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This Week at Bishop Ireton
December 18, 2014
Merry Christmas to one and all!

(This original drawing was done by Genevieve Thanh '17)                
Fri., Dec. 19, O Day, Drama Club Christmas Party, 7:30 pm, Atrium

Sat., Dec. 20, Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament, gym

Merry Christmas!

Classes resume:
Mon., Jan. 5, B Day

Tue., Jan. 6, I Day, ANGP, 7 pm, Resource Center

Wed., Jan. 7, R Day

Thu., Jan. 8, E Day

Fri., Jan. 9, T Day, Dress Out Day benefiting the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

Sat., Jan. 10, High School Placement Test, 8:30 am, Cafeteria

________________    Looking Ahead:


Semester Exams, January 15-21


Martin Luther King Day, No School, January 19


March for Life and Exam Make-up Day, January 22


Advanc-Ed Meetings, No school for students, January 23


One Acts, January 24 & 25


Catholic School/Feast Week, January 26-30 


NHS Induction, January 27


Winter Pep Rally, January 30 


Winter Ball, January 31


Presidents Day, No School, February 16


Ash Wednesday, February 18


Coffee House, February 20


Senior Class Picture, February 24


Reregistration, February 25-27


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:  

"May the small yet great Babe of Bethlehem always be the delight of our heart."  
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Christmas at B.I.   
Students and staff got into the Christmas spirit! Science students decorated a tree with "element" ornaments, students "decked the halls" and science students collected bags of food for Christ House.  Merry Christmas from Bishop Ireton!

Drama Club Christmas Party  
Celebrate with family and friends of BI Theatre Arts! Friday, December 19, 7:30 - 10 pm, BI Atrium. RSVPs appreciated. Casual attire.
The Ireton Holiday Classic is on Saturday, December 20, from 9 am - 5 pm.  Teams from Maryland to Richmond will be competing. 
Freshman looking to get service hours should see Mr. Brown.
Semester Exams, January 2015
Click here for the schedule.
Wreaths of Remembrance

Dr. Curry and daughter Nina join the cadets of Guardian Battalion of the Bishop Ireton Cadet Leadership Program to help place "Wreaths of Remembrance" on the many grave sites of Arlington National Cemetery. This year was the 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery and with the generosity of sponsors, for the first time 100% of the graves were adorned.  

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.  BI 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 receiving 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. 

National Honor Society
Seniors need to bring in $10 dues to cover the cost of the honor cords worn at graduation. 
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon 
Families of Bishop Ireton: Thank you for providing our Faculty and Staff with a festive PTO Christmas luncheon on DEC 12.

Servers/Kitchen/Decor Help included: Marie Niernberger, Liz Uhrig, Noelle McGlynn, Sandra Canas, Vickie Roddy, Kathy Hrechka, and Laura Dwyer.

Food donation families included: Kantrowitz, Blanco, Virostek, Mote, McGlynn, Hrechka, Scannell, Wetherly, Velez, Crandall, Roddy, Niernberger, Sardegna, Hughes, Regelbrugge/Phillips, Canas, Johnson, Beutner, Dwyer, Rizzi, Henley, Matlock, Mereu, Kelley, Anderson, Mongan, Hutchinson, Gaffney, Sullivan, Holmes, Uhrig, Manero, Muffler


Our BI Faculty & Staff enjoyed the PTO Christmas Feast, as well as fellowship. Sincere appreciation goes to each family!


Our January luncheon will be on January 16.



All Night Grad Party  

Santa? Are you out there?

The All-Night Grad Party (ANGP) is gearing up to put on another fantastic celebration for our Seniors, the night of June 2nd......and we have a Christmas Wish List!  We can't give too many details away right now, but the evening is full of fun and prizes.  Please consider donating a gift card in any dollar amount that can be given as a prize during the night.  We are particularly wishing for cards from Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, Dick's or other Sporting Goods stores, Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, AMC Theaters  - but we won't turn anything away!  We hope Santa is listening, and will send us some gifts cards, mailed to the school, with ATTENTION: All Night Grad Party on the envelope.  We also are hoping that you'll sign up to be on the ANGP Planning Committee.  We will have one meeting a month, beginning in January. Contact the ANGP Chair, Kirsti Garlock.


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 January 17-18.  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. 
Cardinal's Nest School Store
School Store OPEN Thursday and Friday
Come in for last minute Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Gifts 
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!
TOP TEN Stocking Stuffers:
BI Pewter Christmas Sled Ornament
BI Lanyard
BI Key Chain 
BI Baseball Hat 
Mohawk Knit Hat with ear flaps 
BI Stainless Steel Travel Mug 
Bobble Filter Water Bottle 
PomPom Knit Hat 
Over-sized Collegiate Bowl 
Harry Potter Scarf

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    
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.

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.

PSAT scores for Juniors and Sophomores were mailed home on Tuesday.  Today and tomorrow student's test booklets will be returned in English class.  The PSAT Score Report and the resources online provided by the College Board give detailed information for students and parents on students' skills as well as tools for improvement and college readiness.

ACT Aspire Scores 
Freshman who took ACT Aspire will receive their score reports in January.

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 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.  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!
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.  

Lost and Found 
The Lost and Found in the Library is overflowing and will be cleaned out over the Christmas break.  All unclaimed items will be donated.
Did you lose a cell phone at the Archbishop Carroll game?
Contact Mr. Simmons. 
Salesian Corner
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.
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!
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. 
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.


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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