RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 25, 2019

SOUTH DEANERY BAND SALUTE TONIGHT

  • 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

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!

GENEROUS DONATION - PAPAL ZUCCHETTO FOR RONCALLI

Louie and Emily Feagans

At our liturgy, a Papal zucchetto worn by Pope Francis was donated to Roncalli High School from Louie R’10 and Emily Feagans. While in Rome, the Feagans also had the zucchetto blessed in the side chapel of Pope John Paul XXIII at St. Peter's Basilica.

“We both agree that the Holy Father's zucchetto is too special of an item to keep purely for ourselves. We think it would be best suited to be cherished by a Catholic institution that is special to both of us so that many people will have the opportunity to share in this special connection with the Holy Father for years to come,” wrote Louie and Emily Feagans.

THANK YOU, ARCHBISHOP THOMPSON!

Archbishop Charles Thompson

We extend a heartfelt thank you to Archbishop Charles Thompson for being with us to celebrate Mass this past Thursday in the RHS Family Room! We are so blessed to have him as our shepherd here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. His humility and simplicity bear a strong resemblance to our beloved namesake, St. John XXIII! Please join us in praying daily for Archbishop Thompson!

ACT ALL STARS - CONGRATULATIONS!

Connor DeMoss Grace Whitaker

Perfect ACT scores: Senior Connor DeMoss scored a 36 on the Reading portion of the December ACT. Junior Grace Whitaker scored an 800 on the Math portion of the December SAT.

ANDERSON WINS AWARD

Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson, Theatre Teacher, won the Indiana Thespian Hall of Fame Theatre Educator Award last weekend at the Indiana State Thespian Conference. It’s given to educators with 20 years experience in theatre education. He was nominated by our 2018-19 Thespian Troupe. Congratulations to Mr. Anderson!

STATE THESPIAN COMPETITION

Accomplished Thespians

Team members left to right: Matt Sims, Mackenzie Meyers, Sam Gervasio and Gabe Ochoa.

The Rebels placed 3rd overall in the state in Tech Olympics Challenge. Mackenzie Meyers received 3rd place in knot tying. Sam Gervasio received 2nd in knot tying and 2nd in Hang and focus of a light. The team of Mackenzie and Sam won 4th in leg of platform.

SWIM TEAM CONFERENCE CHAMPS

Swim Team Champs!

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving Teams who placed 1st out of 15 teams for the “Schools With No Pools” meet held at the Natatorium. The girls team score was 406, and the boys team score was 378! Way to go, Rebel swimmers and divers!

FRENCH NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY

French NHS Members

Congratulations to the newest members of the French National Honors Society! Pictured left to right: Emily Asis, Joshua Johnston and Ainsley Flask.

LIVE STREAM

Boys Basketball Stream

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

READY, SET, GO! ONLINE SCHEDULING SATURDAY

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th is the big day! This is the day that our current students can begin the scheduling process for the next school year by selecting their course requests for next year.

NOTE: 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.

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Juniors will have access to the online scheduling portal first beginning at 8:00 AM. Sophomores will have access to the online scheduling portal beginning at 8:30 AM and freshmen will have access at 9:00 AM. Students will go to www.roncalliregistration.org to access the online scheduling portal.

If any questions or conflicts arise as your student moves through the registration and scheduling process, please have them contact their guidance counselor as soon as possible. Counselors will also be available tomorrow by calling the Main Office at 317-787-8277 from 8 AM - 9:30 AM.

LORENZANO FIREFIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP

Parents, are you a firefighter?

If so, your son or daughter is eligible to apply for a one-time $1,200 scholarship in memory of John Lorenzano, who died while saving others in a fire at the Indianapolis Athletic Club in 1992.

Please have your student write and type an essay between 200 and 300 words on “What makes you proud that your parent is a firefighter?”

The essays are due by Monday, February 11, 2019 to Mrs. Terese Carson in the Advancement Office. Please be sure to include student name and grade, and the name of parent who is a firefighter. Applications are available in the Main Office.

The recipient will be announced in February 2019.

UPDATE READERSHIP SURVEY

Winter Update Magazine

Please take a brief survey regarding the “Update” magazine. We look forward to your feedback.

TAKE THE SURVEY

SOPHOMORES - BALLARD SUMMIT AT UINDY

Sophomores: are you interested in business, technology and entrepreneurship? If so, you should attend the 2019 Ballard Summit at UIndy. This program will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Students will engage in discussions with former Indianapolis Mayor Ballard on the future of business, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership – and the role this group of students will play in shaping the future. In addition to exposure to leadership experience and acting as a resume builder, students who attend the Symposium as sophomores and ultimately decide to attend UIndy as college students are eligible for consideration for a $15,500 scholarship. Ten scholarships will be available to this year’s Summit attendees.

Only three sophomores may be selected from Roncalli. If you are interested, please send a short 250 word statement about why you are interested in attending to Mrs. Meyer no later than Monday, January 28. Please see Mrs. Meyer with any questions.

SUPPORT MEN’S LAX THIS SATURDAY

Boys LAX Fundraiser

Last Saturday’s snowstorm changed our plans. City BBQ has graciously allowed us to reschedule our Roncalli Men’s Lacrosse fundraiser for this Saturday, Jan. 26. Enjoy a lunch or dinner out 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 below – you can print it out or show it on your phone.

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

Rendezvous Rebelation Logo

Volunteers, we need you! “April in Paris, Rendezvous Rebelation” is going to be a fantastic event and needs your help to fulfill the many roles before the event (donation pick-up, gift basket prep, etc.) and the night of Rebelation at the start, middle and end of the night (check-in, raffle ticket sales, auction item check-out, etc.)

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Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. This year, the event will be filled with French delights: food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and a LIVE band to celebrate the night.

If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Jeen Endris.

ADVANCED CHOIRS' SENIOR NIGHT

Advanced Choirs' Senior Night will be held Tuesday, January 29 in the auditorium. The show choir will also preview their 2019 show. Door open at 6:30 PM. There is no charge for this event, and all seats are on a first come first serve basis.

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.

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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GERMAN TRIP REUNION - FEBRUARY 2ND

If you or a family member traveled on one of the nine Roncalli German trips from 1998-2014, you are invited to an informal reunion of fellow travelers on Saturday, February 2 from 5 to 9 PM at the Edelweiss Restaurant at the German-American Klub in German Park. Bring your spouse or significant other, plus any photos and memorabilia to share. German food and beverages will be available for purchase. Drop in when you can or stay for the whole time. If you are planning to attend, please email Frau Price, retired German teacher. Please help us spread the word to other fellow travelers!

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.

KROGER REWARDS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Every little bit counts! Take a look at the great benefits Roncalli receives when you shop at Kroger with your Kroger rewards card. Make sure you have your card associated with Roncalli’s code AS409. In 2018, Roncalli’s rewards totalled $7,315.87. See the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or click here, choose “I’m a Customer,” and type in Roncalli’s code AS409 to link your rewards to benefit our school.

TWO SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES

All of the changes the state has put in place with the graduation required ISTEP test for sophomores has led us to make two changes to our school calendar for April when this test is administered. Given the length of these tests and their importance to the students, we feel it best to utilize a delayed start for the rest of the school on two days and use this time for administering the ISTEP test to the sophomores (and any juniors/seniors still needing to retest). Thus, the following changes have been made to the school calendar:

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  • April 8 - School will start at 9:30 AM: All sophomores will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.
  • April 15 - School will start at 9:30 AM; All sophomores will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our families but we feel strongly that this not only provides our students who are testing the best environment but also provides the best use of instructional time for all other students as well.

INDIANA SENATE PAGE PROGRAM

Did you know you can take a day off from school to serve as a page for the Indiana Senate? State Senator Aaron Freeman invites students in grades 6-12 to come to the Statehouse and spend an exciting day seeing our state government in action. You will have the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, meet Senator Freeman, and observe the legislative session from the Senate floor. Siblings and friends can sign up together, too! Interested students can apply online at the Indiana Senate Republicans homepage.

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 is recovering from heart surgery.
  • 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 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 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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