Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not addressed below or elsewhere on our website, contact us via phone or email and we are happy to help. Please note that once you decide to send your child to Saint Brigid School, a mentor from a current Saint Brigid family will be assigned to you as a ready source of information and support.

What is the curriculum at Saint Brigid School?
The core curriculum includes reading, math, science, social studies and religion. In addition, Spanish, computer, music, band, gym and library time are incorporated throughout the week, some as shared time with Midland Public Schools. Additional electives are available to middle school students, including drama, public speaking, life skills, current events, band and creative writing. As part of the Saginaw Diocese, we use the curriculum that is implemented by the Diocese. This is in alignment with the State of Michigan Common Core Standards.

Is religion taught in class?
Catholic values are integrated into the overall school environment to reinforce values taught at home by parents. Religion is taught daily in the classroom, in addition to the Circle of Prayer each Monday morning and Mass celebrated every Friday morning and on holy days. The students participate in many of the ministries at Mass.

How do the students participate in Mass on Friday mornings?
Classes rotate responsibility for the ministries at Mass. Students in all grades (K-8) will have an opportunity to participate sometime during the year. Parents and siblings are welcomed and encouraged to attend school Mass.

Do you need to be Catholic to attend Saint Brigid School?
No. Saint Brigid School welcomes students of any faith and denomination.

How do I register my child to attend Saint Brigid School?
Follow this link: Registration and Tuition

What time of day does school start and dismiss? How early can students arrive?
Students are able to wait in a classroom in a supervised setting as early as 7:15 a.m. At 7:40 a.m., the students are allowed into their classrooms. School begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. for elementary and middle school students. Half-day kindergarten is 7:55-11:00 a.m. and full-day kindergarten is 7:55 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Is after-school care available?
After-school care is available from 3-6 p.m. on school days. A one-time family registration fee of $40 is required. Hourly fees are $5 per student. The Saint Brigid After School Care program is licensed by the state of Michigan. A director and an aide conduct the program.

Is busing available?
Busing is only available in the morning for Saint Brigid School students. Saint Brigid uses the Midland Public Schools busing system. In order to take the bus, parents will need to register at the bus garage on George Street. The bus will drop off students outside Saint Brigid School on Larkin Street.

Are uniforms required?
Yes. Saint Brigid has a uniform policy, which is linked within our forms and policies. A uniform exchange is held twice a year.

Are sports and other extra-curricular activities available?
Saint Brigid offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including Valley Parochial League basketball and volleyball (5th – 8th grade), Pom Pon team, Girl and Boy Scouting, Girls on the Run, Robotics, Science Club, Drama Club and Battle of the Books. Our students also compete in sports via the Midland Community Center, Midland Soccer Club and Midland Lacrosse Club. One of our most popular elementary after-school programs is Lego Club, offered each spring for six weeks, and our middle school competes annually in the area-wide competition known as Head to Head.

Are there community outreach opportunities available for students?
The entire school supports the annual Thanksgiving dinner, prepared at Saint Brigid and served to those in need. Outreach programs include service to local nursing home facilities, and a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Saginaw. Advent and Lent service projects are also undertaken. Student Council (Elementary School) and Student Leadership (Middle School) both spearhead a number of special programs throughout the year, including special collection drives to support those in need.

Is hot lunch available at Saint Brigid?
Yes. Students may bring their own lunches, or eat our hot lunches prepared daily in our kitchen. Lunch menus are posted monthly, and students order lunches each morning. Government-supported free and reduced-cost lunch programs are available. In addition to hot lunch, students may purchase snacks from our snack cart.

Are there any food restrictions at Saint Brigid School?
Saint Brigid is a “nut-free” school — no peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. We ask all who come to the school be considerate of students with nut allergies. The hot lunch program offers WowButter (peanut-free spread) and jelly sandwiches, which have a similar taste.

What if my student needs/wants a snack during school?
Students in all grades are allowed to have a snack. The individual teacher will decide the time. Parents may send snacks to school with their child (only nut-free products) or students may purchase from the snack cart before school. The snack cart offers fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade muffins, granola bars and yogurt, among other items. All are made without nuts or nut products.

How can parents get involved in school activities?
There are several opportunities for adults to get involved at Saint Brigid School. All families joining the community of Saint Brigid Catholic School are strongly encouraged to participate in educational service in some capacity. A volunteer sign-up sheet is part of the packet received at the beginning of the school year, and includes many opportunities to be of service to our school. Adults who volunteer to work in the classroom are required by the Diocese of Saginaw to attend a session of “Virtus: Protecting God’s Children.” A background check will also be conducted for anyone who works or volunteers in the school.

What is the PTO?
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) represents an opportunity to be involved in the decisions affecting use of funds at the school. PTO sponsors a variety of activities, including the annual Sock Hop dance, the Scrip fundraising program, the Auction Gala and the Book Fair. Proceeds from fundraising programs directly impact the school in the form of instructional aids for teachers that are not covered by tuition, new school supplies and scholarship programs. All parents are members of the PTO and it is hoped that all parents will participate or volunteer their time or talent to the best of their ability. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Participation is one way to be involved in the decision making process as to how funds are allocated.

What if my other children attend Midland Public Schools, and there is a scheduled MPS day off?
Saint Brigid follows the MPS schedule as much as possible. However, due to additional learning hours required by the Diocese of Saginaw Department of Education there may be instances when the Saint Brigid School and MPS schedules do not align.

How will I know if there is a snow day?
If the Midland Public Schools are closed due to poor weather conditions, Saint Brigid is also closed. School closings are also posted on the Saint Brigid School website home page and are announced on local TV and radio stations. Resources for learning about school closings or delays can be found on our website here.

Can I pay tuition or lunch bills online?
Yes. All tuition and other school related bills should be paid via your FACTS Management portal page.