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:
Meeting ID: 317 446 1533

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.