RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 7, 2018

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

2018 Roncalli Canned Food Drive

This year's Canned Food Drive has been an overwhelming success! Thank you to all in the Roncalli community who supported this year's revamped Canned Food Drive. Over the course of one week, 1,078 students and staff donated 7,014 cans and $29,959! Including the money, this totals the equivalent of 66,932 cans! We DOUBLED last year's participation and donation totals! These donations will be distributed to local food pantries that serve the Indianapolis community.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our annual blood drive, scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 from 2:00-8:00 PM. More info coming soon.

CONGRATULATIONS TO RONCALLI’S GIRLS GOLF TEAM

2018 Roncalli Girls Golf

Pictured from left are: Ashlyn Streicher, Kathleen Doninger, Morgan Clifford, Kathleen Ameis and Coach John Stelzel. Not pictured are Sydney Clifford and Coach Greg White

The Roncalli Girls Golf Team finished with their best team score this season placing them 2nd out of 15 teams in the Marion County Golf Tournament. Kathleen Ameis placed 2nd individually with a score of 83. We are proud of you, Rebels!

CONGRATULATIONS ALL-STATE CHOIR MEMBERS

Maggie Schoening
Maggie Schoening
Emily Wray
Emily Wray
Katie Minton
Katie Minton
Levi Ralston
Levi Ralston
Chris Figueroa
Chris Figueroa

Auditions for the Indiana All-State Choir were held this week at North Central High School and other schools throughout the state. Five of our Roncalli students made it! They will perform with the All-State choir at a conference in January.

RHS OFFERS MARINE BIOLOGY SUMMER COURSE IN HAWAII

2018 Hawaii Trip

Aloha! Roncalli will be headed back to Hawaii for a two week Marine Biology Course in the Summer of 2019. 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. Students do receive credit for this class. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Rose.

“IT’S THE GREAT WALKATHON, CHARLIE BROWN!”

2018 Walkathon

This year’s Walkathon theme is “It’s the Great Walkathon, Charlie Brown!”

We are asking students to submit their creative t-shirt design ideas for a chance to win $50! If you have an artistic student, encourage them to submit artwork for the official t-shirt by Monday, September 10 at 4 PM. Questions can be directed to Jeen Endris in the Advancement Office.

Calling for parent volunteers to help with the Walkathon. Please email Jeen Endris if you’d like to get involved.

This year’s Walkathon is Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween! (the rain date is scheduled for November 2nd) The 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.

PAID DRIVER NEEDED

A Roncalli student needs daily transportation to the Indiana School for the Deaf. The position is Monday through Friday. Pick up at 11 AM from Roncalli and drop off at ISD by 11:30 AM. The family will pay $80 a week and would prefer a female driver. If interested please contact Keri Moore at 317-709-5430.

HALFWAY THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER

The first quarter’s midway point is this Friday, September 7, 2018. This is a great time to check on your child’s course percentages. With a parent Canvas account, a “View Grades” link displays each course grade. Canvas provides parent access on literally any device! Click here to learn more.

Mid Quarter Grades

Before you begin setting up your parent Canvas account, ask your child for a pairing code. It is accessed within the student’s profile, under settings. The code, valid for 24 hours, is generated immediately upon clicking the words, Pair with Observer.

MOMS IN PRAYER - NEW EARLIER TIME

All women (not just moms) are invited to join the Moms In Prayer group for one hour of prayer each Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30 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.

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 ensure 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. Click here to learn more.

There have been four opportunities for parents to attend. The remaining date is 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, at 787-8277, extension 224.

STUDENTS WANTED FOR ECUADORIAN ADVENTURE 2019

ECUADORIAN ADVENTURE 2019

This Spring Break, the Spanish department is departing for eight days on an exciting, adventure based itinerary, and YOU are invited! The trip will take place March 22-29. The current cost is $3,558 and includes everything except lunch money and money for souvenirs. Those who sign up by October 1st will receive a $300 discount! All who are interested, please contact Sara Buente for more information.

Come explore Ecuador with us!

NOTRE DAME NIGHT 9/13

Mark your calendars for Notre Dame Night here at Roncalli on Thursday, September 13 beginning at 7 PM in the auditorium. Chris Perkins, our admissions rep from the University of Notre Dame, will be here to share information with families about admission and financial aid, campus life, and many other details that you don't want to miss. Please see Mrs. Meyer with questions!

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (OPT IN NECESSARY FOR TEXT MESSAGE)

Parents of freshman and other students new to Roncalli must "opt-in" to our School Messenger system in order to receive urgent notifications via text message from RHS. This would include notification of weather-related delays or cancellations, or any other time-sensitive situation that the school needed to communicate to you. Parents are automatically registered to receive emails and phone calls -- this additional step is required only to receive text messages.

To register your number, text "Y" (for "yes") to 67587. You should receive a response that says you are registered.

Parents who have changed their mobile phone number in the last year must also go through the opt-in process to receive mobile calls and texts. Please contact Linda Simpkins should you have any questions.

REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR DOORWAY TO COLLEGE ZAPS PSAT/SAT

The Doorway to College ZAPS PSAT/SAT seminar will be held next Monday, September 10th and Tuesday, September 11th from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102 at Roncalli. Registration is still open here. Please see Mrs. Meyer with any questions!

COLLEGE REP VISITS TO RONCALLI

Beginning this past week, college admissions reps began to visit Roncalli during the school day. As of now, at least sixty-five representatives from different colleges and universities have signed up to visit during the school day between now and November 1. Sophomores are allowed one of these school day visits and juniors and seniors are allowed unlimited visits. Please note that each visit has a maximum number of students allowed per visit and that once that maximum is reached, no other students will be able to join. Students must also register for these through Naviance by 7:30 AM the day before the visit, no late registrations will be accepted. Check the Guidance BLAST here or Naviance for an up-to-date listing of the reps scheduled to visit!

RHS YARD SIGNS

Roncalli Yard Signs

Show your RHS Spirit by displaying at your home and/or place of business one of the brand new, spiffy 2018 RHS Yard Signs. The signs are free and may be picked up by the main entrance to the stadium! Thanks to all RHS families who participate in our yard sign campaign - your help in promoting Roncalli is much appreciated.

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!

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Terese Carson, Roncalli’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who is in the hospital in the Cardiac Unit.
  • For the 3 week old granddaughter of Ron Spoonamore (a member of our facility and maintenance crew) who has been hospitalized for 2 weeks with a blood infection.
  • For Mr. Tully, Vice President of Mission and Ministry, who had heart surgery last week.
  • 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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