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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, August 29, 2014

CONSTRUCTION/ROUNDABOUT UPDATE!!!

The city has made quick work of the new roundabout at the intersection of Edgewood and McFarland Roads. They shared with us on Friday that they are planning on opening it for traffic next Thursday, September 4. This should ease some of our traffic congestion at the LaSalle Street entrance. Thank you for your patience as this project has been completed.

THANKS FOR A GREAT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

It was great to have so much positive energy in the school on Thursday night as close to 900 parents were a part of this year’s Back to School Night. Thanks to all who joined us for this fun, productive evening. We look forward to working with all of our parents/guardians as together we teach, guide, nurture and love our young people in hopes they grow into all that God would like for them to be!

Thank you to all of our parents, guardians, Godparents and grandparents who sacrifice so much for their children and grandchildren to attend Roncalli!

RHS WELL REPRESENTED IN THIS YEAR’S MIRACLE MILE PARADE

The Roncalli Marching Band and Student Council will once again participate in the Miracle Mile Parade on Saturday, August 30. The parade is the main driving force behind the Madison Avenue Economic Development Project, helping to attract more than $30 million in investments to the area. The Rebels have marched in every Miracle Mile Parade since it was relaunched 9 years ago! The parade will begin at 11:00 AM, and the Rebels will be marching in a prime spot, between the Indiana Pacers and the grand marshal! So come out to Madison Avenue and cheer on the Rebels!

“NO CHILD WET BEHIND” - RHS DIAPER DRIVE

Roncalli High School will sponsor its first annual “No Child Wet Behind” Diaper Drive. The drive will begin on “LABOR DAY” and run through Friday, September 5.

Why a drive for disposable diapers?

According to local agencies providing basic needs, diapers were felt to be one of the top issues facing local struggling families. Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Parents without transportation to a grocery store or "big box" discount store must rely on convenience stores, where disposable diapers and diapering supplies can cost $120 per child per month (or some $1440 per year). When a parent works 40 hours a week and is paid the federally-required minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, the bill for diapers is nearly ten percent of their gross salary.

The likelihood of abuse increases when a baby is in a household facing the stresses of poverty, and increases even more when that baby is crying due to the discomfort of a soiled diaper and the health issues that can result. Parents can become disheartened and disconnected when they struggle to care for their babies.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have created a Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities. In this plan, they address four areas in which they would like our church to focus their efforts for pro-life activities. These four areas are: Information and Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy, and Prayer and Worship . Through this drive Roncalli hopes to bring awareness to all of these areas.

Diapers will be collected in the school entrances.

Thank you for your support of this diaper drive!

REQUIRED PARENT MEETING FOR PARENTS OF FRESHMEN (CLASS OF 2018)

A letter was mailed out the first week of school to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted seven years ago primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have gotten positive reviews from parents.

There will be four opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are September 3, 11, 16 and October 8.

Parents who have a freshman this year who also have a current sophomore, junior or senior at Roncalli or who had a child in the RHS Class of 2012, 2013 or 2014 are not required to attend one of these meetings as they met their requirement during that child’s freshman year. All other parents of current freshmen are required to attend one of the four sessions.

RPO TO HOST PRE GAME CHILI SUPPER & SOUTH DEANERY COOK-OFF!!

Join us on the RHS Circle Friday, September 19th between 4:30-7:00 PM for a delicious meal. We will be serving chili, hot dogs, dessert and a beverage for only $5/person. After dinner, show your school/church pride by voting for your favorite chili in the Southside CYO Chili Cook Off and then cheer on the Rebels as they take on Scecina at 7:00 PM. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the RHS cafeteria.

We are in need of several donations and volunteers to make the event a success. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the event, please sign up by clicking on the Sign Up link below.

www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b48adad22a13-chili

JOIN US FOR DINNER!!

Roncalli High School's Annual Fund Dinner to kick-off the 2014-2015 “Circle of Faith” Annual Fund Campaign will be held on Thursday, September 25th in the RHS Family Room (Gymnasium). Doors will open and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:00 PM. Dinner and program will begin at 7:00 PM and will conclude at approximately 9:00 PM. Attire for the evening is business casual.

The Circle of Faith campaign will provide funding for six new classrooms, teacher training, needs-based tuition assistance and Roncalli's endowment fund. Our goal for this year’s annual fund is $650,000.

We are in need of at least 50 volunteers to serve as table hosts. It is an easy way to volunteer, and it is a great way to give back to Roncalli! Hosts are asked to fill a table of ten (yourself included!) for this free event. Please consider joining us for this festive night that celebrates the past year's achievements and supports the future of Roncalli and our students!

If interested in attending or being a table host, please contact Tina Hayes in the RHS Advancement Office at thayes@roncalli.org or at 787-8277, extension 239.

EARLY DISMISSAL NEXT THURSDAY

School will be dismissed at 2:00 PM next Thursday allowing for teachers to participate in department meetings.

NOTRE DAME REP AT RHS

A representative from the University of Notre Dame will meet with interested students and families on Monday, September 8th from 7-9 PM in the RHS Media Center. The Admission Representative will discuss academic opportunities available at Notre Dame, as well as student life and the application process. Parents and students, grades 9-12, are welcome to attend.

GRANDPARENTS DAY - OCTOBER 10 (PLEASE NOTE A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE)

Due to tremendous response to our Grandparents Day celebration through the years we have had overflow crowds on this day which has led to some significant health and safety issues for all in the school on this day but most specifically for our grandparents. Thus, we did institute one significant change for this day last year and will continue with that change for this year – This year only grandparents of sophomore, junior and senior students will be invited to Grandparents Day. While we are disappointed in not being able to invite grandparents of freshman students, they will have three more opportunities to attend in the future.

Please note, a grandparent that has a freshman grandchild along with a grandchild in one of the other three classes (sophomore, junior or senior) will be invited to attend this year.

Again, we apologize for not being able to accommodate all of our wonderful grandparents but we do feel this is the best decision as it relates to the health and safety of our grandparents.

PERFORMING ARTS BOOK - SENIORS INVITED TO SUBMIT INFO

Students who have been involved in the performing arts program for at least two years are invited to be included in this year’s Performing Arts Book. Forms have been passed out in performing arts classes. If your senior does not have a performing arts class this year, they may stop by the Box Office to pick up a form. Completed forms need to be returned to Mrs. Lewinski in the Box Office by Sept. 3.

RHS THEATER & CHORAL DEPARTMENTS SPONSOR TRIP TO DISNEYWORLD

The Theatre and Choral departments will be sponsoring a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida during Spring Break 2015. The trip will include round trip air, all transfers, meals, lodging, park tickets, behind the scenes tour of Cirque du Soleil as well as tickets to the show. The cost of the trip is $1500. This trip is open to all Roncalli students. A $200 deposit is due September 3. Information sheets are located outside the box office. Additional questions can be directed to Mr. Anderson.

MOCK TRIAL CALL-OUT - GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR RHS STUDENTS

Roncalli participates in the annual Indiana State Mock Trial Competition. In the program students have the opportunity:

  • To learn about the judicial system through experience;
  • To develop reasoning, oral advocacy, team building, and leadership and to have fun!
  • All teams in the statewide competition are given a "case" with facts, witness statements, exhibits, rules of evidence and the applicable legal principals/laws.
  • The teams are responsible for preparing for a mock trial – including the opening statement, a direct examinations, cross examinations and closings.
  • Volunteer attorneys act as coaches for the Roncalli teams. The coaches provide background, training, and guidance to the teams, but the teams are responsible for preparation of their "case".
  • Some team members act as attorneys while others are witnesses.
  • At the regional, a trial is held before two judges who evaluate each part of the proceedings. The teams with the highest scores move from the various regionals into the state competition. The winner of the state competition competes nationally.

If you would like to learn more about the Mock Trial Program, check out the website at www.inmocktrial.org.

If you have questions about Roncalli's Mock Trial program and teams, contact Roncalli’s Mock Trial coach, Mike Lewinski at michael.lewinski@icemiller.com.

Parents please encourage your student(s) to consider attending this call out meeting to learn more about this wonderful academic team

Call out meeting will be on Thursday, September 4th in Room #102 after school.

RONCALLI “ROYAL” CHEER CLINIC

The Roncalli Rebels cheerleading program invites all girls to participate in this year’s Fall Cheer Clinic on Saturday, September 6 in the Roncalli High School Gymnasium. The times for the clinic for the respective groups are as follows:

  • 1st - 4th Grade:
    9:00 – 11:30 AM; $20 includes t-shirt & snack

  • 5th - 8th Grade:
    9:00 AM – 2:0 PM; $30 includes t-shirt & lunch

Register no later than Thursday, August 28 at http://www.roncalli.org/athletics/cheerleading Mail check made payable to Roncalli Cheerleading, Attn: Jen Kocher, Head Cheer Coach, 3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46227

RHS CHEERLEADERS INVITE ALL TO “FRIDAY NIGHT TAILGATING – REBEL STYLE”

Roncalli Football Family Tailgating - Friday, September 5

Outside RHS Stadium - 4:30 to 6:30 PM with kick-off at 7:00 PM

Music, Face Painting, Snacks, Cornhole, Football Toss and more!!!!

BOYS & GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING CALL OUT MEETING

Any Roncalli student interested in either swimming or diving should plan to attend a call out meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd from 3:10 pm to 3:30 pm in the Media Center.

A parent meeting for Roncalli swimmers and divers will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10th in the Roncalli Media Center. Please make plans to attend this meeting as it will cover practice and meet schedules, merchandise, team expectations and many other important topics.

LACROSSE CALL OUT MEETING

Coach Sean Cross and the Roncalli Lacrosse team would like to invite any student interested in playing lacrosse at Roncalli to a call out meeting next Wednesday September 3rd at 4:00 PM in the Roncalli Cafeteria. Information will be provided regarding fall/winter training and the spring 2015 lacrosse season. Please bring a friend and find out why lacrosse is the fastest sport on 2 feet. Fall sport athletes are not expected to be in attendance.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE

The school’s daily morning announcements are now available on line via the Roncalli web site. Steps to hear each day’s announcements are as follows: www.roncalli.org; click on the “About” link; then click on the “announcements” link. We had technical difficulties a couple of the days this week but believe we have those ironed out and hope to have announcements ready for your listening pleasure every day next week.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Paul Page who passed away this past week and for his family and friends that mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Olivia (’16).
  • For the school communities at Brebeuf Jesuit High School and Cathedral High School, both of whom had a student pass away this past week.
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are battling life threatening illness, for their families and for their 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 the many RHS alums who are preparing for a vocation as a priest at seminaries and houses of formation.
  • 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 blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.

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