RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 4, 2020

HYBRID LEARNING

HYBRID LEARNING

Moving forward, Roncalli is going to use the hybrid model for the four days of next week with our A-K students in person on Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10, and the L-Z students in person on Wednesday, September 9 and Friday, September 11. We will then continue using the hybrid schedule until further notice while continuing to work diligently on getting all students back for in person instruction as quickly as possible. However, in an effort to be attentive to the needs of all of our students, parents who feel their child is struggling academically, socially, emotionally and/or spiritually in the hybrid schedule may now petition the school asking that their child be allowed to attend school in person on a daily basis! Parents interested in pursuing this opportunity for their child should click on and complete this application and submit it no later than 5 PM on Wednesday, September 9. Those students whose application is approved would begin attending school in person on a daily basis on Monday, September 14.

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REQUIRED FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING

A letter was mailed out a week ago to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted 11 years ago, primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents.

There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: September 9, 15 and 29. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.

NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are NOT required to attend one of these meetings. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach, (317) 787-8277, extension 224.

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

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 Bishop Chatard.

ABOVE AND BEYOND - PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Baron Huebler

Congratulations to senior, Baron Huebler who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Rodenburg and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

This is our notification that Roncalli High School once again has complied with all regulations set forth by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

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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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 Design CONTEST

Calling all creative high school students, this year's theme is “Walk Hard. Play Hard. Pray Hard.” Congratulations to McKenzie Liegibel who came up with this year’s theme.

We are asking students to submit their creative t-shirt design ideas for a chance to win $50! If you have an artistic student, encourage them to submit artwork for the official t-shirt by Wednesday, September 16 at 4 PM. Questions can be directed to Jeen Endris in the Advancement Office.

This year’s Walkathon is Friday, October 30th. The Walkathon is the only all school fundraiser in which Roncalli students are asked to participate. Every dollar raised through Walkathon funds provides needs-based tuition assistance for Roncalli families.

RONCALLI COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE

What a great start in Community Service! Our students are doing an outstanding job so far, and we look forward to all the ways that Roncalli students will continue to serve those in need.

A few reminders: Students can count up to 8 hours toward the first semester from the summer. If any student has completed hours from the summer and have not yet entered them, they must make sure that the "category" listed on the MobileServe app is summer hours and the date of service reflects a June or July date.

First Quarter hours will be due on Monday September 28. We ask all students to have nine hours completed by this date.

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Semester hours will be due on Monday December 7. We ask our students to have completed 18 hours by this date.

The new number for the Class of 2021 to receive a service cord is 216 (this is down from the past goal of 234 hours).

We still have the "Service Wall of Fame" which lists all students who have completed 400 or more hours during their high school career. These plaques hang outside Mr. Striby's office in the cafeteria.

Great job so far! Keep those hours coming!

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

CORPORATE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES!

Roncalli offers a comprehensive Corporate Sponsor program that supports our students in several exciting ways, including tuition assistance and broadcasting opportunities. There are many benefits in sponsoring and supporting Roncalli. Your company will be exposed to other like-minded businesses that also support Roncalli. Almost 1,100 students, 125 faculty and staff, an alumni base of over 13,500 and thousands of Roncalli parents, relatives and friends will have an opportunity to see your business ad at some point during the school year. Our newest opportunity will include signage opportunities in the Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Roncalli Media Network, Homecoming, Fall Sports, Rebel 5ive podcast, Rebelation or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please email Gary Armbruster or call him at 317-525-7046.

PAID POSITIONS AT Roncalli

Roncalli's Cafeteria is looking for employees that have the best interests of our students at their heart! Our cafeteria team is a family with a mission to provide the best possible food for our students. We are a faith filled, welcoming group that is looking for new members to carry the torch of good nutrition. These paid positions fit perfectly into a school parents day. PLEASE call us for more information. What a great way to serve your community! Thank you for your consideration! Email Jeff Richardson or call 317-788-4099.

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.

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

Don't have a student at Roncalli, but would like a 2020 yard sign? We have you covered! Signs are available NOW at the front entrance of the school, Roncalli Stadium and the Ascension St. Vincent Gym (new gym). Thank you for supporting RHS!

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's video features Roncalli senior, Emma Morgan, St. Jude Parish

For more information on the school and all we have to offer, please visit roncalli.org.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

New and Improved Guidance Website!

The Guidance Department is very excited to announce their website has been updated! All links, resources, Guidebooks, and forms are up-to-date! Go check it out!

Guidance Site

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College Rep “Visits” at Roncalli!

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

Hanover College - 9/10, 10:45 AM - room 107 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - 9/11, 10:45 AM - 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.

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.

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

FAFSA Info Night

Save the date - Wednesday, October 6th - for our FAFSA Info Night! Seniors planning on any postsecondary education, this is a very important event for you and your families to participate in! See the BLAST for more info!

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.

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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.

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

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Marie Beaver, aunt of sophomore Allison and Max Fleetwood R’16, who passed away. May God comfort her family during this difficult time.
  • For Eric Davis R’04 who is battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
  • 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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