RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 19, 2021

LOWERY AND PEEPLES ADVANCE TO STATE

LOWERY AND PEEPLES

(left to right) Bryce Lowery and Sam Peeples

Last weekend, the Roncalli wrestling team had two wrestlers advance to the state finals based on a top four finish in their weight classes at the New Castle Semi-State. Sophomore Bryce Lowery (126 pound class) and junior Sam Peeples (182 pound class) will represent Roncalli at state finals.

“Bryce and Sam both did a really good job of competing, with an emphasized effort towards putting points on the scoreboard on Saturday,” said Roncalli wrestling head coach Wade McClurg. “It has been a long and difficult season, and we are very grateful that we have two guys who have earned the opportunity to compete on the third weekend in February.”

Lowery, who finished second in the semi-state, will be making his second state finals appearance after finishing fourth last season in the 106 pound class. Peeples finished third in the semi-state and is making his first state finals appearance.

The state finals began Friday morning (February 19) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 11:00 AM for Lowery and the other wrestlers in weight classes 106 through 145. The wrestlers in weight classes 152 through 285, including Peeples, compete at 7:00 PM. The quarterfinal round begins on Saturday at 9:30 AM.

Good luck to our wrestling Royals!

ALL-STATE CHOIR

ALL-STATE CHOIR

(top left to right) Freshmen Antia Conn and Patrisha Luzietti, sophomore Fletcher Hooten, (bottom left to right) junior Ian Knight, and seniors Hayden Bean and Ali Dafforn

Congratulations to these Royals who made it into the Indiana All-State Honor Choir. This auditioned choir is made up of 150 students from all over Indiana. The choir will perform in the spring at the Palladium in Carmel. We are proud of you!

FINAL ISTEP+ TESTING DATE

FEBRUARY 23 (MATHEMATICS)

ALL JUNIORS IN PERSON; ALL OTHER STUDENTS WILL LEARN FROM HOME VIA OUR SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING MODEL

All juniors will report to Roncalli at 7:45 AM for testing on this date. Juniors using the resource program for extended time for testing will report to school at 7:30 AM. Their school day will end at approximately 2:15 PM. Lunch will be served. Please know that all juniors must be present on this day including those students who to date have been full time synchronous learners.

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All freshmen, sophomores and seniors will be synchronously learning from home on these two dates.

Thank you once again for your flexibility as we continue to provide our students and families with the absolute best learning environment while still tending to the Covid-19 precautionary measures.

Please contact Roncalli High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Beth Reel, should you have any questions about the ISTEP+ or the schedule we are using on February 23.

RHS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CASH BASH

LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS TONIGHT BY 6PM

Cash Bash

22nd Annual RHS Athletics Cash Bash & Raffle Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

Presented by the Roncalli Athletic Booster Club

The 22nd annual RHS Athletics Cash Bash is still on! This year it will be a virtual Cash Bash with up to $5000 in cash being given out. Due to attendance restrictions, the Cash Bash will air on Roncalli Youtube on Saturday, February 27 at 8 PM.

Registration Details

2021 RONCALLI CANNED FOOD DRIVE: MARCH 8-12

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

As part of this year’s Lenten Almsgiving Project, Roncalli’s Student Council has organized a canned food drive. Indianapolis is no stranger to those in our community who struggle to provide food for themselves and their families. In fact, our St. Vincent de Paul serves an average of 2,837 families per week. That’s about 10,000 people, many of whom are working families, that rely on food and monetary donations to feed their families every single week.

Roncalli has the opportunity to make an impact through our canned food drive at a time when donations are at their lowest levels. And because of St. Vincent de Paul’s benefactors, each dollar we donate will have $20 worth of impact.Those willing to donate $40 will actually be providing $800 of relief to families in need. On average, that can feed a family of 4 for 4-5 weeks! This year, we’ve set a goal for every student and staff member to donate at least $40 or 80 cans. For households with more than one student and/or staff member, the goal is at least $65 or 130 cans.

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DONATION DROP-OFF:

Students will be given this donation form to fill out prior to dropping off their donation. If they lose it, they can print a new copy. For students and staff attending school in-person, drop off in the main lobby from 7:00-7:30am on March 8-12. For fully-synchronous students or others in the Roncalli community, drop off in the main office during normal school hours (excluding afternoon of March 12) or send in with a classmate.

DONATION BENCHMARKS:

Students and staff who donate at least $40 or 80 cans will immediately receive a wristband that allows them to be out-of-uniform through March 12. Members of a household with more than one student and/or staff receive wristbands if they collectively donate at least $65 or 130 cans. Students and staff who donate less than $40 or 80 cans will receive their wristband in time to be out-of-uniform on March 12.

Students can find more information on the Canned Food Drive page of the Stu Co module on their Class of 20xx Canvas course.

Contact Student Council Moderator Mr. Costello with any questions.

SPRING MUSICAL

MUSICAL

Tickets for the musical, “Newsies” will be available beginning March 8. VIP card holders need to contact Miki Lewinski for the promo code to secure their 2 free tickets. 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.

DAILY IN-PERSON OR SYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION APPLICATION

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on March 1 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on March 1 will have to complete and submit this application. The application is open from Monday through Thursday at 3 PM.

NOTE: When a student selects to attend school daily in person or selects to use the synchronous learning model daily they will be required to stay in that model for an entire week. Students wishing to return to the hybrid model must notify Roncalli High School Assistant Principal, Mrs. Beth Reel, no later than noon on Friday in order for that request to be granted for the following week.

BLOOD DRIVE - MARCH 3

BLOOD DRIVE

Roncalli High School is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to save community lives.

Please come out to support our drive on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM in the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium.

Students may NOT sign up until 2:30 PM

USE THIS LINK to schedule your donation appointment and help us make an impact on the lives of patients right here in our local Indiana hospitals.

CLICK HERE for height and weight requirements.

**Must be 16 to donate. 16-year-old donors must bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to their appointment. PRINT THE CONSENT FORM HERE or take a copy from the Stu Co board outside the spirit store.

*** If you do not meet the requirements to donate, please encourage friends and family to sign up.

Email Student Council Moderator Ryan Costello for more information.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Maddie Bischoff

Congratulations to senior girls basketball player Maddie Bischoff, an Indiana All-Star candidate, who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Tim Gray and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

RONCALLI PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Roncalli High School is seeking Parent Representatives from each South Deanery school/parish. We are looking for parents to serve as advocates for Roncalli in the community! What will this entail, you ask? Please see details below:

  • Act as "Parking Lot Promoters"...if Roncalli is being discussed, you can act as our reps!
  • Meet with Roncalli admissions and administrative staff to discuss recruitment and retention strategies. Times are TBD as of now.
  • Possibly provide a testimony at a school/parish event.

If you are interested, please email Allie Ross. St. John XXIII, pray for us.

APPLY TODAY!

RONCALLI APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

Roncalli is excited to welcome the Class of 2025 next fall! As a reminder, the Application for Admission is now available online. You CAN fill out the application before your student takes the High School Placement Test.

Once the application is complete and the $100 registration fee is received, you may continue the registration process. Scheduling appointments with your student's counselor will begin in less than a month, so don't delay! Please email Director of Admissions Allie Ross or call (317) 787-8277, ext. 243 with any questions.

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's My Story, R Family introduces us to 2003 Roncalli graduates, Joey and Stephanie Newton! What started in RHS band freshman year, has now blossomed into a beautiful family with three little girls. Just wait until you get to the Jamaica trip story… you're going to love it!

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

Roncalli SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and a few scholarships for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $250-$1,500. Scholarship applications can be printed using the links below for each of various scholarships. All completed applications should be submitted online by March 1, 2021 no later than 3:00 PM. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2021-2022 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding Roncalli scholarships can be directed to Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life, at 317-787-8277 Ext. 284.

IMPORTANT: The applications will only be available with a Roncalli student email account.

Completed applications are due March 1, 2021 3 PM.

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“CELEBRATION RONCALLI”

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

CELEBRATION RONCALLI

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 24, 2021

We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan our celebration of Roncalli. This is our annual gala that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night traditionally consists of dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun.

Make a tax-deductible donation to our silent and live auctions. We are in need of the following items: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.

If you can help or have an item to donate for the silent or live auction, please email Jeen Endris.

WIN $500 EARLY BIRD PRIZE AND A CHANCE AT $10,000!

Celebrate Roncalli Raffle

Win $10,000 with the Celebration Roncalli High Stakes Raffle! Get your tickets NOW for a chance at the $500 Early Bird prize drawing, happening on Friday, March 12!

Only 350 tickets will be sold, and they are $100 each. Purchase with cash or check in the Roncalli Advancement Office. Contact Jeen Endris or Gary Armbruster to get yours today! Visit roncalli.org/celebration for official rules and order form

JR ROYAL LACROSSE

Interested in the fastest growing sport on two feet? Come see what lacrosse is all about! Indy Junior Royals Lacrosse (the feeder program for Roncalli High School Lacrosse) is registering now for our spring season.

Visit jrrebellax.com or our facebook page for more information. We currently have teams for boys and girls, grades 3-8. Questions? Contact Julie at juliealdrich@att.net or 317-496-7339.

Register now

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

We prayerfully ask that you consider a gift to this year's Circle of Faith campaign.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

What a great first semester we had at Roncalli, as our students completed 22,699 hours of Community Service! The lives of so many people in our community have been positively affected by our students. Great job, Roncalli! We are looking forward to an amazing second semester as we meet Christ's call to serve those in need.

As we begin a new semester, we have made small adjustments to the Service hours requirements. Please click here for the updates.

2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IMMUNIZATIONS

A los padres/tutores: Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

The Indiana State Department of Health and Department of Education has mandatory immunizations for every student enrolled in an Indiana school. Roncalli High School must follow these requirements to stay in compliance; even if a physicians’ immunization and dosing schedules show more flexibility.

Immunization requirements for 2021-22 require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered a minimum 6 months apart.

Also 2 Meningitis MCV4 vaccines are required for Class of 2022 prior to the start of their senior year.

If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization. County Health Departments can assist with these vaccinations.

Documentation needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email jdias@roncalli.org.

Click the link below to see all required vaccinations for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Requirements

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

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

Tonight’s Royals Basketball games vs. Guerin Catholic will air on the Roncalli High School YouTube channel. Tune in at 6 PM for the boys JV Royals game and Varsity Royals game to follow.

Game Notes

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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, Celebrate Roncalli (formerly Rebelation) or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please email Gary Armbruster or call 317-525-7046.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

Please see the RHS Guidance Blast for These Important Updates

  • Next Indiana Scholarship Opportunity
  • American Public Works Association Scholarship
  • Summer Enrichment Opportunities Updates

FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2021-2022

DUE MARCH 1

Financial aid forms for the 2021-2022 school year are now available ONLINE. You can access the link here for the online application.

Please email Amy Kuntz in the Business Office if you have questions. She can be reached at 317-787-8277 ext: 278.

All financial aid forms must be completed by March 1.

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2021

It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 18. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 29.

To maintain the integrity of the school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.

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Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2021 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2021 will be from June 28 - July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.

JOHNSON COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Johnson County Youth Leadership Academy is a five-month program designed to bring together a select group of Johnson County High School students to learn more about their community and practice leadership skills in a fun learning environment. Each program day is designed to foster an opportunity for increased self-awareness, a better understanding of the local community and an opportunity to meet and network with peers from across Johnson County.

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Program Requirements

Youth Leadership Academy participants must:

  • Attend an opening retreat in late July.
  • Attend 4 regularly scheduled class dates throughout the year.
  • Attend and present at the graduation celebration.
  • Complete a community service project.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be current High School Sophomores and Juniors or home-schooled equivalent in Johnson County.
  • Class members must commit to full participation in the program.
  • Class members must agree to abide by all LJC – Youth Leadership Academy policies and procedures.
  • Must be a resident of Johnson County or attend a high school located in Johnson County.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on March 15, 2021

See Mr. Banich for more information or if you are considering applying.

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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.

OUR LADY OF THE GREENWOOD REGISTRATION

OUR LADY OF THE GREENWOOD

Our Lady of the Greenwood School Pre-K through 8th grade open enrollment starts February 8th for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out more about our OLG family at www.ol-g.net. OLG hopes you can come Learn, Play, and Pray with us at OLG School.

ST. JUDE CONFIRMATION

St. Jude High School Confirmation Prep weekend is February 26-28 for sophomores or older. If you are a St. Jude parishioner and are not already registered for Confirmation, contract the parish for registration information.

ST. JUDE REGISTRATION

St. Jude Catholic School Preschool through 8th grade open enrollment starting February 8th for the 2020-2021 School year. Come join our high quality education in a Catholic Christian environment which nurtures self esteem, personal growth, and mutual respect. Preschool ELM visit www.stjude-elm.org. K-8th grade visit www.sjsindy.org.

ST. JUDE FISH FRY DRIVE-THRU

MARCH 12

Boy Scout Troop 51 is hosting their annual Fish Fry. This year will be a drive-thru operation starting near door 13 of the St. Jude cafeteria. Signs will be posted and order forms will be available for each vehicle as they arrive.

Menu options include 1 or 2 Fish Filets, Grilled Cheese, Coleslaw, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans with Potatoes, and Soda or Bottled Water.

  • Date: March 12
  • Location: St. Jude School (5353 McFarland Road)
  • Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Cost: Free will donation (cash or charge card accepted)

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Rosemary Delph, grandmother and guardian of sophomore Ravyn Bond, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. May God provide her with strength and comfort during this difficult time.
  • For ​Ashley Fernandez Cross​, wife of former boys lacrosse coach ​Sean Cross​, ​for her full recovery from a brain aneurysm. We pray for her family and God’s gift of strength during this time of recovery and healing.
  • For Kara Cissell Roell 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 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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