RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - November 22, 2019

SPELL BOWL STATE FINALISTS

SPELL BOWL STATE FINALISTS
Back row left to right: Mark Poole, Luke Poole, Dylan Tadas, Sam Sering, Bryce Lowery Middle row left to right: Jeanne Sering, Kenzie Liegibel Front row left to right: Matt Cabalan, Emma Agresta, Coach Riedford, Mia Ebling

Congratulations to Coach Jennifer Riedford and the Rebel Spell Bowl Team for their third place finish in State Championships. The Rebels spelled 80/90 words correctly. Four spellers earned near perfect ribbons: Bryce Lowery, Luke Poole, Mark Poole, and Dylan Tadas. The Rebels were led by Matt Cabalan, Mia Ebling, Sam Sering, and Jeanne Sering, who earned a perfect score ribbon. Roncalli's 3rd place finish is the highest finish in the state finals since 1986. We are proud of you, Rebel Spell Bowl Team!

SIMMERMAN ART COMPETITION WINNER

SIMMERMAN ART COMPETITION WINNER
SIMMERMAN ART COMPETITION WINNER

Congratulations to senior Garrett Simmerman, who won first place in the Right to Life of Johnson and Morgan Counties' Teen Art Competition with his work titled "Generations of Love." Garrett was awarded a $200.00 cash prize last Thursday. This was Roncalli's first year to participate in the competition, and Garrett's first entry into an art competition while at Roncalli. Fantastic work, Garrett! We are proud of you!

OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Back row, left to right: Jack Cropper, Ben Taylor, Luke Poole, Logan Wong, Luke Swartz.
Front row, left to right: Kathleen Ameis, Georgia Reed, Sophia Taylor, Veronica Hatfield, Grace Parton.
Not pictured: Gracie Holok, Audrey Rearick

We congratulate our most recent Students of the Month who were recognized at a luncheon in their honor last Monday.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Tickets for Christmas concerts are available beginning Friday, November 22. The Choral concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10. The Advanced Women’s Choir, Beginning Mixed Choir and Show Choir will perform at the 6:00 PM show. The 8:00 PM show will feature the Advanced Women’s Choir, Beginning Women's Choir and Show Choir.

The Instrumental Concert is December 12 at 7:00 PM. It will feature the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra.

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 contact Miki Lewinski or 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for a special promo code to access your free tickets.

FIVE ATHLETES SIGNED TO PLAY COLLEGIATELY

Grace Irmer
Grace Irmer
Brayden Lowery
Brayden Lowery
Molly Roeder
Molly Roeder
Alec Viduya
Alec Viduya
Alana Vinson
Alana Vinson

  • Grace Irmer, Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH), Women's Volleyball
  • Brayden Lowery, University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN), Wrestling
  • Molly Roeder, Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY), Women's Volleyball
  • Alec Viduya, Air Force Academy (United States Air Force Academy, CO), Wrestling
  • Alana Vinson, Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL), Women's Basketball

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Fantastic job! The Roncalli Performing Arts presented this year’s fall musical, “Singin’ in the Rain” last week to a record number of ticket holders.

Congratulations to the cast, crew and pit on a fabulous production. Special thanks to our production team: Phil Anderson, Joey Newton, Kathy Peach, Erin Bohn, Barb Hatfield, Miki Lewinski, Melanie Eakman and Jennie Dixon.

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MILITARY ADDRESSES FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS

For the past 28 years, the World Languages department has sent out Christmas cards to military personnel stationed around the world. If you know of or have family members or friends serving, please send them to Sara Buente, by December 1 so we can mail them some cards this holiday season. These cards brighten peoples' Christmas, and every year we usually get a couple of letters back from our recipients who have been touched by our cards. This project is only made possible with your help.

Thank you all,
Sara Buente,
Roncalli High School
World Language Department Chair

SENIOR MASS WITH ARCHBISHOP THOMPSON

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

Senior Mass

A tradition in the archdiocese that was started by Archbishop Emeritus Buechlein was that he celebrated a Senior Mass with all of the seniors from the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Additionally, he always extended to them a “free day” for the remainder of that day. This year’s Senior Mass will be celebrated with Archbishop Thompson on Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 AM. Due to the size of the Senior classes around the Archdiocese, our mass is being held at St. Malachy Parish on the west side of Indianapolis this year, rather than at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral as has been the tradition. This is a school-sponsored field trip and attendance is required of all seniors. They will be asked to report to the cafeteria by 9:00 AM. Students will be transported by Roncalli buses. As noted, the Archbishop declares the remainder of the school day as a free day for the seniors. They will arrive back at Roncalli at approximately Noon and will be dismissed at this time.

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Parents of seniors should be receiving a link to the online permission form, forwarded from their Senior. If you have not seen that email, ask your senior to send it to you or contact Mr. Traylor with any questions!

GUEST SPEAKERS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

On Monday, December 2nd, students will be participating in hearing from special speakers during the course of the day. With the seniors out at Mass with Archbishop Thompson, the other three grade levels will be in school that day, but with a modified schedule for guest speakers. The juniors and sophomores will hear from a medical team from St. Vincent's Hospital on the topic of "Drive Now, Text Later." The freshmen will hear from an FBI Detective, Darin Odier, on social media applications and dangers, sextorsion, and real life predators.

PARENT PRESENTATION: INTERNET SAFETY

FBI DETECTIVE DARIN ODIER

All parents are welcome to attend a presentation from IMPD Detective Darin Odier in the Roncalli Auditorium on Monday, December 2nd from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Detective Odier has served our community as a police officer for 30 years and a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI Child Exploitation unit for 13 years. His presentation will focus on social media applications and dangers, sextorsion and real life predators. Earlier that day, he will be presenting to our freshman class. Please note that at his evening presentation, Detective Odier asks that no young children be present. While his talk does not include anything graphic, the subject matter is NOT for children.

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. Finals will take place Wednesday, December 18th, Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th.

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FALL SPORTS HONORS TEAM

Players Honored

BREAKFAST AVAILABLE IN THE CAFETERIA DAILY

Breakfast is available at the snack bar in the cafeteria starting at 6:45 AM each day, Monday through Friday. The price for a complete breakfast which includes an entrée, a fruit, a juice and milk is $2.00. If your child is eligible for free lunch, he/she is also eligible to receive this breakfast for free as well. If your child qualifies for reduced lunch, they are also eligible for a reduced price breakfast at $0.30 per day. They simply type their school ID number into the Mealtime system to receive the correct benefit. All information is kept strictly confidential.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

The Guidance Team is Grateful for YOU! Be sure to remember daily what you are thankful for this month!

Military Academy Information Sessions

On Monday, November 25, the Guidance Office will host information sessions for any students interested in attending a military academy in the future. Midshipman Garrett Mitchell will present information about the Naval Academy at 8:30. Cadet Corbin Smith from West Point will also present that day. Please encourage any students considering a service academy to attend these meetings! More information will be posted on the Guidance Blast as it becomes available. Sign ups for these meetings can be found on Naviance.

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Practice ACT

On Wednesday, December 4, juniors will take the free Practice ACT in the Roncalli auditorium. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM, and students should report directly to the auditorium for first period. Testing will last until approximately 11:30 AM, or 4th Period. Students who usually eat lunch during Announcements, due to an 8 period schedule, will eat immediately upon completion of testing, then proceed to their 5th period classes. If you have any questions regarding Practice ACT testing, please contact Mrs. Kuntz, in the Guidance Office.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Scholarship

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. Students “must have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade” to qualify academically; and must demonstrate “dedicated involvement in after-school sports” (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, team managers, athletic trainers, etc.). To find the complete list of eligibility requirements, application requirements, and all other details visit Foot Locker Scholar Athletes. The deadline to apply is January 3, 2020.

SENIOR PORTRAITS

Seniors who have not taken their official senior portrait with Prestige can call (317)564-2592 Tuesday-Friday 2 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM -5 PM to schedule an appointment. Your picture must be taken by December 5th. If a senior has not taken their portrait with Prestige they will not be included in the class composite picture. Please contact Kevin Banich if you have any questions.

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.

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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.

JR. LADY REBELS INFORMATION - TOMORROW

Registration for winter Jr. Rebels will be on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00-2:30 PM for 4th and 5th Grades and from 2:45-4:15 for 6th, 7th and 8th players (who did not play in fall league) will need to be there to be evaluated. The participation for the Winter Indy Hoops League will cost $60.00 if you need a jersey and $50.00 if you do not need a jersey.

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At least one parent will need to attend the sign-ups in order to make the payment, fill out paperwork and sign the IGHL release of liability form. Players will be evaluated on November 23rd and at the first two practices and then teams will be formed. Each team will practice once during the week and once on Saturday afternoon. Players get 2 games every other Sunday throughout the winter. Below is the Dates of Sunday Games by age group:

  • Game Dates for 7th & 8th Grade Only will be Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22nd
  • Game Dates for 4th Grade will be Dec. 1, 15th Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9 and 16th for Tournament
  • Game Dates for 5th & 6th Grade will be Dec. 8, 22, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 9 and 16th Tournament

All individuals interested in coaching should contact Denise McClanahan at 317-371-4010.

2019 RONCALLI HUNGER AWARENESS LUNCH

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Mission Statement: On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Roncalli community hopes to embrace the humble servant nature of our namesake St. John XXIII. For one day, there will only be one lunch option offered in the Roncalli cafeteria. Rather than the usual variety of options that allow everyone to choose the food and amount they prefer, all students and staff will be encouraged to purchase the limited meal offered that day. It is our hope that, in a small way, this might provide an opportunity to be more conscious of the limits put upon those who struggle with food insecurity. The proceeds from the day’s lunches will be donated to the food pantries of St. Anthony and Holy Trinity, Our Lady of the Greenwood, and Saints Francis and Clare.

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Example of Need and Impact: To get a sense of the impact the money raised can have, consider St. Anthony and Holy Trinity Food Pantry. This pantry has been providing for the near west side for over 30 years, serving 35-40 families each day. They served over 1,100 families annually, who are able to select 10-16 food and/or hygiene products when they visit. The pantry operates entirely from donations. Last year, they were able to use the donations from our Hunger Awareness Lunch to provide Christmas hams for the families serve, an unexpected surprise that brightened their holiday season. Your participation on his lunch has an impact well beyond just one lunch.

Additional Details: The meal on this day will include a breaded chicken sandwich, apples, carrots, and milk, for the normal cost of a lunch. The vegetarian option will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Breakfast will be offered as it normally is that morning. Vending machines will not be available on this day. While those who choose not to participate may bring their lunch that day, we ask that no visitors bring outside food to share with students on this day.

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THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOU’VE MET YOUR DEDUCTIBLE FOR THE YEAR

You know Thanksgiving is just around the corner when a neighbor or colleague brings up healthcare insurance deductibles or unspent FSA dollars. How can you make the most of your coverage? Continue reading to learn what three things you could consider doing before the end of the year.

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Slick sidewalks shouldn’t cancel your plans

If you or a loved one lives with knee or hip pain, you know firsthand how limiting the winter months can be. Slick sidewalks and frigid temps can make travel or even going to your favorite restaurant feel impossible. However, with new innovations in orthopedics, you may be able to experience faster recovery, improved mobility, and decreased pain with robotic-arm assisted knee and hip surgeries.

It’s not too late to attend a knee or hip seminar and schedule your procedure. Reserve your spot today by calling 317-526-5067.

Waiting may lead to complications

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The end of the year may be a good time for you to have hernia surgery. Schedule an appointment for a hernia screening today with your Ascension doctor.

Avoid germs with a virtual doctor

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Hint: The best time to download the app is before you need it, so there is no delay in getting care whenever and wherever you need it. Search Google Play or the App Store today for “Ascension Online Care.”

This health tip is provided by Ascension St.Vincent. Schedule an appointment online, anytime at GetStVincentCare.com.

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ST. BARNABAS SUPER SPORTS RAFFLE

ST. BARNABAS SUPER SPORTS RAFFLE
  • $100 per Raffle Ticket, ONLY 1,000 TICKETS SOLD
  • GRAND PRIZE: 2 Tickets to Super Bowl 54, Plus $5,000 Cash Prize (or $10,000)
  • Drawing and Party - Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Drawing at St. Barnabas. Doors open at 6PM. Food, drinks & entertainment will be provided.)

Contact Clayton Willis 317-506-0612 for Tickets.

ST. JOHN’S CHRISTKINDL VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Come make Christmas memories and create your own new family tradition at the annual Christkindl Village. Join our friends at St. John’s in Downtown Indy for the #ChistkindlVillage on December 12-15 along the west block of Georgia Street, in the old Pan Am Arena and at St. John’s. All are welcome, come experience authentic Christmas Traditions.

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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the students attending NCYC this week in Indianapolis, may this experience strengthen their faith and love of Christ.
  • For Darla Armbruser, wife of Gary Armbruster R’81, who is experiencing health issues.
  • For the Crowe Family, as Brian Crowe, father of freshman Iain Crowe, recovers from a lung transplant.
  • 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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