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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, August 28, 2015


Congratulations to RHS senior Emry Himes who finished in second place with his brother, Nick, in the Special Olympics Golf Sectionals last Saturday. They will compete in the Special Olympics Golf State Finals at Hickory Stick Golf Course.


The Prilgrim WayCongratulations to RHS mathematics teacher, Jeff Small, who recently had his first book published. The Pilgrim Way is now available as an e-book on iBooks and

Since the beginning of time, man has constantly pondered and searched for the answers to the great questions of life: Who am I?, What am I worth?, Where did I come from?, Why am I here?, and When I die, where am I going?

The Pilgrim Way is not only an approach to these questions, but a way of life.

Congratulations, Mr. Small and best of luck with book sales!


Thank you to all of our unsung heroes that serve throughout our school in various administrative roles. They truly keep the ship sailing smoothly on a daily basis! We appreciate all of them.


Congratulations to the Roncalli sophomore, Shannon Mitchel, on being the second week's winner for the yard sign contest! She will be receiving a $50 gift certificate to the RHS Spirit Store!

If you would like to be a big winner, please submit a photo of your Roncalli yard sign to We have two more weeks left in the contest and we can't wait to see everyone's photos!

Additional yard signs are available for no charge! Feel free to have your student bring one home, or you can pick one up when dropping off or picking up your student.

Let’s show the Southside our RHS Pride!


The University of Notre Dame will meet with interested students and families on Monday, August 31st from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. The Admission Representative from Notre Dame will discuss academic opportunities, as well as student life and the application process. Parents and students, grades 9-12, are welcome to attend.


The Roncalli Parents Organization continues to provide fun, safe, social opportunities for our students. Next Saturday, September 5th, the RPO will sponsor a “Gym Jam” open to all RHS freshman and sophomores. It will be from 8:00 - 10:00 PM in the RHS gymnasium. There will be basketball, volleyball, music and free pizza in addition to just time to chill and enjoy time with friends and classmates. There is no charge for this event as the RPO will pick up the expenses.

Be sure to encourage your freshman or sophomore student to come and enjoy the fun at “Gym Jam.”


Roncalli High School will open its doors for our annual Circle of Faith Fund Dinner on Thursday, September 24th. The event, which serves as the kick-off for the 2015-2016 Circle of Faith Fund Campaign, will be held in the Roncalli Family Room (Gymnasium) with hors d'oeuvres 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 and there is no cost to attend this event.

The Circle of Faith Fund campaign will provide funding for two science labs, a much-needed renovation to the PE locker rooms, technology upgrades, teacher training, tuition assistance and the endowment. Our goal for this year’s annual fund is $685,000.

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, please contact Tina Hayes in the RHS Advancement Office at or at 787-8277, extension 239 by Monday, September 21st to RSVP.


Roncalli is blessed to have a wide variety of students that enter our building each day. Some students learn differently and can be challenged in the way that they socialize with other students. Roncalli is grateful that some students saw a need and formed the Rebel Buddies club. This is a mentoring club whereby RHS students spend time with students from our Life Academy Program in social settings. Monthly activities are organized and supervised for students to enjoy time spent together. This is yet another great way for students to get involved, meet new people and earn some service hours. The moderators for the Rebel Buddies club include Mrs. Lauren Driehorst and Mrs. Julie Sommers. For further information, please contact them at or


A number of clubs had call-out meetings this week with more coming next week. Here is a sampling of opportunities available:

  • Rebel Rangers - Learn more about the branches of the military and possibly present the colors at RHS athletic events.
  • Boxing Club
  • Physics Club
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club
  • Euchre Club - Learn to play euchre while getting service hours playing with local nursing homes residents twice a month. Transportation is provided.
  • Photography Club - Travel to different locations throughout the city and metro area to take pictures, share pictures, etc.
  • Speech Team - Speech competitions are made up of over 15 different categories, so there is surely something there for all. Most students compete in one or two categories at a speech meet.
  • Ethnic Eating Club - This club is for students interested in exploring different cuisines available in the local metro area. They typically will eat at a different ethnic restaurant once a month. They also serve food for families at Anna’s House once a month for service hours.

These are just some of the opportunities that have unfolded in the past week. If your child is interested in one or more of these clubs but missed the call-out meeting, that is not a problem. Have them stop by and see Roncalli Assistant Principal for Student Activities, Shellie Hartford, in her office in the cafeteria.

It also is important to note that students can move in and out of clubs all year if their schedule does not allow them to attend all of the club’s meetings. There will be students involved in the fall musical or fall sport that cannot start out the year in a club. When their involvement with the sport or musical is over, they are more than welcome to join up with the club.

Finally, if you feel your student could use some nudging to get involved in one of these activities, please contact Mrs. Hartford at

Additionally there were call-out meetings this week for boys/girls swimming and diving and baseball. If your student is interested in any of these athletic teams and did not attend the call-out meeting, they can stop by the athletic office to pick up the information.


One of the more popular clubs at RHS the past few years has been the Rebel Robotics Club. We currently have one adult moderator but would like to add a few more given the size of the club. If you might be interested in assisting with the Robotics Club, please contact RHS Assistant Principal for Student Activities, Shellie Hartford, at shartford@roncalli.or or call her at 787-8277, extension 284.


Roncalli is excited to offer current information to students and families about what is going on at Roncalli. The best way to stay informed is to use the calendar located on the Roncalli website: If you page down to the bottom left of the page you will see a tab that says View Full Calendar and right below that, a tab that says Filter Calendar. Both of these tabs can be used to keep you up to date on important happenings at Roncalli. The “filter calendar” tab can be used to learn specific information about athletics, co-curriculars (clubs) and service opportunities. For example, if a student or parent wants to know when the video game club is meeting, they can go to and click on Filter Calendar. Then filter the calendar to list only co-curricular information. Then look for the next video game club meeting. It will let you know that date, time and location of the meeting. If a student needs to know what service opportunities are available on a particular date, then filter the calendar to only display service. We hope that you use this calendar to find out much needed information about events and activities at Roncalli.


Join us on the RHS Circle Friday, September 11th 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 South Deanery CYO Chili Cook-Off and then cheer on the Rebels as they take on Plainfield 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.


Roncalli students, parents and teachers will be using Canvas as our Learning Management System, which amongst its many different capabilities related to teaching and learning allows students and parents to view their grades. Clicking on this link will take you to an instructional sheet that informs parents how to setup their account to view their child’s grades. If you have any struggles with setting up your account or accessing your child’s grades please contact Linda Simpkins at If you have a question about the grade, please contact the teacher. If you experience a teacher whose grades are not updated, please contact the principal’s office.


If you have more than one student at Roncalli, click on Settings in the top right corner of your screen. Then click the Observing link located on the left navigation column.

Now there will be a screen to add the username and password of the other student or students.


A letter was mailed out this week 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 eight 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 received positive reviews from parents.

The first meeting was held this past week. There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings: September 3rd, 9th and 30th.

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, 2014 or 2015 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.



6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Hosted by:

Bob and Shaune Harlow (Dylan Lewis)
3630 Tallwood Lane
Greenwood, IN 46143

RSVP by September 12th to:

Co-Hosted by:

Rob and Michelle Butts (Robbie)
Jerome and Kelly Gaura (Sophia)
David and Ja-Deen Johnson (Austin)
Clint and Victoria Meinerding (Grant)
Matthew and Katie Peats (Sam)
Ryan and Amanda Stephenson (Dominic Conover)
Greg and Julie Streicher (Ashlyn)

Enjoy great food and drinks while you meet other RHS parents and support Roncalli High School.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 to offset the costs of Rebelation 2016, so all are encouraged to make a monetary donation. 

Rebelation is Roncalli’s annual dinner and auction that raises money for families who are in need of tuition assistance. Plan to join us for a fun evening on Saturday, April 30, 2016!

Thank you for supporting Roncalli High School!


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:; click on the “About” link; then click on the “announcements” link.


Roncalli High School commits itself to the priority of each individual student being able to attend school on a daily basis in a positive, uplifting, faith-filled environment. The following is a guideline by which our school will operate as it relates to this issue and to the issues of bullying/harassment:

The good name, reputation and personal safety of each student, faculty, staff member and adult volunteer is vitally important. In order to protect students, employees, volunteers, and the school, each student is expected to treat the good name and reputation of other students, school employees, volunteers and the school with dignity and respect and not engage in any activity or conduct, either on campus or off campus, that is in opposition to this guideline and/or inconsistent with the Catholic Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. Any derogatory, slanderous, hostile, or threatening remarks or actions directed toward any of the above by a student will be seen as a violation of this policy and will be viewed as a serious matter, whether it is done physically, verbally, or electronically through the use of a home or school computer, phone, IPAD, or any other electronic media or by remote access during school time or after hours. Some examples include but are not limited to, social media, text messages, blogging, voice mails, images, pictures, etc. Any individual found to have made or participated with others in making such remarks or actions will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion.

Because of the significance of the issues of bullying/harassment in the lives of our students, Roncalli has in place a wide variety of strategies to address the issues. These strategies will unfold throughout the school year with a heavy focus here at the start of the school year.

***It is imperative that anyone who becomes aware of a Roncalli student who is being bullied or harassed, regardless of whether it is happening in or out of school, is asked to contact the Dean of Students. Failure to report incidents of bullying/harassment makes one complicit with the inappropriate behavior.


iCheer Roncalli Clinic 2015

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Roncalli High School Gymnasium
  • 1st - 4th Grade:
    1:00 - 3:30 PM
    $20 includes drawstring bag & snack
  • 5th - 8th Grade:
    10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    $30 includes drawstring bag & snack
    (please bring a Sack Lunch)

Register no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at:

Mail check made payable to Roncalli Cheerleading to: Roncalli High School, Attn: Jen Kocher, Head Cheer Coach, 3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227.


The RHS Cheerleading program invites everyone to eat at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 8020 US 31 South on Wednesday, September 2nd as the RHS cheerleading program will receive 15% of your total bill (not including tax, gratuity or promotional discounts). Tell your server you are supporting RHS Cheerleading. Fun, food and funds for RHS - the perfect trifecta - hope you will join us!


Mark your calendars for Holy Name's annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015. Oktoberfest is a lively and entertaining street festival in the heart of the south side. Enjoy homemade German food, Monte Carlo, Beer Garden and Live Entertainment by the Flying Toasters. Don't miss this chance to be part of a tradition of neighborhood spirit and community celebration.

Purchase your raffle tickets now! Tickets are $100.00 each and you have five chances to win. Winners of each drawing will be put back in the raffle for all remaining drawings, including the $20,000 grand prize!

  • Early bird drawing of $2,000 on Saturday August 22, 2015 will be during the Men's Club sponsored spaghetti dinner. Dinner will be served in Hartman Hall from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Dinner cost is $2.00/person or $5.00/family. Meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, breadstick, salad, homemade dessert and your choice of tea, lemonade or coffee.
  • Oct. 2nd two $1,000 drawings
  • Oct. 3rd one $1,000 drawing
  • Oct. 3rd grand prize drawing of $20,000

You do not need to be present to win. Please contact the Holy Name parish office at 754-5454 or Jim Stahley at 850-8558 to get tickets.


St. Ann Catholic Church is hosting its annual parish festival Thursday, August 27th-Saturday, August 29th. Come join us for rides, kids’ games, a casino, a silent auction, great food & desserts and lots of other fun family activities. Hope to see you there!


King Solomon was one of the major prophets of the Old Testament and provides God's inspirational words of wisdom for life. The whole world sought Solomon's time to hear the discernment that God put in his heart because he prayed for it, not a long life, wealth, or the destruction of his enemies.

Solomon's Book of Proverbs is where we go for knowledge of what is right, just, and fair. It is often quoted for its insight, wisdom, and instruction in prudent behavior. There is a treasure trove of information when you dive into the gift God provided us through King Solomon. To get started, here is our list of King Solomon's wisdom for dads.

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  • For Shane Moylan (‘18) who recently had a return of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has begun treatment on his road to recovery.
  • For the continued recovery of Samantha Niezgodski, a fourth grader at St. Jude Catholic School and younger sister of Josie (‘17) and Ben (‘18), as she underwent brain decompression surgery this past Monday. Samantha’s mom, Ruth, works at our Little Rebels Day Care.
  • For Jeanne Armbruster, mother of Michael (‘16), who recently was diagnosed with cancer.
  • For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
  • For healing of body, mind and spirit for all in the Roncalli Family dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues.
  • For strength and for 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.

“But in justice, I must say first that the contribution of the Church in today’s world is enormous. The pain and the shame we feel at the sins of some members of the Church, and at our own, must never make us forget how many Christians are giving their lives in love.”
Pope Francis (The Joy of the Gospel: Apostolic Exhortation, 2013)

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