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This Week at Bishop Ireton
January 22, 2015
Fri., Jan. 23, NO school for students, Advanc-Ed Meetings for faculty and staff

Sat., Jan. 24, Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Mon., Jan 26, Make up exams for all students and for students who attended the March for Life.  No school for all other students

Tue., Jan 27, I Day, Liturgy Schedule for St. Francis de Sales Feast Day, beginning of 2nd semester, NHS Induction Ceremony, 7 pm, Auditorium

Wed., Jan. 28, R Day, $2 Dress Out Day for Catholic Charities

Thu., Jan. 29, E Day

Fri., Jan. 30, T Day, PM Assembly, $2 Dress Out Day, Winter Pep Rally

Sat., Jan. 31, Winter Ball 8-11 pm

________________    Looking Ahead:


Presidents Day, No School, February 16


Ash Wednesday, February 18


Senior Class Picture, February 24


Reregistration, February 25-27


Coffee House, February 27  


Parent-Alumni Salesian Retreat, February 28


Provincial Day Off, March 6 


Spring Theatre Arts Production, March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21


Professional Development, No school for students, March 16


Senior Retreats, March 18-20


Wind Ensemble Concert, March 24 


Professional Day, No school for students, March 30 


Easter Break, April 2-10


Prom, April 17


Make Up Retreat (All Grades), April 22


Academic and Service Banquet, April 28 


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:  

 "The worst way of speaking is to speak too much. Therefore speak little and well, speak little and gently, speak little and charitably, speak little and amiably."
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Semester Exams, January 2015
 Click here for the revised exam schedule.
The due date for 9th grade applicantions for the 2015-16 school year is January 23.  Contact Mr. Hamer
FACTS Financial Aid Form
FACTS Financial Aid Forms for the 2015-16 school year are available now. Please contact our receptionist, to receive the paper forms.  You can also apply online: FACTS Online.  
The first round due date for filing your application with FACTS is January 23; the second round is March 16. Families are reminded that FACTS application forms must be completed each year in order to be considered for tuition assistance.  For the 2014-15 school year, Bishop Ireton awarded over $700,000 in need-based grants to over 120 families.  B.I. has limited funds available for tuition assistance.  If you do not file a FACTS application by one of the two due dates you may not receive aid at all (because we eventually will run out), even if you have received aid in the past.  Any questions should go to Mr. Peter Hamer, 703-212-5190. 

Catholic Schools/Feast Week
Our celebration next week includes Mass, two $2 dress out days (Wednesday for Catholic Charities and Friday for Louverture Cleary School in Haiti), a special Haitian lunch, games, class competitions, the winter pep rally, and the Winter Ball!

Parents and families are invited to follow Arlington Office of Catholic Schools on Twitter: Follow us on Twitter.

Testing Center
The testing center is open when there is a two hour delay. It opens at 9 am.
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Acts of Kindness 2014
Random Acts of Kindness 2014
Bishop Ireton students spread cheer and fellowship!

FAFSA Presentation -

Will be rescheduled TBD

Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Families of Bishop Ireton: Thank you for providing our Faculty and Staff with a delicious PTO Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on January 15. 

Servers/Kitchen/Decor Help included: Marie Niernberger, Liz Uhrig, Anna Burns, Sandra Canas, Moira McCormick, and Laura Dwyer.   
Food donation families included: Henley, York, Karau, Mote, Crandall, Manero, Anderson, Mongan, Beutner, Heaney, Rizzi, Mueller, McCormick, Holmes, Buzby, Burns, Regelbrugge/Phillips , Kantrowitz, Wimbish, Markle, Locke, Matlock, Murray, Canas, Dwyer, Klein, and Niernberger.

Our B.I. Faculty & Staff enjoyed this "Taste of Italy in Winter" PTO luncheon, as well as fellowship. Sincere appreciation goes to each family!  


Looking ahead, our next two luncheons are scheduled for Friday, 13 February and Tuesday, 3 March.   


One Act Plays  
The One Acts, scheduled for Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 have been rescheduled.  The new date will coincide with the Evening of the Arts, May 1 and May 2.


Signature Theater One Act Success! 
Bravo to Mrs. Henry and the theater students production of Revolution, an original one act play performed at Signature Theater in Shirlington last Sunday. 

 (Photos courtesy of Signature Theater and Matthew Strote) 


National Honor Society
NHS Mandatory practice
for all juniors and new-to-NHS seniors on Tuesday, January 27 immediately after school in the back of the auditorium.  If you are a current National Honor Society member and would like to participate in the ceremony, you must attend the practice.

Induction Ceremony 
The National Honor Society Induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm in Garwood Whaley Auditorium.  Inductees must arrive by 6:00 pm and should gather in the Cafeteria.  The dress code for inductees: boys - shirt and tie, dress pants and dress shoes (dark socks).  Jackets are optional.  Girls - dress conservatively, i.e., knee length dresses, blouse and skirt or dress blouse and dress pants. Absolutely no mini-skirts will be allowed. Please wear comfortable dress shoes (keep in mind you will be walking across the stage). No purses. Questions? Contact Mrs. Marquet or Mrs. Thompson.

Please monitor your email and the school webpage for information pertaining to potential changes for the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony  in case of bad weather and cancellations.  We will keep you informed as to changes once we better assess the situation.  
If we don't have school on Monday, the NHS ceremony will stay on Tuesday evening and Mass will most likely be moved to Wednesday morning.  Stay tuned!   

Seniors need to bring in $10 dues to cover the cost of the honor cords worn at graduation.
Renaissance Faire
Click here to listen to this year's sophomore class Renaissance Faire podcasts. This project enhances student digital and collaborative learning and is designed to develop core learning goals in the sophomore curriculum.   

Baseball and Softball Volunteers Needed!
Alexandria Little League is looking for student volunteers to introduce basic fundamentals (hitting, throwing, fielding, and base-running) to children (ages 7 -12).  Clinics will be 4-5:30 pm on January 28, 29, and February 5 in the City of Alexandria. Please contact Gus Chiarello or Laura Kopp.  Service hours will be awarded.

St. Rita Church and ALIVE volunteers needed 
St. Rita Church needs helpers to go out with the ALIVE! Furniture program on Saturday, January 24th from 8 am to noon.

The volunteers are divided into 2 teams  - each team accompanies an ALIVE! box truck to  pick up donated furniture & bring it to the people who need it.
Contact Mrs. Susanne Arnold 703-683-5138.
February Camden Retreat
Two chaperones are needed for our next Camden Retreat, scheduled for Thursday, February 19 to Saturday, February 21. In order to chaperone, adults must be Virtus trained. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the Virtus training, please contact with Ms. Fatima Estorninos 703-212-5173. 
All Night Grad Party  
On Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 5-9:30 pm, the B.I. ANGP committee is hosting a fundraising dinner at Chipotle at 4531 Duke Street in the Foxchase Shopping Center.  Everyone should present the attached flyer to the cashier for ANGP to receive the funds.  You may also download the flyer to your phone and show it to the cashier.  Please come and support the ANGP. Let's make this the best ANGP ever!
ANGP is sponsoring a Dress Out day on Feb 13.  Dress out and support ANGP!  


French Exchange Student Hosts Needed If you are interested in hosting a French student from 3/19-3/31, please contact Mrs. Keeney
B.I. students went to Paris over Thanksgiving break and French students are now coming to Washington, DC.  Mrs. Keeney has arranged their itinerary during the day, students are needed to host them in the evening.



Winter Ball, Saturday, January 31, 8 to 11 pm  
Winter Ball is our annual Semi-Formal Dance fundraiser benefiting our sister school in Haiti, Louverture Cleary.  Students are asked to enjoy themselves, while sacrificing one part of the experience (a meal out, a new outfit) and donate that money to our sister school.  
Chaperones Needed!  Contact Mrs. Jordan.

Dress code for ladies:


Length:  No shorter than 6 inches above the middle of the knee (in the front and back).

Fit: Cannot be skin tight,  and the dress should not "ride up" when dancing.

If the dress has an opening in the back it may not go below the natural waist.

Cut: Can be halter, strapless, spaghetti straps, asymmetrical etc. as long as the cut of the dress is reasonably modest. The dress must not have cut-outs in the front bodice of the dress, this includes areas that are see through or have any sheer areas that reveal the midriff or cleavage.

*All students are welcome to bring a dress in to Mrs. Jordan for approval in advance of the dance if they have questions about it.  Failure to comply with these rules will result in the student being removed from the dance until alternate attire can be secured.  If necessary the student's home will be called and they will be sent home from the event.    
 Cardinal's Nest School Store  
 PARK THE CAR AND COME INSIDE FROM THE COLD!  School Store OPEN during exams.  Come in while you wait!

School Store stocked with hats, scarves, hoodies, crews, sweats and long sleeved T's. 
Still have a couple of Bishop Ireton 'Onesies'.


FRESHMEN and NHS students needing service hours should contact Mrs. Daubresse for opportunities during basketball games. 
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    


Counseling Services    

Financial Aid Awareness Workshop at George Mason University 

The Office of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University invites ALL students and their families who are interested in learning about paying for college to attend the Financial Aid Awareness Workshop on Saturday, February 7 from 2:00-4:00 pm on the campus of George Mason University.

Members of the Office of Student Financial Aid will explain the various types of financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA. Click here for more information.

Introduction to Chinese Class this Summer  
Introduction to Chinese classes will take place on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School from June 29-July 24, 2015.  The four week course will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:30 am. The instructor comes from a top secondary school in Taiwan. The program is open to all high school students and is free of charge. Interested students should contact Ms. Rosita Whitman at 301-214-1250.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium 
Current 8th and 9th grade students interested in STEM fields are invited to apply for a FREE program- The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST).  Students will have an opportunity to explore the fun and excitement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  
For more information and to apply visit blast.spacegrant.org.  The deadline to apply is February 2, 2015.

Focusing on the Future Conference at William & Mary 
The Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary will host the annual Focusing on the Future - A Career and Academic Planning Experience for high school students and parents on February 7, 2015.  The event exposes students to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities and sciences.  Sessions for parents include strategies and techniques to assist students with academic and career planing.  For more information and to register visit The Center for Gifted Education.

United States Naval Academy Summer 2015 STEM Program
The summer STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program is designed to encourage rising 9th -11th grade students to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college. 
For more information and an application click here.  Applications became available on January 5.
Brochures about the program are available from the school counselors.

United State Military Academies Summer Programs
The U.S. Military Academies offer summer programs for rising seniors who are interested in getting the Academy experience first-hand.  These summer programs give students the opportunity to live the life of a cadet or midshipman.  The experience will include academic programs, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics.

Each Academy has their own application and students are encouraged to apply early.
Naval Academy.  Application available online January 15-March 1
West Point. Application available online January 15-April 15
Air Force. Application available online December 1-January 31
Coast Guard. Application available online early February-April 1.  
Knights of Columbus Scholarship Programs      
There are two opportunities to win scholarship money through the Knights of Columbus.  Click here for more information.  Contact Ms. Estorninos with any questions.  Deadline is February 13. 
Music and Memory     
Bishop Ireton will be holding an iPod drive and fundraiser February 9-13 to benefit the non-profit, Music and Memory
There are more than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia today. Music activates parts of the brain not affected by this conditions and by listening to music from their early lives, patients seem to "reawaken".  
Music and Memory advocates for and implements music programs in care facilities throughout North America. They distribute iPods, train staff, and set up playlists for each patient. 
Bishop Ireton will be collecting gently used iPods and monetary donations. These go directly to Music and Memory for distribution to patients. Please consider donating your old iPods to this worthy cause. Collection will take place the week of February 9.
For more information, contact Grace Burgin.  
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. 

Click here to donate today!
Salesian Corner
Bishop Ireton Prayer Book 
"Seeds of our Salesian Tradition"
We are creating a new B.I. Prayer Book.  Parent & Alumni Prayer contributions welcome!  Email your prayers.  This project is part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Tomorrow, after a morning of meetings, the faculty will spend time reflecting on Christ in their lives and in their jobs. Bishop Ireton is very lucky to have Fr. Lewis Fiorelli, OSFS, former Superior General of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and author of a booklet called "Inspired Common Sense," lead our annual Salesian faculty  retreat.   Fr. Fiorelli is a great scholar of Salesian Spirituality. It should a spiritually fulfilling afternoon.

4th Annual Alumni/Parent Salesian Retreat 

Featuring Fr. Mike McCue, OSFS 

(former B.I. Chaplain '90 - '01)

"Nothing is small in the service of God" presented by Fr. McCue.

Please join us, Saturday, February 28
from 9:00 am - noon
in B.I.'s Library & St. Francis de Sales Chapel
ALL are welcome!

Live Jesus 2015
"Living Gently: Finding God in the Turmoil" is the theme for our 12th Annual Live Jesus! Please join us for this spiritually uplifting half-day Salesian event on March 21, 9 am - 12:45 pm.  8 am Continental Breakfast and sign-in.  at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Reston, Virginia.  Click here to register. 


Provincial Day Off   
The Very Reverend James Greenfield, Provincial, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, presided at Mass for our school community on December 8.  In gratitude for B.I.'s continuing support for the Oblates, Fr. Greenfield suggested that a day off for the students and staff was an apt "Thank you" from the Oblates.  Dr. Curry agreed and that day off will be Friday, March 6.  If we have a lot of snow days, however, we may need to use March 6 as a make-up day. 
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Click here to subscribe to DeSales Weekly, the email newsletter from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.


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. 


United Way     
Bishop Ireton High School is a charity member of the United Way of the National Capital Area. This workplace campaign allows employees to donate to their favorite organization through payroll deduction. Some employers will offer a company match of your payroll deducted contribution to the campaign.  
To designate Bishop Ireton as a recipient of your generous contribution through the United Way, please use these codes: United Way 8115 and CFC 64401, when filling out the United Way NCA or Combined Federation Campaign (CFC) campaign form. 
Please note that the United Way NCA applies a 9% administrative processing fee for donations made to member nonprofits.  
Bishop Ireton Golf Classic      
Monday, May 4 at Mt. Vernon Country Club
Join the fun! Registration and Lunch 11 am, Shotgun Start, 1 pm, Dinner and Awards, after golf.
The golfing field is limited to 30 foursomes.  Click here for the registration form or click here to sign up today! 
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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