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This Week at Bishop Ireton
November 19, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sat., Nov. 21, Mothers Club Christmas Marketplace, 10 am - 2 pm, cafeteria


Mon., Nov. 23, N Day, Liturgy Schedule, Alumni Priest Mass


Tue., Nov. 24, B Day, 12:15 dismissal


Wednesday, November 25 - Sunday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Break


Monday, November 30 NO SCHOOL, Bishop's Day off


Tue., Dec. 1, R Day


Wed., Dec. 2, E Day, Adopt a Family Gifts due (unwrapped)


Thu., Dec. 3, T Day, 2:35 dismissal, Camden Retreat departs


Fri., Dec. 4, $2 dress out day benefits Adopt A Family Program - Denim Day


________________    Looking Ahead: 


December 7, Junior Ring Mass, 7 pm


December 9, PTO 7pm 


December 10, gift wrapping, Adopt a Family Gifts


December 13, Christmas Concert


December 16-18, Sophomore Retreats


December 23-January 3, Christmas Vacation


January 4, school resumes


January 7-8, auditions for Godspell


January 9, Practice SAT/ACT tests at BI


January 14-21, Semester Exams


January 18, No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 22, March for Life


January 24, Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales  

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


January 25, 2nd semester starts


January 27, NHS Induction Ceremony


February 1, Re-registration Assembly


February 5, Winter Pep Rally


February 6, Winter Ball


February 10, Ash Wednesday


February 13, Parent/Alumni Salesian Retreat


February 15, No School Presidents Day


February 17-19, Senior Retreats


February 24, Senior Class Picture


March 6, Admitted Students Mass


March 14, No school for students, Professional Development for Faculty/Staff


March 16-19, Kairos VIII


March 24 - April 1, Easter Vacation


March 27, Easter Sunday


April 9, PTO Campus Clean Up


April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, Spring Show - Godspell


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: 

"Since the heart of the Lord has no more loving law than meekness, humility, and charity, we must firmly maintain these dear virtues in us."


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VISAA Football Division I Championship Game
Saturday, November 21, 1 pm vs. Benedictine in Richmond
The cost of admission for ALL fans is $10/person. No student ID or season ticket passes will be honored. 
Come out and support YOUR Cardinals!
Yearbook Sales
To pre-order the 2016 Flight Yearbook, you can pay be credit card by clicking here.  Click here for the paper order form. Please send in $65 (check made out to Bishop Ireton) by December 11. After Christmas, the price will be $70.
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, November 30.
Adopt A Family Gifts
Every year, Bishop Ireton adopts needy children who live locally in Christmas List Alexandria at Community LodgingsCommunity Lodgings is our local sister organization.  Each advisory is given the name and a wish list for one child. The gifts are due Wednesday, December 2.  Gifts should be UNWRAPPED. Gift wrapping will be on Thursday, December 10 right after school in the cafeteria. Freshmen and NHS student volunteers needed. Thank you for helping make Christmas a much brighter day for the children who live at Community Lodgings. 
Extended Absence Request
Click here for an Extended Absence Request, which should be filled out if a student is going to be absent for three or more consecutive days. This form should be submitted BEFORE the anticipated absence to Mrs. Fracasso for consideration by Mrs. Tobin.
Please refer to the Student Handbook, pages 51-55, regarding student absences.
Thanksgiving break is from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30 (Bishop's day off).
Counseling Services     
The College Financial Aid Night 
scheduled for December 2 will be postponed to January.  Date TBD
The American Legion is sponsoring a H. S. Oratorical Scholarship Program to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. The local date for the contest is Sun., Dec. 6. Please contact the American Legion Post 24 for more information.
Fathers Club
Port City Brewery Tour 
Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30 pm beer tasting followed by a tour at 6:30, Port City Bewery is located at 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria. 
The Fathers Club will supply snacks and there will be a cash bar. Fun night of fellowship, please let us know if you can attend, click here to RSVP.
Work on Campus
Calling all BI Dads - On Saturday, December 5th, the school has asked us to finish the job we started two years ago in clearing the trees and brush that stands between the lower parking lot and Duke Street. 
Please try to arrive by 9 am if you can.  We will be cutting down trees and clearing brush so you will want to bring gloves and long pants.   We are particularly in need of chain saws and brush clearing equipment.  If you can bring any of these please let us know.
Our hard work will be followed by burgers, bratwurst and beers at the school. Click here to let us know if you can join us. We do have light jobs available as well!
Thank you to all those who provided our Faculty and Staff with a delicious PTO Faculty/Staff Appreciation "Thanksgiving Feast" on Tuesday, November 17.

Servers/Kitchen/Decor Help include: Marie Niernberger, Liz Uhrig, Sandra Canas, Kathy Gaffney, Mollie Raymond, Kathy Hrechka, and Laura Dwyer.

Food donation families: Special thanks to the Norquist and Crandall familes for our main course this month; Anderson, Ekman, FitzSimmons/Olson, Farris, Delaney, Moore, Niernberger, Rizzi, Caffi, Raymond, Roddy, Dwyer, Kelley, Cunningham, Regelbrugge/Phillips, Gibbons, Sullivan, Canas, Markle, Otero, McIntyre, Gaffney, Kauffman, Lawrence, Roddy, Wimbush, Sardegna, and Klein.

Sincere appreciation goes to each family!

Our next luncheon is our "Christmas Feast" on Friday, December 11. Please sign up with this sign-up genius. Thanks!
Christmas Concert   
The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Choirs will perform Sunday evening, December 13 at 7 pm in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium.
Cardinal Nest School Store

Your School Store is loaded with Winter Hats, Harry Potter Scarves, Mittens, Flannel Pants, Hoodies and Sweats...and Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers Galore! 

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!
School Store Hours:  Monday-Friday 
7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00 pm; 
3:00-3:30 pm
 or call Mrs. Daubresse 703-212-5159 
to make an appointment
Best Buddies
Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by creating one-to-one friendships and opportunities within communities. Bishop Ireton is fortune enough to have a Best Buddies chapter that had been recognized for its outstanding work at the statewide level. Each year, Best Buddies BI hosts a dodgeball tournament to promote the fun spirit of the organization. Students (and faculty!) can form teams that engage in friendly competition in the name of inclusion. This year's dodgeball tournament will be hosted in the gym on November 24th at 12:15. Best Buddies BI also hopes to host a regional tournament in the spring season, where schools from around the DC area can share in the fun and excitement that Ireton already knows so well.
Congratulations to the following students who will be inducted into the DeSales Chapter of the NHS on January 27, 2016. Students must have a minimum of a 3.75 GPA in order to be eligible to apply to NHS.  
Class of 2016
Alexander Duke, Emma Rayder, and Ryan Walsh 
Class of 2017
Lori Abbed, Eve Armstrong, Angie Arquette-Overman, Medallia Ayalew, Leigh Beals, Michaela Bradshaw, Madeleine Byrns, Michael Caballero, Arianna Cacic, Christopher Caliguiran, Estrella Carcamo, Katherine Carney, Edward Crandall, Megan Cunningham, Sophia DeLoatche, Sofia Driscoll, Emma Farrar, Matthew Fluker, Caroline Gant, Rebecca Glick, Angeline Gnanasekaran, Selam Haile, Joseph Hamer, Elizabeth Healy, Joshua Hensley, Hannah Hermann, Andrew Hershey, Sarah Innis, Hae Rin Kim, Emma Klein, Conrad Lakso, Tyler Ledbetter, Natalie Ledesma, Haley Leis, Catherine LoGrande, Karson Lyon, Brendan Lyons, Callan McCormick, Alena McGuire, William McHugh, Dalia Nasr, Mary Nealon, Jenny Nguyen, Andrew O'Brien, Christine Padilla, Sam Papero, Aidan Phillips, Claire Pierce, Matthew Poling, Azin Pooresmaeil, Rachel Price, Allison Ramiscal, Deeba Rassuli, Elizabeth Rives, Victoria Roldan, Alexander Rostron, Katherine Ryan, Gabriel Sampaio, Joseph Scafetta, Madeline Smith,  Maeve Snystrup,  Megan Stocks, Genevieve Thanh, Joseph Wenger, Pinn Winyoopongphun, Connor Wood, Julianne York, and Samantha Zakhem.
Video Game Club will meet this Friday, Nov. 20 from 3 - 4:30 in room 301. All are welcome.
Modern Muckrakers: Check out Ireton's new student blog! Read
articles concerning current events, hot topics, and lifestyle. See the website created by the student team! Click here.
Guardian Battalion Cadet Program is participating in the Wreaths Across America program. To sponsor, click here. Deadline has been extended to December 1. Click on the red banner that states "Donate to VA0068P - Bishop Ireton High School Cadet Program!" Then follow the prompts. The cadets will place the wreaths on the graves on Dec. 12. Click here with any questions.
It's Academic taping will be on November 21 and the show will be aired on January 30.
Fruit Baskets and Wreath Sales benefiting BI Crew 
Click here for the order form.
Fruit Baskets and Wreaths make fantastic gifts and are delivered right to your home: Delivery dates: Nov. 21, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12.
$25 for fruit baskets and $30 for Wreaths
Please contact a BI Crew member or click here to order yours today!
Christmas Trees
Bishop Ireton Crew Team will soon be selling Christmas trees on Fannon Field, December 4th 3-8 p.m., December 5th 9 am-7 pm and December 6th 10 am to 5 pm. Please tell your neighbors and friends so they come get their fresh tree and wreaths from us! Bring your SUV to school pickup on Friday the 4th and take home a fresh Christmas tree! Signs will be posted soon around the neighborhood! For more info contact a crew team member or Donna 703-780-7494.
Athletic Boosters
Winter sports are right around the corner! Have you joined the Bishop Ireton Boosters Club? Don't wait for Spring! Support your winter athlete! Join today! You may sign up on the website with Paypal or contact Coby Owens. The Cardinals need YOU!
Campus Ministry and Community Service     
Sophomore Retreats
Sophomore Retreats are on December 16, 17, and 18. Students will receive new permission slips and retreat information through their history classes (the original pink form from the summer mailing had incorrect retreat dates). For this retreat, we have partnered with various service organizations in the City of Alexandria to provide a meaningful opportunity for service to the poor, the elderly, the homeless, and others in need. On their assigned day, students will spend the morning in service. In the afternoon, students will reflect on their experience and connect it to their faith. There is no cost for this retreat. Permission forms are due on Friday, December 11th to Fr. Bresnahan, Mrs. Perez, or the receptionist at the Front Desk. 

Community Lodgings needs student volunteers for the Christmas Store December 14-16 and their Holiday Party December 12. Please contact Ms. Melanie Ficke.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria is holding an inaugural Teen Mass on Sunday, November 22 at 5 pm.  The Mass was planned by the teens of the Parish and will feature a teen centered homily, teen altar servers/ushers/readers and music sung by a few of our very own BI students.  All ages are welcome at the Mass.

Model UN 
University of Virginia 35th Annual Conference: There were nearly 900 student delegates representing 35 schools at the three day conference.  Our student delegates were recognized with the Under Secretaries-General's Outstanding Small Delegation award.  This was for their outstanding uniform efforts in representing their positions, demonstration of their diplomatic skills and their position papers.
Those students who earned the USG's Outstanding Small Delegation award were:
Seniors: Jake Ferrara, Pierce Murphy
Juniors:  Maddy Ayalew, Jake Dodson, Ryan Henke, Conrad Lakso, Sam Paparo
Sophs: Rory Fedorochko, Sean Gibbons, Brady Hoagland, Maddy McDade, Julianne Miranda
Freshman:  Anne-Marie Caballero
We had three individuals who were recognized for their individual efforts:
Jake Ferrara; Ulysses del Toro; Cuban Council of Ministers 2018 (Outstanding 
2nd Place Award)
Pierce Murphy; Claude Bartolone; French National Assembly (Honorable Mention 3rd Place Award)
Sean Gibbons; Mikhail Fradkov; Russian Intelligence Community

Teaching Kids Media Smarts about Breaking News
Common Sense Media has provided a resource to teach older students to discern through the chaos of the media during "breaking news." This is particularly relevant with recent events in Paris. Click here.
Lock your cars!
Reminder to all students and staff - please lock your cars whenever you leave them unattended!
Salesian Corner
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.
Annual Salesian Retreat led by Fr. Mike McCue, OSFS on Saturday, November 21st from 9 am - noon at St. John Neumann, Reston. Fr. Mike will share his experiences of living with and ministering to the poor and marginalized in American's poorest city. His reflection is entitled: "Salesian lessons from the margins - Camden." Continental Breakfast at 9 am. A small marketplace of Salesian books and handmade stained glass gift items will be available for purchase. Blankets (new or gently used) will be collected for Camden's homeless.  Click here to register - advance registration is required. 
Mark your calendar for Live Jesus! 2016 - Saturday, March 5 at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna, VA.
Advent Program Online
The online Advent program will feature six courses for spiritual enrichment and starts Sunday, November 29. Click here for more information.
Parent Prayer Group 
The Bishop Ireton Parent Prayer group meets once a week on Wednesdays, 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 outside the library 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.


Another option for buying spiritwear or accessories for your team and supporters is MyLocker. A portion of the proceeds from these sales comes back to Bishop Ireton athletics; in fact, you can set up a store with MyLocker and benefit directly through those sales!
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 2016 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 2015-2016:
"Respect finds its perfection when it is steeped in God, in the Holy Spirit, and in love of one another." - St. Francis de Sales








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