RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 28, 2020

CELEBRATING ALL SCHOOL LITURGY

LITURGY

We are so very grateful that we were able to gather as a school community on Thursday (L-Z students) and Friday (A-K students) to celebrate mass together! Nothing we do as a school compares to the importance of gathering together as a faith community to celebrate Christ and the Eucharist! A big thank you to Fr. Bob Robeson (Interim President), Fr. Doug Hunter (Chaplain Coordinator), Jeff Traylor (Director of Campus Ministry) and all of our students, faculty and staff for their efforts in making these liturgies possible! COVID-19 cannot and will not stop us from coming together to pray and to worship as a school!

HYBRID LEARNING

HYBRID LEARNING

Roncalli is looking forward to the return to school for all students on Tuesday, September 8.

AMERICAN LEGION DONATION

LEGION DONATION
American Legion Commander Ed McDuffee and Principal Chuck Weisenbach

Last week, Roncalli received a generous donation from the American Legion Post #355 at 7610 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Commander Ed McDuffee presented the donation check to Principal Weisenbach. The donation will provide needs-based tuition assistance.

Mr. Weisenbach shared, “We are very grateful to all the members of American Legion Post #355 for their generous contribution. The need for financial assistance has never been greater due to families being impacted financially by COVID-19 so their support is very timely and will be put to great use. We appreciate the years of support they have provided our school.”

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

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

Who is ready for some football?! Join us TONIGHT when Roncalli takes on Franklin Central. Lots of opportunities to watch/listen!

TICKET PURCHASE

JV AND FRESHMAN FOOTBALL

To purchase tickets for the Freshman and JV Football games vs. Franklin Central on August 29 click here. This is the only way to purchase tickets for the games at Franklin Central.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALGEBRA 1 CP

In our observations throughout the first two weeks of school, we have recognized that some of our students are experiencing significant struggles in their mathematics course. This is especially true for our freshmen as they adjust to high school.

To support these students, the Math Department will begin mandatory office hours for students in Algebra 1 CP with grades of a D+ or lower. Students will be required to attend at least 2 office hours per week with their math teacher. The mandatory attendance of office hours will begin Monday, August 31 and will continue throughout the remainder of the first quarter.

All teachers currently hold office hours each morning from 7:15 AM - 7:45 AM and afternoons Monday through Thursday from 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM.

Please refer to the email that was sent home earlier this week for more information or contact your student's Algebra 1 CP teacher or their school counselor.

PICTURE RETAKES

Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 6th in the morning. Any student who did not get their picture taken on the first day of school, we need to have their picture taken on this day. In addition, anyone who is doing a picture retake, must bring back their picture packet. Students who are getting their picture taken can be out of uniform, but shorts, jeans or inappropriate clothing are not allowed. Please contact Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

PARENTS CHECK GRADES

The first quarter’s midway point is Friday, September 4. 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!

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roncalli.instructure.com

Website access starts at the link shown here. It does not start at the Username field unless you already have an account.

Pictured to the right is the Canvas Parent app for mobile devices.

Regardless of using the website or the mobile app, a pairing code is required during sign up. Read on to learn how to obtain this code.

Please click link to “instructions.”

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.

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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WALKATHON 2020 THEME CONTEST

Calling all students to submit Walkathon theme ideas by Thursday, September 3rd to Mrs. Endris in the Advancement Office. This can be done on paper or via email to jendris@roncalli.org. The creator of the chosen theme will receive a nice crisp $50 bill! Encourage your student to submit their ideas!

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.

RONCALLI COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE

We are extremely excited and thrilled to see so many of our Roncalli students already completing so many service hours. With our new service requirements, we are especially proud of the students who are creatively finding ways to serve those in need in their communities.

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Please remember that there are no HOPE requirements for this semester, but we are still asking our students to complete 18 hours of Community Service by the end of the semester, nine of which are due on September 28.

While we will continue to promote service opportunities in the Roncalli Google Calendars and through the MobileServe app, there are simply not nearly as many organizations who are seeking our help right now, due to the COVID 19 virus. We are working hard on our end to find ways to help these organizations, while ensuring the safety of all involved. Please be looking for these new opportunities in the weeks ahead.

Please take a moment to read the information at the link below and feel free to contact Mr. Striby with any questions or concerns.

Community Service Update

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

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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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.

DISTANCE LEARNING MEALS

Is your distance learning student eating you out of house and home? Let Roncalli help. We can provide a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches at the same cost as your student usually pays at school at one pick-up. This may be especially beneficial for our families who receive the free and reduced lunch assistance. If you are interested in this service please contact Jeff Richardson or Lani Cummings at 317-788-4099.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

SUPPORT THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Roncalli Performing Arts is currently selling ads for the Roncalli 2020-21 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.

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Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

The purchase of a ½ page ad gets you a Roncalli VIP card. While the current VIP program is being revamped due to the current COVID attendance restrictions, we hope to be able to provide free tickets to all Roncalli sporting and performing arts events in the near future.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski or Miki Lewinski.

The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from the Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.

RONCALLI YARD SIGNS

YARD SIGNS

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, this would include those who would like a sign who do not have students at Roncalli.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

All Students' Transcripts Now Available

For the month of September, historical grades for students in Grade 10 through 12 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. Cumulative GPAs will also be available.

Your counselor should be emailed with any questions.

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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.

Parents of Juniors - Junior Guidebook available

You can find a copy of the Junior Guidebook under the JUNIOR tab of 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!

Sign Up for College Rep “Visits” at Roncalli!

The following college representatives will be “Visiting” Roncalli next week.

  • Central Michigan University - 9/1 @ 10:45 - room 206
  • Denison University - 9/3 @ 10:45 - room 107
  • University of Evansville - 9/4 @ 10:45 - room 107 Students MUST sign up through Naviance to receive the links to attend these visits. Complete sign-up instructions can be found on the BLAST.

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.

Paying for College Night

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  • Who: Juniors and Seniors and their families
  • When: 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 9
  • Where: VIRTUAL EVENT!!!

See the BLAST for more details!!!

ZAPS ACT/SAT Test Prep Seminars: Online Only for 2020

All Doorway To College ZAPS Test Prep Seminars will be offered online exclusively this year. See the BLAST for registration information

Roncalli Events Canceled

We are very disappointed to inform you that due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Jesuit Excellence Tour (September 8) and the Notre Dame Tri-Campus Information Night (September 14) have been canceled by their respective organizations. Both will offer similar virtual events this fall. See the BLAST for details!

PSAT AND WALKATHON DATE CHANGES

The 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 29. 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 Friday, October 30.

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

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Helen Kanter, mother of Robert Kanter R'94 and Jim Kanter R'92, and grandmother of Ben Kanter R'21 and Luke Kanter R'23, who passed away this week. She retired from St. Barnabas where she taught Math and Science for many years.
  • For the repose of the soul of Ann Jordan, grandmother of Sarah R’23, Nora R'23 and Sam Jordan R'20, who passed away. May God comfort her family during this difficult time.
  • 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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