2019 Canned Fodd Drive

The 2019 Roncalli Canned Food Drive will be held from August 26-30. Last year, we raised nearly $30,000 and over 7,000 cans, benefitting St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Hunger Inc., and the David Moore Food Pantry.

During the week of August 26-30, food and monetary donations will be accepted in the main lobby each day from 6:50-7:20am and 3:10-3:30pm (excluding the afternoon of August 30). Donations from the greater Roncalli community who are not students or staff members may drop off donations during those times or in the main office during school hours.

Donations may come in the form of cash, checks written to "Roncalli" and food items such as canned fruit/vegetables/meat, pasta, box dinners, rice, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and other non-perishable food items. We cannot accept any donations of water, other drinks or any products in glass containers.

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Upon the donation of at least $35 or 70 cans, students and staff will receive a wristband that permits them to be out-of-uniform through August 30. For households with more than one student and/or staff, the out-of-uniform threshold is $60 or 110 cans per household.

To put in perspective the potential impact our drive can have, St. Vincent de Paul, through the generosity of its benefactors and all-volunteer staff, can convert each dollar donated into $20 of assistance. So, when a person donates $35, their impact is actually $700 worth of help, which can feed a family of 4 for a month! We're excited to see if we can do even more to help through our drive this year, as hunger and food insecurity continue to be growing concerns in the Indianapolis community.

If you have any questions, please contact student council moderator Ryan Costello.

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A letter was mailed out a week ago to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted ten years ago primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents. The first of four of these meetings was held this past Tuesday.

There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: August 28, September 3 and September 18. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.

NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are not required to attend one of these meetings. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach at 787-8277, extension 224.


Chick-Fil-A Challenge Trophy

The Chick-Fil-A Challenge is BACK, and you can help Roncalli beat Franklin Central and earn money for our school! 20% of the sale of your meal will be donated to Roncalli! The school that raises the most money throughout the week will be crowned this year’s Chick-Fil-A Challenge Champion and will be presented with a trophy at halftime of the game Friday, August 30th.

Be sure every time you eat at Southport Chick-Fil-A (5240 E Southport Rd.) this week that they know you are supporting the Rebels BEFORE you order!

So, stop in at Chick-Fil-A early and often starting Saturday, August 24th at 6:00 AM until Friday, August 30th at 2:00 PM!


A mailing went out to all families that have an approved State Voucher for the 2019/20 school year. If you received this mailing, please sign and return the two green forms, and your voucher will be secured for this school year.

If you think you qualify for a State Voucher and you did NOT receive a letter in the mail with your voucher approval, or didn't come into the office to sign the forms, please email or call Amy Kuntz 317-787-8277 ext 278 so we can obtain the necessary paperwork and file your voucher.


Voucher Program Guidelines


Roncalli High School works with local law enforcement officials continuously reviewing and updating our Emergency Preparedness Plan based on best practices learned from school experiences all across the country. Law enforcement has shared with us that a review of some school shootings shows that they have taken place during the time period in the morning prior to the start of school when students, teachers and staff are arriving on campus and entering the school. They (law enforcement) have recommended that we collect student cell phone numbers so that we can communicate directly with students if an emergency situation exists in the time period leading up to the start of school when we may have students in the parking lot, driving into school, etc.

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NOTE: The school's only use of these numbers will be for emergency notification.

During the first week of September, we are going to begin collecting freshman and transfer students' cell phone numbers. Please notify Linda Simpkins in our IT department if you as parents do not wish for Roncalli to have your child's cell phone number.



Due to the overcrowding and safety issues, we will once again only be inviting Sophomore, Junior and Senior grandparents. Grandparents of Freshmen will be invited if they have a grandchild in one of the other three classes.



Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation

Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).

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  • If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221. Please provide her with the following details (your name, contact information, major crossroads near where you live and what your needs are (ride to school, home from school or both). We will make every effort to connect you with another Roncalli family that can assist with your transportation needs.
  • If your family/student is willing to assist other Roncalli families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please contact Andi Baker and provide her with the same information as noted in the first paragraph. This can be an excellent way for your family/student to benefit from some extra gas money.

We have the following Roncalli families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.

  • Needs a ride to school (Kentucky Ave/465 - Exit 8)
  • Carpooling to and from school (Thompson and Carson - Keystone Lakes Drive)
  • Carpooling to and from school (135 and Olive Branch Rd.)
  • Carpooling to and from school (Eagle Trace Subdivision at Olive Branch & Berry Rd.)
  • Need ride home from school 4 days a week (Southport & Meridian - Meridian Woods)
  • Need rides home from school on Wednesday - Friday, and rides to school on Thursday and Friday mornings (Smokey Row Road, between 135 & 37 - Woodland Stream)
  • Needs ride home after school - willing to take someone to school in the area or pay gas money (Southport & Acton Road)
  • Needs rides after school (Old 37/Maple Turn Rd.)
  • Needs ride home from school (Southport Rd., Shelbyville Rd. and 5 Points )
  • Needs a ride home everyday after school until swim season starts (East side/Brookville Rd.)

THE 2019-2020 “R” SHIRT IS HERE!


2020 R Shirt

Don’t miss out on this year’s “R” Shirt - only available during the 2019-2020 school year. By purchasing this year’s “R” shirt, you are supporting Roncalli. Proceeds from this shirt support our 50th anniversary celebration, and your Roncalli Rebel will be out of uniform once a month.

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The “R” shirt is available for purchase online or in the Roncalli Spirit Store. Currently, short sleeve shirts (adult and youth) are available in ALL sizes and ready for the first out of uniform day on Friday, August 30. Your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom or available for pickup at the front office within 24 hours.

We are taking orders for long sleeve shirts that will be available mid-September. You have until Friday, August 30 to place your order online for either short or long sleeve shirts!

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Lawrie or (317)787-8277, ext. 279.

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The Marion County Public Health Department will be at Roncalli to administer the state mandated hearing screening services for sophomores on Thursday, September 19th. A parent/guardian has the right to decline this service for your child. If you do not want the health department to conduct a hearing screening for your sophomore child, please click on the link below; complete the form and return it to Roncalli High School; Attention: Mr. Weisenbach.

CBC Screening Notice

Decline Hearning Screening


We apologize for the technical difficulties this week but are excited to share our daily prayer and announcements with all who would like to hear them.


Meet the Guidance Department

We hope you are feeling God's blessings this week!! Remember, those of us, in the Guidance Department, are here for you and your students!!

Angela Maly
Angela Maly
All Classes: A-D
Jess Gattuso
Jess Gattuso
Class of 2020: E-Je
Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023: E-Ke
Lisa Beckwith
Lisa Beckwith
Director of Guidance
Class of 2020: Jf-M
Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023: Kf-Ma
Jessica Engel
Jessica Engel
Class of 2020: N-Sh
Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023: Mc-Sch
Morgan Ellis
Morgan Ellis
Class of 2020: Si-Z
Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023: Sci-Z
Kelly Kuntz
Kelly Kuntz
College and Career Counselor
21st Century Scholar Coordinator
Mary Sheets
Mary Sheets
Jane Dias
Jane Dias
Administrative Assistant

An Evening with College Representatives

Monday, August 26th at 7:00 This event is open to all grade levels!! It's never to early to start planning! Don't miss this chance to gain valuable information about Naviance, the college application process, and detailed information about some colleges your student is considering! The night kicks off in the auditorium at 7:00 PM. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception!

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2020 Lily Scholarship for Morgan County Residents

Applications are now being accepted and can be found in The Guidance Office. The deadline is September 5. click here for a how-to video, or visit for more information.

SAT and ACT Prep

Roncalli will host test prep seminars for the SAT and ACT in September! These seminars are produced by the Doorway to College Foundation. Please click here to register for either of the two following seminars!

  • ZAPS ACT on September 4 and 5
  • ZAPS SAT on September 30 and October 1

QuestBridge Scholarship Resource

Is your student excelling academically and near the top of his/her class? Are you worried about how you will pay for college? Check out QuestBridge!!! This is an excellent resource for top students with financial hardships!


The Moms In Prayer group needs a new leader. For many years, Donna Williams has led a group of parents that meet every week in the chapel at Roncalli to pray for our students. She would like this group to continue but is no longer able to lead. We are looking for another parent to step forward and take the lead. Please contact Donna Williams.


Students who have been involved in the performing arts program for at least two years are invited to be included in this year’s Performing Arts Book. Forms have been passed out in performing arts classes. If your senior does not have a performing arts class this year, they may stop by the Box Office to pick up a form. Completed forms need to be returned to Mrs. Lewinski in the Box Office by September 6th.


If you can’t make it to the game next week, you can catch the live video streams.


August 30th, 7 PM vs. Franklin Central




The Roncalli Cafeteria is accepting applications for our free and reduced lunch program for the 2019-20 school year. Since Roncalli is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, we can offer free or reduced priced meals to those who qualify. If your family receives benefits from the state in the form of SNAP, TANF or Medicaid, you are eligible for free or reduced meals without filling out an application and will be receiving an email from our office in the coming days to explain the benefit.

If you need to fill out an application, there is a link to the application and a link to the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter.

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We also ask that when you fill out an application, you also fill out the form entitled: ADDITIONAL FEE WAIVERS/REDUCTIONS—PERMISSION TO SHARE INFO (if you filled this out once for your child, you don't have to do it again). This form allows us to share your free/reduced status with the Roncalli Guidance Office for the purpose of obtaining other benefits for your child. The link to this form is also located at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you have any questions, please call Eileen Horan at (317) 788-4099.


In an effort to best meet the needs of our local organizations that serve those most in need, the Theology Department has implemented a requirement whereby students will be asked to complete four of their eight HOPE hours by the due dates below. This will allow our local organizations to have their many needs met throughout the semester, rather than only in the last few weeks leading up to the due date of service hours for the semester. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Striby.

  • 16 points total homework grade (2 points per half hour short)
  • Vocations classes: Posted by September 16th
  • Social Justice classes: Posted by September 30th
  • Adulthood classes: Posted by October 7th
  • Sacraments classes: Posted by October 21st
  • Mr. Shelburn & Mr. Sheridan Sophomores: Posted by November 4th
  • Ms. Reuter Sophomores: Posted by November 18th
  • Sr. Cathy Anne, Mr. Sheridan and Mrs. LeMark Freshmen: Posted by December 2

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What is a Rebel VIP member card? A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only; IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.

How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2019-20 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski or Miki Lewinski.

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Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.

Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!


Roncalli offers families the opportunity to work events at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center and IMS, in order to earn money toward their child’s tuition. A percentage of all money earned is also contributed to the school's Endowment. If you or any family/friends would be interested in working these events please click on the link below, complete the paperwork and email it to Jeff Traylor or call 317-787-8277 x203.



Roncalli High School appreciates the generosity of the Kroger Company and appreciates all in the Roncalli Family who have registered their Kroger Card so that we benefit each time you swipe your Kroger card when shopping at Kroger. We have received in excess of $10,000 from Kroger over the past year!Once registered, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

Register your account information and add Roncalli (AS409) as your Community Rewards organization. Thank you to everyone who is supporting Roncalli through your purchases.It is greatly appreciated.

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Tim Elmore's article "Four Parenting Strategies for Leading Generation Z" investigates a world where the paranoid parent exists alongside an environment that is one of the safest in recent history. Tim Elmore lays out some strategies to help raise our kids in today's world.

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Back to School Check-Ups

Six Questions for Your Child’s Pediatrician

If you’re a parent with school-age children, you’re probably gearing up for your family’s annual back to school routine – including wellness visits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school-age children receive a physical exam by a pediatrician once a year. Back-to-school check-ups are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their pediatrician. The annual physical gives the pediatrician a chance to give your child a thorough physical exam and address any emotional, developmental or social concerns.

Experts at St. Vincent recommend asking your pediatrician these questions at your child’s back to school check-up to ensure he/she is set up for success physically and mentally:

  1. What vaccine(s) does my child need during this visit? What does it protect against? The American Academy of Pediatrics has very specific immunization guidelines depending on your child’s age. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on your child’s vaccination history and what to expect over the next few years.
  2. How can I be sure my child is getting a healthy diet and exercising enough? Your child’s pediatrician wants to help you keep your child healthy and fit. Address any concerns you may have about your child’s lifestyle or his/her eating habits.
  3. Is my child spending too much time watching a screen? Screens include television, cell phones, tablets, and video games. Be mindful of how much time your child – and the adults in your home – spend on screens. Your pediatrician may recommend developing a Family Media Use Plan.
  4. Is my child’s development and growth appropriate for his/her age? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a set of comprehensive health guidelines called Bright Futures for pediatricians to follow. The guidelines come with an age-appropriate pre-visit questionnaire that focuses on development milestones, nutrition, safety and other wellness recommendations.
  5. How can I help reduce my child’s anxieties about going back to school? Your pediatrician is also in your child’s mental and emotional well-being. It is appropriate to discuss such concerns as his/her school experiences, relationships with peers, family difficulties, and daily stresses.
  6. Address any specific concerns you have like, “Why is my child always tired?” or “How can I manage my child’s allergies?” Every child is unique and you’re their parent. Take this time to ease any concerns you may have regarding your child’s well-being with your pediatrician.

This health tip is provided by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. Schedule a pediatric appointment online, anytime

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Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter 2018


  • 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 Roncalli 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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