RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 3, 2021

THANK YOU, KEVIN ATLAS AND VARSITY BRANDS

Kevin Atlas and Aidan Lefler

Kevin Atlas was the first division one college basketball player to play with one arm. Since graduating, Kevin has dedicated much of his professional life speaking to thousands of high school kids, using his personal stories of challenge and perseverance to connect with students.

We were honored to host Kevin on Friday, August 27th. He spoke of empathy, grit, habits and the value each member of the Royal family brings to Roncalli. Our students experienced a wide array of emotions and thanked Kevin with a standing ovation!

Thank you, Kevin Atlas!

ACADEMIC ALL STARS

Angelina Fisher, Olivia Murphy, and Carlie Young

Left to right: Angelina Fisher - Reading, Olivia Murphy - Reading, Carlie Young - Math

Congratulations to our three seniors Angelina Fisher, Olivia Murphy and Carlie Young who earned a perfect score (36) on one or more parts of the ACT that they took last July.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

TOTALS!

Thank You for supporting the 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. A total of 3,371 food items were collected, along with $34,893 for a combined total of $36,578.50. The total of money and cans collected would equal 73,157 cans. 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.

LIFE ACADEMY REUNION

Past Life Academy students and families are invited to join us for our first “Roncalli Life Academy Reunion”:

  • Sunday, September 26, 2021
  • 2-4:00 PM
  • St. Jude Pavillion
  • 5353 McFarland Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Join us to reconnect with friends! Snacks and games will be provided. RSVP by Wednesday, September 22nd to Julie Sommers.

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.

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.

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REQUIRED FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING

A letter was mailed out two weeks 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 two more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: 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.

STAND PRESENTATIONS

On Monday, August 30, a member of the STANDUp team presented valuable information to all students in their Theology classes. This team is made up of administrators, counselors, teachers and our school social worker. The team seeks to identify students experiencing physical, social, emotional or spiritual difficulties and to remove the barriers which interfere with learning. The goal is to empower these students to experience the same opportunities for growth and development that God intends for all young people. For more information, click here.

RONCALLI

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Sheryl Sherman Quote

BASKETBALL TRAINING SESSIONS

GRADES 4TH - 8TH

The Roncalli Royal Boys Basketball Staff is excited to announce that we will be hosting Royal Basketball Training Sessions on six Sunday evenings this fall.

Come work on your skills with Royal coaches and players and get ready for your CYO season.

The training sessions are on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 17 and 24. The sessions are open to young men currently in grades 4th-8th. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will go from 6-7 PM, while 7th and 8th graders will go from 7-8 PM. We hope this is late enough for football games to be done for the day. These sessions will all be SKILL sessions and NO scrimmaging so there is no worry about injury if your son is currently in a fall sport.

The cost is $10 per session, or you can sign up for all six sessions for $50. This deal will only be available if you pay the $50 the first night, September 12th. A local college is offering the same type of training on six Sunday evenings this fall and asking for almost $200! There is no doubt this is the best deal you will find around. The Royal coaches will work on age specific skills that your son needs to master to be successful at his level.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Wantz! We hope to see you there each Sunday night. Please enter Door #15, which is the main entrance (west side) of the ASV Gymnasium!

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.

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 home 3-4 times a week (Center Grove area)
  • Needs a ride home after school, daily (Bluff and Southport Road)
  • Needs a ride home Monday,Tueday,Thursday and every other Friday. Can pay $5 a day or $20 a week. (Harding and Banta)
  • Needs a ride home from school daily (Greenwood area between US 31 and 135)
  • Needs a ride home from school daily (Southport Road and Franklin Road)

SOCIAL WORKER PARENT INFORMATION

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GUIDANCE CORNER

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Please see the Roncalli Guidance Blast for these important updates!

  • College Representatives visiting Roncalli!!
  • Future Planning Night for Freshmen/Sophomores - Sept. 7th at 7:00PM
  • College Application Workshops during studies every Wednesday in September!
  • Apply to college for FREE this month!
  • Future Planning Night for Juniors - Sept. 21 at 7:00PM
  • After School Study Tables now available to students!
  • Tips from the Social Worker on supporting your students’ mental health.
  • Career Exploration Program

RONCALLI ALUMNI PERFORMING AT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Heartstrings Music Festival

The Heartstrings Music Festival is a two day live music benefit concert on September 11 and 12 at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Featuring opening acts from two Roncalli alumni, Colin Hawk R’12 and Breanna Faith Jaffe R’20. The featured act is country music star David Nail.

Ticket info

Heartstrings Music Benefit for Indiana Children's Wish Fund and the Emerald Society of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

POPE FRANCIS

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

VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR TEENS

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Ascension St. Vincent Excellence

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Patricia “Pat” Mayer, mother of Patricia Ralston R’83, grandmother of sophomore Clara Ralston and siblings. May God comfort her family during this difficult time.
  • For the repose of the soul Michael Ferrante, grandfather of freshman Amelia McCullen. May God grant him peace and comfort his family.
  • For the repose of the soul of Raymond Biltz husband of Anita Biltz SH'60, father of Jeffrey Biltz R'91 grandfather of senior Allyson Biltz and freshman Andrew Biltz. May God grant his family comfort and peace.
  • 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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