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This Week at Bishop Ireton
July 2015
PTO Booksale: Volunteer Sale Day, July 24, Booksale, July 25, Pickup of unsold items, July 26

________________    Looking Ahead:


August 17, New Teacher Orientation


August 24, Teachers Return


August 30, PTO and Faculty Mixer


August 31, First Day of School, Freshmen 8:30 - 11:30 am, Sophomores 12:30 - 3 pm. Both will get yearbook pictures taken 


September 1, Freshman Orientation, 8:30 am - 3 pm  


September 2, Freshman Retreat 8:30 - 11:30 am, Juniors 12:30 - 3 pm, yearbook picture taken, Seniors 12:30 - 2:30. 


September 3, Half Day ALL Students, B1-B4, 7:55 am - 12:15 pm,  


September 4, Half Day ALL Students, B5 - I2, 7:55 am - 12:15 pm, Club Fair

Back to School Event, 8 - 10 pm


September 10, Back to School Night


September 11, Two Hour Delay   


October 1, Advisory Retreat


October 3, Homecoming Dance


October 7-9, Junior Retreats


October 25, Open House


November 5 & 6, Parent Teacher Conferences


November 5-8, Kairos VII


November 25-27, Thanksgiving  


December 16-18, Sophomore Retreats


December 23-January 4, Christmas Vacation


January 14-21, Semester Exams


January 22, March for Life


January 24, Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales  

February 1-5, Catholic Schools' Week, Feast Week  


February 6, Winter Ball


February 17-19, Senior Retreats


March 16-19, Kairos VIII


March 24 - April 1, Easter Vacation


April 29, Prom


May 2-13, AP Exams


May 23-26, Senior Exams


May 27, Senior Farewell Prayer Service


June 6, Baccalaureate Mass


June 7, Graduation


June 9-16, Underclass Exams


June 17, Parent Teacher Conferences 



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:  

 "Give you soul a thousand times to God, and sometimes say not a word to Him, but simply contemplate his greatness."  

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All questions/concerns/requests regarding student schedules should be emailed to: schedulechanges@bishopireton.org. No phone calls or drop ins.

Summer Reading 
Click here for the summer reading lists. Click here for the summer assignment for rising juniors taking AP English. Click here to order the books from MBS Direct.

PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale
The 2015 PTO Used Book and Uniform Sale will take place on Saturday, July 25 in the cafeteria.

Freshmen: 8:00am-10:00am
Seniors: 10:30am-12:00pm
Juniors: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Sophomores: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Please bring your approved course schedule with you to the sale. Before coming to the sale please check the BI website and print the approved booklist for 2015/16.

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 Friday, July 24 5:00pm-7:00pm.
NHS volunteers are welcomed, please click here if interested.  

Unsold items will be available for pickup from 12:00-2:00 pm on Sunday, July 26.  Per the disclaimer all items not collected by all consignors, after 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 26, become the property of the PTO.     

Questions? click here.

Summer Office Hours
June 22 - August 14
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm

August 17 - 21
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4 pm 
FlynnO'Hara Free Shipping
FlynnO'Hara, B.I.'s uniform company, is offering free shipping the week of July 7th-14th. Click here for more information.  
One Book One Community 
The 2015-2016 One Book, One Community book choice is:
"God Grew Tired of Us" by John Bul Dau!  
Students are expected to have their own copy of the book at the start of the fall semester.
More information about the program will be forthcoming in the summer mailing.  

"God Grew Tired of Us" is published by National Geographic and we have negotiated a discounted price the book.
Parents wishing to purchase the book at the discounted price of $7.50/book, please print out and return the order form with payment to the library by August 7th.  Checks should be made payable to Bishop Ireton.
The books will be available in the library for pickup during orientation week.  
Senior Portraits, Class of 2016   
Make up dates for rising seniors who missed the June sittings are: July 31 & September 26. Seniors will receive appointment times and all the information they need from Prestige Portraits. Contact Mrs. Kelly with any questions.


Students interested in signing up to help with the freshman orientation sessions should contact Mrs. Thompson. This is a great opportunity to get your hours completed for the fall semester.

Guardian Battalion 

Did you know that Bishop Ireton 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 how the sea services protect our nation.


Guardian Battalion will be conducting a New Cadet Orientation from August 10-14, 2015 at Bishop Ireton. Click here for more information or go to the Facebook page. Contact CDR Steven Lucas


Counseling Services     
AP Students
An important reminder that your AP score(s) will be available online in July.  To get your scores, click here to sign up for a College Board account.  Scores are ONLY available online, so you are encouraged to sign up for a College Board account today

2015 Virginia Private College Week, July 27 - August 1
During Virginia Private College Week, parents and students will learn about the quality and affordability of Virginia's private colleges.

24 members of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) host two daily programs for rising juniors and senior and their families. Prospective transfer students are also invited. The program includes a campus tour and an information session about admissions, financial aid, and academic/extracurricular programs.  Families who visit at least three schools during the week will receive three application fee waivers to be used at any of the 24 colleges and universities.

Free PSAT/ACT/SAT Test Prep and Practice Tests
Summer is a good time for Juniors and Seniors to spend time preparing and practicing for the the PSAT/ACT/SAT.

Seniors - Practice and prepare for the SAT and/or ACT if you plan to take the test again in the fall. In addition to the Method Test Prep, the free test prep available to BI students on Family Connection. Kaplan offers several free online lessons and practice tests. Please click here for a flyer for more information.

Juniors- Practice and prepare for the PSAT, which you will take in October. The College Board is introducing a new and revised PSAT and SAT and the Class of 2017  will be the first to take these redesigned tests.  In addition to the Method Test Prep, the free test prep available to BI students on Family Connection. Kaplan offers several free online lessons and practice tests. Click here for the flyer for more information.  Additional information about the redesigned PSAT and SAT is on the College Board website.
Campus Ministry  
We've been busy in Campus Ministry this summer gearing up for Back to School in the Fall, but that didn't stop us from taking some time away from school to experience some major life events. 

Fr. Bresnahan helped organize the 2015 Diocesan WorkCamp in June. The Camp, located near Woodstock, VA gathered over 1300 people for a week of service to the community, and powerful opportunities to encounter Jesus through daily Sacraments, prayer, fun, and friends. Father was joined by over 30 Ireton students past and present.  

Mrs. Perez (nee Miss Estorninos) got married to her high school sweetheart,  Jonathan.  On their honeymoon, they had a moment they will treasure forever. 

Campus Ministry is now on social media!!! Follow us on Twitter at @CardnlCatholics and look for our upcoming Ministry Blog. Both of these outlets will have Spiritual reflections, important Campus ministry information, and more.

Papal Pilgrimage:  If any student is still interested in joining us on a trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia, we're rapidly approaching the deadline for registration.  Please contact us immediately if you are interested in going to the World Meeting of Families, and the papal mass on September 25-27th.


Parent Prayer Group 
The Bishop Ireton Parent Prayer group meets once a week, 2-3 pm in the chapel, throughout the school year to pray for all our students, faculty, and staff. Students are invited to put their prayer requests in the box in the 2nd floor hallway at any time. Have a prayer intention for your student or family that you'd like to pass on? Want to join us? Contact Leanne Siedlarz.


Music News 
Music Parents Meeting Tuesday September 15 

All parents of music students should plan to attend the music parents meeting in the Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15th.  This meeting will include important information about the music program for 2015-2016.


Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Seating Auditions

As in the past, the September auditions are required for all students in Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The auditions determine chair placement, confirm ensemble placement, and first quarter assessment.  At the beginning of the school year the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble meet together during first period. After the auditions are completed, the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will split for separate rehearsals.  If anyone needs the audition music or has any questions, please contact Dr. Eyles or 703-212-5162.
All auditions take place in the Band Room:


Wednesday, September 9, 3:05 Oboes, Bassoons, String Bass, French Horns

Thursday, September 10, 3:05 Saxophones, 3:30 Trumpets

Friday, September 11, 3:05 Percussion

Monday, September 14, 3:05 Clarinets

Wednesday, September 16, 3:05 Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas

Thursday, September 17, 3:05 Flutes



Oct 21, Fall Concert, 7:00 pm 

Dec 13, Christmas Concert, 2:00 pm

Mar 11, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 8:00 pm (Wind Ensemble, Choir)

Mar 15, Chapel, 7:00 pm (Choir, Guitar, Strings, Jazz)

May 3, Spring Concert, 7:00 pm (Concert Band, Diocese Honor Band, Wind Ensemble)

May 22, Spring Concert, 2:00 pm (Choir, Guitar, Strings, Jazz)



Mar 17-20, Concert and Choir Tour

Mar 28-Apr 4, Wind Ensemble Tour


Paris, anyone? 
Interested in exploring the capital of France and French culture over Thanksgiving break? Contact Mrs. Keeney for more information on the trip to Paris November 20-29.


Athletic physical exams are required annually. Students who will participate in athletics in the 2015-16 school year must have completed a VHSL-approved physical exam and have a Parent's Guide to Concussions Form on file prior to participating in sports. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Horton.
Girls' State
Rose Meyers, Angela Kammen, Lauren Karbler, Sarah Rushforth, Isabel Anderson, Elizabeth McCabe, and Juliana Mitchell attended Girls' State at Longwood University. Girls' State is sponsored by the American Legion.

   Cardinal's Nest School Store  

School Store is getting ready for you July 25th during the PTO Used Booksale!  We are loading the store with locker shelves, PE Uniforms, Sweats, Jackets, T-shirts, Stadium Chairs, and more!  Be sure to stop on by!!

Freshmen and NHS Students needing service hours have an opportunity to work during the Sale, Saturday July 25th.  Please email Ms. Daubresse with your phone number if available 
Call 703-212-5159
to make an appointment.  

Contact Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159    

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B.I. Memory Bricks

Etched on the brick pavers of The Courtyard are messages from alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends, honoring the ways in which Bishop Ireton and St. Mary's Academy have changed their lives.


Be a part of this special tradition with your own engraved message with either a a 4" x 8" or a 12" x 12" brick.  Great gift idea for 2015 graduates!


Click the Brick to place your order or contact Mrs. Brandi Vasquez, 703-212-5176.



Database Updates: 
Please send any changes of phone, address, or email to  Mr. Parks.
Salesian theme 2014-2015:
"We are companions on the journey given to one another to do God's will." -St Jane de Chantal 









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