RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - July 17, 2020

CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION

We are excited to finally get to celebrate the Roncalli High School Class of 2020! The event is set for 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 21. Graduates were mailed four tickets. These are for the family/guests of the graduate. The graduate does not need a ticket. Some questions have been raised as to why the change to having graduation be a “by ticket only” event. This change was required when Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett came out with the requirement that all events of over 1,000 people would have to have prior approval from the Marion County Public Health Department. Given the late notice of this requirement we did not feel comfortable nor confident in submitting a plan for approval just two weeks prior to graduation that would indicate we were planning to have nearly 4,000 people at an event on our campus. This would not allow for the social distancing that is required of these events. Thus, the decision was made to limit the size of our crowd so that we could ensure the required social distancing and not jeopardize getting approval for the event by the MCPHD.

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Given the number of people that annually attend the Baccalaureate mass (Senior Celebration Mass this year) is considerably smaller than graduation we did not feel there to make it a by ticket only event.

See below for updated information for the graduates and about graduation.

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SENIOR CELEBRATION MASS

On Monday, July 20 at 7:30 PM at the Roncalli Stadium, weather permitting. This will be a voluntary event open to members of the Class of 2020 and their immediate family. No ticket will be required but we respectfully request that attendance be limited to immediate family members only. Should inclement weather pose a threat, a decision to cancel the mass will be made no later than 5:30 PM that evening.

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There will be a reflection from a member of the senior class prior to the liturgy, and the special awards normally presented after the Baccalaureate mass will be presented after the liturgy.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and sit on the stadium field. Seating will be available as well in both the home and visiting bleachers. Masks are strongly recommended and social distancing beyond one’s own immediate family will be required.

This senior celebration mass will be live streamed over the internet. The auditorium will not be open to view the live stream.

OPENING SCHOOL WEBINAR NEW

Roncalli High School will hold a webinar on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 PM that will focus on the school’s reopening plan. Parents and students are invited to participate in the webinar. You must register in advance for this webinar. Please use this link to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please submit any questions you would like have answered to tcarson@roncalli.org

We are excited to welcome students, teachers and staff back to school! We are confident it is going to be a great school year! God bless you and hope you will join us on Wednesday evening!

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REOPENING PLAN

On Wednesday, an email went out explaining the reopening plan for Roncalli along with three informative documents and a video message from Principal Weisenbach.

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SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

REQUIRED SIGN-UP DEADLINE

As was shared in our reopening plan this week Roncalli High School will be offering a synchronous learning model for the students who do not feel comfortable returning to school for face to face instruction on August 5. Any student who wishes to do the synchronous learning long term in place of face to face instruction must notify Assistant Principal, Beth Reel no later than July 31. Please direct all questions about the synchronous learning to Mrs. Reel.

SPIRIT STORE SALE

For the first time ever the Roncalli Spirit Store is having its uniform and spirit sale online! Order and pay online and pick up during the Uniform Sale on Monday, July 27, 4-8 PM and Tuesday, July 28, 8 AM - 12 PM. Additional items will be for sale at the Uniform Sale. Please contact Wendy Lawrie with any questions.

All items will be available for pickup July 27th and 28th.

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IMPORTANT OPENING SCHOOL NOTICE

OPENING SCHOOL LETTER TO GO OUT ELECTRONICALLY

The opening school letter that goes out annually to each school family that contains pertinent school related information including the process by which to access the student’s schedule and locker/locker combination will be sent out electronically this year. The electronic letter will be sent out to seniors and juniors on Tuesday, July 21 and to sophomores and freshmen on Wednesday, July 22. Please contact the main office at (317) 787-8277 should you have any questions or encounter any issues with receiving your family’s letter.

CLASS OF 2023 ORIENTATION

AUGUST 1ST

Freshmen Orientation will be conducted on the afternoon of Saturday, August 1st. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the freshmen and seniors will be divided into three groups and go through their two hour orientation at different times. A letter is in the mail to freshmen and seniors that explains more about the orientation as well as explain the specific times students need to be on campus. Please contact Kevin Banich for questions.

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING

WEDNESDAY, July 29th, 7:00 PM

The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM in the school’s new gymnasium (Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium). Academics, discipline, cafeteria, uniform, tuition, extracurricular activities and much more will be covered at this meeting. Administrators will be available for answering individual questions after the formal meeting is over.

FALL SPORT PICTURE DAY AUGUST 8TH

All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 8th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to follow from your coaches.

FREE/REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS

This year for the first time, Roncalli families will apply online for free/reduced meals. Please go to mymealtime.com. For a detailed instruction guide click here. If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please call our office at (317)788-4099 or email Eileen Horan.

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WELCOME NEW TEACHERS

We are excited to welcome the following teachers to Roncalli for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Alison Barratt – French and EL; Bachelor’s Degree from University of Alabama; Master’s Degree from DePaul University
  • Maggie Casper – Spanish; Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College
  • Enea Chastain – French; Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University
  • Kristel Owen - Science (part time); Bachelor's Degree from University of Indianapolis
  • Jeff Richardson – Cafeteria Director
  • John Rodenberg – Advanced Physical Conditioning; Head football coach; Bachelor’s Degree from University of Cincinnati; Teaching Certification – Xavier University
  • Erin Sills – Nutrition and Wellness; Bachelor’s Degree – Ball State University; Master’s Degree from University of Kentucky
  • Drew Smith – Special Education; Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University

CLASS OF 2021 SENIOR PORTRAITS

For a senior to have their picture included in the yearbook and class composite, they must get their picture taken with Prestige Photography. Click here to schedule your photography session. If you are photographed by 9/1/2020 you can do the STANDARD session with 2 outfits at NO CHARGE. The portraits studio is located at 2325 Pointe Parkway #140, Carmel, IN 46032. The yearbook choice deadline is 12/5/2020. No t-shirts with visible writings or logos, no hats, sunglasses or piercing are allowed for the yearbook photo. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and tie (jacket optional) and not have facial hair. Ladies must cover their shoulders and upper arms. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

SCHOOL PICTURES ON FIRST DAY

A reminder that freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have their school pictures taken on the first day of school. This year, we are offering families an opportunity to go online at MyLifetouch.com and look at a variety of backgrounds and photo options. Families may also pay for school pictures online. This would prevent your student from having to bring an order form with payment on the first day of school. To order school photos online, or to just preview options, please use Picture Day EVTZMTJZM on MyLifeTouch.com. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich.

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Please note that seniors will be in school uniform on the first day of school and will be taking their official senior portrait at the Prestige Studio in Camel by appointment only. Seniors will take a picture on the first day of school, but this picture will only be used for the student ID.

Just a reminder that all students are expected to be in school uniform on the first day unless their parents are purchasing a picture package. If this is the case, the student may dress up. Absolutely, no jeans, denim or immodest dress allowed!!

CARPOOLING NEWS

Major Crossroads: Stones Crossing and 135 Needs rides to and from school daily Please contact Andi Baker for more information.

FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENT CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

Roncalli High School is in year five of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 3 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 4th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 5th, after-school until 4:00 PM.

Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center. Enter the Main Entrance after parking on the circle.

CHROMEBOOK OWNERSHIP

Roncalli High School issues each student a Chromebook when they enter as a freshman or a student transferring into the school. Roncalli owns each school issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership transfers to the graduate. Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may pick up their school issued Chromebook in the media center during one of the following dates: Monday, August 3 from Noon - 6:00 PM; Tuesday, August 4 from 8:00 AM - Noon; and until 4:00 PM after school on Wednesday, August 5.

TI-84 CALCULATORS

ALGEBRA 2 OR ALGEBRA 1 HON

A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. Many local retailers have them on sale now, and we ask that any “proofs of purchase” codes be saved and turned into the math teachers. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89 as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (however, they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).

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.

VOLUNTEER NURSE NEEDED

Roncalli High School extends an invitation to any registered nurse to volunteer at the school one morning each week. If interested please email principal Chuck Weisenbach.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

Join the Roncalli Family - Roncalli High School is looking for additional substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year. We are seeking faith-filled individuals who enjoy being around the future of tomorrow. No educational background is required. Training is provided. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher at Roncalli High school please contact Jeff Small.

IMPORTANT UNIFORM INFORMATION

REGARDING UNIFORM PANTS

We are very appreciative of the great cooperation we received during the recently completed school year from our students and parents regarding the style of pants that were to be worn as a part of the school uniform.

It is important to note that we are the only Catholic high school in the Indianapolis area that does not require uniform pants of its students. While some students and parents would support a move to uniform pants, the overwhelming majority of students and parents prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We wish to continue to honor this desire, but it must happen in such a way that we are not consistently wasting valuable instructional time and administrative time dealing with fashion compliance issues.

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Thus, we ask once again for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to specific style of pants (slacks) that will be allowed this school year. In accordance with the student handbook, the slacks must be dress slacks made of cotton-twill material similar to a pair of “Dockers” pants. Slacks must be minimum of "boot cut" and/or straight leg in diameter around the lower leg and may not be worn in a manner that hugs the complete contour of the lower body.

If you look at the visuals below, the three pictures on top illustrate acceptable choices while the three pictures on the bottom with an X through them are not acceptable choices.

Uniform Pants

Please direct all questions, concerns, and/or comments related to this matter to Dean of Students, Tim Crissman.

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of William “Bill” Mahlman, father of junior Ruby Mahlman, who passed away on July 11. May God provide them comfort during this difficult time.
  • For the birth of Audrey Jane, daughter of Adam R’06 and Melanie (Heazeltine) Eakman R’06, Roncalli dance instructor.
  • For Julie Sommers, STARS Life Academy instructor, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • For all of our Roncalli 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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