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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, July 21, 2017


The opening school letter that goes out annually to each school family that contains pertinent school related information including the process by which to access the student’s schedule will be sent out electronically this year and not by US mail. The electronic letter will be sent out on July 26. If you do not receive this email with the opening school information please contact the main office should you have any questions or encounter any issues with receiving your family’s letter.


Coach Ed Merkling served for 19 years as the RHS boys and girls swimming and diving coach! We invite all current and former members of our boys and girls swimming and diving teams, along with their parents, to join us for an appreciation and recognition dinner to honor Ed for his exemplary work during his tenure as our coach! The dinner will be held on Monday, August 7 at 6:00 PM at Primo Banquet Hall. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by contacting Julie Biasi at Roncalli at Tickets also will be available at the door! We would love to have a huge crowd join us in thanking Ed. Please consider sharing the news of this dinner with others in the RHS swimming community!

Click here for tickets


The RHS Marching Band, under the direction of Kathy Peach and Laura Horcher, have been busy with their annual summer band camp this week. The Marching Rebels put in a great deal of time and hard work this week as they work toward perfecting their show for this year’s marching band season! The theme for this year’s show is “The Sound of Movies”.


Members of the Class of 2017 -- Do not miss the last chance to hang out with your classmates before everyone goes their separate ways. There will be free food, a free alumni t-shirt and a chance to pick up your yearbook at this year’s Rebel Round-up on July 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the RHS Media Center. Please RSVP today by calling Gary Armbruster, Director of Alumni Relations at 787-8277, extension 242 or by e-mail at


A reminder to all RHS students who plan to try out for and/or participate in a fall sport that you must have a 2017-18 IHSAA physical form completed, signed and turned into the athletic office by Monday, July 31. No student-athlete will be allowed to practice or participate in any team physical activity until the physical form is completed, signed and submitted to the athletic office. You may scan and send a completed and signed physical form to Jason Sims ( or Chris Lauck ( Please direct all questions to Mr. Sims or Mrs. Lauck.


A reminder that freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have their school pictures taken on the first day of school. This year, we are offering families an opportunity to go online at and look at a variety of backgrounds and photo options. Families may also pay for school pictures online. This would prevent your student from having to bring an order form with payment on the first day of school. To order school photos online, or to just preview options, please use Picture Day HM037044Y0 on the site. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact assistant principal, Shellie Hartford at

Just a reminder that all students are expected to be in school uniform on the first day unless their parents are purchasing a picture package. If this is the case, the student may dress up. Absolutely, no jeans, denim or immodest dress is allowed!!

All seniors are expected to be in school uniform on the first day since the only picture taken for them on this day is their student ID picture.


The Roncalli Cafeteria participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Therefore, we are able to offer free or reduced priced meals to those who qualify. If your household receives food stamps (SNAP) or temporary aid for needy families (TANF), the school children in your household are eligible for free meals and textbook assistance. This year, Medicaid recipients may also qualify for free or reduced meals. You either have received or will receive in the next week an email to explain these benefits if you qualify.

If you have not been notified, but feel you qualify for free or reduced meals, please fill out the application at the bottom of this newsletter and send it in. The instructions for completing the application are also included at the bottom of this newsletter. You may apply and you will be notified by email if you qualify for free or reduced meals and textbook assistance. If you have children at schools in addition to Roncalli, you will need to apply at each school as we do not share your family’s information with other schools.

We will be offering a breakfast before school available at the snack bar in the cafeteria starting at 6:45 am each day, Monday through Friday. If your child is eligible for free lunch, he/she is also eligible to receive this breakfast for free as well. If your child qualifies for reduced lunch, they are also eligible for a reduced price breakfast at $0.30 per day. They simply type their school ID number into the Mealtime system to receive the correct benefit. All information is kept strictly confidential.

If you have any questions, call or email Eileen Horan at (317) 788-4099 or


It is our expectation that students always have a positive balance in their lunch accounts. As a courtesy to our families, Roncalli has establish a “ $20.00 limit” on negative charging . If your student’s account is more than $20.00 in the negative, they will be asked to take their lunches and come to the cafeteria office. There the student will meet with a supervisor to discuss the problem and come up with a solution. Seniors may not pick up their cap and gowns until all negative balances are cleared.

It is easy to set up a notification with Mealtime to receive an e-mail when the accounts are low, to avoid the time taken away from their already short lunch periods to deal with inadequate funding. We will also be sending negative lunch balance notifications out every day by email.


New RHS chaplain, Fr. Dave Marcotte, will be offering mass in the RHS Chapel of the Sacred Heart each Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 AM during the month of July. All are welcome!


The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, August 2 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.


Freshmen Orientation

Roncalli High School, specifically our senior class, will welcome the Class of 2021 on Saturday, August 5, 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 1:30 PM 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 4:30 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 2018 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

A reminder that the Roncalli Parents Organization invites all freshman parents to an Ice Cream Social on the front circle from 3:30 - 4:15, with a special invitation extended to our first time RHS parents as well as parents of students coming from a school other than one of our ten South Deanery feeder schools.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL INCOMING FROSH & TRANSFER STUDENTS. Roncalli High School is in year two of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 7th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 8th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 9th, after-school until 4:00 PM. Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center.

CHROMEBOOK OWNERSHIP Roncalli High School owns each school-issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership will transfer to the graduate.

Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.


Roncalli offers families the opportunity to work events at Lucas Oil Stadium and Victory Field, in order to earn money toward their child’s tuition. A percentage of all money earned is also contributed to the school's Endowment. If you or any family/friends would be interested in working these events please click on the link below, complete the paperwork and submit it to Jeff Traylor or contact Jeff at or 317-787-8277 x203.

Sign Up Sheet


Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Monday, July 31 4:00–8:00 PM and on Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 AM –Noon in the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be open before the New Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 2, 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.

For questions please contact the Director of the Spirit Store, Wendy Lawrie at or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!


As most in our school community now know, RHS senior Kathleen Soller is in the midst of battling cancer and is doing so with great energy, grace and strength. In addition to lifting up in prayer Kathleen and all who are fighting life threatening illness, there is an additional way for you to support Kathleen and her family!

Kathleen Strong! T-shirts are available for $20 with proceeds from the sales going directly to the Soller family to assist with their expenses during this time. Shirts are available in adult sizes: small, medium, large, x-large, 2X-large. Youth sizes are available in youth small (6-8); youth medium (10-12) and youth large (14-16).

If you would like to order a shirt, please contact Susie Gallagher at or by text at 317-908-9880. We are also happy to mail shirts to out-of-town friends and family.

Let's wear our support for Kathleen!


The comprehensive school calendar is available for viewing on the school’s web site. You can access it via this link:


Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).

  • If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please contact Allie Ross at or 317-787-8277, extension 243. Please 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 contact Allie Ross 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 contact Allie Ross 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 as 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.


A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. Many local retailers have them on sale now. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89 as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).


Yearbooks for the 2016-17 school year will be distributed the first day of school for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be a few available if you didn't order one for your student. They are $75 and may be paid for with cash or a check made out to RHS. Graduates of the Class of 2017 who ordered a yearbook but didn't pick it up yet may do so in the main office. Any 2017 graduate wanting to purchase a yearbook may do so in the office as long as supplies last.


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 family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 5. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 16.

To maintain the integrity of the 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 2018 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2018 will be from July 1-8. 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.


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 2017-18 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 (

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!



We are very appreciative of the great cooperation we received during the recently completed school year from our students and parents regarding the style of pants that were to be worn as a part of the school uniform.

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, the overwhelming majority of students and parents prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We wish 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.

Thus, we ask once again 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. 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.

Please direct all questions, concerns and/or comments related to this matter to RHS assistant principal, Shellie Hartford,

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.


As you settle into a new school year, Mary Schaffner and Fr. Jeff Godecker invite you to take a deep breath – and reflect - on the gift, the challenges and the joys of one of life’s greatest blessings, parenthood.

With Ignatian spirituality as the backdrop, which encourages us to see God in all things, please join us as we reflect on the goodness of our children as created in the image of our loving God and our role as parents in helping them live out their unique and inherent dignity. We will also look at opportunities to strengthen our relationship with our children in the midst of daily family life. Registration is required.

Morning Presentation: 9:00 am - Noon

Fee: $42 includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch and program

Evening Presentation: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fee: $35 includes a light dinner and program

Register online here.

Or contact Marcia Johnson at 317-545-7681, or at

Add an Afternoon of Silence to either Program registration at no charge!


All in the Roncalli Family are invited to this year’s NFP Week Mass and Reception to be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 26th. We will begin with Mass at 6:00 PM and then a reception/light dinner after with Transitional Deacon James DeOreo, talking about Family and Theology of the Body. Click here to access the flyer that has more details.


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 at


  • In thanksgiving for the healthy arrival into this world of Emma Marie Rose born this past Tuesday to RHS science teacher, Sarah Rose, and her husband, Dave!
  • For RHS senior Kathleen Soller as she fights through her battle with cancer.
  • For Archbishop-designate Charles Thompson, selected by Pope Francis to be the new archbishop for the archdiocese of Indianapolis.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success . . . but on Jesus alone.
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

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