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This Week at Bishop Ireton
October 23, 2014
Fri., Oct. 24, B Day, 12:15 dismissal. Office closes at 2:30 pm. Professional time in the afternoon

Sun., Oct. 26, Open House, 1 - 3 pm

Mon., Oct. 27, I Day

Tue., Oct. 28, R Day, Grades Posted by 11 am

Wed., Oct. 29, E Day

Thu., Oct. 30 T Day, 2:35 dismissal, Dress Out Day benefiting the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

Fri., Oct. 31 NO school for students, Advanc-Ed Meetings for staff

Sat., Nov. 1, Accident Avoidance Clinic

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

________________    Looking Ahead:


Parent-Teacher Conferences, November 6 & 7


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. Francis de Sales:  

 "Nothing is small in the service of God."
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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.


Senior Parents
Today, Thursday, Oct 23, the members of the senior class met with our graduation vendor, Balfour. They have all of the information about graduation announcements and have ordered their caps and gowns.  Before Thanksgiving, seniors will approve the way their name will be printed on their diploma.  Contact Mrs. Jordan with any questions about graduation.
Live streaming of TODAY's girls' soccer game vs. Bullis  
Watch this event on the High School Cube mobile app or click here. The broadcast is scheduled to start today at 3 pm CDT


One Book One Community
On Friday, October 24 at 12:15 pm, come and enjoy the 1974 musical film version of The Little Prince in the library. Pizza & popcorn will be served! Everyone welcome!

On R Days, we read!  Tuesday, October 28 is the last reading day. Twenty minutes of English time will be devoted to reading. Students should bring their copy of The Little Prince to English class and be prepared to read.  If a student has already read The Little Prince, they should bring the book they are currently reading.
Cheerleading Clinic
Don't miss out on the annual Bishop Ireton Cheerleading Clinic, Saturday, 
October 25, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm for grades 1st -8th. The girls will be able to perform with the 2014 Varsity Bishop Ireton Cheerleaders at half-time during the Varsity football game! Be sure to invite friends to come too! With over 140 participants last year, spots fill up quickly. Click here for the registration form. Email Coach Angela Hope-Eskew with any questions.


Open House 
B.I. Open House, Sunday, October 26, 1 to 3 pm for all prospective students and their families. Presentation begins in the Auditorium at 1 pm.  Questions? Contact Mr. Hamer, Director of Admissions. 


Halloween Dress Out Day  happy-halloween2.jpg
The Student Council Association is sponsoring a $2 dress out day,Thursday, October 30 for Halloween to benefit the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.  All students dressing in costume must dress in appropriate attire and follow these guidelines:


1)      No masks or costumes that cover the student's face - we must be able to see the student's face;

2)      No toy guns, knives or weapons of any kind;  

3)      No halter tops, tube tops, strapless shirts, low cut tops or shirts where the stomach is exposed.

If a student is unsure if their costume will meet these criteria, they should see Mr. Bass or Mrs. Jordan and bring a change of clothing on Thursday just in case

First Quarter Grades 
The first quarter ends today, Thursday, October 23.  First quarter report grades will be posted on Thursday, October 30.

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.  Students will bring home P-T Conference Request forms on Monday, October 27, which need to be turned in by Tuesday, November 4.

Freshmen or NHS students (who can earn service hours) are needed to help direct parents.  Please contact Ms. Medvigy.  

Sage Pumpkin Contest

Please let Mr. Morris at Sage know if you would like to decorate a pumpkin - they will supply them - and then decorate them - without carving.  The pumpkins will be judged by Sage on October 27 and the prizes are listed above. 

Safe Driving Academy  
Phil Wick's Safe Driving Academy is being offered on November 1 at the BaySox Stadium in Bowie.  This accident avoidance course will cover Emergency Breaking, Slalom and Emergency lane changes in difficult conditions at regular speed; both classroom instruction and in-car driving exercises are a part of this course.  Students will participate in their own vehicle and learn about the safety features and how to properly set-up and maintain their vehicle.  Click here for more information.  Space is limited! Click here for The Registration Form return it to Mrs. Jordan with a $75.00 check made out to Bishop Ireton.  


Families of Bishop Ireton: Thank you for providing our Faculty and Staff with a wonderful "Oktoberfest" Luncheon on Oct 17.  Your response was tremendous!

Servers/Kitchen/Decor Help included: Marie Niernberger, Liz Uhrig, Anna Burns, Patricia Smith, Kathy Hrechka, and Laura Dwyer.
Food donation families included: Uhrig, Murray, Cabot, Gaffney, Muffler, Henley, Locke, Holmes, Klein, Hughes, Canas, Niernberger, York, Johnson, Phillips, Mongan, Karau, Blanco, Rizzi, Burns, Markle, Velez, Dwyer, Beutner, Gardner, Delaney, Kauffman, Visgauss, Buzby.

Our BI Faculty & Staff truly enjoyed this Oktoberfest Luncheon, as well as fellowship. Sincere appreciation goes to each family! 


Counseling Services    
College Visits to B.I. Next Week 
Monday, 10/27
9:30 Georgetown University
12:00 Marist College
2:00 The Corcoran College of Art & Design

Tuesday, 10/28
8:30 Saint Joseph's University
9:30 Providence College

Wednesday, 10/29
1:00 University of New Hampshire

Thursday, 10/30
12:00 University of Southern California

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


Winter Uniform   
The winter uniform can be worn at anytime.  Everyone is required to be in the winter uniform on 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. 

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 at home football game this Saturday,  
October 25.  Final home game of the season and Senior Game

School Store also open during Open House
Sunday, October 26, 1-3 pm 
 Great time to pick up items for early Christmas shopping.  Nike Polos for Men and Women, baseball and winter hats, Gortex Jackets, Umbrellas and Sweatshirt Blankets 
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 
"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 RetreatFriday 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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Click here to subscribe to DeSales Weekly, the email newsletter from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.


B.I. Athletic Boosters  
The Booster Club supports every sports program at B.I. 100% of the dues we collect get pumped back into the athletic programs. Our mission is to support the sports teams for extraordinary expenditures outside of their budgets and to offer financial assistance that would provide a competitive benefit. Some of the most recent projects that your money has supported are the resurfacing of Fannon Field and its scoreboard, the scoreboard and signage at Witter Field, Godley Gym's renovation, the rebounding machine for all basketball teams, state-of-the-art rehab equipment for the Training Department, State Championship rings for the girls' varsity lacrosse team and countless other expenditures.

Sadly, less than 50% of the athletes' parents are members of the Booster Club. Did you know that approximately 500 of our students compete in an athletic arena? Your support is the necessary life-blood that provides the resources and facilities for our kids to be competitive against the larger schools in the league. 

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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