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This Week at Bishop Ireton
August 27, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 4-6 pm, PTO and Faculty Mixer


Monday, August 31, First Day of School, Freshmen 8:30 - 11:30 am, Sophomores 12:30 - 3 pm. Yearbook pictures taken 


Tuesday, September 1, Freshman Orientation, 8:30 am - 3 pm, Lunch provided

Positive Coaching Alliance Parent Program, 7 pm, Auditorium


 September 2, Freshman Retreat 8:30 - 11:30 am, Juniors 12:30 - 3 pm, yearbook picture taken, Seniors 12:30 - 2:15. 


Thursday, September 3, Half Day ALL Students, B1-B4, 7:55 am - 12:15 pm. Mother's Club Fall Kick-Off Cocktail Party, 6 pm, Courtyard   


Friday, September 4, Half Day ALL Students, B5 - I2, 7:55 am - 12:15 pm, Club Fair, 12:30 - 1 pm, Cafeteria 

Back to School Skating Party, 8 - 10 pm


________________    Looking Ahead: 


September 7, Labor Day, No School


September 8, Cafeteria opens


September 8 & 9, Junior Ring Orders at Lunch


September 9, PTO Meeting, Resource Center, 7 pm


September 10, Back to School Night, 7 pm 


September 11, Two Hour Delay    


September 15, Music Booster Parents' Meeting, 7 pm


September 16, College Night, 7 pm, Auditorium


September 21, Driver's Ed Meeting, 7 pm, Auditorium


September 24, Dress Out Day, Mark Fracasso Scholarship


September 26, Senior Portraits Make Up Day


September 28, Half Day


September 29, Dress Out Day - Class Theme Day


September 30, Homecoming T-shirt Day 


October 1, Advisory Retreat, Speaker on Internet Safety


October 2, Powder Puff Game 


October 3, Homecoming Dance


October 7-9, Junior Retreats


October 10, Senior Portrait Make Up Day


October 12, NO School, Columbus Day


October 13, WE Tour Parents' Meeting, 7 pm


October 14, 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 


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:   

"If what we are doing be necessary, even though it distracts our attention from God, we need not be troubled. We are taught to do all our actions for God, and by so doing we keep ourselves in His presence. Beware of thinking it is necessary to offer each action to our Lord, for that would interfere with the simplicity of the practice of the Presence of God."  


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All questions/concerns/requests regarding student schedules should be emailed to: schedulechanges@bishopireton.org. No phone calls or drop ins please.

Summer Reading 
Click here for the summer reading lists. Click here for the summer assignment for rising juniors taking AP English. Click here to order all books needed in the 2015-16 school year from MBS Direct.

Portal Access Information
Attention Freshman and Transfer Parents!  
Be on the lookout for a letter from the school in the U.S. mail that will contain your Portal credentials. The Portal is Bishop Ireton's web-based school information portal that gives you the ability to see your student's grades, assignments, teachers and more.  If you have not received this letter by
September 4th, please contact Mr. Davey.

PTO Parent - Faculty Back to School Mixer
Sunday, August 30, 2014 
4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Bishop Ireton Atrium & Courtyard

Please join us to celebrate the start of another school year at the annual back to school mixer for B.I. parents and faculty.  Head of School, Dr. Tom Curry and Director of Instruction, Mrs. Denise Tobin, will be the featured speakers.  This is also a great opportunity to meet faculty and staff members, as well as other B.I. parents.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of PTO.

Parents are encouraged  to RSVP to Jay Farrar. Don't forget to indicate how many will be attending.
SAVE THE DATE for the Fall Kick-off Cocktail Party of the B.I. MOTHERS' CLUB.
All Moms are invited to kick-off the school year with a cocktail party in the courtyard on September 3rd at 6 pm. Please join us for light refreshments, drinks, and great conversation. Membership in the BI Mother's Club is $25/year, RSVP or direct questions to Kay Green or Joann Hughes.  
Back to School Week & Skate Party
Monday, August 31: 
Freshmen report 8:30 am - 11:30 pm - yearbook portraits taken, need to be in spring/fall uniform (please bring in order form you received in summer mailing)
Sophomores report 12:30 - 3 pm in spring/fall uniform - yearbook portraits taken (please bring in order form you received in summer mailing or click here)
Tuesday, September 1:
Freshmen report 8:30 am - 3 pm - lunch provided. Freshmen will meet with various administrators and get a tour of the building with their Peer Helpers.
Transfer Orientation 3 - 4:00 pm (transfer students do not need to be in uniform.)
Wednesday, September 2:
Freshmen report 8:30 - 11:30 am for their retreat. Students may "dress out" according to guidelines in Student Handbook.
Juniors report 12:30 - 3 pm in spring/fall uniform - yearbook portraits taken (please bring in order form you received in summer mailing or click here)
Seniors report 12:30 - 2:15 pm in spring/fall uniform. 
Thursday, September 3:
ALL students report 7:55 am - 12:15 pm, Advisory and B1 - B4 classes
Friday, September 4:
ALL Students report 7:55 am - 12:15 pm, Advisory and B5 - I2 classes, Club Fair
Friday, September 4, 8 - 10 pm, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Common Mall, 627 N Glebe Rd Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203
Parking at Ballston Mall
$12 at the door (includes skate rental)
Students must arrive no later than 8:30 pm. Students may leave at any time, but once they leave, they may not return.

The Mezzanine area will be open - students don't have to skate! We will have other activities. Snacks are available from the snack bar.

The skating rink is turned over to Adult Leagues at 10 pm, so students need to be picked up promptly at 10.

Students under 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
PCA PCA Parent Presentation 

Another exciting year of sports is upon us! Athletics will host their annual Positive Coaching Alliance Parents' program, "Second Goal" Parenting on Tuesday, Sept 1st at 7 pm in Auditorium. Following the presentation, join our varsity head coaches for a reception in the atrium at 8 pm, get the latest exciting sports medicine program improvements from head certified athletic trainer, Matt Horton.

If you only attend one athletic gathering this year, go to this one!
Fall Team Pictures
Fall sports team pictures are on September 1 and 4.  Make sure your player is ready for the individual and team photograph.  Players receive an order form so you can purchase individual mementos of your child's season as well as a keepsake team photograph.
The Library-Media Center is looking for parents who are interested in volunteering for the 2015-16 school year. Please contact Mrs. Jacqueline Thompson
Fall Drama Production 
The Bishop Ireton Theatre Department is proud to announce that the fall show will be "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Auditions will be held:
Friday, September 11 at 4:00 pm in the auditorium
Saturday, September 12 at 10 am in the band room
Call backs, if needed, Monday September 14 at 5:30 pm
Clinic & Freshmen parents only If you have not already sent in your student's school physical and immunizations.......Now is the time! This paperwork is not their sport physical but the forms we need for your students' entrance to Bishop Ireton. This is for freshmen only! If you have questions, please contact the school nurse Mrs. Linda Soniak 703-212-5157.
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!
Class Rings  Balfour will be at B.I. on September 8 & 9 in the cafeteria during lunch to take ring orders for the class of 2017.
Back to School Night  
Mark your calendar: Back to School Night is Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm. Parking is at a premium that night. As a reminder, Friday, September 11 is a two-hour delay schedule.
One Book One Community 
The 2015-2016 One Book, One Community book choice is:
"God Grew Tired of Us" by John Bul Dau.   
Students are expected to have their own copy of the book at the start of the fall semester.
Students who purchased the book through the library may pick up their copy in the  during orientation week.  Please see Mrs. Thompson to retrieve your copy.  
Senior Portraits, Class of 2016   
Make up dates for rising seniors are September 26 and October 10. Seniors will receive appointment times and all the information needed directly from Prestige Portraits. If a senior is unable to come on those dates, he/she should contact Lifetouch to make an appointment in their Fairfax or Baltimore Office. Call 1-800-445-1189. 
Freshmen: August 31 (am)
Sophomores: August 31 (pm)
Juniors: September 2 (pm)
Make Up Date: October 22
Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.


Counseling Services     
SAT Tests and Fall Athletics
If your son plays football, please note that the National SAT testing dates include October 3 (which is Homecoming) and November 7. Other fall athletes should check their team schedules. 

Class of 2016 College Night 
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm in Whaley Auditorium 
The school counselors will discuss the process and procedures within our office specific to Bishop Ireton that all seniors need to know about the college application process to ensure a smooth college application experience for all involved.  In addition, college counselors will discuss the current trends in admissions nationwide, how admissions decisions are made and give tips on how to have a strong application. 
Paris Anyone?     
Any BI students who are interested in going to Paris over Thanksgiving break (11/19-11/29) to participate in our annual French exchange should contacted Mrs. Keeney for more information.
Crew Team      
Interested in Rowing? BI Crew Team is offering two programs this Fall:
Learn to Row and Competitive rowing. Come out to one or all of the following events to learn more.
1. Come by the crew team table on Sept. 4th right after school at the Club Fair.
2. The Rower Interest Meeting is after school on Sept. 8th at 3:15 pm in Room 204. 
3. The Fall Parent Meeting is Sept. 9th 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. 
Check out our website

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 how the sea services protect our nation.


Guardian Battalion will be conducting a New Cadet Orientation from August 10-14, 2015 at Bishop Ireton. Click here for more information or go to the Facebook page. Contact CDR Steven Lucas


Parents, please note that morning drop off is in the Lower Parking lot only. Students are required to enter the school via the doors near the cafeteria.  Do not drop off your students in the upper parking lot (near the flag pole).  That area needs to be open for the safe loading/unloading of our Ireton School Bus, per state regulations.    
The building opens at 7:00 am, students are allowed to wait in the cafeteria until the bell rings, unless they sign out to see a teacher.The building closes one hour after the end of school (usually 4:00 pm) unless students are in a supervised activity.

Bus transportation from King Street Metro Stop: The B.I. school bus will leave from the King Street Metro at 7:20 and 7:35 am. In the afternoon, the bus leaves for the King Street Metro 15 minutes after school lets out. (On a normal school day, that is 3:15 pm. Next week, on our half days, it will leave at 12:30 pm) 
The school cafeteria opens on Tuesday, September 8, offering both breakfast and lunch.  Be sure to put money in your students' lunch account, as cash is not used at the registers. Use the brochure included in the Summer Mailing or click here. Make sure to use the Student ID number when completing the form.

Statements will be emailed out every week. If submitting a check, "PLEASE" place
the students FULL NAME in the memo area. Funds received after 9:00 a.m. will be
credited to the following day due to meal time preparations.

Students can request a receipt after each transaction to review and make sure the items purchased are correct.  Many students in the past have purchased items for friends.  Please explain to them that this is AGAINST policy.
Contact Mr. Robert Morris 703-212-5160.
St. Mary's Academy Annual Tea 
Freshmen and NHS Students - Earn community service hours!
We are looking for students to help direct and serve tea at the annual St. Mary's Academy Tea. St. Mary's Academy was the girls school that joined with Bishop Ireton in 1990. We will need students from 12:00pm until 4:30pm.  Please contact Mrs. DiLorenzo 703-212-5179.
Parent Prayer Group 
The Bishop Ireton Parent Prayer group meets once a week, 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.


Music News 
Winds and Strings please bring your instruments to school for class.  We will be playing in our first class! Tubas, Percussion, and Guitar...your instruments are provided.

Music Parents Meeting Tuesday September 15 
All parents of music students should plan to attend the music parents meeting in the Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15th.  This meeting will include important information about the music program for 2015-2016.
Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Seating Auditions
As in the past, the September auditions are required for all students in Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The auditions determine chair placement, confirm ensemble placement, and first quarter assessment.  At the beginning of the school year the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble meet together during first period. After the auditions are completed, the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will split for separate rehearsals.  If anyone needs the audition music or has any questions, please contact Dr. Eyles or 703-212-5162.
All auditions take place in the Band Room:
Wednesday, September 9, 3:05 Oboes, Bassoons, String Bass, French Horns
Thursday, September 10, 3:05 Saxophones, 3:30 Trumpets
Friday, September 11, 3:05 Percussion
Monday, September 14, 3:05 Clarinets
Wednesday, September 16, 3:05 Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas
Thursday, September 17, 3:05 Flutes
Oct 21, Fall Concert, 7:00 pm 
Dec 13, Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm
Mar 11, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 8:00 pm (Wind Ensemble, Choir)
Mar 15, Chapel, 7:00 pm (Choir, Guitar, Strings, Jazz)
May 3, Spring Concert, 7:00 pm (Concert Band, Diocese Honor Band, Wind Ensemble)
May 22, Spring Concert, 2:00 pm (Choir, Guitar, Strings, Jazz)
Mar 17-20, Concert and Choir Tour
Mar 28-Apr 4, Wind Ensemble Tour
   Cardinal's Nest School Store    

Come on in to YOUR School Store
PE Uniforms
Locker Shelves
Quarter-Zip Fleece!
We have it all! 

Contact Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159  

to make an appointment  

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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 2015 graduates!


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



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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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