RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - October 30, 2020

WELCOME ALL STUDENTS BACK ON NOVEMBER 2

We welcome all students back to Roncalli on Monday, November 2 with the exception of those students who have indicated they are going to use the Synchronous Learning model on a daily basis. We will stay with our 7:45 AM - 2:30 PM daily bell schedule through Christmas but there will be no hybrid schedule beginning on Monday, November 2. A student will either attend school daily in person or learn from home via the synchronous model daily.

School officials will stay in communication with the Office of Catholic Schools in the coming weeks to determine if a move back to the hybrid schedule is necessary.

SCHOOL CALENDAR REMINDERS & CHANGES

Friday, November 6, 2020 - A reminder that the second of our two Faculty/Student Enrichment Days will be on Friday, November 6. There will be no school for students and teachers on this day - no school in person and no synchronous learning either.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - Our annual Faculty Day of Reflection which typically is held the day before school starts in August was postponed this year so that teachers would have more time to prepare for the synchronous learning model that has served our students so well. This day is a critical day of faith formation and reflection for our teachers which assists them in being more actively and passionately linked to their mission as ministers of the faith. We have scheduled this day for Friday, January 15, 2021. There will be no school for students on this day.

BAND AND CHORAL FEES DUE

This is a reminder to parents of band and choral students that the class fees are due November 1. Students with an outstanding band or choral balance after this date will be withdrawn from their band or choral class at the semester and their first semester choral or band grade will be withheld until the fees have been paid. If this fee poses a hardship, please contact Mr. Newton or Ms. Peach.

GARDEN CLUB HARVEST

GARDEN CLUB
Left to right: Anne Ameis, Katrina Gangstad, Tess Sanneman, Niki Balazs, Ella McCalip and Emily Gramman.

Last week, the garden club completed one of their final harvests of the year. They dug up five boxes of sweet potatoes, along with some of the final crops of cabbage, brussel sprouts, peppers, kale and tomatoes. The members of the club, under the leadership of Katrina Gangstad and Anne Ameis have worked extremely hard this year keeping the garden going. They have been able to donate produce to local food pantries on a fairly consistent basis.

“I am so proud of these young ladies. We have all learned quite a bit about the special needs of the individual crops, in the past few months. With our new found knowledge, we have been able to set some seeds aside, so we can start again in the early spring!” said club moderator Molly Schrader.

FALL PLAY TICKETS

Tickets for the play, “One Acts” are now available. “Charley’s Aunt” will be performed November 11 at 7:00 PM, November 13 at 6:00 PM and November 14 at 7:00 PM. “All in Disguise” and “The Pitch” will be performed on November 12 at 7:00 PM and November 14 at 2:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at roncalli.booktix.com. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Seating in the auditorium is reduced due to current COVID guidelines. Please leave 2 seats between each group when selecting your seats. All patrons are required to wear a mask while in the building.

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RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

Roncalli varsity football sectional game is at Beech Grove High School against Beech Grove tonight Friday, October 30. Kick-off at 7:00 PM.

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

Game Notes

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ABOVE AND BEYOND

Athlete OF THE WEEK

Aidan Leffler

Congratulations to record breaking varsity football QB, junior Aidan Leffler, who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Rodenberg and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

SPIRIT STORE HOLIDAY SALE

The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 7, 2020 in the Roncalli cafeteria from 9 AM to 1 PM. We will have fantastic new merchandise updated with the latest trends and styles for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, you won’t want to miss. Eighth grade parents, shop with us while your student takes the Roncalli placement exam. Check out our FB page (Roncalli Spirit Store) for weekly sneak peeks. For more information, please contact Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store at 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale with your mask on!

15th Annual RONCALLI BOYS’ BASKETBALL

FALL SKILLS CLINIC

  • When: Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • Where: Roncalli High Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium (New Gym)
  • Times:
    • Grades K, 1, 2, and 3 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Grades 4, 5, and 6 - 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Grades 7 and 8 - 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Cost: $20 per player

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

What an awesome first quarter we had in regards to Community Service! Over 14,000 hours were completed by our outstanding students in service to others. Let's keep that going since the need is still significant.

Just a few reminders as we move forward. Students should always make sure to get an accurate email address for the adult supervisor and attach the geo-location to their service log. While not required, it is also a great idea to attach a picture to their log. All of this helps to ensure that service hours can be approved in a timely manner.

While the first semester service hours are not due until Monday, December 7, it is always a great idea to get started early. How about grabbing a friend or two, a couple of rakes, and a box of bags and help clean up the yards of the elderly in your neighborhood?

TRANSPORTATION NEEDED

Please consider helping

Significant need for transportation assistance.

  • To & From School: Nearest Intersection Stop 11 and S. Meridian St.
  • 135 and the Forrest Commons area
  • ride needed to school daily. Thompson & Bluff

Please email or call Andi Baker in the Roncalli Main Office at 317-787-8277 if you can provide help. Thank you!

BUS DRIVERS NEEDED

Bus

Roncalli is looking to expand its pool of licensed bus drivers. The school is willing to pay for the cost of the licensure process. Driving for Roncalli athletic events, field trips, show choir competitions, etc. can be a fun experience and a great supplemental income. Please email the school's Transportation Director, Jason Sims, or call (317) 787-8277, extension 262 if interested.

SENIOR PORTRAIT STUDIO

Southside Prestige portrait studio opened. Read the full letter about appointments and guidelines.

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SENIOR MASS DATE CHANGE

The Senior Mass for the Roncalli Class of 2021 was scheduled for Friday, May 14. However, the recently released schedule of AP tests for May, 2021, has forced us to change the date for our Senior Mass to Thursday, May 13, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience.

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's My Story, R Family video features Mrs. Jane Dias, Roncalli's Guidance Administrative Assistant and St. Barnabas parishioner. As someone who married into the Roncalli family, Mrs. Dias has a very unique and powerful testimonial about the place that we proudly get to call ours!

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

RONCALLI 2020 OPEN HOUSE

Roncalli invites all prospective students in 5th – 8th grades, along with a parent or family member, to join them for an Open House on Thursday, November 5th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Students are invited to join three informational sessions, focusing on topics such as campus ministry, academic, athletics, fine arts and the “big picture” Roncalli. Each session will last 15-20 minutes, with time for questions. Each session will accommodate 50 students and one parent or family member will be able to join them. For those who attend the entire evening, guests will be eligible to win one of three $100 gift certificates to the Roncalli Spirit Store. Guests must attend all three sessions and be present to win.

Sign up to attend a session via SignUp Genius and see why so many people are making Roncalli their choice for high school! For information about Roncalli, visit roncalli.org, or email Allie Ross or call 317-787-8277 extension 243 with questions.

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RONCALLI WRESTLING FOUNDATION

The Elementary and Middle School wrestling season begins on November 3 and ends on March 13. Students can join at any time with practices and weight lifting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Roncalli, and we will participate in a full competition schedule. More details can be found on our website - roncalliwrestlingfoundation.org or contact Coach McClurg @ 317-501-8306.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXTENDED

Through MAY 2021!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the waiver that will allow every student at Roncalli to receive a free breakfast meal and a free lunch meal everyday throughout the remainder of the school year!

Any one of our fabulous lunch choices will be available to your student at no charge! (Reminder: a breakfast meal must include juice or fruit and a lunch meal must include at least one fruit or vegetable to make it a lunch.) All ala carte choices (water, cookies, shakes, chips, etc.) will still be charged at the normal price as will second servings of any entree. As long as your student is a hybrid learner, they are still welcome to come down to the snack bar after school and pick up a peanut butter and jelly lunch for the next day, as well as a breakfast at no charge!

This waiver is good through the end of the 2020/2021 school year!

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

CORPORATE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES!

Roncalli offers a comprehensive winter season 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 and on our YouTube broadcasts. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Roncalli Media Network, 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.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

College Applications and Scholarship Opportunities

Seniors: November 1 is the priority deadline for many college admission offices, so get those applications completed and submitted this weekend! Check the RHS Guidance Blast weekly for more outside scholarship opportunities!

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Practice ACT in December: CANCELED

Roncalli will not offer the Practice ACT in December this year due to Coronavirus restrictions. However, practice for the ACT is STRONGLY encouraged. We will host an in-person two-day Doorway to College ZAPS ACT Seminar on January 25 and 26th 3:15-5:45 You can register for this seminar at www.doorwaytocollege.org Several other beneficial practice options are available on the Method Test Prep website.

Remember to register now for the February ACT at Roncalli as seats are filling up fast!!! Please contact Mrs. Kuntz if you have any questions regarding the Practice ACT.

IU Bloomington Cox Scholarship Opportunity

The Cox Scholars Program rewards hard work and commitment to self-improvement. There are six different Cox Scholarships that you may be eligible for. All Cox Scholars demonstrate financial need, have maintained solid academic performance while attending high school and working a part time job or highly engaged in extracurricular activities. To learn more about these opportunities click here

Carson Scholars Fund

Roncalli may nominate one student from the JUNIOR class for a one-time $1,000 college scholarship. Selection is based on academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Carson scholars must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship opportunity please submit a brief resume of your service activities to Mrs. Kuntz by Friday, November 20.

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST

Roncalli is excited to host the Class of 2025 for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, November 7! Additional details are below:

  • Test begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 11:15 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early, and use the Fine Arts Center entrance (Door #5)
  • Cost is $10
  • Students are asked to bring 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils; calculators are not allowed.
  • Accommodations, as designated in the student’s IEP/ISP, are available only for those students who provide the appropriate documentation to Mrs. Michelle Roberts, Special Needs Director, at least 10 days prior to the HSPT.
  • No need for parents/students to register or call in for the November HSPT test date.
  • Only students who take the November HSPT are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship
  • STARS students and parents are invited to the 8th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium.

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Parents are strongly encouraged to attend an Admissions Information meeting on the morning of the High School Placement Test from 10:00 – 11:15 AM in the Ascension St. Vincent Gym (new gym). Items covered at this meeting will include the Admissions Application, the Admissions process, the Financial Aid process and some general academic and scheduling information. The end of this meeting coincides with the end of the High School Placement Test.

Please contact Jessica Engel, School Counselor (317) 787-8277 (ext.235) or Jane Dias, Guidance Administrative Assistant (ext. 214) with questions.

DO NOT DELAY!

An important reminder to not delay the care you need. Whether it is OB appointments, vaccinations for children, managing a chronic condition, screenings for cancer or your heart, or an emergency situation – we want you to know that we are here and ready to serve.

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.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Kara Cissell Rowell R‘93 who is fighting aggressive cancer. May God provide her strength and comfort during this trying time.
  • For former student Arthur Koehl, who continues to recover from a serious injury in an automobile accident, and for his mother Tamara and brothers Jaylen R’17, senior Theo, during this time of recovery and healing.
  • For Ann Strykowski, mother of Chris Strykowski Roncalli History department and varsity assistant football coach, who is battling health issues.
  • 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 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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