RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - November 30, 2018

PREPARE FOR ADVENT WITH RONCALLI

Advent Season

As the Advent Season approaches, we as a school enter a time of preparation, along with the Church as a whole, for the coming of our Savior. The Student Council has teamed up with Campus Ministry to help prepare for this season. Each class has taken a week leading up to our break and used a theme to shape some activities to help focus us on this time of preparation. The themes will be Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.

Please join us in this Advent season as we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior. Keep these themes of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love on your minds and in your prayers through this season. Click here to access scriptures and prayers for each week, as well as what we're doing in the halls of Roncalli. We should all work to prepare, as Matthew 24:44 tells us "So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

LIVE STREAM VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL

Live Stream: Basketball Game

If you can’t make it to the Varsity Boys Basketball game this Friday night, catch the live video stream of the game starting at 7:15 PM.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Christmas Concert - Choir

Tickets for Christmas concerts are available. The Instrumental concert is December 4 at 7:00. It will feature the Concert band, Jazz band and Orchestra. The Choral concert is scheduled for December 11. The Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Mixed choir and Show choir will perform at the 6:00 show. The 8:00 show will feature the Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Women's choir and Show choir.

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We will be using the online ticketing system for these concerts. The new system, Booktix, will allow us to sell tickets online right up until the start of each concert. In addition, you will now be able to choose your own seats! 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 email Miki Lewinski or call 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for a special promo code to access your free tickets.

WAY TO GO RONCALLI!

Thank you, Roncalli community! You’ve shown great cooperation these past few weeks as we have adapted to new traffic patterns. Everyone has done a dynamite job!

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE - NEXT FRIDAY

Roncalli High School chaplain, Fr. Dave Marcotte, has set up our annual Advent Penance Service for our students to be held on Friday, December 7. Fr. Dave will be joined by priests from throughout the South Deanery who will be on hand to hear the confessions of students who wish to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation. A word of encouragement from mom and dad to your child to participate might be beneficial.

MOMS IN PRAYER @ RONCALLI

Please join us on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in prayer for our children, our own and the students of Roncalli, along with all faculty and staff. We meet in the chapel. Just off the main entrance of the school.

Please come pray with us during this Advent season. Any questions contact Donna Williams.

THURSDAY - EARLY DISMISSAL

Roncalli High School will dismiss at 2:00 PM next Thursday, December 6, so teachers can participate in department meetings.

RONCALLI’S STARS PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!

Each semester STARS students use accommodations on over 450 exams. This only happens with your help! Please consider serving as a proctor, reader or scribe. This semester, finals will take place Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Thursday, Dec. 20th, and Friday, Dec. 21st. Volunteer by following this link. Thank you!

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST

Major Crossroads: Thompson & 5 Points. Will pay gas money. Email Mrs. Baker or call 317-787-8277 if interested.

SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

On Monday, December 3, all current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will receive preliminary scheduling materials for the 2019-20 school year, including new course information, prerequisites, a tentative master schedule, and applications for AP classes, or 8 period day. Students are asked to bring these materials home so that students and parents can discuss next year's coursework now. If/When students have course conflicts (using the tentative master schedule), be sure to alert your counselor immediately. It is best for students to reach out to their counselor before Christmas break if they have any questions regarding the process.

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We encourage all parents to use this time as an opportunity to discuss course selection with their child as well as possible college and career interests as they can impact course selection decisions. A reminder that most colleges/universities list as their top admission priority that students take the most challenging, rigorous coursework within their range, and that the student then perform well within that coursework.

We thank you for being an active participant in your student’s scheduling process. As always, contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

HUNGER AWARENESS LUNCH

Thanks to all of the students, faculty and staff who participated in last Wednesday's Hunger Awareness Lunch. As a school, we raised $1,843.65, which will be donated to the St. Anthony & Holy Trinity Food Pantry as well as the Providence Cristo Rey High School Food Pantry.

RONCALLI CAFETERIA SERVES BREAKFAST

Every morning in the cafeteria from 6:50 AM till 7:25 the Roncalli cafeteria offers many breakfast choices. The cost of a breakfast is $2.00. If students are entitled to a free or reduced breakfast than those breakfasts are either free or $.30.

BREAKFAST AVAILABLE DURING FINALS WEEK

The cafeteria will be offering breakfast December 19th, 20th, and 21st. We will not be serving lunch those days.

TOY DRIVE

Toy Drive

Now through December 13th, Roncalli is partnering with Anna’s House and the Lord’s Pantry for our annual Roncalli Toy Drive. This toy drive gives us an incredible opportunity to serve two very special communities in the neighborhoods of Stringtown and Haughville and the families served by the St. Vincent’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

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Mr. Tully has always helped drive the success of our Toy Drive with his incredible personality and motivational techniques. With him still recovering and getting better by the day, we would love to pay tribute to him by having an incredible showing this year and bringing in tons of toys to help serve the impoverished communities that are served by Anna’s House and the Lord’s Pantry. Students have been asked, in their Religious Studies classes, to reflect on our drive with their families and discuss how they can best serve and support this drive. Please consider a gift of toys or new or gently used children's books. Any contribution, including a prayerful one, will not go unnoticed.

Another option to participate is in the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital Giving Tree program. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to support a great partner that we have in St. Vincent's Hospital and a very easy way to donate!

SENIOR PORTRAITS

Senior Portraits

Seniors who have not taken their official senior portrait with Prestige can call (317)564-2592 Tuesday-Friday 2 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM -5 PM to schedule an appointment. If a senior has not taken their portrait with Prestige they will not be included in the class composite picture. Please contact Kevin Banich if you have any questions.

CENTRAL NINE OPEN HOUSE - THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 5 - 8 PM

Central Nine

Did you know Central 9 Career Center offers programs geared to prepare students for certain college majors, Technical Honors Diplomas, and certifications for a variety of careers? They offer programs in aviation, computer technology, construction trades, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childhood education, dental careers, health sciences, HVAC, landscape/horticulture, precision machinery, protective services, transportation, veterinary, visual communications, welding and more.

Plan to attend the Central 9 Open House Thursday, December 6 from 5 to 8 at 1999 US 31 South. Although these programs are geared toward Juniors and Seniors, it is never too early to explore!

To find out more, visit www.central9.k12.in.us/ Or watch the video below:

"APRIL IN PARIS, RENDEZVOUS REBELATION" VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 27, 2019

We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan "April in Paris, Rendezvous Rebelation." Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night consists of food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun. If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Jeen Endris.

SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAY INFORMATION - PARENTS ALWAYS HAVE FINAL SAY

When weather or emergency conditions warrant a cancellation of school or a delayed start to school, the fastest, most accurate way to access this information is via the school’s website at www.roncalli.org. Once a decision to close or delay has been made, the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s website. A phone call (or text message if you signed up for the text message) will go out to parents. We will then call the four major television stations in Indianapolis.

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The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families, faculty and staff live stretches from Carmel (north) to Danville (west) to Shelbyville/Greenfield (east/southeast) to Bargersville (south). We attempt to take all of this into consideration when determining whether or not to delay or close. That can be challenging as the weather conditions can vary significantly in the areas mentioned above. Parents, please know that it is always your decision as to whether or not your child can travel safely to school. If the conditions in your general area are such that you deem it unsafe for them to travel, they will not be penalized for their absence.

RHS & UINDY CONTINUE SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERSHIP

Roncalli High School is delighted to continue the scholarship partnership with the University of Indianapolis that will result in UIndy offering eight UIndy/RHS scholarships that will range in value from $14,000 to full tuition. It is important to note that these eight scholarships are available only to RHS graduates. There will be special priority given to students majoring in Engineering, Education or students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service or students who intend to pursue a career in church ministry work.

Roncalli students will be automatically considered for this scholarship just by applying to UIndy by February 1, 2019. Other requirements can be found on the Guidance BLAST here.

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.

“SHAVE-FREE” NOVEMBER - FROM ST. VINCENT ASCENSION

St. Vincent Screen Now Shave Later

How is your “shave-free” November progressing? The month is quickly coming to an end. Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to schedule one or more medical screenings. Receiving the right screening at the right time is a great way to remain healthy. Before you have any symptoms, screenings may find diseases early… when they’re easier to treat.

With all of the advancements in medicine, you would think taking care of your health would be at the top of your list. Yet the excuses for why men don’t take care of themselves persist. Below are a few of the top reasons men put off seeing a provider, according to the American Heart Association.

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  • "I don’t have a provider."

The first step toward staying healthy is finding a provider you trust. Visit getstvincentcare.com to find a provider near you. You can also share this information with family and friends who don't have a provider.

  • "There’s probably nothing wrong."

You may be right, but it's better to have peace of mind. Some serious diseases don’t have symptoms. High blood pressure is one, and it can cause heart attack and stroke. (That’s why it's called "the silent killer.") High cholesterol and diabetes are other often symptomless conditions. Finding a health problem early can make a huge difference in the quality and length of your life.

  • "I don’t have time."

Yes, your day-to-day schedule is very busy, but an annual physical is only about one hour of time in your entire year. This could be an important hour!

  • "I don’t want to hear what I might be told."

Maybe you smoke, drink too much or have put on a little weight. Even so, your provider is there to help you. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your health.

  • "I’ve got probe-a-phobia."

Prostate cancer exams are recommended beginning between ages 40 and 50, depending on your family history and risk level. Please consult with your provider. This is only one small portion of a physical. Don’t let ten seconds of an "uncomfortable" exam stop you from receiving all the benefits of an annual physical.

  • "I’d rather tough it out."

If professional athletes can play when they are hurt and sacrifice themselves for the team, you ought to be able to suck it up... right? Wrong! The Game of Life is about staying healthy for a lifetime.

  • "My significant other has been nagging me to get a checkup."

OK, so you don’t want to give in, but isn’t it POSSIBLE you could be wrong? Give in on this one. See your provider.

Schedule one or more screenings and take full advantage of your healthcare benefits before December 31... what a great opportunity to use any funds remaining in your HSA/HRA/FSA account!

ST. JOHN’S CHRISTKINDL VILLAGE

Christkindl Village

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indy is hosting the seventh annual Christkindl Village on December 14-16. The Christkindl Village is located at St. John Catholic Church (126 W Georgia Street, Indianapolis) on the West block of Georgia Street, in St. John’s parking lot and in the old Pan Am Ice Rink on Georgia Street.

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At the festival, there will be a live animal nativity, alpine slide for kids and adults, selfies with St. Nick, kids activities including ornament making, great German foods, beer and gluhwein garden, and hand crafted gifts from market vendors. There are also special events all weekend long including Sacred Music Festivals on Friday and Saturday Evening, Indiana Wine Tasting Friday Evening, Eucharistic Procession on Saturday evening, Christmas Trivia Saturday Evening and Family Day on Sunday with special events for kids. To learn more visit: www.stjohnsindy.org/village.

All are welcome! Admission is free and open to the public. Activities are indoors or inside heated tents, come out and enjoy authentic Christmas traditions December 14-16 in Downtown Indy.

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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