"For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)  

Message From The President

Dear Parents,

It definitely appears that everyone enjoyed their Spring Break!!!  We are gearing up here for ISTEP in a few weeks.  We are wrapping up our registrations for next year and looking forward to Holy Week and next week’s All School Day of Service.  We will begin the day with mass in the gym.  What a blessing it will be for our students to be in the gym with the new bleachers.  I cannot thank enough, all our generous donors who helped make this possible. 

This past week your student received their run-a-thon packet in their AA.  It is the only the only student fund raiser that the school has.  Please ask your students about this.  Meeting our goal will get us a day off school in May.

On Thursday a group of our student leaders will attend an ICC student symposium with the other Conference schools at Park Tudor.  Thursday is also the last day that the parent club will be selling tickets for our juniors and seniors who wish to go to Kings Island the day after Prom.  While it is not necessary for students to go to Prom in order to go to Kings Island it is necessary that if they buy their ticket from us that they go on the bus from school.  The cost for the ticket is $33.50 and the Parent Club is paying for the chartered bus.

As quickly and busily as these days go by, take a moment to think about, as I mentioned above, the upcoming Holy week and for us as Catholics and Christians, how impactful this is. 

"Holy Week,” Pope Francis says, “is a time of grace that the Lord gives us to open the doors of our hearts, of our lives, of our parishes, of our movements and associations, to 'go out' and meet others, to draw near them and bring them the light and joy of our faith. To always go out with the love and tenderness of God!”

Have a blessed Holy Week.

Mrs. Hoy

Lenten Reflection - Prayer

Over the last few weeks the newsletter has featured reflections on prayer and its importance not only as a Lenten practice, but as a cornerstone of the spiritual life. This week and next we turn our attention to the other two pillars of Lent – those that are more “doing” than praying, namely fasting and almsgiving. The former is more penitential and the latter more charitable, but both are born out of a spirit of detachment:  the same detachment that our Lord demonstrated when he chose to be born to a poor family from Nazareth, the same detachment that he preached about in the Sermon on the Mount, the same detachment he exhibited when he gave everything, even his very life upon the Cross.

At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus embarked upon a period of fasting and prayer, and is almost immediately beset by the temptation of Satan to “turn these stones into bread.” What great relief that would have been to his hunger, to fill his grumbling stomach with divinely transformed bread! And certainly it was within his power, for it would not be long before he would miraculously feed a throng of thousands with only a few loaves and fish. In his hunger, our Lord’s reply to Satan was not merely a rejection of the temptation. Rather, drawing on his divine wisdom he said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Here we see a model of detachment that values the will of God above even the most basic of human needs. Every time we fast or willingly abstain from something, like meat, we are not merely saying “no” to food, but “yes” to God by asserting our primary dependence upon him above all else. We need the Creator infinitely more than we need any of His creations.

In addition to fostering a spirit of detachment, fasting also has the added benefit of placing us in solidarity with those who do without, or get by with very little. While the Church’s fasting rules call for us to subsist on much less than we might normally eat in the course of a day, most will find that it is still sufficient for their needs. The fact is that there are many in our world – in our local community – who do not have regular access to food, who are considered “food insecure”, and a full third of these in Marion County are children.  When we voluntarily engage in a fast, we are not only offering to God the sacrifice associated with the fast, but we are also gaining an occasional  first-hand perspective on what is a daily reality for so many. When our fast ends, we know that food is as near as our kitchen. One in six Americans does not have that assurance. By our fasting we get a glimpse of their hunger if not their anxiety.

Fasting is not an end in itself, but an antidote for a society that says we should indulge in what we want, when we want, and always in excess. Fasting and abstinence from meat call us to delay gratification, to acknowledge our supreme dependence on God, to offer Him the sacrifice of a contrite heart, and to be in solidarity with those who go without. The fruit of this solidarity is a willingness to share generously with others in order to alleviate their suffering – in other words, almsgiving. That will be the topic of our final Lenten reflection next week. Until then, “Encourage each other daily while it is still ‘today.’” (Hebrews 3:13).

Cardinal Ritter Prom 2017
Sea of Enchantment
Friday, April 21, 2017

Indianapolis Zoo-Dolphin Pavilion
Parent preview  6-7pm

Tickets are $40 and will be sold Monday, April 3, Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 6 during lunch and immediately after school in the front lobby.  Cash, credit, and checks accepted.

Find your Portrait Order Form HERE:   
  Cardinal Ritter Prom Pricing

Use Your PICTURE DAY ID to Pre-Pay for your Portraits:



Kings Island Day Trip
Post Prom 2017

Saturday, April 22nd

A chartered bus will leave Ritter at 8am and return by 10:30pm (cost covered by CRHS Parent Club).

The cost of admission to Kings Island = $33.50 per person 

The deadline for Kings Island permission slips and money is next Thursday, April 13.  Mrs. Kluemper will be at the school during all lunch periods that day to collect permission slips and money, as well as after school. Click here for the Kings Island permission slip.

This trip is for CRHS juniors and seniors only, and you can sign up for Kings Island trip even if you don’t attend Prom.

Prom Dress Giveaway - Saturday, April 8th!

The Gifted Gown is giving away donated gowns and accessories to anyone in need. It doesn’t matter what financial state the student is in, we just want to help everyone out.

To do this, we’re hosting a gown and accessory giveaway event on Saturday, April 8
The event will last from 12-5pm at The Hatch in Broad Ripple.
Our collection features more than 1000 dresses – some from luxury brands such as Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren. Formal wear will be available for any gender, but men’s clothing is limited.

Financial Aid

Please be sure to apply for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year by  April 15, 2017.
Your filed and signed taxes for 2016 must be available at the time of application as well as all w-2's.
Financial aid must be applied for each and every academic school year.
To access through the CRHS website follow  www.cardinalritter.org/tuition-financial-aid/ or directly to facts at  https://onlinr.factsmgt.com/signin/3xR42
    Ritter Day of Service

On  Tuesday, April 11th , the entire school will participate in a Raider day of service.  Students will attend morning mass, followed by service at a local organization and then complete the day with a guest speaker.  The Service Learning group has worked hard on this project and are excited to send our students to over 25 different service opportunities.  Students and staff will be transported by school buses, receive lunch when they return and will be dismissed at  2pm .  If you have any questions, please call Service Learning Coordinator Kerry Lynch at 317-924-4333 x 414 or email klynch@cardinalritter.org.  
Ritter Runathon 2017

This year's Runathon will be on Friday, May 5th! 

We are having a T-shirt design contest again this year, and all designs must be submitted by Friday, April 14.

Please submit your favorite theme idea along with T-shirt designs ASAP to Katie Waggoner at  kwaggoner@cardinalritter.org.

Our first collection day is this  Monday, April 10th !  Katie Waggoner will be in the school lobby from  7:30-7:55am. You may dress out of uniform if you have your completed Runathon packet (including permission slip, and a minimum donation of $70).

Please click here to donate online! 

Faces and Our Culture 

This is a cultural exchange program offering a 2-8 week summer camp in Guatemala.  Check out the following link for more information and see Mrs. Elzey with any questions.
Used Uniform Sale

Mark your calendars to make some money by donating gently used, clean used uniforms for the Used Uniform Sale on July 14th and 15th this summer.  Collection bins will be strategically placed throughout the school after Spring Break.  Uniforms can be donated through
  Thursday, July 13th .
Click here for more details.
Please call or email Sally Codarmaz in the business office to schedule a meeting for the  Choice Scholarship Voucher  for the 17-18 school year.

Appointments available starting the week of  March 13- May 15 .
317-924-4333 EXT. 404 or  scodarmaz@cardinalritter.org
  Calling Healthcare Professionals! 

HOSA Future Health Professionals need help training to compete at their First-Ever Indiana State Conference  April 10  in the following areas:  Nursing Assisting - Medical Assisting - CPR/First-Aid - Sports Medicine.  If interested, email  LCruz@cardinalritter.org .  **Volunteer Hours may be given for your time, thank you!
Drivers Ed
Interested in driver's ed?  
Click here to find more information.

Hearing and Vision Screenings

On April 12th & 13th, 2017, the Marion County Health Department will be at Cardinal Ritter to conduct hearing and vision screenings. The 7th & 10th grade students will receive hearing screenings, and students in the 8th grade will be checked for visual acuity. Transfer students and/or students receiving Learning Support may be checked as well. 

This testing is required by the State of Indiana as specified in Indiana Code IC 20-34-12.  Parents who wish that their child be excluded from the screenings must submit a written request to Pam Feltz, RN before April 10, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this mandatory requirement, please contact Pam Feltz at pfeltz@cardinalritter.org.

Announcement for Sophomore Parents & Biology Parents

Please note ISTEP+ testing for Part 2 will begin again in April.  The schedule noted below is for our high school testers.  Junior high will test as well and their schedule will be coming.

April 12 and April 13 - practice testing for Math and English/Language Arts for all sophomores
Week of  April 17 - Math testing for all sophomores
Week of  April 24 - English/Language Arts testing for all sophomores
Week of  May 1 - Science practice tests and testing for all Biology students

We are on a very tight schedule.  If your student is scheduled to be absent around this time due to a doctor's appointment, etc., please check with the guidance office first.  It helps if we are aware in advance, and we can let you know exactly when your student will be testing on a particular day.  Please contact Mrs. Lettich at  (317) 924-4333 ext. 423 if you have any questions. 
Indiana HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference

The following students will attend and compete in the Indiana HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Keystone next week from Mon. April 10 after school to Wed. April 12 around 12:30 PM.  Keep them in your prayers this next week! 

Alex Abatayo, grade 10, Medical Innovations & Medical Terminology 

Faith Abatayo, grade 9, Medical Innovations, Health Career Photography

Miguel Castaneda, grade 10, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, Job Seeking Skills

Ana Danner, grade 11, Extemporaneous Writing  

Haley Davis, grade 11, Veterinary Science, Barbara James Service Award 

Rebecca Dillion, grade 8, Health Career Display

Emma   Eifert, grade 11, Biomedical Laboratory Science, Job Seeking Skills 

Jacqueline Freed, grade 11, Nursing Assisting*  

Brigitte Gurrola, grade 12, Behavioral Health, CPR/First Aid

 Megan Lewis, grade 11, Pathophysiology, CPR/First Aid 

Ashley Metangmo, grade 11, State Officer Candidate** Sports Medicine 

Danielle Metangmo, grade 11, Clinical Specialty, Nutrition, Sports Medicine

Megan Westrick, grade 8, Health Career Display, Medical Terminology 

* - Jacqueline qualified to move on to compete in Round 2 of Clinical Nursing Skills!
** - Ashley applied as State Officer Candidate; please help me pray he gets enough votes!

Junior High Newsletter
Please click here to read this week's Cardinal Ritter Junior High Newsletter. 
Job Opening  
Coordinator of Latino Outreach

The Office of Catholic Schools, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, is thrilled to see an increase in enrollment of Latino students in our Catholic schools throughout central and southern Indiana. The Office of Catholic Schools recognizes the responsibility and opportunity to further support and welcome new and current Latino youth and their families. Therefore, thanks to the initial approval of Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., and the continual support of the Chancery leadership, the Office of Catholic Schools seeks to hire a Coordinator of Latino Outreach. To review the job description, please go to:  Coordinator of Latino Outreach Job Posting

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and list of references to Mr. Ed Isakson, Director of Human Resources, at eisakson@archindy.org.
College Counseling Corner   
Summer Programs

Click here for a list of summer programs, including ones offered from the University of Notre Dame, Duke, and Yale.
  Kelley Up-Next Business Academy

If you are in grades 9-12 and are interested in going to IU Bloomington once a month to learn about the Kelley School of Business, this opportunity is for you! It is FREE and transportation is provided if needed. Check out the link and see if you qualify:  go.iu.edu/upnext15
Students - if you are interested in careers in STEM, please check out the below links:
students interested in careers in the STEM fields.

  The Indiana Latino Institute is hosting a Scholarship Fair at the Pike Library from 
6:30-7:30pm  on  Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Summer Camp

This camp engages students in hands on learning, including but not limited to: animation, gaming, computer graphics, social media, robotics, databases, and web design.  IU Bloomington Informatics and Computing faculty and staff will be teaching the courses.  For more information, check out the brochure online here:  http://go.iu.edu/1tzo.  All summer camp applications must be received by  May 1, 2017. Online applications can be found here:  soic.indiana.edu/summercamp.  

  The American Diabetes Association will once again be the host for Camp John Warvel.  This is Indiana's camp for children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.  The camp offers the perfect opportunity for students with diabetes to establish life-long friendships with others who understand the struggles of managing diabetes.  The camp will be from  June 4-10, 2017 in North Webster, Indiana.  Register for the camp online at  www.diabetes.org/campjohnwarvel .  
The University of Dayton has three exciting residential engineering camps available this summer.
  • METEC: Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men
  • Women in Engineering Summer Camp
  • Summer Honors Engineering Camp

    Details on all three of these camps can be found here:  Camp Details.  If you have any questions please email  udengineering@udayton.edu.  
Ball State University is once again holding their DesignWorks Summer Academy.  This is an intensive, immersive, team-driven, college level experience for high school sophomores and juniors who would like to learn the impact design has on the world.  DesignWorks Summer Academy in  July 9th-21st .  To learn about the program, visit  Link To Program Details

STEM Summer Camp 2017 

Cardinal Ritter High School and Dr. Leigh-Ann Cruz are excited to present CRHS’s first annual STEM Summer Camp! STEM Camp will be held on June 12-16, 9am-2pm each day, and is open to students in grades 6-8. The 4 modules for camp are designed to build introductory knowledge to prepare for Middle School and High School STEM subjects. Please reach out to Dr. Leigh-Ann Cruz at lcruz@cardinalritter.org for more info.
FREE SAT & ACT Practice Tests! 

The dates have been set for our annual Spring Free Practice ACT and SAT!   These give sophomores and freshmen the chance to experience a full length practice ACT and/or SAT test. After the test, they will all receive detailed, individualized diagnostic score reports that outline strengths and areas of opportunity.  This is a great way for students to study over the summer and get a head start on their test preparation.  Also, this is a great way to find out whether their current scores will get them into the universities of their choice. 

FREE Practice SAT Tests:

Saturday, April 29th from 9:00am -1:00pm

Locations: North Central High School

Saturday, May 13th from 9:00am-1:00pm

Locations: Park Tudor School, Roncalli High School, Carmel


FREE Practice ACT Tests:

Saturday, May 6th from 9:00am -1:00pm

Locations: Park Tudor School, Roncalli High School, Carmel

Sunday, May 7th from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Locations: North Central High School


Following the tests, we are holding a Scores Back and Strategy Session:

Tuesday, May 16th from 6:30-8:00pm

Locations: North Central High School

Saturday, May 20th from 11:00am-12:30pm

Locations: Roncalli High School, Carmel

Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Locations: Park Tudor School

**At this session students will receive their scores as well as learn strategies for each test from one of our high-scoring instructors. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!**

To sign up for the Free Practice ACT and/or SAT, students must call 800-2Review (800-273-8439) or register at PrincetonReview.com/freepracticetest.

SCRIP Information

The new fiscal year for Scrip Profits began April 1st. Any profits earned on purchases done after that date will be applied to the 2018-2019 school year.  That said, if you are not a regular Scrip user, now would be a good time to give Scrip a try.  You will be surprised how those normal weekly purchases add up to tuition credits.  Don't forget about the online ordering option for reloads and e-certificates - it makes planning a breeze!  Make sure you order those Easter gifts this Monday so you have them in time for the Easter Bunny.  Just a reminder, since there is no school on Easter Monday, there will be no Scrip ordering that week. Thanks for supporting Scrip!


1.  Complete the Scrip Order Form.

2.  Send your completed form and payment into the office with your student.  Orders are due by 8:00am Mondays.

3.  Ask your student on Thursday if he/she was called to the office to pick up the Scrip order.  (All orders are sent home on Wednesday or Thursday, unless you indicate otherwise.)


1.  Go to shopwithscrip.com and create an account.  Our organization code is FE97AB26258L.

2.  Once your account is created, click on "Shop" and browse the hundreds of products available

3.  After your order is complete, choose your payment method - either check or PrestoPay.  You DO NOT have to use PrestoPay to order online.  If you choose check, just send your payment in with your student on Monday morning. 

4.  Look for your order to come home on Wednesday or Thursday-unless you ordered ScripNow (e-certificates) or Reloads.  Those will be available as soon as the order is processed on Monday if you pay by check, or almost immediately if you pay with PrestoPay. 

5.  For more information, click here for more detailed instructions .

Cardinal Ritter Mission Statement

Cardinal Ritter is a Catholic high school entrusted by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the parishes of the West Deanery to provide, within a college preparatory curriculum, the highest standards of academic excellence to students of diverse socioeconomic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Cardinal Ritter challenges its students to grow spiritually, intellectually, athletically, and artistically. The Cardinal Ritter community values and fosters the unique intellectual, cultural, social, and physical gifts of each student. As followers of Christ, we encourage our students to share their gifts and talents in service to others.
Closing Prayer

Dear God:

We thank you for this day and for all the loving kindness you pour out on us. May we continue to receive your help and your protection. Bless us in whatever we are allowed to do in your service, that it may always be done in love to all people. Watch over us this night and be with us. May your will be done throughout the world, so that at last all confusion may come to an end, Satan’s work may be destroyed, and your children may shout for joy that your will is being done on earth as in heaven. Amen.