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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, September 22, 2017


Rebel students, teachers and staff members did a dynamite job with this week’s Spirit Week as some of the pictures can attest! Special thanks to the RHS Student Council and its fearless leader, Ryan Costello, for their efforts in putting together this year’s dress up themes and for all of their efforts in making this week, Homecoming game and dance so much fun!


This year’s Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday night “under the Big Tent” in the north parking lot from 8:00-10:50 PM. This is a well-attended event each year, as many students choose to attend with a group of friends! Tickets are available for $10 at the door. The night will include a DJ, Prestige Portraits offering instant 5x7s for $10, and a free ice cream cone/cup from the Mrs. Curls Truck!

A reminder, there will be traffic restrictions in place due to the “Big Tent” in the north parking lot. Parents are asked to please use the front circle when dropping off and/or picking up their student from the dance.

Congratulations to the following seniors who comprise this year’s Homecoming Court: Ben Asdell, Jack Baker, Michael Frausto, Jack Hegwood, Tyler Hicks, Reese McGinsie, Ethan Newett, Claire Alfery, Izzy Jahnke, Scout Leffler, Ally Lewis, Emily Schubach, Kathleen Soller, Gabrielle Viduya


We got more outstanding news this past week when we were notified that eight members of the Class of 2018 have earned the distinction, “National Merit Commended Students.” This honor, based on a student’s PSAT score their junior year, is bestowed on the top 3% of the best and brightest seniors in the entire United States! Congratulations to the following Rebel scholars: Ashley Conner, Jason Croddy, Adrian Daves, Luke Dow, Katie Kolis, Grace Murphy, Nate O’Mara, and Elizabeth Woodruff. Congratulations as well to these students’ families and their elementary and middle school teachers!

Great job, Rebel scholars!

Ashley Conner Jason Croddy Adrian Daves Luke Dow Katie Kolis Grace Murphy Nate O’Mara Elizabeth Woodruff


We will have approximately 40 seniors on retreat next week at The Benedict Inn next Tuesday evening through Friday. We also will have two groups of approximately 35 juniors participating in a one day retreat next Wednesday and Thursday. Please keep these juniors and seniors and the retreat team in your prayers!


Walkathon 2017 will be held on Thursday, October 26 (rain date is Friday, October 27). It is a fun-filled day and the only student fundraiser at Roncalli! All proceeds go directly to our financial aid program to assist RHS students and families.

Special congratulations to freshman Katie Comer who submitted the winning design for this year’s Walkathon. Great job Katie - she was the recipient of $50 for her winning efforts!

Students are asked to raise $70 each—or $120 per family, if you have more than one student living in the same house. Students who meet the minimum commitment will receive a t-shirt and will be allowed to participate in the Walkathon. Individual students who raise $100 or more will be eligible for additional prizes and will receive a bonus out of uniform day!

Students can have friends and family donate directly to them on our website with a credit card. Just visit: http://www.roncalli.org/walk/donate and type in the student’s name and the amount you wish to give. Students can check how much they have generated and send emails with their link to family and friends by going to http://www.roncalli.org/walk/login and log in with their student ID/password. Checks and cash are also accepted, or a combination of these payment methods. We ask students to fill in their yellow envelope with the amount pledged online and turn it in to get their t-shirts.

Students can turn in their money in the designated yellow envelopes in the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Friday, October 20th, Monday, October 23rd Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 25th. Money must be turned in by October 25th in order for the student to participate in the walk.

Please contact Rachel Brown, rbrown@roncalli.org with any questions.

Click here to get all the Walkathon information.


The school calendar that will be used for the 2018-19 school year has been finalized. It mirrors closely the school calendar used this year. One minor change is that we are moving fall break back one week to more closely align with the Feast Day of St. John Roncalli (October 11).

You can access the 2018-19 school calendar via this link.


Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 5th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. These conferences are held on a first come, first serve basis. Parents are asked to limit the conferences to five minutes so that as many parents as possible can access the teacher. If you desire a lengthier conference please email or phone that teacher and make this request or set up a date and time for this conference when you see the teacher at Parent-Teacher conferences.

School will be dismissed at 2:00 PM on this day for teachers to prepare for conferences and to give the custodial staff time to clean the building prior to the start of conferences.


Roncalli will hold its annual Grandparent’s Day celebration on Friday, October 6th in anticipation of the feast day of St. John XXIII, which is on October 11th. We will welcome over 900 grandparents to campus on this day. A reminder that due to space limitations we no longer invite grandparents of freshmen students. The freshmen students have a separate program designed just for them for this day. They will be in the auditorium for their program during the Grandparent’s Day celebration.

Also, a reminder that lunch is no longer a part of the Grandparent’s Day celebration. Students and grandparents are dismissed together after they attend class. Last year we got substantial positive feedback from grandparents and students alike who enjoyed being able to go out to lunch and eating at their own pace.

PARKING - Parking is a significant challenge on this day so we encourage as many students as possible to either carpool on this day or have someone drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. All student drivers will park in the bubble gym lot or the practice football field weather permitting. If weather does not allow for parking on the practice football field, students will be directed to park at The Carson Square Strip Mall. There will be shuttle busses to bring them to and from school.

DISMISSAL ON GRANDPARENTS DAY - The biggest challenge with this year’s Grandparent’s Day will be dismissal time as we will be dismissing not only 1,200 students but 900 grandparents as well. We will be dismissing in shifts on this day.

Noon (or close to it) - juniors and seniors that drove to school and did not have grandparents with them on this day

12:10 PM - All students with grandparents

12:45 PM - All students (9th -12 th graders) that are being picked up. It is imperative that anyone picking up a student on this day not arrive on campus before 12:45 as it will create a total gridlock traffic wise for everyone!


Ensembles from the Roncalli music programs will perform at the Sacred Sounds Concert on Monday, October 2 at 6:00 and 8:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. The Advanced Women’s Choir, Beginning Women’s Choir, Orchestra and Show Choir will perform at the 6:00 show. The Advanced Women’s Choir, Beginning Mixed Choir, Orchestra and Show Choir will perform at the 8:00 concert. All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy an evening of beautiful music!

Tickets are now available for the Sacred Sounds Concerts. There is no charge for this concert, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 787-8277, extension 249 or by emailing Miki Lewinski, mlewinski@roncalli.org. Tickets ordered in advance may be picked up at the Will Call table in the auditorium lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show. Tickets not picked up 10 minutes before show time will be redistributed if necessary.


As a part of our universal Catholic Church, the Roncalli Community Service Program seeks to guide each student in their formation to be disciples of Christ by serving the poor, the vulnerable, and the marginalized in our society. It is through serving others that we respond to the Gospel command which directs us to live a life of love for God and neighbor, and it is through living our faith in action that we are the Body of Christ in the world.

Service quote of the week

"We can do no great things – only small things with great love" (Saint Mother Teresa)

Saint Mother Teresa recognizes in this quote that we are not all called to “move mountains”, but to love others to the best of our abilities. In loving service to one person at a time, Saint Mother Teresa changed the lives of millions. Can we each find a way to serve others with love, one person at a time?

Featured Service organization of the week:

St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry/Distribution Center - Every Thursday and Saturday, students have the opportunity to serve those most in need in our own community. Whether at the food pantry or at the distribution center, students can help meet the basic needs of those who live among us. Sign up via the links on the service calendar.

Featured service project of the week:

Saints Francis and Clare's Fall Festival!!! There are various booths available for students to help with! Please go to the link to volunteer. http://goo.gl/R6xLQz

Click here to review Roncalli’s service requirement

Click here to check the Roncalli Service calendar and sign up for service projects

Click here to check your Student’s service hour record and progress

Important Service Dates: Quarter One service hours are due on Wednesday September 27.

Any questions regarding service opportunities? Please email our Community Service Director, Mr. Gerard Striby at: gstriby@roncalli.org or reach him by phone at: 317-787-8277 ext. 256.


The University of Notre Dame will meet with interested students and families on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 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.


Next week Roncalli High School will celebrate the state program: College G​O! Week. This is a time for students in all grades to look to the future and consider education beyond high school. During College G​O!​ Week, students are encouraged to complete the following:

Seniors: Complete college applications! Any college-bound senior who has not yet submitted a college application received a note encouraging him or her to apply no later than September 30. Seniors are asked to contact their counselor with any questions.

Juniors: Schedule two official college visits for September and October; register now for the ACT in February at Roncalli and the SAT in March; attend the College Planning Night for Juniors at Roncalli on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 PM.

Freshmen and Sophomores: Arrange at least one college open house visit this September or October and attend the College Planning Night for Freshmen and Sophomores on Monday, October 23 at 7 PM.


There is a series of Digital Citizenship videos that are included as a part of the curriculum for the College & Career Prep class that is required of all RHS students. It was suggested by some that we share these videos with our parents as they can be a valuable resource. Most videos are very short (1-3 minutes in length). We will be sharing one video a week for the coming months. We hope you find value in them. Here is the link to this week’s video on sexting.


We have been highlighting in the weekly e-newsletter different sections of the student-parent handbook. This week we share with you the short section on Communications

11.6 Communications

Many problems can be prevented or quickly resolved through the use of proper communication. In keeping with the principle of subsidiary, questions or problems should be addressed at the lowest level whenever possible. Thus, if a question or problem arises with an individual staff member, it is advisable to go directly to that person first. If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved at this level, then that person’s supervisor should be contacted and informed of the situation. If you have questions or a need for assistance regarding the proper channel of communications within the school, please call the school’s Main Office. If you have made an attempt to contact a staff member without follow-up within a 24-hour period, please contact the Principal. The Main Office is open from 7 AM to 4 PM The phone number is 317/787-8277.


A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and during all lunch periods on Wednesday, October 4 to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Letter Jacket this year. This will be the only opportunity to order a Letter Jacket and receive it before the Christmas holidays. The next ordering opportunity for these jackets will not be until late winter for spring delivery.

Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at the Main Office or the Athletic Department office. Letter Jacket purchase information may also be reviewed at www.roncalli.org


Congratulations to the RHS girls golf team as they turned in a super performance in the rain soaked Sectionals this past Monday. The girls advanced to Saturday’s Regional competition by virtue of their second place finish in the Sectionals. Congratulations to: Annie Sullivan, Sophia Egold, Kathleen Ameis, Nicole Clifford, and Morgan Clifford. Good luck girls in Regionals this Saturday morning at The Legends!


We are in the midst of Marion County Tournament action for many of our fall sports teams. Best of luck to all of these teams:

  • Congratulations to the RHS boys tennis team which registered first and second wins in the Marion County Tournament with victories over Lutheran and Lawrence Central.
  • Good luck to the boys and girls soccer teams as they host Southport on Monday, September 25; Second round action on Wednesday will be at a site to be determined by first round winners but RHS will not host a second round game.
  • Good luck to the RHS girls volleyball team hosting Lawrence Central on Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30 PM; winner advances to second round action at RHS on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.
  • Good luck to the RHS boys and girls cross-country meet at Brebeuf Jesuit on Saturday, September 30


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  • Ad costs range from $450 for a full page to $50 for a 4 line greeting.

  • 1/2 page and larger ads qualify for a VIP card

  • VIP card entitles the bearer and immediate family free admission to most sporting events and 4 free tickets to one performance of each of the fine arts productions.

  • Contact Miki Lewinski, mlewinski@roncalli.org with any questions.

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A letter was mailed out at the start of this school year 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 ten 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. Three of the four opportunities to attend this meeting have been held. The lone remaining opportunity to attend for those still needing to do so is on Wednesday, September 27. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are not required to attend one of these meetings.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at 787-8277, extension 224 or cweisenbach@roncalli.org


Let the RHS lacrosse team shine your car on Saturday, September 30 at their annual Car Wash as they raise funds for their upcoming season. Stop by the St. Mark’s Church parking lot at the corner of Edgewood and State Route 31 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM and let our hard working players clean your vehicle. Donations of any amount greatly appreciated!


The Knights of Columbus is looking for men (ages 18 or older) who want to be part of an organization that promotes the Catholic faith and its Principles. The four principles are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Catholic men are invited to be part of the K of C and help make a difference in the community every day. To be part of the K of C, please contact Bob Kelly, Bob.Kelly@kofc.org.


The parishioners of St. Francis & Clare of Assisi Catholic Church invite you to their annual Fall Festival to be held on Friday, September 22 (5-11 PM) and Saturday, September 23 (noon - 11 PM). The church is located at 5901 Olive Branch Road , Greenwood, IN 46143

Please join us for our 11th Annual Fall Festival! Enjoy the Art in the Park, a Huge Silent Auction, and Wine & Dessert Bar, Also, great Food, Live Music both days, Rides, Games for all ages, Animal Show and Magician! Dress up for Retro night and WIN a PRIZE $15000 Mega Raffle, Monte Carlo and more! Enjoy fun for the entire family. Please visit our Website for additional info. www-ss-fc.org.


Holy Name Parish invites you to its Oktoberfest (September 29th and 30th) from 5pm – Midnight. Oktoberfest is a lively street festival in the heart of Beech Grove and is fun for all ages! Enjoy great authentic German food, a beer garden, a health and safety fair, and live music from the Flying Toasters, Spin Rut, and the Woomblies Rock Orchestra. Kids will enjoy games and inflatables in the Kid Zone! For more information visit: https://www.holyname.cc/parish/oktoberfest/

High School Students needing service hours or adults wanting to get involved? Holy Name is looking for volunteers to help with the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aabaf2aaafd0-holy3 . If you have any questions or Sign Up Genius is not working for you, email Jen Carson, carsonfjnm@comcast.net or contact the parish office at 784-5454.

Oktoberfest big raffle tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $100.00 each and include 6 chances to win during the festival. (September 29: two $500 drawings and one $1,500 drawing; September 30: two $500 drawings and the grand prize of $20,000) Winners of each drawing will be put back in the raffle for the remaining drawings, including the grand prize! You do not need to be present to win. Please contact the Holy Name Parish office at 784-5454 or Jeff Woehler, JWoehler@AdvantageMedical.com to buy tickets.


  • For all those whose lives were impacted by the recent hurricanes!
  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
  • For a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year for all in the Roncalli Family and for all in our South Deanery Catholic Schools.
  • For those who 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 strength and healing for all those fighting off life threatening illness and for their families and caregivers, especially for RHS senior, Kathleen Soller.
  • 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.

“The Gospel is for everyone,
not just for some.”

Pope Francis

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