We’d like to congratulate the following seniors who scored a 36, the highest possible score, on a section of the June ACT:
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.
We enjoyed a wonderful Freshman Orientation last Saturday culminating with the mass with our seniors, freshmen and their parents. A special thank you to our seniors for their outstanding work in hosting this year’s Freshman Orientation. Also, special thanks to our Roncalli Parents Organization for the Ice Cream Social held last Saturday for the parents of our freshmen!
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.
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!
A mailing went out to all families that have an approved State Voucher for the 2018/19 school year. If you received this mailing, please sign and return the two green forms and your voucher will be secured for this school year.
If you think you qualify for a State Voucher and you did NOT receive a letter in the mail with your voucher approval, please contact 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.
Members of Beginning Women's and Beginning Mixed choirs are asked to come to the choir room this Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday, August 12, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM to be fitted for their choral attire. Students in Advanced Women’s choir and Show Choir who have not been fitted are also asked to come during this time. The fitting should take about 10 minutes.
We will celebrate our first all school mass of the school year next Wednesday when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will begin in the RHS Family Room at 9:30. All are welcome!
Roncalli High School allows both Herff Jones and Jostens to provide class rings for our students. Both companies will be at RHS on the evening of Back to School Night. They will have their full displays up in the cafeteria beginning around 5:00 PM. Orders will be taken that night. Additionally, sophomores may order their class ring during lunch on Thursday and Friday, August 16-17.
Here is a link to a video presentation from Jostens.
The Marion County Public Health Department provides state mandated hearing screening services for all students in the 10th grade. The tests will take place on Monday, August 20th at Roncalli. If you DO NOT want your child to have their hearing tested, please fill out and send in the linked form prior to Monday, August 20th.
Auditions for the musical, “Guys and Dolls” will be held Monday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 22. Audition packets, tech forms and sign ups will be available outside the box office beginning August 13. Any questions can be directed to Phil Anderson, the director of Theatre Education. The musical will be performed November 15, 16 and 17.
A required freshman parent meeting was instituted ten years ago primarily as a means to establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents. Any parent/guardian of a freshman who previously has not had a freshman child at Roncalli needs to attend one of these Required Freshman Parents meetings.
There are four opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: August 23, 29, September 4 and September 18. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium and will end promptly at 8:30 PM.
NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are not required to attend one of these meetings. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.
Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach 787-8277, extension 224.
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Long sleeve shirts are $25 and short sleeve shirts are $20. ORDER ONLINE AT WWW.RONCALLI.ORG/50SHIRTS
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.
The Nutrition & Wellness class is seeking donations of items for the new classroom. The class is now held in the Providence House, the former residence of the Sisters of Providence on LaSalle Street. The students will have access to a kitchen and could use some basic supplies. Please refer to the link to the Sign Up Genius sheet to avoid duplication of donations. Thank you so much! Please click here to see how you can help.
If you have enrolled before, please be aware that you must re-enroll each year in order for Roncalli to benefit. It is super easy to register. Go to the website address www.krogercommunityrewards.com Roncalli’s identifying number #10249
Roncalli High School appreciates the generosity of the Kroger Company and appreciates all in the RHS Family who have registered their Kroger Card so that we benefit each time you swipe your Kroger card when shopping at Kroger. We have received in excess of $10,000 from Kroger over the past year! Once registered, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
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.
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.
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.
The school’s morning prayer and daily announcements are now available online via the Roncalli web site. Click here then click on the "prayer" link to hear the daily prayer and the “announcements” link for daily announcements. We hope you enjoy them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This link provides directions for parents on how to create Canvas accounts. Canvas is a tool to track student progress and grades.
All RHS parents’ phone numbers that are listed in the student’s information in our school wide data system have been added to a list that will be contacted in case of a school emergency, delay or closing information or other pertinent RHS information. If you are the parent of a freshman student, the parent of a transfer student or a returning parent that did not “opt in” for text messages, last year and you desire a text message in place of the recorded phone call please text “yes” to 67587. Please contact Linda Simpkins should you have any questions.
Roncalli High School commits itself to the priority of each individual student being able to attend school on a daily basis in a positive, uplifting, faith-filled environment. The following is a guideline by which our school will operate as it relates to this issue and to the issues of bullying/harassment: Click here to read more.
The good name, reputation and personal safety of each student, faculty, staff member and adult volunteer are vitally important. In order to protect students, employees, volunteers, and the school, each student is expected to treat the good name and reputation of other students, school employees, volunteers and the school with dignity and respect and not engage in any activity or conduct, either on campus or off campus, that is in opposition to this guideline and/or inconsistent with the Catholic Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. Any derogatory, slanderous, hostile, or threatening remarks or actions directed toward any of the above by a student will be seen as a violation of this policy and will be viewed as a serious matter, whether it is done physically, verbally, or electronically through the use of a home or school computer, phone, IPAD, or any other electronic media or by remote access during school time or after hours. Some examples include but are not limited to, social media, text messages, blogging, voice mails, images, pictures, etc. Any individual found to have made or participated with others in making such remarks or actions will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion.
Because of the significance of the issues of bullying/harassment in the lives of our students, Roncalli has in place a wide variety of strategies to address the issues. These strategies will unfold throughout the school year with a heavy focus here at the start of the school year.
It is imperative that anyone who becomes aware of a Roncalli student who is being bullied or harassed, regardless of whether it is happening in or out of school, is asked to contact the Dean of Students. Failure to report incidents of bullying/harassment makes one complicit with the inappropriate behavior.
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.
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.
Over the past few years, on multiple occasions, we have heard from some of our own RHS parents about situations whereby other RHS parents displayed woefully inappropriate behavior. This has included but not been limited to berating our own players and coaches, berating the officials, and inappropriate comments directed toward the opposing school’s players, coaches and fans. These comments have included at times bigoted comments that are inappropriate in any setting, much less a high school sporting event, much less at a school that espouses to be Christian in its beliefs. Click here to read more.
These types of incidents are not relegated to just Roncalli and our fans, but our scope of influence is limited; therefore, our comments are directed primarily toward Roncalli fans.
It is the school’s expectation, as well as the IHSAA’s expectation, that those who attend our school’s athletic contests will show respect for themselves and others at all times. This is best done by enthusiastically cheering for your team and not against the other team.
All athletic contests by their very nature are going to include player miscues, tough coaching decisions and questionable officiating calls. Regardless, the focus must always remain on allowing the competition to be a healthy, positive experience for the contestants and fans, no matter the outcome of the game. No one, despite having paid their admission fee, has the right to display poor sportsmanship and/or interfere with the experience of other fans.
Inappropriate comments by students, parents or fans (before, during or after the game) are unacceptable and could subject that person to be removed from the stadium for the remainder of the contest and/or future contests.
As adults, we have a clear obligation to be healthy, positive role models for our young people. When we fall short in this area, our entire community suffers.
As is the case with most situations of this nature, the inappropriate behavior is often displayed by a small minority of fans. However, that small minority is putting a real damper on the experience for many other fans. We can do better. We must do better! Let’s embrace the spirit of high school athletics and allow them to be what they were designed to be - family centered, Christ-centered opportunities for young people to create lifelong memories while gaining life prep experiences!
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.
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.
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.
The comprehensive school calendar is available for viewing on the school’s web site.
Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year were distributed the first day of school for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. There are 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.
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.
Ad prices are as Follows:
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!
This fall, Indy Junior Rebels Lacrosse (Roncalli Lacrosse’s feeder program) will be hosting the first ever southside Fall league! Registration will begin July 9th. Visit jrrebellax.com for the registration link on July 9th.
Who: any boy or girl, grades K-8 (teams will be based on grade level/age and will be divided between girls and boys since the rules of the games vary) at any South Deanery school or parish – others can join too by contacting Julie Aldrich. Click here to read more.
When: Season will run from mid-August to early October
Format: 3v3 or more, based on team numbers. Small goals and sticks will be used, along with soft lacrosse balls. This league will focus on the basics of lacrosse while having fun with other students from your schools.
Practices will be held twice a week with games held on Saturdays at Roncalli High School. There will be a season finale tourney on Saturday, October 6th. Cost: just $40 per athlete and this will include a t-shirt to keep.
Coaches: coaches will be members of the high school teams, trained by IJR staff with practice plans for each session. We will need a parent point person for each team to be present at every practice and game, in case of emergencies.
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. Click here to read more.
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
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.
(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)
This summer, I witnessed something I never anticipated in a young child. I was visiting a friend’s home who had three young children. They also have Alexa, a smart speaker in their kitchen. His kids are growing up with artificial intelligence around them all the time—smart phones, smart watches, and now smart tech you can order around at home. And that’s exactly what his kids were doing. These children were barking out orders for Alexa as if they were a military officer. And it was not a pleasant site. I actually heard them yell—saying things like:
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