RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - May 22, 2020

SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY

SENIOR CELEBRATION

We love our seniors! This Saturday, May 23rd at Roncalli High School 9 AM until Noon. Come for a drive-thru parade down Prague Road and around the circle! The parade will be "capped" off with some goodies to help you celebrate and get ready for July 21st! Gather in the St. Jude parking lot any time after 9 AM. Cars will be released by a teacher. One car per family, please. You are welcome to decorate your cars!

TEXTBOOK RETURN & LOCKER CLEANOUT

Students will be allowed in the school building to return their textbooks and clean out their lockers during the week of May 26-29 (see schedule below). All Roncalli employees helping on these days will be wearing masks and gloves. The building will be sanitized nightly. We respectfully ask that students wear a mask and gloves during the time they are in the school building.

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Here are specifics regarding the four days allocated for textbook return/locker cleanout:

  • The main entrance (#1) will be the only entrance open for students to enter.
  • We will limit the number of students in the school building at any one time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create in terms of wait time.
  • The check-in process will occur in the old gymnasium and will include the following:
    • Students will return textbooks.
    • Students will receive their locker combination if needed.
    • Students may submit their chromebooks for insured repairs.
    • Seniors and non-returning students may donate used uniforms.
    • Students may return athletic uniforms.
    • Seniors may donate their chromebooks.
  • Freshmen and Physical Education assistants will clean out their Physical Education locker and turn in their locks per the direction of staff before cleaning out their school locker.
  • Once the student returns his/her books in the old gymnasium, they will be given time to clean out their locker.
  • All students will check out and exit the school via the auditorium entrance. Check out will consist of the following:
    • Distribution of textbooks needed for AP summer work (when applicable)
    • Unused medicine
    • Earned awards from the Academic Honors Reception and/or All Sports Banquet
    • Cafeteria refunds if applicable (non-returning and graduating seniors)
    • Seniors may pay any cafeteria balances
  • Please contact Roncalli High School Dean of Students, Tim Crissman if your family is not comfortable with your child entering the building to return books and clean out the locker.

Staff members will be present in the gymnasium, hallways and throughout the building to ensure proper social distancing. No loitering or gathering in the halls or on campus will be allowed per the current restrictions established for schools by Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education.

We have established the following schedule for the return of textbooks and cleaning out of lockers.

Date Times Last Names
Tuesday, May 26 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM A - Fil
Wednesday, May 27 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM Fis - Lima
Thursday, May 28 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM Limc - Ross
Friday, May 29 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 PM Rossm - Z

Please direct any questions to Tim Crissman.

A BIG thank you from all of us at Roncalli for your assistance and cooperation with this process.

GRADUATION 2020

Roncalli High School is excited to celebrate our fantastic seniors! Plans are set for having a memorable graduation for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8 PM in the Roncalli Stadium. Graduation will be held in the stadium, rain or shine, unless directives from the governor's office or the Marion County Health Department prohibit us from doing this. We will remain in communication with our seniors and their parents throughout the summer with regard to the plans for July 21. Please join us in praying that we are able to gather together on July 21 to celebrate this outstanding class of seniors!

SENIOR WEBINAR RECORDING

For Class of 2020 Families, Principal Chuck Weisenbach, presented a webinar for our current seniors and their parents on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM. He shared details regarding some of the senior activities we are planning for the coming weeks as well as information on graduation.

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GRANDPARENTS DAY CANCELLED

Given the health and well-being of all in our Roncalli Family is paramount, but even more so for our beloved Roncalli grandparents, it is with great sadness that we announce that our annual Roncalli High School Grandparents Day celebration scheduled for Friday, September 4, 2020, has been canceled. Grandparents Day will return to Roncalli High School on Friday, September 3, 2021! Roncalli grandparents - Mark your calendars and plan to be with us for one of the biggest and best grandparents day celebrations ever!!

JR. REBEL THEATRE CAMP

While we were saddened to have to cancel our traditional theatre camp, we are excited to announce a new format for the summer!

Junior Rebel Theatre Mini Camp will meet July 6-9 from 8:00-10:00 am for students going into grades 3-5. Students going into grades 6-9 will meet from 10:30-12:30. The same camp will be offered again July 13-16 with the same criteria as the previous camp. The camps will focus on improvisation, theatre games, costuming, musical theatre and much more.

The cost for the camp is $50, $10 for Roncalli faculty and staff children. Advanced registration is not required, but needed if you want to guarantee a t-shirt for your child. Registration forms are available on the Roncalli website under the Arts, theatre tab, then Junior Rebel Theatre.

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BAND CAMP

The Roncalli Band will be holding their annual summer band camp from Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th. Camp runs daily from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The cost for camp is $125.00 and the fee includes daily lunches, instructor fees and band tee shirt. More information will be mailed out later this month.

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS

The Roncalli Summer Camps schedules have been updated on our Rank One registration site.

All pre-registered campers will be notified of changes to the new dates and times.

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TUITION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The full financial impact of COVID-19 has yet to be felt by many of our families, but we are well aware of the impending difficulties a significant number of our families may incur. In the face of this upcoming financial stress to our community we will soon be forthcoming with a timeline, fundraising, and additional assistance, specifically earmarked for the anticipated increase in the need for financial assistance. We will continue to work with families on adjusting tuition payment schedules if needed as well.

We have been asked if tuition payments are still being processed if mailed into Roncalli. The Business Office is working to process tuition payments weekly. Checks, money orders, and tuition coupons with credit card information can still be mailed to the school as we are picking up the mail directly from the post office. If an account balance is needed please email Barb Hatfield.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

There have been some questions from juniors about meeting the service requirement for the National Honor Society. Due to the restrictions put in place with Covid-19, we have reduced the mandatory service hours number to 90. This, along with the academic and disciplinary requirements, will be examined at the completion of the school year, and eligible students will be invited to apply in July. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor or Erin Bohn.

FREE OR REDUCED MEALS FOR 2020-21

Free or reduced meals application for next year cannot be accepted until July 1. We are in the process of updating the online application.

Here are the updated links to free meal locations.

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MARINE SCIENCE HAWAII TRIP

Aloha Rebels! Are you interested in going to beautiful Hawaii? This two week trip will be next Summer 2021. Students will snorkel at world-renowned beaches, hike volcanoes, swim with manta rays, see waterfalls, learn Hawaiian culture, and take a submarine tour, all while studying Marine Science and earning a science credit. This is an initial callout for anyone seeking additional information on the trip. Please email Ms. Carroll, to be sent additional information about this unique adventure and check out the video from the 2019 trip.

GUIDANCE CORNER

Tips for managing mental health this summer

  • Do activities as a family
  • Maintain a routine or structure
  • Exercise regularly
  • Set a SMART goal and work towards it
  • Continue to help others
  • Get outside daily
  • Plan a getaway
  • Practice mindfulness or meditation
  • Read, catch up with friends, spend time by the pool or other relaxing activities you enjoy

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Signs you or your teen may be struggling with anxiety and/or depression:

  • Sleeps too much (more than 10 hours per day)
  • Avoids engaging with others (friends and family)
  • Seems more down or irritable
  • Anxiety in certain situations If these symptoms occur regularly for two weeks, talk to your teen about it and reach out to their doctor to discuss the concerns.

If you or your teen has any thoughts of suicide or hurting others, contact a local emergency room immediately.

This hotline is a good resource to discuss concerns about mood:

  • National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741
  • Lifeline Chat

INFORMATION FROM THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA

The Roncalli Cafeteria has as our motto: “We will not rest until we are the world’s finest school cafeteria.” On March 13, 2020 our effort to be the best school cafeteria was abruptly halted. We miss all our students, and we especially miss seeing our seniors enjoy the last time we serve some of their favorites in the cafeteria, like the last Asian Bar, last crispitos in the shake room and of course, the last day to buy school cookies.

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We hope to see most of you back at school in the fall. For you seniors, we hope you come back to visit when you can. Many of your families may have questions about money left in your MealTime accounts. Our policy is to transfer remaining funds from our senior students into their siblings’ accounts at the end of the year. Those who don’t have younger siblings will receive a check in the mail if their balance is over $20. With graduation ceremony plans still fluid, we will wait to see if there is a time when graduation gowns are distributed. That is where we could collect money owed and distribute account balances less than $20.00.

With current economic conditions in our country the way they are today, you may also be considering applying for free or reduced priced meals for your student for next school year. Please be patient. New applications will not be available until July 1, 2020.

We plan on having online applications for the first time ever this year. This should make it much easier to apply. Also, if your student is already on free or reduced school meals this year, please know that that eligibility extends into the first 30 school days of next year. If you have questions regarding free/reduced meals email Eileen Horan.

DAILY ONLINE MASSES AVAILABLE!

Archbishop Thompson and other priests of the Archdiocese are celebrating a Mass each day that will be posted at ARCHINDY.ORG. Please note that the times of the Mass vary, and all are encouraged to check the website daily for updates.

NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

ALL PARENTS of Current Freshmen through Juniors

The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for 2020-21 will require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered 6 months apart.

If your child has already received these, please forward proof of immunization.

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If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization prior to the start of the first day of school for the 20-21 school year. All information needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email msheets@roncalli.org.

2020-21 Requirements

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT for current Juniors:

All students entering the 12th grade are additionally required to have a second booster of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine. The immunizations that we have on file for each student may be viewed in FamilyLink. Questions may be directed to Mary Sheets or Jane Dias in the Guidance Office.

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For all of our Roncalli community who are suffering from illness during this difficult time.
  • For all of our Rebel family who are experiencing extra stress during this unusual and uncertain time. God please comfort them and provide them Your peace and understanding.
  • For Dave Mansfield, the father-in-law of Ben North, Chemistry instructor, who battles with cancer and is recovering from surgery.
  • For Fr. John Hollowell R’97, son of Dr. Joseph Hollowell, President of Roncalli, as he recovers from surgery.
  • For Bernie Weimer, Sacred Heart graduate class of ‘59 and Roncalli band director 1970's-80's, who is struggling with health issues and is recovering from an accident.
  • For Monsignor Tony Volz as he battles health issues.
  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson and his ministry in shepherding the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
  • For those who struggle to find adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical services and for those most in need of God’s mercy.
  • For healing of body, mind and spirit for all people 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 Roncalli 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.

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