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Student Life

All Night Grad Party

The All Night Grad Party (ANGP) is one of Bishop Ireton's longest standing and most cherished traditions for seniors. PTO parent volunteers work hard to make this a night to remember. We are very proud of the fact that each year, nearly every single graduate attends the ANGP. By hosting this party, every graduate has a celebration to attend on graduation night and all graduates celebrate their milestone together as a class.
 
Students are excited to celebrate their accomplishments with their friends on graduation night, yet we read too often about tragedies after students attend graduation parties where drugs or alcohol are served. Parents want a safe alternative for kids on graduation night, and our ANGP has become a drug and alcohol-free, fun-filled celebration that the kids actually want to attend. Your son or daughter will not want to miss this party – we give away lots of cash and prizes and the kids have an absolute blast all night long! All graduates registered by March 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a cash prize to use during Spring Break.

Volunteers are needed to assist with decorations, food prep, security, and logistics. Please email Kirsti Garlock for more information at Kirsti.Garlock@gmail.com.
 



FAQs

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • | What to expect at the ANGP?

    The party’s theme is a privately chartered “cruise” with the student’s entire graduating class. The “cruise ship” is “docked” at Audrey Moore Recreation Center in Annandale. The “Captain” of the ship will have the crew on deck to supervise the fun, keep the food flowing and activities lively. In addition to normal shipboard activities such as swimming, basketball, walleyball and/or dodge ball, the graduates will try their luck in the shipboard “casino,” dive for treasures, and show their skills surfing on a mechanical shark, running an obstacle course and playing glow golf and corn hole games. Everyone will be dancing to the music and enjoying the All Night Buffet. Caricature drawings, airbrush tattoos and green screen photography will help to memorialize the special event. There will also be trivia games and a grand prize raffle as all shipboard passengers will be eligible to win a wide array of cash and prizes, awarded throughout the evening. At the end of the evening, there will be a special hypnotist comedy show in the “lounge” area of the ship. Each graduate will also receive their BI Yearbooks at the ANGP and have the chance to spend time with their friends collecting autographs at the end of the evening. Your graduate will not want to miss the sailing of the U.S.S. BI GRAD! Please try to keep as much as you learn about the event a surprise, too. While we want students to know why they don’t want to miss this night, we do try to keep up the suspense and mystery as much as possible to increase the excitement.
  • | How do I register my Senior?

    Fill out the registration form and pay for the event. We will be updating the website with a list of paid attendees names each week so you may ensure we received your registration. Due to the generosity of the BI parent community, there are a limited amount of fee-waivers for graduates with financial need. Please sign up early so we can ensure everyone who wants to go, can! There will be additional drawings for students to win cash prizes if they are registered no later than by March 31, 2019.
  • | What does the registration cover?

    For $100, your senior will receive an unforgettable night with friends, souvenirs of this memorable evening, at least one prize, access to all activities, and refreshments during the whole night. No additional cash is necessary and no-shows are not refundable. Please note that this registration is separate from all other Bishop Ireton fees (including graduation).
  • | What should my grad wear to the party?

    Historically, the grads come in very comfortable clothes – shorts (not TOO short) t-shirts, tennis shoes or flip-flops. They can wear whatever they want, but they’ll be busy and will want to be comfortable.
  • | What does my grad bring with them?

    Most grads bring a backpack with a swimsuit, towel, phone (although it has to stay packed away in their bags during the party) and whatever they need to go swimming. Anything they bring with them will be checked in the “Bag Room” for the night. They can access it any time they want, but they will not be allowed to carry it around with them. Grads with special needs (medication) should list those on the registration form for appropriate attention. We limit grads from having their phones on them during the party because they participate more fully without having the distraction. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the facility (including water bottles). We will have plenty of food and drinks available at the party. Graduates should bring everything they will need into the party when they first arrive, as they will not be permitted to their cars once entering the facility until the event has concluded.
  • | Is there swimming?

    The pool will be open and staffed with certified lifeguards. Swimming is optional and involves inherent risks. If your student cannot swim, they should not enter the pool.
  • | Will they be able to sneak drugs or alcohol into the party?

    NO! We will have two uniformed, off-duty police officers and many parent volunteers at the Center during the whole time. The officers will have a Breathalyzer, and we don’t hesitate to check anyone we believe has been drinking alcohol before they arrive. This is a drug, alcohol, electronic cigarette, and tobacco-free SAFE celebration for your grad! Unfortunately, if we suspect that a graduate is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we will call their parents to pick them up to take them home. ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, OR OTHER DRUGS ARE PROHIBITED. 
  • | How can I get in touch with you during the night if there is an emergency?

    You may always call the Rec Center at 703-321-7081. Also, the ANGP Chair, Kirsti Garlock, will have her cell phone with her throughout the party. You may call her at 703-371-8178. If you have paid for your grad to attend the party but does not show up by midnight when the doors are locked, we will call YOU to let you know they did not make it (and so you know they are not with us in a safe place).
  • | What responsibilities do parents and students have during the event?

    ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK: By registering this student, I understand that participation in the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) involves the use of public property and that neither the All Night Grad Party Committee, nor its parent volunteers, nor Bishop Ireton High School faculty and staff, will have any responsibility for the condition of this property. I have been made aware of the purpose of the ANGP, its various activities, and requirements (e.g., graduates must stay the duration of the event, until 5 am), and agree that, to the best of my knowledge, my child is physically able to safely participate in this event. I will not hold ANGP, its committee members, or Bishop Ireton High School responsible or liable should my child become injured. I give permission for my child to participate in the event, I confirm that I have provided all relevant special needs and medical information, and I grant permission for event officials to contact emergency responders to seek medical attention in the event of any emergency or injury.
  • | Who is permitted to attend the ANGP?

    Only Bishop Ireton graduating seniors who are in good standing (at the discretion of the BI administration and ANGP) are permitted to attend the ANGP. No outside guests are permitted. All necessary registration forms must be completed prior to the event or the student will not be admitted. NO PAYMENT OR FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT. Volunteers must be registered and over the age of 21.
  • | When is the party?

    The ANGP begins at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – after your grad has had an afternoon snooze and is ready to celebrate! The party lasts all night long, until 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, June 5. Graduates are required to stay the whole time (11 pm – 5 am). As you can imagine, grads will be tired when the party ends. Since they may be too tired to drive home safely, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST you arrange for adult drivers to and from the party. It is a long night of fun and they will be ready to sleep once it is all over.
  • | Should my grad eat before coming?

    We will have food available all night long and plenty to do to keep them from going hungry or thirsty.
  • | How can I help keep our students safe on graduation night? What about volunteers?

    The event is planned and hosted by PTO volunteers from the Bishop Ireton Community. It takes dozens of volunteers to plan, organize and execute the event, beginning in January each year. Typically, parents of seniors are busy the week of graduation celebrating the big event, so the tradition is for underclassmen parents to take on the lion share of responsibilities (even though some senior parents still want to volunteer). This event is so much fun, we still have parents who volunteer even after their children have graduated from Bishop Ireton. Please help us make this the best event ever!
  • | Where is the party?

    We have changed venues this year. The ANGP is being held at Audrey Moore Recreation Center, located at 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003. They have hosted many ANGP events in the past and are already making plans to make this the best night of fun ever! We will have the entire facility to ourselves and will not have to share it with anyone else.
    Audrey Moore Recreation Center Map
  • | How many people attend the event?

    Only a handful of Seniors do not attend the party every year (last year, less than 5 missed the event due to travel or illness). This is because it is a very special tradition at Bishop Ireton and everyone looks forward to it. It is a special way to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments!
  • | What are the hours for the ANGP?

    The graduates are to arrive at the main entrance of the rec center between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. At midnight, the doors are locked and all students are to remain inside the facility until the party ends at 5:00 a.m. when the doors are opened. We have volunteers who man the exits to ensure students do not enter or leave while the party is underway and that way, parents know that their kids are where they are supposed to be. If a graduate needs to leave prior to 5:00 a.m. for some reason, special arrangements must be made in advance with the ANGP chair and the facility security. Once the party is over, the students are free to leave. Once a student leaves, they are not permitted back inside the party. Parents are strongly encouraged to make arrangements to have their children picked up so they are not driving home tired.


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