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This Week at Bishop Ireton
June 12, 2014
Fri., June 13, B7 & I2
Drop off used books and uniforms

Sat., June 14, drop off used books and uniforms

Mon., June 16, Exam make up day

Tue., June 17, Grades due by 4 pm

Wed., June 18, 8:30 - 10:30 am, No-appointment needed teacher conferences



Looking Ahead:

BI Calendar        


Senior Portraits for Class of 2015:  June 26, 27, August 1, September 27  


PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale, July 26 


Teachers Return, August 18


Students Return

August 25


Back to School Pool Party, August 29


Labor Day, No School, September 1


First Full Day of Classes, September 2


Homecoming, October 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 7:30 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:

 "Say frequently in the midst of your contradictions and sufferings; this is the path to Heaven; I behold the gate, and I am sure that the storms will not prevent my reaching it." 
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Grades and Teacher Conferences for underclassmen
Grades will be posted on the portal by 4 pm on Tuesday, June 17.  Teachers will be available for no-appointment needed parent conferences from 8:30 - 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 18. Click here for conference locations. 
Summer Camden Trip
Students interested in performing service at DeSales Service Works in Camden, NJ from July 24-26 should contact Mrs. Marquet or Mr. Dunn for information. There are 2 open spots.  
Summer Camps 
Click here for our Summer Camp Brochure.  Bishop Ireton offers camps in most sports and in theatre arts for all ages.  Contact Mr. Peter Hamer with any  questions.  
All medication stored in the Clinic MUST be picked up by June 17 or it will be discarded. This includes Epi-pens and inhalers. Students may pick up their own medication at the end of any school day between 3 and 3:30 pm


As a reminder, new medical forms must be completed each school year for any type of medications at school. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Soniak 703-212-5157


2014-2015 Course Selection
The final opportunity to adjust or modify course requests for the 2014-2015 school year will be from June 18 - June 25 using the Portal.  Click here for the Portal.


New Capstone Project 
In a continuing effort to meet the needs of our 21st century learning community, Bishop Ireton has established an innovative Capstone Project Experience for the 2014-2015 school year. This initiative is designed to meet the increasing demand for college bound, career ready, digitally fluent graduates.
The freshmen Google Maps and the sophomore Renaissance Faire projects will each count for .25 credit.  In the 2015-16 school year, juniors and seniors will each be assigned projects worth .50 credit.
All projects will appear on transcripts as a separate credited course for a total of 1.5 credits in digital fluency.
Click here for more information. 


2014-2015 School Year Applications  
Bishop Ireton is currently accepting transfer student applications (10th and 11th grades) for the 2014-15 school year.  Bishop Ireton admits students of any race, color, and national origin. For information or to schedule a visit to the school please contact Peter Hamer, Director of Admissions, at 703-212-5190


Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation
The Virginia Education Improved Scholarship Tax Credit Program will award a 65% tax credit for donations made to approved scholarship foundations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation is an approved foundation. The donations are used to to provide scholarships to low income, new students who want to enroll in our diocesan Catholic Schools. Click here for more information.


Advancing Together Through Literature
Building common experiences and a life-long love of reading 
In celebration of our 50th year, students, staff, parents, alumni, and other members of our community will be brought together by reading a common piece of literature. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Please purchase a copy of the book over the summer. We will be implementing "On R Days we Read" and all will be given the opportunity to read during the school day.


2014-15 Officers
President - Mary Heitman
Vice President - Sally Abbed
Secretary - Kathyrn Nealon
Treasurer - Mary Beth Healy
The PTO is extremely excited to have such professional and energetic leaders serving in these positions.

Positions still open:
Membership chair, Diocesan PTO Representative, Spring Campus Clean-up, and sophomore class rep. The time commitment for these positions isn't burdensome but the rewards are great! Please contact Sheila Schultz.The

PTO recently held a 2014-2015 membership drive and included all families who joined the PTO by May 9th in a drawing. One lucky family was randomly chosen from each class and they will be allowed to purchase their books and uniforms on Friday, July 25th, the night before the scheduled Used Book/Uniform Sale! Congratulations to the following winners of this drawing:
    • Freshman - Lindsey Storey (student Jeffrey Storey)
    • Sophomore - Paula Hansen (student Jordan Hansen)
    • Junior - Kathy Nealon (student Brigid Nealon)
    • Senior - Kathy Hrechka (student Michael Hrechka)
Faculty Luncheon
BI Families, Thank you for providing our faculty and staff with an enjoyable "Year End Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon'' today. 
Servers included:   Marie Niernberger, Laura Dwyer, Moira McCormick and Kathy Hrechka.
Food donation families included: York, Phillips, Anderson,
Niernberger, Liams, Henley, Markle, Hrechka, Hansen, Visgauss, Wetherly, Caffi, Gordon, Dwyer, Chin, Mongan, McCormick, and Gutierrez.
Coffee & Tea service provided by Marie Niernberger

Thank you, Kathy Hrechka, BI PTO Luncheon Coordinator
PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale 
The 2014 PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale will take place on Saturday, July 26. All students may drop off their books and uniforms on June 13and 14.  Complete details was in the packets that were mailed out.


Volunteers who complete a 5-hour shift are eligible to purchase one set of books and any amount of uniform pieces at the volunteer pre-sale. Click here for the sign up genius for volunteer slots.

NHS Students are encouraged to help. Click here to sign-up. 

  Summer Reading
Click here for the 2014 English summer Reading List


2014 Flight Yearbooks is here
The 2014 Flight Yearbook with the theme "Get in the Mix" is here. There are extra copies available for sale for $70 each. Make checks payable to "Bishop Ireton."  Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions. 
Senior Portraits, Class of 2015
There are four dates to have senior portraits taken.  The preferred dates are June 26 and 27.  Make up dates are August 1 and September 27.  Rising seniors were mailed appointment times and information from Prestige Portraits. Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.  Click here for the Portrait schedule in June.
From the Athletic Department   
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) has adjusted its policy on athletic physical exams.  The new policy in effect for next year requires every athlete  to have been examined by competent medical personnel and given an unqualified clearance to participate in athletics within the prior 365 days of the athletic activity. That is a change from the previous requirement that all exams must be completed after June 1 of the year prior to beginning of school. 
The school's sports medicine department holds the most current exams of our upperclassmen and will collect the report of examination for our files which will serve as the official record for eligibility for participation.

If needed, click here for the VHSL-approved physical exam and the Parent's Guide to Concussions Form.

Any questions should be directed to Mr. Horton

SAT Tests and Fall Football
If your son plays football, please note that the National SAT testing dates include October 11 (which is Homecoming) and November 7 (which is the VISAA championship game). Please schedule accordingly.

National Honor Society
Juniors:  Plan ahead!
PTO Booksale Needs YOU!     
Study Skills 

Juniors will have the opportunity to help out with the Freshman Study Skills program offered to freshmen during orientation week.  You will need to be available to help Monday - Wednesday August 25 to August 29.  If you know you will not have a study hall next year, this is a great way to complete your NHS service hours for 1st semester.  Contact Mrs. Marquet.  

Counseling Services 
Explore a Career in Law Enforcement.
This unique opportunity is free and available to all rising 10th through 12th grade girls. 
Participants will learn first-hand about core police functions, such as working in patrol, K9 and crime scene investigations. They will also discover the importance of having leadership skills. The girls will meet today's women leaders in law enforcement in Fairfax County and explore what it takes to become a police officer.

To be selected,you must complete and submit an application and medical form by June 25, 2014. Applicants will then receive either an acceptance letter or a notification that they've been placed on a wait list.

This class will be held Monday, August 11th through Saturday, August 16th at the Gatehouse Administration Building, located at 8115 Gatehouse Road in Falls Church. Participants are expected to attend the entire session.   Click here for more information and for the application form.

College of William and Mary Summer Interviews 
On-campus interviews will be available from late June through early August for rising high school seniors.  Requests for interview appointments should be made online.


National Portrait Gallery - Portraits Alive!
Summer theater and portraiture program at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery for students aged 14-16.  This is a collaborative museum theater program based on people in the Portrait Gallery's collection Email ProvostG@si.edu for the application.
Work Permits
Work Permits are NO longer being issued through high schools. For information and instructions, please look at the Department of Labor website.
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 at school every day that school is in session at 7:25 am.  There are also opportunities during the summer as well.  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 Bookstore   
Most Items on Sale, 30% off!  
(select items not on sale) 

 Bookstore will be closed June 23-July 20. We will be restocking and reopen in July and for the PTO Used Book Sale
Freshmen and NHS students needing service hours, contact Mrs. Daubresse with dates and a daytime phone number.
Parents needed too! 


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. Deadline is July 1. 

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 Office Hours
Week of June 16:
Thursday - Friday: 8 am - 1 pm

June 23-August 15
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm

Closed July 4

August 18, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 4 pm  


Boys' Suit Jacket still missing 
Did your son bring home the wrong suit jacket from Homecoming? If you have a black Hugo Boss 38 regular, please contact Mrs. Bocchi at 571-332-3487.
Guardian Battalion 

Did you know that BI 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 i.e., United States Coast Guard and United States Navy. For more information, click here or click here for facebook.  Contact LTJG Steven Lucas. 



Opportunity for Seniors   
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!
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Click here to subscribe to DeSales Weekly, the email newsletter from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.


Community Service Opportunities:

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.
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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