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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, April 18, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!

The students, faculty and staff of Roncalli High School extend wishes that all in the Roncalli Family experience a joyous celebration of Easter. May the power of the experience of the resurrected Jesus help each of us in our Christian journey, especially as we attempt to live out the Gospel in our words, deeds and thoughts!

Happy Easter everyone!

RHS ONCE AGAIN A 4-STAR SCHOOL BASED ON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The Indiana Department of Education notified the Archdiocese of Indianapolis that Roncalli High School once again has earned the 4-Star distinction based on our students’ outstanding performance on the End of Course Assessments (ECA tests). Roncalli High School continues to be amongst the highest performing high schools in the state academically. We are very proud of our students and our teachers for the level of excellence that continues to be a hallmark of the Roncalli Experience. We also are proud of the academic excellence found in our ten South Deanery Grade Schools, on whose shoulders we stand and whose good work forms the foundation from which we build on at Roncalli!

Great job Rebels and great job South Deanery Catholic Grade Schools!

PROUDEST MOMENT IN SCHOOL HISTORY NOW JUST A WEEK AWAY!!

Because we cannot take the entire school to Rome for the canonization mass and ceremonies for Blessed Pope John XXIII (Angelo Cardinal Roncalli), we have come up with the next best thing.

All Roncalli students are invited to experience the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII together at an overnight event at the school. Students will need to arrive at Roncalli at 11:30 PM on Saturday, April 26th. We will start the evening with a midnight mass in the Roncalli Chapel of the Sacred Heart, followed by a viewing of the movie, “John XXIII, Pope of Peace”, in the auditorium. After the movie, we will be showing a live broadcast of the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The celebration should end around 6:30 AM. Students were given information about this event during their religion classes this week. If your student is interested in being part of this "once in a lifetime" opportunity, please have him/her return a completed permission slip to Mr. Gerard Striby by Tuesday, April 22nd. The permission form may be accessed by clicking on the link below. Students who attend will receive a free canonization t-shirt, which can be worn to school on Monday, April 28th. Students are invited to bring snacks and sleeping bags.

Download Permission Slip Here

CANONIZATION T-SHIRT

This is a time to celebrate! Our very own Blessed Pope John XXIII is being canonized a saint so we made a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion. The shirt is being sold for $5 in the cafeteria next week. All in the Roncalli family are encouraged to purchase one of these special commemorative shirts! (Note: Students who attend the canonization overnight event will be given a shirt for free. Students must purchase the shirts in the cafeteria but will receive a full refund after having attended the overnight event).

GRADUATION REQUIRED ECA TESTING BEGINS NEXT WEEK

The state of Indiana requires a student to pass an End of Course Assessment (ECA) in Algebra 1 and English 10 in order to be eligible for graduation from any state accredited high school. These tests will be administered over the course of the next couple of weeks to all of our students who are enrolled in one or both of these courses. These tests obviously are critical to our students. Parents, if your child will be taking one or both of these tests we strongly encourage you to remind them to be extra sensitive to getting appropriate sleep and being rested and ready to put forth their best efforts.

Should you have any questions about any aspect of the ECA testing please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Please join us in praying!

SENIOR DJ GLANDER RECOGNIZED BY ST. VINCENT’S SPORTS PERFORMANCE

His hard work, loyalty and great attitude quickly gained both the respect and friendship of the players, earning his place on the team. Despite physical limitations that kept him off the field, DJ's athletic involvement encouraged him to excel in the classroom, join other extracurriculars like choir, and increased his confidence and self-esteem.

After graduating this spring, DJ is headed to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He's confident that the skills he's learned and the traits he's developed through sports will help him to succeed. But for now, he's just enjoying each day left of his high school career.

RHS CONCERT BAND EARNS TOP RATING - WAY TO GO REBEL MUSICIANS!

Congratulations to RHS Band Director, Kathy Peach, and the 2013-14 RHS Concert Band who earned the highest rating possible, Gold Rating, in last Saturday’s 2014 ISSMA Concert Band competition. This recognition comes as a result of a great deal of hard work on the part of these fine musicians, both in the classroom as well as on their own, along with some outstanding work and leadership by Ms. Peach!

We continued to be blessed with an outstanding Performing Arts program at RHS that is serving literally hundreds of students in the band, choral and theater departments. Thanks to our students for sharing their talents and gifts in the arts! Thanks to our parents for their wonderful support of their children and their development in the arts!! Thanks to our teachers for their work in developing those talents!

CYO HONORS NINE RHS STUDENTS AS SPIRIT OF YOUTH AWARD WINNERS

Roncalli High School is proud to announce that the Catholic Youth Organization has honored nine of our students with their highest award for youth, the Spirit of Youth Award. This honor goes to students who have been cited by their parish for having made significant, positive contributions to the life of the parish, especially in the area of youth ministry!! Congratulations and great job to the following Rebels:

Ben Golab (Holy Spirit), Thomas Myers (St. Barnabas), Abbey Weisenbach, Logan Handy (St. Jude), Andrew Corcoran, Josh Herkert (St. Mark), Bridget Hammans, Madison Brehob (St. Roch), Mason Pawlik, Annie Richardson (Ss. Francis & Clare).

These young people will be honored by Archbishop Joseph Tobin at a mass and awards ceremony to be held at the Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral at 7:00 PM on May 6.

Ben Golab Thomas Myers Abbey Weisenbach Logan Handy Andrew Corcoran Josh Herkert Bridget Hammans Madison Brehob Mason Pawlik Annie Richardson

AFTER PROM OFFERS FUN, FOOD AND PRIZES FOR ALL JUNIORS & SENIORS

The Roncalli Parent’s Organization is pleased to announce that they once again will be sponsoring the annual AFTER PROM event on May 3rd immediately following the Prom. For the second year in a row, this year’s AFTER PROM will be held at Indy’s Incredible Pizza from midnight until 3:00 AM. All Roncalli juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend this fun event regardless of whether or not they attend the Prom. Tickets for AFTER PROM will be sold for $10 per person next week during all lunch periods. Ticket prices will go up to $12 per person the following week with the final day to purchase a ticket being Wednesday, April 30. The student’s ticket will get them an all you can eat pizza buffet, $10 in game tokens, unlimited laser tag, black light putt-putt, mini- bowling, and Go-Kart races.

Last year, more than 400 Rebels attended AFTER PROM…..Let’s see if we can break that record in 2014!!

STILL TIME FOR AFTER PROM DONATIONS!!

There is still time for you to support our students in a safe, fun-filled, drug-free environment at this year’s After Prom. Please consider purchasing gift cards ($10 increments are perfect) and sending them to school in an envelope marked “After Prom.” Gas cards and/or cards to places our youth like to frequent make excellent door prizes for the After Prom. The Roncalli Parents Organization thanks you for your support of this most worthwhile event!

HELP US EXTEND GET WELL WISHES TO FR. WILMOTH

Roncalli’s Student Council and Digital Media class are asking for help from all in the Roncalli community to put together a little project to show our love and support for Fr. Wilmoth as he begins cancer treatment in the coming weeks. They’ll be putting together a music video filled with pictures and videos to help lift Fr. Wilmoth’s spirits as he recovers from treatment. The students have chosen the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” feeling that it’s fitting for a man who’s always got a smile on his face!

How can you help? It’s simple. First, print the “We Love Fr.Wilmoth” sign included here. Then, take a picture and/or video of you (or perhaps a group of people) holding the sign, smiling, and/or dancing! Finally, either email that picture/video to rcostello@roncalli.org or post it to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the #WeLoveFrWilmoth. Student Council and the Digital Media class will compile pictures/videos submitted by Tuesday, April 22nd.

There have been a lot of very creative submissions from places all over the country and world. Please spread the world so that we can let Fr. Wilmoth know that folks all over the world are praying for him!

REBELATION 2014!!

What will you be doing on Saturday, April 26th? We hope that you will join us for Rebelation, Roncalli's annual event featuring dinner, live & silent auction and student performances. This year, we will be celebrating the canonization of Pope XXIII with a black-tie option celebration. Tickets are still available. Check our website at www.roncalli.org for more information.

RONCALLI SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDS YOUR INPUT!

With so many great events coming up in the next few weeks, Roncalli would like to ask families to share their photos for our social media sites. Have a great picture from a sporting event, prom, banquet, etc.? We want to see it! Send your photos with a short description to socialmedia@roncalli.org, and you could see your image on our social media sites.

RHS & ST. VINCENT SPORTS PERFORMANCE OFFER REDUCED PRICE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

Once again this spring the Roncalli Athletic Department will partner with St. Vincent Sports Performance to provide the required IHSAA athletic physical examination for the 2014-15 school year at the bargain reduced rate of $20.00. Physicals for RHS athletes will be administered on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7-9 PM at the Roncalli High School bubble facility.

All student athletes must sign up early for an appointment in order to receive a physical exam on 5/12/14. Roncalli students may sign up for an appointment in the athletic office beginning Monday, April 21, 2014.

It is very important to note that the IHSAA does not recognize the validity of a completed physical form if signed by a nurse practitioner only – the form must be signed by a licensed Medical Doctor!

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS FOR 2014 FALL SEASON

Cheerleading try-outs for the Fall 2014 season will include three clinic days and the final try-out day. Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for this upcoming season should plan to attend the clinic days on May 13th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Roncalli main gym, May 14th & May 15th from 3:30-5:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria. The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 17th at 8:00 AM in the Roncalli main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic. Please contact Head Coach Jen Kocher with any questions at jenkocher10@gmail.com or 317-294-5804.

SENIOR PARENTS - NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY STOLES FOR GRADUATION

Graduation is approaching very quickly, which means it is time to order the NHS stoles to be worn with the graduation cap and gown. The cost of these stoles is $23.00. Seniors are not required to purchase one if they'd prefer to find one to borrow. However, if they do want to buy a stole, they need to bring a check made out to Roncalli High School for $23.00. Cash will not be accepted. Money is due to Mrs. Bohn no later than Tuesday, April 22. No orders will be placed after that date. Informational flyers are available on the main office ledge. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Bohn - ebohn@roncalli.org.

UNIFORM UPDATE FOR 2014-15 REGARDING UNIFORM PANTS

For the past several months we have been holding discussions with our administrators and parents regarding the possible adoption of uniform pants for next school year. This discussion is precipitated by the on-going fashion changes as it relates primarily to girls’ pants and the inappropriateness of some of those fashions (skinny pants, yoga pants, “pegged” pants, etc.).

Following several months of discussion and a review of possible uniform pant selections, a decision has been made that we will not move to uniform pants next year. However, we are asking for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to specific style of pants that will be allowed next year. If we do not get this support next school year, we will move to uniform pants for the 2015-16 school year. The uniform pants for next year must be “boot cut.” Skinny pants, yoga pants, “pegged” or rolling of pants will not be allowed.

If you look at the visuals below, the three pictures on top illustrate acceptable choices while the three pictures on the bottom with an X through them are not acceptable choices.

It is important to note that we are the only Catholic high school in the Indianapolis area that does not require uniform pants of its students. While some students and parents would support a move to uniform pants, it is our sense that the overwhelming majority of students and parents would prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We want to continue to honor this desire but it must happen in such a way that we are not consistently wasting valuable instructional time and administrative time dealing with fashion compliance issues.

Please direct all questions, concerns and/or comments related to this matter to the principal at cweisenbach@roncalli.org.

JUNIOR REBEL THEATRE CAMP INFORMATION

We are proud to announce the 8th annual Junior Rebel Theatre Camp! This camp is designed for kids in grades 2-8 to have a hands-on, multifaceted theatre experience.

Once again, we will be offering the same camp experience at two different times. The June camp will meet from the June 2nd through June 27th from 9:00 until noon, Monday through Friday. On June 27th, the last day of camp, the campers will meet at 2:00 with performances at 4:00 and 7:00. Because a number of our feeder schools have gone to a balanced calendar, the July camp will meet from the July 7th through 25th from 8:30 until 12:30 Monday through Friday. The last day of the July camp will be July 25. Campers will meet at 2:00 this day with performances at 4:00 and 7:00. While this camp is only three weeks in length, it meets the same number of hours as the June camp.

The cost of each camp is only $200.00 per participant with a $50.00 discount for each additional sibling.

At the conclusion of each camp, participants will get to perform in a live auditioned performance of the Broadway production, Peter Pan Jr.

Registration for the camps will begin April 15. Please visit the Roncalli website (www.roncalli.org) for information and registration forms. Questions can be directed to Miki Lewinski at mlewinski@roncalli.org or 787-8277 Ext. 249.

ST. ROSE SCHOOL TURNS 20!! JOIN THE CELEBRATION

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is turning 20 and invites everyone to join them as they celebrate with a “Roaring ‘20’s party!” Their celebration will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 6:30 PM at the school. Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $350. The evening will include drinks, live music, reverse raffle, auction, and lots of fun!! You can RSVP at ash.roesener@gmail.com or at 738-3451.

ST. JUDE GOOD FRIDAY FISH FRY

Come enjoy a delicious Lenten Good Friday Fish Fry on April 18 in the St. Jude school cafeteria from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The St. Jude Boy Scout Troop 51 will be preparing and serving the dinner. Carry out is also available.

THIRD ANNUAL “KATIE’S RUN/WALK FOR HOPE” AT RHS ON MAY 17

The family and friends of Katie Lynch have once again organized the “Katie’s Run/Walk for Hope” which will be held on May 17, 2014 to honor Katie’s courageous battle with cancer. Her “free spirit”, as well as her love of her family and friends, will be celebrated by raising funds for the Katie Lynch Scholarship Fund for Roncalli students as well as helping to make the dreams of sick children come true.

The 3rd annual event will be held May 17th at Roncalli HS. It will once again include a 5K Run/Walk and a 1 mile Kiddie Romp. Registration is from 9 to 10am and the walk begins promptly at 10:30am.

The entry fee is $25 per person (includes event T-Shirt), $15 for students, or $100 for a family. To be guaranteed a T-Shirt you must register by 5/2/2014.

We hope that you will again join us to live, laugh, love and celebrate the life of Katie.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marty or Kathleen Lynch at 317-783-7119.

You can download the flyer for registration information at www.katieshope.org.

DO YOUR KIDS GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR MARRIAGE

Once you get married, the relationship with your spouse becomes more important than any other relationship, right? Of course. But does it really look like that for you? When you have kids, things seem to change. It makes me wonder… do my kids get in the way of my marriage?

Children are a blessing and a benefit of marriage, however it is much easier to have a kid-centered household than it is to have a marriage-centered household. The first requires very little intention as it naturally happens. But the second, a marriage-centered household, requires you to be very intentional.

One thing you may not have considered is how having a kid-centered household not only hurts your marriage, but also hurts your kids. Here are 10 Variables a Successful Marriage Formula Has to Have and 20 Tips for Creating a Family-Centered Life.

Huddle up with your wife tonight and say: “I’d like to try something new starting tomorrow. At the end of the day, let’s spend 15 minutes together and tell the kids this will be our alone time.”

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)

LET US PRAY

  • For long-time RHS social studies teacher, Kathleen Helbing, who currently is on Family Leave to assist with the care of her husband.
  • For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.
  • For Christians throughout the world as we celebrate Easter this weekend!
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • For Fr. Wilmoth and 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.

The tomb is empty; Let us rejoice and be glad!

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