Weekly Newsletter – Friday, March 7, 2014
GOD’S BLESSINGS FOR A RICH LENTEN JOURNEY
We hope all in the Roncalli Family experience a very blessed, rich, and faith-filled Lenten journey. Fr. Wilmoth challenged all of us at our Ash Wednesday liturgy to really spend some time focusing on how we can grow in our prayer life, in our sacrificing and in our almsgiving during Lent. We will keep these themes in front of our students throughout Lent.
A special note of our Lenten almsgiving project for this year – Once again Roncalli High School will team with St. John’s Catholic Church (downtown) to support Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Haiti. Last year together we were able to raise the necessary funds to help them put a roof on their church. This year our goal is to provide them with the necessary funds to install windows and doors in their church. To this there will be a collection at the start of first period each Wednesday during Lent. Students, teachers and staff members are asked to be generous in their support. Parents, please encourage your child to sacrifice an item(s) each week and in turn donate that money to our Lenten almsgiving project. Your support would mean a lot!
God bless you on your Lenten journey!
RHS THEATER DEPARTMENT PRESENTS, “To See The Stars”
Good luck to the entire cast and crew of this year’s Spring Play, “To See The Stars,” as the production unfolds next week on the beautiful RHS stage!
Performances will be held in the RHS auditorium at 7:00 PM on March 13, 14 & 15 with a matinee performance at 2:00 PM on March 15. Make plans to be with us and take in another outstanding production by RHS Theater Program.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for RHS students and children 14 years old and younger.
All tickets ordered in advance will be available at the “Will Call” table in the lobby of the auditorium 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Break a leg Rebels!
FOUR REBELS ADVANCE TO 2014 SPEECH STATE FINALS
The Rebel Speech Team turned in a fine performance in last week’s 2014 Speech Sectionals culminating with four team members advancing to this year’s State Finals. Special congratulations to sophomore Maria Hollowell who claimed a first place in Sectionals in Humorous Interpretation. She will be joined at state by the following Rebels: Stephanie Kawak and Madisen Clifton in Scripted Duo (second place) and Shayla Cabalan in Original Oratory (sixth place).
The following RHS team members are alternates and could be called to participate in the state finals: Nathan Carpenter (Discussion), Paul Jacobs (United States Extemp) and Rachael Barnhorst and Shayla in Original Performance.
Great job by all of these Rebel orators and their coaches, Tristan McGill and Phil Milroy.
SIX REBEL BAND MEMBERS EARN GOLD AT 2014 STATE FINALS
Congratulations to the following RHS band members who earned a “Gold” rating in the highest division at this year’s 2014 ISSMA State Finals: Matt McKay (flute), Cameron Papandria (alto sax), Will Haman (tenor sax), Nicky Marino (marimba), Jennifer Biasi (viola) and Leah Biasi (bass).
This is the highest performance award that a musician can receive in competition!!
Great job to these fine Rebel musicians and their teacher, Kathy Peach.
CONGRATULATIONS “WHY I LOVE RONCALLI” VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS
The first ever “Why I Love Roncalli” video contest was held last month as a part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration. There were two entries the judges selected to share first place. We congratulate sophomores Dolan Monroe and Max van Dongen for their winning entry and to our Life Academy students and their teachers and aides for their dynamite video.
THIRD QUARTER REPORT CARDS DISTRIBUTED NEXT WEDNESDAY
Hard to believe it but the third quarter comes to an end with the close of school on Friday. The third quarter report cards will be distributed to the students on Wednesday in their eighth period class. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their child their performance in this third quarter grading period. It also might help to put in a word about staying strong and focused as we close out this school year with the fourth and final quarter. Please direct all questions about a grade to the teacher. If a concern remains after this discussion you may contact RHS assistant principal for academic affairs, Mr. James Kedra.
THANKS FOR SUPPORT OF ASH WEDNESDAY FISH FRY & REVERSE RAFFLE
Thank you to all in the Roncalli community that attended our Ash Wednesday Fish Fry. It was a solid success with a very nice crowd throughout the evening. All proceeds will support the senior retreat program.
The Roncalli Athletic Boosters Club also extends its thanks to all who attended or supported this year’s Reverse Raffle held last Saturday. It was a fun, ultra successful evening that raised close to $20,000 for the RHS athletic department.
God bless all of you for your on-going support of Roncalli!
SENIORS VS FACULTY BASKETBALL GAME - MARCH 12
The annual Seniors vs Faculty basketball game will be played next Thursday. Admission to the game is $2.00 for all students, teachers and staff members. Admission is good for one day out of uniform and all proceeds go to support our school’s Lenten Almsgiving Project. Students are not required to attend the game. Classes will dismiss at 1:30 on this day. If they choose not to attend the game they are not allowed back into school once they have left.
RHS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CURRENT 9-11TH GRADERS & ONE FOR CURRENT SENIORS
Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and one student athlete scholarship for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $500-$1,500. Please click on the link below to learn more about the various scholarships and to determine if your child qualifies for one or more of these scholarships.
Scholarship applications may be picked up in the main office or guidance office beginning March 1, 2014. Applications can be downloaded here. All completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Hartford, Assistant Principal, by Friday, April 11, 2014 no later than 3:00 PM. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Reception. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2014-15 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding RHS scholarships can be directed to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal, at 787-8277 Ext. 284 or email@example.com
Compled applications must be submitted by 3:00 PM on Friday, April 11.
We’re so excited that Pope John XXIII is being canonized a saint that we’re throwing a party! Actually, we have this party every year... but this year we have even more reason to celebrate. Roncalli Rebelation will be on Saturday, April 26th. Please mark your calendars – this year is definitely the year to attend!
Planning is underway, and we’re looking for a few good volunteers to assist. If you are interested in learning more about Rebelation and the many volunteer opportunities we have to offer, please come to a meeting at Roncalli on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00 pm. We will meet in the Administrative Conference Room. If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in helping, please contact Tina Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 787-8277, extension 239.
Help us make the auction a huge success!
Do you own a business or know someone that does? We need items of all sorts (restaurant gift cards, tickets to sporting events, spa services, jewelry) to use in both our live and silent auctions.
REQUEST OF THE WEEK – RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS
Everyone needs to eat! The next time you are at your favorite restaurant, ask them if they would be willing to donate to Rebelation. We can use gift cards from all types of restaurants from anywhere in the city. Who doesn't love a free meal?
Help us create a package that will bring in lots of money for needs-based tuition assistance. A donation is a great way to support Roncalli High School and be seen by over 400 people that will attend this event.
RHS 10TH ANNUAL “LET THE BIRDIES FLY” BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
The 10th annual RHS Badminton Tourney will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the main gym. Student teams of two are now forming. Teams can be all male, all female or co-ed. Students interested in participating need to sign up outside Mrs. Hartford’s office. Please encourage your Rebel son/daughter to grab a classmate and sign up soon! Tournament brackets will be posted on March 6 and the tournament will be held March 8. Each team is guaranteed two games. We will have a Grand champion team, as well as, a Toilet Bowl championship team, that plays through the losers’ bracket. We also need lots of fans to cheer on the teams, so mark your calendar for Saturday, March 8 at 1 PM. Come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship of this tournament!
REMINDER OF EARLY SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2014
Spring Break 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.
RHS TO OFFER TWO ONLINE COURSES THIS SUMMER
Roncalli High School is moving into the online educational world this summer as we offer our students two different online course offerings. The two courses available to our current Roncalli students to take online will be Health and Etymology. Health is a graduation required course while Etymology is a course that many students take to better prepare for the ACT and/or SAT. The cost for enrolling in an online course will be $150. Registration forms and informational handouts are available in the main office and guidance office. Registration will close May 1, 2014.
With this being our first offering of online courses we are limiting enrollment to 30 students per class for at least this first time. Please direct your specific questions to Mrs. Shellie Hartford at email@example.com
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL RHS STUDENTS
(complete listing of activities available; more will be added in the coming months so be sure to check back)
What is your Rebel student doing this summer? Why not consider encouraging him or her to attend a summer camp, workshop or a pre-college program this summer? We have compiled a list of unique summer opportunities for Rebel students to consider. All you need to do is go to our website at www.roncalli.org and click on the “student life” tab. Under that tab you will see a link that says Summer Opportunities. Click on it and find out about numerous summer workshops, pre-college programs and camps at various colleges that will better prepare students for college and/or a career. Keep in mind that these unique summer opportunities are a great way to visit a college campus and build some wonderful experiences to add to a resume. If you have any questions about our summer opportunities please check with Mrs. Hartford firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Camp Nuhop is a non-profit residential summer camp for kids with special needs. The opportunity to help a child, to make a difference; to know that a life is better because you cared - that is the essence of Camp Nuhop. 2014 marks our 41st year of helping children with "Special Needs".
More than just a week... but a whole lifetime of memories! Camp Nuhop offers a variety of week long camp modules based on various degrees of readiness levels. All encourage campers to develop a willingness to stretch beyond their comfort zones ... to try, to experience, to take a further step!
To find out more about how Camp Nuhop can make a positive in the life of your child click on the link below.
DRIVER’S EDUCATION REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - DEPOSIT DUE BY MARCH 27
Roncalli High School once again will provide a fully accredited and top-notch Driver Education program. Students will have two different options with regard to the 30 hours of required classroom instruction. They also will have the option to select weeks they cannot do the behind the wheel instruction. Registration materials with full details are now available in the school’s main office. Completed registration forms along with the initial $200 deposit are due to Mrs. Donna Smith in the main office by Thursday, March 27. Please direct all questions to Mrs. Smith.
REBELS SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Good luck to Coach Michael Wantz and the Rebels boys’ basketball team as they square off with Warren Central on Friday night at 6:00 PM at Lawrence North in a Sectional semi-final game. The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday night at LN at 7:00 PM. Good luck Rebels!!!
Good luck to Coach Laure Gridley and the Rebels gymnastics team as they compete in their 2014 Sectional on Friday night at Columbus East High School. The girls will be competing for the right to advance to next week’s Regional competition. You go girls!!!
ST. BARNABAS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
Please click on the link below to vote for your favorite commercial promoting the March 22nd, St. Barnabas Annual School Fundraiser, Dinner for Warriors IV.
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR KIDS’ BIG DREAMS
A classic Disney movie that almost everyone sees as a child has a song that declares, “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you.” A wonderfully beautiful thought indeed. Reality? As adults, we know the answer to that.
Each young child dreams of becoming a princess, a football hero, or a world famous pop star. A very tiny portion of them will actually become those things. The vast majority however will not. When parents fail to prepare their children for such, we see the results on shows such as the auditions for American Idol. Some of those cases are just tragically sad. No parent wishes to see their child’s dreams shattered in that way. So how do we manage their dreams with a big dose of reality but still encourage them to shoot for the stars? Here are 6 Ways to Manage Your Kids’ Big Dreams.
For more help on discovering what your kids’ dreams may be, try these Dream Conversation Starters.
(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)
LET US PRAY
- For the repose of the soul of Kevin Roessler who passed away this week and for his family and friends that mourn his loss. He was the uncle of Grant Schoening (’16).
- 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.
We rise again from ashes,
from the good
we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes,
to create ourselves anew.
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