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This Week at Bishop Ireton
October 16, 2014
Fri., Oct. 17, R Day, Coffee House, 6-10 pm

Mon., Oct. 20, E Day

Tue., Oct. 21, T day, 2:35 dismissal

Wed., Oct. 22, O Day, Fall Concert, 7 pm, Auditorium

Thu., Oct. 23, N Day, End of 1st quarter, Advisory Meetings: Soph - Renaissance Faire, Seniors- Graduation mtg

Fri., Oct. 24, B Day, 12:15 dismissal. Professional time in the afternoon

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


Parent-Teacher Conferences, November 6 & 7


Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26-28


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:  

"God does not measure our perfection by the many things we do for Him, but by how we do them."   
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Faculty Appreciation Lunch - Tomorrow!
The lunch is on Friday, October 17. 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 10 am Oct. 17. Please click here to sign up to help.   Our next luncheons are November 21 and December 12. 


Coffee House 
Friday, October 17, 6-10 pm. Come see BI singers, actors, and performers. All  proceeds will benefit Community Lodgings in Alexandria.  Contact Mr. Hild if you have 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


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. 

One Book One Community

On R Days, we read!  Tomorrow, Friday, October 17 is the next reading day. Twenty minutes of math time will be devoted to reading. Students should bring their copy of The Little Prince to math class and be prepared to read.  If a student has already read The Little Prince, they should bring the book they are currently reading.  

From Mrs. Marquet & Mrs. Thompson: 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!


Fall Concert and Chik-fil-A Fundraiser  
Homecoming Dance and Sports Coats  
Mrs. Jordan has 3 sport coats that were not picked up from the dance and three that have been reported missing- please check the coat your son wore to the dance to ensure that he brought his home!  Contact Mrs. Jordan with any questions! 
Swim & Dive Interest Meeting rescheduled: 
Interest meeting for new & returning swimmers/divers and parents rescheduled to Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Come meet the coaching staff, learn about Time Trials, the season at a glance and more information about one of the top programs in the region. If you are unable to make the event please contact Varsity Head Coach John Gullickson
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.  


Open House 
B.I. Open House, Sunday, October 26, 1:00 to 3:00 pm for all prospective students and their families. Presentation begins in the Auditorium at 1 pm.  Questions? Contact Mr. Hamer, Director of Admissions. 


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


Counseling Services    
College Visits to B.I. Next Week 

Monday, October 20
8:30 Colby College (ME)
9:30 Slippery Rock University (PA)
10:00 UNC Charlotte (NC)
11:30 Creighton University (NE)
12:15 Lafayette University (PA)
1:00 Villanova University (PA)
1:30 High Point University (NC)
2:00 Saint Francis University (PA)

Tuesday, October 21
8:00 Syracuse University (NY)
9:00 Delaware State University (DE)
9:30 Cleveland Institute of Art (IL)
10:00 NC State (NC)
10:30 University of California San Diego (CA)
11:30 Hobart & William Smith Colleges (NY)
1:00 Hampden-Sydney College (VA)
2:00 Marquette University (WI)

Wednesday, October 22 

8:30 Vanderbilt University (TN) 
9:30 Lenior-Rhyne University (NC)
10:30 Wofford College (SC) 
11:00 Florida Southern College (FL) 
11:45 College of the Holy Cross (MA) 
12:15 Sarah Lawrence College (NY) 
1:00 Longwood University (VA)

Thursday, October 23 
8:00 Gardner-Webb University (NC) 
9:00 Christopher Newport University (VA) 
10:00 Clemson University (SC) 
10:45 Auburn University (AL) 
11:30 Ripon College (WI) 
12:30 Old Dominion University (VA) 
1:00 Virginia Military Institute (VA)    
Friday, October 24  
8:00 Wheeling Jesuit University (WV) 
8:45 Belmont Abbey College (NC) 

College Fairs in the Area Next Week
Attending a college fair is a great opportunity for students to speak to many college admissions counselors at one time and for underclassmen to begin to explore college options.  There are several college fairs in the Northern Virginia area next week. 

Sunday, October 19- Fair Oaks Mall 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Monday, October 20- Hayfield High School 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21- T.C.Williams High School 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 22- Woodbridge High School 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 23- Washington-Lee High School, 7:00-9:00 p.m 


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.


2015 Summer Residential Governor's School

Summer Residential Governor's School provide gifted, high achieving, and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.  


Students can apply for these for academic programs (i.e., agriculture, humanities, STEM, life sciences and medicine, engineering or marine science); and Bishop Ireton can nominate one student for each program under the visual and performing arts, as well as foreign language. Nominees compete with other nominees from around the state for a spot in his/her area of interest.  
Current juniors and sophomores who seek nominations must send an email to Ms. O'Leary by Thursday, October 23 to request consideration.  Please include in the email the program you are interesting in applying.  Students must also write an one page essay explaining why they should be selected for a nomination.  Essays are due Monday, November 3.  Additional materials may be requested of students seeking nominations in the languages, as well as the visual and performing arts. For students seeking nominations to an academic program, standardized tests (PSAT, SAT, etc.), academic rigor and grades will be given consideration, along with their essay.

Governor's School Language Academies
French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Japanese  (No previous instruction in Japanese required for a nomination)

Governor's School Visual and Performing Arts Programs
Visual Arts, Theater, Music (vocal and instrumental) and Dance

Governor's School Academic Programs
Agriculture, humanities, STEM, life sciences/medicine, engineering and marine science 

A committee comprising of administration and faculty across the curriculum will select the nominees for BI for the Language Academies and that Visual and Performing Arts Programs.  Parents and Students are advised to thoroughly read the General Information for Students and Parents for more information.   


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.  

Chilly Fall Weather and Chilly Classrooms  
With the onset of chilly mornings and a few chilly classrooms, students are expected to wear the uniform correctly.  While the student body is currently wearing the Fall/Spring uniform, if students are feeling cold, the winter uniform is an option that can be worn year around.  The ONLY school approved jacket that students can wear during the school day is the black quarter zip Bishop Ireton fleece that is sold in the bookstore.   


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!! 
NHS NHS: Seniors need to bring in their $10 dues to cover the cost of the Honor Cords worn at graduation.  Juniors and seniors applying to NHS must have their applications in by tomorrow, Friday, October 17.

The Student Book Club will meet in the library before school tomorrow, Friday, October 17.  Questions? see Mrs. Thompson.

BI Economics Club next general membership meeting is Tuesday, October 21 at 3:15 in Room K-213.  The topic will be Understanding Credit. See Mr. Rauer.

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


Model United Nations 
The Model UN Club is soliciting new members. The club meets each Thursday morning at 7:15 - 7:40 in the rear of Whaley Auditorium.  Currently, the Model UN club is training new and returning members for the Intramural Conference to be held on 29 October.  Please see Mr. Rauer or senior Daniel Durgavich for more details


French National Honor Society Induction 
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the French National Honor Society on Tuesday, October 14.
Alexandra Costanzo (President), Sarah Sleiman (Vice-President), Sofia Ellam (Secretary)
2nd Year Members:
Julia Barbano, Yanette Bosley, Charlotte Kuhn, Sabrina Leoncio, Juliana Mitchell, Bridget Snydstrup
New Members:
Hannah Barnes. Hugo Bonilla, Noelle Chaney, Melanie Hart, Elizabeth Healy, Catie Hoffman, Brigid Nealon, Aidan Phillips,Corinna Vasques


Sacrament of Confirmation
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Spring, or students interested in becoming Catholic through the RCIA process, are encouraged to contact Fr. Bresnahan right away.

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  
New B.I. t-shirts, long sleeved t-s and crews as well as NIKE POLOS for men and
women!  Come on over for the latest in B.I. Gear to support our Cardinals!
Nike Gortex Jackets are in!! (But they won't last long) -- 
Great for Christmas gifts. 
Our very own wonderful B.I. umbrellas are back in stock!  $22 and great Christmas gifts!

Cardinal's Nest School Store Hours: 

7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00pm; 3:00-3:30pm, or by appointment
Contact Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159    


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.


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 Retreat:  Friday 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  
The Knights of Columbus Blessed Sacrament Council are soliciting donations to help the mentally disabled at the Giant on Duke Street tomorrow, Friday, October 17 from 4-8 pm and Saturday, October 18 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Contact Mr. John Boyd at 571-235-0479.

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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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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