Weekly Newsletter - Friday, November 17, 2017
47TH ANNUAL RHS CAN FOOD DRIVE & BLOOD DRIVE - THIS SATURDAY!
The 47th annual Roncalli Can Food and Blood Drive will take place this Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. All Roncalli staff, students, families, and benefactors are invited to the main circle of campus, where student volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food and/or monetary donations. These donations will be given to many food pantries throughout the city to help those in our community struggling to put food on the table for their families this holiday season.
Individually, students who bring in at least 70 food items or $35 will earn this year's Canned Food and Blood Drive t-shirt, which allows for multiple out-of-uniform days throughout the rest of the year.
Student Council has also set a student body participation goal of 70%. If 70% of the student body donates any amount of food, money, and/or blood, they will earn "Pie-nals Week," an event in which students will have the chance to relieve stress during a busy finals week by throwing pies at volunteer staff members! Any student that donates at least 100 food items or $50 will be entered into the raffle that determines who gets to throw the pies during Pie-nals
Week! But all students and staff will be encouraged to stop by and watch the festivities!
The Indiana Blood Center will also have mobile units on campus accepting donations. Those interested in donating blood can use this link to sign up for a time slot. Eligibility requirements can be found here.
Please consider giving the gift of life!!
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the following RHS students who were recognized this past Monday at a luncheon held in their honor: Jack Naumovich (Business & Technology); Maiya Mahoney (Communications); Allison Patrick (English); Sam Gervasio (Fine Arts); Owen Volk (Health & Physical Education); Patrick McManama (Industrial Technology); Garrett Huelskamp (Mathematics); Brayden Lowery (Religious Studies); Tim Adams (Science); Kathryn Witsaman (Social Studies); Max Quebe (STARS), Addisyn Hill (World Languages). Nice job RHS Scholars!
SENIOR MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP THOMPSON - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
A tradition in the archdiocese that was started by Archbishop Emeritus Buechlein was that he celebrated a Senior Mass with all of the seniors from the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Additionally, he always extended to them a "free day" for the remainder of that day. This year's Senior Mass will be celebrated with Archbishop Thompson at the Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 AM. This is a school sponsored field trip and attendance is required of all seniors. They will be asked to report to the cafeteria by 8:30 AM. Students will be transported by Roncalli buses. As noted, the bishop declares the remainder of the school day as a free day for the seniors. They will arrive back at RHS at approximately 11:15 AM and will be dismissed at this time.
JUNIORS TAKING FREE PRACTICE ACT
On Wednesday, November 29, all juniors will take the free Practice ACT in the Roncalli auditorium. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM, and students should report directly to the auditorium for first period. Testing will last until approximately 11:30 AM, which would include periods 1 through 4. For students who usually eat lunch during Announcements due to an 8 period day, those students will complete testing and will eat immediately following the completion of testing. They will then proceed to their 5th period classes.
If you have any questions regarding the testing on November 29, please contact Mrs. Meyer in the Guidance Office.
RHS & UINDY ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERSHIP
Roncalli High School is delighted to announce a partnership with the University of Indianapolis that will result in UIndy offering eight UIndy/RHS scholarships that will range in value from $14,000 to full tuition. It is important to note that these eight scholarships are available only to RHS graduates. There will be special priority given to students majoring in Engineering, Education or students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service or students who intend to pursue a career in church ministry work.
Interested students and/or parents should contact the student's guidance counselor.
SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAY INFORMATION - PARENTS ALWAYS HAVE FINAL SAY
When weather or emergency conditions warrant a cancellation of school or a delayed start to school, the fastest, most accurate way to access this information is via the school's website at www.roncalli.org. Once a decision to close or delay has been made, the first step is to post this on the front of the school's website. A phone call (or text message if you signed up for the text message) will go out to parents. We will then call the four major television stations in Indianapolis.
The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families live stretches from 56th street to the north to Plainfield to the west to Shelbyville to the south/east to Bargersville to south. We attempt to take all of this into consideration when determining whether or not to delay or close. That can be challenging as the weather conditions can vary significantly in the areas mentioned above. Parents, please know that it is always your decision as to whether or not your child can travel safely to school. If the conditions in your general area are such that you deem it unsafe for them to travel, they will not be penalized for their absence.
We will make every effort to be sensitive to the safety and well being of all of our students at all times.
RONCALLI'S STARS PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!
Each semester STARS students use accommodations on over 450 exams. This only happens with your help! Please consider serving as a proctor, reader or scribe. This semester finals will take place Wednesday, December 20th, Thursday, December 21st and Friday, December. 22nd.
Volunteer by following this link: https://goo.gl/7fsHMT
Thank you in advance for your assistance! We could not do it without you!
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS COURSE
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you some of the videos shared with our students through our College & Career Readiness course. They may be a good resource for parents in some situations. Click below for the one entitled, "Digital Health & Wellness."
"RUN FOR THE ROSES REBELATION" VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 28, 2018
We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan "Run for the Roses Rebelation...a day at the Derby". Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night consists of food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun. If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Rachel Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR MILITARY MEN & WOMEN - WE NEED NAMES!
Each year the Roncalli High School World Language Department works together to send out Christmas cards to military personnel deployed around the world. We are asking our students, parents, staff, and community to send us any addresses of military people that they know. This marks the 27th year that our World Languages department has done this project at Christmas time!
Please email names and addresses to Sara Buente (World Languages Department Chairperson) at email@example.com. We will be writing the cards the week of December 4-8.
BREAKFAST SERVED IN RHS CAFETERIA EVERY MORNING
Roncalli participates in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Breakfast is served out of the snack bar in the cafeteria from 6:50-7:30 a.m.each weekday. A breakfast costs $2.00 and consists of a fruit or juice and 2 or 3 other items of the student's choice. Students receiving reduced lunch are also eligible for a reduced priced breakfast and pay only $0.30 per day. Students receiving free lunch also are eligible for a free breakfast daily. Free and reduced breakfast students must key in their student ID at the register to receive the correct benefit.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider
RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL PROTOCOL ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Our all school prayer and the playing of TAPS last Friday morning were done in the spirit of celebrating Veterans Day, since school was not in session on the actual Veterans Day. It was felt this would be an appropriate time to communicate to our students, teachers, coaches and staff members our school's protocol for the playing of the National Anthem. This protocol was established by the administrative team at RHS and was shared with the entire school prior to the prayer and playing of TAPS.
Out of respect for our anthem, country and flag, the expectation is for Roncalli High School students, teachers, staff members and coaches to remove their hat and stand respectfully during the playing of the National Anthem. This expectation is in place when the student, teacher, staff member or coach is at an event representing Roncalli and/or at an event in which a Roncalli team/group is performing.
Roncalli High School believes the time during which the National Anthem is played is a time of respect for those men and women who have given their lives while representing our country as well as those men and women who currently risk their lives daily in defense of our country.
Should there be a student, teacher, staff member or coach who feels they have a reason not to comply with this expectation, they are asked to meet with the principal to discuss their thoughts. A student, teacher, staff member or coach who does not meet with the principal and does not stand respectfully for the National Anthem could face disciplinary action.
It is important to know that our focus is on the students, teachers, staff members and coaches of Roncalli High School. We will not attempt to regulate the behavior of others in attendance at our events, and our expectation is that all of us at Roncalli would respect whatever decision is made by those fans.
DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS & DAILY PRAYER NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
The school's daily prayer and daily announcements are available on line via the Roncalli web site. Steps to hear each day's prayer and announcements are as follows: www.roncalli.org; click on the "About" link; then click on the "Daily Announcements & Prayer" link. The respective link for prayer and announcements should then be available to you.
CENTRAL NINE OPEN HOUSE - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
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GROWING LEADERS - HOW TECHNOLOGY SHAPES EACH NEW GENERATION
Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore
Oh, how each generation living on planet earth experiences life through their own lens. The Baby Boomers have become people who live to work, while Millennials are often seen as a population who works to live. Japan has invented a new phrase in the workplace: "death by overwork" and is now trying to force people out of the office.
Each generation is marked by the realities they experienced while growing up: shared music, shared tragedies, shared icons, shared television shows, shared fears, shared heroes and most of all, shared technology. In this article, I'd like to remind you of how each of the last four generations has been shaped by the new technology released and how it's changed them. Perhaps it will lend us some perspective.
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- For the repose of the soul of Mary Benson who passed away on October 29 due to injuries suffered in the same car accident that took the life of her husband. She was the grandmother of Lizzy Benson ('21).
- For the repose of the soul of Brent Woods and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the father of Alex Woods ('18).
- For God's blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
- For God's abundant blessings upon our school's 2017 Can Food Drive to assist those in need in central Indiana.
- 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.
- 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.
“How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!”
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