Rocket Report

Vol. 4, No. 9, October 2nd
Words with Wilson
Next week we will be celebrating College GO! Week. College GO! Week is an annual, statewide event to promote enrollment in two- and four-year colleges across Indiana. Schools are encouraged to promote enrollment in college with a weekly scheduled of events, based on this theme, such as having presentations , trivia contests, and daily announcements.

The definition of college for College GO! Week includes other postsecondary options, such as apprenticeship programs as well. This is a fantastic week, that the students really enjoy. I have fun, college trivia questions over the announcements, and we have spirit days and other fun activities to encourage continuing education. Below are some of the activities students will be participating in.

 I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


  • College Spirit Wear Day- Kick off College GO! Week by sporting attire from your favorite college or university. If you do not have a college shirt, wear the colors of your favorite college. Casual bottoms are acceptable.
  • College Trivia on Morning Announcements


  • “I’m Bright Enough to go to College Day”: Wear NEON colors! Casual bottoms are acceptable.


  • “St, Roch Spirit Day”: Wear St. Roch spirit wear and remember that education today prepares us for the college or career of our tomorrows! Casual Bottoms are acceptable.
  • College Fight Song Trivia- Morning Announcements

October Server Schedule
The October Server Schedule is now live. Students may sign-up for as many slots as they would like.

Kona Ice
The students have earned their Kona Ice incentive! Kona Ice will be coming on Thursday, October 11th. No money is required.
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Since it is the year of different, and we will not be able to do our traditional conference schedule, teachers will be reaching out to you about your conference time. Some teachers are using Zoom, some are having phone conferences and some are choosing to meet face to face outside.

Each teacher will communicate with you how they are doing their conferences. If you do not hear from the teacher, they do not feel as though a conference is necessary at this time. If you are not contacted, but feel you would like a conference, please email the teacher and they will set-up a time for you. Our teachers who have elected to do in-person conferences will be holding them the week of October 5th.

Please watch your email for more information from your teacher.
2019-2020 Yearbook Update
Yearbooks should have went home yesterday or today. We do have a few extra if you would still like to order. You can purchase one for $14 in the school office until supplies run out. Payment can be made with check payable to St. Roch or you can request to be billed through FACTS.
RCIA Classes Beginning
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith as an adult? St. Roch RCIA classes begin on October 20! These classes are offered to anyone interested in learning more about Catholicism and those who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church through the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation. We meet every other Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m. with special opportunities for sharing prayer, as well. Contact Stephanie Newton in the parish office (317) 784-1763 or at for more information. All are welcome!
Election Day- Virtual Learning Day
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

As many of you know, St. Roch has traditionally been a polling site. This tradition will continue this election year, and we are excited to welcome the precinct to St. Roch.

The precinct is “housed” in our Parish Life Center and Gymnasium. This location has worked well in the past and has allowed us to continue a normal school day and simply cancel PE classes for the day. This year we have a couple more obstacles due to the changes we have had to make in order to be compliant with the state and local rules for COVID-19 and the changes we have had to make to keep our students off the front parking lot for recess and with our change to our dismissal. 

Due to these changes, we will not be able to operate our school on Election Day this year. We have decided to make this an e-Learning day for St. Roch Catholic School. We were originally doing a 1 pm dismissal on this day, but feel for safety purposes, it will be better to not have our students on campus.

Teachers will send home materials and schedules for “live” lessons for this day the Friday before the election. Older students, grades 3-8, will also bring their Chromebooks home for this eLearning Day.

Thank you in advance for your support to this change in our school calendar!
In the Know with PTO
Give back to Roch by purchasing MORE St. Roch Spirit Wear
PTO has partnered with First Place Spiritwear to give you a wider variety of spirit wear options that you can order whenever you want—and they will be shipped directly to your house. Saint Roch earns 5% from every purchase made! Additionally, if you join the VIP club on the web site, First Place Spiritwear will send promo codes for discounted items and free shipping.

To start us off, they're offering us FREE SHIPPING off of any order $30 or more! Just shop using this link, and use the promo code: SPOOKY2020-FS

September 50/50 Winner
Thank you to everyone who participated in the September PTO 50/50. We brought in $620, which means our winner, Michelle Wenzel, received $310! Mrs. Jordan's class won the casual day for the most participation.

October 50/50 Starts Now!
The October 50/50 raffle begins today! To participate, please label your own envelope with your name, phone number, student, grade / teacher, and the enclosed dollar amount. In the envelope, include cash or check (made out to St. Roch) for as many chances as you wish ($5 per chance)! Envelopes can be turned into the school office or homeroom teachers. The deadline for entries is
Friday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. The drawing will take place on Monday, November 2 nd . (License #2608)
Lunch Menu
Week of October 5th
Entree Option - Chicken Nuggets
Every lunch is also served with fruit, veggies and Milk
Sides will be served daily and will vary throughout the week
Teacher Wish List
We are very appreciative of your support!
Looking Ahead
Upcoming Dates and Events
  • College Go Week - October 5th
  • Fall Break - October 12th -16th
  • November 3rd- E-Learning Day for Election
STARS Resource Program 
Roncalli High School 
Parent Information Meeting 

Who: Parents of students identified with Specific Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments, Emotional Disabilities and Other Health Impairments 

When: Tuesday, October, 20, 2020 7:00 pm 

Where: Roncalli High School Auditorium 

What: Learn the process for students to receive accommodations on Roncalli’s high school placement test and hear details about the STARS resource Program. ** Please bring a copy of your student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Service Plan (ISP) as well as any psychometric testing to the meeting. 

If unable to attend please contact: 

Michelle Roberts 
Director of Special Services 
Shadowing at Roncalli for 8th Graders
All first semester dates at Roncalli are filled! But don't worry, our second semester dates are open, and we are ready to start scheduling!

Please contact Allie Ross at to get your 8th grader signed up today. Shadowing dates will go fast as we are currently allowing 3 students per day. If that changes, we will open it up to more guests.
Placement Test
Roncalli High School Placement Test
Roncalli is excited to host the Class of 2025 for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, November 7! Additional details are below:
  • Test begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 11:15 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early, and use the Fine Arts Center entrance (Door #5)
  • Cost is $10
  • Students are asked to bring 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils; calculators are not allowed.
  • Accommodations, as designated in the student’s IEP/ISP, are available only for those students who provide the appropriate documentation to Mrs. Michelle Roberts (, Special Needs Director, at least 10 days prior to the HSPT.
  • No need for parents/students to register or call in for the November HSPT test date.
  • Only students who take the November HSPT are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship
  • STARS students and parents are invited to the 8th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend an Admissions Information meeting on the morning of the High School Placement Test from 10:00 – 11:15 AM in the Ascension St. Vincent Gym (new gym). Items covered at this meeting will include the Admissions Application, the Admissions process, the Financial Aid process and some general academic and scheduling information. The end of this meeting coincides with the end of the HSPT.

Please contact Jessica Engel, School Counselor (317) 787-8277 (ext.235) or Jane Dias, Guidance Administrative Assistant (ext. 214) with questions.
Roncalli Bus Drivers
Roncalli High School is looking to expand its pool of licensed bus drivers. The school is willing to pay for the cost of the licensure process. Driving for Roncalli athletic events, field trips, show choir competitions, etc. can be a fun experience and a great supplemental income. Please contact the school's Transportation Director, Jason Sims, at or 317-787-8277, extension 262.
Roncalli Wrestling
The elementary and middle school wrestling season begins on November 3rd and ends on March 13th, can join at any time, with practices and weight lifting on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at Roncalli High School. We will participate in a full competition schedule.  More details can be found on our website -  or contact Coach McClurg @ 317-501-8306
My Story, R Family Series
In today's My Story, R Family video, we hear from junior Lauren Turk, St. Jude Parish. She comes from a long line of Roncalli grads... she is 3rd generation! Her story and all of the connections that she has to RHS are pretty cool, and we're glad that she has chosen to share her enthusiasm for the school with our community. 

For more information on the school and all we have to offer, please visit
St. Roch Catholic School
Phone: (317) 784-9144
Fax: (317) 784-7051