“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” ( Psalm 51:12 )
Lenten Reflections
Give Something Up or Take Something On? Both!

Lent gets a bad rap. It is a penitential season, to be sure, and it starts off gloomily enough, with ashes on our heads and a reminder that “none of us gets out of here alive.” But it is not time to mope about dour-faced and melancholy. There is no room for self-loathing, much less any invitation to do so. Rather, it is a time to take a close look at one’s relationship with God and to identify and root out any obstacles that may be present, just as a gardner must clear the rocks and roots that would keep a patch of soil from sprouting and yielding its abundance. This is why, in one of the mass prayers, Lent is described as a “joyful season” and a “gift to the Church”- because, similar to Advent, it is a season full of anticipation. We eagerly await the fulfillment of God’s plan of redemption during Holy Week.

In an effort to soften the hard spots of Lent many well-meaning folks advise us not to worry about Lenten sacrifices or “giving things up” but rather to “do something good instead ”. This is, no doubt, a well-intentioned attempt to highlight the joyful aspects of the season that lie hidden from view if we focus only on Meatless Fridays, Penance Services, and the Stations of the Cross. Just as applying a stain to wood brings out the grain, so do these suggested good deeds highlight the joy of Lent. Our good deeds, however, if unaccompanied by prayer and penance, risk becoming like a stain - only surface deep. Our spiritual growth during Lent is supported by not one, but three related practices: Prayer, Fasting (Penance), and Almsgiving (Charity or Good deeds). Rather than suggesting that we do one instead of another, the Church invites and encourages us to take on all three , to enter into this sort of Trinity of piety and devotion which together foster authentic conversion of heart and help us to be conformed more closely to Christ, our Lord. If you have not yet, identify not only sacrifices, also prayers and good deeds that you can incorporate into your life this Lent, which will in turn incorporate you more fully into the life of Christ.
-Mr. Anthony Basso
Join us TOMORROW NIGHT in the CRHS gymnasium for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. There will be plenty to keep you busy as you mingle: Live and Silent auctions, dinner catered by Sahm's, Monte Carlo games, DJ, and dancing. 
Tickets will be available at the door.  
View photos from last year's RNOC here.  
Please contact Katie Waggoner with any questions.
Proud to announce our fourth San Damiano Scholarship recipient, Syrli Hernandez! Congratulations Syrli!
Cardinal Ritter beat out 9 other high schools at the annual state Spanish competition this past Saturday, placing 1st in Level 3, 1st in Advanced Level, and 1st in Heritage Speakers Level. We also placed 3rd in Level 1 and 2nd at the Junior High level. Congratulations to all who competed!
Congratulations to 7th grade student, Billy MacLeod, who will be competing in the State Geography Bee after placing in the Top 100 in the state qualifying round. Proud of you!
Honors Chemistry students were challenged to make a certain mass of chalk.
It’s that time of year again! Our annual flower sale is quickly approaching. This is one of the events that helps fund the Cardinal Ritter Parent Club. The Parent Club supports many activities including Graduation, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, Sophomore Ring Ceremony and Parent Teacher Conferences. The hanging baskets and planters make wonderful gifts and orders will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day. Show your support of the Raiders and place your flower orders today! All orders and payments are due by Wednesday, March 20th. Items will arrive on May 3rd. Order online here
Seniors: Submit the FAFSA

The state deadline to file the FAFSA is April 15, 2019. If you are a 21st Century Scholar you MUST file the FAFSA by  April 15, 2019  to receive that money. The form can be accessed by visiting  fafsa.ed.gov . Seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid  website . Students may also use the new My Student Aid app to file their FAFSA. The app can be found on the Google Play and iTunes store by searching “MyStudentAid."
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

This is a reminder of our pick-up and drop-off procedures at Cardinal Ritter High School. In recent weeks, there have been individuals not following these guidelines which leads to blind spots and a less than ideal parking lot. Please be sure to follow the following:

1.)  Drop-off:  Students are to be dropped off on the EAST side of the building by the gym entrance. As a reminder, drop off cars should be parked to the right and moving traffic should be able to pass by on the left. Cars should never park or stop by the band room door on the south side of the building as this blocks vision and leads to traffic jams near the daycare. 

2.)  Pick-up:  Parents who are picking up their scholars are to start forming a line on EAST side of the building near the gym entrance. Parked cars should remain on the right and traffic should flow to the left. Cars should never park or stop by the band room door on the south side of the building as this blocks vision and leads to traffic jams near the daycare. 

Over the next week, we will have additional staff members outdoors to ensure that these procedures are followed to ensure the safety of all drivers in our parking lot.
Hearing and Vision Screenings

On March 11th & 12th, the Marion County Health Department will be at Cardinal Ritter to conduct hearing & vision screenings. These screenings are required by the State of Indiana as specified in Indiana Code 20-34-3-12 and IC 20-34-3-14. Parents who wish their child to be excluded from the screenings must submit this written request  to the school nurse by March 11, 2019. For questions regarding this mandatory requirement, contact Pam Feltz RN school nurse. Students that fail the screening will be sent a letter.

Hearing screenings: 7th and 10th grades
Vision: 8th grade (Please wear your glasses or contacts that day)
Transfer students: will have both
Driver's Ed

Mr. Jeff VanMeter is bringing a Driver's Education course to Cardinal Ritter High School this summer.

Click here for more information.
Join us at St. Monica School on Sunday, March 24 for a free diabetes self assessment, blood pressure check, and more!
Sports Picture Day: 3.15.2019

Picture Day ID: HM018128X0
Travel Abroad Opportunity

If you are interested in visiting and staying in Guatemala this summer through Faces and Our Cultures cultural exchange program, please click here for information and contact Mrs. Elzey  lelzey@cardinalritter.org  with questions or next steps.
ISTEP+ Sophomores Part 1 Testing Schedule

English/Language Arts - Sophomores will complete testing online through their English 10 class starting Febuary 28 and will finish by March 7. There will be a total of 3 sessions of testing for students.
Mathematics - Sophomores will complete testing online through their Theology 3-4 class starting March 8 and will finish by March 15. There will be a total of 2 sessions of testing for students.
Part 2 of ISTEP+ testing for sophomores will be in April after Spring Break. Please contact Mrs. Lettich in the Guidance Office at (317) 924-4333 ext. 423 or by email at  jlettich@cardinalritter.org  if you have any questions. 
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.
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!
Earn rewards for CRHS every time you shop at Kroger!  

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
Check out the different programs offered by the Center for Leadership Development (CLD). If your student participates in many of these programs, they can be eligible to earn college scholarships!
Junior high students can participate too!
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is committed to assisting Indiana students in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution who exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community service. Emphasis will be placed on financial need and first generation students.

Each applicant will be evaluated based on the application information provided and recipients will be selected by a review committee. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the Circle City Classic® Football Game and are payable upon recipient's full-time enrollment in a post-secondary institution. More than $4.6 million has been awarded to students since 1984.

This year the application deadline is April 15, 2019. Here is the link to the online application.
University of Dayton Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Camps!

Leadership 101: June 23-29 go.udayton/leadership 101
Entrepreneurship: June 23-29 go.udayton/entrepreneurship101
Engineering: Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men: June 16-22 go.udayton.edu/metec
Summer Honors Engineering Camp: June 23-28 go.udayton.edu/shec
Women in Engineering Summer Camp: July 7-12 go.udayton.edu/wie
Women In Engineering

Junior females: On Monday, April 8, Purdue will be hosting a Women In Engineering Program. If you sign up and plan to attend, please fill out a college visit form in the guidance office before you go.

To attend, register online at www.purdue.edu/wiep
Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for  Camp Cardiac  &  Camp Neuro  Indianapolis 2019!

Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro, run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting  http://www.campcardiac.org  and http://www.campneuro.org .

In addition, you may download PDF flyers by clicking on the following links:
FBI Youth Leadership Academy

On July 8, 9, and 10, 2019, the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association will host the FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI. Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community. Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision making and leadership skills.
Apply here .
Summer Job Opportunity for High Schoolers - Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

The Youth Tree Team (YTT) hires young people that are interested in working outside to maintain trees planted all around Indianapolis. This is a paid position ($9/hour, 20 hours/week) that lasts for seven weeks in the summer. YTT waters and mulches trees three days a week and dedicates one day to enrichment activities focusing on financial literacy, sustainability, and tree identification. If the youth is in good standing with YTT, there is an opportunity to continue working in the Fall and Spring and no need to reapply for the next Summer as their spot is saved.  Applications are due by April 3 at 5:00 PM.  Apply here .
Girls Go CyberStart

There's a huge shortage of cybersecurity experts in the US. Girls Go CyberStart encourages high school girls to explore the exciting career opportunities in the field, join the global cybersecurity community and learn skills that will ensure our country offers a safe place to live, work and play online. Learn more here .
At  Duke Summer Session , we are determined to transform you into one who envisions, shapes, and delivers the incredible possibilities of tomorrow. Learn more here .
Schola High School Summer Program at Belmont Abbey - July 2019

Schola offers a unique opportunity to rising high school sophomores, juniors,and seniors to spend an elevating and revitalizing week engaged in a rich schedule of academic, cultural, and recreational activities centered on lively seminars discussing several of the great books of the Western world. Click here for more information.
Rutgers Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is excited to announce an opportunity for students interested in engineering. The Rutgers School of Engineering is offering the chance for students to participate in a new  Pre-Engineering Summer Academy  to develop their knowledge and skills through real-world field experiences. Interested in learning more? Attend an online  information session  or visit  Pre-Engineering Summer Academy .
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 .
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 .
Notre Dame Pre-College

Through our summer scholars  program, students may choose from 22 courses in a variety of fields, perfect for sophomores and juniors who want to explore their passions and interests while earning college credit. 
John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop

The John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop, a week-long summer camp at John Carroll University, is now offering both day camp and overnight residential options, so students from all over the country can experience inspiring and rigorous creative writing! This year's workshop takes place from July 22-26th, 2019. The cost for the day-only option is $380; the residential option is $980, though there is an early-bird rate in April. The application deadline for the workshop is June 1st, 2019. For more information about the JCU YWW, please visit  sites.jcu.edu/yww
SCRIP Information

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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