RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - July 30, 2021

WELCOME TO THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR!

We welcome the senior class of 2022 along with the juniors, sophomores and freshmen to the new school year on Wednesday, August 4. A reminder that the school day begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. Give yourself plenty of time for traffic. The northeast parking lot between the school and block house is NOT available for parking at this time. For pick-up, parents may want to wait until 3:15 to arrive to help with traffic congestion.

We are excited for all that this school year holds for our students, families, faculty and staff, and we are anxious to get started with our efforts to use our gifts to glorify God to the best of our ability!

Please join us in praying for a safe, successful and enjoyable school year for all!

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL COVID-19 PLAN

Roncalli High School recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape our landscape. We are committed to bringing a Christ-centered education to each of our students. Because we believe so firmly in the value and importance that relationships play in a Roncalli education, we will be returning to full in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. We will not be offering a synchronous or virtual learning model for students and families. Our COVID-19 plan is subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve.

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FRESHMAN ORIENTATION Tomorrow

Orientation

Freshman Orientation will be held on Saturday, July 31, so please mark your calendars...This will be a fun, informative day that you will not want to miss!

  • 1:30-2:00: Freshmen arrive for orientation! Drop-off at the Ascension St. Vincent Gym (Door 15).
  • 2:00: Beginning of Freshman Orientation
  • 4:30: All parents and families are invited to attend Mass to close out orientation in The Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium.

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

ROTHROCK NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Keagan Rothrock

Junior Keagan Rothrock was named the Extra Inning Softball 2021 National High School Player of the Year!

Congratulations, Keagan! We are proud of you! Read the full article here.

SCHOOL PICTURES ON FIRST DAY

A reminder that all students will have a school picture 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 Code EVTR3MHVH on the MyLifeTouch.com site. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact Assistant Principal for Student Life, John Hasty.

Please note that seniors will be in school uniform on the first day of school and will take a school picture for their student ID. Seniors still needing a portrait need to schedule an appointment with Prestige (see Senior Portraits for detailed instructions on scheduling).

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, or if they are a senior with a portrait appointment after school. If this is the case, the student may dress up. Absolutely, no jeans, denim or immodest dress allowed!!

CLASS OF 2022 SENIOR PORTRAITS

For a senior to have their picture included in the yearbook and class composite, they must get their picture taken with Prestige Photography. Many seniors completed their portraits, but those still needing to do so can click here to schedule an appointment at Roncalli on August 4th. A login code will be mailed to you from Prestige Photography (please note--you must use the most recent code. Old appointment codes for May appointments will not work). August 4th is the last opportunity to have portraits taken on campus, and there are limited appointments available. Those still needing portraits after August 4th will need to schedule an appointment at the portrait studio located at 2325 Pointe Parkway #140, Carmel, IN 46032. The yearbook choice deadline is 12/5/2021. No t-shirts with visible writings or logos, no hats, sunglasses or piercing are allowed for the yearbook photo. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and tie (jacket optional) and not have facial hair. Ladies must cover their shoulders and upper arms. If you have any questions, please contact John Hasty, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENT CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

Roncalli High School continues our 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a school-issued Chromebook. Chromebooks will be placed in your locker after July 19. Should you have any questions, please stop by the IT Office. We are located on the main floor in Room 106 3/4 (between Rooms 106 and 108).

CHROMEBOOK OWNERSHIP

Roncalli High School owns and manages 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 and charging cord in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.

2021-22 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.

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Thus, we ask once again for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to a 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 โ€œDockersโ€ 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.

Uniform Pants

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

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.

ROYAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS IN ANAHEIM

Emma Halter and Brendan Louthain

Seniors Emma Halter and Brendan Louthain traveled to Anaheim, California this past week for the USA Volleyball National Team Training Program. Both were selected among the top players in the nation for their age group. (Emma was among 23 in her group; Brendan was among 26 in his). Both trained with top coaches in the same training facility as the US Olympic teams. Great job representing Roncalli Athletics. Go, Royals!

ROESSLER COUNTY FAIR WINNER

Roncalli senior Elly Roessler won Supreme Showman at the Hendricks County Fair this past weekend, this is a huge honor! She won Beef Senior Showmanship and then competed against the other senior showman who won each species. The Supreme Showman has to show each species, is judged and then the highest total points accumulated over all species wins the supreme showman. Great job, Elly!

Watch the competition at here. ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™ ๐™€๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š 3:05 ๐™ข๐™–๐™ง๐™ .

HOMECOMING POST GAME PARTY TICKETS

Homecoming Tickets

The Homecoming party is back! Join us on Friday, September 24. The fun starts immediately after the halftime presentations.

We will have snacks, a cash bar and music by Train Wreck! Get your $10 ticket today in the Roncalli Advancement Office. Questions can be directed to Fran Davey.

๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š 21 ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ก๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™

GRANDPARENTS DAY RETURNS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021, 8:30 AM - NOON

Roncalli High School is excited to announce that our schoolโ€™s very special celebration of Grandparents Day is back and will be held on Friday, September 3. Even better news is that after having to limit attendance in previous years, we now are able to invite grandparents of all of our students to join us thanks to the spacious nature of our new Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium.

DETAILS

The format this year will include an opening program just for grandparents followed by an all school liturgy and conclude with grandparents going to class with their grandchild.

Grandparents and all students will be dismissed at noon so that those that wish to enjoy lunch together may do so.

Registration for this yearโ€™s Grandparents Day will be done electronically through the link provided below. Anyone (grandparents, parents, grandchildren) can access the link and complete the registration. There will be no invitation letter or paper registration this year. Any grandparents who wish to be a part of our celebration this year must submit the following information (name, address, email, cell phone number) through the link. We will send a follow-up reminder email with details two weeks prior to the event.

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Your child! Your choice! Your dollars!

Check the income criteria below - Estimates indicate that between 80-90% of families will qualify.

Indiana Choice Scholarships pay $5,500 - $6,500 of your childโ€™s Roncalli tuition!

Please contact Director of Tuition Assistance, Amy Kuntz at akuntz@roncalli.org or 317.787.8277 ext. 278 if you have any questions or want to explore your options.

Choice Scholarship Program Income Limits by Household Size

Choose your school, choose Roncalli.

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CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP (VOUCHER)

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST

A mailing went out to all families that have an approved Choice Scholarship Voucher for the 2021/22 school year on Wednesday 7/7/21. If you received this mailing, please sign and return the forms and your voucher will be secured for this school year.

If you think you qualify for a Choice Scholarship Voucher and you did NOT receive a letter in the mail with your voucher approval or havenโ€™t worked with Amy to sign the papers in the last 3 weeks, please call or email Amy Kuntz 317-787-8277 ext 278 so we can obtain the necessary paperwork and file your voucher. Guidelines for the Indiana Choice Scholarship Voucher Program can be found here.

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST

HEARING SCREENING

The Marion County Public Health Department will be at Roncalli to administer the state mandated hearing screening services for sophomores on Thursday, August 26. A parent/guardian has the right to decline this service for your child. If you do not want the health department to conduct a hearing screening for your sophomore child, please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221 in the main office.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The Honors Economics students will be participating in a Community Poverty Simulation and we need 20 parent volunteers to run this event. We will be working in the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium (old gym) on September 9, from 7:30 AM - 3 PM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience, please contact Betsy Strader for further information.

DAY OF REFLECTION

Roncali's Faculty and Staff will be participating in the Day of Reflection on Monday, August 2nd. The Roncalli Parent Organization (RPO) will be hosting lunch for the faculty and staff on this day. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please consider 10 to be the minimum number of servings for each slot selected and feel free to select more than 1. Drop off any time in the cafeteria between 8:00 AM and noon on Monday, August 2nd. Sign up using this link.

FALL SPORT PICTURE DAY AUGUST 9TH

All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on Monday, August 9 starting at 3:15 PM. More information to follow from your coaches.

NEWS FROM THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA

This school year, all students will be eligible for free meals (breakfast and lunch). However, we still encourage our families to apply for the free or reduced benefit which will determine if your family is eligible for textbook assistance and other benefits. The online application portal opened Monday, July 26. Go to mymealtime.com and find the link that says Mealtime Apply Online. Some families have already received letters from us stating that they are eligible for free or reduced meals. If you have received such a letter, you do not have to fill out an application.

If you have a question about the application process, please call our cafeteria office at (317)788-4099.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

WE CAN HELP YOU!

Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation

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 email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221. 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/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please contact Andi Baker 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.

We have the following RHS families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.

  • Needs ride in the morning on Tuesdays and needs ride home every afternoon (135 and Smith Valley)
  • Needs ride to and from school (Morgantown and Smokey Row)
  • Needs ride to and from school (Thompson and Keystone)
  • Needs ride to school (Somerset Neighborhood in Bargersville - could meet at SFSC in morning)
  • Needs ride home from school daily (Main Street in Greenwood between US 31 and 135)

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION

On Wednesday, July 28, Roncalli held an orientation for families new to the Roncalli community. Administrators provided information about various aspects of Roncalli including academics, faith formation, discipline, cafeteria, uniforms, tuition, and extracurricular activities. If you were not able to make it to the event or would like to review the slides from the presentation, they are available here.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT RONCALLI

Roncalli High School is excited to announce three part-time positions within the Office of Advancement. Given the right candidate, two of these positions could be combined to create one full-time position. Please submit resume by August 7, 2021. Qualified, interested candidates are invited to email a current resume and cover letter to Terese Carson at tcarson@roncalli.org. Please include at least three references as a part of the resume.

You are the perfect candidate if you are constantly looking ahead, engaging in meaningful conversation, have a passion for Catholic education, and love Roncalli High School. If you are someone who has mastered the art of managing multiple priorities at once, then read on!

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Director of Special Events - Responsible for the execution of all fund-raising, friend-raising and informational events. The Director of Special Events will coordinate annual fundraising events, such as Circle of Faith Annual Fund Dinner, Walkathon and Celebration Roncalli but will also brainstorm new events that allow us to reach further into our community. We are seeking an individual who is extremely organized and will plan, coordinate and promote all aspects of events.

Director of Alumni Relations - Responsible for the development and management of Roncalliโ€™s alumni relations program. The Director of Alumni Relations develops, directs, and maintains relationships with current students as they approach graduation and all alumni of Chartrand, Kennedy, Sacred Heart and Roncalli for the purpose of deepening connections and engaging those constituents with the school and our mission. The Director of Alumni Relations will develop and implement a strategy to grow engagement for alumni and inspire them to give back to the school in meaningful ways.

Director of Corporate Relations - Responsible for raising meaningful philanthropic gifts and sponsorship opportunities from businesses and corporations. The Director of Corporate Relations will develop and lead a portfolio of corporate prospects and donors, from identification and qualification to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Director of Corporate Relations is responsible for increasing Roncalliโ€™s visibility among businesses while actively working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships within the corporate sector.

For more information on each of these positions, click here.

SAVE THE DATE

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Dinner

Get ready to celebrate together! Mark your calendars for the Circle of Faith Distinction Dinner, September 23, 2021!

RONCALLI SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SEARCH

Join the GREAT Royal Family!

Roncalli High School is looking for additional substitute teachers:

  • faith-filled individuals
  • who love working with the future of tomorrow
  • We have great leaders!
  • We have great teachers!
  • We have a great support staff!
  • We have great students!
  • We have great subs!
  • We have a great school!

If you are interested in being a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER and joining the GREAT Roncalli Royal Family, then contact Jeff Small.

VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR TEENS

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KROGER REWARDS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

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Every little bit counts! Take a look at the great benefits Roncalli receives when you shop at Kroger with your Kroger rewards card. Make sure you have your card associated with Roncalliโ€™s code AS409. In 2018, Roncalliโ€™s rewards totalled $7,315.87. See the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or click here, choose โ€œIโ€™m a Customer,โ€ and type in Roncalliโ€™s code AS409 to link your rewards to benefit our school.

2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IMMUNIZATIONS

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Vacunas para el aรฑo escolar 2021-22

The Indiana State Department of Health and Department of Education has mandatory immunizations for every student enrolled in an Indiana school. Roncalli High School must follow these requirements to stay in compliance; even if a physiciansโ€™ immunization and dosing schedules show more flexibility.

Immunization requirements for 2021-22 require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered a minimum 6 months apart.

Also 2 Meningitis MCV4 vaccines are required for Class of 2022 prior to the start of their senior year.

If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization. County Health Departments can assist with these vaccinations.

Documentation needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email jdias@roncalli.org.

Click the link below to see all required vaccinations for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Requirements

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2022

It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next yearโ€™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, March 24. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 4.

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 2022 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2022 will be from July 4 - July 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.

ST. BARNABAS YOUTH MINISTER

St. Barnabas Catholic Church and School is seeking a full-time pastoral, creative, relationship-driven, and dynamic Youth Minister to serve alongside our youth, parents, and members of the parish. Not only will this position continue to strengthen existing ministries for middle and high school youth but will also be responsible for teaching 8th grade religion during the school year. This person will work closely with the Director of Faith Formation and Principal of the school.

The ideal candidate should hold a bachelorโ€™s degree in theology or a related field or have at least 3 years of youth ministry experience. Applicants must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.

Strong organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills are a must, and be fluent in the latest technological trends. The applicant must have the ability to coordinate and work well with volunteers and exhibit good leadership skills.

Email Ja-Dean Johnson.

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For our students and families as they prepare to return to school.
  • For Kathy Tinder, long time teacher at Roncalli, who continues to battle serious health issues.
  • For Godโ€™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 Godโ€™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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