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This Week at Bishop Ireton
May 21, 2015
Fri., May 22, B Day, Liturgy Schedule, Senior Farewell Prayer Service, seniors meet in cafe 8:15 am, Drama Banquet, Atrium, 6 pm

Mon., May 25, NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Tue., May 26, I Day, Senior Make Up Exam Day, Senior Grades Close

Wed., May 27, R Day, Athletic Banquet, 7 pm, Alexandria Hilton Mark Center

Thu., May 28, E Day, Senior Grades Posted 11 am

Fri., May 29, T Day, Graduation Practice for Seniors, Meet in the Auditorium at 11:45 am, Junior NHS hours due

________________    Looking Ahead:


Baccalaureate Mass, June 1


Graduation and All Night Grad Party, June 2


Semester Exams, Underclassmen, June 8 - 11   


Flynn O'Hara B.I. Uniform Night, June 10


PTO Booksale: Volunteer Sale Day, July 24, Booksale, July 25, Pickup of unsold items, July 26 


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:  

"The worst way of speaking is to speak too much. Therefore speak little and well, speak little and gently, speak little and charitably, speak little and amiably."  

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Graduation Information for Seniors  
Please check out Graduation Information on the webpage.  Click on "Events" and then "Graduation" from the drop down menu. 

May 22: Senior Farewell Prayer Service, seniors meet in cafeteria at 8:15 am in grad gowns
May 26: Make up exams and senior grades close
May 29: Graduation practice, seniors arrive to school at 11:30 am in grad gowns
June 1: Baccalaureate Practice Monday, seniors meet at St. Bernadette at 12:30 for practice and return at 6 pm in grad gowns.  
June 2: seniors arrive at Shrine in gowns, hoods, caps with tassels and with any medals or awards on at 9 am and gather in the lower Shrine

For all of these events, students should be dressed up. Boys should be clean shaven and girls should remember that there is a lot of walking and wear appropriate shoes. 
All Night Grad Party  
The ANGP needs YOU!
The All Night Grad Party is a wonderful opportunity to really send the class of 2015 off with a bang. The graduates get to enjoy a night of fun and camaraderie that they will remember for a lifetime. We need your help to run the casino table or keep an eye on the rock climbing wall and the pool area (we have lifeguards) or keep an eye on an exit door. This Bishop Ireton tradition provides drug and alcohol free celebration. Please join us in helping make it a fun safe night for our kids. Grab a friend and volunteer for a few hours. 
Click here to sign up.

2015 Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! Please contact Matt Horton
Wednesday, May 27, 7pm
Reception at 6pm
Alexandria Hilton Mark Center
Registration has closed and tickets will not be sold at the door 



Paris, anyone? 
Interested in exploring the capital of France and French culture over Thanksgiving break? Contact Mrs. Keeney for more information on the trip to Paris November 20-29.


The Theatre Arts Department production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" garnered five Cappies nominations. During the Cappies Gala in June at the Kennedy Center, the winners will be announced. The nominations are: Outstanding Musical, Song, Supporting Actress Abby Giuseppe, Comic Actor Joey Ledonio, and Michelle Dwyer for sound.


Parking Applications 
Click here for the Parking Application for next year. It is available online until May 29 and should be handed in to Mr. Bass or Ms. Whitley. Applications received after the 29th will be placed on a waiting list. See Mr. Bass or Ms. Whitley with any questions.
football-helmet-ball.jpg Spring Football Weekend
Head coach Tony Verducci invites all 2015-16 students who are interested in being part of the Cardinal Football Program to attend one of three Spring Football sessions. Players will be fitted for helmets, order team wear, and have questions answered by members of the Coaching Staff and Leadership Council.  Sessions will take place in the Driver's Education Room in Room G221 on Thursday, May 21 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm; Friday, May 22 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm; or Saturday, May 23 from 8:00 - 11:00 am.  Please contact Coach Verducci with any questions.

Meeting - June 10, 7 pm, Resource Center 
Elections  will be held for the 2015-2016 PTO officers. Officer role/responsibilities are described in the PTO by-laws. Open positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Interested parents should contact Mary Heitman.

PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale

The 2015 PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale will take place on Saturday, July 25. Bring your approved course listing with you to the sale. Packets with bar code labels and instructions for participating in the 2015 Used Book and Uniform Sale will be mailed mid-May. Seniors will have the opportunity to drop off their books and uniforms on the mornings of May 28 and 29, all students will be able to drop off their books and uniforms on June 12 and 13.  Summer reading books can be purchased on June 13. Complete details will be included in the mailed packets.


Volunteers who complete a 5-hour shift are eligible to purchase one set of books and any amount of uniform pieces at the volunteer pre-sale July 24. The link to the Sign-up Genius is now open to the general school population.   

Questions? click here.

Faculty Luncheon
The year end luncheon is ***Thursday, June 11.*** (date changed!)
Pork Barrel BBQ will cater this event, but some items are still needed. Click here by June 7, please deliver items by 9 am on the 11th, clearly marked "PTO Faculty Lunch"


Underclassmen all library materials are due back to the library by Friday May 29.

The Lost & Found is OVERFLOWING. All items not retrieved by the end of the school year will be donated to a local charity.

One Book One Community:The 2015-2016 One Book One Community Program will be starting again in the fall. The book choice for this year is "God Grew Tired of Us" by John Bul Dau. Please look for more information in the Bishop Ireton summer mailing. 

Underclass Exams 
The start times for June exams are 8 am for two hour exams and 8:30 am for one hour exams. Students need to report to the cafeteria if they arrive early for exams. Exams are from June 18-11. Make up exams are on June 12. The exam order is "flipped" June 8: I2 & B7; June 9: B6 & B5; June 10: B4 & B3; June 11: B2 & B1.
Music Auditions  for the 2015-16 school year 
Entrance auditions are underway for new instrumental music students for fall classes. New choir and guitar students do not need to audition. Your student should contact Dr. Eyles if she/he will be taking an instrumental music course for the first time in the fall.  
Summer Reading 
Summer reading will be posted on the B.I. website June 1. Summer reading books will be available for sale starting June 1 with MBS Direct.
Video Game Club: Friday, May 22, 3-4:30 pm in Room 301.

: here are still a few seniors who need to pay their dues and/or pick up their graduation cords.  Please come by the library to pick these up immediately.
Junior NHS service hours are due May 29.
Students interested in signing up to help with the Study Skills sessions held during orientation week in the fall should contact Mrs. Marquet or Mrs. Thompson. This is a great opportunity to get your hours completed for the fall semester.

Student Book Club: Final meeting Wednesday, May 27, before school in the library.     
Counseling Services     
AP Students
An important reminder that your AP score(s) will be available online in July.  To get your scores, click here to sign up for a College Board account.  Scores are ONLY available online, so you are encouraged to sign up for a College Board account today.

Camp Neuro
Limited spots are still available for Camp Neuro Washington, DC 2015.   Students may learn more and apply by clicking here. This 1-week summer day camp is open to high school students (including 2015 graduates) ages 15 years and older  interested in exploring careers in medicine. Deadline is May 26.

Summer Opportunities
The College Resource Room has a collection of brochures about various summer programs Students are welcome to peruse.

Summer Scholars on International Affairs
The Summer Scholars Program is a one (July 20-24) or three (July 6-July 24) week academic examination of international relations issues.  The focus of this summer's program is Turkey.  Students will study the history, culture and current role that Turkey plays as a pivotal country that bridges Asia and Europe. 
The program is held on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School.  For more information and to register please contact Ms. Rosita Whitman at 301-214-1250

Boston University Investigative Journalism Workshop
This two week workshop begins June 29. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience in investigative reporting while developing critical thinking and writing skills. Click here for more information. Deadline is June 30. 


Flynn & O'Hara BI Uniform Night 
Wednesday, June 10, 5:30-8 pm, at Flynn O'Hara at Fair City Mall in Fairfax. Click here for more details. Please order uniforms by July 1 to ensure delivery before school starts. Click here to order uniforms online.
Senior Portraits, Class of 2016   
There are four dates scheduled at Bishop Ireton to have senior portraits taken. The preferred dates are: June 24 & 25. Make up dates are: July 31 & September 26. Seniors will be mailed envelopes with appointment times and all the information they need automatically from Prestige Portraits. Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.


Community Service Opportunities  
Four-six students are needed to help deliver furniture to homes in Alexandria.  The dates are Saturday, May 30, and Saturday, June 27. Contact Mike Mackey for more information and to sign-up.


Free EGK Screening
Paul VI High School is having a free EKG screening for young adults on June 13, 9 am to 3 pm. It is open to all young adults in the diocese. Click here for more information and to register.

Course Selection 
Online course selection for the 2015-16 school year is now closed.  The Portal will reopen from June 18 - 25 with one last opportunity for students to revise the course selection after final grades are posted.


Summer 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.
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. Students must sign up on-line but registration is NOT complete until the payment is received.

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  
DADS, & GRADS...Your School Store Has Gifts for All! 
Plus 20% Off Sale on many items throughout the store! 
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    

Medications in the Clinic
ALL medications (including Epi-Pens and inhalers) stored in the clinic during the school year need to be picked up by June 12. Medications will be discarded after that date. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Soniak 703-212-5157. 
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. Deadline is May 31.
Salesian Corner
Treatise on the Love of God by St. Francis de Sales is a dense and complicated examination of God's love from every considerable aspect. Many call this Francis de Sales' masterpiece. While Introduction to the Devout Life is the more popular and more accessible book, Treatise on the Love of Godrequires patience and in depth analysis.


Treatise on the Love of God was supposed to be one of three books, the other two titled Treatise on the Love of Neighbor and Treatise on the Love of Self. As you can see, Salesian Spirituality is nothing without love in all its forms, and all forms of love find their origins in the God's love.


Treatise on the Love of God consists of twelve sections (called books): Books 1 through 4 explain the nature of the human soul and provide the history of divine love.  Book 5 explores the two principle exercises of love-- namely, sacred complacency and benevolence. Books 6 and 7 discuss the importance of practicing love through prayer. Books 8 and 9 express the importance of submitting to God's will. Books 10 through 12 are devoted to exploring the practical importance of God's holy love in our lives. 


In summary, St. Francis de Sales says it best when he says of Treatise on the Love of God, "It is truly my intention to represent simply and naively, without art, still more without false colors, the history of the birth, progress, decay, operations, properties, advantages and excellences of divine love."


A new paperback edition just came out on April 16th. You can purchase Treatise on the Love of God here.


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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 the Brick to place your order or contact Mrs. Brandi 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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