Weekly Newsletter - Friday, February 5, 2016
FUN, FUN, FUN - THANKS TO ALL FOR A WONDERFUL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
SHAYLA CABALAN & ABBY YOHLER EARN WRITING HONORS
(KORY, PIX PLEASE)
Congratulations to senior Shayla Cabalan and junior Abby Yohler both of whom earned awards in the statewide 2016 Scholastic Writing contest. Shayla dominated this year’s awards! There were 400 entries in this year’s competition. There were only 28 Gold Key awards given out, which is the top award given to the most accomplished works. Shayla won four of the Gold Key awards or 14% of the entire Gold Key awards given in the entire state! Shayla earned Gold Key awards in science fiction/fantasy,short story,dramatic script and writing portfolio. Abby earned a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention in short story! Great job, girls!
GOLD MEDAL BAND MEMBERS!
Congratulations to the following RHS band members who earned a Gold rating in Group I at last week’s ISSMA District competition: Matt McKay (piccolo and flute); Will Haman (tenor sax); Luke Dow (snare drum); Mark Jones (timpani); Chris McKay (timpani). By virtue of receiving the highest rating possible in the highest level of competition, these outstanding musicians now advance to this year’s ISSMA State Finals. Great job and good luck at state!
ASH WEDNESDAY FISH FRY - GREAT FOOD & SUPPORT SENIOR RETREAT
Everyone is invited to join us next Wednesday for our annual Ash Wednesday Fish Fry! The Roncalli Parents Organization is pleased to carry on this tradition which supports our Senior Retreat program. Dinners will include fish or shrimp along with sides, dessert and drinks. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be cheese pizza available as well for children. The Fish Fry will run from 4:30 - 7:00 PM in the RHS cafeteria.
A mass celebrated by RHS chaplain, Fr. Tim Wyciskalla, will be held in the RHS Chapel of the Sacred Heart at 5:00 PM.
There is still time to donate items for the Fish Fry and/or sign up to assist with the evening. It is a great way to meet some new folks in the RHS community and provide a helping hand for a great cause. Click on the link below and it will take you to an electronic sign-up. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the Fish Fry.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS PRESENTATION FOR STUDENTS
As we continue to keep positive mental health awareness in front of our community, we are pleased to announce a student assembly that will educate and challenge our students about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Staff and two students from Hope Academy will be speaking with our students next Friday. Hope Academy is located on the Northside and is a Recovery High School at Fairbanks. It is a “charter high school that provides educational excellence and an achievement-oriented curriculum with the promotion of sobriety and personal growth.” We are excited to welcome staff and students from Hope Academy to share their experiences and offer information to our students to assist them in making good life decisions.
RONCALLI ATHLETIC BOOSTERS REVERSE RAFFLE
SAVE THE DATE! The Roncalli Athletic Booster Committee (“RABC”) invites you to our annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday, February 27 at the Atrium. The mission of the RABC is to financially assist our Roncalli athletic programs.
Over the past several years, we’ve raised funds to purchase multiple small buses for transportation, bleachers for the “Bubble” gym, athletic field grooming machines and state of the art coaching technology. This spring we'll contribute funds to cover remodeling of our athletic training room. This would not be possible without your generous support. Follow this link for registration information.
PARENTS’ CORNER: TEENS’ DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE: NOT AS HARMLESS AS SOME THINK
Roncalli High School was proud to welcome back adolescent and young adult therapist, Janice Gabe, last Tuesday for an outstanding and informative presentation to parents. Janice presented information about several parenting myths, as well as invaluable and timely information on trends and patterns related to teenage use of alcohol and other drugs. She stressed that the teenage brain can be dramatically impacted by the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs in ways that are unique to them because their brains are not yet fully developed. She presented the group with several steps that parents can take to help their children avoid using alcohol and drugs. One of the consistent actions she emphasized was setting limits with clear consequences. Thanks to all in attendance.
If you would like to hear and see the information shared by Janice, please view the video link below. It will be well worth your time.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (PRESIDENTS’ DAY) - FREE DAY/SNOW MAKE-UP DAY
A reminder that Monday, February 15 is a free day on the school calendar. However, should we have to close school due to snow/road conditions any time prior to that date, we would be in school that day using it as a snow make-up day.
FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2016-17 DUE MARCH 1
Financial Aid forms for the 2016-17 school year are now available. You can have your student pick one up in the school’s business office. The form may be downloaded at this link: www.roncalli.org/admissions/tuition-information.
Please contact Mrs. Denise Cook in the Business Office if you have any questions. She can be reached at 787-8277, extension 278 or email@example.com.
All financial aid forms must be completed and returned by March 1.
GYM JAM III
The Roncalli Parent’s Organization is sponsoring Gym Jam 3 in the bubble gym immediately following the basketball game on Friday, February 19th for all freshmen and sophomores until 10:45 PM. We will have free pizza, basketball, volleyball, music and areas to just hang out. Please encourage your teen to take advantage of this fun event!
FALL CHEERLEADING TRYOUT INFORMATION
Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for the Fall 2016 season should plan to attend the clinic days on April 12, 13, & 14 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. The final tryout will take place Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 AM in the Roncalli main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the tryout process will be given on the first day of the clinic. Please contact head coach Jen Kocher with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-294-5804.
ORDER YOUR 2015-16 YEARBOOK AT A DISCOUNT
February 15th is the deadline to save $15 on your child's 2015-16 Yearbook. Yearbooks can be ordered online at www.roncalli.org/yearbook. In addition, paper order forms may be picked up in the main office. The current price is $60, however, the price goes up to $75 after February 15, so don't wait. Questions? Contact Mrs. Julie Albertson at email@example.com or 787-8277 ext 325.
IMPORTANT NEWS! DRIVER’S EDUCATION- 15 YEAR OLDS ELIGIBLE AGAIN
State law allows a student to enroll in and complete a Driver’s Education course once they turn 15 years old. For Roncalli’s Driver’s Education program, this will mean that a student will have to be 15 years old by April 15, 2016.
Roncalli High School once again will offer a comprehensive Driver’s Education Program that is fully accredited by the state of Indiana and meets all criteria set forth by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. There will be a classroom session (30 hours) held in April (after school) for those students not involved in a spring sport or the spring musical. Another classroom session will be held in May/June for those students that could not attend the first classroom session. All behind the wheel driving takes place during the month of June. An information sheet with details about the program is now available in the main office. Registration materials will be distributed on February 22nd.
REBELATION 2016-SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
Rebelation is our largest annual fundraiser that raises funds for families in need of tuition assistance. This year we will host a Hawaiian Luau and have great food, drinks, entertainment and auction items. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for a great party on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
There are lots of ways you can help! Click here to download the donation form. All donations to the auctions are tax-deductible.
We are in need of items like: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.
Have a cool job? Donate your time and expertise with a Job Shadow opportunity in the silent auction. It is a great way for students to get real world experience and to see first hand what people do on the job!
Contact Rachel Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
REBEL SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Congratulations to the following Rebel wrestlers who advanced to this Saturday’s IHSAA Regional competition at Perry Meridian High School: Runners-up - Nick Ellis, Quinn Cecil; 3rd place - Sam Hansen, Tyler Smith, Jordan Sinkhorn; 4th place - Patrick Waugh, Michael Armbruster. Good luck this weekend, fellas!
Good luck to Coach Ed Merkling and the girls’ swimming and diving team as they compete in the IHSAA Sectional championships this Saturday at Franklin High School. The girls have enjoyed an outstanding season with one of the finest records in school history. They will be swimming for the right to compete in this year’s state finals.
CYO TENNIS PROGRAM - GREAT OPPORTUNITIES!
The CYO is having a six week tennis program starting February 28 and running through April 10. (No play on Easter Sunday, March 2). This is a fundraiser; so all proceeds will benefit the CYO. It will be held at Indianapolis Racquet Club East, 4901 N. Shadeland Ave. on Sundays 6:30-8:00 PM for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. There will be pro instruction followed by match play. The cost is $60 for the entire six week session. This is a great opportunity to learn from a tennis pro at a very reduced price! Sign up by calling IRC East at 317-545-2228 or email at email@example.com. Space is limited, so sign up by February 14.
THREE PARENTAL ACTS THAT HINDER STUDENTS FROM BECOMING LEADERS
Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore
I just finished meeting with a group of university students. My goal was to ask them how they had adapted to college life. I chose this group of students because every one of them served in leadership roles during high school. I wondered if they’d continued in college. The overwhelming message I received from them is they didn’t feel they were keeping up with expectations. Due to this reality, half of them had not even applied for a leadership position, and the other half had quit their positions. This might be predictable, but it’s also a pattern.
Faculty on university campuses are reporting that needy, less resilient students have shaped the landscape for staff and teachers—in that educators are expected to do more handholding, lower academic standards, and not challenge students too much. Even the student leaders have switched into survival model. To read more click here.
- In thanksgiving for the healthy arrival into this world of Ruth Bedwell, born on Wednesday of this past week to RHS mathematics teacher, Caitlin Bedwell and her husband, Mark. Mom and baby Ruth are both doing well.
- For the repose of the soul of Virginia Toner who passed away last week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the mother of RHS athletic director, Dave Toner, and mother-in-law of RHS mathematics teacher, Angie Toner.
- For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
- For all Christians and men and women of faith who are facing persecution for their religious beliefs.
- For healing of body, mind and spirit for all in the Roncalli Family dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues.
- For strength and healing for all in the Roncalli Family battling life threatening illness and for their families and caregivers.
- For the men and women of our armed forces and their families, especially our Roncalli High School alums who are serving in the military.
- For our RHS alums preparing for a religious vocation as a priest, religious woman or missionary.
- For vocations to the priesthood, religious life and missionary field, and that Roncalli High School and its families will provide a nurturing environment that fosters and supports these vocations.
- For all those in need of food, clothing, shelter and those most in need of God’s mercy
“I commit my ministry, and your ministry, to the powerful intercession of Mary, our Mother, Mother of the Church. Beneath her maternal gaze, may each one of us walk and listen to the voice of her divine Son.”
Pope Francis, address to the College of Cardinals, March 15, 2013
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