RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - November 9, 2018

RONCALLI PLACEMENT TEST FOR 8TH GRADERS & PARENT INFORMATION MEETING - THIS SATURDAY

Applications Open November 10th

Roncalli High School will offer its High School Placement Test for all eighth graders interested in attending RHS next school year on Saturday, November 10 from 8:00 AM until 11:15 AM. Click here to learn more.

This test, which is required for an incoming freshman student, is not an entrance test but rather a placement test. It assists the student and his/her family and the school when scheduling the student into classes next February/March. Please pass the word along to family members, neighbors, friends, fellow church friends and co-workers if they have an eighth grader. There is a $10 charge for the test and no pre-registration is necessary. The student simply needs to be at RHS by 7:45 AM Saturday morning. Please email Ms. Lynn Starkey, Co-Director of Guidance with any questions or call 317-787-8277, extension 234.

++PARENTS Roncalli also will be holding an admissions information session the morning of the High School Placement Exam from 10:00 –11:15 AM in the school’s auditorium. Parents of the students taking the placement exam are encouraged to be in attendance. The admissions process, the financial aid program and the registration process will be covered at this meeting.

RONCALLI SPIRIT STORE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE - THIS SATURDAY

The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in the Roncalli cafeteria from 9 AM to 1 PM. We will have fantastic new merchandise updated with the latest trends and styles for everyone on your Christmas shopping list: Moms and Dads, Grandparents, students, future students, little siblings and even your pets. We have non-apparel gift ideas you won’t want to miss. If you’re a parent of an eighth grader, shop with us while your student takes the Roncalli placement exam. For more information, please email Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store or 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale!

NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM SCHOLARS

Jacob Perez, Cole Stevenson and Olivia Moreno

Left to right: Jacob Perez, Cole Stevenson and Olivia Moreno Congratulations to our three seniors Jacob Perez, Olivia Moreno and Cole Stevenson who are National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) scholars! These students scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in their region. Being NHRP scholars will enable these students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities.

"We are super happy for and proud of Jacob, Olivia and Cole. This is a great honor and speaks to their years of hard work in the classroom. We also are very grateful for their respective grade schools for the great job they did in preparing them for this type of success. Our Latino students continue to excel in and out of the classroom and are a wonderful blessing to our school and community," said Chuck Weisenbach.

2018 FALL HONOR TEAM

Congratulations to this year’s Fall Honor Team! How students are chosen and honored for their specific distinctions: All-Conference - voted on by conference coaches, All-Marion County - voted on by Marion County School Coaches, All-Sectional - placing as an individual at IHSAA sectional, All-Regional - placing as an individual at IHSAA regional, Academic All-State - based on GPA criteria for each sport, and All-State - voted on by media. Rebel athletes, we are proud of you!

ACT SUPER STARS

Congratulations to our ACT superstars who scored the highest possible score on their ACT tests.

On the Reading portion of the ACT:

Katherine Minton
Katherine Minton
Miriam Maddox
Miriam Maddox
Kate McNulty
Kate McNulty
Kaylee Tenbarge
Kaylee Tenbarge
Ryan Flick
Ryan Flick
Walter Colvin
Walter Colvin

On the Reading and English portion of the ACT:

Emily Wray
Emily Wray

On the Reading & Science portion of the ACT:

Athena Florence Tadas
Athena Florence Tadas

On the Science portion of the ACT:

Joseph Schubach
Joseph Schubach

On the Math & English portion of the ACT:

Daniel Woodruff
Daniel Woodruff

On the English portion of the ACT:

Nicholas Susemichel
Nicholas Susemichel

ENCOURAGE

Roncalli High School is excited to offer a new program, Encourage, that promotes a positive environment and safe space for students who experience same-sex attractions and those questioning their sexual identity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that people with same-sex attractions “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” (CCC 2358). Using Jesus Christ as our model and the teachings of the Church as our foundation, this group strives to accompany students as they seek “to fulfill God’s will in their lives” (CCC 2358). Meetings in this group involve service projects, team building, brain-breaks, guest speakers, and affirmation activities. This group will meet once a month during the school year and be led by the Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich. He will work with and seek guidance from the Chaplain of Roncalli, a teacher from the Theology Department and a member from the Guidance Department.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Attention Freshman Parents On Monday, your child listened to a presentation about Mental Health Awareness. Part of this presentation included an introduction to "The Lights," Roncalli's system of helping our students, faculty and staff identify students in crisis. The link to the presentation is below. Please take a few minutes to view the presentation and have a conversation with your child about their own emotional health. If you have concerns about your child or their peers' emotional health, please contact your child's School Counselor or Roncalli Social Worker, Kelley Fisher.

HONORS ECON COMMUNITY POVERTY SIMULATION

Poverty Simulation

On Monday, Ms. Strader’s Honors Econ students participated in a community poverty simulation where they truly experienced walking in someone else’s shoes. In Indiana, the poverty rate is just over 14% compared to the national level of 12.7%. Students became increasingly aware of the struggles and barriers families face on a weekly basis just to put food on the table.

13TH ANNUAL RONCALLI BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL SKILLS CLINIC - WALK-INS WELCOME

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: Roncalli High School Gymnasium
Times:

  • Grades 7 and 8 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (8th Grade Parents - This is the day of the Placement Test. The test will be over by 11:30 AM. Please send lunch with your son. They will have time to eat before the Skills Clinic. You won’t have to pick them up until 1:30!)
  • Grades 4, 5, and 6 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Grades K, 1, 2, and 3 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $20 per player

Spend part of your Saturday with the Roncalli Rebel players and coaches! We will take this 90 minute session to work with each camper’s skills and get him ready for another exciting basketball season! Please email Coach Wantz with questions or call him at 787-8277 x 206.

THANKS TO ALL FOR A SAFE, SUCCESSFUL WALKATHON!

2018 Walkathon

We enjoyed a cool but safe Walkathon last Friday!

A huge thanks to our students and families for their tremendous support of the 2018 Walkathon! Through the hard work and generosity of so many, we were able to raise over $91,000. All proceeds go to support our tuition assistance program. Congratulations to the freshman class who had the highest level of participation at 94%!

Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered to assist with the walk. Your help is greatly appreciated. We could not pull off a walkathon with over 1300 folks participating without your help. Also, thank you to all who prayed for the safety and success of this year’s Walkathon – your support is greatly appreciated!

All proceeds from the Walkathon go to support tuition assistance for our students and families. Thanks again for making this year’s walk so successful and allowing us to assist so many Rebel students and families.

SHADOW VISITS

Shadow Visits

These past two weeks, we finished our South Deanery shadow visits by welcoming St. Mark, St. Barnabas and OLG to Roncalli! We are excited to see all of these Future Rebels here with us next year as they take their next steps to become part of the Roncalli Family.

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE

As many of you know, Bob Tully has led us in a longstanding tradition of November Remembrance. During the month of November, the Catholic Church remembers and prays for all the faithful departed in a special way. Throughout this month, we would like to continue our custom of offering special prayers for all of our deceased alumni, as well as deceased family members and friends of the Roncalli community. We invite you to submit to us the names of your deceased relatives and friends. We will place these names at the base of the Sacred Heart window in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart so we can remember them in our prayers at Masses throughout the month of November.

Please feel free to contact Jeff Traylor to submit the names of those who you would like remembered.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR MILITARY MEN & WOMEN - WE NEED NAMES!

Each year the Roncalli High School World Language Department works together to send out Christmas cards to military personnel deployed around the world. We are asking our students, parents, staff, and community to send us any addresses of military people that they know. This marks the 28th year that our World Languages department has done this project at Christmas time!

Please email names and addresses to Sara Buente (World Languages Department Chairperson). We will be writing the cards the week of December 3-7.

TEAM PICTURE DAY 11/13

Next Tuesday, November 13th beginning at 3:15 PM. Click here to order online.

“GUYS AND DOLLS” TICKETS AVAILABLE

Guys and Dolls

Tickets for the upcoming musical, “Guys and Dolls” are now available. Shows are on November 15 at 7:00 PM, November 16 at 6:00 PM and November 17 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. We will be using an online ticketing system for this production. The new system, Booktix, will allow us to sell tickets online right up until the start of each show. In addition, you will now be able to choose your own seat! Tickets can be purchased at roncalli.booktix.com. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Remember to print off your tickets and bring them with you to the show. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the auditorium. VIP card holders will need to contact Miki Lewinski or 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for your promo code to access your free tickets.

JOIN US FOR A FRENCH MASS!

French Club will be attending a French mass at St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 PM. This mass in French is offered every second Sunday of the month. Everyone is invited to come! A bus will be leaving Roncalli at noon if you would like to join us. The address of the church is 4625 N. Kenwood Avenue if you would like to meet us there.

RONCALLI GIRLS LACROSSE FUNDRAISER

Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser

Grils lacrosse is hosting a dine out night at Moe's Southwest Grill November 9th from 4-9 PM at 7853 US 31 South. The team gets 25% back carry out or dine in when you present the attached flier (print or show the picture on your phone).

RONCALLI 50TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT

Roncalli 50th Shirt

Did you forget to order your 50th anniversary t-shirt? We have a very limited supply of short and long sleeve shirts - in both youth and adult sizes - leftover from our last order. This will be your last chance to get this commemorative shirt. Price is $20. Please email Tina Hayes or call (317)787-8277, extension 239 if you would like one!

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Bob Tully as he recovers from a second surgery.
  • 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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