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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, December 19, 2014

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
Luke 2:14

May the peace and hope the Christ child brought into this world be with your family now and in the days ahead; may His love warm your hearts and bring joy to your family throughout the coming year! The Roncalli Family extends its best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our students, parents, families, faculty & staff, alumni, benefactors and supporters of the school!

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL!

THANK YOU RONCALLI FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TOY & BOOK DRIVE

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to all of the students, parents, families, faculty, staff and just friends of Roncalli who supported our Christmas Toy and Book Drive this year. Countless kids, teens, adults and families will have a Merry Christmas due to the tremendous generosity shown by all who supported our drive this year. Thank you Roncalli! May God bless you!

CONGRATULATIONS JIMMY KING - TIES ONE SCHOOL RECORD & SETS ANTOHER SCHOOL RECORD; HE & SENIOR MAX CLIFFORD TIE SCHOOL RECORD AS WELL

Jimmy KingCongratulations to senior Jimmy King who tied the school record for points in a game when he poured in 38 points in the Rebels pulsating win over Scecina Memorial this past Tuesday. Jimmy tied the record held by Jeff Manley and Paul Corsaro. In that same game Jimmy broke the school’s career assist record previously held by Jason Werner. Congratulations Jimmy on an awesome performance and for accomplishing these record setting performances.

Jimmy KingIn that same win it is noteworthy that Jimmy and fellow senior Max Clifford tied the school record for most points scored in a game by two players as they combined for 64 points. Their efforts matched the 64 points scored by Tommy Hoereth and Paul White in a Rebel win over Manual in 1990. Congratulations to Jimmy and Max!

ONE HOUR DELAYED START ON MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015

Per the school calendar we will return to school on Monday, January 5 on a one hour delay with school starting at 8:30 AM. This delay is to allow for the faculty to start the second semester with a short morning prayer service and time of reflection as a follow-up to its day of reflection back in August.

REPORT CARDS

The students will receive their report cards on Thursday, January 8 in their 8th period class. This report card will include their second nine weeks grade, their first semester exam grade and their overall first semester grade. A reminder that the only grade that goes onto a student’s permanent transcript is the semester grade. Quarter grades and exam grades never show up on a student’s transcript.

IMPORTANT FAFSA INFORMATION FOR SENIORS & THEIR PARENTS

It is time for parents with seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed if the student/family is going to be eligible for any financial aid, grants, loans, etc. In order to complete the FAFSA form both the student and the parent must have signed on and received a PIN number. It does take a few days to get the PIN number so parents should complete this part of the process immediately so that the family is eligible to complete the FAFSA form when it becomes available on January 1.

It is recommended that families submit their completed FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. The deadline date for colleges varies, so be sure to check the required submission date carefully. Indiana residents must file by March 10 or state grant eligibility is voided. The state deadline and individual college deadlines may vary, so be sure to meet the earliest deadline date. For more information or to file, visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Another hint is to use the information off your December paycheck rather than waiting for tax information to be completed and sent to you. Any differences may be updated as a correction at a later date.

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE INFORMATION

School picture retakes were completed on Oct. 6, 2014. There was a shipping error with the lab at Lifetouch/ Prestige studios and some students that had picture retakes did not receive their photo packages. As a result, Prestige has reshipped the entire Roncalli picture retake order and those photo packages were passed out this week. If your student did have his/her picture retaken and DID NOT receive the updated photo package please call Lifetouch/Prestige at 1-866-955-8342 and ask that your photos been shipped directly to your home address. There will be no charge. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SPIRIT STORE

The Spirit Store will be open during the boys basketball game tonight. It will open at the start of the JV game and remain open until about half time of the varsity game.

REBELATION VOLUNTEER CALL-OUT MEETING

Would you like to be involved in planning Roncalli's biggest fundraising event? Rebelation will be Saturday, April 25, 2015. Our first volunteer meeting will be Thursday, January 8 at 6pm in the RHS conference room. Please RSVP to Rachel Brown if you can attend: rcbrown@roncalli.org. Come and learn about how you can help and snacks will be provided!

SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAY INFORMATION - PARENTS ALWAYS HAVE FINAL SAY

When weather or emergency conditions warrant a cancellation of school or a delayed start to school, the fastest, most accurate way to access this information is via the school’s web site at www.roncalli.org. Once a decision to close or delay has been made the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s web site. We will then call the four major networks.

The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families live stretches from 56th street to the north to Plainfield to the west to Shelbyville to the south/east to Bargersville to south. We attempt to take all of this into consideration when determining whether or not to delay or close. That can be challenging as the weather conditions can vary significantly in the area mentioned above. Parents, please know that it is always your decision as to whether or not your child can travel safely to school. If the conditions in your general area are such that you deem it unsafe for them to travel, they will not be penalized for their absence.

We will make every effort to be sensitive to the safety and well being of all of our students at all times.

REMINDER OF EARLY SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2015

We know that some school families do make their spring break plans and reservations during the Christmas holiday break. A reminder that Spring Break this school year will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 19. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 30. To maintain the integrity of school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.

Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2015 Moratorium Week is from June 28 through July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym, no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.

ST. JUDE STUDENT ADIA DANT TO PERFORM IN BROADWAY PRODUCTION

St. Jude student Adia Dant (younger sister of RHS sophomore Abe Dant) is starring as Annie (for one show) in the Broadway production that is touring the country including a stop here in Indianapolis. She will be "Pepper" in the remaining productions of the show while here in Indy.
As members of the Roncalli family, we are being given an opportunity to purchase tickets for this show at a reduced rate and see Adia live in this awesome Broadway production.

Adia will play the role of Annie on February 28, 2015 at the 8:00 PM show. The local box office as a favor to our family has established a special link see below), that our friends and family can go to for discounted tickets. We understand that not all families will be able to attend that particular show, so the box office has also established a ½ off ticket price for opening night Tuesday February 24, where Adia will play her regular role as orphan Pepper. Get Tickets Here Use Promotion code: ANNIESFRIEND

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL CHRISTMAS CLINIC

Warm Up this winter with Roncalli’s FINAL FOUR Volleyball Team! This is a perfect time to tune up those volleyball skills before CYO and club season start. Clinics will be held December 29th and 30th in the bubble gym at Roncalli High School. Seventh and eighth graders will attend from 1:00-2:30. Fourth, Fifth and sixth graders will attend from 2:30-4:00. The two day clinic cost is $30.00 and includes a t-shirt. Sign up information is also online.

RHS SOFTBALL OFFERS WINTER “SKILL DEVELOPMENT” CLINIC

The Roncalli Rebel softball program will hold their annual Winter Skills Clinic on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, Dec 30 in the Bubble Gym. The clinic will run from 9:00 – 10:30 for 1st grade through 4th grade, and 11:00 - 12:30 for 5th grade through 8th grade. All are welcome! Cost for the clinic is $30. We will cover hitting instruction, throwing instruction, defensive drills, and ball handling drills. And, of course, all in attendance will receive a special Christmas "goody bag!” Download registration form here.

LOOKING TO DONATE AN ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

After the holidays if you are seeking a new home for your artificial Christmas tree, the Roncalli High School art department is seeking donations. If you have an artificial Christmas tree that you would like to donate to the RHS Art Department, please contact Mark Stratton at mstratton@roncalli.org.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Carmen Eliasson who passed away last weekend and for her family, friends and St. Mark family that mourn her loss. She was 52 year veteran of the classroom currently serving as the religious studies teacher at St. Mark Catholic School.
  • For the lonely, the homeless and those without family or friends during this Christmas season.
  • For Christians around the world who face persecution for their belief in Jesus Christ!
  • 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.

Jesus is our hope! Nothing - not evil or death – is able to separate us from the saving power of His love!
Pope Francis, March 22, 2014 (tweet)

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