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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, July 25, 2014


The Opening School Packets will be mailed on Monday to the homes of all currently enrolled RHS students. They will be mailed first class which means they should arrive at homes within one to two days or returned to us.

In this packet is the information by which you and your child can access his/her schedule for the 2014-15 school year. If you have any questions or do not receive your packet by Friday please call Donna Smith in the school’s main office at 787-8277.


Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Thursday,July 31, 4:00–8:00 PM and on Friday, August 1, 8:00 AM –Noon in the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be opened before the New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 5, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The Spirit Store also will be open in the mornings prior to the start of school during the first week of school as well as during school lunch hours throughout the school year.

Have enough uniforms? Come and shop for new fall fashions and fun spirit wear items that can only be purchased at Roncalli High School. For questions please contact the Director of the Spirit Store, Wendy Lawrie at or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!


All parents/guardians of seniors are reminded to arrange your Senior Appointment by going to the RHS website (Guidance tab).   These appointments take place July 29 – August 8 and are one hour in length.

Counselors will address topics specific to your senior, including the college application process, financial aid and scholarships, ACT/SAT, NCAA/NAIA, etc.  Complete information was mailed and emailed to each senior's parent/guardian mid-July.  Counselors look forward to meeting with each senior and their parent/guardian soon!

If your senior has not signed up yet for a senior appointment you still have time to do so by clicking here. The student’s ID and 8 character alphanumeric password are required.


The Indiana State Department of Health has changed their immunization requirements for high school students for the 2014-15 school year. Students in grade 12 are required to have a booster dose of MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate vaccine). Parents of students that we already have this information for have already been notified. Please forward an updated immunization record with proof of a second MCV4 vaccine prior to the first day of school. This information should to be sent to Mary Sheets in the Guidance Office. The information may be mailed, emailed, faxed, or dropped off. Fax: 788-2282


Roncalli High School, specifically our senior class, will welcome the newest Rebels next Saturday, August 2, when we host Freshman Orientation. We are excited to welcome what promises to be a great new group of Rebels ready to make their mark in a positive way at RHS!

Registration for freshmen begins in the cafeteria at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon.  Parents are asked to please drop off their freshman student on the front circle.  The day will conclude with a liturgy at 6:30 PM in the school’s Family Room (gym).  Parents and family members are encouraged to join us for the liturgy.   The orientation program is run by the members of the Class of 2015 and is under the direction of RHS Assistant Principal for Student Activities, Mrs. Shellie Hartford.  Please direct questions to her at 787-8277, extension 284 or


Each year the Roncalli faculty participates in a day of reflection prior to the start of the school year. It is always an uplifting, refreshing and motivating way to bring focus to their great ministry in Catholic Education. For a number of years now the Roncalli Parents Organization graciously has provided a meal for the faculty on this day.

This year’s Faculty Day of Reflection is scheduled for Thursday, August 7 at 6:00 PM. A light dinner will be served at 5:15 prior to the evening of reflection. There is a need for parent volunteers to bring in food items or assist with serving. Please click on the link below to volunteer.

Your help is greatly appreciated!!

Sign Up Here


The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium. Issues impacting academics, discipline, cafeteria, uniform, tuition, extracurricular activities and much more will be covered at this meeting. Administrators will be available for answering individual questions after the formal meeting is over. The RHS Spirit Store will be open this evening from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.


The school will be open daily from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM over the next two weeks for students (and parents) that want to come in and begin setting up their locker and/or walk through their daily class schedule. It also will be open from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, August 10, for this purpose.

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!


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 2014-15 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 (317)788-4099 or


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:

Roncalli uses the point of sale system called Mealtime to keep records of what students buy with money they keep on account. We can not transfer funds from Mealtime accounts at our area grade schools into the Mealtime account here at Roncalli. Please contact the parish business managers to receive a refund if you are due one.


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 minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2014 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 ( or Miki Lewinski at

 Ad prices are as Follows:

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

The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from Performing Arts book campaign 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! 


Through the years we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that were struggling with transportation (to and/or from school).

If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please call Donna Smith in the main office (787-8277) and provide her with the following details (your name, contact information, major crossroads near where you live and what your needs are (ride to school, home from school or both). We will make every effort to connect you with another RHS family that can assist with your transportation needs.

If your family is seeking to join with other RHS families in a carpool situation, please call Donna Smith in the main office and provide her with the same information noted in the paragraph above.

If your family/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please call Donna Smith in the main office and provide her with the same information as noted in the first paragraph. This can be an excellent way for your family/student to benefit from some extra gas money.

As we gather this information we will attempt to assist families in making transportation arrangements. We also will publish in the coming weeks’ newsletters general details of families seeking transportation assistance as well those wishing to assist with transportation. We will not publish specific names and contact information. We will publish general locations of families/students that are in need of assistance or willing to assist. For example, Stop 11 & Sherman or SR 135 & Fairview.

If you have any questions please call Donna Smith in the main office (787-8277).


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 & Clare parking lot at 6:45 each morning. If interested in using this bus service please contact Donna Smith in the school’s main office at 787-8277.


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 $30,000 from these businesses over the past few years!


It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of reasons. Because of where Holy Week and Easter fall in the calendar in 2015, the Spring Break this school year will be earlier than normal. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 19. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 27. 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 2015 Moratorium Week is from June 28 through July 5. 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.


A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. Many local retailers have them on sale now.


Roncalli continues to collect plastic grocery bags for St. Vincent dePaul. Donations of these plastic bags enables St. Vincent dePaul to avoid having to spend resources on purchasing their own bags. All students and families are encouraged to bring in their plastic grocery bags and put them in the box outside room 218.


The 2013-14 Fall Sports Seasons begin officially on Monday, August 4. Sanctioned IHSAA sports that will begin at RHS on this day include volleyball, football, boys’ tennis, girls’ golf, boys’/girls’ cross country and boys’/girls’ soccer. There is still time for a student to express an interest in trying out for one of these teams. Additionally, there is still a need for managers for all of these teams. This is a great way for students to get involved, especially if they have an interest in the sport or an Interest in being involved! Please contact RHS Athletic Director, Mr. Dave Toner, 787-8277, extension 262, if you have any questions as to how to express an interest in trying out for a team or serving as a manager.


  • For a safe completion of the summer break for all in the Roncalli Family and for all those in our South Deanery schools.
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with depression and/or addiction.
  • 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.
  • 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 blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, says,
“On building a “house of harmony”

Let us think about the image of a symphony, which implies accord, harmony, various instruments playing together. Each one preserves its own unmistakable timbre, and the sounds characteristic of each blend together around a common theme.

This is a beautiful image illustrating that the Church is like a great orchestra in which there is great variety. We are not all the same, and we do not all have to be the same. We are all different, varied, each of us with our own special qualities. And this is the beauty of the Church: everyone brings their own gift, which God has given, for the sake of enriching others.

(Taken from the pope’s October 9, 2013 general audience at St. Peter’s Square.)

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