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This Week at Bishop Ireton
October 1, 2015

Thu., Oct. 1, Speaker at 7 pm in the Auditorium: Josh Ochs, Internet Safety


Fri., Oct. 2, E Day, regular schedule, last time to buy Homecoming Tickets


Sat., Oct. 3, Homecoming game, 2:30 pm, Homecoming Dance, 8-11 pm


Mon., Oct. 5, T Day, 2:35 dismissal


Tue., Oct. 6, O Day


Wed., Oct. 7, N Day, Freshmen & Sophomores meet with school counselors during Advisory regarding the PSAT, Freshmen SCA elections, Junior Retreat for pre-selected students


Thu., Oct. 8, B Day, Junior Retreat for pre-selected students


Fri., Oct. 9, I day, PM Assembly Schedule, Powder Puff game, Junior Retreat for pre-selected students


Sat., Oct. 10, LAST senior portrait make-up day


Mon., Oct. 12 NO School, Columbus Day, Driver's Ed Program for sophomores and a parent, 7 pm



________________    Looking Ahead: 


October 13, WE Tour Parents' Meeting, 7 pm


October 14, 12 pm dismissal, PSAT & ACT Aspire Testing Day for Juniors, Sophomores & Freshmen, College Visit Day for Seniors


October 14, PTO Meeting


October 15 - 17, Camden Service Retreat 


October 16, Liturgy Schedule, Bishop's Opening Mass


October 20, French Honor Society Induction, 7 pm


October 21, Fall Concert, 7 pm


October 22, Underclass Yearbook Picture Make Up Day, 3 pm, Volleyball Dig Pink Event


October 25, Open House


October 29, Dress Out Day, Oblates


October 30, Professional Development, No school for students 


November 5 & 6, Parent Teacher Conferences


November 5-8, Kairos VII


November 11, Veterans Day, NO School


November 13, Dress Out Day, Cardinals for the Cure


November 16, Music Honor Society Induction


November 18, How to Get the Most Out of College, 7 pm, Auditorium


November 21, Mother's Club Christmas Marketplace, 9 am - 2 pm


November 25-27, Thanksgiving   


December 4, Dress Out Day, Adopt a Family Program


December 3-5, Camden Retreat


December 7, Junior Ring Mass, 7 pm


December 9, PTO 7pm 


December 16-18, Sophomore Retreats


December 23-January 4, Christmas Vacation


January 14-21, Semester Exams


January 22, March for Life


January 24, Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales  

February 1-5, Catholic Schools' Week, Feast Week  


February 6, Winter Ball


February 17-19, Senior Retreats


March 16-19, Kairos VIII


March 24 - April 1, Easter Vacation


April 29, Prom


May 2-13, AP Exams


May 23-26, Senior Exams


May 27, Senior Farewell Prayer Service


June 6, Baccalaureate Mass


June 7, Graduation


June 9-16, Underclass Exams


June 17, Parent Teacher Conferences 



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: 

"As regards to our perfection, which consists in the union of our soul with Divine Goodness, it is only a question of knowing little and doing much."

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Media Safety Assembly
This morning, Josh Ochs spoke to students about social media and internet safety. He will speak to parents tonight at 7 pm in the Auditorium and teach parents how social media can be used to impress colleges and future employers.
What apps are unsafe (and others you should encourage your kids to use)
What apps are a waste of time for your Teens and Tweens
How to analyze your Google results to see what colleges will find
How to bury bad Google results from other users with your similar name
Examples of good and bad posts that colleges may find
Examples from real seniors that are using social media correctly
Tips you can suggest to use Google search like a college and future employer
7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online
Weather Closings this weekend
Please be aware that in anticipation of a possible significant weather event this weekend, Bishop Ireton will follow Fairfax County Public Schools on Friday and Monday. 
B.I. will not follow Fairfax County for closings Saturday and Sunday. We will make our own determinations and will post the information on the Bishop Ireton website and via email.  Events that could be affected include the football game with St. Stephens and St. Agnes, the Homecoming Dance, and the Alumni Mass.
Homecoming Week
***Because of the weather, the Powder Puff game has been rescheduled to Friday, October 9. Tomorrow, Friday, October 2 will be a regular school day; it is still a dress out day with B.I. Gear. On Friday, October 9, we will have a PM assembly schedule and play the powder puff game. Senior girls may wear their powder puff shirts with their uniform skorts on Friday, Oct. 9.
Saturday, October 3: Homecoming Football Game, 2:30 pm vs. St. Stephens & St. Agnes Saints.
Saturday, October 3: Homecoming Dance 8-11 pm
Tickets $20 (check made out to Bishop Ireton) will be on sale tomorrow at lunch (seniors must come to the cafeteria). Tickets will not be sold at the door. If your student is bringing a guest from another school, he/she must supply the name, the school name, and an emergency contact number for that student. BI students are responsible for their guest's behavior.
Students must arrive by 8:30 and may not leave until 10:30.
Dance Attire
Guidelines for ladies:
Length: No shorter than 6 inches above the middle of the knee (in the front and back). This includes slits in long dresses.
Fit: May not be skin tight, and the dress should not "ride up" while dancing.
Cut: Can be halter, strapless, spaghetti straps, asymmetrical etc. as long as the cut of the dress is reasonably modest. The dress may not have an opening in the back that goes below the natural waist.
Dresses may not have any sheer areas or cutouts in the front of the dress.
For gentlemen:
Dress shirt and pants, jacket optional; no sneakers or sandals please
Retreats - Chaperones Needed
We are in need of two chaperones for this month's Camden Retreat, Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 17. Please consider this great service opportunity! For more information, contact Mrs. Fatima Perez at your earliest convenience. Chaperones must be OPYCP compliant/VIRTUS trained. 

We have an urgent need for chaperones for Junior Retreat. The junior retreats are three one day retreats held on October 7, 8, 9 during school hours at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  We will be welcoming a national organization to lead our students on the retreat, but we need VIRTUS-certified adults to meet our chaperone requirement. Please contact Fr. Bresnahan.

Volunteers needed
St. Luke's Episcopal Church needs student volunteers to unload pumpkins for their pumpkin patch on Sunday October 4 around 12:00.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 8009 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Contact Deborah Stephens.
Reverse Harvest Mass, Tuesday, October 6th, 7:15 in the St. Francis de Sales Chapel
October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The Haitian Alliance Club invites you to celebrate Mass at 7:15 am in the Chapel on October 6th, to pray for our sister school, Louverture Cleary in Haiti; to "give back" to something or someone today; and, to donate the money you would spend on food today to LCS and think about Haiti while you go without.  Br. Rick Wilson, TOR will give a communion reflection.  Questions? contact Ms. Melanson or go to www.haitianproject.org.
Sports Illustrated
The October 5 issue of Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section will recognize B.I. senior David Cooper for his football accomplishments. The magazine is in newstands now and the online version will be available on Monday, Oct. 5.
Traffic in the Neighborhood
Please remember that B.I. is in a residential neighborhood and is an area where there are small children and families. Please obey all speed limits and parking regulations.
Counseling Services     
October 14, PSAT and Aspire Testing Day 
12 pm Dismissal Time
All Freshmen and Sophomores will take the ACT Aspire, which is an assessment that measures academic achievement in English, math, science, reading* and writing.  ACT Aspire is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, research-based information that makes test results meaningful by connecting a students ACT Aspire score to specific skills and knowledge important for college and work success.  To learn more about this assessment please click here. *Students will take the Reading Test in English class on either October 21st or 22nd.

PSAT All Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT. To help prepare the students,  School Counselors spoke to students about the test and distributed a copy of Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT which includes a full length practice test to all Juniors in English class this week. For more information about the PSAT, please click here.

Seniors do not have to come to school on October 14.  They should use the day to  visit colleges, complete college applications, perform community service, or do their campaign hours for government class.
College Visits to BI
Friday 10/2
1:00 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Monday, October 5
9:00 Mount St. Mary's University
9:30 College of William and Mary
10:45 Virginia Commonwealth University
12:00 Ferrum College

Tuesday, October 6
8:00 University of South Carolina

Wednesday, October 7
2:00 Wheeling Jesuit University

Thursday, October 8
8:00 United States Air Force Acasdemy
8:30 Dickinson College
10:00 Catholic University of America
12:30 Benedictine College
2:15 Ringling College of Art and Design

Friday, October 9
8:30 Stonehill College
College Fair in the Area

When high school students are preparing for college, one of the best things they can do is attend a college fair. These events give them the opportunity to speak with college admissions officials and, overall, research their postsecondary education options.
A few upcoming college fairs:
October 5: Catholic College Fair, 7:00 pm Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale
October 8: Transportation College and Career Fair,  9:00 am Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas
October 8: Christian College Fair, 7:00 pm Trinity Christian School, Fairfax
October 13: T.C Williams High School College Fair, 7:00 pm, Alexandria
October 14: Episcopal High School College Fair, 2:00 pm, Alexandria
October 14: Washington and Lee High School College Fair, 7:00 pm, Arlington
October 15: C.D. Hylton High School College Fair, 6:00 pm, Dale City
October 18: Fair Oaks Mall College Fair, 7:30 pm, Fairfax
October 19: Hayfield Secondary School College Fair, 7:00 pm, Alexandria
October 27: Washington DC NACAC College Fair, 6:00 pm, Washington Convention Center

Virginia Space Coast Scholars
FREE program for Sophomores designed by the Virginia Space Coast Consortium (VSGC) in collaboration with NASA Wallops Flight Facility, inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Click here for more information, application deadline is November 8.

Cardinal Nest School Store

Rain or shine, cold or hot!  
The School Store's got you covered!

New B.I. Gear for every season.  School Store will be set up at the Homecoming football game this Saturday.  Come on over and check it out!

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.  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 Mrs. Daubresse 703-212-5159 
to make an appointment
NHS: From Ms. Magalong & Mrs. Thompson: Seniors need to bring in $10 dues to cover the cost of the Honor Cords worn at graduation. There will be a meeting of all current members of NHS on Thursday, October 8, immediately after school in the Auditorium.
Guardian Battalion
Did you know that Bishop Ireton has a year-round cadet program?  Are you looking for an adventure of a lifetime?  If learning about the sea services of the United States i.e., Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps interests you, Guardian Battalion may be for you.  Drilling on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month (flexible), Guardian Battalion teaches about the sea services that protect our nation.
Our next drill is scheduled for Saturday, 3 October 2015 (8:45 am to 4:00 pm) in the Oblate House (Mr. Dunn's classroom)
For more information, please visit our website or Facebook Page or contact CDR Steven Lucas
The next PTO meeting will be held on October 14th, at 7:00 pm, in the Resource Center.  Guest speaker will be Director of Instruction, Denise Tobin.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  
Our first BI PTO Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be an "Oktoberfest" and is on Friday, October 23.

The PTO provides a fresh, home-cooked meal for our teachers and staff, through your generous efforts. Please deliver your labeled items (in disposable containers) to the main office by 9 am on the day of the lunch, Oct. 23

Please sign up by October 19. Click here for the Signup Genius link.
Our next lunch will be on Friday, November 13 and will be a Thanksgiving luncheon.
Fall Drama Production 
The Bishop Ireton Theatre Department is proud to announce that the fall show will be "Arsenic and Old Lace." for four performances only: Thursday, November 12, 7 pm, Friday, November 13, 7:30 pm, and Saturday, November 14, 2 pm & 7:30 pm.
The Library/Media Center will be screening the documentary, "God Grew Tired of Us" on Friday, October 9th. The documentary runs about 89 minutes and is rated PG. The documentary will begin at 3:15 pm. Water and popcorn will be provided.
Athletic Boosters
Start the new school year off by supporting the fantastic sports teams of Bishop Ireton. Join the BI Athletic Boosters Club!!  100% of the membership monies go directly to support the many sports teams. You may sign up on the website with Paypal or contact Coby Owens. The Cardinals need YOU!
Senior Portraits, Class of 2016   
The LAST make up date for seniors is October 10. Click here for the schedule. Seniors will receive all the information needed directly from Prestige Portraits. If a senior is unable to come, he/she should contact Lifetouch to make an appointment in their Fairfax or Baltimore Office. Call 1-800-445-1189. 
Make Up Date: October 22
Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.


Campus Ministry and Community Service     
Sacrament of Confirmation
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Spring, or students interested in becoming Catholic through the RCIA process, are encouraged to contact
Fr. Bresnahan.

40 Days for Life 
From September 23 to November 1, 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.  BI'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.
Corpus Christi School in Falls Church is looking for tutors after school on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45.  Students must commit to 10 hours.  Please contact Mrs. Lynn Schab

Virginia State Fair and Junior Marina Ekman
Marina Ekman (2017), entered an original art piece in the Virginia State Fair Three-dimensional Fine Arts Scholarship contest and won the 1st award, a blue ribbon and a $1,200 scholarship. The piece is on display during the State Fair of Virginia at the Arts & Crafts Hall, September 25 - October 4. 
Seniors visit the US Senate
Students in government classes visited the Dirksen Senate Office Building for the Constitution Day lecture.
Mandatory Drivers Ed Meeting - DATE CHANGE
***Monday, October 12, 7 pm***
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. 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. Please contact Ms. Gutmann if you have any questions.
Salesian Corner
Click here to subscribe to DeSales Service Works Service Matters Blog.
Click here to subscribe to DeSales Weekly, the email newsletter from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.
Bishop Ireton was well represented at all the activities around the Pope being in the United States. Staff and students went to the White House, watched him while he drove around the Elipse, saw him at the Papal Mass at the Basilica, and went to Philadelphia. Some even saw him off when he flew out of Andrews.  Click here for a clip of the students in Philadelphia.
The computer science department enjoyed the dress out day on Tuesday. The faculty represented the city of Seattle. Ms. Kelly, Ms. Connors, Ms. Allis, and Mr. Naduvilekunnel wore matching shirts for the Tech Industry in Seattle.
Parent Prayer Group 
The Bishop Ireton Parent Prayer group meets once a week on Wednesdays, 2-3 pm in the chapel, throughout the school year to pray for all our students, faculty, and staff. Students are invited to put their prayer requests in the box outside the library at any time. Have a prayer intention for your student or family that you'd like to pass on? Want to join us? Contact Leanne Siedlarz.


Another option for buying spiritwear or accessories for your team and supporters is MyLocker. A portion of the proceeds from these sales comes back to Bishop Ireton athletics; in fact, you can set up a store with MyLocker and benefit directly through those 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 2016 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 2015-2016:
"Respect finds its perfection when it is steeped in God, in the Holy Spirit, and in love of one another." - St. Francis de Sales









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