RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 24, 2021

CIRCLE OF FAITH DISTINCTION DINNER

THANK YOU!

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  • 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

On Thursday, September 23, we welcomed over 400 guests to the Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium to celebrate with our Roncalli family. Guests enjoyed a performance from our Royal Rhapsody show choir, student testimonials by seniors Sam Sering and Gracy Bogie, videos honoring our distinctive award winners and learned about the areas of focus for our Circle of Faith Annual Fund campaign.

If you were not able to attend the event, you should be receiving the Circle of Faith booklet in your mailbox soon.

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HOMECOMING DANCE

HOMECOMING DANCE

Student Council will host the 2021 Homecoming Dance in a tent between the circle and the auditorium on Saturday, September 25 from 8:00 - 10:50 PM. It's shaping up to be a night to remember, filled with music, dancing, yard games, jumbotron Mario Kart, Kona Ice and more! And while students have already been provided info about the event, appropriate attire, and school guidelines, here are some last-minute reminders for parents:

  • We've designated the circle as the area to use for those dropping off and/or picking up students. Please enter via Prague Rd.
  • The Bubble parking lot will be available for parking. Please enter via Lasalle St.
  • Students must have the Roncalli student ID to enter the dance. Students from other high schools are not permitted at this year’s Homecoming Dance.
  • When making plans for before the dance (group photos at someone's house, dinner reservations, etc.), keep in mind that students may arrive no later than 9:00 PM. Once at the event, students may leave no earlier than 10:30 PM (the dance officially ends at 10:50 PM). If a student were to feel unwell during the event, a phone conversation between a school administrator and the student's parent will be required to arrange for pick-up or to permit the student to be released if they drove themselves. Families with specific circumstances that conflict with this policy should contact Mr. Crissman.

For any other questions about the dance, contact Student Council Moderator Brittany Ratcliff.

HOMECOMING POST GAME PARTY TICKETS

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

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!

Must be 21 or older to attend.

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RONCALLI LETTER JACKETS

A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Wednesday (10/6/2021) from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and during all lunch periods on Thursday (10/7/2021) to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Letter Jacket this year.

Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at the Main Office or the Athletic Department office.

WALKATHON 2021

“Walk a Mile, Pray Awhile”

WALKATHON

Students will receive their yellow Walkathon 2021 payment envelopes in their eighth period class the week of September 26. Please click this here to learn more about Walkathon and the FAQs.

Calling for parent volunteers to help with the walkathon. Please email Jeen Endris if you’d like to get involved.

This year’s Walkathon is Thursday, October 28. (The rain date is scheduled for October 29.) 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.

WORK OPPORTUNITIES AT RONCALLI

Roncalli High School is looking to fill positions in our maintenance, grounds and custodial areas. Both full and part time positions are available. Benefits are available for all full time positions as well as tuition discounts to the school. Ask us about our part time positions with full time benefits and tuition discounts! If interested, please contact Dave Gervasio at 317-787-8277 ext. 246.

RONCALLI CAFETERIA IS NOW HIRING!!

Our team oriented staff would like to add to our family of cafeteria employees. If you are interested in working part-time one to three days a week serving our students and staff or simply being a substitute on call, please email Jeff Richardson or call (317) 788-4099. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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. Contact Julie Sommers Julie Sommers with any questions.

SACRED SOUNDS CONCERTS

SACRED SOUNDS

Tickets for the Sacred Sounds concerts are now available. The concerts are Monday, October 4 at 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Mixed choirs, Intermediate choir and Show choir will perform at the 6:00 PM show. The 8:00 show will feature the Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Women’s choir, Intermediate choir and Show choir.

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. Remember to print off your tickets and bring them with you to the show. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the auditorium. VIP card holders will need to email Miki Lewinski or call 317-787-8277 ext. 249 for a special promo code to access your free tickets.

We will continue to leave one seat between groups. Masks are strongly encouraged.

CATCH THE FOOTBALL GAME TONIGHT!

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Roncalli Football Team

If you can’t make it to the stadium tonight you can catch the football game on Roncalli Media Network.

Places to watch

Places to listen

Upcoming Broadcasts

  • Volleyball v. Heritage Christian - 9/27

LATINO FUTURE PLANNING NIGHT

El Departamento de Orientación de la Escuela Preparatoria Roncalli invita a todas las familias de habla hispana a asistir a la Noche de Planeación del Futuro el miércoles 6 de octubre a las 7:00 PM. Habrá una sesión para estudiantes de tercer y cuarto año (juniors/seniors) en el Centro de Vida Estudiantil (Student Life Center) que cubrirá la planificación futura, las solicitudes universitarias y el pago de la universidad. Habrá también una sesión para estudiantes de primer y segundo año (freshmen/sophomores) en el salón 111 que cubrirá cómo tener éxito en la escuela preparatoria y cómo empezar a planear para el futuro. ¡Esperamos verlos ahí!

The Roncalli High School Guidance Department invites all Spanish-speaking families of current freshmen through seniors to attend Latino Future Planning Night on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM. There will be a session for juniors and seniors in the Student Life Center that will cover future planning, college applications, and paying for college, and there will be a session for freshmen and sophomores in room 111 that will cover how to be successful in high school and how to start planning for the future. We hope to see you there!

TUITION WORK PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Tuition Work Program provides for an ultra-flexible part-time job where you can...

  • Sign up to work when YOU are available
  • Work as many events as YOU want
  • Receive an hourly rate ranging from $12-$25 depending on the event
  • Sign up as many family and friends as you like to work toward your student’s tuition
  • Work in premier venues with other Roncalli families

This program can really make a big impact on the amount of tuition a family has to pay. Some families work in the program to pay their entire tuition bill.

If you have questions, please contact the program administrator, Angela Maly.

If interested, sign up here.

SPRING BREAK & FALL BREAK POLICY

Roncalli will not provide for any extension of the spring break or fall break. No student will be excused from school for travel the week before or the week after fall break or spring break. Any student’s absence for travel reasons on these days will be considered unexcused. The day(s) preceding and immediately following those two breaks will be marked double unexcused days. A double unexcused day means that four points will be deducted from the student’s cumulative grade in each class at the end of that grading period. Teachers are not required to make special provisions for students who are unexcused. Students absent because of illness on the day(s) preceding and/or immediately following spring break will be required to bring a doctor’s excuse to the Attendance Officer upon their return to school. College days are not allowed on the day preceding and immediately following fall break or spreak break without prior administrative approval.

SUMMER FIELD STUDY 2022

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  • Family Information Night
  • September 28, 2021
  • 7:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium

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CURRENT JUNIORS AND SENIORS

Please join us for a night of information about the upcoming 2022 Summer Field Study Adventure scheduled June 13, 2022 - June 26, 2022. The night will include the proposed itinerary, trip highlights, gear needs, and overall costs.

We are planning on hiking the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Students will additionally soak in the natural springs in Ouray, CO, whitewater raft the Arkansas River and complete a high ropes adventure. Finally, students get the opportunity to personalize their trip choosing between canyoneering, canoeing, mountaineering, backpacking, and Capitol Reef exploration.

We invite all interested students and their families to join us for the informational night on September 28 at 7:00pm in the Roncalli Auditorium.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Crissman with any questions that you may have.

PICTURE RETAKES

On Tuesday, October 5, students will have the opportunity for picture retakes. If a student missed the first day of school, or they ordered pictures that they want retaken, this will be the day. Students that ordered pictures will need to bring in their original packet of pictures on this day. Students taking pictures this day can be out of uniform in the appropriate attire. Shorts are not permitted.

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!

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”

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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.

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 Monday,Tuesday,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)
  • Needs a ride home from school daily (Stop 11 and Bluff - Shannon Lakes across from Killarney neighborhood.)
  • Needs a ride to school on Monday, Tuesday and Friday(465 and 74, near Nativity and Marion Co. Fairgrounds)

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
  • Latino Future Planning Night - Wednesday, Oct. 6th at 7:00 PM
  • Important Purdue Admissions Updates!
  • Jesuit Excellence Tour: FREE Virtual Catholic College Fair(Oct. 6) and Admission Process Presentations(Oct. 19 and 20)!!
  • Indiana University Groups Scholarships
  • Seniors: Final weekend to take advantage of College GO Week application fee waivers for most Indiana schools!!
  • School Counselors will be available in the Guidance Office during Parent Teacher Conferences

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MATERNITY LEAVE COVERAGE

Mrs. Jessica Gattuso and her husband Tom welcomed Griffin Anthony to the world on Thursday, September 9th! In her absence, you and your child should reach out to the following counselor if you need anything.

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VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR TEENS

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Rita Weisenbach Jolley, mother of Roncalli President Chuck Weisenbach R’79, who passed away on Thursday. May her soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
  • For the repose of the soul of Dr. Andy Hipskind, uncle of sophomore Liam Huff. May God comfort his family and give them peace.
  • For Sr. Cathay Anne Lepore, Hon’06, long time teacher at Roncalli, who is recovering from surgery.
  • 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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