RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - November 16, 2018

“GUYS AND DOLLS” - BREAK A LEG REBELS

Guys and Dolls Performance

We thank all of the members of the cast and crew of our fall musical, “Guys and Dolls,” for all of their hard work these past two months! The opening night performance on Thursday night received rave reviews! There are three more opportunities to see the show. They are tonight, Friday, November 16 at 6:00 PM and Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at roncalli.booktix.com. This online ticketing system will allow us to sell tickets right up until the start of each show. In addition, you will now be able to choose your own seat! Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Remember to print off your tickets and bring them with you to the show. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the auditorium. VIP card holders will need to email Miki Lewinski or call 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for your promo code to access your free tickets.

Thanks again to all involved in our production - “Break A Leg, Rebels!”

GIRLS BASKETBALL & LITTLE REBELS

Girls Basketball Little Rebels

Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Basketball team who is off to a 4-0 start! Pictured above is the team with our little Rebel basketball fans who cheered them on last Saturday night as they defeated Guerin Catholic.

SENIOR PORTRAITS

Senior Portraits

Seniors who have not taken their official senior portrait with Prestige can call (317)564-2592 Tuesday-Friday 2 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM -5 PM to schedule an appointment. If a senior has not taken their portrait with Prestige they will not be included in the class composite picture. Please contact Kevin Banich if you have any questions.

HUNGER AWARENESS LUNCH - NOV. 21

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Roncalli community hopes to embrace the humble servant nature of our namesake St. John XXIII. For one day, there will only be one lunch option offered in the Roncalli cafeteria. Rather than the usual variety of options that allow everyone to choose the food and amount they prefer, all students and staff will be encouraged to purchase the more meager meal offered that day. It is our hope that, in a small way, this might provide an opportunity to be more conscious of the limits put upon those who struggle with food insecurity. The proceeds from the day’s lunches will be donated to two local food pantries. Click here to learn more.

St. Anthony and Holy Trinity Food Pantry: This pantry has been providing for the near west side for over 30 years, serving 35-40 families each day. From September 2017 to September 2018, they served over 1,100 families, who are able to select 10-16 food and/or hygiene products when they visit. The pantry operates entirely from donations.

Providence Cristo Rey High School Food Pantry: This pantry helps serve the families of the school’s students. As 95% of the students qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, the school provides both breakfast and lunch for all students. They also provide food for their students staying after school due to athletics and extracurricular activities. Additionally, they’re instituting a weekend backpack program, which would provide food for students to take home to their family. They’ll also partner with organizations and donors to provide full Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for 50-60 of their families.

Additional Details: The meal on this day will include a breaded chicken sandwich, apples, carrots, and milk, for the normal cost of a lunch. The vegetarian option will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Vending machines will not be available on this day. We also ask that no visitors bring outside food to share with students on this day.

PRACTICE ACT FOR JUNIORS 11/28

On Wednesday, November 28, 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 28, please contact Mrs. Meyer in the Guidance Office.

SENIOR MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP THOMPSON - 11/28/18

Mass with Archbishop Thompson

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 on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:30 AM. Due to the size of the Senior classes around the Archdiocese, our mass is being held at St. Malachy Parish on the west side of Indianapolis this year, rather than at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral as has been the tradition. This is a school-sponsored field trip and attendance is required of all seniors. They will be asked to report to the cafeteria by 8:45 AM. Students will be transported by Roncalli buses. As noted, the Archbishop declares the remainder of the school day as a free day for the seniors. They will arrive back at RHS at approximately Noon and will be dismissed at this time. Click here to learn more.

Parents of seniors should be receiving a link to the online permission form, forwarded from their Senior. If you have not seen that email, ask your senior to send it to you or contact Mr. Traylor with any questions!

CENTRAL NINE OPEN HOUSE - THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 5 - 8 PM

Central Nine

Did you know Central 9 Career Center offers programs geared to prepare students for certain college majors, Technical Honors Diplomas, and certifications for a variety of careers? They offer programs in aviation, computer technology, construction trades, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childhood education, dental careers, health sciences, HVAC, landscape/horticulture, precision machinery, protective services, transportation, veterinary, visual communications, welding and more.

Plan to attend the Central 9 Open House Thursday, December 6 from 5 to 8 at 1999 US 31 South. Although these programs are geared toward Juniors and Seniors, it is never too early to explore!

To find out more, visit www.central9.k12.in.us/ Or watch the video below:

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. Click here to learn more.

The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families, faculty and staff live stretches from Carmel (north) to Danville (west) to Shelbyville/Greenfield (east/southeast) to Bargersville (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.

RHS & UINDY CONTINUE SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERSHIP

Roncalli High School is delighted to continue the scholarship 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.

Roncalli students will be automatically considered for this scholarship just by applying to UIndy by February 1, 2019. Other requirements can be found on the Guidance BLAST here.

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE

As many of you know, Bob Tully has led us in a longstanding tradition of November Remembrance. During the month of November, the Catholic Church remembers and prays for all the faithful departed in a special way. Throughout this month, we would like to continue our custom of offering special prayers for all of our deceased alumni, as well as deceased family members and friends of the Roncalli community. We invite you to submit to us the names of your deceased relatives and friends. We will place these names at the base of the Sacred Heart window in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart so we can remember them in our prayers at Masses throughout the month of November.

Please click on this link to submit the names of those who you would like remembered.

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 28th 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). We will be writing the cards the week of December 3-7.

RONCALLI 50TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT

Roncalli 50th Shirt

Did you forget to order your 50th anniversary t-shirt? We have a very limited supply of short sleeve shirts - in both youth and adult sizes - left over from our last order. The smallest adult size is large. This will be your last chance to get this commemorative shirt. Price is $20. Please contact Tina Hayes at (317)787-8277, extension 239 or thayes@roncalli.org if you would like one!

ST. JOHN’S CHRISTKINDL VILLAGE

Christkindl Village

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indy is hosting the seventh annual Christkindl Village on December 14-16. The Christkindl Village is located at St. John Catholic Church (126 W Georgia Street, Indianapolis) on the West block of Georgia Street, in St. John’s parking lot and in the old Pan Am Ice Rink on Georgia Street. Click here to learn more.

At the festival, there will be a live animal nativity, alpine slide for kids and adults, selfies with St. Nick, kids activities including ornament making, great German foods, beer and gluhwein garden, and hand crafted gifts from market vendors. There are also special events all weekend long including Sacred Music Festivals on Friday and Saturday Evening, Indiana Wine Tasting Friday Evening, Eucharistic Procession on Saturday evening, Christmas Trivia Saturday Evening and Family Day on Sunday with special events for kids. To learn more visit: www.stjohnsindy.org/village.

All are welcome! Admission is free and open to the public. Activities are indoors or inside heated tents, come out and enjoy authentic Christmas traditions December 14-16 in Downtown Indy.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Sharon Prince, grandmother of Matthew R’17, Elizabeth R’18, Daniel R’19 and Joseph Woodruff R’20.
  • For Bob Tully as he recovers from a second surgery.
  • For Abbey Akel, two year old daughter of Ryan Akel R’02, who was diagnosed with a life threatening disease called Aplastic Anemia.
  • For Bill Mullen, Honorary Alumni, past parent and Board Member, current Facility Planning Committee Member, who is recovering from heart issues.
  • For a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year for all in the Roncalli Family and for all in our South Deanery Catholic Schools.
  • 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 Divine Providence upon all elected officials and judges at all levels of government.
  • 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 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.

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