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This Week at Bishop Ireton
April 17, 2014
Fri., Apr. 18, Spring Break, school resumes April 28

Sunday, April 20, Easter Sunday

Saturday, April 26, Magic Show, 7:30 pm

Mon., Apr. 28, B Day, on-line course selection closes

Tue., Apr. 29, I Day, Prom Tickets and Court Nominations at lunch, NHS Meeting, 3:05, Auditorium

Wed., Apr. 30, R Day, Prom Tickets on sale at lunch, Senior Grad fee due, Athletic Booster Meeting, 7 pm, Resource Center

Thu., May 1, E Day, Liturgy Schedule, All School Mass, Prom Tickets on sale at lunch

Fri., May 2, T Day, 2:35 dismissal, Physics Day, Last day to buy prom tickets  


Looking Ahead:

BI Calendar     


AP Exams, May 5 - 16 


BI Golf Tournament, May 5 


WE Spring Concert, May 6


Class of 2016 ring orders @ lunch, May 6 & 7 


Prom, May 9  


Service Hours due for seniors, May 12


ANGP Meeting, May 13 


Senior Exam Review Day, May 15


Seniors pick up graduation tickets, May 15


Father's BBQ, May 16, 6 - 9 pm 


NHS Service hours due, seniors, May 16


Campus Clean Up led by the PTO, May 17 


Mother's Tea, May 18


Underclass service hours due, May 19 


Senior Exams, May 19 - 22


Academic Banquet, May 22 


Senior Farewell, May 23


Memorial Day, No School, May 26


Athletic Banquet, May 28


Graduation practice, May 30 


Baccalaureate Mass, June 2


Graduation, June 3


ANGP, June 3


I Day, regular schedule, June 5


Snow Make Up Day, Monday, June 9, full school day 


Underclass Exams, June 10 - 13


Exam Make up day, Monday, June 16 



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 7:30 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:

"We must take the greatest consolation from seeing how God exercises His mercy by the many diverse favors he distributes among angels and men - in heaven, and on earth - and how He exercises His justice by an infinite variety of trials and difficulties."

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The great teaching of the Catholic Church is that Jesus of Nazareth suffered,  died, and rose from the dead. As we ponder and meditate upon the suffering of Our Lord and His Passion, we must also remember that Good Friday is only possible to understand in light of the glory of the Resurrection. Like the disciples, we struggle with faith and face hardships in the world. We are also called to deeper level of faith and witness, proclaiming with boldness the Resurrection and the promise of eternal life.


St. Francis de Sales reminds us to live each moment in the present, serving at that moment as an agent of holiness for others. In these moments, we grow in devotion to Jesus. When we mediate upon the crucifixion, St. Francis de Sales writes:

"Our hearts should each day seek a resting place on Calvary or near Our Lord, in order to retire there to rest from worldly cares and to find strength against temptation. Remember to retire into the solitude of your heart, even while you are extremely occupied in a business or society."


From Bishop Ireton to your homes, our blessings to you and your families this Easter!


Stephen Crooker

Director of Instruction




Magic Show
Saturday, April 26
BI Technical Theatre Presents A Night of Family Fun: 
Lobby opens at 6:30 pm with strolling magicians.  The show starts at 7:30 pm.  Adults: $17 ($20 at the door), $15 for students and seniors.  Family four pack, $55.  Tickets can be purchased online. Please click here for more information.


Course Selection
On-line course selection via the Portal will close on Monday, April 28Click here for the catalog.

Important Dates for Seniors

Below is a partial list of items that need to be completed in order for seniors to receive their eleven graduation tickets and cap & gown on Wed., May 15 during lunch: Click here for all date reminders. 

  • Pay Graduation fee ($200) by April 30  to Mrs. White
  • Return all library books and pay fines by May 5
  • Senior surveys to Mrs. Georgieff by May 9 
  • Complete your required ten hours of community service and submit log sheet to Mr. Wilson by May 12    
  • Return your parking pass to Ms. Whitley by May 14  
  • Pay any balances to Sage Dining Services by May 13
  • Serve all detentions by May 14  


BI Golf Classic Silent Auction - Buy it Now  Golf Logo
The 2014 Alumni Golf Classic is scheduled for May 5 and the items in the silent auction are offered NOW.  100% of the proceeds of this auction go directly to Bishop Ireton and the Oblate of St. Francis de Sales community.  Items include: prime location Student Parking Pass for 2014-15, George Town Club dinner, golf at Kinloch, Wizards floor seats, Nationals tickets, local golf outing, bed and breakfast for 4 in Old Town, and Redskins vs Giants tickets. Please email Ryan Fannon with your commitment to purchase any of these items.  Payment due April 30, 2014Click here for a list of items.




Prom will be held at the in Alexandria Mark Center Hilton, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311, on Friday, May 9 from 8 pm to midnight.  All students must arrive by 8:30 pm and may not leave until 11:30 pm.  The cost is $75/person or $150 for a couple. This includes a sit-down dinner and complimentary parking. Students will be asked for dinner choice(s) (chicken or a vegetarian dish) when purchasing tickets. Students will receive photo information with the purchase of the prom ticket.  (Costs vary from $20 to $80, depending on the photo package selected.) Tickets will be on sale on April 29 & 30, May 1 & 2 during lunch.  May 2 is the last day to purchase tickets.   Click here for more information. 


 Click here for the BI student permission form.  Click here for the non-BI student permission form.  This form needs to be signed by a school administrator at the guest's school and faxed (703-212-8173) or emailed to Mrs. Mary Jordan by May 5.



Fathers Club BBQ  ***Please note date change*** 
Friday, May 16, 6 - 8 pm
All current and incoming Class of 2018 BI fathers invited!
Atrium and Courtyard - enjoy a burger, brat, or hotdog, and a cold beer. Meet other BI fathers, teachers, and administrators.  Click here to RSVP by May 15.  


Athletic Banquet  
Wednesday, May 28,
Check in and reception 6 pm, Dinner and presentation of awards, 7 pm
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA  22311
All student-athletes, parents, and coaches may attend (freshman, jv, and varsity)  The cost per ticket is $55. 
If you are an Athletic Booster Member at the $80 and $125 level, one student-athlete goes free.  If you are at the $250 level and above, two student athletes go for free.  All varsity head coaches are complimentary, but must register.
On-line registration will start the week of April 28
Contact Mr. Matt Horton (703-212-5171) with any questions. 
Flynn & O'Hara BI uniform night 
Come to the Fairfax location on Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 - 8 pm to beat the summer crowds for purchasing school uniforms.  Click here for more details.  


Sophomores - Class Ring Orders
Balfour will be at Bishop Ireton on Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7 during all lunches to take your ring orders. 


2014-2015 PTO 
If you have great ideas and a desire to improve coordination between the school and the BI Community, the PTO NEEDS YOU! Election of 2014-2015 PTO Officer will take place at the May 14th meeting. Available open positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer (see attached BI PTO By-laws for roles and responsibilities associated with each position). Parents interested in serving in one of these leadership positions should send a brief description of their experiences, interests and goals to Sheila Schultz no later than Friday, May 2

Spring Clean Up
The PTO is sponsoring a Spring Clean Up on May 17.  Volunteers needed!  Freshmen and NHS members can receive service hours. Click on the sign-up genius to sign up.

Parent Volunteer
Parent volunteer with web development experience needed to help with the PTO website, please contact Sheila Schultz.

Faculty Luncheon

Our Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday April 30.   

Please send in your items before 9 am to the front office on April 30Click here to the sign-up genius for the donation menu

Thank you, Kathy Hrechka, BI PTO Luncheon Coordinator  


Freshman Mother's Tea 
Sunday, May 18
Please contact Kay Green or Trish Ryan if you are interested in helping.  Student volunteers are welcome and freshmen and NHS students can earn service hours.


All Night Graduation Party Committee (ANGP)   

This special event is held every year for BI seniors.  The event is a alcohol/drug free celebration.  The party includes games and activities, a great variety of food for most of the night, and the opportunity to win prizes (including cash) and a gift for each student.
YOU can help in two ways:
Volunteer the night of the event
Donate items
ANGP NEEDS your help.  Approximately 125 volunteers are needed from decorating to prizes and ALL parents are encouraged to sign up.  Click here to sign up.
For those who absolutely cannot be there, please click here to donate.
Questions?  contact ANGP Chair, Susan Ratner

Click here for more details.

Counseling Services 
AP Exam Fees Past Due
AP exam fees were due on April 14.  If you have not submitted the payment for your child's AP exam fee please have your child bring the AP Registration Form and Exam Fee to Mrs. Georgieff on April 28.


College Fair- April 23 

Washington Area Independent Schools College Fair will be held at Bender Arena on the campus of American University Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00-9:00 pm.  This event is free and open to Bishop Ireton students and parents.
College Visits to BI
April 30 University of South Carolina  12:00 pm
Camp Neuro
Limited spots are still available for Camp Neuro Washington, DC 2014.   Students may learn more and apply by clicking here. This 1-week summer day camp is open to high school students (including 2014 graduates) ages 15 years and older (as of the start of the camp) interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Community Association Institute Scholarship Opportunity

The Washington Chapter of the Community Associations Institute is offering a $500 scholarship for students who live in a community association.  Click here for more details. Deadline is April 30.  


Positive Coaching Alliance      

Juniors who are Student Athletes may now apply for the PCA's Triple Impact  Competition Scholarship Program.  Click here for the form.  Deadline is May 31
Lenten Service "The Drive" nets BIG results

Freshmen: Collected well over 1500 packages of school supplies for Holy Name School in Camden, NJ  

Sophomores: 1000+ cans and packages of food for Christ House

Juniors: 100+ Gift Cards for the Stackhouse-Weiner family

Seniors: 130+ house hold items and board games for DeSales Service works



Concert Band 
The Concert Band trip to Tennessee was a great success.  Congratulations to Barry Ward and the Concert Band musicians for their First Place award in the Festival Competition!


BI Students being commissioned to the US Naval Academy
Natalia Barrow, Duke Roach, Hudson Sullivan, Daniel Noe, and Gio Hernandez are headed to the Naval Academy next year.
BI Students plan egg hunt at Georgetown University Hospital
Kyra Bolling, Isabel Anderson, Margaret Casper, Karson Lyon, Helen Tariku, Haley Leis, Michaela Bradshaw and Claudia Segura  worked with the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation to plan and help children with cancer with an egg hunt.
Cardinal's Nest Bookstore  Cherry Blossoms

Celebrate Spring with fun, colorful bags, luggage and jewelry...Just in time for...
Mother's Day! 
Father's Day! 
We have something for everyone 


Bookstore Hours: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, or contact Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment.  
Knights of Columbus - Scholarship for high school   
The KofC John F. Kennedy Council is offering two $1500 scholarships for catholic students attending a catholic high school.  One is for members of this KofC, the other does not require affiliation with this KofC and can be ANY catholic student.  Click here for more information. 

The KofC at Nativity Parish is offering a $1000 scholarship for registered parishioners from the Church of the Nativity, Burk, VA.  The applications are at Mrs. Obregon, the receptionist's, desk.
Summer School 
Web Page Design & Development, Photoshop, PE, Driver's Ed, Guitar, French I, and Algebra I Refresher Courses are all being offered this summer.  Click here for more information.  Click here for the registration form.  Contact Mrs. Mary Jordan if you have any questions.
Summer Camps 
Click here for our Summer Camp Brochure.  Contact Mr. Peter Hamer with any questions.  
Student Poems selected for publication  
The Daughter's of St. Paul are publishing two Bishop Ireton student prayers in their newest book of prayers for teens.  Reflections by Rosie Hartwell '15 and Cyrelle Fermin '11 will be in the August 2014 Teens Share the Mission.
Model United Nations 
The Model UN delegation to the National Arab League conference at Georgetown University were awarded:
Outstanding (1st Place):

Daniel Durgavich; Qatar; Council on Palestinian Affairs

Eamon Heaney; Qatar; Council on Palestinian Affairs

Honorable Mention (2nd Place):

Joshua Estevez; Qatar; Council of Environmental Ministers

Nick Beane; Qatar; Council of Environmental Ministers

Wendell Beane; Egypt; Council on Political Affairs

Speakers at BI 
The Student Honor Council invited Admiral Richardson to speak to the school on April 15.  Admiral John M. Richardson is a senior officer in the United States Navy and the current Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He is responsible for the command and safe, reliable operation of the United States Navy's nuclear propulsion program and for all the current United States naval reactors deployed for usage as well as all facilities needed to ensure safe operations.  Admiral Richardson spoke to students about honor, character, and integrity.
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!
A brief look at Salesian spirituality at BI this week:
The Bishop Ireton Community and the Salesian Discipleship Team wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter!

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.


Community Service Opportunities:
Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is holding a walk and festival to enhance awareness and to raise funds for the Mattie Miracle Child Life Program at Georgetown University Hospital.  The Festival is on Sunday, May 18, from 11 am to 4 pm at the upper campus of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Click here for more details. Volunteers are needed. Contact Dr. Sardi-Brown.

ALIVE! House Sidewalk Sale.  Volunteers needed 6 am - 4 pm, Saturday, May 17 on South Payne Street in Old Town.  Contact Mrs. Susanne Arnold at 703-683-5138.

Children's Adaptive Teem Sports (CATS) founded by BI Alumnus Margarita Benavides '02, needs volunteers to help with team sports programs for children with special needs.  Contact Margarita Benavides.

Wesley Housing Development Corp is looking for volunteers for the Agape House located in Alexandria to help clean up the garden.  Please contact Angela Jackson.

Students in all grades are invited to Sunrise Retirement Home to play bridge with senior citizens on Tuesday evenings.  Contact Yuen DeAnda 571-243-5308.

St. Mary's Parish in Old Town Alexandria needs student volunteers as ushers during Masses.  Two hours will be awarded.  Contact Mr. John McDonald for times and dates.
Calendar Changes
Because of the missed instruction time due to winter weather and school closings, please note the following change to the BI calendar:

Monday, June 9, E Day (full day of school with PM assembly to clean out lockers) and then all exams pushed back one day.  Exam make-up day is Monday, June 16.

Database Updates: 
Please send any changes of phone, address, or email to  Mr. Parks.
Salesian theme 2013-2014:
Differences cannot separate souls whom God has united in the bonds of His love. 


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