RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 21, 2020

HYBRID LEARNING DECISION

HYBRID LEARNING

Please watch the following video from Roncalli High School principal Chuck Weisenbach as he provides details on Roncalli's plans to continue the Hybrid Schedule for two more weeks in preparation for a return to school for all students on Tuesday, September 8.

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Your place to see and hear Roncalli sports action! Check out upcoming broadcasted events on the calendar.

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Here’s a message from Roncalli’s Director of Athletics David Lauck R’94.

COVID-19 SCREENING GUIDE FOR PARENTS

The Indiana State Department of Health has provided guidelines to help parents screen their child for symptoms related to COVID-19. Should you find that your child has one or more of the symptoms, please keep your child home. Please call the school and let us know of the current conditions. The school will follow up with each symptomatic student's parents with regards to return to school protocols. It is highly recommended as well that you contact your health care provider to discuss your child's health situation. Should you have questions related to COVID-19 matters please contact Tim Crissman, Dean of Students.

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RONCALLI WELCOMES NEW

FACULTY AND STAFF

Annabelle Adams
Annabelle Adams - Science
Alison Barratt
Alison Barratt - World Language
Maggie Casper
Maggie Casper - World Language
Enea Chastain
Enea Chastain - World Language
Maria Cossell
Maria Cossell - Theology
Raegan Evans
Raegan Evans - Executive Assistant to the President
Kristel Owen
Kristel Owen - Science
Jeff Richardson
Jeff Richardson - Food & Catering Services Director
John Rodenberg
John Rodenberg - Physical Education
Erin Sills
Erin Sills - Nutrition and Wellness
Drew Smith
Drew Smith - STARS

ATTENTION PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS

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 Sept. 4.

ROAD CLOSURE/TRAFFIC UPDATE

The Department of Transportation has begun work on the roundabout at Sherman Drive and Thompson Road, which limits access to Roncalli from the east. However, Thompson Road remains open to access Roncalli from the west. This construction/closure has created additional traffic congestion on McFarland Road and the south entrance to our campus. Families from St. Mark, St. Barnabas, Ss. Francis & Clare are strongly encouraged to use Madison Avenue, US 31, Meridian Street, or State Road 37/465 to access Thompson Road and come in the north entrance of our campus. There is minimal traffic using the north entrance so this will alleviate some stress and expedite your trip by using the north entrance.

INDIANA CHOICE STATE VOUCHER

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST

A mailing went out to all families that have an approved State Voucher for the 2020/21 school year on Wednesday, August 12. If you received this mailing, please sign and return the 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 Amy Kuntz or call 317-787-8277 ext 278 so we can obtain the necessary paperwork and file your voucher. Guidelines for the Indiana Choice Scholarship Voucher Program can be found at here. THE STATE DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Parents/Students - We need your help. We have some families who are struggling to find transportation to and/or from school. In some cases, it could result in the family having to withdraw their child due to the family's transportation challenges. Please review these needs, and email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221 in the main office if you can assist.

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

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Transportation Needs

Major Crossroads: SR 37 and Southport (Southern Dunes) Need ride home from school (Prefers adult/parent driver)

Major Crossroads: Southeastern and 74 Needs ride home daily

Major Crossroads: Franklin Rd. and Raymond (7 minutes from Nativity) Needs ride home or carpool both ways - Willing to pay gas money!

Crossroads: Smith Valley and 37 Needs rides to and from school - Willing to pay gas money!

Major Crossroads: Stones Crossing and 135 Needs rides to and from school daily

REQUIRED PERMISSION SLIP

Attention all parents and guardians, every student must have an up to date permission slip on file at Roncalli. Please click here to complete this form by Monday, August 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

VISION AND/OR HEARING SCREENING

The Marion County Public Health Department will be at Roncalli to administer the state mandated hearing screening services for sophomores on Monday, September 14. 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 email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221 in the main office.

SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING REMINDERS

Students will join a Google Meet link located on the top of each canvas course page for synchronous learning at the start of each class period.

Submitting student work online: Students will download the free Canvas Student App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store using a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet. If your student does not have access to a device please contact Jenny Carroll. This application will allow for submission of handwritten student work while in the online setting. Assistance in downloading this app and submitting online work can be found on canvas in their Class of 20## page.

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RONCALLI COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE

Roncalli is so excited to welcome our students back to Roncalli for our fall semester! With the ever evolving situation in our world, we have made some adjustments to the Roncalli Community Service program. Please take a moment to read the information at the link below and feel free to contact Mr. Striby with any questions or concerns.

Service Program Update

God Bless you all, and thank you for your flexibility and support.

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

Roncalli's Future Foundation program allows families to work with Roncalli to support Tuition Assistance and help defer their student's tuition cost. Click here to learn more about the program!

If you are interested in participating, please complete the google form here.

After you have completed that google form, we will be happy to get you registered and working in our program! Any other questions, please contact Jeff Traylor.

CAFETERIA SERVES BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

Every morning in the cafeteria from 6:50-7:40 AM, the Roncalli cafeteria offers many breakfast choices. The cost of breakfast is $2.00. If students are entitled to a free or reduced breakfast, then those breakfasts are either free or $.30. (This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.)

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The cafeteria will provide breakfast and lunch for the days you are not here at Roncalli for synchronous learning days. Come to the Snack Bar after school, and we will build a breakfast and lunch of your choosing for you to take home. Your account will be charged what you normally pay for lunch.

RONCALLI YARD SIGNS

YARD SIGNS

If your student didn’t bring home a yard sign last week, please come by and pick one up. There will be signs available near the main entrance, the stadium entrance and the main doors of the Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium for anyone who did not get a sign last week, this would include those who would like a sign who do not have students at Roncalli.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

An Evening with College Representatives

  • Who: ALL Roncalli students and families are invited to attend!
  • When: 7:00 PM Monday, August 24th
  • Where: Your home! For the first time ever this event will be VIRTUAL!!!

Please watch for an email Friday morning with links to each college session. More details, including a list of the 48 participating colleges, can be found on the BLAST

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Junior Guidebook available!

Please note that members of the guidance office staff met with all juniors this week to review college planning information and college planning checklist items that should be accomplished during the junior year. More detailed information on these topics and others can be found in the Junior Guidebook located under the JUNIOR tab of the BLAST.

Future Planning Night for Juniors
Wednesday, September 2

Who: Roncalli Juniors and their families are invited to attend!

  • When: 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 2 Where: Your Home! For the first time ever, this event will be VIRTUAL!
  • What: RHS Guidance staff will host a brief info session regarding your junior year then we will have two 25 minute breakout sessions. The breakout session topics you can choose from are posted on the BLAST.

Sign Up for College Rep “Visits”!

College representatives will be making virtual school day visits this fall during announcements and office hours (2:30-3:00 PM). Students MUST sign up through Naviance to attend these visits. Complete sign-up instructions can be found on the BLAST.

SENIORS: Common App/Naviance Workshops

School Counselors will be hosting these workshops in room 207 on August 31 and September 1 during studies. If you need help completing your Common App or Requesting Transcripts this is the place you need to be!

From Our Social Worker

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction/Youth Services has a new resource page with helpful tips and resources. These practical tools have been carefully curated to help families and individuals of all ages increase social emotional learning, as well as connection and communication, especially during these challenging times. Visit changethefrequency.today to better your mental health today.

PSAT AND WALKATHON DATE CHANGES

College Board has changed the date when the PSAT is offered, so the test will now be given to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on Thursday, October 29th. Seniors will not come to school on this day and should use this time for college visits and job shadowing if possible.

Because of this date change, Walkathon will now take place on Wednesday, October 28th.

2019-20 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks

There are a few remaining yearbooks for anyone who may still want to buy one from the 2019-20 school year. Your student may purchase one in the main office for $75 or stop by room 109. Checks should be made out to Roncalli. If you have any questions, please email the yearbook adviser, Julie Albertson.

SOCIAL WORKER CONSENT FORM

The school social worker’s role is to assist the school in meeting the social, emotional and spiritual needs of its students, parents/guardians and teachers. This is done by individual sessions with students, meetings with parents or families, small groups, coordinating with other service providers, providing resources to families or students, consulting and facilitating a teamwork approach with teachers and staff at school. If you feel your child would benefit from meeting with the social worker, for any reason, please email Diana Buxton or call (317) 787-8277 ext. 281 at any time.

Fill out and send in the linked consent form. Thank you!

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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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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.

KROGER REWARD REMINDER

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! It is super easy to register. Click here 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.

DAILY PRAYER & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Roncalli High School makes its daily prayer and daily announcements available online for anyone that would like to listen to them. Click here to access daily prayer and announcements

This can be found under the "About" link on the front page of our school's website.

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.

Ascension St. Vincent Excellence

In partnership with Ascension St. Vincent, here is information that you might find useful.

Ascension St. Vincent Excellence

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

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For Robin Barna, father of Sarah Rose, Roncalli Science Department, who is battling with cancer.
  • For Samantha (Maddox) Brown R'04. She is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
  • For former student Arthur Koehl, who was severely injured in an automobile accident, and for his mother Tamara and brothers Jaylen R’17, senior Theo, during this time of recovery and healing.
  • 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 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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