RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - June 5, 2020

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL STATEMENT

As a Catholic high school in the archdiocese of Indianapolis, Roncalli High School exists under the auspices of the Archbishop of Indianapolis. We are blessed to have the Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson as our archbishop and shepherd!

In his 2018 pastoral letter, We Are One in Christ, Archbishop Thompson wrote,

“Social justice can be obtained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of man … No one is ‘better’ than anyone else. All deserve respect. All share basic human rights. No one is exempt from the responsibility to support and assist fellow human beings—whether they are from the same family/community, or they are strangers who are foreign to us in some way. Every human person, as created in the image of God, is a member of God’s family. For Christians, this also means that we are sisters and brothers of Christ and each other.”

Roncalli joins Archbishop Thompson in advocating for social justice and an end to the sin of racism. Let us pray for wisdom, justice, peace and the healing of all divisions in our country. We encourage all to read in its entirety Archbishop Thompson’s statement in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

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PRAYER TO END RACISM

God of love and justice, St. Paul proclaimed that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. May we be emboldened by your living Word to rid the world of the sin of discrimination in our attitudes and actions. Help us to seek the unity that Paul saw so clearly so that all forms of injustice will cease. Grant us the courage and determination to be prophets of peace. May we welcome one another as brothers and sisters, rooted in your everlasting love. Amen

Come Holy Spirit!

GRANDPARENT’S DAY 2020

Possible Rescheduling Announced

As clarity from federal, state, local, and Archdiocesan guidelines emerge for the upcoming school year, we plan to evaluate the possibility of rescheduling Grandparent’s Day for the 2020-2021 school year. We had previously taken steps to announce that our Grandparent’s Day that was scheduled for September 4, 2020 was cancelled due to the vulnerability of our grandparents' health during COVID 19. With so many unknowns related to how schools and other organizations will be able to accommodate large gatherings in a manner consistent with public health recommendations, we will postpone Grandparent’s Day at this time and look for a date later in the school year.

Once more clarity emerges related to gatherings like school assemblies and other large community events, the leadership team at Roncalli will evaluate whether or not it may be possible to preserve the opportunity to safely celebrate this cherished Roncalli Family tradition. Let’s ask God to bless our continuing efforts to be together as an extended family once again!

Honor Roll

Congratulations to all of our students who earned Honor Roll status during the recently completed second semester of the school year! We are very proud of our students who work so diligently on their academic studies! Great job Roncalli scholars!

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CYO SPORTS PALOOZA

In response to not being able to hold CYO summer camps, CYO is offering CYO Sports Palooza. Read how you can get your family involved and build teams for active summer fun!

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NHS Graduation Cord Info

The NHS cords are usually ordered after we return from spring break, but due to the circumstances of this year, there was not an efficient way to process the orders and collect the money from each family. If you would like to order one on your own, please use the link at the end of this announcement. Be sure to order the royal, gold, and white cord. Contact Erin Bohn with any questions.

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GRADUATION 2020

Roncalli High School is excited to celebrate our fantastic seniors! Plans are set for having a memorable graduation for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8 PM in the Roncalli Stadium. Graduation will be held in the stadium, rain or shine, unless directives from the governor's office or the Marion County Health Department prohibit us from doing this. We will remain in communication with our seniors and their parents throughout the summer with regard to the plans for July 21. Please join us in praying that we are able to gather together on July 21 to celebrate this outstanding class of seniors!

JR. REBEL THEATRE mini CAMP

While we were saddened to have to cancel our traditional theatre camp, we are excited to announce a new format for the summer!

Junior Rebel Theatre Mini Camp will meet July 6-9 from 8:00-10:00 am for students going into grades 3-5. Students going into grades 6-9 will meet from 10:30-12:30. The same camp will be offered again July 13-16 with the same criteria as the previous camp. The camps will focus on improvisation, theatre games, costuming, musical theatre and much more.

The cost for the camp is $50, $10 for Roncalli faculty and staff children. Advanced registration is not required, but needed if you want to guarantee a t-shirt for your child. Registration forms are available on the Roncalli website under the Arts, theatre tab, then Junior Rebel Theatre.

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BAND CAMP

The Roncalli Band will be holding their annual summer band camp from Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th. Camp runs daily from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The cost for camp is $125.00 and the fee includes daily lunches, instructor fees and band tee shirt. More information will be mailed out later this month.

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS

The Roncalli Summer Camps schedules have been updated on our Rank One registration site.

All pre-registered campers will be notified of changes to the new dates and times.

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TUITION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The full financial impact of COVID-19 has yet to be felt by many of our families, but we are well aware of the impending difficulties a significant number of our families may incur. In the face of this upcoming financial stress to our community we will soon be forthcoming with a timeline, fundraising, and additional assistance, specifically earmarked for the anticipated increase in the need for financial assistance. We will continue to work with families on adjusting tuition payment schedules if needed as well.

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We have been asked if tuition payments are still being processed if mailed into Roncalli. The Business Office is working to process tuition payments weekly. Checks, money orders, and tuition coupons with credit card information can still be mailed to the school as we are picking up the mail directly from the post office. If an account balance is needed please email Barb Hatfield.

MARINE SCIENCE HAWAII TRIP

Aloha Rebels! Are you interested in going to beautiful Hawaii? This two week trip will be next Summer 2021. Students will snorkel at world-renowned beaches, hike volcanoes, swim with manta rays, see waterfalls, learn Hawaiian culture, and take a submarine tour, all while studying Marine Science and earning a science credit. This is an initial callout for anyone seeking additional information on the trip. Please email Ms. Carroll, to be sent additional information about this unique adventure and check out the video from the 2019 trip.

GUIDANCE CORNER

Tips for managing mental health this summer

  • Do activities as a family
  • Maintain a routine or structure
  • Exercise regularly
  • Set a SMART goal and work towards it
  • Continue to help others
  • Get outside daily
  • Plan a getaway
  • Practice mindfulness or meditation
  • Read, catch up with friends, spend time by the pool or other relaxing activities you enjoy

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Signs you or your teen may be struggling with anxiety and/or depression:

  • Sleeps too much (more than 10 hours per day)
  • Avoids engaging with others (friends and family)
  • Seems more down or irritable
  • Anxiety in certain situations If these symptoms occur regularly for two weeks, talk to your teen about it and reach out to their doctor to discuss the concerns.

If you or your teen has any thoughts of suicide or hurting others, contact a local emergency room immediately.

This hotline is a good resource to discuss concerns about mood:

  • National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741
  • Lifeline Chat

INFORMATION FROM THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA

The Roncalli Cafeteria has our motto: “We will not rest until we are the world’s finest cafeteria. On March 13, 2020 our efforts to be the best school cafeteria were abruptly halted. We missed serving all of our students over the past 2 months and we especially missed seeing our seniors enjoy some of their favorite foods for the last time.

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We hope to see most of you back at school in the fall. For you seniors, we hope you come back to visit when you can. Many of your families may have questions about money left in your MealTime accounts. Our policy is to transfer remaining funds from our senior students into their siblings’ accounts at the end of the year. Those who don’t have younger siblings who will be at Roncalli in the fall will receive a check if their balance is over $20. If you did not pick up your check this week during locker cleanout days, we will be at graduation on July 21st to distribute money and collect money owed. Checks remaining after that time will be mailed.

With current economic conditions in our country the way they are today, you may also be considering applying for free or reduced priced meals for your student for next school year. Please be patient. New applications will not be available until after July 1, 2020.

We plan on having online applications for free/reduced meals for the first time ever this year. This should make it much easier to apply. Also, if your student is already on free or reduced meals from this school year, please know that that eligibility extends into the first 30 school days of next year. If you have questions regarding free/reduced meals, email Eileen Horan.

DAILY ONLINE MASSES AVAILABLE!

Archbishop Thompson and other priests of the Archdiocese are celebrating a Mass each day that will be posted at ARCHINDY.ORG. Please note that the times of the Mass vary, and all are encouraged to check the website daily for updates.

NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

ALL PARENTS of Current Freshmen through Juniors

The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for 2020-21 will require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered 6 months apart.

If your child has already received these, please forward proof of immunization.

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If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization prior to the start of the first day of school for the 20-21 school year. All information needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email msheets@roncalli.org.

2020-21 Requirements

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT for current Juniors:

All students entering the 12th grade are additionally required to have a second booster of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine. The immunizations that we have on file for each student may be viewed in FamilyLink. Questions may be directed to Mary Sheets or Jane Dias in the Guidance Office.

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For Garrett Chida R’20 as he recovers from ankle surgery.
  • For all of our Roncalli community who are suffering from illness during this difficult time.
  • For all of our Rebel family who are experiencing extra stress during this unusual and uncertain time. God please comfort them and provide them Your peace and understanding.
  • For Dave Mansfield, the father-in-law of Ben North, Chemistry instructor, who battles with cancer and is recovering from surgery.
  • For Fr. John Hollowell R’97, son of Dr. Joseph Hollowell, President of Roncalli, as he recovers from surgery.
  • For Bernie Weimer, Sacred Heart graduate class of ‘59 and Roncalli band director 1970's-80's, who is struggling with health issues and is recovering from an accident.
  • For Monsignor Tony Volz as he battles health 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 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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