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This Week at Bishop Ireton
March 26, 2015
Fri., Mar. 27, B Day, Spring Uniform begins

Sat., Mar. 28, Diocesan Band Festival, Kairos Retreat returns

Sun., Mar. 29, Palm Sunday

Mon., Mar. 30, B+I2 Day, snow make up day

Tue., Mar. 31, I Day, PM Assembly, spring speaker, voting for SCA

Wed., Apr. 1, R Day, 12:15 dismissal, Wind Ensemble Departs

Thu., Apr. 2 - Sunday, April 12, Spring Break

Mon., Apr. 13, E Day, Prom Tickets on Sale before school and lunch

Tue., Apr. 14, T Day, Prom Tickets on Sale before school and lunch, ANGP, 7 pm, Resource Center

Wed., Apr. 15, O Day, Prom Court Voting, PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Resource Center

Thu., Apr. 16, N Day, Dress Out Day benefits Sister School in Camden, Honor Council Interest Meeting

Fri., Apr. 17, B Day, 12:15 dismissal, professional development for teachers, Prom, 8-11 pm

________________    Looking Ahead:


PTO Spring Clean Up, April 18


Regular I Day and Open Campus for Seniors, April 20


Regular R Day, April 21 


Make Up Retreat (All Grades), April 22


Camden Retreat, April 23-25  


Physics Day, April 24 


Academic and Service Banquet, April 28


ITS Induction Ceremony, April 29   


Father's BBQ, May 1


Evening with the Arts and One Acts, May 1 & 2


Freshmen Mother's Tea, May 3


BI Golf Tournament, May 4


Senior Grad Fee, Service Hours and Survey Due, May 4


AP Exams, May 4-15 


Spring Instrumental Concert, May 5


Class of 2017 Ring Orders, May 6-8  


Grad attire and ticket pick up, May 8 


Senior Exams, May 18-21


Underclass Service Hours Due, May 20 


Senior Farewell Prayer Service, May 22


Memorial Day, no school, May 25 


Athletic Banquet, May 28 


Baccalaureate Mass, June 1


Graduation and All Night Grad Party, June 2


Semester Exams, Underclassmen, June 8 - 11  


First Day of School 2015-16, August 31 



Give the Gift of the Mass  


 We are abundantly blessed to have the holy sacrifice of the Mass offered daily in the St. Francis De Sales Chapel at 7:25 am.  If you are interested in celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion by giving the Gift of the Mass through a Mass Intention,


Contact  Fr. Bresnahan or call 703-212-5163.

Thought from St. Francis de Sales:  

"Think often of the Lord for He will enable you to bear your troubles patiently."   
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Snow Make Up Day - March 30
Our snow make up day is Monday, March 30, B + I2 Day.  This will no longer be a faculty work day.  
Senior Open Campus
Seniors who are in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing, may submit an application for Open Campus, which starts Monday, April 20.  The form will be available online only on Friday, March 27, under the "Student Life" heading.  The last day to submit the completed form is Wednesday, April 15.

Spring Uniform 
Spring Uniform begins TOMORROW, Friday, March 27. If still feeling the chill of winter, students are always allowed to wear their winter uniform.  The school approved black fleece jackets are on sale in the school bookstore.  Only these jackets may be worn over the spring uniform polo.  Please read pages 59 and 60 of the Student Handbook.
Diocesan Band Festival needs YOU
Volunteers needed this Saturday, March 28.  Students from all diocesan middle schools are performing.  Freshman and NHS Students can contact Dr. Eyles.  Parents can contact Mrs. Mirta Martino at 703-960-4733.

Donations of baked goods are needed as well!  Students can bring them into the band room on Friday or drop off early on Saturday morning. 
Cappies Reviews of The Drowsy Chaperone
Click here for the reviews and be sure to look for them in your local paper.
Yearbook Spring Sale
Order the 2015 Flight Yearbook commemorating B.I.'s 50th anniversary NOW!  Click here for the order form.  Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.
SCA Lenten Service Projects

The Student Council Association (SCA) asks that you help with the Lenten Service Project.  B.I. is collecting canned food / non-perishable items to give to Christ House in Alexandria.  They will be collecting until Tuesday, March 31. 


Drop off cans for Christ House on the stage in the cafeteria! Thanks! 

Community Service Opportunities  
Four-six students are needed to help deliver furniture to homes in Alexandria.  The dates are Saturday April 25; Saturday, May 30 and Saturday, June 27. Contact Mike Mackey for more information and to sign-up.
ALIVE- (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically), ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the City of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community. ALIVE! serves thousands Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares.


NHS: Seniors: $10 dues are required to pay for your graduation cords. Please turn in your money to Mrs. Thompson or Mrs. Marquet. 

The Student Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:15 am in the library.  All are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

Student Honor Council   
Student Honor Council Elections will be held at the end of April.  
There are 2 vacancies for each of the classes (2015, 2016 & 2017).  A  meeting for all students interested in running will be held on April 16 during advisory.  The responsibilities of the Student Honor Council and the application process will be explained at the meeting.  Completed applications to run for Student Honor Council will be due on April 23rd.  Contact Mrs. Marquet, Mr. Hamer, or Mr. Bass with any questions. 

Peer Helper Fundraiser for Camden
The Peer Helpers filled a 40 oz water bottle with jellybeans and are asking students and teachers to pay $1 to guess how many jellybeans are in the water bottle.  The guess that is closest to the correct number will receive the following prizes: Water bottle filled with jellybeans, $10 gift card to Chipotle, and $10 gift card to Sweet Frog. 
Peer Helpers are selling chances during each lunch until Tuesday, March 31  , when the winner will be announced. Students and teachers have an opportunity to buy chances at the receptionist's desk during the rest of the day.  All proceeds benefit DeSales Service Works in Camden, NJ.

Guardian Battalion
This year-round cadet program is for all those interested in the sea services of the United States (Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps). The Battalion drills on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Click here for more information or go to the facebook page. Contact CDR Steven Lucas.

Counseling Services    
Service Academy Day
- Charlottesville
Service Academy Day will provide a comprehensive overview of the United States Service Academies and their admission process.  Students will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets and the Virginia Military Institute. Saturday, March 28, 10 am - 1 pm (doors open at 9:30), at The Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Military Academy Day- April 11 - Asburn, VA 

The 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day is April 11 at Loudoun County's School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn.

The event is free and open to all students and parents who are interested in learning more about the nation's military service academies.

Representatives from all of the service academies-Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard-will be in attendance. Representatives from the Marine Corps ROTC program, the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Military Institute, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Citadel, the American Legion and Randolph-Macon Academy have also been invited.

Each of the academies will make a presentation from 10:30 am to noon, and student networking is scheduled from noon to 1 pm.

Contact Mary Ann Cannon, 703-404-6903. 


Paul VI  United States Service Academies Night - April 14
Paul VI Catholic High School invites you to attend its Annual United States Service Academies Night on Tuesday,  April 14 from 7:15 -8:45 pm in the PVI Dombroski Library.
Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy,  U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy will give a brief panel presentation for interested students and their parents.  Each academy representative will set up a display table and speak with individuals following the presentation. The panel will also include a staff member from a congressional office who will speak about the academy nomination process. 

Contact Mrs. Lionnell Battle. 


Northern Virginia Regional College Fair
Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University.  Look here for more information and a list of the participating colleges and universities.  Free and open to all students.  Juniors and their parents in particular are encouraged to attend.


Student Council Association Elections   

Congratulations to Emily Owen and Maggie Lohrer who were elected President and Vice-President respectively for the 2015-16 school year. 


Class Representatives (including class president):  

March 30 & 31, Elections via Bishop Ireton E-mail.  Polls close at 3:00 pm


Sean O'Malley Scholarship  

This scholarship, to honor the memory of former B.I. student-athlete, Sean O'Malley, is open to rising sophomore, junior, or senior male students who have completed at least one year at B.I. and who have participated in the football and/or wrestling programs. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, evidence a commitment to community service, and exhibit financial need.  

To apply, students must submit a letter detailing their qualifications by April 30. For more details, contact Director of Advancement, Ryan Fannon '89 or click here.


Faculty Luncheon

Looking ahead, our next luncheon will be Friday, April 24.   


PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale

Mark your calendars for July 25, 2015 for the annual BI used book and uniform sale!  Current PTO members will be given the opportunity to sign up as volunteers in April to assist with set up and during the day of the sale.  Most important - all volunteers are given the opportunity to shop early (July 24).  The volunteer sign up sheet will be released in April. The PTO Book closet will be opened 30 minutes before every PTO meeting. What a great reason to join the PTO! Contact: Booksale - Suzanne Wharton Lake.  PTO Membership - Colleen Hooper.


2015 Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet 
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
Alexandria Hilton Mark Center
Click here to register
All student-athletes, parents, and coaches are welcome to attend (freshman, jv, and varsity). The cost per ticket for everyone is $55. All Varsity head coaches have a complementary admission, but must still must still RSVP with Matt Horton. Deadline to RSVP is May 20th.

If you are an Athletic Booster Member at the $80 and $125 level you get one free admission for a student-athlete. If you are a $250 and above Booster member you get 2 free admissions for a student-athlete.



Summer 2015 Summer Reading Classes 
Study Skills and Reading Comprehension Course
The Institute for Reading Development will hold study skills and speed reading programs for children and adults at BI this summer.  Click here for descriptions of the programs and schedule.



Golf Logo Bishop Ireton Golf Classic   
Monday, May 4 at Mt. Vernon Country Club
Join the fun! Registration and Lunch 11 am, Shotgun Start, 1 pm, Dinner and Awards, after golf.
The golfing field is limited to 30 foursomes. Click here for the registration form or click here to sign up today! 


Summer School 

Click here for a full description of all summer school classes, including Summer School Math Offerings through Fairfax County, Educere, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Click here for the Registration Form, which includes the links for the math courses.

Contact Ms. Medvigy for more information.

Summer Camp
Summer Camps offered in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Theater for grades 1-12!  
Click here to find out more or contact Mr. Pete Hamer.

   Cardinal's Nest School Store  
Our Nike Gortex Jacket is perfect for any kind of weather coming our way.  Waterproof and Windproof with Storm Fit
allowing you to wear it alone or over hoodies or heavier coats.
Great for wearing while watching our Cardinals push to victory!!

20% off Sale in the School Store 
Many items are 20% off or MORE! 
Come on in and see what we have for you!

Cardinal's Nest School Store Hours: 

Monday-Friday 7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00pm; 3:00-3:30pm,  

or by appointment
Contact Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159    

Graduation Information for Seniors  
Please check out Graduation Information on the webpage.  Click on "Events" and then "Graduation" from the drop down menu. Everything you need to know about graduation is listed there.

Congratulations to Brenden Peifer and Abby Giuseppe who were elected by their peers to be graduation speakers. 
PCA Positive Coaching Alliance  
PCA's Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program sponsored by Deloitte.  PCA awards college scholarships of $1000-2000 to high school athletes, based on their essays and other criteria.  Click here for more information.
Model UN 
B.I. students earned the "Best Small Delegation" Award. 
Seniors:  Daniel Durgavich and Eamon Heaney


Juniors:  Isabel Anderson; Jake Ferrara and Charlie Ladd

Sophomores:  Maddie Ayalew; Jack Dodson; Ryan Henke; Haerin Kim and Conrad Lakso

Freshmen:  Sean Gibbons; Brady Hoagland; Maddie McDade and Julianna Miranda


The following student delegates were recognized for their individual effort in their respective committees:

Gavel (1st Place)

Daniel Durgavich; Thomas Paine; French National Convention (1792)

Eamon Heaney; Bernhard Dernburg; Weimar Republic (1919-1933)

Isabel Anderson; Netherlands; European Union

Jake Ferrara; Netherlands; UN Environment Program

Charlie Ladd; Netherlands; UN Environment Program

Maddie Ayalew; India; Bandung Conference (1955)

Maddie McDade; Saleh Mohammed Makhzoom; Libyan National Congress (2013)


Outstanding (2nd Place)

Haerin Kim; Tin Oo; 2015 Election of Aung Suu Kyi (Myanmar)

Brady Hoagland; Adolf Berle; FDR Brain Trust

Sean Gibbons; Ali Arrefaee Zubi; Libyan National Congress


Verbal Commendation (4th Place)

Ryan Henke; Indonesia; Bandung Conference (1955)


Athletic Boosters
Will YOU be driving a new car in 2014?? 
THE BI Athletic Boosters is participating in the All Saints Catholic Church five-car raffle.  Each family should have received 10 raffle tickets and a letter from the Boosters.  The stubs or unsold tickets must be returned by Friday, March 27.  Checks are payable to "Bishop Ireton Athletic Boosters".  Look for your letter in the mail!  Contact Diedre Nicholson Lamb 703-927-9278. 
Annual Fund
In our Jubilee year - with a goal of $450,000 - the Annual Fund will benefit the heart and mission of Bishop Ireton - our students.  Your contribution is vital to making a Bishop Ireton education a reality for students who otherwise could not afford it. 

Click here to donate today!
Salesian Corner
Bishop Ireton Prayer Book 
"Seeds of our Salesian Tradition"
We are creating a new B.I. Prayer Book.  Parent & Alumni Prayer contributions welcome!  Email your prayers.  This project is part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Little Virtues - Patience

St. Francis de Sales is known for many reasons. One is that he encouraged people to glorify God through celebrating the little things in life. Salesian spirituality is not about big, grand gestures; but, rather the ordinary and the mundane that is a part of everyone's life. He encouraged people to exercise the "Little Virtues." The particular vocation to which people are called has in its common everyday routine ample opportunities to practice virtues. What are the little virtues? There are several different lists, but for the most part, they are: humility, patience, gentleness, simplicity, honesty, and hospitality.


Francis reminds us that, "When any evil befalls you, apply the remedies that are in your power and that are agreeable to the will of God. To act otherwise would be to tempt His divine majesty. Having done this, wait with resignation for the success that it may please God to send." When we are feeling upset and anxious, Francis reminds us that everything is in God's time and not in our control.  He says to do what you need to do, but not be anxious to try to change things that are not in your power. "Things that grow in one day decay in another." Waiting can bring us results that we may not have anticipated and which are better than what we thought would happen. 


These reflections of St. Francis assure us that everyone can find the divine in the midst of the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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Click here to subscribe to DeSales Weekly, the email newsletter from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.


B.I. Memory Bricks

Etched on the brick pavers of The Courtyard are messages from alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends, honoring the ways in which Bishop Ireton and St. Mary's Academy have changed their lives.


Be a part of this special tradition with your own engraved message with either a a 4" x 8" or a 12" x 12" brick.  Great gift idea for 2015 graduates!


Click here to place your order or contact Mrs. Brandi Wease Vasquez, 703-212-5176.



Database Updates: 
Please send any changes of phone, address, or email to  Mr. Parks.
Salesian theme 2014-2015:
"We are companions on the journey given to one another to do God's will." -St Jane de Chantal 








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