RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - December 14, 2018

INDIANA RISING STARS

Ryan Flick
Ryan Flick R'20
Andrew Gangstad
Andrew Gangstad R'20
William Hawkins
William Hawkins R'20
Grace Whitaker
Grace Whitaker R'20

Four of our juniors have been named Indiana "Rising Stars" in the most recent publication of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). Ryan Flick, Andrew Gangstad, William Hawkins and Grace Whitaker were selected from among the class of 2020 for this honor based on a combination of academic achievement, standardized test score results, and school/community involvement. In addition to receiving a certificate from the IASP, these students will be made known to potential future college choices in Indiana. Congratulations!

MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Roncalli Pro Life Club

We are excited to announce that the Roncalli Pro-Life Club will be sponsoring a trip to attend this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The group will will leave from Our Lady of the Greenwood on Thursday evening, January 17th and return on Sunday morning, January 20th. We will be traveling by charter buses along with Our Lady of the Greenwood and St. Joseph's parish in Shelbyville. The cost of the trip will be $150 and will include all but three meals. If interested, contact Ms. Reuter or Mr. Traylor. Parents are welcome to attend as well! Please contact us for further details.

PREPARE FOR ADVENT WITH RONCALLI

Advent Season

We as a school have entered a time of preparation, along with the Church as a whole, for the coming of our Savior. The Student Council has teamed up with Campus Ministry to help prepare for this season. Each class has taken a week leading up to our break and used a theme to shape some activities to help focus us on this time of preparation. The themes will be Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.

Please join us in this Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior. Keep these themes of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love on your minds and in your prayers through this season. Click here to access scriptures and prayers for each week, as well as what we're doing in the halls of Roncalli. We should all work to prepare, as Matthew 24:44 tells us "So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

RONCALLI PARENTS ORGANIZATION PRE-GAME MEAL JANUARY 18TH

The Roncalli Parents Organization (RPO) invites you to join us on Friday, January 18th between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria for a delicious meal. We will be serving chili, hot dogs, dessert and a beverage for only $5/person. After dinner, cheer on your Rebels Boys' Basketball team as they take on New Palestine.

We are in need of student and parent volunteers and several donations to make the event a success. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the event, please sign up here.

REVISED KICK-OFF TO SCHEDULING

The Guidance Department has revised the kick-off to scheduling. Presentations will be on Monday, January 7 to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Registration also begins on Monday, January 7 at www.roncalliregistration.org. Please be prepared to pay the $100 registration fee. Registration must be complete by Friday, January 25 in order for students to request their courses during online scheduling Saturday, January 26.

EXAM SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 19-21

First semester exams are scheduled for December 19-21 according to the schedule below. School will be dismissed at 12:20 on Wednesday and Thursday. Teachers are required to be available for students on each of these days until 1:15 PM to answer questions or provide study sessions. School will be dismissed at 11:00 on Friday, December 21.

  • Wednesday, December 19 - Exams in Periods 1, 3, 5
  • Thursday, December 20 - Exams in Periods 2, 4, 6
  • Friday, December 21- Exams in Periods 7 & 8

Students will not be required to be in attendance at school during their lunch period (period 5 or 6) on Wednesday and Thursday.

NUTRITION & WELLNESS STUDENTS BUILDING HOUSES

Mrs. Jenny Smith’s students had a fun activity last week. They made gingerbread houses (actually graham cracker houses). They learned about royal icing, having fun with food and moderation!

RONCALLI WRESTLING: CYO WINTER BREAK CLINIC

Wrestling is hosting it’s 3rd Annual CYO Winter Break Wrestling Clinic at the Roncalli High School Wrestling Facility. RHS Head Coach Wade McClurg, the RHS wrestling staff and RHS wrestling team will be teaching the wrestling techniques that are taught in the RHS workouts. This is a great opportunity for wrestlers to kick off the CYO Wrestling Season and for those that have already been doing club wrestling at Rebel Wrestling Foundation!

  • Cost: $20 pay at the door
  • Dates: Tuesday, December 26th & Wednesday, December 27th
  • Time: 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
  • Ages: Grades K-8

MOMS IN PRAYER @ RONCALLI

Please join us on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in prayer for our children, our own and the students of Roncalli, along with all faculty and staff. We meet in the chapel. Just off the main entrance of the school.

Please come pray with us during this Advent season. Any questions contact Donna Williams.

RONCALLI SOFTBALL WINTER CLINIC

The Roncalli Rebel softball program will hold their annual Winter Skills Clinic on December 27-28 in the Bubble Gym. The clinic will run from 9:00 - 10:30 AM for 1st - 4th grades, and 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM for 5th - 8th grades. All are welcome! Cost for the clinic is $40. We will cover hitting instruction, throwing instruction, defensive drills, and ball handling drills. And of course, all in attendance will receive a special Christmas "goody bag.”

Learn more

RONCALLI’S STARS PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!

Each semester STARS students use accommodations on over 450 exams. This only happens with your help! Please consider serving as a proctor, reader or scribe. This semester, finals will take place Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Thursday, Dec. 20th, and Friday, Dec. 21st. Volunteer by following this link. Thank you!

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST

Major Crossroads: Thompson & 5 Points. Will pay gas money. Email Mrs. Baker or call 317-787-8277 if interested.

PRE-ORDER THE 2018-19 YEARBOOK

The 2018-19 yearbook is now available for pre-order, and what a great Christmas gift it would be for your Roncalli student! Go to yearbookforever.com to order online. If you prefer a paper order, those are available in the main office or in room 109. Yearbooks are $60 until February 15 when the price goes up to $75. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Julie Albertson.

LIVE STREAM VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL

Varsity Boys Basketball Stream

If you can’t make it to the Varsity Boys Basketball game this Saturday night, catch the live video stream of the game starting at 7:15 PM.

"APRIL IN PARIS, RENDEZVOUS REBELATION" VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 27, 2019

We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan "April in Paris, Rendezvous Rebelation." Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night consists of food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun. If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Jeen Endris.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA

As the first half of the school year comes to a close, we would like to remind all families that you may apply for free or reduced priced meals for your student at any time during the school year. If you have not applied this year, you may still do so. If your income or household size has changed, you may apply. There are instructions and an application available at the bottom of this newsletter. Once you have been approved, the benefit is good for the rest of the school year and the first 30 days of the following school year REGARDLESS YOUR INCOME OR HOUSEHOLD CHANGES.

We would also like to encourage all families to please pay off outstanding lunch balances before the last lunch of the calendar year which is next Tuesday, December 18. Start 2019 fresh with no outstanding meal debt. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the cafeteria staff!

BREAKFAST AVAILABLE DURING FINALS WEEK

The cafeteria will be offering breakfast December 19th, 20th, and 21st. We will not be serving lunch those days.

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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.

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.

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.

SAINTS FRANCIS & CLARE EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY IS HIRING

SAINTS FRANCIS & CLARE EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY

Morning & Afternoon Shifts ~ Part Time, Infant ~ Toddler, Year Round, Email Diane Grahn

Circle of Faith Annual Fund

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter 2018

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Clint Meinerding, father of Grant R’19, Henry R’20 and Tabitha R’22, who is in the hospital.
  • For prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Amelia Florence Lauck, born on Sunday, December 9th, to Dan R’10 and Katie (Young) R’9 Lauck.
  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
  • 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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