RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - July 12, 2019

SUMMER SOCIAL

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Summer Social

Order tickets online at roncalli.org/summer-social or come to the Advancement Office Monday - Friday 8 AM - 2 PM or call 317-787-8277 ext. 238.

RONCALLI RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING AP TEST SCORES

Chuck Weisenbach and Dr. Ken Folk
Pictured left to right: Principal Chuck Weisenbach and Dr. Ken Folk

At the Indiana State House in June, Roncalli was recognized as one of only 54 schools in the state to have over 25% of its graduating class score a three or better on one or more AP (advanced placement) tests.

Roncalli Principal Chuck Weisenbach was presented the award by Dr. Ken Folk, Chief Academic Officer for the Indiana Department of Education.

Mr. Weisenbach shared, “We are proud of the academic excellence that has been a part of our school’s tradition for so long. We are also proud that our students and teachers are among the finest in the state.”

IMPORTANT OPENING SCHOOL NOTICE

OPENING SCHOOL LETTER TO GO OUT ELECTRONICALLY

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. The electronic letter will be sent out to seniors and juniors on July 24 and to sophomores and freshmen on July 25. Please contact the main office at (317) 787-8277 should you have any questions or encounter any issues with receiving your family’s letter.

CLASS OF 2023 FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

AUGUST 3rd

Freshman Orientation will be held on Saturday, August 3, so please mark your calendars, this will be a fun, informative day that you will not want to miss!

  • 1:30 Freshmen arrive for orientation! Drop-off on the Circle
  • 2:00 Beginning of Freshmen Orientation

  • 3:30 New Parent Meet and Greet/Ice Cream Social on the Circle before Mass, hosted by Roncalli Parent Organization
  • 4:30 All parents and families of incoming freshmen and seniors are invited to attend Mass to close out orientation in The Family Room (aka: the gym)

We can't wait to welcome our new Rebels to the Roncalli Family!

Seniors- don't forget about the planning meeting on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 PM.

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7:00 PM

The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium. 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 Roncalli Spirit Store will be open this evening from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

REBEL ROUND-UP

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019

Rebel Round-Up

Roncalli Class of 2019! Don’t 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 our annual Rebel Round-up on July 24, 2019, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the cafeteria. Please RSVP today by contacting Gary Armbruster, Director of Alumni Relations, 787-8277 x242.

SCHOOL PICTURES ON FIRST DAY

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 MyLifetouch.com 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 EVTFN3WTR on the MyLifeTouch.com site. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich.

Seniors will be in school uniforms if they have already taken their senior portrait with LifeTouch in the summertime. If a senior has not taken the official senior portrait for Roncalli, then they will be in the appropriate senior portrait attire on the first day of school. The male dress code for the senior portrait is dress shirt and tie, no facial hair, original hair color, and no piercing beyond a pierced ear. For the females, the dress code is covered shoulders (no strapless), modest top (no cleavage showing, and no piercing beyond a pierced ear.)

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 allowed!!

JR REBEL THEATRE CAMP

Jr. Rebel Theatre Camp

Roncalli hosts JR Rebel Theatre Camp twice during the summer. The young thespians have been working hard to perfect their roles in “Into the Woods.” The performance will be Friday, July 26 at 4 PM and 7 PM. Tickets go on sale July 18 and can be purchased at roncalli.booktix.com.

RONCALLI UNIFORM & SPIRIT STORE SALE

Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Thursday, July 25 4:00–8:00 PM and on Friday, July 26, 8:00 AM - Noon in the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be open before the New Parent Orientation on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 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 or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!

FALL SPORT PICTURE DAY AUGUST 10th

All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 10th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to follow from your coaches.

IMPORTANT UNIFORM INFORMATION

REGARDING UNIFORM PANTS

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 (slacks) that will be allowed this school year. In accordance with the student handbook, the slacks must be dress slacks made of cotton-twill material similar to a pair of “Dockers” pants. Slacks must be minimum of "boot cut" and/or straight leg in diameter around the lower leg and may not be worn in a manner that hugs the complete contour of the lower body.

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.

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Uniform Pants

Please direct all questions, concerns, and/or comments related to this matter to Dean of Students, Tim Crissman.

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.

GET A REBEL VIP CARD!

FREE ADMISSION TO RONCALLI ATHLETIC & FINE ARTS EVENTS

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 2019-20 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.

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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!

STILL TIME TO ORDER '18-19 YEARBOOK

If you haven't ordered a yearbook for your student, you can do so online at www.roncalli.org/yearbook. This is the only way to ensure your child will get a yearbook. Online orders will be taken until July 22, or until our supply is gone. Seniors will pick up their books at Senior Rebel Roundup which will be held Wednesday, July 24 at 6 PM in the RHS cafeteria. All other students will receive their yearbooks on the first day of school. If you have questions or need to see if you ordered already, please email Julie Albertson.

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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM

Please read the linked document. It explains the changes to our Community Service Program and student service hours.

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FREE LUNCHES THIS SUMMER

For anyone aged 6 months to 18 years old, free lunches are available Monday thru Friday, May 28th -July 17th. Please open attachments for times and places.

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FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENT CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

Roncalli High School is in year three of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 5th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 6th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 7th, after-school until 4:00 PM.

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Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center. Enter the Main Entrance after parking on the circle.

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.

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EARN MONEY TOWARD YOUR CHILD’S TUITION THROUGH FUTURE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

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 email it to Jeff Traylor or call 317-787-8277 x203.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Kathy Peach, Fine Arts Dept. Head and Band Director, who is experiencing 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 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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