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Oak Society Scholarships Now Open

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Oak Society Scholarships Now Open, Deadline April 23
The Oak Society is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. It is committed to helping families in our parish continue a Catholic education through parish-supported grants, scholarships, and tuition assistance. The Oak Society will provide scholarships to students with criteria set by the donor or organization. We will continue to build this scholarship program in order to expand the opportunities available to our students. If you are interested in donating or creating a scholarship, please contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.
Next week we will open the application process for our Spring 2021 scholarships.
Current scholarship opportunities are:
  • The Brendan Foley Spirit Scholarship
  • The Home & School Association Scholarship
  • The Joyce O’Reilly Family Scholarship
  • The SPiCE Scholarship Program
  • Karen & William Nomina Faith & Service Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Jane Zetzer Memorial Scholarship
  • The Babs Pulsfort Memorial Gift of Giving Scholarship (newly added)
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Wednesday, April 23, 2021.
To read more about these scholarships and to apply, click the link below:
https://stbrigidofkildare.com/scholarships/

Saint Brigid of Kildare School Named 2021 Blue Ribbon School Finalist

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We are excited to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist for the 2021 Blue Ribbon School award. We have been selected as one of the non-public school applications that will now move on from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) to the U.S. Department of Education for judging. We will be notified in September 2021 if we have been chosen as a U.S. Department of Education 2021 Blue Ribbon School for Academic Excellence. If chosen, this will be our fifth national award, including three Blue Ribbon School awards, in the last 15 years.
In the fall of 2020, we applied for our third National Blue Ribbon School award after meeting eligibility criteria.  Schools may only apply to receive a National Blue Ribbon School award every five years. We received this award in 2008 and 2014.  We have again applied in the “High Performing Schools” category, which requires that the achievement of the school’s students in the most recent year tested place the school in the top 15 percent in the nation in reading and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test or in the top 15 percent of its state as measured by a state test.
In our 25th year, we are excited to be named a finalist for this prestigious award. As their website states, “The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.”
We are eligible for this award because of our hard-working and dedicated teachers and staff, as well as our community of supportive parents and families.

SPiCE Corks for a Cause is Going Virtual for 2021!

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We are excited to announce Corks for a Cause, our primary fundraiser for the SPiCE program at St. Brigid of Kildare, will be returning this year in a new weeklong virtual format!

Our website and silent auction bidding will open on Sunday, April 18, 2021 and close Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Silent Auction Items & Wine Bottle Donations Needed
We are looking for donations of silent auction items (e.g. golf packages, gift cards, vacation homes, items and experiences that are COVID-safe), and bottles of wine valued at $20 and higher for our wine grab! To donate or get more information, contact Sarah Moore at sarahmoore00@hotmail.com or (614) 761-3734.

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

School Tuition Assistance Application – Deadline March 15, 2021

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factsApplications for Tuition Assistance for the 2021-22 school year must be submitted through the FACTS Grant and Aid portal by March 15, 2021. To be considered for Saint Brigid or the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Programs:
  • You must be registered for the 2021-22 school year by March 15, 2021.
  • You must submit your Grant and Aid application and all required financial documents by March 15, 2021. 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.

Click here to view the diocesan flyer with this information.

Parenting Workshop: Surviving in Trying Times

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Crucial Conversations will be hosting an upcoming Zoom parenting workshop series called Surviving in Trying Times.

Anyone else feel like they are in survival mode these days? Do you ever have full, happy days where you forget the chaos of the outside (or inside) world? Either way, we are all in the thick of it and one thing that makes it tougher is trying to do it all alone. So, let’s not try to do it alone. In this series we will be inviting families to come together in a supportive learning environment in order to engage with one another and with practices that help us not just survive in trying times, but thrive. We all have the capacity to cultivate safer relationships with ourselves and others. The key is practice. And practicing within the context of community makes it that much sweeter.

Please join us via this Zoom link on the following dates:
Thursday, January 7, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 PM

Sarah Buffie, Founding Director and Trauma Responsive Care Trainer of Soul Bird Consulting will be providing a series of parenting workshops via Zoom for our St. Brigid of Kildare community. Sarah recently worked with our St. Brigid of Kildare School teachers and staff to learn about trauma-informed care and how to apply empathy as it relates to our students’ lives and learning. Sarah’s trainings disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma and systems of oppression.

These workshops will include small group discussion and will build on each other (so it’s beneficial to attend them all, but not required).

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3174461533
Meeting ID: 317 446 1533