Weekly Newsletter - Friday, December 2, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS 2016 CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONS!!
Congratulations to Coach Bruce Scifres and the RHS varsity football team on their victory in last Friday evening’s IHSAA Class 4A State Championship game. The Rebels 34-22 victory over Northwood completed an incredible undefeated season with a perfect record of 15-0! The state championship is the ninth in school history and seventh for Coach Scifres! A special congratulations to the senior members of this year’s team - what an awesome way to finish out your football playing career at RHS!
Purchase your Roncalli Football State Championship apparel online by visiting: https://roncallistatechamps.itemorder.com/sale
Online orders will end on December 11 at 11:59 PM.
SENIORS CELEBRATE MASS WITH CARDINAL TOBIN
This past Wednesday our senior class joined with seniors from all of the Catholic high schools in the archdiocese of Indianapolis to celebrate mass with Cardinal Tobin at the Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral. It was a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist and Cardinal Tobin delivered a beautiful homily on the occasion of the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Please join us in praying for Cardinal Tobin as he transitions to his new position in Newark, NJ.
GREAT JOB REBELS - CAN FOOD DRIVE TOPS 62,000 CANS!
Thank you to all in the Roncalli Family who contributed to this year’s RHS Can Food Drive! We collected 62,805 cans of food to support the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry! Thanks as well to all who donated blood on this day. There were 89 pints of blood donated!
Special thanks to our top student contributor to the Can Food Drive this year - junior Anthony Monroe who brought in 3,179 cans!
Great job Rebels!
FOUR MORE REBELS EARN PERFECT ACT & SAT SCORES
Wow - We had four more RHS students join our “ACT/SAT All Stars” by virtue of their perfect scores on the recently administered ACT and SAT tests. Congratulations to Morgan O’Brien on her perfect 36 on the English section of the ACT. Morgan previously had a perfect 36 on the mathematics portion. Grace Murphy registered two perfect scores - a 36 on the English portion as well as on the Reading portion! Kai Sun scored a perfect 800 on the Math Subject test of the SAT while Luke Dow nailed an 800 on the mathematics section of the SAT! Congratulations Rebel Scholars!
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS NEXT MONDAY & TUESDAY
The Roncalli High School Performing Arts programs invite you to experience Christmas cheer and beautiful music at their annual Christmas Concerts next week!
The concert band, jazz band and orchestra will hold their concert on Monday, December 5 at 7:00 PM! The choir concerts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 6. The advanced women’s chorus, beginning women’s chorus, show choir and dance performance class will perform at 6:00 PM.
The advanced women’s chorus, beginning mixed chorus, show choir and dance performance class will perform at 8:00 PM.
All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season!
Tickets are now available for all the Christmas concerts. Admission is $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for RHS students or children 14 years old and younger.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.roncalli.org, (fine arts tab then box office) or by contacting Miki Lewinski in the Box Office at 787-8277, extension 249. Payment is expected to accompany order. Tickets ordered in advance may be picked up at the Will Call table in the auditorium lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show.
RHS PRO-LIFE CLUB WELCOMES MONICA KELSEY
A huge thank you to the RHS Pro-Life Club for their efforts in bringing to campus Monica Kelsey, who presented on Wednesday night in the auditorium. Today Monica is standing on the front lines of the Pro-life movement defending the innocent children that are targeted for abortion. Monica is also a firefighter and medic out of Indiana and spends her spare time saving the lives of strangers as well. Monica's mission is simple, protect all human life from conception till natural death.
Her web site tells of her powerful story! Please click on this link to read more!
RHS SALUTES OUR 2016 RICHARD G. LUGAR SYMPOSIUM FOR TOMORROW’S LEADERS
Congratulations go out to juniors, Carolina Whitaker, Logan Schott, and Kieran Corcoran, as they have been selected to attend the 2016 Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. These Rebels were selected based on their outstanding leadership and service. Each year the Lugar Symposium is held to bring together leaders from high schools across Indiana. On December 3, 2016, Carolina, Logan, and Kieran will attend the symposium with nearly 500 other students from around the state at the University of Indianapolis. At the symposium, the students will attend two mini sessions on the following topics: U.S. Leadership in the World, The Role of Social Media in the 2016 Election, Terrorism, Refugees Without Borders, Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Energy Security. In addition to attending the sessions, these students will get to hear from Senator Richard Lugar, as well as meet other leaders from around the state.
RHS SCHOLARSHIP FOR CHILD OF A FIREFIGHTER
Parents, step-parents, guardians - are you a firefighter?
If so, your son or daughter is eligible to apply for a one-time $1,500 scholarship in memory of John Lorenzano, who died while saving others in a fire at the Indianapolis Athletic Club in 1992.
Please have your student write an essay between 200-300 words on “What makes you proud that your parent is a firefighter?” The essays are due by Friday, December 9th to Ms. Terese Carson in the RHS Advancement Office. Please be sure to include student name, grade and the name of the parent who is a firefighter. Applications are available in the Main Office. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced prior to Christmas break.
ALL SCHOOL MASS NEXT THURSDAY - FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Roncalli will celebrate an all school mass next Thursday, December 8, which is a holy day of obligation as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will begin in the “RHS Family Room” at 9:30. All are welcome!
FRENCH CLUB CELEBRATION
The French Club celebrated its 19th Annual French National Week in style. Students in our French classes had a chance to try their hand at making authentic cuisine, baking a variety of foods, including a traditional Christmas Log (Bûche de Noël.) Students enjoyed a day of native dancing from the Ivory Coast, cultural presentations from two French natives, along with a French Breakfast in the caféteria. The week ended with French Club Night at the Movies, where students were able to view the classic Phantom of the Opera in French. A la prochaine....until next year!
YOU CAN HELP WITH SEMESTER EXAMS IN TWO WEEKS
Proctors, readers and scribes are needed for the STARS program during semester exams. These exams will take place December 12th – December 15th. There will be two exams each day. The first exam will be from 7:30-9:23 and the second exam will be 9:32-11:25. If you are interested in helping please contact Michelle Roberts via email at email@example.com
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 school has been made the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s web site, which typically happens within 1-2 minutes of the decision being made. Immediately after posting it on the web site there will be an automated phone call /text message sent out to parents informing them of the closure or delay. We will then call the four major network television stations.
The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families live stretches from 56th street to the north; Plainfield to the west; Shelbyville to the southeast and Martinsville/Paragon to the 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 areas 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.
REBELS SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Lady Rebels County Tourney - Best of luck next week to the Lady Rebels basketball team as they begin play in the 2016-17 Marion County tourney. The girls open play at home on Tuesday night at 7 PM versus Southport. The winner advances to a Thursday night quarterfinal game against the winner of Decatur Central vs Park Tudor. That game would be on the road. The semi-finals and finals will be played at Pike on Saturday, December 10.
Fall Sports Honor Teams
Congratulations to all of our RHS fall sport athletes who were named to a post-season Honor team. The complete rundown of these Honor teams (with the exception of football), as best we know them, can be obtained by clicking on this link. Great job Rebels!
FREE SUMMER STEM CAMP - GREAT OPPORTUNITY!
The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue University is an immersive program for high-achieving high school students (current sophomores and juniors).
During the week-long course on STEM-related energy topics, participants will be provided with resources and incentives to inspire students in sustainable energy solutions. The program is free to all participants.
The summer camp will be held on June 18-24, 2017. Applications must be submitted online prior to the deadline of January 16, 2017.
To learn more and to apply, please click here.
NEXT GENERATION HOOSIER EDUCATORS SCHOLARSHIP
The Next Generation Teacher Scholarship was created to help the next generation of Hoosier teachers pay for college.
The State of Indiana will provide 200 scholarships each year to high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education. The scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana after graduation.
Applications will be available on November 1st and will close December 31, 2016.
To learn more and to apply, please click here.
SENIOR PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN BY DECEMBER 16
If members of the class of 2017 want to be included in the Roncalli yearbook and class composite photo, each senior must have their photo taken by Prestige Portraits. This info has been mailed and/or emailed home to each senior. But, the deadline to be photographed is approaching. So, please do not delay. Remember, in order to be part of the yearbook and class composite each senior must have a photo taken at Prestige Portraits by December 16, 2016. To schedule a portrait appointment please call 317-829-2075 or go online by clicking here.
Dress code requirements for senior composite/yearbook photo are:
- Must wear a dress shirt and tie
- Must be clean shaven with no facial hair
- Hair must be properly groomed and of its original color
- No piercing beyond a pierced ear
- Shoulders must be covered (no strapless)
- Modest top must be worn (NO cleavage showing)
- No piercing beyond a pierced ear
YOUR KROGER CARD CAN SUPPORT RHS!
We are very grateful for those in the RHS community that continue to use their Kroger Card to support RHS. To date we have received over $10,000 from Kroger based on purchases from those in the RHS community. We appreciate all who will be using their Kroger card during this holiday season!! See the instructions below as to how you too can support RHS through your use of your Kroger card. Thank you for your support of Roncalli through this program.
ST. JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CHRISTKINDL VILLAGE
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indy is hosting the fifth annual Christkindl Village “Christ Child Village” on December 16-17, 2016. The festival will run from 5:00 - 9:00 PM on Friday, December 16 and noon - 9:00 PM on Saturday, December 17 on the West block of Georgia Street and in the parking lot and courtyard of St. John Catholic Church located at 126 West Georgia Street, Indianapolis.
At the festival there will be an outdoor LIVE animal nativity, alpine slide for kids and adults, selfies with Santa, great German foods, beer and gluhwein garden, hand crafted gifts, luminary walk, caroling, great family activities such as little kids activities and big kids sports area, Friday 6pm Youth Sacred Music Festival followed by Nativity blessing and candle lit Christmas caroling, Saturday 5:00 PM Sacred Music Festival followed Eucharistic Procession and 6:30 PM evening Mass at St. John’s Church.
Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. This outdoor event is on rain or shine with heaters provided on Georgia Street.
GROWING LEADERS - AN ANTIDOTE FOR STUDENTS’ STRESS
Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore
Fasten your seatbelts—this short article may sound old-fashioned but it’s based upon some new research.
I want to talk about a missing element in our students’ lives today. While they may be as preoccupied as ever, busy with their smart devices, their schoolwork and planning their future—they may be overlooking a most critical piece to a healthy, well-adjusted life. In fact, we may all be missing a bit of this piece.
I am talking about work. Manual labor. Physical acts of service.
To read the remainder of this blog click on this link: https://growingleaders.com/blog/antidote-students-stress/
- For the repose of the soul of Marge Smith who passed away on Tuesday and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. Marge was the mother-in-law of RHS school secretary, Donna Smith.
- For the repose of the soul of Peggy Stugis who passed away this week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. Peggy was the younger sister of RHS Religious Studies teacher, Mary Ann Fehring.
- For God’s blessings on Pope Francis and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
- For God’s blessings on Cardinal Tobin as he prepares for his transition to the role of Archbishop of Newark, NJ.
- For all people of faith who are being persecuted and martyred for their faith!
- For those who will struggle to find adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical services and those most in need of God’s mercy.
- For Divine Providence upon all elected officials and judges at all levels of government.
- For all Christians, and all men and women of faith, who are facing persecution for their religious beliefs.
- For healing of body, mind and spirit for all in the Roncalli Family dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues.
- 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.
“Charity, patience, and tenderness are very beautiful gifts. If you have them, you want to share them with others.”
Pope Francis tweet, June 26, 2013
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