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Weekly Newsletter -  September 23, 2016


This past year Roncalli High School signed on to be a part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). As a result of this partnership, Roncalli High School has embarked on a student exchange program with Rudolf-Hildebrand School (RHS) in Leipzig, Germany. This past Sunday, we welcomed to Indianapolis 11 German students and two teachers from Rudolf-Hildebrand School. They are spending the next two weeks with us here at Roncalli, going to classes, attending extracurricular events, visiting South Deanery grade schools and taking field trips around Indianapolis!

In June, we will have approximately 12-15 of our students who will travel to Leipzig, Germany and they will attend school at Rudolf-Hildebrand School for three weeks.

We are delighted to have our German guests with us at Roncalli! It has been an exciting week. We are anxious to share Spirit Week with them next week before saying goodbye to them next Friday!


We got outstanding news this past week when we were notified that nine members of the Class of 2017 have earned the distinction, “National Merit Commended Student.” 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: Jonny Anderson, Kurt Cunningham, Julia Kurz, Cassidy McMahon, Morgan O’Brien, Michael Otley, Chloe Owen, Aidan Parker, and Claire Whalen. Congratulations as well to these students’ families and their elementary and middle school teachers!

This brings the number of National Merit Scholars at RHS this year to 13!

Great job, Rebel scholars!


Congratulations to RHS golfers, juniors Annie Sullivan and Nicole Clifford, who qualified for this Saturday’s IHSAA Girls’ Golf Regionals by virtue of their solid performance in last week’s Sectional. Annie had a super round with an 84 while Nicole registered a 90! RHS hosts the Regionals this Saturday morning at Smock Golf Course. Good luck, girls!

Annie Sullivan Nicole Clifford


Our all school liturgies are streamed live on our school’s Youtube channel so people unable to be with us at school can watch them live on the day of the mass or at a later date.

We featured in last week’s e-newsletter the visit to our school by Fr. John Gusmini and Fr. Izio Bolis from Bergamo, Italy. Their visit created quite a positive stir in our community leading many folks to ask if the mass/homily/presentation was videotaped. You can do watch Fr. John Gusmini’s stirring homily by clicking on the link below. You may also watch the presentation of gifts by Fr. John and Fr. Ezio that took place after communion which was really neat.


Roncalli's Student Council has planned an exciting 2016 Homecoming Spirit Week, which will begin on Monday, September 26 and culminate with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 1. Here's all the must-know info!

On the following days, students are permitted to be out-of-uniform if they are clearly dressed according to the day's theme and in accordance with the school's dress code related to modesty. Otherwise, they are to be in school uniform.

  • 9/26 College Monday - Wear fan gear supporting your favorite college, from a tshirt to face paint to dressing up as their mascot!
  • 9/27 Disney Tuesday - Dress as your favorite Disney character. Real go-getters can even support their class’ entrance decorating theme (Frosh = Aladdin, Sophs = Lion King, Juniors = Finding Nemo/Dory, Seniors = Lilo & Stitch)
  • 9/28 Fashion Disaster Wednesday - Come up with the ugliest, clashiest, most obnoxious collection of clothes to wear all at once!
  • 9/29 Superhero Thursday - Students dress as their favorite (or self-created) superheroes, and the staff dress as their favorite (or self-created) villains!
  • 9/30 Red, White, and Blue Friday - Everyone goes all out, dressed head to toe in Roncalli red, white, and blue!

On Wednesday, September 28, as part of the class competition series, students are asked to bring clothing donations to their 1st period class. Specifically, we are collecting new or gently used men's pants, sweatshirts, and hoodies, to be donated to Beggars For the Poor.

On Saturday, October 1, we'll host the Homecoming Dance in the main gym 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 will be sold during lunch periods throughout spirit week for $10. 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!

Please note that due to another event taking place in the RHS cafeteria that evening, all dance-goers are to enter and exit the dance from the main entrance of the school. We ask that anyone dropping off or picking up students do so on the circle or in the west and south parking lots.


Roncalli will hold its annual Grandparent’s Day celebration on Friday, October 7th in conjunction with the feast day of St. John XXIII, which is on October 11th. We will welcome over 900 grandparents to campus on this day.

Last year, in an attempt to address space issues, we did not invite grandparents of freshmen students. We still had to turn away a sizable number of grandparents of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Thus, we are making a few more tweaks this year to accommodate all grandparents of sophomores, juniors and seniors that wish to attend this “grand” day.

While the sophomores, juniors and seniors and their grandparents are celebrating mass in the gym on this day, the freshmen will be celebrating mass (with no grandparents) in the auditorium. The freshmen will continue after mass with a special program designed just for them, while grandparents are attending class with their sophomore, junior or senior grandchildren.

The final tweak to this year’s schedule is that we will not be providing lunch for grandparents or students on this day. We are hoping that many of our students will dine out with their grandparents.

These changes should make it so that we do not have to turn away any grandparents of sophomores, juniors and seniors. 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.

DISMISSAL ON GRANDPARENTS DAY - The biggest challenge with this year’s Grandparents Day will be dismissal time as we will be dismissing not only 1200 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!


We are very excited to be welcoming over the next three weeks the eighth graders from our ten South Deanery Grade Schools as a part of our “Be A Rebel For A Day” shadow experience. This week we welcomed the St. Roch Rockets and Holy Name eighth graders! Looking forward to seeing all of them as members of next year’s RHS Freshman class!


Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 8th 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.


Walkathon T-Shirt Design for 2016Your student received a yellow walkathon envelope in their 8th period class. Click on this link XXXXXXX to get all the information you need about this year’s Walkathon on October 27.

NEW THIS YEAR: Students can have friends and family donate directly to them on our website with a credit card. Just visit: and type in the students’ 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 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 21st, Monday, October 24th, Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th. Money must be turned in by October 26th in order for the student to participate in the walk.

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! This is the only all student fundraiser at Roncalli, so we’d love to see 100% participation.


Ensembles from the Roncalli music programs will perform at the Sacred Sounds Concert on Monday, October 3 at 6:00 and 8:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. The Beginning Women’s chorus, Advanced Women’s chorus, Show Choir and Orchestra will perform at the 6:00 show. The Beginning Mixed chorus, Advanced Women’s chorus and Show Choir will perform at the 8:00 concert. All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy an afternoon 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 at 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.


Roncalli Campus Ministry has launched a calendar of all events coordinated by the Campus Ministry Program and it is now accessible on via Google. Simply Click the campus ministry tab and then Click on the blue button labeled "Campus Ministry Calendar". On this calendar, you will find:

  • School Liturgies
  • Prayer services and Opportunities
  • Daily Mass Schedules
  • Daily Communion Service Schedules
  • Retreats
  • and many more events that Campus Ministry is bringing to Roncalli.

You may also join the Calendar by clicking on the plus sign (+) in the bottom right corner of the Calendar. Then you will have up to the minute information on your own calendar.

Any Questions? Contact Jeff Traylor.


ICYC (Indianapolis Catholic Youth Conference) is an opportunity to join a 1,100 of your closest friends from all over Indiana for music, mass, games, bounce houses, photo booths and more! It is one day only: November 6th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Emily Wilson and Popple (both national Catholic musicians) will be our Keynote and Entertainment. Learn more about this event at

Register with your parish directly at the links below:


Did you buy fleece fabric for a project and never get around to using it? We'll take it off your hands! Club Linus is a new club at Roncalli that is making fleece tie blankets for St. Elizabeth/Coleman Pregnancy and Adoption Services to include in layettes for expecting moms in need. The blankets are made from one yard of fleece fabric. If you have any fleece fabric you don't need and would like to donate we know these moms and babies would greatly appreciate it. It can be dropped off in the main office. If you have any questions please contact Guidance Counselor, Autumn Currens


Next Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM there will be a meeting in the cafeteria for juniors and seniors and their parents who want to learn more about our Summer Field Study program. SFS 2017​ will be heading to the Rocky Mountain National Park and the San Juan National Forest to reflect, camp, ​raft, hike, climb, bike,​ and backpack through these beautiful wilderness areas of the mountain west. Earlier this month students were given an opportunity to hear about the class in an assembly that included the video that is linked below. We invite you to come see what this one-of-a-kind trip has to offer your son or daughter.


Parents of all of our current freshmen are reminded of the requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted nine years ago 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.

The lone remaining date is September 27. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.

All parents of freshmen who have never had a freshman student at Roncalli previously are required to attend one of these four meetings. Failure to attend one of the four meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at 787-8277, extension 224 or


Seniors who have been involved in the performing arts program for at least two years are invited to be included in this year’s Performing Arts Book. Forms have been passed out in performing arts classes. If your senior does not have a performing arts class this year, they may stop by the Box Office to pick up a form. Completed forms need to be returned to Mrs. Lewinski in the Box Office by September 28.


If your student would like to have their school pictures retaken this will be available on Tuesday, October 4. Students that wish to have a picture retake must bring their entire picture package with them on October 4 and provide it to the photographer. If your student was absent on the first day of school and/or did not get their picture taken, he/she can pick up a picture order form in the main office. Students that desire a picture retake may be out of uniform for the photo. Modest dress is expected! If you have any questions or concerns about your picture package please call Prestige Customer Service at 866-955-8342.


Find out about careers that exist in Advanced Manufacturing--using STEM skills and more! Take a tour of a high technology manufacturing facility. Talk with young employees. Meet college representatives who offer the degrees required to be successful in these companies.

Endress + Hauser is a Swiss-owned company operating an Advanced Manufacturing facility in Greenwood. They have been valued members of our community for over 20 years, and they want to recruit young students to prepare them for high paying, quality careers.

Join the Open House career event with tours, college reps, young employees, food and engaging activities on Thursday, October 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. It's an open house, so you can come when you want and stay as long as you like.

This program is available for 9th grade students and their families. Please RSVP at by Friday, September, 30th.


Families who have not turned in their Application for free or reduced lunches for the 2016-17 school year are no longer receiving free or reduced lunches based on last year’s eligibility. If you have turned in a form to a grade school, please know that we do not automatically get that information from them. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the cafeteria office at 788-4099.


During the Fall Break of next school year, our World Language and Religion Departments are offering our first ever student and family pilgrimage to Italy. This is a nine-day trip that begins in northern Italy in the small towns of Bergamo and Sotte il Monte. We will begin our walk there though the life of Saint John XXIII. We will continue into Tuscany and on to Assisi and end our pilgrimage with three days in Rome. This is a once in a lifetime trip that will be beautiful as we experience the Italian culture, learn about our namesake Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, and discover some of the most holy places in the world! All students and families are invited! If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Stackhouse at or contact any of our Religious studies teachers. Sign up by September 29 to receive $300 off the price!


Congratulations to the RHS boys’ tennis team on their first round victory over Ben Davis earlier this week. The Rebels were defeated in the second round by #3 ranked North Central. Good luck to the team as they compete in the IHSAA Sectionals next week at Franklin Central!

Good luck to the RHS boys’ and girls’ soccer teams as they begin play next week in the 2016 Marion County Tournament. Both teams will host Lawrence North in a first round game at RHS Stadium next Monday. The winner will host a second round game on Wednesday. The semi-finals and finals will be played at North Central next Saturday. Good luck to both teams!

Good luck to the RHS girls’ volleyball team as they look to capture the 2016 Marion County title when tournament play opens next week. The Rebels host Beech Grove on Wednesday at 5:30 PM. The winner advances to a second round game to be played at RHS on Thursday at 7:00 PM. The semi-finals and finals will be held at Speedway High School at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 1. Good luck, girls!

Congratulations to RHS football player, Josh Fryar, who has been selected to participate in the Under 16 International Bowl in January.


Holy Name is looking for volunteers, students or parents, to help with Oktoberfest. The event is Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. Here is the link to sign-up: Holy Name Oktoberfest

If you have any questions or signup genius is not working for you, email Jen Carson at


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

I remember becoming acutely aware of students’ multi-tasking abilities in 2005. I watched my daughter, who was a senior in high school, do her homework while also enjoying four other inputs—music from her iPod, a television show, her laptop and her phone, which enabled her to continue an ongoing conversation with a friend about a boy.

Today, most of us can’t imagine doing life without multi-tasking. Our calendars are so full and our expectations so high, we feel we must accomplish two or more tasks at any given time. In 2007, students from Kansas State University surveyed themselves and discovered they cram 26.5 hours of activity into every day—multi-tasking. I think that number is conservative.

Today, I wonder, what has multi-tasking done to us?

To read the rest of this blog click here.


  • For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
  • 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 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 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.
  • For all those in need of food, clothing, shelter and those most in need of God’s mercy.

“The words of Jesus, ‘Love one another as I have loved you,” must be not only a light for us but a flame that consumes the self in us. Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta

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