RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 11, 2019

CHILI SUPPER - RONCALLI PARENTS ORGANIZATION - JANUARY 18TH

Chili Supper

The Roncalli Parents Organization (RPO) invites you to join us on Friday, January 18th between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria for a delicious meal. We will be serving chili, hot dogs, dessert and a beverage for only $5/person. After dinner, cheer on your Rebels Boys' Basketball team as they take on New Palestine.

We are in need of student and parent volunteers and several donations to make the event a success. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the event, please sign up by clicking here.

GYM JAM

The Roncalli Parents Organization (RPO) is sponsoring GYM JAM in the bubble gym immediately following the basketball boys basketball home varsity game on Friday, January 18. It is open to all RHS freshmen and sophomores and will last from after the boys’ game until 10:30 PM. Guests from other schools will not be allowed for this event.

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GYM JAM II will have free pizza, basketball, volleyball, music and areas to just hang out. This is a great social opportunity for our freshmen and sophomores. Previous Gym Jams have had nearly 100 students attend. Please encourage your teen to take advantage of this fun event!

The RPO seeks to provide safe opportunities for RHS students to have fun without exposure to negative pressures. We appreciate their making this opportunity available for our students.

SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS

The Mousetrap

Auditions for the spring play, “The Mousetrap,”’ will be held will be held Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23. Audition forms, tech forms and audition sign up sheets will be available January 15 outside the box office. Completed tech forms are due on January 24 by 3:00 PM.

LOOK FOR REPORT CARDS

Report cards were distributed to students in their eighth period class on Wednesday, January 9. Should you have any questions about a grade, please contact the classroom teacher first. Should questions still exist after that communication, please contact Mrs. Kathy Arruda, the Assistant Principal for Academics.

KICKOFF TO 2019-2020 SCHEDULING

The Guidance Department kicked off the 2019-2020 scheduling season on Monday, January 7th with presentations to all Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. Scheduling documents including Advance Placement, 8 Classes, Student Media (Newspaper/Yearbook), and Central 9 Career Center applications are available online at www.roncalliregistration.org and are due Friday, January 11th. Please review the scheduling packet that was sent home with your child on Monday and continue to discuss your student’s interests as they carefully consider which courses to enroll next year.

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During this presentation students received the proposed Master Schedule for the 2019-20 school year, this includes a listing of which period all classes will be offered. They were reminded to check that they meet the prerequisites for the courses they choose. Each student should determine if the courses they wish to take work without conflict on the Master Schedule. If the courses they are hoping to take do not fit on the Master Schedule, your student should see their counselor immediately so that adjustments can be made.

In order for your student to submit their online course request on January 26th, they must first register for next school year and pay the $100 registration fee. Registration is now open.

For scheduling questions, please ask your student to contact their counselor (via email, or stopping by the Guidance Center).

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SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS: FREE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–18 in the Central Indiana area are sponsored* by the Rotary Clubs in their community to attend the camp. Roncalli is able to select two students to attend this camp, and also designate a student as an alternate.

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The purpose of the program is to recognize young people who have demonstrated leadership skills or show the potential to be leaders, and provide them with an opportunity to explore and further develop these skills with other with similar capabilities. During the three-day conference from March 15-17, 2019, held at Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, IN, participants will:

  • Explore their own style and strengths
  • Learn skills that will enable them to be aware of and to address community needs
  • Interact with adult role models who are active in their professions and community
  • Develop and learn leadership skills
  • Have a lot of fun!

*ALL COSTS OF THIS CAMP ARE COVERED BY THE ROTARY, so it is completely free to our students. Transportation to and from the camp will also be provided by the Rotary Club!

Interested students should please see Mrs. Meyer in the media center to request an application. Although the application is fairly short, it is due to her no later than next Wednesday, January 16.

DOORWAY TO COLLEGE ZAPS ACT AND SAT SEMINARS

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

ACT--Wednesday and Thursday, January 23 and 24 from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102

PSAT/SAT--Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21 from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102

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
  • Reduce test anxiety and gain confidence
  • Receive a comprehensive Study Guide and 6 practice-test workouts per subtest
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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).

DRIVER EDUCATION INFORMATION FOR 2019

Roncalli High School is one of only a handful of high schools in the entire Indianapolis area that offers students a high quality Driver Education program. The required 30 hours of classroom time are offered in two different formats next spring and/or summer. The required six hours of behind the wheel driving takes place during the month of June. Registration materials will not be distributed until February. We are limiting spots this year. We will be able to accommodate the first 82 students who sign up. To access more information on the Driver Education program that will be available to students in 2019.

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GIRLS LACROSSE FUNDRAISER - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH

Girls LAX Fundraiser

Please help support the Roncalli Girls Lacrosse and eat at Jaggers on January 16th from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM dine in or carry out. You can either print the flyer or just show a picture from your phone! Thanks for your support!

FRANCE TRIP SPRING BREAK 2020

Would you like to attend a cooking class in Paris to learn how to make Macarons? Tour a French Chocolate Factory and taste free samples? See the historical sites of Paris, Versailles and the French Riviera? Then, sign up for this educational trip Spring Break 2020.

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The French Department is delighted to offer an opportunity to experience an Adventure of a Lifetime, March 26 to April 3, 2020. We will explore Paris, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, tour the Louvre, see the Mona Lisa, take a boat ride down the Seine River, visit the historic Palace of Versailles, and tour extensively in the French Riviera, from Nice to Monaco.

If interested, please attend the Informational Meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm in the French room 012. Or contact Ms. Denise Joseph for more information.

PRE-ORDER THE 2018-19 YEARBOOK

The 2018-19 yearbook is now available for pre-order, and what a great it would be for your Roncalli student! Go to yearbookforever.com to order online. If you prefer a paper order, those are available in the main office or in room 109. Yearbooks are $60 until February 15 when the price goes up to $75. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Julie Albertson.

MLK Day (SNOW MAKE-UP DAY)

A reminder that Monday, January 21 is scheduled as a free day on the school calendar but would be used as a snow make-up day should we have to cancel school for a day between now and then.

EAT OUT TO SUPPORT MEN’S LAX - SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH

Boys LAX Fundraiser

Beat the winter blues. Enjoy a lunch or dinner out and support Roncalli Men’s Lacrosse at City BBQ on Saturday, Jan. 19 – anytime between 10:30 AM and 10 PM. Enjoy some delicious BBQ and help us raise funds for our team. Tell your friends and family and share the image above – you can print it out or show it on your phone. (Please post it to your social media and help us spread the word!)

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST

Carpool, Center Grove area: 135 and Olive Branch Rd, Brockton Manor. Will share driving 1-2 days a week. Rides home needed.

Major Crossroads: Thompson & 5 Points. Will pay gas money.

Contact Mrs. Baker if interested. 317-787-8277.

SOUTH DEANERY BAND SALUTE NIGHT

  • Who: 7th and 8th Grade South Deanery Band Members
  • What: Roncalli High School Band’s South deanery Band Salute Night
  • Where: Roncalli High School, Bandroom, (Room 117 first), we will be playing on the gym stage
  • When: Friday, January 25th, 6 PM
  • Dress: A tee shirt, polo, or sweatshirt with your school’s name, and jeans, no shorts
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RSVP to Miss Peach. We need to know how many people are coming for set up. We will not turn anyone away though. We can’t wait to see you!

You will get to sit in with the band during the game. We sit on the stage, so our seats are great! You will get third quarter off, just like the high school band kids, and you can get up to $5.00 in free food at the concession stand.

Games are usually over between 8:50 and 9:30 PM. It depends on the pace of the game, overtime, etc.

Come and join the Roncalli band make some noise at the basketball game!

"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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - ATHLETIC BOOSTERS “CASH BASH” RAFFLE

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 23rd and plan to join us for the Athletic Boosters “Cash Bash Raffle.” It promises to be an evening of great fun and lots of opportunities for winning. Ticket information can be found at this link.

LED PROJECT

Over the break, our Property and Facilities Management Department embarked on an LED project that involved changing out over 1,200 light fixtures to LED. Each time Roncalli "turns on the lights" for the school, we will now see our watt usage fall from 98,000 watts to 40,000 watts. This will result in an annual savings of roughly $11,500. We are very grateful to Kevin Hurley, Jeff Elliott, Lee Strevels and the rest of the Property and Facilities Management crew!

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 web site at www.roncalli.org. Once a decision to close or delay school has been made the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s website, which typically happens within 1-2 minutes of the decision being made. Immediately after posting it on the web site there will be an automated phone call /text message sent out to parents informing them of the closure or delay. We will then call the four major network television stations.

The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families live stretches from 56th street to the north; Plainfield to the west; Shelbyville to the southeast and Martinsville/Paragon to the 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.

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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.

We will make every effort to be sensitive to the safety and well being of all of our students at all times.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter 2018

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Chris Minor, mother of Matthew R’19 and Jessica R’22, who is having health issues.
  • For Terese Carson, Roncalli’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who continues to experience heart issues.
  • For Bill Mullen, Honorary Alumni, past parent and Board Member, current Facility Planning Committee Member, who is recovering from heart issues.
  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
  • For a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year for all in the Roncalli Family and for all in our South Deanery Catholic Schools.
  • 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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