"If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." PS 95:8
Message from the Principal
Dear Families,

What a homecoming week it has been! Homecoming is always a reminder of just how much school spirit flows through the hallways at Cardinal Ritter High School. Between the crazy outfits, exciting powder puff football games, and food drive, it's been a fantastic week!

While hard to believe, the end of the quarter is drawing near. On October 17 and 18, we will have our Quarter 1 Parent-Teacher Conferences. As a reminder, last names between A-L come on the 17th and last names between M-Z come on the 18th. Teachers continue to be available every day after school for tutoring -- please encourage your student(s) to take advantage if they are unhappy with their current progress in any given class. 

On the athletic front, a big congratulations is in store for both our boys and girls cross country teams as they both recently claimed the city championship -- keep up the great work! Additionally, congratulations goes out to all of those who help make Cardinal Ritter athletics a possibility as we were awarded with the Sportsmanship Award last year by the IHSAA for the 2017 - 2018 school year. This is a huge honor that very few schools receive and speaks to the commitment that Cardinal Ritter High School places on athletics as a tool to develop good people as well as good athletes. 

Thank you for your continued support of Cardinal Ritter High School and for the opportunity to work with your students!

God Bless,
Steven Pelych
Announcements
After a hard fought battle between the seniors and sophomores, the annual powder puff championship game ended with a 6-6 tie.
Students and staff showed off their school spirit this week by dressing in theme each day for Homecoming.
Thank you Fr. Sean Danda (CR '01) for officiating our special Homecoming mass!
Organic Chemistry students experimented by using thin-layer chromatography to separate the chlorophylls of spinach this week.
Mrs. Sperry’s Chemistry and ICP Classes took a field trip to Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont on 9/28. Students participated in a question/answer session with three scientists and then toured the facilities. They are shown here holding up their security name tags on the way back to CRHS.
Congratulations to our September Booster Club Student-Athletes of the Month, Paul Stamm and Grace Armbruster!
Paul was the first CRHS cross country male to place first in the Indy city championship.
Grace leads the volleyball team in kills with 204 and also has the highest hitting percentage.
Our boys soccer team beat Speedway 1-0 to advance to the sectional championship this Saturday! Read the IndyStar article here .
Students, staff, parents, and alumni: Use promo code OCT2018 now through October 27 and save 20% off orders of $100.00 or more! Shop here .
Hispanic Heritage Celebration Night

Please join us for our annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Night on October 10 from 6-8 PM in the gym. We will have live performances from Mariachi Azteca and our student dance group, Danza. Come and enjoy the wonderful food and experience the rich culture with us!
Hispanic Heritage Month

This year for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is sponsoring a book drive for the Ronald McDonald House.

Please bring in new and/or gently used children's books (Spanish-language books are encouraged, but all will be taken).
Drop off boxes will be in the main lobby for the entire month.
Attention Junior Parents

Junior conferences will begin in late October. 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 a time that works for you. 
IU Honors Study Abroad Summer Program

If you missed the meeting about the IU Honors Study Abroad Summer program, please contact Mrs. Elzey with any questions. The deadline to apply is November 15. More information here: Spanish | French
Our Little Ways of Prayer

Our Campus Ministry team wants to pray for you! If you or someone you know is in need of prayers, submit a prayer request and every other week the Campus Ministry team will be praying for the needs of our community. Click here to submit a prayer request.
Complete Your Service Hours and Save $200 on Admission
 
There are many ways to complete the 20-hour CRHS service requirement. Check out the parent club page to learn more and sign up for events.
Amazon Smile

Don't forget to select Cardinal Ritter High School as your charity of choice at smile.amazon.com  and a portion of your sale will be donated to CRHS!
CRHS Job Opportunities

The Cardinal Ritter High School Cafeteria is hiring. Part-time employees receive a 25% tuition discount. Click  here  for more information.

We have a part-time janitorial position open, as well. Please reach out to Eric Argyelan for more information.
Cardinal Ritter fans, show your school spirit and purchase your Raider spirit wear at our new online shop today!

Click here to shop.
Football broadcasts for the 2018 season will be available on the NFHS Network.

See the video below for a preview!
Your Kroger Plus Shoppers Card can earn rewards for CRHS!  

Support CRHS every time you shop at Kroger! Log in to your Kroger account and click " My  Account" at the top of the homepage to get to your Account Summary page. Click the "Add  Card " button under " Plus Card  and Alt ID(s)." Type your 12- or 13-digit  Kroger card  number into the " Plus Card -or-Alt ID Number" field. This number is at the back of your  Kroger Plus card . Then you can click on community rewards on the side bar and type Cardinal Ritter High School into the search space. CRHS will earn money every time you swipe your Kroger Card.
College Counseling Corner
Indiana University Groups Scholarship Program

The Groups Program through Indiana University is a scholarship program setup for low income or first-generation college students as a way to help them succeed at IU. If a student is accepted they will receive a full tuition scholarship for all four years of college as long as they stay academically eligible. This PDF has more information about the program as well as a list of qualifications students must meet to apply. If students are interests they will need to apply to IU and to the Groups program before November 1st. Click here to apply. If you have any questions please contact Catie Triplet at  ctriplet@cardinalritter.org .
Note: If students apply, they MUST list Catie Triplet as their recommender no matter who their counselor is. More information here.
A Note to Junior High Parents

You have an opportunity to help your child get a head start on their college planning. If qualifications are met, the 21 st  Century Scholars scholarship provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.  We will be having a 21 st  Century Scholars Application Night here at Cardinal Ritter High School on Wednesday, October 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm in room 206. We encourage you to join us if you would like help enrolling your student in this program.  The application must be submitted online at  www.scholartrack.in.gov  by June 30, 2019 (for 8th graders) or June 30, 2020 (for 7th graders). Contact Catie Triplet at  ctriplet@cardinalritter.org   with any questions. 
Indianapolis Performing and
Visual Arts College Fair
Tuesday, October 23
Butler University – Efroymson Family Gym
Notre Dame Pre-College
Summer 2019 Programs

Click here for dates and details.
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE)

This one-week, exciting Summit is designed exclusively for high-achieving high school students and will be held on the campus of George Mason University, just outside Washington, D.C., from June 23 to 28, 2019. You can learn more about this opportunity by clicking  here .
New Scholarship Opportunities

The following links are scholarship opportunities specifically available for minority students:
Many colleges and universities offer free  Diversity Fly-In Programs  in the fall semester to top underrepresented, first generation, and/or diverse students. Attending one of these programs can demonstrate strong interest in an institution and potentially help one’s chances of being admitted. For more information about these upcoming opportunities, please follow this link .
Latino Day at Marian University
Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
All information will be provided in English and Spanish. Lunch is included and spots are limited, so please register to  ddavis@indianalatinoinstitute.org  by Friday, September 28.
SCRIP Information
SCRIP Update

Welcome back to school and welcome back to scrip! Our normal ordering schedule will begin next week. Orders are due in the office by 8 AM on Monday mornings, and will be available for pick up or will be sent home with your student by Thursday. Remember if you don’t want to wait until Thursday (or don’t trust your child to remember to go to the office to pick up the order) you can always order reloads and e-certificates on the  shopwithscrip.com  website. See instructions below.

Download the Scrip Order Form .

Please contact  Connie Grider  with questions. As always, thanks for supporting SCRIP and CRHS!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE ORDERING

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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