RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 3, 2018

WELCOME TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR!

New School Year

We welcome the senior class of 2019 along with the juniors, sophomores and freshmen to the new school year on Wednesday, August 8. A reminder that school is dismissed at 2:30 PM on this day. The remainder of the week’s dismissal is at the regular time of 3:00 PM.

We are excited for all that this school year holds for our students, families, faculty and staff. 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!!

OPENING SCHOOL INFORMATION

Each family should have received an email from Roncalli this week that included the information necessary to access the student’s schedule, locker, login and password information. The email also included other pertinent information for parents. If you did not receive this email please contact Mary Sheets 317-787-8277, extension 232.

CLASS OF 2022 FRESHMAN ORIENTATION THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation will be Saturday, August 4, so please mark your calendars, this will be a fun, informative day that you will not want to miss! Click here to see details.

  • 1:30 Freshmen arrive for orientation! Drop-off on the Circle
  • 3:30-4:15 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!

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 HM038044Y0 on the MyLifeTouch.com site. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich. Click here to learn more.

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!!

SENIOR GEAR - ORDER NOW!

Senior Gear

Final senior gear order is now open through the website, through August 15, 2018. This is the official senior gear that can be worn on senior specific dress down days.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM AT CAMP

Girls Cross Country

This week the girls XC team braved some very rainy weather with great positivity for team camp at Versailles State Park. The trip was a great opportunity to grow in running, faith and friendship between both programs. (The boys team also stayed at the park).

WALKATHON DATE CHANGE

This year’s Walkathon date has been changed to Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween! (the rain date is scheduled for November 2nd) Walkathon is the only all school fundraiser in which Roncalli students are asked to participate. Every dollar raised through Walkathon funds provides needs-based tuition assistance for Roncalli families. We apologize for any inconvenience in the date change.

FALL SPORTS PICTURE DAY AUGUST 4TH

All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 4th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to follow from your coaches.

50TH CELEBRATION T-SHIRT

50 Celebration Shirts

It’s more than just a shirt. Get the shirt and these BONUSES:

  • Out-of-uniform on the 2nd Monday of every month if wearing the 50th Celebration Shirt with jeans/sweats
  • Free cafe cookies every time you wear the 50th Shirt on an extracurricular out-of-uniform day
  • Free cafe milkshake coupon and entry into gift card raffle every time you wear the 50th Shirt to a Stu Co Spotlight Event
  • Additional incentives to follow! DON’T MISS OUT!

Click here to learn more.

Long sleeve shirts are $25 and short sleeve shirts are $20. ORDER ONLINE AT WWW.RONCALLI.ORG/50SHIRTS Preorder by August 9th to have the shirt for the 1st home football game of the year on August 31st! Sales from the 50th Celebration T-shirt will benefit the student phase of the On This Rock: Building Faith and Family capital campaign making a portion of your purchase tax-deductible.

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION POWERPOINT AVAILABLE

The information that was shared at this past Wednesday’s New Parent Orientation meeting can be accessed here for any parents not able to attend or for parents in attendance that want to review information that was covered.

DID YOU KNOW THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA SERVES BREAKFAST?

Every morning before school in the cafeteria, the snack bar window is open, and Mrs. Supple is glad to serve you breakfast! A breakfast has an entree, fruit serving and a milk for $2.00. If you qualify for free lunch, your breakfast is also free, or if you qualify for reduced lunch, your breakfast costs $.30. There are many delicious and healthy items to choose from, so please come down from 6:50 AM-7:30 AM and start your day off right! This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

TRAFFIC TIPS - IT WILL BE SLOW GOING INITIALLY BUT WILL SMOOTH OUT

It typically takes about a week for everyone to figure out their best plan as it relates to drop off in the morning or pick up in the afternoon. We do ask that all drivers be extra patient with each other especially during the first few weeks. Click here to see a couple of tips that could make handling the traffic a bit easier for you until it sorts itself out.

  • Dropping off in the morning between 6:50 AM and 7:15 AM might allow you to miss substantial traffic.
  • Picking up in the afternoon at 3:30 PM or after will allow you to miss a great deal of traffic.
  • There is no turning left out of the west parking lot in the afternoon; all traffic coming out of the west parking lot must turn right and go west.
  • PLEASE do not block the entrance ramp to St. Jude’s parking lot that is off of Prague Road; this can lead to total gridlock!

Our police officers ask that you please be attentive to their instructions/directions. Again, the first few days will present some unique challenges as everyone adapts to traffic flow, timing, etc.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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). Click here to read more.

  • If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please contact Andi Baker 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.

CAN YOU HELP? RHS FAMILIES SEEKING TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE

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 contact Andi Baker 317-787-8277, ext. 221. Click here to see if you can help.

  1. Needs occasional rides to and from school (Sheek & Worthsville in Greenwood)
  2. Needs a ride to and from school most days (21st Street & North Emerson Ave.)
  3. Needs a ride daily to and from school. Parent could meet up in a parking lot or intersection of Mooresville or Camby. (Mooresville area, off of 67 & Old 67, near PacMoore Factory)
  4. Rideshare or carpool from Bargersville area. Mom can take to school if someone can pick up after school. (SR 135 & Smokey Row Road)
  5. Ride needed home after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday (Arapaho Ridge Neighborhood, near Southern Dunes Golf Course. West of 37 between Southport & Wicker Road)
  6. Occasional rides needed (Five Points & Thompson, Copper Grove addition)
  7. Needs a ride home from school everyday (Rahke Road & Railroad Road - Southern Oaks Neighborhood, just West of Perry Meridian High School)
  8. Rideshare when needed (Southern Johnson County, near 37 or Morgan County)
  9. Needs assistance with morning or afternoon (Edgewood & Meridian)
  10. Needs a ride to school (Worthsville & Sheek, Greenwood)
  11. Needs ride to and from school (Stop 11 & Bluff Road)
  12. Needs ride from SSFC to RHS in the morning two students
  13. Needs ride to and from school (Thompson Park Blvd.)

CREATING PARENT ACCOUNTS IN CANVAS

This link provides directions for parents on how to create Canvas accounts. Canvas is a tool to track student progress and grades.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

All parents are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 16. The evening will start with a short program in the gymnasium at 6:30 PM followed by parents attending an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule. Parents will go to each class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and hear about each of their classes. Registration will start in the gym at 6:00 PM. The evening will end at 9:00 PM. FREE Roncalli yard signs will be available!

IMPORTANT UNIFORM INFORMATION FOR 2018-19 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. Click here to learn more.

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 that will be allowed next year. The uniform pants for next year must be “boot cut.” Skinny pants, yoga pants, “pegged” or rolling of pants will not be allowed.

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.

pants

Please direct all questions, concerns and/or comments related to this matter to RHS Assistant Principal, Kevin Banich.

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.

INCOMING FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENT CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL INCOMING FROSH & TRANSFER STUDENTS. 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 6th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 7th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 8th, after-school until 4:00 PM. Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center, which is located at the end of the main floor hall.

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.

TI-84 CALCULATORS —ALGEBRA 2 OR ALGEBRA 1 HON

A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. This is the type of calculator that is used on the ISTEP+ exam. Many local retailers have them on sale now, and we ask that any “proofs of purchase” codes be saved and turned into the math teachers. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89 as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).

CAFE CHARGING POLICY

It is our expectation that students always have a positive balance in their lunch accounts. As a courtesy to our families, Roncalli has established a “$20.00 limit” on negative charging. If your student’s account is more than $20.00 in the negative, they will be asked to take their lunches and come to the cafeteria office. There the student will meet with a supervisor to discuss the problem and come up with a solution. Seniors may not pick up their cap and gowns until all negative balances are cleared. Click here to learn more.

It is easy to set up a notification with Mealtime to receive an email when the accounts are low, to avoid the time taken away from their already short lunch periods to deal with inadequate funding. We will also be sending negative lunch balance notifications out every day by e-mail.

NEW STADIUM TURF

They’ve removed the old and the new turf is ready!

RHS SEEKING BUS DRIVERS

Roncalli High School provides bus transportation for student athletes, fine arts activities, extracurricular club outings and field trips. In addition, RHS buses are used by our South Deanery Catholic grade schools for their field trips and school activities. We are currently in need of more class B CDL licensed bus drivers. If you are a bus driver or know of a bus driver that may be interested in driving for field trips and/or extracurricular outings such as, sporting or fine arts events, please contact Jason Sims, Transportation Director at Roncalli High School, at (317) 787-8277 Ext. 262.

EARN MONEY TOWARD YOUR CHILD’S TUITION THROUGH THE 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 contact Jeff Traylor or 317-787-8277 x203.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

The Roncalli Cafeteria is accepting applications for our free and reduced lunch program for the 2018-19 school year. Since Roncalli is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, we can offer free or reduced priced meals to those who qualify. If your family receives benefits from the state in the form of SNAP, TANF or Medicaid, you are eligible for free or reduced meals without filling out an application and will be receiving an email from our office in the coming days to explain the benefit. Click here to learn more.

If you need to fill out an application, there is a link to the application and a link to the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter. We also ask that when you fill out an application, you also fill out the form entitled: ADDITIONAL FEE WAIVERS/REDUCTIONS—PERMISSION TO SHARE INFO. This form allows us to share your free/reduced status with the Roncalli Guidance Office for the purpose of obtaining other benefits for your child. The link to this form is also located at the bottom of this newsletter. If you have any questions, please call Eileen Horan at (317) 788-4099.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The comprehensive school calendar is available for viewing on the school’s web site.

2018 YEARBOOKS DISTRIBUTED

Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year will be distributed the first day of school for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be a few available if you didn't order one for your student. They are $75 and may be paid for with cash or a check made out to RHS. Any 2018 graduate wanting to purchase a yearbook may do so in the Main Office after July 24th as long as supplies last.

FREE ADMISSION TO RHS ATHLETIC & FINE ARTS EVENTS - GET A REBEL VIP CARD!

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. Click here to learn more.

How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2017-18 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.

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!

NATIVITY’S - 13th ANNUAL AUGUSTRAVAGANZA August 17-18th

There will be great food, an awesome kids' game tent, and live entertainment both nights. Dinners are in the air-conditioned cafeteria both nights, too. Friday's menu - fried chicken and Saturday's menu - prime rib/roasted turkey. Bingo will be held in the air-conditioned Parish Center 6:30-11 PM both nights. There is also a beer garden and Monte Carlo each evening. A raffle with a grand prize of $3500 will be drawn Saturday night. Nativity alumni are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Booth! Other events include a 5K/1 mile walk/run on Saturday morning to benefit God's Bounty food pantry and Silly Safari and a Tiny Titan Baby Crawl Saturday night. Thursday night, we will have 2 events. First, a Cookies & Canvas event for all ages at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center and a Beer Tasting competition in the gym at 6:30 PM. More details, registration, and info can be found at www.nativityindy.org or Facebook Augustravaganza. Hope to see you there! Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Catholic Church, 7225 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis! Plenty of service hour opportunities for RHS students including face painters and clean up crew! See the RHS Service calendar or Nativity website for link. License #147301

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2019

It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’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 21. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 1. Click here to learn more.

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 2019 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2019 will be from June 30 - July 7. 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.

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL PROTOCOL REGARDING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

Out of respect for our anthem, country and flag, the expectation is for Roncalli High School students, teachers, staff members and coaches to remove their hat and stand respectfully during the playing of the National Anthem. This expectation is in place when the student, teacher, staff member or coach is at an event representing Roncalli and/or at an event in which a Roncalli team/group is performing. Click here to learn more.

Roncalli High School believes the time during which the National Anthem is played is a time of respect for those men and women who have given their lives while representing our country as well as those men and women who currently risk their lives daily in defense of our country.

Should there be a student, teacher, staff member or coach who feels they have a reason not to comply with this expectation they are asked to meet with the principal to discuss their thoughts. A student, teacher, staff member or coach who does not meet with the principal and does not stand respectfully for the National Anthem could face disciplinary action.

It is important to know that our focus is on the students, teachers, staff members and coaches of Roncalli High School. We will not attempt to regulate the behavior of others in attendance at our events and our expectation is that all of us at Roncalli would respect whatever decision is made by those fans.

LEADING STUDENT ATHLETES WHO DON’T THINK THEY NEED A COACH

(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)

Two years ago, UConn women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, did an interview just before the Final Four. It was re-posted on Facebook a couple of months ago and has gained traction again with so many coaches across our nation.

Ole’ Geno didn’t pull any punches in the interview.

After more than 30 years as a head coach, Coach Geno Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.” One reason I listen to him is because of what he’s accomplished. Geno once went two years without a defeat and played for five consecutive national titles in a row. Read the rest here.

PLEASE PRAY

  • 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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