"The Lord is near to all who call upon him." Psalms 145: 17-18
Message from the Principal
Cardinal Ritter Families,

There is no better feeling than waking up each morning excited to go to work. As I reflect on what it is that makes me excited, I realize that it is not a single thing, rather a combination of factors, the biggest being the outstanding student body.

As the year continues and I truly get to know the student body, I cannot express how impressed I am with the hard work, determination, faithfulness, and respect that our students demonstrate each and every day. From assisting one another with school work to volunteering for service events, the student body is makes Cardinal Ritter a special place to be.

I had the opportunity to attend the senior night for both the girls soccer team and the boys tennis team this past week. Listening to the experiences that each of the seniors had and learning about who inspired them along the way was special. The senior messages were a great reminder that it takes a village, and I am confident that our Cardinal Ritter Village is second to none.

God bless,

Steven Pelych
Homecoming Weekend Service Opportunity

Homecoming will be here before we know it! The CRHS Golf Outing and Family Fun Day will be on Saturday, September 30th. We welcome our alumni back and need your help to make the weekend go smoothly for all. It will be a packed weekend that you don't want to miss! Please sign up here for s ervice hours.
Important: CHOICE Voucher Endorsement Form

If you received a  CHOICE Voucher Scholarship  award for this 17/18 school year, please stop in and sign your endorsement form. Come to the Business office at the St. Francis Center (8:00am -4:00pm) or stop by the main office at the high school. Failure to sign the form will forfeit all funds awarded, and all funds will become your responsibility.
Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

We are excited to announce Ana Danner ('18) and Chelsea Flora ('18) have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Danner and Flora have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success and placed among the top 50,000 of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations, ladies!

The Cardinal Ritter HOSA: Future Health Professionals organization is looking for Researchers, Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Veterinarians, EMTs, etc. in various subspecialties to visit and/or speak with students interested about the journey to their careers. If you are interested or know friends and family who can help, please contact Chapter Advisor Leigh-Ann Cruz at  LCruz@cardinalritter.org . We are open to Skype and/or Virtual Field Trips as well. Thank you for your consideration to further science and medicine in our students!
2017 CRHS Golf Outing Hole Sponsorship

Last call: We still have a few hole sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 CRHS Golf Outing. Hole sponsors will get a sign at the tee box on the sponsored hole, company or personal name on a sponsor card in the gift bag, and your name announced at the awards luncheon after the outing! 

Please click here or contact Katie Waggoner at kwaggoner@cardinalritter.org to sponsor a hole. 

Attention Junior Parents

Junior conferences are about to begin. These are meetings where counselors meet with juniors to review the student's plans after graduation and the steps to be taking now. Topics covered include SAT and ACT information, classes to take senior year, college visits, helpful websites, and more. If you would like to attend your student's conference, please call the Guidance Office at 924-4333 to schedule.
Amazon Smile
Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Cardinal Ritter? Bookmark the link  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1096103  and support us every time you shop.
Fine Arts Projects
Kat Carlson and Stephanie Tapia show off their Calligraphy skills in Mr. O'Maley's Intro to 2-Dimensional Art Class.
Karyme Martinez did an excellent job on her Haunted House project in Mrs. Robert's Junior High Art Class.
CYO Cross Country

Any Jr. High student interested in running Cross Country needs to sign up on the CYO website  here .

The fee is $39, which includes the uniform. Checks can be made payable to Cardinal Ritter High School. The deadline for registration and the fee is September 28th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kyle Powers via email at  kpowers@cardinalritter.org .
Study Abroad Opportunity

Any Spanish, French, or Chinese student currently in the 10-12th grade taking level III or higher (level II or higher for Chinese) interested in studying abroad next summer, Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages opens their student registration September 15 - November 15 to begin the application process. Please click here for more information, or contact Mrs. Elzey at  lelzey@cardinalritter.org  with questions.
Substitute Teachers Needed

If you are interested in substitute teaching at CRHS, or know someone who might be, please call or email our Dean of Students, Ty Hunt.
317.924.4333 ext. 434
Cardinal Ritter High School Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Guadalupe Room

Indiana Blood Center  has already shipped   500+ units   to help Southern TEXAS! Dozens of sister blood banks will continue to coordinate to meet the needs of patients in the region. Blood banks in the Harvey-impacted areas are  CLOSED  and  CANNOT currently collect blood .
YOU can HELP to ensure enough supplies are available locally for Labor Day weekend AND continue to help the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Contact Kari Fletcher at kfletcher@indianablood.org with any questions.
Sports Team Decals

Sports team decals are available now in the Spirit Shop! The cost is $7 per decal, or $20 for any 3. Contact Jim Martin at jmartin@cardinalritter.org with any questions.
Junior Job Shadowing

Junior job shadowing is a requirement for every junior to complete at Cardinal Ritter. We are in need of parents who would be willing to take a student shadow. Please contact Lindsay Thomas at  317-924-4333 ext. 421  or at  lthomas@cardinalritter.org  if you are interested. You can earn service hours! 

CRHS Box Tops For Education

CRHS's Box Tops for Education earnings goal is $1,000 this year! Please check out your products and start clipping. Your Box Tops can be sent to the main office or put in one of the Box Top containers right outside of the main office. Please call the office with any questions. Thanks for your help!
Homecoming Week 2017

Homecoming week is September 25-30 and our theme this year is Hollywood Homecoming!

Here is the rundown:
All mornings EXCEPT Tuesday, students will go to AA at the very beginning of the day for about five minutes so AA teachers can count students who are dressed in appropriate attire.

Monday:  Class Theme
Junior High- Despicable Me
9th grade - Toy Story
10th grade - The Incredibles
11th grade - Moana
12th grade - Up!

Tuesday:  Liturgy Schedule

Wednesday:  Class Color: Students need to wear their class color or Homecoming t-shirts.
Junior High - yellow
9th grade - orange
10th grade - red
11th grade - green
12th grade - blue

2:00 p.m. Dismissal Schedule for the Powder Puff game

Thursday:  Salad Dressing Day
Ranch - Cowboy
Caesar - Togas & sandals (with shirts underneath togas)
Thousand Island - Hawaiian clothes
French - Berets and fashionable clothes
Bleu Cheese - All blue
House Dressing - School colors

Friday:  Extended AA schedule
College wear since it is College GO! Week

Junior High Newsletter
Dear Parents,

Progress reports were mailed home this week. You can also check Family Link for accurate, up-to-date grades too. Students should be bringing home his/her assignment notebook each day. You can check a student’s Edmodo page and his/her assignment notebook for correct homework assignments. Please make sure your student is showing you their assignment notebook and completing assignments on time. Almost every class is assigned homework every day. Seventh grade math and eighth grade Pre-Algebra students started ALEKS and this is required every week. Each student is required to do 10 topics and one hour Monday through Sunday night.

Thank you,

Ms. Hokl
After School Room

Junior High has an after school room until 4:30pm every day. Ms. Hokl is charge of it the first semester. If students need to stay after school for help with a class he/she should speak to the teacher about tutoring times or ask for help in the after school room. This is a safe and quiet place for students to be able to work after school before their ride arrives.
Service Hours Opportunity

Any parent interested in gaining service hours by assisting our Cross Country coach, Ms. Dues, please email Mr. Powers at kpowers@cardinalritter.org .
High School Placement Test

There will be High School Placement Test classes offered before the first test on November 4 th . All students are required to take the placement test in order to apply to Cardinal Ritter High School as a freshman, even if they attend CRHS for 8 th grade. Mr. Andy Cain will be the one teaching the classes. The cost is $10 for the 3 classes: October 27 th , October 31 st , and Noveber 2 nd from 3:15pm-4:15pm.  Payments need to be turned in by October 6 th to guarantee that your child will have a copy of the practice book.  Please contact Ms. Catie Triplet at ctriplet@cardinalritter.org if you have any questions.
Eighth Grade Trip Bake Sale and Dippin' Dots – SERVICE HOURS

On Friday, September 29 th , at the Homecoming Football Game, the 8 th grade students will be selling baked goods to raise money for their class trip. We need parents, of any grade level, to donate baked goods for this to be a success. If you would like to donate, please contact Mrs. Lynne Locke at llocke@cardinalritter.org . All baked goods need to be individually wrapped (2 cookies per bag, 1 brownie, puppy chow bag, etc). Please have all items dropped off to Mrs. Locke’s room on Friday, September 29 th and we will take them to Marian University for the bake sale. 

We also need parents to volunteer to watch over the sale and the students during the game. We need at least two parents per shift at the bake sale and three parents for Dippin’ Dots. The shifts are 6:00pm - 7:30pm and 7:30pm – 9:00pm. NJHS members will be helping to sell the baked goods. Please contact Mrs. Locke if you can help.
Below are some important dates that are coming up:

  • Friday, September 29th - Home Football game vs. Beech Grove at 7:00pm at Marian University. All CRHS students are free to get in. All 8th grade NJHS members are expected to help with clean-up and selling at the bake sale.

  • September 24th – 30th - Homecoming Week
  • Monday theme – Despicable Me (dress up as a character)
  • Tuesday theme – Liturgy attire
  • Wednesday theme - Yellow Tie-Dye shirt ($10 if your child didn’t pay yet)
  •  Thursday theme – dress as your favorite salad dressing (Ranch = country, House = CR colors, Bleu = blue outfit, French = French attire, Caesar = toga)
  • Friday theme – College Wear
College Counseling Corner  
Hamilton County College Fair

The Hamilton County College Fair will be on September 21 from 6:30-8pm at Hamilton Southeastern High School. The college list is increasing each day, and there will be over 100 colleges in attendance. Students  may  register in advance so they don’t have to complete prospect cards at each table. Click here for more details.
Lunes de Latinos (Latino Mondays)

The Lunes de Latinos  program will be offered again this fall on the following dates:
"Lunes de Latinos" or "Latino Mondays" is a comprehensive visit to the University presented in Spanish. Students and their families receive a presentation given by Admissions staff, campus and housing tours, and an opportunity to speak with the Financial Aid and the Multicultural Center offices. Click here for more info.
National College Fair

10th, 11th and 12th graders: Are you looking for something to do over Fall Break? On Friday, October 20 from 9am-1pm, there will be a National College Fair at the Indiana Convention Center downtown. It is FREE with tons of in-state and out-of-state colleges sharing valuable information! You won't be disappointed!
Pre-Register here .
Take a FREE Practice PSAT test in September!

How will you score on the SATs? Find out by taking a full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You'll learn about the endurance and skill needed to score high on the PSAT, and you'll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses. This is also a great opportunity to see how well you will score before taking the real exam! Sign up here.
Seniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (SEE Purdue)

The Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University is offering the following opportunity to visit campus and explore engineering: 
Seniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (SEE Purdue)
This program is geared toward young women in their senior year of high school who have an interest in engineering.
Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST
Place: Purdue University Campus, West Lafayette, IN
Please visit:   www.purdue.edu/WIEP  and look under the “Events” tab for further information or to register online to attend!
Windows of Opportunity for Women in Technology (WOWiT)

WOWiT will take place on Saturday, September 30 th  in West Lafayette, Indiana. We will spend the day immersing young women in the departments and majors that are moving the world forward. Parents and students go through their own “track” throughout the day, which begins at 8:30am and ends with an optional tour of the Purdue campus at 4:00pm. 
Our Women in Technology student organization will be present to greet and escort our visiting families throughout the day and to answer questions as a student panel about what it’s like being a women in STEM and life at Purdue. We will also hear from Purdue Admissions and sit in classes with Purdue faculty as they walk us through the majors in interactive ways. 
Registration is already open and filling fast; we have less than 20 spaces available but will be taking wait list registrations. This program is free for young women in high school and one parent/guardian. Additional family members are $15 per person. Please click here for more details.
College Prep Opportunity

The Center for Leadership Development has several college prep programs for grades 7-12 offered throughout the school year. For more information and to sign-up, go to  CLDinc.org .
SCRIP Information
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. 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.
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