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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, October 21, 2016


The entire Roncalli Family joins with all those in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in extending our congratulations to Archbishop Joseph Tobin who, along with 16 other bishops from around the world, were named Cardinals by Pope Francis. He will be installed in the College of Cardinals at a consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 19.

Cardinal-designate Tobin - we are very happy for you, proud of you and we will be praying for you!


Walkathon T-Shirt Design for 2016Are you ready for some RHS Walking!! We are less than one week away from Walkathon 2016!! The event will be held on Thursday, October 27th (with a rain date of October 28th).

This is the only student fundraiser at Roncalli. All proceeds go directly to our financial aid program to assist our students and families. Our goal is 100% participation by all students, teachers and staff members!

In order to participate, students must raise $70 in contributions ($115 family rate - siblings living in the same house). We will collect money during all lunch periods next Monday and Tuesday. Students who raise $100 or more will be eligible for additional incentives – and will receive an additional out of uniform day!

NEW THIS YEAR: Students can have friends and family donate directly to them on our website with a credit card. Just visit: and type in the students’ name and the amount you wish to give. Students can check how much they have generated and send emails with their link to family and friends by going to and log in with their student ID/password. Checks and cash are also accepted, or a combination of these payment methods. We ask students to fill in their yellow envelope with the amount pledged online and turn it in to get their t-shirts.

**Please note: College day visits are not allowed on this day. School is dismissed at 1:00 PM on the day of the walkathon!


Congratulations to Coach Frank Litz and the RHS girls’ cross country team as they set a new school record this past Saturday with our lowest team score ever in an IHSAA Regional competition. The Runnin’ Rebels earned a third place finish which advances them to this Saturday’s IHSAA Semi-State meet at Shelbyville! Special congratulations to Katie Minton and Olivia Origer who earned both All Sectional and All Regional honors! Rounding out the Rebels top five scorers were Kate Morse, Danielle Henke and Trinity Gleitz. Great job girls - good luck this Saturday!

Congratulations to Coach Jeff Buckley and the RHS boys’ cross country team as they too have qualified for this Saturday’s IHSAA Semi-state meet with a strong Regional performance last Saturday. Special congratulations to sophomore Nick Perkins who claimed All Sectional and All Regional honors with a fourth place finish in both meets! Great job fellas and good luck on Saturday!

Congratulations to Coach Maurice Schilten and the RHS girls’ varsity soccer team as they won the school’s second consecutive IHSAA Sectional championship when they defeated Perry Meridian and Decatur Central in Sectional competition. The Rebels fell in a hard fought Regional contest to Greenfield Central, 2-1. The girls had a great season - nice job Rebels!

Congratulations to Coach Bruce Scifres and the RHS varsity football team as they completed an undefeated regular season with a victory last Friday over Guerin Catholic. With the victory the Rebels also claimed the first ever Circle City Conference championship in football. The #1 ranked Rebels open Sectional play this Friday at home versus Northview! Great job Rebels - good luck in the state tournament!

Congratulations to Coach Missy Marsh and the RHS varsity volleyball team as they also claimed the first ever Circle City Conference championship in volleyball by virtue of the best head to head record amongst conference teams! The team opened Sectional play on Tuesday night with a victory over Ben Davis. They will take on Perry Meridian on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at PMHS in a semi-final game. The championship match will be at Perry Meridian on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM. Bump, set and spike ‘em Rebels!

Congratulations to Coach Katie Hoendorf and the RHS freshman volleyball team as they captured the 2016 Marion County Freshman volleyball championship last week over fall break. The girls recorded victories over Perry Meridian, Franklin Central, Lawrence North and North Central!! Great job girls!!!!


Roncalli invites all prospective students in 5th – 8th grades, along with their parents and family members, to join us for Open House 2016 on Thursday, November 3th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

All facets of school life at Roncalli will be on display. Prospective students will be able to visit information booths on all academic, extracurricular and service organizations and have an opportunity to speak with current students, teachers, coaches, club moderators and school administrators. Tours of the school will be available throughout the entire two hour time period.
Please stop by and see why so many people are making Roncalli their choice for high school! For more information, please contact Roncalli High School at (317) 787-8277.


The RHS Guidance Department will host a college planning night for freshmen and sophomore students and their families on Monday, October 24th, from 7-9 pm in the auditorium. Students and families can learn more about how important it is to start the college planning process now, along with specific ways to begin the college search.

In addition to information from the Guidance Office, admission representatives from the University of Alabama, the University of Evansville, Butler, and the University of Indianapolis will also share tips on making the most of the college search and on the college admission process, in general.


We are excited to continue to welcome the eighth graders from our ten South Deanery Grade Schools as a part of our “Be A Rebel For A Day” shadow experience. This week we welcomed the eighth graders from Nativity and St. Barnabas! Looking forward to seeing all of them as members of next year’s RHS Freshman class!


We have a RHS family that lives in the vicinity of Franklin Road and Southport Road that is in need of some transportation assistance in the morning with a ride to school. If your family could provide a ride in the morning, please email the principal at Thanks!


Registration for ICYC (Indianapolis Catholic Youth Conference) closes on October 28th! Don't forget to get registered for this amazing experience! Cardinal-Designate Tobin will be there, so should you!

ICYC is an opportunity to join a 1,100 of your closest friends from all over Indiana for music, mass, games, bounce houses, photo booths and more! It is one day only: November 6th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Emily Wilson and Popple (both national Catholic musicians) will be our Keynote and Entertainment. Learn more about this event at

Register with your South Deanery parish directly at the links below, If you can’t find your parish, please register with a friend at theirs!


The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue University is an immersive program for high-achieving high school students (current sophomores and juniors).

During the week-long course on STEM-related energy topics, participants will be provided with resources and incentives to inspire students in sustainable energy solutions. The program is free to all participants.

The summer camp will be held on June 18-24, 2017. Applications must be submitted online prior to the deadline of January 16, 2017.

To learn more and to apply, please click here.


The Next Generation Teacher Scholarship was created to help the next generation of Hoosier teachers pay for college.

The State of Indiana will provide 200 scholarships each year to high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education. The scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana after graduation.

To qualify, students:

  • Must be an Indiana resident by December 31st the year prior to applying for aid (i.e.December 31, 2016 for the 2017-18 school year)
  • Must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen authorized to be in the United States.
  • Must have graduated from an Indiana accredited high school or non-accredited nonpublic high school
  • Must either have (a) graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class, or (b) received a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT**
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA each academic year
  • Must enroll in and complete 30 credit hours or its equivalent each academic year
  • Must request renewal for the scholarship on an annual basis
  • Must obtain a license to teach in Indiana and serve as a teacher in an eligible Indiana school for 5 years upon college graduation
  • Must repay 20% of the scholarship for each year service requirements are not fulfilled

Applications will be available on November 1st and will close December 31, 2016.

To learn more and to apply, please click here.


Over the past few years on multiple occasions we have heard from some of our own RHS parents about situations whereby other RHS parents displayed woefully inappropriate behavior. This has included but not been limited to berating our own players and coaches, berating the officials, inappropriate comments directed toward the opposing school’s players, coaches and fans.

It is the school’s expectation as well as the IHSAA’s expectation that those who attend our school’s athletic contests will show respect for themselves and others at all times. This is best done by cheering enthusiastically for our team. All athletic contests by their very nature are going to include player miscues, tough coaching decisions and questionable officiating calls. Regardless, the focus must always remain on allowing the competition to be a healthy, positive experience for the contestants as well as for all fans no matter the outcome of the game. No one despite having paid their admission fee has the right to display poor sportsmanship and/or interfere with the experience of other fans.

Inappropriate comments by students, parents or fans (before, during or after the game) are unacceptable and could subject that person to be removed from the stadium for the remainder of the contest and/or future contests.

As adults we have a clear obligation to be healthy, positive role models for our young people. When we fall short in this area, our entire community suffers.

As is the case with most situations of this nature, the inappropriate behavior is often displayed by a small minority of fans. However, that small minority is putting a real damper on the experience for many other fans. We can do better. We must do better! Let’s embrace the spirit of high school athletics and allow them to be what they were designed to be - family centered, Christ-centered opportunities for young people to create lifelong memories while gaining life prep experiences!


Parent Information Session: Keeping Kids Safe in a Technology Driven World
Presenter: Katie Greer
When: November 9th @ 7:00PM
Where: Roncalli Auditorium

Roncalli, Cathedral and Lutheran High School have combined to bring a respected expert to Indianapolis to speak with our students about Internet and social media safety. Katie Greer will speak at all three schools on November 9 and then conclude with a parent assembly at Roncalli High School at 7:00 PM in the fine arts auditorium.

What can I do to protect them? What apps should I be worried about? Is social networking safe? Is my child being cyberbullied? Sexting? What’s next? It’s often overwhelming being a parent today in our technology-driven society. Keeping up with the latest trends and dangers can often seem like an impossible task. Katie will help parents and other interested adults navigate the digital waters and provide information about what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology. Most importantly, she will provide all with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe.
The following topics will be covered during this session:

  • Updates on the latest technology trends and dangers
  • Social networking
  • Healthy usage of devices and social media
  • How to make technology and social media work for you not against you
  • Digital Tattoos
  • Interactive gaming: Tips for safe gaming
  • Cell phones/smartphones/devices
  • Cyberbullying laws and legislation
  • Overview of what message Katie sends to students


If your child has been receiving free or reduced lunch in the past, please be aware that many students are finding out they are no longer receiving these benefits because no new application was turned in for this school year. Eligibility from last year extended through the first 30 days of this school year, but after that we must have a new application for this year on file. If you have not received a letter in the mail confirming your free or reduced eligibility for this year, then we have not received your application. If you have any questions about your student's eligibility for the free or reduced lunch benefit, you may call or email Eileen Horan at (317)788-4099,

You may apply for the benefit at any time during the school year. There is a link to this application at the bottom of every weekly newsletter. Please be aware that we do not share applications with the Catholic grade schools unless asked by you to do so. So, if you sent an application to your parish grade school, they did not automatically share it with us. All information is kept confidential and the students do not know who is free or reduced lunch and who is regular paid lunch. They simply put their ID number in at the cash register and the correct benefit is applied. Thank you for supporting the Rebel Cafe!


Coach Michael Wantz and the RHS boys basketball program will host its first ever South Deanery Boys' Basketball Coaching Clinic on Wednesday, October 26th from 8:00 - 9:15 PM in the Roncalli Main Gym.

Topics covered will be practice planning, offensive and defensive drills, as well as some of Roncalli's favorite plays! There is no cost to you and handouts will be provided. Just bring a pen and a clipboard or notebook.

Please spread the word to all basketball coaches in the South Deanery and we will see you on the 26th! Please enter Door #10, there is no RSVP necessary.


“KICK FOR KAIT” is a co-ed adult kickball tournament sponsored by Katie’s Hope Foundation to be held on Saturday, October 22th at Roncalli High School in the east/bubble gym parking lot. The entry fee will be $120.00 per team (minimum of 5 girls/ 5 guys). Please register by October 16th by contacting Kerry Lynch ( or Kathleen Lynch ( Thank you for all of your support of Katie’s Hope Foundation.


St. Barnabas High School Youth Ministry Fall Retreat: High School Teens! Please join us for our Fall Retreat at CYO Camp Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 23. The cost is $50 (checks can be made payable to St. Barnabas Church). We will do high ropes, hike, and have a bonfire! Permission forms and the $50 retreat fee is due to St. Barnabas' youth minister, Mary Kate Becker, by THIS Sunday, October 2. Contact Mary Kate Becker for a permission form and more information. We hope to see you there!


Ss. Francis & Clare Catholic Church is hosting a John Michael Talbot concert on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 PM. No tickets will be required but a freewill offering will be accepted to support the ministries of John Michael Talbot and the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. All are invited - families welcome!


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

An AP high school teacher recently said to me: “I’ve been asked to teach history, science and math over my career, but I don’t get the chance to teach the most important subject that will enable my students to succeed in life!”

“What’s that?” I inquired.

He frowned, and sighed, “Social emotional learning.”

What Is Social Emotional Learning?

It’s become a buzzword today, as we discover that test scores are not enough to prepare our students for a career. According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning), social emotional learning is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

To read the remainder of this blog please click here.


  • For the repose of the soul of Carol Kinzel who passed away last weekend and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the grandmother of Alex Barrett (‘19).
  • For the repose of the soul of Leo Feldhake who passed away last weekend for his family and friends who mourn his loss. Leo was long time RHS supporter who was active in the RHS Band Boosters as well as a member of our Board of Directors Facilities committee.
  • For the repose of the soul of James Olmstead who passed away last weekend and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the father of Matthew Olmstead (‘20).
  • For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Cardinal Designate Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
  • For all Christians, and all 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.

“Joy comes to those who in a sense forget themselves and become totally aware of the other.”
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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