RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 27, 2021

CANNED FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

This year's Canned Food Drive has been an overwhelming success! Thank you to all in the Roncalli community who supported this year's Canned Food Drive. As of Wednesday, in only cash donations the Roncalli students, faculty and staff raised over $35,000! These donations will be distributed to local food pantries that serve the Indianapolis community.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our annual blood drive, scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 2022 from 2:00-8:00 PM. More info coming soon.

ACADEMIC ALL STARS

Anne Ameis and Nathan Riley

Congratulations to our two seniors Anne Ameis (English) and Nathan Riley (Reading) who earned a perfect score (36) on one or more parts of the ACT that they took last June.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GRANDPARENTS DAY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

We are in need of a few parent volunteers to help out at Grandparents Day! This is a fun-filled day beginning at 7:30 AM and ending around noon. Please email Raegan Evans or call 317-787-8277 ext 231 for more information or if interested in volunteering for this day.

GRANDPARENTS DAY RETURNS

SEPTEMBER 3, 2021, 8:30 AM - NOON

We are excited to welcome Grandparents Day back to campus! While relying on the latest information from government and healthcare agencies and the archdiocese, we have crafted a plan for this year’s Grandparents Day celebration that attempts to ensure to the best of our ability the health and safety of all who will be a part of this wonderful celebration on Friday, September 3.

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Please read over the following details that have been put in place just for this year’s celebration.

  • Period 1 7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
  • Period 2 7:50 AM – 8:05 AM
  • Period 3 8:10 AM – 8:25 AM
  • Period 4 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
  • Period 7 8:50 AM – 9:05 AM
  • Period 8 9:10 AM – 9:25 AM
  • Prayer/Announcements 9:25 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Move to Liturgy 9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
  • Liturgy 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Open House 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

STUDENTS WITHOUT GRANDPARENTS

  • Park at St. Jude.
  • Move to St. Jude at 9:30 AM
  • Dismissed after mass at 10:30 AM

STUDENTS WITH GRANDPARENTS

  • Park in the Bubble lot.
  • Move to ASV at 9:35 AM
  • Invited to tour the building, meet teachers, go to the spirit store after mass 11:00 AM

FACULTY & STAFF

  • Park south of the building.
  • Split in half by departments for mass locations
  • Dismiss at 12:00 PM

SCHEDULE FOR GRANDPARENTS

  • Park in the north lot, providence house, and around the ASV Gym.
  • Doors Open - 8:30 AM
  • Grandparents Day Program - 9:00 AM
  • Respect Life Liturgy - 9:30 AM
  • Open House - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

After the Respect Life Liturgy, students and their grandparents are welcome to shop at the spirit store, tour campus, walk through their schedule, and meet the faculty and staff. Students and their grandparents are welcome to leave at their leisure. Thanks for your help in making it such a special day for the kids and their grandparents!

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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 ten 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. The first of four of these meetings was held yesterday.

There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: September 1, September 9 and September 22. 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 our Dean of Students, Tim Crissman, at 787-8277, extension 223.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Stay up-to-date with this year’s school calendar.

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SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM

The Roncalli Swimming and Diving Team is looking for students who are interested in swimming or diving this upcoming season. Currently, our boys and girls rosters have open spots. If anyone is interested or has any questions please contact coach Curtis Cox. The swimming and diving program has seen a lot of success over the last few years, including winning 7 conference championships in the last 5 years. Parents: Roncalli's swim team is consistently one of the higher performing varsity sports in academics, due to our emphasis on time management skills. We welcome anyone to join. No previous experience is necessary.

PERFORMING ARTS SENIORS

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 September 3. Pictures for the book will be taken Wednesday, September 8.

SUPPORT THE PERFORMING ARTS!

The Roncalli Performing Arts is currently selling ads for the Roncalli 2021-22 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.

Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Full Page Ad-$475
  • Half Page Ad-$300
  • Quarter Page Ad-$200
  • Business Card Size-$75

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Opportunity for a “RONCALLI VIP CARD”

VIP Card

The purchase of a half page or larger ad will also entitle the purchaser to a VIP Card. VIP cards are good for free admittance for the card holder and 3 guests (4 total) to home sporting events ( This does not include County or IHSAA tournament events). Guests must be present with the card holder and must pick up tickets at the main ticket gate. In addition, VIP members are entitled to 4 free tickets to one performance of each of the performing arts productions (fall musical, Christmas band concert, Christmas choral concert, spring play, spring band concert and Pop’s concert) as well as early access to tickets.

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.

NATIONWIDE FOOD SHORTAGE

All school cafeterias across the nation are in the midst of supply chain disruptions, and Roncalli’s cafeteria is no exception. The issues include transportation, processing, driver shortages and lack of employees in the distribution plants. In addition, more students are taking advantage of the USDA’s Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs. More mouths to feed = less product availability.

With that said, our students will see more and more menu options change in the coming weeks. The Café staff is working diligently to continue offering the students and staff the many options they are accustomed to, while maintaining our high standards of quality and nutrition.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please email Food Service Director Jeff Richardson or call (317) 788-4099.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR CHANGE

In an effort to better meet the needs of each student and the increasing enrollment trends, we have slightly adjusted the alphabet breakdown. Beginning Monday, August 16th all freshmen and sophomores with the last names S - Sch will now be assigned to Ms. Ellis (soon to be Mrs. Gomez). Juniors and seniors with the last names S - Sch will remain with Mrs. Engel.

Please feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor to introduce yourself, share anecdotes or concerns, offer insight, or ask questions!

  • Angela Maly: A-D
  • Jessica Gattuso: E-Ke
  • Lisa Beckwith: Kh-Ma
  • Jessica Engel: Grades 9-10, Mc-R
    • Grades 11-12, Mc-Sch
  • Morgan Ellis: Grades 9-10, S-Z
    • Grades 11-12, Last names Sci-Z

STUDENT ID’S IN THE CAFETERIA

We are three weeks into the 2021-22 School Year, and all students should have a barcoded Student ID at this point. The cafeteria is working with a touchless Point of Sale system that allows the students to scan their barcode for a more efficient and safe environment. However, many students are not bringing their Student ID’s to lunch, which is causing the café staff to key in ID numbers and slowing down the process.

Beginning Monday, if students forget or lose their ID’s, they will be prompted to visit the Cafeteria Office to pay for their lunch. A list of these students will then be sent to the Dean’s Office for review. If a student has lost their ID, it is recommended they visit the Main Office for a replacement. The cafeteria staff appreciates your attention to this matter.

2021 YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE

There are still 2021 yearbooks available for purchase from the main office if your student would like one. They are $75 and checks should be made out to Roncalli High School.

All those who bought one and didn't pick it up yet were sent an email Wednesday. They can be picked up in the main office or in room 109. If you have a question please email Julie Albertson.

RONCALLI CIRCLE OF FAITH DISTINCTION DINNER

CIRCLE OF FAITH

Celebrate together at the Roncalli High School Circle of Faith Distinction Dinner on September 23, 2021 at Roncalli High School in the Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium beginning at 5:30 PM.

Join us as we honor individuals from the Roncalli community with awards recognizing contributions to our school, our church and our world. Guests will celebrate all that makes Roncalli what it is today while hearing more about what comes next for our school.

  • Bernie Price - Honorary Alumna
  • Jerry Ross - Honorary Alumnus
  • Mary McCoy R’79 - Alumna of the Year
  • Jim Ratliff - St. John XXIII Award
  • John Smith - Volunteer of the Year

5:30 PM Social Hour, 6:30 PM Program and Dinner (complimentary)

Visit giving.roncalli.org or scan the QR code with your phone's camera.

CIRCLE OF FAITH

HOMECOMING POST GAME PARTY TICKETS

FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

Homecoming Tickets

We are excited to be partnering with Gallagher's Pub & Eatery for this year's Homecoming After Party! Join us at the tent after the halftime presentations on Friday, September 24 for drinks, snacks, fun and music by Train Wreck!

Tickets are $10 (get yours in the Advancement Office at RHS), there will be a cash bar and you must be 21 to enter. See you there, Royals!

Questions can be directed to Fran Davey.

𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙚 21 𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙙

YOUR CHILD! YOUR TAX DOLLARS! YOUR CHOICE!

Check the income criteria below - Estimates indicate that between 80-90% of families will qualify.

Indiana Choice Scholarships pay $5,500 - $6,500 of your child’s Roncalli tuition!

Please contact Director of Tuition Assistance, Amy Kuntz at akuntz@roncalli.org or 317.787.8277 ext. 278 if you have any questions or want to explore your options.

Choice Scholarship Program Income Limits by Household Size

Choose your school, choose Roncalli.

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CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP (VOUCHER)

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST

A mailing went out to all families that have an approved Choice Scholarship Voucher for the 2021/22 school year on Wednesday 7/7/21. If you received this mailing, please sign and return the forms and your voucher will be secured for this school year.

If you think you qualify for a Choice Scholarship Voucher and you did NOT receive a letter in the mail with your voucher approval or haven’t worked with Amy to sign the papers in the last 3 weeks, please call or email Amy Kuntz 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 here.

DEADLINE AUGUST 31ST

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

All economics students will be participating in a Community Poverty Simulation and we need 20 parent volunteers to run this event. We will be working in the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium (old gym) on September 9, from 7:30 AM - 3 PM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience, please contact Betsy Strader for further information.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

WE CAN HELP YOU!

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

Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).

  • If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221. Please provide her with the following details (your name, contact information, major crossroads near where you live and what your needs are (ride to school, home from school or both). We will make every effort to connect you with another RHS family that can assist with your transportation needs.
  • If your family/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please contact Andi Baker and provide her with the same information as noted in the first paragraph. This can be an excellent way for your family/student to benefit from some extra gas money.

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We have the following RHS families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.

  • Needs ride to and from school (Morgantown and Smokey Row)
  • Needs ride to school (Somerset Neighborhood in Bargersville - could meet at SFSC in morning)
  • Needs ride home from school daily (Main Street in Greenwood between US 31 and 135)
  • Needs ride home from school daily (Arlington and Thompson)
  • Needs ride home 3-4 times a week (Center Grove area)
  • Needs a ride home after school, daily (Bluff and Southport Road)

SOCIAL WORKER PARENT INFORMATION

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GUIDANCE CORNER

Guidance QR code New Site

Please see the Roncalli Guidance Blast for these important updates!

  • ACT and SAT Preparation Seminars offered AT RONCALLI!!!
  • Sophomores and Juniors heard Future Planning Presentations this week!
  • College Representatives visiting Roncalli next week!!
  • Future Planning Night for Freshmen/Sophomores - Sept. 7th at 7:00PM
  • Future Planning Night for Juniors - Sept. 21 at 7:00PM
  • Tips from the Social Worker on supporting your students’ mental health.
  • Career Exploration Program

SCHOOL CHOICE EXPANSION

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POPE FRANCIS

COVID-19 VACCINATION AN “ACT OF LOVE” AND MORAL OBLIGATION

VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR TEENS

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ST. ANN PARISH FESTIVAL

Please join us at the St. Ann Church Festival August 26-28. Beginning at 5PM each day, we welcome you to enjoy carnival rides, many games, Monte Carlo, all kinds of great food inside and out, our renowned bake shop (many homemade desserts!), silent auction and much more! Opportunities for service hours! (License #002377, igc ref #154516)

Ascension St. Vincent Excellence

It’s time to end youth vaping!

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Declan Stanley R’21 as he finishes USMC boot camp with the Crucible on September 7th - 9th. May God give him strength and bring him safely through the challenge.
  • For the repose of the soul of Bill Kerr, grandfather of junior Elsie Kerr. May God provide comfort and peace to his family.
  • For Dennis Stephenson Hon’93, who is battling serious health issues.
  • For Bill Mullen Hon’14, who is battling serious health issues.
  • For Kathy Tinder, long time teacher at Roncalli, who continues to battle serious 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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