Thanks to all who donated to this year's canned food drive.
By Tuesday, we already had over 1,000 people donate, and there are only 1,232 students and staff total; so we've done great!
We will announce the final totals next week!
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.
There are two more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: September 3 and September 18. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.
We’d like to apologize for an error in the letter that went out listing September 2 as one of the meeting dates. It should be September 3. There is not a meeting on September 2.
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.
Congratulations to the following students who earned a perfect score (36) on one or more parts of the ACT or SAT.
The Honors Economics students will be participating in a Community Poverty Simulation and we need 20-22 parent volunteers to run this event. We will be working at the Roncalli gym on October 29th, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience please contact Betsy Strader for further information.
Mark your calendars! Christian recording artist, Kathy Troccoli will be performing free of charge at Roncalli on Tuesday, October 8. Two of the Roncalli choirs will be performing with her, and each south deanery grade school will be represented during this performance! Tickets are available in Roncalli's Main Office starting on Tuesday, September 3rd from 8 AM - 3 PM. There are limited seats, so get yours early!
Roncalli offers a comprehensive Corporate Sponsor program that supports our students in several exciting ways including tuition assistance and broadcasting opportunities. There are many benefits in sponsoring and supporting Roncalli. Your company will be exposed to other like-minded businesses that also support Roncalli. Almost 1200 students, 125 faculty and staff, an alumni base of over 13,500 and thousands of Roncalli parents, relatives and friends will have an opportunity to see your business ad at some point during the school year. Our newest opportunity will include signage opportunities in our new Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Rebel Media Network, Homecoming, Fall Sports, Rebel 5ive podcast, Rebelation or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please call Gary Armbruster at 317-525-7046 or email him.
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.
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. 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. NOW, you have until Sunday, September 1 to place your order online for either short or long sleeve shirts!
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Lawrie (317)787-8277, ext. 279.
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 4th is Planning Night for Juniors. This is the program during which we really start digging into the details of preparations Juniors must make for their life after Roncalli! We will have presenters from two branches of the military, the NCAA, the University of Chicago, and our own guidance office. The program starts at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.
What is Exploring? It is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10-20. The programs provide students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. They provide opportunities in MANY fields from Arts to Science to Skilled Trades, and so much in between! Check out their link to find out more!
Get your student well prepared for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT with seminars produced by the Doorway to College Foundation. Please click here to register for either of the two following seminars offered right here at Roncalli.
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.
For the month of September, all student transcripts will be available in Family Link. Log into FamilyLink using your child's Roncalli ID and password and click on Secondary Mark History on the left side of the screen.
Show your Rebel Spirit by displaying at your home and/or place of business one of the 2019-2020 50-year edition Roncalli yard signs. The signs are free and may be picked up by the main entrance to the stadium! Thanks to all Roncalli families who participate in our yard sign campaign - your help in promoting Roncalli is much appreciated.
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.
Please come support the Lady Rebel Lacrosse team this Saturday, August 31 at St. Mark Church, located at the corner of U.S. 31 and Edgewood, for a car wash from 11 AM - 1:30 PM. We thank you for your support! GO REBELS!
The first quarter’s midway point is this Friday, September 6, 2019. This is a great time to check on your child’s course percentages. With a parent Canvas account, a “View Grades” link displays each course grade. Canvas provides parent access on literally any device!
Before you begin setting up your parent Canvas account, ask your child for a pairing code. It is accessed within the student’s profile, under settings. The code, valid for 24 hours, is generated immediately upon clicking the words, Pair with Observer.
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.
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.
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).
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.
This is our notification that Roncalli High School once again has complied with all regulations set forth by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
If you can’t make it to the game next week, you can catch the live video stream.
September 3rd, 7 PM vs. Cathedral
The Roncalli Cafeteria is still 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 student was receiving the free or reduced meal benefit last year, that benefit carries over for the first 30 days of the new school year. After that 30th day (Sept. 18 this year), your student will be charged the paid lunch price of $3.25 for lunch and $2.00 for breakfast if no new application has been received. 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.
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 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. Please call our office at (317)788-4099 for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact 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.
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.
Ad prices are as Follows:
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!
We are excited to share our daily prayer and announcements with all who would like to hear them.
“When to Rescue and When to Risk with Students” provides suggestions for how we as parents should help our young teens grow in their ability to manage adverse stressful situations.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
For tickets, contact Beth Haggenjos 317-753-2099. You can also pay online here. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth or Stephanie Sabina 317-869-9602. All bingo proceeds benefit St. Jude youth attending the National Catholic Youth Conference.
In partnership with Ascension St. Vincent, here is information that you might find useful.
As kids enter the final weeks of summer break, it’s important to prepare for the inevitable: back-to-school illnesses.
Experts at St. Vincent explain 5 common childhood illnesses and tips on how to best protect your child:
Pink eye: Your child may complain of eye irritation or sensitivity to light, and you may notice excessive tearing or discharge, swollen eyelids and redness in the whites of the eyes (hence the name 'pink eye'). Prevention tip: Pink eye is easily passed from person to person, which is why children who have been diagnosed are kept out of school until they’ve started treatment and are no longer contagious. Remind kids often to not touch their eyes, nose, or mouth, which is a good way to ward off pink eye as well as other infections. Don’t forget to wash pillow cases and bed linens to prevent reinfection.
This health tip is provided by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. Schedule a pediatric appointment online, anytime GetPeytonManningCare.com.