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This Week at Bishop Ireton
November 20, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving!
Fri., Nov. 21, R Day, Fall Play, 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Sat., Nov. 22, Closing Night, Fall Play, 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Mon., Nov. 24, E Day

Tue., Nov. 25, T Day, 2:35 pm dismissal, Dress Out Day - Cardinals for the Cure

Wed., Nov. 26 - Mon. Dec. 1, Thanksgiving Holiday

Tue., Dec. 2, N Day, Adopt-A-Family gifts due, sophomore Renaissance Meetings during Advisory

Wed., Dec. 3, B Day, Dress Out Day benefiting Adopt a Family

Thu., Dec. 4, I Day

Fri., Dec 5, R Day, Christmas Tree Sale, Upper Parking Lot, 4-8 pm

Sat., Dec. 6, Christmas Tree Sale, 9 am - 7 pm

Sun., Dec. 7, Christmas Tree Sale, 10 am - 5 pm

________________    Looking Ahead:


Sophomore Retreats, December 15-17


Christmas Concert, December 14 


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:  

"God does not measure our perfection by the many things we do for Him, but by how we do them."   
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B.I. Theatre Arts presents Harvey. Performances are November 21, 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale at lunch tomorrow or at the door.

Harvey Promotional Video 
Harvey Promotional Video


Adopt a Family Gifts
Every year, Bishop Ireton adopts needy children who live locally in Alexandria Christmas List at Community Lodgings.  Community Lodgings is our local sister organization.  Each advisory has the name and a wish list for one child.  The gifts are due Tuesday, December 2 (the day we get back from Thanksgiving break).  Gifts should be UNWRAPPED.  Gift wrapping will be on Monday, December 8 right after school in the chapel. Freshmen and NHS student volunteers needed. Thank you for helping make Christmas a much brighter day for the children who live at Community Lodgings in Arlandria.

Dress Out Day, Cardinals for the Cure
The Cardinals for the Cure will be sponsoring a dress out day on Tuesday, November 25 to benefit organizations that care for cancer patients and research.  Please follow the dress out guidelines on page 61 of the student handbook.  Yoga pants and pj bottoms are not acceptable.  B.I. sweatpants allowed.
Student Volunteers Needed
The Campagna Center in Alexandria is in need of a group of strong high school students who could assist in breaking down the Taste of Scotland on Friday, December 5 from 10:30 pm to midnight.  Contact  Mrs. Bridget Weaver.

Senior baby picture and quote for the 2015 yearbook
Senior baby pictures and student shout-outs were due to Mrs. Kelly by November 10. Please send them in if you haven't already. Click here for more information. Baby pictures can be scanned (by a computer with a hi-res setting) and emailed to Mrs. Kelly or submitted in an envelope with the seniors name on the back of the photo.  Shout-outs or quote should ONLY be emailed - no paper submissions please.

Yearbook Sales 
To pre-order the 2015 Flight Yearbook, click here for the order form.  Please send in $65 (check made out to Bishop Ireton) by December 12.  After Christmas, the price will be $70.

Annual Fund
In our Jubilee year - with a goal of $450,000 - the Annual Fund will benefit the heart and mission of Bishop Ireton - our students.  Your contribution is vital to making a Bishop Ireton education a reality for students who otherwise could not afford it.  By making a gift today - you can help us provide all our students with the opportunity to receive a Bishop Ireton education.

Click here to donate today!
Thanksgiving Break and School Attendance 

Thanksgiving break is from Wednesday, November 26 through Monday, December 1 (Bishop's  Day Off).  If you have travel plans on Monday (11/24) and/or Tuesday (11/25), please submit a note to the attendance office or call the attendance line at 703-212-5192 in advance of this absence and leave a detailed message. All notes must be written and signed by a parent/guardian. If a note is not submitted in advance, it is required upon the student's return from Thanksgiving break and should be submitted to Mrs. Fracasso at the attendance desk in the front office.


As always, please refer to the school's attendance policy located on pages 48-54 of the Handbook when planning days or time missed from school.  Have a wonderful break!

Crew Fruit Baskets and Wreaths
Fruit Basket The B.I. Crew Team is selling fruit baskets and Christmas wreaths. Please click here for the order form. Contact Mrs. Kathy McCabe with any questions.  
Crew Christmas Trees
The Bishop Ireton High School Crew team has arranged to make your holiday schedule a little less hectic this year. The team will be selling high-quality Christmas trees this season to generate funds to support rowing. This year's sale is set for Friday December 5th thru Sunday December 7th at the school's upper parking lot. Hours on Friday are 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Please come out to support our student athletes.      
Crew Fundraising Dinner
BI Crew will be sponsoring a fundraising dinner at Z Pizza in Alexandria Commons Shopping Center (3217 Duke St.) on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 4-9pm. Dine in or carry out and enjoy delicious pizza and other dishes while supporting the Crew team! Use the password "BISHOP IRETON" and 25% of your total bill will benefit the Crew team.  See you there!      
Sage Dining Survey
Sage Dining Services is conducting a survey, which will be open from November 10 to November 22, 2014.  The survey will shut down at midnight on November 22.  Please ask your student to take a few minutes to fill this out.  Click here
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Our November B.I. Faculty Appreciation Luncheon is tomorrow, Friday,  Nov 21. The PTO provides a fresh, home-cooked meal for our teachers and staff, through your generous efforts. Please deliver your labeled items to the main office by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Please click here to sign up.

Our Christmas luncheon will be on December 12.


All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble
Johnathan Chin has been one of 24 guitarists selected for the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble. The performance is part of the Music Educators Conference taking place in Norfolk.  Bravo and congratulations to Johnathan.  This is the first time a Bishop Ireton student has been selected. 


Music Boosters Fruit Sale Fruit  
Oranges, Grapefruits, Apples and Pears
The BI Music Boosters Fruit Sale runs from October 28 through November 24.  Order delicious fresh navel oranges, red grapefruit, or mixed fruit boxes with your favorite BI music student in person or online using our ID of 751439. Select gift items are available for direct shipping--no pickup or delivery required! Proceeds help students defray the cost of their spring tour. Pick up your fruit shipment on December 6 or after school on December 8. 

Want to donate fruit?  We will be providing donations to the United Community Ministries Food Bank. Questions?  Contact  Trish Milligan 703-945-4339 or Kathryn Caballero 703-354-0975. 


Counseling Services    
College Visits to B.I. Next Week 
United States Naval Academy Midshipman and BI graduate Anton Ekman will be visiting BI on Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m to speak to students about the USNA Summer Seminar, the application process to the academy and what it is like to be a student.

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, 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 January 10.

red-white-striped-noel.jpg Christmas Concert 
The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Choirs will perform Sunday evening, December 14 at 7 pm in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium. 
Sophomore Retreats 
Sophomore Retreats are on December 15, 16, and 17. Students will receive permission slips and retreat information through their religion classes. For this retreat, we have partnered with various service organizations in the city of Alexandria to provide a meaningful opportunity for service to the poor, the elderly, the homeless and others in need.  On their assigned day, students will spend the morning in service. In the afternoon, students will reflect on their experience and connect it to their faith. There is no cost for this retreat. Permission forms are due on Tuesday, December 2 to Fr. Bresnahan, Ms. Estorninos, or the receptionist at the Front Desk. Contact Fr. Bresnahan 703-212-5163 with any questions. 
National Honor Society seniors need to bring in $10 dues to cover the cost of the honor cords worn at graduation. 

Video Game Club will meet Friday, Nov. 21, 3-4:30 pm in Room 301.  All are welcome. Contact Mrs. Faletti.

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.  


March for Life 
Tickets need to be purchased now for the Diocese of Arlington events surrounding the March for Life in January: The Evening of Prayer and the Morning Rally.  Please contact Fr. Bresnahan if you are interested in either or both of these events.

Life Is VERY Good 2015 Promo
Life Is VERY Good 2015 Promo


BI. Class of 2010 Camden Trip
B.I. Class of 2010 is planning a service trip to DeSales Service Works in Camden, NJ on December 12-14.  They are collecting donations to prepare a meal for 75 at the homeless shelter and items needed at the school, shelter, and church.  Please click here to donate. 
Spring Show:  The Drowsy Chaperone
ITS Workshop, Thursday, December 4, 3 pm, Auditorium
Auditions:  Friday, December 5, 4-7 pm, Auditorium
Saturday, December 6, 9 am-1 pm, Band Room
Call Backs, Monday, December 8, 6 - 9 pm, Auditorium
 Cardinal's Nest School Store 

Baby, It's cold outside!
But your School Store is loaded with Winter Hats, Harry Potter Scarves, Mittens, Flannel Pants, Hoodies and Sweats...and Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers Galore!

Send your student in to fill out their CHRISTMAS WISH LIST to make your gift shopping EASY and get a 10% discount off items on their list! 
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 Online - Advent Course Offerings, 2014
These courses are run simultaneously for enrichment and are completely ONLINE. They are: "Preparing to Wait," "Grace Filled Waiting," "Our God who is Amen!" and "The Year of Consecrated Life, 2015."
There are no papers due and requires limited reading.
Courses run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24.

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 Gallagherat 703-875-8608.

Blessed Sacrament School is in need of 7th grade math tutor. Contact Susan Doyle.

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.


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.
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.
B.I. Athletic Boosters  
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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