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Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
We survived the wet week and had a successful homecoming, from Hall of Fame inductions to winning football and a lot of fun for students, alums, and our community. Thanks for your support and attendance!
I don't know if you noticed, but the weather did have the unintended result of slowing us all down a little. A volleyball trip was canceled and a girls' soccer game washed out on Friday, not to mention the powder puff game. With the pace of activities last week, maybe the good Lord was reminding us to "slow down, live in the moment..."
Finally, speaking of living in the moment, interesting article in today's Wash Post regarding sports and young people. We walk a fine line in high school regarding what we do and why we do it. There is an element of entertainment, a focus on results; but, the reason we have sports in school is to teach life lessons. This article suggests, yet again, we adults, all of us, sometimes forget what the kids want from sports by focusing on "our" priorities, not theirs. 

It's GREAT to be a Cardinal!

Bishop Ireton Improves to 4-1 win Homecoming Win over Saints, 21-14

Last week we talked about reinforcing "effort for effort's sake" message with your athlete. This week, we talk about when is a good time to engage your player.  Often, in the car ride home emotions are raw for the entire family, win or lose. A review of "how you played" initiated by a parent is often unwelcome. Players may be unresponsive or defensive. Parents rarely know what the coach was looking for from their player. Experts suggest the player should start a post game critique, again, your focus on the positive, on effort, listening to them while resisting the urge to "coach" them is usually the best approach.

Nearly all our students have and use social media. They were reminded again last week in an assembly about responsible use. In recruiting college athletes, coaches recognize the students they bring to campus will be the most "high profile" people in the school. For our athletes, it is important they understand, not only the obvious no-no's but also messages that suggest "practice stinks, school stinks, complaining" all paints a picture for a coach that either sells you or sinks you. Who wants someone that doesn't want to practice, doesn't like teammates, and so on?  It is hard enough to get in, why help select yourself out?

Sports Medicine
Meet our team physician:
As athletic trainers, we work under the supervision of a physician. That physician can be any doctor providing care to one of our student athletes. We also work under the supervision of a team physician. Here at Bishop Ireton, our team physician is Col (Ret) Kathleen McHale, MD, MSEd, FACS.
Dr. McHale is a parent of two former Ireton graduates who were both student-athletes. With that perspective, along with her concentration in pediatrics, she gives great advice and recommendations to parents and student athletes when it comes to athletic injury treatments and return to play guidelines. Dr. Kathleen McHale has more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric orthopaedic specialist and medical educator. She is currently with Commonwealth Orthopaedics, the official Orthopaedic and physical Therapy Partner of the Washington Redskins. After earning a BS in Biology from Villanova University and a medical degree from Drexel University of Medicine. Dr. McHale also holds a Masters of Education from Old Dominion University and is actively involved in medical education. She is Clinic Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at George Washington University and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Col (Ret) McHale is a career officer in the United States Army. During her service, she had combat zone experience in Bosnia and Kosovo. Along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Medical Corps (IMC), she led teams to re-educate local medical personnel during the Iraqi conflict.
Her military background includes Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Fort Belvoir, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Residency Director, and Chairman of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed, and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at USUHS. As the Orthopaedic Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army, she supervised quality and certification of all Army Orthopaedics worldwide, especially resident education. Dr. McHale has significant experience in limb salvage after combat injuries and has done bench research in limb reconstruction. She initiated the Amputee Care Center which provides a multidisciplinary approach to our Wounded Warrior amputees.
The author of numerous scholarly publications, Dr. McHale is a well-known presenter at Orthopaedic conferences around the world. She holds fellowship in many professional societies to include the Academic Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. She is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
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Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169

Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172

Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171

Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer 


Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.   



Go Cardinals!! 


Cardinal's Nest School Store
LOCKER SHELVES are back in stock! $30
Check out our new 
B.I. Banner Flag ($40) 

Parents, love people and want to be part of our B.I. School Spirit?  Opportunities for a fun afternoon volunteering at the School Store set up at each home football game.  Next ones are October 31 and November 7. A great way to meet and interact with our full B.I. Community.

Your freshman needing Service Hours can volunteer, log in several hours, and have a fun time, too!  
Please contact Ms. Daubresse
      School Store Hours: Monday-Friday 
7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00 pm; 3:00-3:30 pm, or call 
Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment  
B.I. Athletic Boosters
The fall sports teams are in high gear!!! Have you joined the BI Athletic Boosters yet?
Our teams need your support!!!

Click here
to join
Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Boosters to learn how to get involved!

Go Cardinals!  
Driver's Ed Mandatory Meeting Rescheduled!
All sophomores and a parent/guardian who live in VA must attend the state mandated driver education clinic; without this clinic, students cannot receive their driver education course completion certificate, which is required for behind the wheel. The clinic is ninety minutes and will be held in Whaley Auditorium and begin promptly at 7 pm (no one will be admitted after 7) on ****Monday, October 12*****. (NEW DATE!) Registration is at 6:45 and doors will close at 7 pm. The presentation will be over by 8:30 pm. There is no fee. Contact Ms. Gutmann with any questions.

Bishop O'Connell is presenting the same program on Thursday, November 5.
The Cardinal Shop
Visit our online store, "The Cardinal Shop"!   
This Booster Club initiative brings hundreds of Bishop Ireton items right  to your fingertips, and, best of all, the website is loaded with gifts for all ages!   Take a look, your favorite things are in the right color, right size. Click here: MyLocker.net.   Pick up a $10 gift card from the athletic department and Go Shopping!  
Athletic Boosters
Follow the Boosters on Twitter or on Facebook:
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Coaches are also asked to provide photographs for inclusion on the BIAB Facebook page.




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