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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, July 31, 2015

BRING ON THE REBELS!

Despite the fact that it seems as if we just celebrated graduation with the Class of 2015, it is time for another school year to unfold! We welcome the senior class of 2016 along with the juniors, sophomores and freshmen to the new school year on Wednesday, August 5. A reminder that school is dismissed at 2:30 PM on this day. The remainder of the week dismissal is at its regular time of 3:00 PM.

School pictures will be taken on this day. Students are to bring the completed picture order form to school with them on August 5 along with payment and give both to the Prestige/Lifetouch photographer. This year, we are offering families an opportunity to go online at MyLifetouch.com and look at a variety of backgrounds and photo options. Families may also pay for school pictures online. This would prevent your student from having to bring an order form with payment on the first day of school. To order school photos online, or to just preview options, please go to MyLifetouch.com and use job number SB015044Y0. If families choose to pay for school photos online, your child must print out the receipt and give it the the photographer on August 5.

If the student is going to purchase pictures, they may be out of uniform – NO DENIM, NO SHORTS, NO SHORT SKIRTS, NO INAPPROPRIATE TOPS. We do ask for the parents’ support in making sure the clothing their child wears to school on this day is modest. Students not purchasing pictures are required to be in school uniform. Since seniors are simply having a student ID picture taken, they are expected to be in school uniform.

TRAFFIC TIPS

It typically takes about a week for everyone to figure out their best plan as it relates to drop off in the morning or pick up in the afternoon. Here are a couple of tips that could make handling the traffic a bit easier for you until it sorts itself out:

  • Dropping off in the morning between 6:50 AM and 7:15 AM might allow you to miss substantial traffic.
  • Picking up in the afternoon between 3:20 PM and 3:30 PM will definitely allow you to miss a great deal of traffic.

We do ask that all drivers be extra patient with each other especially during the first few weeks.

REBEL MARCHING BAND PREPARES FOR ITS 2015 SHOW

The 2015 Rebel Marching Band has been busy these past few weeks with their annual Band Camp as they prepare for both the upcoming football season as well as their fall marching band contest schedule. This year the band will be performing the music of Chicago! Looking forward to their unveiling of their show here in a couple of weeks!

RHS GUIDANCE OFFICE SPONSORS AN EVENING WITH COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

Parents of all RHS students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to mark Tuesday, August 18 at 7 PM on their calendars for Roncalli High School's annual Evening with the College Representatives. College representatives from more than 20 post-secondary institutions have been invited. This event has been very well attended the past few years and we have received a great deal of positive feedback on the evening. Many families commented on how much they appreciated the personal attention and information that was shared by the college representatives.

SEEKING TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE (CARPOOL, NEED A RIDE, ETC.)

Thank you to all of our RHS families that have contacted us about their transportation needs for the upcoming school year. We have Rebel students who need assistance getting to school in the morning or getting home in the afternoon. If you feel you can help out one or more of these families, please contact Donna Smith in the main office at 787-8277, extension 221. She will then serve as a facilitator in terms of getting students/families together.

  • Acton & Maze Road
  • Main Street and 13th Street (Beech Grove)
  • SR 37 & Whiteland Road
  • SR 37 & Smith Valley
  • Harding & Southport
  • Morgantown & County Line
  • Morgantown & Olive Branch
  • Morgantown & Smith Valley
  • SR 135 & Smoky Row Road (Bargersville)
  • SR 135 & Fairview
  • Shelbyville & Five Points
  • Shelbyville & Arlington
  • Gray & Edgewood
  • Gray & Southport
  • US 31 & Fry
  • US 31 & Stop 18
  • Southport & McFarland
  • Southport & Langham

VIEWING ONLINE GRADES AND WORK

Roncalli is unveiling a new Learning Management System that will allow for even greater use of technology by teachers, students and parents in terms of viewing grades, completing work at home when absent, submitting homework online along with a myriad of other instructional options. Our intent is to work out any bugs in the system during the first weeks of school, during which time students/parents will not have access to grades. The intent would be to have grades up and viewable by August 17. We hope you find the new system beneficial. We value your input on this matter. Please send all feedback (good, bad or indifferent) to the principal at cweisenbach@roncalli.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- THURSDAY, AUGUST 13

All parents are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 13. The evening will start with a short program in the gymnasium at 6:30 PM followed by parents attending an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule. Parents will go to each class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and hear a bit about each of their classes. Registration will start in the gym at 6:00 PM.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES- Roncalli High School allows both Herff Jones and Jostens to provide class rings for our students. Both companies will be at RHS on the evening of Back to School Night. They will have their full displays up in the cafeteria beginning around 5:00 PM. Orders will be taken that night. Additionally, sophomores may order their class ring during lunch on Thursday and Friday, August 13-14.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HORSESHOE CLASSIC AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM

The Rebel football team will open the regular season as game two of the “Horseshoe Classic” when they take on Southport at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, August 21, 2015. Kick off should be at approximately 8:30 PM. Franklin Central and Decatur Central play in game one at 6:00 PM.

Roncalli will keep a percentage of all advance sale tickets sold for $10.00 at the RHS Athletic Office. Tickets go on sale August 3rd and will be available through 1:00 PM on Friday, August 21!

*** Please note - Game Day tickets at Lucas Oil Stadium will be sold for $13.00!***

Benefit the RHS athletic department by purchasing your $10 advance sale tickets at the RHS Athletic Department Office any time during the school day beginning on August 3rd until game day.

Tickets are good for admission to both games.

WHEN BUSY KIDS BECOME TIRED KIDS!

Once again this year it is the intent of our school to communicate clearly and frequently with our students and parents about the need for our students to have balance in their lives. We definitely want our students seeking extracurricular participation and we will continue to expect service hours from them but we will discourage students from doing too many activities. “Less is more” in the eyes of colleges now. They are not impressed with nor do they desire the students who list a myriad of activities on their application. They are seeking students who have focused on a handful of activities and have remained committed to those activities.

Below is a link to an article in the New York Times this week about exhausted kids and the negative impact a lack of sleep is having on them.

We hope our families will join us in promoting a message of “balance” to our students and other parents in need of hearing this message. To read article, please click here.

BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE FROM SS. FRANCIS AND CLARE SCHOOL

Roncalli High School once again will offer bus service in the morning from SS. Francis and Clare School to Roncalli. It is open to all RHS students and not just those that are parishioners at SSFC. The bus will leave the SS. Francis and Clare parking lot at 6:45 AM each morning. If interested in using this bus service, please contact Donna Smith in the school’s main office at 787-8277.

FREE ADMISSION TO RHS ATHLETIC & FINE ARTS EVENTS- GET A REBEL VIP CARD!

What is a Rebel VIP member card? A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only, IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.

How do I get one? You can purchase a half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2015 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski (michael.lewinski@icemiller.com) or Miki Lewinski (mlewinski@roncalli.org).

Ad prices:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

Advertising revenue from The Roncalli Performing Arts Book is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Boosters. All proceeds from the advertisements goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.

Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – GO REBELS!

HELPING RONCALLI WHILE PURCHASING YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS

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!

DECORATE THOSE LOCKERS- PLEASE DON’T USE DUCT TAPE & NO STICKERS!

The school will be open daily from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM for students (and parents) that want to come in and begin setting up their locker and/or walk through their daily class schedule.

If you wish to decorate a locker, we ask that you please use scotch tape and not use duct tape, two-sided tape, etc. Also, please refrain from putting stickers on the locker or inside the locker. You may tape a sticker to the locker or inside the locker but please do not stick it on the locker/in the locker!

2015 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks for the 2014-15 school year will be distributed the first day of school for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be a few available if you didn't order one for your student. They are $75 and may be paid for with cash or a check made out to RHS. Graduates of the Class of 2015 who ordered a yearbook but didn't pick it up yet may do so in the main office. Any 2015 graduate wanting to purchase a yearbook may do so in the office while supplies last.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH BENEFIT AVAILABLE AT RONCALLI

Roncalli High School participates in the National School Lunch Program. Therefore, our families may apply for free or reduced lunch for their student(s). Eligibility is determined by income guidelines and families may apply for the benefit at any time during the school year. There is a link to the free/reduced lunch application at the bottom of this newsletter.

We encourage families to fill out the application and submit it as soon as possible before school starts. You will be notified by mail if your student qualifies for either free or reduced lunch. If your student received free or reduced lunch last school year, you must still submit a new application for the 2015-16 school year.

To use the benefit, your student need only use our Mealtime system in the cafeteria when they purchase lunch. Free lunch is not charged anything and reduced lunch costs $.40 per day. Most of our students use their Mealtime lunch account to pay for lunch, so free and reduced lunch students do not stand out in any way and all information is kept strictly confidential. Ala Carte items (non-lunch extras) are charged to all students at the same rate.

The cafeteria receives reimbursement from the government for all lunches purchased, so we encourage participation in this program. We put these funds back into the lunch program at Roncalli and are able to provide better meals with more variety as a result.

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are also eligible for the free textbook benefit. They should contact the Business Office to receive this benefit.

If you have any questions about the application, please call or email Eileen Horan at 788-4099 or ehoran@roncalli.org.

OTHER CAFETERIA NEWS

Roncalli offers a wide variety of choices and options for lunch each day. The cost of the regular government lunch remains the same as it was last year at $2.85. Rotating items are listed on the school calendar. Check out the details and nutritional information on the cafeteria webpage: http://www.roncalli.org/student-life/rebel-cafeteria

We have completed updating and entering the incoming freshmen into Roncalli’s Mealtime software. You can now go on-line at www.mymealtime.com and put money in your students account. Please know that there is a 4.9% user fee for this service. However if you deposit is $100 or more, the user fee is credited to your student's lunch account. NOTE: If there is a negative balance in your student’s account, the deposit must raise the balance to $100 for the fee to be credited.

Parents of 9th graders: If you have money in a mealtime account at your student’s grade school, that balance CAN NOT be transferred to Roncalli through Meal Time. That money was deposited into the bank accounts of the grade schools and you must contact your grade school’s lunch administrators for a refund. You can also deposit monies here at school in the lunch account mailbox in the main office, the mailbox outside the door to the cafeteria office (new) or with the cashiers at lunch. You may send funds with your child when they attend Freshman Orientation.

Thank you in advance for keeping your student's lunch account current. There is a free service provided by mealtime that will notify you when the account is getting low. Simply go to the website, set up an account and activate that service. You will receive a computer-generated notice sent by Lani Cummings everyday after lunch if your child has a negative balance. If you would like this notice to go a different address, please respond to the e-mail. While we will never refuse to serve a child a lunch or ala carte selections, we are able to put limits on the student’s daily spending if you wish. Please contact Lani Cummings at lcummings@roncalli.org with any questions.

NEW CHARGING POLICY

Because of consistent abuse of our past charging policy by a growing number of students/families, we have set a No Exception -$20.00 limit on student’s lunch accounts. If your student’s account is more than $20.00 in the negative, they will be asked to leave their lunches at the cashier stands and come to the cafeteria office to call a parent. It is easy to set up a notification with Mealtime to receive an email when the accounts are low. We will also be sending negative lunch balance notifications out every day by email.

PLEASE PRAY

  • 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 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 all those in need of food, clothing, shelter and those most in need of God’s mercy.

“Those who have opened their hearts to God’s love, heard his voice, and received his light cannot keep this gift to themselves. Since faith is hearing and seeing, it is also handed on as word and light.”
Pope Francis (Lumen Fidei, 2013)

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