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This Week at Bishop Ireton
October 30, 2014
Fri., Oct. 31 NO school for students, Advanc-Ed Meetings for staff, office closed at 3 pm

Mon., Nov. 3, O Day, Liturgy schedule - all school mass, Winter Uniform begins

Tue., Nov. 4, N Day,
50th day in the 50th year! Class meetings during advisory: seniors on the field, sophomores Renaissance Faire

Wed., Nov. 5, B Day, Junior Ring Mass, 7 pm, Auditorium

Thu., Nov. 6, I 1-4, block schedule, 12:15 dismissal. Parent Teacher Conferences 1- 4 pm, Last name L-Z, Kairos Retreat

Fri., Nov. 7, I 5-R2, block schedule, 12:15 dismissal. Parent Teacher Conferences, 1- 4 pm, Last name A-K

Sat., Nov. 8, Winter Sports begin (SAT, not at BI)

________________    Looking Ahead:


Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26-28


Bishop's Day Off, December 1 


Sophomore Retreats, December 15-17


Christmas Break, December 22-January 2


Semester Exams, January 15-21


Catholic School/Feast Week, January 26-30


Winter Ball, January 31


Senior Retreats, March 18-20


Easter Break, April 2-10


Prom, April 17


Make Up Retreat (All Grades), April 22


Senior Exams, May 18-21


Senior Farewell Prayer Service, May 22


Baccalaureate Mass, June 1


Graduation, June 2


Semester Exams, Underclassmen, June 8 - 11 



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. Jane de Chantal:  

"If we patiently accept through love all that God allows to happen, then we will begin to taste even here on earth something of the delights the saints experience in heaven."  
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50th Anniversary Gala 
Thanks to all who attended the 50th Anniversary Gala!  It was a fabulous affair!  If you have any photos to share with the greater B.I. community and to add to the B.I. archives, we would love to have them.  We can scan them in and return them or they can be emailed to Ms. Mary Kelly.


Click here to view a video featuring Head of School Tom Curry's reflection on the Gala and on the school's 50th anniversary. This video was made by the Arlington Catholic Herald.  

Winter Uniform   
All students are required to be in the winter uniform beginning Monday, November 3.

For boys:

Uniform pant with belt

White or blue button down, long-sleeved oxford shirt

Plain white t-shirt ONLY (crew-neck or v-neck) may be worn underneath. 

Uniform Tie

Uniform sweater vest or uniform sweater (navy for 11th and 12th grade; maroon for 9th and 10th grade)

Navy, black, or dark brown dress shoes

Dress socks   


For girls:

Uniform pant or uniform skort (must be only 3" above the knee)

White or blue button down, long-sleeved oxford shirt

Plain white t-shirt ONLY (crew-neck or v-neck) may be worn underneath 

Uniform sweater vest or uniform sweater (navy for 11th and 12th grade; maroon for 9th and 10th grade)

Navy, black, or dark brown dress shoes

Socks, tights, or pantyhose, solid color: white, black, navy, or maroon, with no writing or design (eccentric or lace tights/pantyhose are unacceptable) 


For both:  No tennis shoes.  Students are permitted to wear the BI approved black fleece jacket sold in the bookstore over their sweater vest/sweaters.  Non approved jackets, including BI team issued ones, are not allowed and may be confiscated. 


Consult page 60 in the handbook.

Contact Mr. Bass or Ms. Whitley with any questions. 

Junior Ring Mass
Garwood Whaley Auditorium
November 5th, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Reception to follow in the Atrium


The Ring Mass is a time-honored tradition that represents a milestone in the journey of a student through their time at Bishop Ireton.  We honor this transition into their "upper class" years with the presentation of the Class Ring. We stop to ask God to continue to walk with these students on their way to adulthood and thank Him for the gifts He has already given them thus far.

Even if your student did not purchase a ring, you are still welcome to attend the Mass. Please let us know if (and how many of) you and your student(s) are planning to attend. Contact Fr. Bresnahan.

Parent Teacher Conferences 
Parent Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, November 6 (for students with last name L-Z) and Friday, November 7 (for students with last names A-K) from 1 - 4 pm

The last day to request conferences is Tuesday, November 4. Students should bring the form (which came home with students this week) to their individual teachers, not drop off the form at the front desk or with advisors.

Freshmen or NHS students (who can earn service hours) are needed to help direct parents.  Please contact Ms. Medvigy.  
WCAC Sports 
Winter sports officially start on Friday, November 7, for basketball and wrestling.  Check the website for dates and times for try-outs.  Students will not be allowed to try out without a CURRENT VHSL health form on file.  See Mr. Horton with any questions. 


One Book One Community
A school wide symposium "The Pilot and the Prince: Wisdom for the Ages" will be held on Monday November 10th at 2pm.  We are honored to have a panel of speakers including guests Dr. David Cain, retired Philosophy professor at Mary Washington University and Fr. Don Heet, OSFS as well as our very own faculty members: Br. Rick Wilson, TOR, Ms. Risabel Magalong and Mrs. Kristine Keeney, seniors Joseph Green and Julie Hanson. This will be the conclusion of the One Book, One Community programming for this school year. _____________________________________________________
Flight 2015 Yearbook
Senior baby pictures and student shout-outs are due to Mrs. Kelly by November 10Click here for more information. Baby pictures can be scanned and emailed to Mrs. Kelly or submitted in an envelope with the seniors name on the back of the photo.  Shout-outs should ONLY be emailed - no paper submissions please. 

Freshman and Sophomore Capstone Announcement
The Captstone Project grades will no longer be a separate credit on freshman and sophomore transcripts.  Click here for more information.  If needed, click here to refer to earlier information which was released last June.  

Renaissance Faire - Sophomores 
In preparation for the 2nd quarter Podcast Performance portion of the Renaissance Faire  Mrs. Henry and Mr. Curtin will be presenting a Performance Workshop on: T day Thursday, November 13, Immediately after school in the auditorium (2:40 to 3:05pm)
Attendance is mandatory
Camden Chaperones NEEDED! 
November Camden Retreat - 2 Chaperones Needed! 
We have 18 students signed up to go on the Camden Retreat from November 13-15. In order for all 18 to attend, we are looking for two VIRTUS trained parent chaperones. If you haven't already, please consider taking part of this trip where students will be presented with opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized in New Jersey in a radical way. If you have any questions or would like to chaperone, please contact Ms. Fatima Estorninos or 703-212-5173
Crew Fruit Baskets and Wreaths
Fruit Basket The B.I. Crew Team is selling fruit baskets and Christmas wreaths. Please click here for the order form. Contact Mrs. Kathy McCabe with any questions.  
PTO Thanks to Mrs. Hershey and the PTO for all their help with Sunday's Open House.  Our parent's enthusiasm for BI was very evident to the prospective student and families.  - from Mr. Pete Hamer, Director of Admissions

BI Parents: Our November BI Faculty Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Nov 21. The PTO provides a fresh, home-cooked meal for our teachers and staff, through your generous efforts. Please deliver your labeled items to the main office by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Please click here to sign up.

Our Christmas luncheon will be on December 12.


It's Academic 

A team of outstanding students from Bishop Ireton High School competed

against teams from Montgomery Blair High School and Oakton High School on IT'S ACADEMIC, the nation's foremost high school quiz program. The competition was spirited. The match will be aired Saturday, November 15, at 10:30 amon NBC4.


The Bishop Ireton High School team consisted of Brandon Phan, Johnathan Chin and team captain Daniel Durgavich with support from faculty coach Ron Umbeck.

Catholic Athletes for Christ 
Congratulations to the 2014 CAC Courage Award winners from Bishop Ireton, Grace Hamilton and Josh Estevez.  The award, sponsored by Catholic Athletes for Christ, honors high school students in the Diocese of Arlington who demonstrate success on the athletic field and outstanding virtue through their service to the Church and community.  Grace plays soccer and has been tireless in her work with special needs children and on mission to schools and orphanages in Uganda.  Josh is also a standout soccer player, and has been an outstanding leader working with campus ministry's retreat program, the Salesian Leadership team, and serves on the Honor Council.  Congratulations Grace and Josh!  
Music Boosters Fruit Sale Fruit  
Oranges, Grapefruits, Apples and Pears
The BI Music Boosters Fruit Sale runs from October 28 through November 24.  Order delicious fresh navel oranges, red grapefruit, or mixed fruit boxes with your favorite BI music student in person or online using our ID of 751439. Select gift items are available for direct shipping--no pickup or delivery required! Proceeds help students defray the cost of their spring tour. Pick up your fruit shipment on December 6 or after school on December 8

Want to donate fruit?  We will be providing donations to the United Community Ministries Food Bank. Questions?  Contact  Trish Milligan 703-945-4339 or Kathryn Caballero 703-354-0975. 


Counseling Services    
College Visits to B.I. Next Week 
Monday, 11/3 
10:15 SUNY Albany

Tuesday 11/4 
9:45 American University

Wednesday, 11/5 
8:30 Lynchburg College 
9:00 Christendom College 
11:30 Florida Southern College

Friday, 11/7 
9:00 Virginia Wesleyan College 
10:30 Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising 
11:00 Manhattan College

Practice SAT or ACT  for Juniors

Bishop Ireton & Kaplan Test Prep are partnering to offer a SAT or ACT Practice Test for Juniors on Saturday, November 15 and Saturday, January 10.  Students will have an opportunity to take a full length diagnostic tests to assess their performance before attempting the real thing in the spring. Students and their parents will receive a detailed score report highlighting individual strengths and areas that may need improvement. Click here for more information.  


Following the practice test, students are invited to participate in an individual, thirty-minute consultation with a Kaplan test expert to review the test results, and learn some SAT and/or ACT test-taking strategies.  There is a $10 fee for the practice test, payable on the day of the practice test.


Click here to register for November 15.
Click here to register for January 10.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) 

Sophomores are invited to submit an essay to be selected as BI's ambassador at the HOBY seminar to be held in May 29-31, 2015 at James Madison University. HOBY is a weekend leadership development seminar where sophomores from all over Virginia learn how to inspire change within their own community.  Sophomores who wish to apply to be selected to be BI's ambassador must submit an essay (100 words or less) describing the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in his/her school and community.  Essays are due to Ms. O'Leary Friday, November 14.  The selected student is responsible for paying the $150 fee to attend the weekend seminar.  Visit the Hoby website for more information.  

Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Free STEM opportunities for sophomores through the Virginia Space Coast Scholars and Juniors through the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology program. Click here for more information and the application. Deadline is November 2


B.I. Theatre Arts presents Harvey. Performances are November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm and November 16 at 2 pm. Tickets will be on sale at lunch the week of November 10


National Honor Society seniors need to bring in $10 dues to cover the cost of the honor cords worn at graduation.

Guardian Battalion Cadet Leadership Program is participating in the Wreaths Across America program. You can donate a wreath to be placed on a grave site at Arlington National Cemetery this holiday season.  To pledge, click here and click on the red banner that states "Support VA00068P - Guardian Battalion." The price is $15.  On Saturday, December 13, our cadet unit will be helping to place the wreaths on the many gravesites at Arlington. If you would like to join us, please let us know. For further information, click here


Bishop's Day Off 
When Bishop Loverde celebrated the Opening Mass last Friday, his gift to the students was a day off from school. That day will be Monday, December 1


40 Days for Life
From September 24 to November 2, people of all ages and walks of life are gathering around the world to pray and fast for a peaceful end to abortion.  During this campaign for 40 Days for Life, Bishop Ireton will be joining the groups in a worldwide movement of prayer.  Consider spending some time during the campaign with your family praying for unborn children and for the mothers who are in crisis or at a site joining with others in prayer.  Bishop Ireton's Catholic Witness Club will be visiting one site in Alexandria for prayer as well as offering opportunities for students to learn more about the issue and how it affects our community.  When we have the details about the event, we'll communicate it to the school.  For other questions, please contact Fr. Bresnahan
Fireside Essay Scholarship 
Fireside Catholic Publishing would like to recognize outstanding Catholic High School seniors who are daily "putting their faith into action." Current seniors who wish to participate must write a 750-word (max) essay on the topic "How is your religious education influencing your life?" This competition awards a $1,000 scholarship and is only open to one representative per school. All seniors wishing to be the our representative, may submit an entry to Fr. Bresnahan by Monday, December 1.

Youth Apostles Institute Pro-Life Poster Contest
The theme is: "Welcome Unborn Life!". Prizes in the Senior division (grades 9-12) will include first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50), and honorable mention certificates.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Society
for Human Life (VSHL) is sponsoring the Helen M. Donovan Memorial Award Essay. This contest is open to high school juniors and seniors only. The essay title is "Promoting the Culture of Life" and should consist of at least 400 words, double-spaced with once inch margins. First place winner will be awarded $1,000, and second and third place winners will be awarded $500 and $250, respectively.

For more information on any of the contests, please contact Fr. Bresnahan or Ms. Estorninos or have your student visit the Campus Ministry office.  
Parent Prayer Group  
Wednesdays, 2-3 pm, Chapel. Please be sure to sign in at the front desk before coming to the chapel.  We hope to see you there!  Leanne Siedlarz or Krista Price. 


Mass Book, 2014-2015
If you would like a Mass said for your intentions, or people you know, please contact Fr. Bresnahan for possible dates.  Mass is celebrated in the BI Chapel every day that school is in session at 7:25 am.  It is customary to offer something by way of a donation to help defray the cost of operating the chapel (and in a small way to connect a personal sacrifice to the sacrifice of Mass).  We will be using the offerings to help update the altar linens in the chapel and for the all-school Masses. Thanks for your help and generosity.
Cardinal's Nest School Store   

School Store open during Parent Teacher Conferences 
November 5 & 6, 1-4 pm 
Need transitional outerwear?  School Store has the Nike Gortex  waterproof jacket and the Nike weather resistant jacket in stock as well as hoodies, crews and sweatpants.
Plus, our B.I. umbrella/sunbrella is back in!  

Great for Christmas gifts.
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    


Salesian Corner 
Bishop Ireton Prayer Book 
In Mr. Dunn's Salesian Spirituality class today, Ms. Cathy Melanson enlightened the students regarding the history that surrounded the world of Francis de Sales. One of her emphases is that, though Francis was very wealthy and came from a prestigious family, he used all of the opportunities that were given to him to glorify God and minister to so many people throughout his life. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, let us spend some time thinking about how we can share the gifts we have been given with those who go without.

"Seeds of our Salesian Tradition"
We are creating a new BI Prayer Book.  Parent & Alumni Prayer contributions welcome!  Email your prayers.  This project is part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Salesian Retreat:  Friday Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15. "Heavenly BFF's: Art and Stories by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, St. John Neumann, Reston. Advanced Registration required. Click here to register

Community Service Opportunities   
Freshmen and NHS Students:  The B.I. librarians need two students every day after school to put the iPads away in the carts.  No experience necessary.  Contact Mrs. Thompson.

Corpus Christi School is looking for tutors after school on Wednesdays.  Tutoring will be held from 3:45-4:45 pm.  Students must commit to 10 hours.  Please contact Lynn Schab.

Resident Services for AHC, Inc. needs after school tutors for their seven community centers in Arlington. Contact Dan Gallagher at 703-875-8608.

Blessed Sacrament School is in need of 7th grade math tutor. Contact Susan Doyle.

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B.I. Athletic Boosters  
Click here to join.
Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Booster Club
Go Cardinals!! 
Database Updates: 
Please send any changes of phone, address, or email to  Mr. Parks.
Salesian theme 2013-2014:
"We are companions on the journey given to one another to do God's will." -St Jane de Chantal 







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