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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, September 12, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS’ GOLF TEAM - 2014 MARION COUNTY CHAMPIONS!

Girls Golf Team

Congratulations to Coach Bryan Hendricks and the Rebels girls’ golf team as they posted a team score of 337 to win the 2014 Marion County Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Lady Rebels edged Ben Davis by two strokes to win the event, which was played at Winding River Golf Course.

Special congratulations as well to Rebel senior Kristin Foresman who shot a 78 and won the individual title via a four-hole playoff. Foresman’s crown represents the sixth straight year a Lady Rebel golfer has won the individual title. Freshman Annie Eisenbarth also earned All-County honors by virtue of her fourth place finish. Juniors Elaina Smith and Corina Defenderfer and senior Emily Eisenbarth rounded out the championship-winning team.

The Lady Rebels shoot for their ninth straight sectional title when they compete in the nine-team Southport Sectional next Saturday, September 20 at The Legends Golf Club.

CONGRATULATIONS DOUG JOHNSTON - ALL STATE CHOIR!!

We extend a hearty Rebel congratulations to RHS senior, Doug Johnston, who received word last week that he has been selected for this year’s Indiana All State Honor Choir. This honor comes through an auditioned performance and is quite an achievement. Congratulations Doug and enjoy your experience as a part of this year’s state honors choir!

GREAT JOB REBEL STUDENT COUNCIL & CHEERLEADERS

A huge thank you and “job well done” to the RHS Student Council and cheerleaders for the fun, festive and fired up pre-game festivities they hosted at last Friday’s first home football game. There were lots and lots of students who endured the heat and humidity to enjoy the free food, music and games prior to the kick-off! Way to go Rebels – it was a fun night!

RHS DIAPER DRIVE IS BIG SUCCESS!

I am not sure the best way to tell you how well our Diaper Drive went. So I went to some experts on diapers who are members of our faculty to find out about how many diapers a new born would use in a week.

Well it varied but came out at about 36. So if we use 36 as a # of diapers used for a week, we have collected well over 600 weeks of diapers for ArchIndy Birthline. I lost count at 21,000 total individual diapers. Actually I gave up because Mr. Traylor kept bringing more and more and more.

I think this is fantastic. A big THANKS to all (a special thanks to Jeff Traylor) for your support of this drive. In a bag with one package of 36 diapers was a receipt for $12 and some cents. So I multiplied 600 X 12 and came out with $7200 in diapers. This is just a guesstimate, pretty good for one week drive for diapers. Thanks again and God Bless!

SEPTEMBER ALL SCHOOL LITURGY NEXT FRIDAY - TO WELCOME OUR HAITIAN GUESTS

The monthly all school liturgy will be held next Friday, September 19 beginning at 9:30 AM in the family room. We are delighted to announce that celebrating mass with us next Friday will be the pastor of the Catholic parish in Haiti for whom our school has been collecting donations for the past two Lenten seasons. Through the generosity of RHS students, parents, teachers and staff, the parish has been able to put a roof on their church building. We are excited to welcome our friends in the faith from Haiti next Friday.

JOIN US FOR DINNER - ANNUAL FUND DINNER SEPTEMBER 25

Roncalli High School's Annual Fund Dinner to kick-off the 2014-2015 “Circle of Faith” Annual Fund Campaign will be held on Thursday, September 25th in the RHS Family Room (Gymnasium). Doors will open and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:00 PM. Dinner and program will begin at 7:00 PM and will conclude at approximately 9:00 PM. Attire for the evening is business casual.

The Circle of Faith campaign will provide funding for six new classrooms, teacher training, needs-based tuition assistance and Roncalli's endowment fund. Our goal for this year’s annual fund is $650,000.

We are in need of at least 50 volunteers to serve as table hosts. It is an easy way to volunteer, and it is a great way to give back to Roncalli! Hosts are asked to fill a table of ten (yourself included!) for this free event. Please consider joining us for this festive night that celebrates the past year's achievements and supports the future of Roncalli and our students!

If interested in attending or being a table host, please contact Tina Hayes in the RHS Advancement Office at thayes@roncalli.org or at 787-8277, extension 239.

COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT SPECIFICALLY FOR FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES AND THEIR PARENTS - SEPTEMBER 23

The RHS Guidance Department will host a college planning night for freshmen and sophomore students and their families on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 7-9 pm in the auditorium. Students and families can learn more about how important it is to start the college planning process now, along with specific ways to begin the college search. In addition to information from the Guidance Office, admission representatives from several Indiana universities will also share tips on making the most of the college search and on the college admission process, in general.

ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS – IMPORTANT PSAT INFORMATION

On Wednesday, October 15th, all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT assessment. It is important that students prepare for the PSAT and do the best that they are capable of doing on this test.

The PSAT helps prepare students for the SAT and is used to determine placement in RHS classes next year, specifically dual credit and AP classes.

Important for Juniors:

  1. The new state law requires schools to include Junior PSAT scores on all transcripts. This means that colleges will now see your PSAT scores when applying for college admission.
  2. If you do not earn a minimum score on the PSAT, set by the state, it is likely you will have to take and pass another test called the Accuplacer Diagnostic test.
  3. If you miss testing as a junior, your sophomore year PSAT score will be the score that is reported on the transcript.
  4. Your PSAT score will also be used for consideration for the National Merit Scholarship program.

Again, the PSAT for all sophomores and juniors will be on Wednesday, October 15th, and students will be assigned to their testing locations as the date approaches. We ask that all students arrive to their testing location by 7:55 for attendance. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and will continue until approximately 11:10 or as soon as everyone is finished testing.

MOMS IN PRAYER - EVERY TUESDAY, 7:45 – 8:15 AM

All RHS moms, stepmoms, grandmothers and godmothers are invited to join in prayer for our students and our school every Tuesday in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Roncalli from 7:45 – 8:15 AM. This has been a wonderful prayer experience for many in our school community as well as a way to meet others in the Roncalli Family. We will pray specifically for our children, for each others' children, and for the faculty and staff at Roncalli. We also pray for the safety of the buildings on campus in which our children spend their days here at school. No RSVP is necessary. Come just once, or come all year to offer early morning prayers specifically for our children. People must not attend for the entire hour nor must they attend weekly; simply attend as your schedule allows! If you desire more information please contact Donna Williams at donnapto.pres@gmail.com

REQUIRED PARENT MEETING FOR PARENTS OF FRESHMEN (CLASS OF 2018) - 3rd OF 4 MEETINGS NEXT TUESDAY

A letter was mailed out the first week of school 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 seven 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 gotten positive reviews from parents.

The first two of these meetings have now been held. There will be two more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are September 16 and October 8. .

Parents who have a freshman this year who also have a current sophomore, junior or senior at Roncalli or who had a child in the RHS Class of 2012, 2013 or 2014 are not required to attend one of these meetings as they met their requirement during that child’s freshman year. All other parents of current freshmen are required to attend one of the four sessions.

RPO TO HOST PRE GAME CHILI SUPPER & SOUTH DEANERY COOK-OFF!!

Join us on the RHS Circle Friday, September 19th between 4:30-7:00 PM for a delicious meal. We will be serving chili, hot dogs, dessert and a beverage for only $5/person. After dinner, show your school/church pride by voting for your favorite chili in the Southside CYO Chili Cook Off and then cheer on the Rebels as they take on Scecina at 7:00 PM. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the RHS cafeteria.

DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR CHILI SUPPER NEXT FRIDAY

We are still in need of several donations and volunteers to make this event a success. All profits are returned directly to benefit the students of Roncalli. If you can make a donation or volunteer to work, please sign up by clicking on the Sign Up link below. All donations should be brought to the school office by noon on September 18th. Thanks in advance for your support!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b48adad22a13-chili

ATTENTION STARS/LIFE ACADEMY PARENTS

Come learn about services for your student beyond high school. The Indianapolis Transition Consortium Team is hosting an information night with Vocational Rehabilitation Indiana and the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS). Learn how to navigate the adult services world and find out what your student may be able to receive. This night is for all students with diagnosed disabilities regardless of future plans.

Please contact Michelle Roberts, coordinator of our Life Academy, with any questions: mroberts@roncalli.org

Vocational Rehabilitation/BDDS Parent 101, Wednesday, September 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, at Bishop Chatard High School

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT DONATIONS

We are assisting a young Boy Scout in the completion of his Eagle Scout project which is to assist the pregnant women in the Birthline program. His goal is to collect 1,500 rosaries and to purchase prayer cards and rosary cases. Anyone that would like to donate new or gently used rosaries for this project are asked to have them dropped off in the RHS main office. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORMS NOW ON LINE

Roncalli Athletics is jumping even further into the digital age!! In partnership with RankOne Sports, we have eliminated several of our required paper participation forms and transferred them to an online digital format.

This format is designed to be more efficient and user friendly for both our Roncalli families and the Rebel Athletic Department and Coaching staffs.

This online format will also use the same Parent/Guardian and Emergency contact information previously submitted to the school. Parents may wish to review this information with the registrar.

Parents and Student-Athletes must still complete these forms to be eligible for participation. Both parent and child must complete the forms at the same time.

These forms are accessible from the Roncalli Web-site under both the “Athletics Home Page” and “Athletic Training Downloads”.

We would like to thank you for taking part in our new process of accepting athletic participation paper work online. This new automated process will allow us to be more efficient in handling the forms as well as saving valuable resources.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE - OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

Attention freshmen, sophomores and juniors! The United Way of Central Indiana has a unique opportunity for you. The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is a program that trains high school students in leadership skills, and then provides them with opportunities to serve on boards or committees of nonprofit agencies in central Indiana.

Only 25 students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan Counties are selected each year. Freshmen and sophomores are preferred. The YLI is in its 20th year of operation and is an excellent opportunity for students to improve upon their leadership skills. Roncalli has a rich history of students being selected to be part of YLI. Students are encouraged to apply if they have an interest in community issues, service, and are willing to volunteer the time required to serve on a nonprofit board or committee. If students are interested in applying or would like more information please log onto the YLI website at www.uwci.org/yli Deadline to apply is October 31, 2014.

REBEL SPORTS SCOREBOARD

All young men interested in playing lacrosse for the Rebels in the spring along with their parents are invited to an informational call out meeting next Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

HOLY NAME CATHOLIC CHURCH INVITES EVERYONE TO OKTOBERFEST - OCTOBER 3-4

Holy Name Parish invites you to its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th from 5 pm – Midnight. Enjoy great fun for all ages and great food. Oktoberfest 2014 is the main festival event and fundraising venue for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church parish. Oktoberfest is a lively and entertaining street festival in the heart of Beech Grove. The well-known Indianapolis bands, the Flying Toasters and Polkaboy will be performing once again this year. For more information, contact the parish office at 784-5454 or visit http://www.holyname.cc/parish/oktoberfest/

ENJOY THE MOMENT - DON’T BLINK!

It was a beautiful morning as I walked into the office after the weekend. I was relieved, but also deeply concerned. After a scare in my wife’s pregnancy, the doctors put her on bed rest for several months. She couldn’t work and our income was cut in half. “How are we going to make it?” I thought to myself. We had a one-year-old and a baby on the way. As those thoughts circled my mind, I was called into the conference room to meet with my boss. He fired me. I felt nauseous.

A month later, we were visiting a couple who had experienced similar struggles. The husband, who had been through prolonged unemployment, shared some wise words during our conversation. He explained that he understood the beauty of the season he was in, even though it was hard. I always want to rush through the place I’m in hoping that the next phase in life will have less stress. It’s like Adam Sandler in the movie Click. Just hit fast forward. However, the problem is that, while we look forward, we miss the daily gems of what is happening now. Even the hardships we are in now can bring deep relational bonding or profound learning experiences and opportunities for growth.

Another friend introduced me to a song called Don’t Blink. It’s a country song. I’m not into country music at all, but I was unable to turn it off. I was locked in by the message of how fast life moves and how important it is to soak up the moments of today. I hope you enjoy it.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Jerry Cahill who passed away last week and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the father of Anne Elliott and Chris Huser, both of whom work in the RHS cafeteria; brother in law of RHS English teacher, Marsha Sander, and grandfather of Jacob Cahill (’15), Nick Cahill (’17) and Becky Cahill (’17).
  • For the return to work soon of RHS Religious Studies teacher, Gerard Striby, as he continues his recovery from heart valve surgery.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Pope Francis on “eschewing “power, profit, and money” and remembering “the value of the human person”

The current crisis is not only economic and financial but is rooted in an ethical and anthropological crisis. Concern with the idols of power, profit, and money, rather than with the value of the human person, has become a basic norm for functioning and a crucial criterion for organization. We have forgotten and are still forgetting that over and above business, logic, and the parameters of the market is the human being.

(Excerpted from Pope Francis’s address to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, a laypeople’s group, on May 25, 2013.)

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Other Important Information

  • Free & Reduced Lunch Application
  • Free & Reduced Lunch Application in Spanish
  • 2014-2015 School Calendar at a Glance
  • After School Meal Information & Order Form
  • Yearbook Orders Online
  • Red, White & Blue Pages
  • Check Service Hours Online
  • Scholarship Information
  • Spring Break Policy
  • Moratorium Week
  • Rebel Parents Encouraged To Review Online Grades

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