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This Week at Bishop Ireton
September 18, 2014
Fri., Sep. 19, N Day, Dress Out Day, Mark Fracasso scholarship Fund, Powder Puff Interest Meeting @ Advisory

Sun., Sep. 21, SMA Alumnae Tea, 1 pm

Mon., Sep. 22, B Day, Freshman SCA Interest Mtg @ Advisory, Drivers Ed Meeting, 7 pm, Auditorium

Tue., Sep. 23 I Day, Nominate Homecoming Court, Junior Retreat, Athletic Booster Meeting, 7 pm Resource Center

Wed., Sep. 24,  Day, Nominate Homecoming Court, Junior Retreat

Thu., Sep. 25, E Day, Junior Retreat, Camden Retreat

Fri., Sep. 26, T Day, 12:15 dismissal, Professional Development in the afternoon

Sat., Sep. 27, Drama Booster Pot Luck Breakfast, 8 - 11 am, Cafeteria, Senior Make-Up Picture Day


Advisory Retreat, October 2


Homecoming Dance, October 4 


Homecoming football game and 50th Anniversary Gala, October 11


Underclass Picture Retakes, October 16 


Open House, October 26


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:  

 "Worry prevents us from doing well the very things about which we are worried."
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Dress Out Day, Friday, September 19
Mark Fracasso Music Scholarship Fund 
The music scholarship was established to honor Mark's memory in 2008 after his death in an accident. This merit based scholarship is awarded to juniors who have excelled in the band program at the Spring Band Concert in May.

In conjunction with this scholarship we would also like to raise awareness for Alopecia Areata. This is a rare disease where white blood cells attack hair cells causing them to become dormant. This has impacted a member of our BI community, Jessica Soto. In support of her cause we would like everyone to wear the color "Blue"which is the color for Alopecia Areata and Mark Fracasso's favorite color.

So as students get dressed for Friday's dress out day, please remember they need to bring $2, wear something blue and to follow the other dress out guidelines outlined on page 61 of the student handbook.  

Contact Mrs. Jordan with any questions.

Tomorrow is also the last day to pre-order Homecoming t-shirts.  Students are not required to wear this shirt on Friday, October 3 - instead, they may wear their school uniform on that day.
City of Alexandria Residents
The Alexandria City School Board will study the feasibility of having lights on the field at TC Williams TONIGHT at George Washington Middle School Media Center at 7 pmClick here for more information. If you would like to speak on the issue, click here. The ACPS board has scheduled a community meeting on this issue on September 24, 7 pm in the TC Rotunda.  The final vote is tentatively scheduled for Oct 2. This issue could have an impact on B.I. and the possibility of getting lights on our field. 
From the Athletic Department   
It's FRIDAY Night Lights!  Girls' soccer hosts Top Drawer's #6 nationally ranked McDonogh School on Friday, September 19th at 7 pm on Witter Drive Fields.  Bring your lawn chair, enjoy Rocklands BBQ for dinner and get a little "Cardinal Crazy" as our girls challenge one of the country's top high school teams and play "under the lights"!

Volunteers Needed  
St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association is looking for 4-6 seniors to help with their annual Tea on Sunday, September 21 from 11:30am - 4 pm. Contact Mrs. Schiefer. NHS Service hours will be awarded. 


Student Council Association is looking for Freshmen Representatives!   
The Freshmen Interest meeting for the Student Council Association will be during advisory on Monday September 22!  All freshmen interested in running should come to the auditorium during advisory and see Mrs. Jordanfor important information.    


Parent/Student Driving Clinic
All sophomores and a parent/guardian who live in VA must attend a mandatory driver education clinic. This clinic is mandated by Virginia law that all students must attend or they cannot get their driver education completion certificate. It is ninety minutes and will be held in Whaley Auditorium and will begin promptly at 7 pm on Monday, September 22, after which time no one will be allowed to enter. Registration is at 6:45 and doors will close at 7 pm and the presentation will be over by 8:30 pm. There is no fee for the program. Please contact Mr. Hutton if you have any questions.
Advanc-Ed Re-Accreditation Surveys
Please remember to fill out the surveys which are linked below. Your responses are critical for the re-accreditation process and to assist Bishop Ireton in providing the highest quality education for your student.
These surveys will be open until September 30.
Thank you!
One response per household is all that is required.
Advanc-Ed Re-Accreditation Professional Time
Friday, September 26 is a half day for students with a 12:15 dismissal time.  Teachers and staff will be spending the afternoon to continue the self-study and re-accreditation process.
Athletic Booster Club
The Boosters will meet on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 pm in the Resource Center.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
 Boys' Lacrosse Interest Meeting
Thursday, September 25, 3:15 pm, Cafeteria. 
Counseling Services    
College Visits to BI Next Week 
Seniors must sign-up in advance for the visit and get permission from their teacher if student is going to miss class time.
Monday, 9/22 
9:00 Mount St. Mary's University 
1:00 Marymount University 
2:15 Washington & Lee University

Wednesday, 9/24 
8:30 University of Notre Dame 
9:30 McDaniel College

Thursday, 9/25 
10:30 George Mason University

Friday, 9/26 
9 Miami University (OH)

University of Notre Dame Info Night- September 24
Mary Goodman, University of Notre Dame admissions counselor, will present an information session for parent and students who live in Northern Virginia about the University's academic programs, campus life, and how to apply for the admission and financial aid on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in the Band Room.

Evening Programs for Students and Parents
The Office of Counseling Services hosts a number of Evening Program for students and parents throughout the year.  All programs are open to members of the BI community.  We hope you will make every effort to attend these informative programs. Click here for the schedule.

AP Exam Fee
The College Board has announced that the 2015 AP Exam fee is $91 per exam.  It is Bishop Ireton's policy that students enrolled in an AP class must take the exam in May.  Click here for the AP exam calendar.  Exam fees are collected in March. Information about exam administration and payment will be distributed to students in January. 

Wendy's High School Heisman Award 
All seniors who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, participate in a sport, and serve as role model in the school or community are eligible to apply.  Click here to apply, the deadline is October 3.      
Prospective Student Visits to B.I.
In the next couple of weeks, we will begin to have "shadow" visit from prospective students.  These visits continue for much of the year.  As a reminder, all shadow visits must be scheduled in advance with Mr. Hamer.  We schedule these on any normal school day, but can only accommodate a limited number per day. 
Testing Center
The morning testing center will be open Monday-Friday at 7 am in Room 103. No students will be admitted after 7:20 am.  The afternoon testing center is open from 3:05 - 3:50 pm Monday-Thursday (except T Days) in Room 101.  Click here for Testing Center hours. 
NHS National Honor Society. Seniors who are currently members of the National Honor Society please bring the $10 dues (required to cover the cost of the cords worn at graduation) to either Mrs. Marquet or Mrs. Thompson in the library.  Dues are due by September 30. 
Juniors and seniors who received an invitation to apply to NHS must attend a mandatory meeting either Tuesday, September 30 at 3 pm OR Wednesday October 1 at 7 am.  The application process will be explained.

The Video Game Club will meet tomorrow, Sept. 19, in Room 301 from 3 - 4:30 pm. Contact Mrs. Faletti.

The Robotics Club will meet on Wednesday, September 24 from 3 - 4 pm in Room 301. Contact Mrs. Faletti.

Did you know that B.I. 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). For more information, click here or visit the facebook page. Contact LT Steven Lucas for more information.
Parent Breakfast Booster Meeting, Saturday, September 27, 9 am.  All parents and students involved in the Fall Production of "Harvey" should plan to attend. Bring a dish to share  This includes actors, stage crew, costumers, etc. Contact Ms. Kelly
Yearbook Portraits
Final Make up date is September 27. You will receive an appointment card in the mail. Click here for the schedule. If you can't make this date, contact Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189 to make other arrangements in Fairfax or in Baltimore.

Make Up Date:  October 16

Contact Ms. Kelly with any questions.
Save the Date!
On Thursday, October 2, the students will be participating in their annual Advisory Retreat and will listen to a speaker on Catholic leadership. The speaker will also give this presentation to parents in the evening at 7 pm in the Auditorium.  Please plan to attend. For more information on the speaker, Ed Gerety, click here
Homecoming Week
Monday, September 29: B.I. uniform with "crazy" socks
Tuesday, September 30: Homecoming Theme Day (Seniors: 1990s, Juniors 1970s, Sophomores 1980, Freshmen 1880s - these were voted on by the students yesterday)  Click here for ideas for dressing in theme.
Wednesday, October 1: B.I. Gear Day
Thursday, October 2: Free Dress Out Day and Advisory Retreat (1 pm dismissal)
Friday, October 3: Homecoming T-shirt Day
Saturday, October 4: Homecoming Dance 8-11 pm

Friday, October 3 will be a half day with 12:15 dismissal.  We are working on providing the students with venues for lunch on campus (students will need to bring money) and the powder puff game will be at 12:45 pm followed by the Varsity football game vs. Flint Hill at 3:30 pm.

The 50th Anniversary Alumni Varsity Homecoming Game vs. Benedictine is on October 11 at 1 pm.
Camden Service Retreats 
Thank you to all the students who signed up for Camden. Currently all the available spots have been filled, but we are still taking names for a waiting list. Parents: Please consider chaperoning one of these incredible retreats to get an idea of the powerful experience your student will encounter as they serve the poor and marginalized in New Jersey.  Potential chaperones must be VIRTUS certified, we are happy to help with that.
For Camden retreat dates, and any questions or concerns, please contact Father Bresnahan or Ms. Estorninos.


50th Anniversary Gala    
The 50th Anniversary Gala is almost sold out!  We have had so many responses and  have now reached capacity in the main ballroom.

To accommodate others who still want to attend this special evening, we have made arrangements for additional seating for dinner in the Terrace Room.
Seating in this additional room will also be in tables of 10, and the cost is $100/person.  The evening's experience will be exactly the same for those seated in the Terrace Room except they will watch a live feed of the presentations on a big screen.

Registration & Cocktail Reception from 6:30-7:30
Dinner & Presentations (via live feed) 7:30-9pm
Dancing & Social Hour, 9-11pm

We look forward to having you attend the Gala on October 11th, and if you have any questions, please contact either Laura Fannon or Brandi Wease Vasquez.
Parent Prayer Group  
The Parent Prayer Group will pray for the school in general, faculty & staff, and our children.  There is a table with pens, paper, and a beautiful wooden box conveniently located outside the library where anyone is welcome to leave specific intentions.  The group will meet in the Chapel from 2:00-3:00, every Wednesday.There is no pressure to come every week...come when you can. If you have any questions, please email Leanne Siedlarz or Krista Price. 


Community Service - ALL students
The *new* community service hours form is now available online or outside of the Campus Ministry office. Students' projects must be pre-approved. Please contact Ms. Estorninos with any questions.

Students and Parents: if you have any questions regarding community service and whether the hours qualify, contact Ms. Estorninos. Everyone is encouraged to get projects approved at their earliest convenience.
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    
Nike sideline exclusive gear has arrived!! 

Come in and see the 2014-15 line up in our B.I. colors and logo!  Limited supply and can't be reordered. Great for 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    


One Book One Community
On R Days, we read!  Students should bring their copies of The Little Princeor any other book they are reading.  The next dates and classes where reading will take place are:
September 24th-Science
October 6th-Religion
October 17th-Math
October 28th-English


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!

Information on 2014-2015 Class Retreats
Sophomore Retreats are one-day service retreat that will take place on December 15, 16, and 17. Students spend the morning going to one of several locations near school to perform service. In the afternoon, they reflect on their experiences. Students will be assigned retreat days. Ordinarily there is no cost for this retreat.

Junior Retreats are one-day retreats that are normally located at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA.  These days of spiritual renewal will focus on the importance of rooting our Catholic Faith in our daily lives.  The theme for 2014 is "Anchored in Hope." These retreats will be led by the nationally recognized retreat program "NET MINISTRIES" and will be on September 23, 24, and 25.   Juniors who have not already signed up for or attended a retreat this year (Camden, or a summer retreat approved by Campus Ministry) are expected to attend one of these days in order to fulfill their retreat obligation.  Students have been assigned a retreat day, and permission slips have already been distributed.

Senior Retreats are one full school day of spiritual reflection, which will be on March 18, 19, and 20, 2015.  This year, the program designed by the Office of Campus Ministry will focus on the process of transitioning to college, and connecting faith to this change of their lives.  Students will be returning to the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA.  The Senior Retreat is mandatory for all seniors who have not already attended a retreat this year (namely, Fall Kairos, Camden, or an approved Summer retreat).  Permission slips and more information will be distributed to students via their religion teachers in advance of the retreat days.

Contact Ms. Estorninos or Father Bresnahan with any questions.

Community Service Opportunities  
Freshmen and NHS Students:  The librarians can use 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.

Blessed Sacrament will have a Parish Festival on Friday, September 26 in the evening. Volunteers are needed and should 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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