Weekly Newsletter - Friday, April 20, 2018
SENIOR MASS DATE CHANGE
The original date for our Senior Mass (May 17) had two conflicts with AP testing that we thought we could work around. However, after multiple attempts, we were not able to find a solid, workable solution. Thus, we are moving the celebration of this year’s Senior Mass to Friday, May 18 at 8:30 AM in the RHS Family Room.
We offer our most sincere apology to our parents, families and all who are inconvenienced by this change. We appreciate your understanding.
RHS STUDENTS, TEACHERS, STAFF AND ALUMNI MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN APPALACHIA
For over 20 years RHS has had students, teachers, staff and alumni participate in our bi-annual trips to assist the working poor in the Appalachia parts of our country. We thank the most recent dedicated group that spent their spring break last week answering Pope Francis’ call to assist those in need: Grant Shaw, Jack Baker, Patrick Cherry, Emma Kait Hill, Chloe Alspach, Jack Naumovich, Christian Walker, Sarah Hayden, Veronica Scott, Blanca Martinez, Reese Wiley, Emily Asis, Nicolas Dietz, Jack Tichenor, Vinnie Romano, Robyn Witty, Ben Grimes, Brittany Moran, Sarah Farrell, Tim Crissman and Tim Griffin.
God bless you all for your good work!
RHS FACULTY/STAFF TRAVEL IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. JOHN XXIII
Roncalli High School principal, Chuck Weisenbach, recently led the school’s seventh pilgrimage walking in the footsteps of our school’s namesake, Angelo Cardinal Roncalli, St. John XXIII. The group traveled to Sotte il Monte (his birthplace), Bergamo (his seminary and first placement after ordination), Assisi (made his own pilgrimage here in the days leading up to Second Vatican Council) and Rome (numerous sites of importance in his life). Making the pilgrimage this year were Gary Armbruster (with his wife Darla), Stephanie Okerson, Pat Crosley, Julie Albertson (with her husband Rusty).
The group had many wonderful experiences meeting people who knew St. John XXIII personally and visiting churches and other sites that were important in his life.
Above is a picture of 95 year old retired Archbishop of Siena, Geatado Bonacelli, with the pilgrims around a statue of St. John XXIII that he had erected. Archbishop Bonacelli met often times with St. John XXIII and had a great fondness for him. He was super excited to know that there was a school named “Roncalli” and was thrilled to see all of us in our RHS gear!
Thank you to all who kept the group and the pilgrimage in your prayers.
SOPHOMORE JOSH AMODEO ATTENDING SUMMER SEMINARY IMMERSION PROGRAM AT ND
We are super excited for RHS sophomore Josh Amodeo who has been selected to participate in the 2018 Summer Seminary Immersion Program sponsored by the Congregation of the Holy Cross to be held at the University of Notre Dame. Josh will be joined by other young men across the country as they participate in a two week long immersion program. God’s blessings Josh!
PATRICK MCMANAMA WINS GREAT LAKES REGIONAL ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION
Congratulations RHS senior Patrick McManama whose entry in the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction architectural design competition was recently named the first place winner for the entire Great Lakes Region. His drawing will now compete with the drawings from 11 other high school regional champions for the right to be declared this year’s NAWIC grand champion! Great job Patrick and good luck at Nationals!!
SOPHOMORE WILLIAM HAWKINS SELECTED TO PRESTIGIOUS STANFORD SUMMER INSTITUTE
Congratulations to RHS sophomore William Hawkins who received word over spring break that he has been selected to participate in the highly competitive Stanford University Pre College Summer Institute. Way to go William!
SENIOR JACK BAUER NAMED SWIMMING ALL AMERICAN
Congratulations to RHS senior Jack Bauer who received word over spring break that he has been selected by National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America to the 2018 All American team. There are over 350,000 high school students involved in aquatics sports in America. Approximately 2% of these students receive the distinction of being named an All American! Super proud of you Jack!
PROM & AFTER PROM WEEKEND
The 2018 RHS Junior-Senior Prom will be held this Saturday evening at The Crane Bay Center in downtown Indianapolis. The Roncalli Parents Organization will hold its annual After Prom immediately following the Prom from midnight to 3:00 AM in the RHS gymnasium and cafeteria. Please keep all of our students attending these two events and their guests in your prayers for a fun, safe weekend!
BROWSE, BID & BUY: RUN FOR THE ROSES REBELATION JUST A WEEK AWAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 28
Visit roncalli.org/rebelation to reserve your seat, browse silent and live auction items, make a donation and register your phone for bidding! The items will be up for bid starting Monday, April 2rd at noon. You don’t have to be in attendance to win silent auction items. Winners just need to pick up their prizes at Roncalli the following week. High Stakes Raffle tickets still available! Each ticket is $100 and can be purchased at school or the night of the event with cash or check. Winners will be drawn at Rebelation, but you don’t have to be present to win! Contact Rachel Brown if you have any questions.
ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES HAVE TAKEN SCHOOLS BY STORM, AND PARENTS NEED TO TAKE ACTION
(Courtesy of Aleteia.org)
Have you heard of vaping?
Well, you should … especially if you have a child in middle school or high school. That’s the best age to begin building your defenses against this new, pervasive, harmful habit that’s so popular among teens today. And lest you think you’ve given the “don’t do drugs” speech so many times that your kids are immune to its influences, think again. Click here to read more.
Vaping, the “new smoking,” where kids use a battery powered device that vaporizes candy flavored chemicals, nicotine, or THC (the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis) — or a concoction of all three — so it can be inhaled, is everywhere. And it’s easy, which makes it feel all the more harmless to kids. It’s in the bathroom where your kids frequent several times a day between classes. It’s in the locker room before a game. It’s at the movies, friends houses, and on walks home from school, it may even be tucked into a pocket of your child’s backpack or in their pencil case right now.
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SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK
All of the changes the state has put in place with the graduation required ISTEP test for sophomores led us to make changes to our school calendar for April when this test is administered. Given the length of these tests and their importance to the students we feel it best to utilize a delayed start for the rest of the school on two days and use this time for administering the ISTEP test to all sophomores (and any juniors/seniors still needing to retest). While we do not like the delayed start to school we do feel this structure provides our sophomores with the best environment in which to be successful on this “high stakes” graduation required test. We had our first late arrival this past Tuesday. Please note the following calendar change for next Tuesday, April 24. Click here to see the change.
April 24 - All sophomores along with any junior student needing to retake the ISTEP will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM. The retesting juniors and seniors have been notified individually. All other students will start school on this day at 9:30 AM.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our families but we feel strongly that this not only provides our students who are testing the best environment but also provides the best use of instructional time for all other students as well.
RHS OFFERS MARINE BIOLOGY SUMMER COURSE IN HAWAII
Aloha! For the past ten years Roncalli High School has been offering our students a wonderful summer opportunity to enroll in a Marine Biology course in Hawaii. This opportunity is offered on an every other year basis. Roncalli will be headed back to Hawaii for a two week Marine Biology Course in the Summer of 2019. Click here to learn more.
The course involves classes and labs on the beaches of the Big Island of Hawaii, a trip to Volcano National Park, learning about the Hawaiian culture, and snorkeling in the ocean. This is a for credit class and is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Rose. There will be a parent meeting on May 1 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium for all interested students and parents.
SHARE YOUR CULTURE WITH THE WORLD!
Council on International Educational Exchange is seeking a loving host family for Gisela (profile below)! She would arrive prior to the start of school. She has her own spending money, insurance and ability to pay tuition. She would share her culture with your family while enjoying learning about ours! She has many interest including playing soccer. You and your family would be part of a unique educational adventure! For additional information, contact Janet Shaffer at 317.372.8971, or Lazydlake@aol.com. Click here to learn more about Gisela.
Gisela is a 16 year old girl from MEXICO. I consider myself a mature person, I am true to my values and morals, treating others the way I would want to be treated. I’m determined and consistent, having my goals always in mind. I’m empathic and caring, willing to help people in any way possible. I usually seek for the good side in every negative situation. I treat people with respect and I’m talkative, trying to socialize with people around me. I’m open-minded and patient, accepting others’ perspectives and responding with respect. I have a variety of life experiences and I’m willing to adapt to new ones. I consider myself to be a good option for this program because I’ve decided to make the best of it in every aspect possible. I’m a good helper and ready to cooperate when I’m needed. I enjoy relaxing and sleeping, watching shows, movies, or reading. School, for me, takes a very important part in my life. I desire an excellent future, that’s why I always try to give my best in my studies. I'm thankful for this new path my life will take and also I’m eager to create a marvelous and long lasting relationship with my future host family. I’m excited for the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live in the United States and to become more independent by stepping out of my comfort zone. See you very soon!
SUMMER WORK OPPORTUNITY AT RONCALLI
Roncalli is looking to put together our summer work crew for 2018. We typically hire 5 - 6 students who have graduated high school and have an interest in working at Roncalli through the summer. We try to work around summer vacations, college class schedules, and other obligations. If you have anyone interested please contact Dave Gervasio.
CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS FOR FALL 2018 SEASON
Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for the fall 2018 season should plan to attend the clinic days on May 15, 17 & 18 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM in the RHS cafeteria. The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 am in the main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic.
Please contact Head Coach Kara Miller with any questions.
JUNIOR PARENTS - IMMUNIZATION NEWS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
The immunization requirements set forth by the state of Indiana for the Class of 2019 have changed. Students are required to have two Hepatitis A and 2 MCV4 vaccines. There is a required minimum interval of six months between the first and second Hepatitis A vaccinations. Please plan accordingly.
Please check the Family Link to see what immunizations we have listed for your student. Please send in your updated records.
Questions may be referred to Jane Dias or Mary Sheets.
Here is a link to the immunization requirements.
KATIE’S HOPE 5K RUN/WALK
The family and friends of Katie Lynch have organized the 7th Annual "Katie's Run/Walk for Hope" on May 19, 2018 to honor Katie's courageous battle with cancer. Her "free spirit", as well as her love of her family and friends, will be celebrated by raising funds for the Katie Lynch Scholarship Fund as well as Make A Wish Foundation, Sunshine Kids Foundation and the children of Riley Hospital. Click here to learn more about Katies Hope 5k Run/Walk.
The event will start at 10:00 AM at Roncalli high School. Entry fee is $25.00 per adult, $15.00 per student or $100.00 per family. Registration by 5/10/18 will guarantee a T-shirt. Registration forms can be found at www.katieshope.org. For more information or group pricing, please call Marty Lynch (518-1219) or Kathleen Lynch (502-1979)
16 ISSUES PARENTS MUST BALANCE TO LEAD KIDS WELL
(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)
I’m sure you know someone who started their career with minimal resources and over the years, accumulated wealth. Author Malcolm Gladwell writes about an immigrant who now lives in Southern California. He came to the United States with almost nothing in his pocket and worked hard enough to become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. When he spoke to Gladwell, however, he confessed how difficult it is to raise good children once they become aware of their family’s money. He explained it this way: “My own instinct is that it’s much harder than anybody believes to bring up kids in a wealthy environment. People are ruined by challenged economic lives. But they are ruined by wealth, as well, because they lose their ambition and they lose their pride and they lose their sense of self-worth.”
He paused and then concluded. “It’s difficult at both ends of the spectrum. There’s some place in the middle which probably works best for all.”
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- For the repose of the soul of Jim Beeson who passed away on Easter morning and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of current RHS students Brianna Beeson, Kathleen Beeson, Elizabeth Beeson, Nicholas Stuck, Samantha Stuck, Zachary Stuck.
- In Thanksgiving for a safe spring break 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 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 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.
“How beautiful the feet of those that bring the good news.”
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