Weekly Newsletter – Friday, December 6, 2013
THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS COME TO RHS STAGE - CHRISTMAS CONCERTS - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 & MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
Ensembles from the Roncalli Band and Choral Programs will perform their annual Christmas Concerts on Sunday, December 8. The Choirs only will perform at 1:00 PM. The Bands will perform at 3:30 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. The Choirs will perform an additional concert on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM.
All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season!
Tickets are now available for the Christmas concerts. The cost to attend either concert is $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for RHS students or children 14 years old and younger. Combination tickets are available for those who wish to attend both or all concerts.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.roncalli.org, fine arts, box office or by contacting Miki Lewinski in the Box Office at 787-8277, extension 249. Tickets ordered in advance may be picked up at the Will Call table in the auditorium lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show.
GREAT JOB REBELS!!
CAN FOOD DRIVE & BLOOD DRIVE ARE HUGE SUCCESS!
The Roncalli Campus Ministry Team thanks everyone in the Roncalli Family who supported this year’s Can Food Drive and Blood Drive!! Both drives were very successful, which is great as the need continues to be great as well!
The totals for this year’s drives were as follows:
- Total Cans Collected – 49,390
Total Money Collected - $12,244
Total Cans With Money (fifty cents a can) – 73,878
- Total Pints Of Blood Donated – 93!!!
Special acknowledgement to Rebel senior, Samantha Dowell, who was our top can collector by a wide margin and set a new school record collecting 3,390 cans!!! Special acknowledgement as well to senior Deklin Veenhuizen who collected 800 cans.
Finally, a special thanks to Bob Tully, who once again oversaw both of these drives and was responsible for pushing them to such great heights!!!
. . .AND THE BEAT GOES ON -- TWO MORE “PERFECT” REBELS
Congratulations to the Rebel seniors Alex Blankenberger and Will Niezgodski who recently recorded a perfect score on the ACT. Both Alex and Will scored a perfect 36 on the Science portion of the ACT!! Way to go fellas! This marks Alex’s second perfect score!!
RHS SENIOR DAN TRICKLE HONORED IN GERMAN HERITAGE SOCIETY ESSAY CONTEST
Congratulations to RHS senior, Dan Trickle, who last week received word that his entry in this year’s Indiana German Heritage Society essay contest had been named an Honorable Mention recipient. Dan received a certificate and $50 for his efforts! Way to go Dan!
RHS MATHEMATICIANS EXCELLING IN NATIONWIDE CATHOLIC MATH LEAGUE COMPETITION
Congratulations to our RHS mathematics department and specifically some of our strong math students for their performance through the first round of competition in this year’s 2013-14 Catholic Math League competition.
The Rebels Geometry team is in second place in the entire country with five different students tied for second nationally with scores of 24 out of 25: Michael Erickson, Hannah Fikes, Matt McKay, David Purdum and Andy Reel!
The Algebra 2 team is in sixth place nationally led by top scorer CJ Heugel followed by Hannah George in second place and Michael Otley, Julie Kurz and Cameron Papandria tied for third!!
Great job Rebel Scholars – good luck in round two (results not available until January)
PLEASE SUPPORT RHS TOY DRIVE AND BOOK DRIVE TO BRIGHTEN A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS
Our annual Christmas Toy Drive and Book Drive is underway and will run through Friday, December 13. Students and families are encouraged to support the drives this year with their donation of toys for children ages infant through 12 years of age. Please no battery operated toys or toys that depict violence. In addition to the toy drive we always conduct a book drive as well. What a wonderful gift to give children – the gift of reading. All toy donations can be dropped off in room 000 outside the cafeteria. Book donations can be dropped off in the main office.
Our students, teachers and staff members really do wish to brighten the holidays for children and families who otherwise might not have a cheerful, Merry Christmas. Please consider a donation to this year’s toy and/or book drives; no donation is too small!
Thank you for your support!
ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS - EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State are two long standing leadership development opportunities open only to current juniors. The only costs associated with participation are the $20 registration fee and your transportation. Boys State will be held June 15-21 and Girls State from June 22-28. Both will be held at Trine University in the northeast part of the state. Applications available in the guidance office.
FIRST SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE
The schedule has been set for the administration of the first semester exams. The schedule will be as follows:
- Tuesday, December 17
Exams in periods 1 & 2;
Review sessions in Periods 3 & 4;
Dismissal at 12:20 PM
- Wednesday, December 18
Exams in periods 3 & 4;
Review sessions in Periods 7 & 5;
Dismissal at 12:20 PM
- Thursday, December 19
Exams in periods 5 & 7;
Review sessions in Periods 8 & 6;
Dismissal at 12:20 PM
- Friday, December 20
Exams in periods 8 & 6;
Dismissal at 11:10 AM
Students will not be required to be in attendance at school during their lunch period (period 5 or 6).
Should weather force us to cancel a day of school during exam week every effort will be made to adjust the exam schedule and have three exams on a day to complete them by the end of school on Friday, December 20. If there are weather reports for snow or ice we will be encouraging students to take home study materials not only for the next day’s final exams but the day after as well.
SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK
Hard to believe but beginning next week on Monday, December 9, all current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will receive preliminary scheduling materials for the 2014-15 school year, including new course information, prerequisites, and a tentative master schedule. Students will receive these scheduling materials in their religion classes, and are asked to bring these materials home so that students/parents can discuss next year's coursework now. If/When students have course conflicts (using the tentative master schedule), be sure to alert your counselor immediately. If parents/students have scheduling questions, please contact your counselor.
We encourage all parents to use this time as an opportunity to discuss course selection with their child as well as possible college and career interests as they can impact course selection decisions. A reminder that most colleges/universities list as their top admission priority that students take the most challenging, rigorous coursework within their range, and that the student then perform well within that coursework.
We thank you for being an active participant in your student’s scheduling process.
EXPLORE SCORE REPORTS FOR FRESHMEN
In October, all of our freshmen took the EXPLORE assessment, a test from the ACT family of tests that provides an indication of career and college readiness. A career exploration component is also included. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Guidance Counselors distributed score reports and interpretation booklets to all freshmen. Students also participated in a career exploration activity in College and Career Connections, based on their EXPLORE assessment. Freshman parents are encouraged to ask their child to see the EXPLORE score report and booklet. Should you have any questions or need any assistance in interpreting the results please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
PRE-ORDER THE 2013-14 YEARBOOK - GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!
The 2013-14 yearbook is now available for pre-order, and what a great Christmas gift it would be for your Rebel student! Go to www.roncalli.org/yearbook or yearbookforever.com to order online. If you prefer a paper order, those are available in the main office or in room 203. Yearbooks are $60 until February 15 when the price goes up to $75. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Julie Albertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 787-8277.
ATTENTION PARENTS: FREE/REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBILITY OPEN ALL YEAR
We want to remind all Roncalli parents that our school does participate in the Free/Reduced lunch program. A student/family may sign up for this program at any time during the school year so if a family’s financial position changes or you feel your family may qualify for free or reduced lunch, please do contact the school. The contact person is Eileen Horan in the RHS Cafeteria. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 787-8277, extension 207.
FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT SPONSORS ANNUAL FACULTY & STAFF CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Parents of students in the RHS Fine Arts Department annually have provided the faculty and staff a scrumptious Christmas Luncheon. Once again we are asking the parents of our fine arts students to contribute food for this luncheon. Each student's contribution should serve 8-10 people, and be in a disposable container. This year, all food will be provided by going to Sign-Up Genius and selecting items to provide. Please visit this sight to sign up for your choice. Send food items to school with your student Thursday, Dec. 12, between 7:00-7:30 AM. Drop them off in the Home Ec room, Room 009.
Thank you so much for helping make this annual luncheon a special "thank-you" to the best faculty and staff in the state!
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 2014
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 27. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 7. 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 2014 Moratorium Week is from June 29 through July 6. 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.
LET YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BENEFIT RONCALLI!
A reminder that there are a handful of local businesses that offer families a program that financially rewards their child’s school for shopping at their business. Roncalli is not advocating patronage of these businesses. We are simply asking that if these are businesses your family patronizes that you please consider signing up for their customer rewards program and listing Roncalli as the school to receive the funding. Here are the links
Thanks for your consideration on this matter. Roncalli High School has received over $40,000 from these businesses over the past few years!
SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 2014-15
Roncalli High School has set its school calendar for the 2014-15 school year. It can be accessed by clicking here. It also is available on the school’s web site.
RHS SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Do you like us? Really, really like us? Prove it! Like us on Facebook (Roncalli High School) and follow us on Twitter (@roncallihigh). We’re working hard to share all of the exciting happenings at Roncalli, and social media seems to be the fastest way for us to do that. We promise, it will be worth it! One more thing while we have your attention – if you have an interesting story, event update or picture to share, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We know we can’t be everywhere, and we don’t want to miss a thing.
RHS SOFTBALL OFFERS WINTER “SKILL DEVELOPMENT” CLINIC
The Roncalli Rebel softball program will hold their annual Winter Skills Clinic on Friday, December 27, in the Bubble Gym. The clinic will run from 9:00 – 11:00 AM for 1st grade through 4th grade, and 12:00 -2:00 PM for 5th grade through 8th grade. All are welcome!
Cost for the clinic is $25 - we will cover hitting instruction, throwing instruction, defensive drills, ball handling drills, and of course, all in attendance will receive a special Christmas "goody bag"!
RHS SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Good luck to Coach Stan Benge and Lady Rebels basketball team as they compete next week in the 2013 Marion County Girls Basketball Tournament. The girls open play on Tuesday night at home against Beech Grove with a 7:00 PM tip. The winner hosts a second round game on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. The semi-finals and finals will be played at North Central High School on Saturday at 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM. Good luck girls!
ST. JOHN’S CHRISTKINDL VILLAGE - DECEMBER 13 & 14
St. John’s Catholic Church invites everyone to attend their parish’s Christkindl Village the weekend of December 13-14. Festivities will include an outdoor live Nativity, Holy Hour of Adoration, Christmas caroling, mass and fun activities for children.
FIVE HANDYMAN SKILLS EVERY DAD SHOULD HAVE
Recently, while staring at a cracked sewage pipe underneath the house leaking profusely, it occurred to me that every dad should have some basic handyman skills. Unfortunately, duct tape doesn’t fix everything and that repair wound up costing $600. Family budgets are tight and the kids are always in need of something. The wife needs new tires or the dryer finally died and must be replaced. It’s always something, but if I can help my family on my own, it sure helps ease the financial burden.
Some men are naturals at the do-it-yourself gig, but most are more like Tim the Tool Man Taylor–full of eagerness, but lacking ability. As Tim’s fictional wife once quipped, “I’m picturing what it’s like every time you renovate, and there’s a big hole in the wall and two paramedics.”
We are all blessed with different skills in life, and not everyone is going to be getting their own do-it-yourself reality show. However, as men and husbands, we should at least have a basic working knowledge of such things.
With that in mind, here are 5 Handyman Skills Every Dad Should Have.
(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)
LET US PRAY
- In thanksgiving for the healthy arrival into this world of Daniel Joseph Kappel, who was born to RHS Industrial Technology teacher, Joe Kappel, and his wife Laura, this past week.
- For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.
- 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
IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAD, WITHOUT THE AID OF PRAYER, A VIRTUOUS LIFE.
Saint John Chrysostom
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