to Brian Zetzer for creating these videos.

Bagpiper & Photo Opportunities
This week, children have been greeted with our traditional welcome back bagpipe music and a life size cardboard cut out of Glen the bagpiper!

Family photo opportunities will be available Monday - Friday, August 31st through September 4th, from 3:30-7:00. While waiting your turn, please adhere to the 6 feet physical distancing policy. Please, refrain from taking photos in the morning upon arrival or at dismissal.
Air Purifiers Purchased - Thank You Donors!
We would like to thank the generous families that donated to provide 27 large unit air purifiers that clean 840 SF of air every 30 minutes, and 12 smaller units that clean 500 SF every 30 minutes. These units are medical grade HEPA-13, which clean air much better than regular HEPA filters. These families’ support allows us to provide the highest level of protection for our children as they return to school. We are committed to providing the safest environment for our students -- their health is our top priority. Thank you for your commitment to our children.
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.

Had a change in income?
Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Please contact the cafeteria or school office for an application. All information is kept confidential.
Toy Donations Needed for Kindergarten
As we have added an additional kindergarten classroom, below is a list of plastic toys we are looking to add. If you are able to donate any of these items, please drop them off at the table inside the front door between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. this week or by next Monday, August 31. If special arrangements are needed please contact mrs.grundei@stbrigid-school.org

  • Magna tiles
  • Legos-small or large
  • Kinnex
  • Bristle Blocks
  • Small Plastic Zoo Animals- approximately 1 inch - 6 inches
  • Matchbox cars
  • Straws and connectors
  • Little people dolls or small plastic dolls for a dollhouse
  • Plastic gears
Protecting God's Children Zoom Sessions - New Dates Added
The Diocese of Columbus will be offering the following Protecting God's Children (PGC) training sessions via Zoom (the schools listed are hosting the Zoom meetings):
  • Wednesday, September 9th (via St. Francis DeSales HS)
  • Monday, September 14 (via St. Joseph's Montessori)

Please visit www.virtus.org for registration and instructions.

Click on First-Time Registrant, View list of sessions, Columbus, OH - Diocese to see the current offerings. This Zoom sessions are listed as the schools hosting, and are open to St. Brigid parishioners.

Full details about the Safe Environment program for volunteering with children and youth in our parish can be found at https://stbrigidofkildare.org/safe-environment/ or contact Stacey Nerone at snerone@stbrigidofkildare.org.
Fall Updates from St. Brigid Athletics Association
Diocesan flag and tackle football has been postponed until the spring season but in addition to cross country and volleyball, baseball will now be offered this fall.  See below details:

Boys Baseball
When: Practices start late August, games mid-September - October
Who: 4th - 8th Grade boys that are St. Brigid students or parishioners.
   Note: To limit the risk of spreading the virus, at this time we cannot take boys that are not St. Brigid students or parishioners.
Registration fee: $160
Questions: baseball@gowolfhounds.com

You should have already registered for the team (if not, please do so), but we also now will need to process your "Cross-Country Payment" - please sign-up for this on the site and we can complete things now that the season has been given an approval to begin.

You should have already registered for the team (if not, please do so), but we also now will need to process your "Volleyball Payment" - please sign-up for this on the site and we can complete things now that the season has been given an approval to begin.

Don't forget your Spring Refund Coupons!!!
Those of you that had your Spring Athletics registration fees refunded in the form of coupons, please don't forget to use those for the fall.  If you have problems with the coupon or can't find that email, please email shawn.steinbrunner@gmail.com for assistance.
PE Uniform FAQ