Gifts of Gratitude

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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!

School Supply Drive for Catholic Schools

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Mark your calendar for this year’s school supply drive!

The annual school collection sponsored by the Social Action Committee benefits parochial schools in the Columbus Diocese. All items will be distributed to those in need by Catholic Social Services. Please remember this drive as you make your own back-to-school purchases this year.

Place your donations in the Collection Closet of Hendricks Hall before or after Mass on August 17th  and 18th.

ColorCycling Program

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ColorCycle Recycling Program
Saint Brigid of Kildare School will be participating in a new recycling program called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program created to repurpose used markers instead of sending them to landfills!
The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.
All around St. Brigid school, there are drop-off boxes to collect used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support this efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year. To learn more, visit Remember, don’t throw out that used marker-ColorCycle it!

Thank you to 5th grade student Addison Williams for bringing us this project!

Saint Brigid of Kildare School Wins 2019 Innovations in Catholic Education Award

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Congratulations to Saint Brigid of Kildare School for being selected as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Innovations in Catholic Education Award in the category promoting Catholic identity.

The Innovations in Catholic Education Award, created by Today’s Catholic Teacher, honors Catholic schools that have led the way nationally by implementing exemplary innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staff. The 2019 award was offered in four categories: promoting Catholic identity, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, and total community involvement.

On April 24, at an awards event during the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Convention in Chicago, one grand-prize winner was announced in each category, and those four winning schools each took home a $1,000 prize. Winning schools will be featured in a special section in the fall issue of Today’s Catholic Teacher in addition to being honored at the awards presentation banquet during the NCEA Convention.

Saint Brigid of Kildare School won this award for our discipleship model. With the goal of increasing students’ understanding of their personal call to discipleship, St. Brigid has implemented many methods of teaching and reminding students what it means to be a modern-day disciple. Teachers provided visuals to help students learn that disciples are kind, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. A Student Discipleship Rubric was created to allow students and teachers to assess progress with each tenant. The code of conduct and even cafeteria rules were rewritten so that the expectation is clear: Student disciples will be kind, respectful, responsible, and ready to learn in all places and at all times. This discipleship project has taught students how to measure their own daily actions with the understanding of how Jesus calls us to live.

To learn more and see the finalists in each category, visit

Photo: Kathy O’Reilly (left), Principal Saint Brigid of Kildare School, and Cindy Lombardo (right), Vice Principal Saint Brigid of Kildare School, with Mark Sumers from sponsor Catholic Textbook Project at the Innovations in Catholic Education 2019 banquet. Photo credit: Lisa Julia Photography/Bayard Inc.

New Bishop for the Diocese of Columbus

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We have been notified that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, as the 12th Bishop of Columbus.  He succeeds Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, whose resignation and retirement, has been accepted by the Holy Father.

 The following You Tube link is a great introduction to Bishop Brennan.  It was produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and is titled, “Sending Forth a Shepherd.” 

Bishop Brennan will be installed as Bishop of Columbus during a Mass on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Campbell as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Columbus, and he will continue to lead the Diocese until the Mass of Installation.

Please keep both Bishops in your prayers as they prepare for the transition.

Diocese Tuition Assistance Application – Deadline March 15, 2019

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factsApplications for Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance for the 2019-20 school year must be submitted and verified by March 15, 2019.

To be considered for the Diocese of Columbus Tuition Assistance Program:

  1. You must be registered in one of the Diocesan schools by March 15, 2019.
  2. The Diocese will only accept ONLINE APPLICATIONS (, the application must be submitted and verified by March 15, 2019 and supporting documentation must be postmarked by March 15, 2019. (Please file early in case additional documentation is requested by FACTS.)
  3. Payment of the $35.00 application fee must accompany the application.
  4. Only one application per family is required.
  5. Please note there is no tuition assistance available for preschool.

New 529 Savings Opportunities for Catholic School Tuition

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New 529 Savings Opportunities

Savings for Catholic School Tuition

The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act expanded 529 savings plans to allow families to invest funds for K12 tuition (including costs to attend St. Brigid of Kildare School) in addition to higher education expenses.
This means families can now take advantage of 529 plans (which have tax advantages) to help save and pay for costs of St. Brigid of Kildare School tuition.
Learn More at the Celebration of Learning, May 24
Richard Clemens, CFA CPA, a member of our parish Finance Committee, will be available at a table at the Celebration of Learning on May 24 from 6:30 – 8 PM to answer questions about the tax advantages of using your 529 plan to pay for St. Brigid of Kildare tuition.
More Details
Below are additional resources explaining these changes. To enroll in a 529 or for specific advice, please discuss with your financial advisor.
Tax Reform Helps St. Brigid Families – by Richard Clemens