RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 17, 2018

SWIMMING & DIVING TEAM AT THE STATE FAIR

Swim and Dive Teams at Dairy Bar

The Roncalli Swimming & Diving team worked the Dairy Bar at the State Fair last Wednesday. Great job, Rebels!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW TEACHERS

2018 New Teachers

Left to right: Jennifer Riedford - Spanish, Maddie Mulinaro - Social Studies, Louise Hibner - German, Grace Dubrowski - STARS, Thomas Sheridan - Religious Studies, Don Elbreg - Industrial Technology, Kaitlin Hinesley - Biology

Not pictured: Erin Eagan - STARS Teaching Assistant, Jeen Endris - Director of Communications and Events, Elizabeth Schoettle - STARS Teaching Assistant, Angela Hage - Guidance Counselor, Joey Kirk - Web Design, Joe Lustig - Mathematics

ALL REBEL PRE-GAME TAILGATING

All Rebel Football fans are invited to join the tailgate every Friday beginning at 4 PM. Meats and buns are provided. The tailgate operates on donations and REBEL PRIDE!

This week, tailgating will be set up directly across from the visitors entrance to Cardinal Stadium. Look for the American and white Roncalli flags. All meats will be provided, bring a dish to share, drinks and lots of Rebel fans!

ATTENTION ALL REBEL FANS - IT IS CHICK-FIL-A CHALLENGE WEEK

2018 Chick-Fil-A Challenge

The Chick-Fil-A Challenge is BACK and you can help Roncalli beat Franklin Central and earn money for our school! 20% of the sale of your meal will be donated to Roncalli! The school that raises the most money throughout the week will be crowned this year’s Chick-Fil-A Challenge Champion and will be presented with a trophy at halftime of the game Friday night. Be sure every time you eat at Southport Chick-Fil-A this week they know you are supporting the Rebels BEFORE you order! Click here to learn more.

So, stop in at Chick-Fil-A early and often starting Saturday August 18th at 6:00 AM until Friday August 24th at 2:00 PM!

Take the Chick-Fil-A Challenge and help us KEEP that trophy!

(This offer is good only at Chick-Fil-A on Southport Road!)

CHICK-FIL-A supports the Rebels.

HEARING TESTS FOR SOPHOMORES

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.

“GUYS AND DOLLS” AUDITIONS

Guys and Dolls Image

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.

REQUIRED PARENT MEETING FOR PARENTS OF FRESHMEN (CLASS OF 2022)

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.

SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Screenagers Movie Poster

We would like to invite all South Deanery parents and families to attend the showing of "SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age." On August 21st & 22nd at 7 PM, we will show the hour long documentary followed by a half hour panel discussion with experts from a variety of fields in the Roncalli Auditorium. SCREENAGERS provides a personal view of how technology impacts the development of children and offers solutions to parents for navigating the digital world.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

2018 Roncalli Canned Food Drive

Roncalli's Annual Canned Food Drive will take place from August 27-31. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will benefit St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Hunger Inc., and the David Moore Food Pantry. This is an earlier spot on the calendar, with the hope that it will provide an influx of donations to these organizations at a time of the year when donations tend to slow down.

Donations will be accepted in the main lobby from 6:50-7:20 AM and 3:10-3:40 PM each day (excluding the afternoon of Friday, August 31). Outside of those times, donations can be dropped off in the main office. Click here to learn more.

Students and staff who donate at least $35 or 70 cans will receive out-of-uniform privileges for the rest of the week. So the earlier donations are made, the more out-of-uniform days can be earned!

Contact Student Council Moderator Ryan Costello with any questions.

EVENING WITH THE COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES 8/27

The Roncalli High School Guidance Department will host a college planning night on Monday, August 27, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM that is open to all interested students and parents, grades 9-12. This program is very well received each year and is an excellent time to learn more about university admissions and programs!

Representatives from multiple post-secondary institutions will be present to share information on their academic programs, life on campus, and how to apply for admission and financial assistance. A full list of universities attending will be made available in the August 23 Guidance BLAST.

Click here to see what the evening includes.

  • 7:00-7:20 Auditorium: general information on college planning (powerpoint format) and an introduction of speakers
  • 7:20-7:25 Parents and students move to the first of two 25 minute classroom presentations OR to the mini-fair in the Media Center
  • 7:25-7:50 First presentation in a classroom/mini-fair in the Media Center
  • 7:50-7:55 Move to second presentation or mini-fair
  • 7:55-8:20 Second presentation in a classroom/mini-fair in the Media Center
  • 8:25-8:50 Dessert reception in the Media Center for all families and representatives
  • 8:50-8:55 Closing announcements

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Kelly Meyer, College Counselor at Roncalli High School, at 317-787-8277.

JOHNSON, SHELBY, AND MORGAN COUNTY LILLY SCHOLARSHIPS

If you reside in Johnson, Shelby, or Morgan County and would like to apply for a Lilly Endowment Scholarship through the respective community foundation, please see the information on the "scholarships" tab on the Guidance BLAST for requirements and deadlines.

There is also a handout of this information available on the Guidance Carousel outside the Guidance Office.

Please note that the Johnson County application is due August 20, 2018; the Shelby County application is due September 1, 2018, and the Morgan County application is due September 7, 2018.

Please see Mrs. Meyer for any questions.

DOORWAY TO COLLEGE ZAPS ACT/SAT TEST PREP SEMINARS

The ZAPS Doorway to College program will host a two-day, instructor-led course at Roncalli High School after school on the following dates:

ACT--Monday and Tuesday, August 27 and 28 from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102

PSAT/SAT--Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11 from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102. Click here for more information.

During the test prep seminar, students will:

  • Learn tips for improvement in all subtests
  • Practice strategies to eliminate wrong answer choices
  • Take shortened practice tests that mirror the actual testing experience
  • Prepare to write a well-organized, persuasive essay
  • Reduce test anxiety and gain confidence
  • Receive a comprehensive Study Guide and 6 practice-test workouts per subtest

The cost to attend is $95 per two-day session. Students may register for ACT sessions here.

Students may register for the PSAT/SAT sessions here.) (Cost is also $95 per two-day session).

EARLY DISMISSAL FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH

In the student’s Rebel Day Planner, the early dismissal days are printed on that date. Usually, the early dismissal date is the first Thursday of each month. This past week it was on Thursday due to the Back to School Night event. Please have your student look at their planner to confirm the early dismissal dates. The next early dismissal date is Thursday, September 6th, at 2 PM.

GRANDPARENT’S DAY INVITATIONS

Grandparent's Day Image We will celebrate our annual Grandparents Day liturgy on Friday, October 12. A reminder that due to space limitations only grandparents of sophomore, junior and senior students are invited to this celebration. If you have a sophomore, junior and/or senior student and would like their grandparents to receive an invitation please contact Lora Mascari in the president’s office at 787-8277, extension 231. Please know if you have a junior or senior student at RHS and their grandparents were invited last year they will receive an invitation this year automatically.

SENIORS MAKE-UP PORTRAIT

Seniors who did not take their official senior portrait during their summer appointment time or on the first day of school can call Prestige at (317) 564-2592 and schedule an appointment at the Carmel Studio.

INDIANA CHOICE STATE VOUCHER STATUS

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.

NUTRITION & WELLNESS CLASS ITEMS NEEDED

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.

AFTER SCHOOL MEAL ORDER FORM

If your group or team needs to order a meal for after school, please use this form and turn it into Lani Cummings in the Roncalli Cafe along with payment.

MOMS IN PRAYER - BEGINS SEPT. 5th

All women (not just moms) are invited to join the Moms In Prayer group for one hour of prayer each Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 AM in the Sacred Heart Chapel at RHS. Please consider joining us for an awesome hour of prayer each week! If you cannot join us each week please come when you can. For more information please contact Donna Williams.

KROGER RONCALLI REWARDS - CHANGES TO PROGRAM

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 www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Roncalli’s identifying number is AS409 (new number).

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!

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.

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.

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 every day (Rahke Road & Railroad Road - Southern Oaks Neighborhood, just West of Perry Meridian High School)
  8. Rideshare when needed (meet @ intersection of Southport & 37)
  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.)
  14. Need ride home every other week (Sherman & Stop 11)
  15. Needs ride home from school most days (Edgewood & Emerson)
  16. Needs ride home from school everyday (Keystone & Edgewood)
  17. Needs ride home from school everyday (Edgewood & Emerson)
  18. Needs ride to school daily (Combs & Shelbyville Rd (Bunker Hill Neighborhood))
  19. Needs ride to and from school (31 & Worthsville Rd)
  20. Needs ride home from school (Stop 11 & Bluff Road)
  21. Needs ride home from school daily (US 31 & Smith Valley)

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (OPT IN NECESSARY FOR TEXT MESSAGE)

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.

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.

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!

INDY JUNIOR REBELS LACROSSE

This fall, Indy Junior Rebels Lacrosse (Roncalli Lacrosse’s feeder program) will be hosting the first ever southside Fall league! Registration is open and will close on August 31st. Visit jrrebellax.com for the registration.

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.

Online registration at jrrebellax.com is open and will close August 31st. Please call, text, or email Julie Aldrich with any questions, 317-496-7339 SPREAD THE WORD AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! OPEN TO ANYONE!

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. 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

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the family of Alberta Grote, who passed away last week. She’s the grandmother of Luke (‘16) and Ben (‘20) Pohovey.
  • 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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