RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - December 7, 2018

SENIOR MASS

Senior Mass 2018

Last week, our seniors attended a Mass at St. Malachy Parish celebrated with Archbishop Thompson.

ACT SUPER STARS

Congratulations to our ACT superstars who scored the highest possible score on their ACT tests. The following students scored a 36 on the October ACT:

Ellie Murphy
Ellie Murphy R'20 - Science
Kate McNulty
Kate McNulty R'19 - Reading
Savannah Morrall
Savannah Morrall R'20 - Reading

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!

EXAM SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 19-21

First semester exams are scheduled for December 19-21 according to the schedule below. School will be dismissed at 12:20 on Wednesday and Thursday. Teachers are required to be available for students on each of these days until 1:15 PM to answer questions or provide study sessions. School will be dismissed at 11:00 on Friday, December 21.

  • Wednesday, December 19 - Exams in Periods 1, 3, 5
  • Thursday, December 20 - Exams in Periods 2, 4, 6
  • Friday, December 21- Exams in Periods 7 & 8

Students will not be required to be in attendance at school during their lunch period (period 5 or 6) on Wednesday and Thursday.

LUGAR SYMPOSIUM FOR TOMORROW’S LEADERS

Andrew Burgan
Andrew Burgan
Savannah Morrall
Savannah Morrall
Kainoa Wisler
Kainoa Wisler

Congratulations go out to juniors Andrew Burgan, Savannah Morrall and Kainoa Wisler, as they have been selected to attend the 2018 Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Each year the Lugar Symposium is held to bring together leaders from high schools across Indiana. This Saturday, December 8, Andrew, Savannah, and Kai will attend the symposium with nearly 500 other students from around the state at the University of Indianapolis.

At the symposium, the students will choose to attend sessions offered on the following topics: "Resident Aliens: Immigrants and Refugees in the US and Abroad," "Learning from 2018 and Looking to 2020: The State of American Politics," “North Korea and Nukes: Is there a Solution?," "US Leadership in the World," and "#MeToo: Politics and Social Movements." In addition to attending the sessions, these students will get to hear from Senator Richard Lugar, as well as meet other leaders from around the state. Congratulations!

PREPARE FOR ADVENT WITH RONCALLI

Advent Season

We as a school have entered 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."

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.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Christmas Concert - Choir

Tickets for Christmas concerts are available. 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.

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.

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.

RHS SOFTBALL OFFERS WINTER “SKILL DEVELOPMENT” CLINIC - ALL 1ST - 8TH GRADERS WELCOME!!

The Roncalli Rebel softball program will hold their annual Winter Skills Clinic on December 27-28 in the Bubble Gym. The clinic will run from 9:00 - 10:30 AM for 1st - 4th grades, and 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM for 5th - 8th grades. All are welcome! Cost for the clinic is $40. We will cover hitting instruction, throwing instruction, defensive drills, and ball handling drills. And of course, all in attendance will receive a special Christmas "goody bag.”

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MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Roncalli Pro Life Club

We are excited to announce that the Roncalli Pro-Life Club will be sponsoring a trip to attend this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The group will will leave from Our Lady of the Greenwood on Thursday evening, January 17th and return on Sunday morning, January 20th. We will be traveling by charter buses along with Our Lady of the Greenwood and St. Joseph's parish in Shelbyville. The cost of the trip will be $150 and will include all but three meals. If interested, contact Ms. Reuter or Mr. Traylor. Parents are welcome to attend as well! Please contact us for further details.

"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.

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.

LIVE STREAM VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL

Varsity Boys Basketball Stream

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.

GIRLS LACROSSE DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER

Portillo’s for Good Fundraiser. Bring in this flyer or show it on your smartphone and 20% of the proceeds will benefit the girls lacrosse team. Dec. 12, 5 - 8 PM, Portillo’s located at 8150 US-31, Indianapolis, IN 46227

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Girls LAX Fundraiser

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.

Circle of Faith Annual Fund

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter 2018

PLEASE PRAY

  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
  • For God’s abundant blessings upon our school’s 2018 Toy Drive in hopes we bring Christmas Cheer to hundreds of little kids that otherwise might not have any!
  • 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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