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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, May 2, 2014

ST. JOHN XXIII!!

It has been a spectacular, once in a lifetime week for all of us at Roncalli High School as we celebrated the canonization of our beloved namesake, Angelo Cardinal Roncalli (Pope John XXIII).

Thank you to everyone who prayed for our students, teachers and administrators that were in Rome last week for the canonization. Here is a link to some of the pictures that were taken of the group while in Rome!

On Wednesday, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, celebrated a beautiful canonization thanksgiving mass here at RHS in our Family Room. Many folks in attendance commented it was the greatest day in the history of our school. It was a beautiful liturgy! The Spirit was very much a vibrant part of the day and the celebration. Here is a link to some of the pictures taken on this day.

“WE LOVE YOU FR. WILMOTH” VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

We thank everyone from all over the world who helped show their support for Fr. Wilmoth by participating in student council's #WeLoveFrWilmoth project. We received so many pictures and videos from Rebels all across the city, state, country and world that it was difficult to fit them all in! The video features a variety of Rebels, from the Rebel Band to Mrs. Toner's math classes to a variety of teams and clubs. Our alumni are well-represented as well, as groups gathered on campuses as close as IU and Marian and as far away as Harvard and the US Naval Academy! And of course, our south deanery parishes sent their love as well. We hope this video will continue to show Fr. Wilmoth the love and support he has behind him as he continues his cancer treatment. Please continue to share the video through social media, including the hashtag #WeLoveFrWilmoth. And above all, continue praying for Fr. Wilmoth's strong and swift recovery.

SENIOR COLE WALTERS FIVE STATE GREAT LAKES ARCHITECTURAL CHAMPION - ONE OF 10 NATIONAL FINALISTS!

Roncalli High School is proud to announce that RHS senior, Cole Walters, was informed this week that his entry in the 2014 National Women in Construction Architectural Drafting and Design Competition has been named the first place winner in the five states Great Lakes Region. He receives a $300 check for his winnings and his entry will now compete with nine other entries for the right to be named the 2014 National Champion!

Great job Cole; great job to his teacher as well, Jim Ratliff.

13 JUNIORS EARN NATONAL MERIT RECOGNITION!

We are thrilled to share with the RHS community that 13 members of the Class of 2015 recently received word that they scored high enough on their PSAT last October to earn the recognition of being a National Merit Scholar. This is the highest academic distinction that a student can earn at the national level and places them in the top 3% of the best and brightest high school students in the United States. We will not know until the fall which students’ scores qualify them as National Merit Semi-finalists (top 1%) and which students’ scores qualify them as National Merit Commended students (top 3%).

Congratulations to the following Rebel Scholars: Joseph Below, Matt Cunningham, Sarah Elam, Brian Hayden, Alex Kelley, Nicky Marino, Rachel McKay, Matt Payne, Nick Sayre, Noah Scheer, Adam Schubach, Oscar Thomas, and Abby Whalen!

Great job!!

Joseph Below Matthew Cunningham Sarah Elam Brian Hayden Alex Kelley Nicky Marino Rachel McKay Matt Payne Nick Sayre Noah Scheer Adam Schubach Oscar Thomas Abby Whalen

ACADEMIC HONORS RECEPTION WEDNESDAY, MAY 7

The 2014 Roncalli High School Academic Honors Reception is just around the corner as it will be held on Wednesday, May 7th at The Atrium Banquet Hall. Doors will open and desserts will be served beginning at 6:30 PM. The formal program will begin at 7:00 PM.

Invitations were mailed out this last week and went out to all seniors who have earned an academic, merit-based scholarship, all students who have earned/won awards in outside academic competitions and all students who have been named Outstanding Students of the Year in the different curricular offerings. If you feel your child should have received an invitation based on one of those first two criteria and did not, please contact Mrs. Donna Smith in the main office. The honorees in the third category of awards, Outstanding Students of the Year, received their invitation but do not know at this point what award they have won. They will find out that evening at the awards ceremony.

This event is always a wonderful, uplifting event held before a capacity crowd of over 900 people. It is refreshing to be honoring lots and lots of great kids! Please make plans to join us. There were two complimentary tickets enclosed with each invitation. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5.00 at the door. If planning on attending, please do RSVP so we can plan accordingly for food.

BAND AND CHORAL SPRING CONCERTS ARE NEXT WEEKEND - TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The RHS Band Program will present its Spring Concert on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 PM. This concert will feature the music of the Roncalli Concert Band and String Orchestra.

The Choral Pop’s Concert will be on Saturday, May 10, with shows at 4:30 and 7:00 PM. The same show will be performed at both times.

Tickets for the concerts may be ordered by going to the Roncalli website, www.roncalli.org, then Fine Arts tab , Box Office (Visa and MasterCard), at the Box Office (Cash, Check or Charge) or by calling 787-8277 Ext. 249 (Charge). Payment is required when tickets are ordered.

Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for RHS students and children 14 years old and younger.

All tickets ordered in advance will be available for pick up at the “Will Call” table in the lobby of the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the performance.

ALL ARE INVITED TO RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR LONG TIME RHS TEACHER JANET (FRAU) PRICE

Roncalli will be saying good bye to a long time stalwart member of the faculty when Janet Price retires from education at the end of this year. She has been a dynamic classroom teacher for 36 years including the last 21 at Roncalli, where she taught German and for some years French as well.

RHS will hold a reception for Janet on Monday, May 19 from 3:15 5:00 PM in the school’s Media Center. All are invited to come and extend a personal thank you and congratulations to “Frau Price!”

In addition to establishing our top-notch German program, Janet served as chairperson of the World Languages department, Spell Bowl and Academic Super Bowl coach, mentor teacher, student council moderator, South Deanery Middle School World Languages teacher, and National Honor Society moderator. She instituted and has led numerous German Club spring break trips to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Additionally, she and her husband, Tom, were key leaders in multiple capital campaigns to support the advancement of Roncalli and its mission.

All in the Roncalli family are encouraged to send notes of thanks and well wishes to Janet if you are not able to attend the reception on May 19.

PROM & AFTER PROM THIS WEEKEND!

Please join us in praying for the safety and enjoyment of all of our students and their guests that will be attending this year’s Prom on Saturday night at Crane Bay Event Center and the After Prom on Sunday morning at Incredible Pizza.

We thank all of our parents that have worked hard to make this year’s After Prom a huge success. We also thank our junior class officers and the prom committee for all of their hard work in making this year’s Prom such a nice, enjoyable evening for all.

PERFORMING ARTS BOOSTERS MEETING NEXT THURSDAY

An informational meeting for parents of incoming and returning Roncalli Performing Arts students will be held Thursday, May 8 beginning at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium. After the general meeting, Band, Choir and Theatre will break into individual sessions to discuss items which pertain to their specific departments. Please plan to join us!

RHS & ST. VINCENT SPORTS PERFORMANCE OFFER REDUCED PRICE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS - MAY 12

Once again this spring the Roncalli Athletic Department will partner with St. Vincent Sports Performance to provide the required IHSAA athletic physical examination for the 2014-15 school year at the bargain reduced rate of $20.00. Physicals for RHS athletes will be administered on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7-9 PM at the Roncalli High School bubble facility.

All student athletes must sign up early for an appointment in order to receive a physical exam on 5/12/14. Roncalli students may sign up for an appointment in the athletic office now.

It is very important to note that the IHSAA does not recognize the validity of a completed physical form if signed by a nurse practitioner only the form must be signed by a licensed Medical Doctor!

RONCALLI SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDS YOUR INPUT!

With so many great events coming up in the next few weeks, Roncalli would like to ask families to share their photos for our social media sites. Have a great picture from a sporting event, prom, banquet, etc.? We want to see it! Send your photos with a short description to socialmedia@roncalli.org, and you could see your image on our social media sites.

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS FOR 2014 FALL SEASON

Cheerleading try-outs for the Fall 2014 season will include three clinic days and the final try-out day. Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for this upcoming season should plan to attend the clinic days on May 13th from 3:30 5:30 PM in the Roncalli main gym, May 14th & May 15th from 3:30-5:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria. The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 17th at 8:00 AM in the Roncalli main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic. Please contact Head Coach Jen Kocher with any questions at jenkocher10@gmail.com or 317-294-5804.

STARS PROGRAM SEEKING ADULT VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH SECOND SEMESTER EXAMS

Our award winning STARS program relies on adult volunteers to assist in the administration of over 400 exams for students whose accommodations call for a quiet testing location, oral reading of the exam to the student or possibly scribing answers for a student. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity and a wonderful way to help our school and our students. Final exams will be administered from Tuesday through Friday, May 20-23. The first exam period each day begins at 7:30 AM and the second exam period begins at 9:30 AM and ends at 11:30 AM. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the STARS director, Pat Musgrave, a pmusgrave@roncalli.org by Friday, May 9th.

Thanks for your help it is greatly appreciated.

STUDENTS WORKING THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY - NOTIFICATION NEEDED

Roncalli High School encourages its students to participate in the electoral process of our country. Students that wish to work the polls are not considered absent from school. If a student wishes to work the polls on Tuesday, May 6 they must pick up a form from Mrs. Avery in the attendance office, complete it, have it signed by a parent and return it to Mrs. Avery. They also will need to bring documentation back to school on Wednesday, May 7, from the candidate or precinct they worked for.

SUMMER MORATORIUM WEEK

As a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2014 Moratorium Week is from June 29 through July 6. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym, no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week. We hope this allows families to enjoy some quality time together.

SENIOR PARENTS - WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE UNIFORM SHIRTS, SWEATSHIRTS & PULLOVERS

As has been tradition for many years the seniors will be out of uniform for the last four weeks of their high school career. This began last Monday. Seniors must dress appropriately and modestly at all times. Should a senior fail to comply with these requirements he/she will be required to go back into school uniform. We ask for parental support in making sure your senior student is wearing appropriate clothing to school.

The school encourages seniors to donate their uniform shirts, sweatshirts, pants and pullovers back to Roncalli if they are in good, usable condition. We make this clothing available to our students and families receiving financial aid. It is also used by our parents that work at Victory Field and Lucas Oil Stadium as a part of our Future Family Foundations. This has been greatly appreciated in the past by these families. Your support in making this possible again this year by donating your usable shirts, sweatshirts, pants and pullovers would be greatly appreciated.

SAVE $$$$ - GET A REBEL VIP CARD!

What is a Rebel VIP member card?
A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any Roncalli home event free of charge (regular season games, plays, musicals, concerts). (IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded)

How do I get one?
You can purchase a half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2014 All Sports Fall Program. This book is distributed at all home sporting events in the fall. It features pictures of our 2014-15 Senior Athletes and a preview of the season from each sport’s coach. It also includes a review of the previous year’s winter and spring sport team season as well as a capsule look at the upcoming winter and spring sports seasons. If you advertised in last year’s program you will be contacted this year.

OR... You can sell $550 (two half page ads or the equivalent) worth of advertisements to friends, neighbors, family or businesses. (Ad prices listed below) WE NEED MORE SALES PEOPLE!!

Who do I contact?
To purchase a page ad or if you want to become a REBEL VIP SALES PERSON for the 2014-2015 school year, you may contact a member of the Roncalli Athletic Booster’s Committee: Jenny Amann, Kristie Clark, Pat Henn, Steve Fey, Liza Holtkamp, Phil Oerhle, or you may email Chris Lauck at clauck@roncalli.org (phone at #788-4094 (RHS Athletic Office). VIP opportunities will begin in May of 2014.

Ad prices are as follows:
Business card size $65
page Ad $165
page Ad $275
Full Page Ad $450

The Roncalli High School Sports Program- Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Roncalli Athletic Boosters. ALL proceeds from this Ad Campaign go directly to support the athletes, coaches and teams at RHS. It has been a real blessing for our school.

Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT GO REBELS!

RHS TO HOST 18 DIFFERENT ATHLETIC CAMPS

The Roncalli Rebel Athletic Department also will once again be sponsoring a variety of high quality, affordable athletic camps for elementary and middle school students this summer. Camps will be held in the following sports: wrestling, boys/girls swimming & diving, tennis, gymnastics, boys/girls cross country, softball, baseball, boys/girls soccer, boys/girls basketball, volleyball, boys/girls golf and football. Registration forms are available in the main office of each of the South Deanery Grade Schools along with the main office and athletic office at RHS.

Please contact Chris Lauck at clauck@roncalli.org for more information.

ST. ROSE SCHOOL TURNS 20!! JOIN THE CELEBRATION

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is turning 20 and invites everyone to join them as they celebrate with a “Roaring ‘20’s party!” Their celebration will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 6:30 PM at the school. Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $350. The evening will include drinks, live music, reverse raffle, auction, and lots of fun!! You can RSVP at ash.roesener@gmail.com or at 738-3451.

WOLF ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP

All youth are invited to participate in Ss. Francis and Clare Catholic School’s “Wolf Adventures Summer Camp” to be held June 9 through July 25. There will be a Camp Information Night at 7:00 PM on May 13th. Students/families may choose one day, one week or all summer. There will be flexible drop-off and pick-up times; breakfast, lunch and snacks provide. It is open to kids ages three years for 8th grade, divided by age groups. Registrations are being accepted now at www.ssfcschool.org or wolfadventures@francisandclare.org or by calling 215-2826.

THIRD ANNUAL “KATIE’S RUN/WALK FOR HOPE” AT RHS ON MAY 17

The family and friends of Katie Lynch have once again organized the “Katie’s Run/Walk for Hope” which will be held on May 17, 2014 to honor Katie’s courageous battle with cancer. Her “free spirit”, as well as her love of her family and friends, will be celebrated by raising funds for the Katie Lynch Scholarship Fund for Roncalli students as well as helping to make the dreams of sick children come true.

The 3rd annual event will be held May 17th at Roncalli HS. It will once again include a 5K Run/Walk and a 1 mile Kiddie Romp. Registration is from 9 to 10am and the walk begins promptly at 10:30am.

The entry fee is $25 per person (includes event T-Shirt), $15 for students, or $100 for a family. To be guaranteed a T-Shirt you must register by 5/2/2014.

We hope that you will again join us to live, laugh, love and celebrate the life of Katie.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marty or Kathleen Lynch at 317-783-7119.

You can download the flyer for registration information at www.katieshope.org

COCKTAILS AND CHEMO FUNDRAISER

All in the Roncalli Family are invited to attend a fundraiser for RHS alum, Amanda (Evans) Clark (’02) and her family. It is on Saturday May 10, at St. Roch Gym. Amanda's husband Joe was diagnosed with cancer more than 2 years ago. Now the family faces a new challenge as Joe continues to battle stage 4 colon cancer and prepares for the possibility of leaving behind his young wife and their newborn daughter, Mira (short for Miracle). The purpose of this fundraiser is to remind them how many people care and are praying for them as well as help raise much needed funds to offset the increasing costs associated with cancer.

It is a fun taste-style event, much like the annual Taste of Chicago, where guests will nosh on the very best local food from in and around Indy. There will be several different local bands playing, including 3rd Generation and Zack Salaz, a silent auction, among other fun activities. Please consider joining us and supporting Amanda and Joe and their family!

WHERE WILL YOUR FAMILY BE IN 20 YEARS?

In 1993, AT&T was uncannily accurate. Great business strategy. But how about a 20 year plan for your family? Your kids will be grown and gone. You will most likely be a grandparent. And you will be looking back over your life wondering how time flew so fast. Put yourself in a great position by implementing these 10 ways to plan for your family 20 years from now.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)

LET US PRAY

  • In thanksgiving for the canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II
  • For long-time RHS social studies teacher, Kathleen Helbing, who currently is on Family Leave to assist with the care of her husband.
  • For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.
  • For Christians throughout the world as they attempt to spread the Gospel!
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • For Fr. Wilmoth and all those in the Roncalli Family that are battling life threatening illness, for their families and for their 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 the many RHS alums who are preparing for a vocation as a priest at seminaries and houses of formation.

“People are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”
St. John XXIII

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