Class of 2020 Graduation Awards and Scholarships Announced

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Several eighth grade students were recently honored with graduation awards and scholarships as they finished their careers at Saint Brigid of Kildare School. Congratulations to all!
Serra Award for Outstanding Service as an Altar Server – Brady Bennison, Andrew Freiburger, Ryan Huttsell, and Lexi White
Wolfhound Award – The students earning this award should be of good character. They have demonstrated a great attitude, and a tremendous love of our school. They have been consistently kind to others, and their demeanor and positive nature have made them a pleasure to have in class: Matt Drab, Maddy Lynch, Leo Walling, and Lydia Wieringa
Mother Teresa Award – This award represents the characteristics of Mother Teresa, such as courage, a Christian attitude, individualism, a commitment to service, and looking for Christ in others: Audrey Eilerman, Sophia Heise, and Justin Smith
Saint Pope John Paul II Award – This award represents the characteristics of Pope John Paul II, including a true care for others, a love of learning, patience, acceptance, and a gentle spirit: Julia Belli, Dillon Brown, Kyle White, and Addie Yarbrough
Our Lady of Good Help – This award is named for our Blessed Mother under the title of her apparition in the US in 1859. The students earning this award should represent the characteristics of Mary as disciple, including a kind and gentle spirit, an unselfish nature, patience in the face of trials, and a true love for others: Will Baumgartner, Isabella Casado Klein, and Caroline Romano
Kildarian Award – The students earning this award have embodied the mission of our school. They have been kind, caring, compassionate, and hard working. They are dedicated to their faith, to their studies, and to the service of others: Sara Goodlive, Carly Henry, and Ryan Huttsell
Bishop Griffin Service Award – This award honors students who completed over 100 hours of service during their middle school years: Andrew Freiburger, Pierre-Andre Geoffrion, Elizabeth Hohlefelder, Niki Maxwell, and Analia Sagnuolo
Bishop Watterson Academic Scholarships – Claire Davis, Pierre-Andre Geoffrion, Ryan Huttsell, and William Malerich
Saint Charles Academic Scholarships – Jacob Funkhouser, William Malerich, and Andrew Moore
The Prechtel Family/ Bishop Watterson Academic Scholarship – Avery McClain
The Bishop Brennan-Murico Family Scholarship – Caroline Romano

Go Light Your World – 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Song

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On Friday, May 22, 2020 we celebrated our 8th grade Class of 2020 graduation with a drive-in ceremony in our parking lot. As part of this ceremony, our students recorded the annual tradition song “Go Light Your World.” Click the link below to view the beautiful recording as our children came together virtually to participate in this special tradition of Saint Brigid of Kildare School.

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Go Light Your World. Words and Music by Chris Rice. Copyright 1993 by Universal Music – MGB Songs. Music podcast by permission under #A-727122. All rights reserved.

8th Grade Drive-In Graduation Event

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Last Friday, May 22, Saint Brigid of Kildare School staff planned a drive-in graduation event to celebrate our eighth grade students and honor their hard work, leadership and commitment to our school community.
We had an unusual yet special celebration (with many rules…but it still included many of our traditions!). Families of 8th grade students drove in to the school parking lot Friday evening where we began with the graduation celebration. Following this, the graduate only was asked to step outside of the car, stand in front of his/her own car with a cell phone flashlight, and joined together in singing “Go Light Your World.” Sound for the program and the movie was played through car radios. Following the song there was a short pause, then our feature film Aladdin was shown. Families brought their own food and snacks and were asked to stay in their cars.
We were excited to have found a creative solution to celebrate our graduates, and it was so great that we were able to be together as a community — even with the many social distancing rules!
May Saint Brigid continue to bless our 8th grade students. We pray for their continued success in their high school years.

The Dublin Food Pantry Needs Our Help

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In partnership with the Dublin Food Pantry, Dublin City Schools and St. Brigid School and Parish, there will be a food drive for the pantry on Thursday April 16, Tuesday April 21 and Thursday April 23. Residents can drop off items in the Eli Pinney vestibule from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on each of these days.

A list of the food pantry’s most needed items are listed below.

SPAGHETTI BOXES* (regular size)
Small (hotel sized) SOAP, SHAMPOO, LOTION, ETC.

Face Masks Needed
The City of Dublin is in need of plain fabric masks for police officers, fire fighters, park and recreation staff and other city employees. If you are able to participate in this service project masks may be dropped off in the boxes located at the front entrance of Dublin Police Station, 6565 Commerce Parkway and Dublin Service Center, 6555 Shier Rings Road. Below are several options for making masks including a “how to” video made by 7th grade student Jackie McAuliffe.

How To Make A Mask by Jackie McAuliffe-7N

Additional pattern for face masks:

And here is another, not using elastic but four 16” string ties instead:

Letter from Counselor Re: COVID-19

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 Jennie Statczar is a Counselor Trainee with Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling who has been utilized in our school this year.  She recently shared this letter with our staff as a way to look at explaining and supporting families during this time of uncertainty.  Please take some time to use the information in the letter and also the link included in the letter to help further guide your home discussions.

Dear St. Brigid of Kildare School Families,

Following the shutdown of all schools in Ohio, many businesses are shutting down or having parents work from home and parents are having to explain what is happening.   The purpose of this brief letter is to help support the parents of St. Brigid School during this transition.

Discuss what is happening and use words your child already knows; this will help curve your child’s anxiety.  Your child has heard information or noticed things that are different, help them sort it through. Let them ask questions and if you’re not sure of the answers be honest.  Not talking about something can make the worry larger.  The conversation is a great opportunity for you as the parent to set an emotional tone to this situation so monitor how you respond.  If you’re feeling anxious about this, give yourself some time to calm down prior to talking with your kids.  Giving the information from an informational and reassuring place will help your child.  Some tips would be to keep in mind your child’s age, do not volunteer too much information, give your child a chance to ask questions, and let them know you are available.  Encourage your child to share what they have learned/heard, as this will help curve frightening fantasies your child may have already created.  Finally, let them know you will update them when you get more information.

Help your child see how rare the virus is. Normalize it by including the fact that the flu is more common.   See the link at the bottom of this letter for facts regarding the virus.  Share with your child what your family is doing to stay safe.  Encourage them to be involved in the plan — this will help them feel empowered rather than a victim to the virus (i.e. toss your tissues out rather than leave them laying around; wash your hands for 20 seconds).  Oh and for the face masks they are seeing — you can let them know the CDC is saying they are not necessary for most.

So now about staying home.  ROUTINE.  It would be good to establish a routine.  Stay in a similar pattern to the normal work/school week.  Get dressed, eat, do school work, incorporate physical activity, and go to bed at a normal time. 

What a great time to highlight the things we can do now that we are at home.  Give your entire family control to suggest things they would like to do with this extra together time.  Maybe pull out that game the family hasn’t played or the craft you can all do, a daily family challenge, or go on a scavenger hunt walk.   Do not forget AWAY TIME — establish a time each day to have time where everyone can go off and have quiet time (reading, nap, drawing, etc).

Reach out if you have any specific questions

Hope this helps-Jennie

614.442.7650 ext. 15

Check out this tip sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

School Tuition Assistance Application – Deadline Extended to March 20, 2020

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factsApplications for Tuition Assistance for the 2020-21 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 20, 2020. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:
  • You must be registered for the 2020-21 school year by March 15, 2020.
  • You must submit your Grant and Aid application and all required financial documents by March 15, 2020. Grant and Aid applications must be complete to be considered for a tuition assistance grant.
  • You must pay the online $35 application fee.
  • You need only submit one application per family.
  • Saint Brigid does not offer tuition assistance for non-Catholic families but you may be eligible for Diocesan assistance.
  • There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.

School Closed 3/16-4/3

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Following the Governor’s statement today regarding closing all schools in the State of Ohio, and at the direction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Saint Brigid of Kildare School and Preschool will be also be closed for a three-week period beginning with closure on Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. As a reminder, all athletic practices and parish activities will also be canceled for the next three weeks.

Dublin City Schools has not finalized their plan for Monday yet, however at this time we are following diocesan recommendations and will not hold school on Monday.

At this time we are finalizing our distance learning plans and will continue to work with teachers on this plan on Friday and Monday. We will share more information as it is finalized.

We again ask for your prayers for those who are already impacted by this virus, those who may become infected, especially those at most risk, and for the dedication and skill of all of our health professionals working to keep us safe. We will continue to keep you updated as this situation develops.

COVID-19 Update: Parish & After School Activities Canceled

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Due to the rapidly evolving health situation concerning the spread of COVID-19 or the Coronovirus, the parish has canceled all school and parish activities (with the exception of Mass and Saint Brigid of Kildare School) at this time until April 6, 2020, or until further notice. This includes this evening’s school musical, after school study tables and ALSO programs, field trips, sports practices and activities, Crucial Conversations, and parent volunteers during the school day. Latchkey and preschool will continue as scheduled.
If you had a conference or meeting scheduled with teachers, please contact me to confirm whether or not this will be occurring.
At this time school is not closing, however we understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will follow the recommendations from the State of Ohio, as well as the decisions made by Dublin City Schools and the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. We will update you as soon as we hear if anything changes. For now, our teachers have been preparing for online learning in the case that schools do need to close.
In order to combat spread of viruses, our custodial staff have added additional cleaning and disinfecting measures, including cleaning all door handles, wash stations and drinking fountains multiple times a day. We are extending our evening cleaning crew’s hours to incorporate additional cleaning measures.
We encourage you all to take precautions as well. You can read more about steps to prevent the illness on the Center for Disease Control’s website here. The latest updates on COVID-19 in Ohio can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website here.
I will send emails as soon as anything changes, and we will also post the latest information on our website’s home page (, scroll to “Latest News”).
Kathy O’Reilly