Rocket Report
Vol. 2, No. 35, May 3, 2019
Words with Rush
I have been called upon to fill the space in the Rocket Report normally entitled Words with Wilson. So sit back, relax and see where this literary “gem” takes you!

May is one of my favorite months of the year, and it truly is a special time here at Saint Roch Catholic School. Here are a few of my favorite things that happen here in the month of May:

The second graders have just celebrated their First Holy Communion and are still filled with that excitement and wonder after receiving Jesus’ body and blood for the first time! This year’s First Communion was a beautiful ceremony and the kids really enjoyed their retreat day Monday. Thank you to Mrs. DeArmond, Mrs. Agresta, Mrs. Newton, Mrs. Elam, and Father Hunter for making this day for the kids!

The eighth-grade and second-grade are making their final preparations for May Crowning tomorrow! The excitement and nervousness can be felt each day when they walk over to practice. Tomorrow’s May Crowning is at 1:30 and promises to be a very prayerful and special event. Thanks to Mrs. Chamberlin, Mr. Tindall, Mrs. DeArmond, and Mrs. Elam for their planning and preparation of this special event.

The eighth-grade is preparing to leave for Washington, D.C. on their trip this Tuesday evening. I have enjoyed this trip many times over my years here, and I know this year’s class and parents will have a great time. It is such a blessing that we are able to offer our students this opportunity to visit our nation’s capital. Thanks to Mrs. Chamberlin, all the 8th grade parents, and all the 8th grade students for their work to fund and plan this wonderful trip!

Teacher and Support Staff Appreciation Week, has been celebrated this week at school! The teachers and staff have been spoiled with a special treat each day. Thank you to the PTO, Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Chamberlin and Student Government for planning and putting this week on for us!

Along with all these great things, we are only a few days away from MayFest and the end of the year. 

As we prepare to finish this year up, please take time to enjoy the special events that will take place. Thank you for all the love and support you show us on a daily basis, and thank you for trusting us to educate your children on a daily basis. We are all blessed to have such great parish and school to call home.

2019-2020 St. Roch Shirt
Shirt Design Contest
I-LEARN will be taking the place of I-STEP this year. I-LEARN will be given to all students in grades 3-8. The testing window for I-LEARN will be April 23rd through May 10th. Please note these dates in your calendar. We ask that you do NOT schedule any morning appointments during the testing window. All testing will take place in the morning, they will not test in the afternoon's.
The Office of Student Assessment is developing several three-minute videos to share with parents and educators about assessment systems and transitions to support assessment literacy.


Thursday, May 16th from 5-10pm
Friday, May 17th from 5-11pm
Saturday, May 18th from 4-11pm
Raffle Sales and Ride Bracelets
Raffle Ticket sales are underway. Our goal for this year is $21,000.

The top selling student will earn $100 cash. The seller of the 1st place winner will also earn $100 cash, so be sure to write your name down if you are the seller.

We have extra tickets available in the school office and in the back of church. Please do not print your own tickets at home.

Ride Bracelets
In order to earn a free ride bracelet for your student you must meet your family quota. Once your quota is met you will be able to purchase extra ride bracelets for siblings and family members.Here are the sales quotas for each family:
• 1 student = $65
• 2 students = $90
• 3 or more students = $115
Adult Volunteers (and 6th Graders)
We need everyone’s help to make MayFest a success! We are asking that every parent volunteer for at least one shift during Mayfest (if you are a 2 parent household, we need BOTH parents to work a shift). There are MANY people who go above and beyond this request! We have times and opportunities to fit everyone’s schedules. And as usual, we will need people to help work the booths, Monte Carlo area, food areas, etc. Please sign up using the link below.

Sixth grade students wishing to earn service hours may sign up with an adult on this link for Kid’s games only.
7th & 8th Grade Students
Each 7th and 8th grade student is required to work 1 shift during Mayfest. Please note that the sign up has been set up a little differently this year and we are allowing the 7th and 8th graders to work a shift with their peers. We will not be using money for the kids games this year, they will be using punch cards. It is imperative that the students show up for their shifts, be on time, and manage the games responsibly as this is a fundraiser for the school.
Rocket Junior Gardening Program
St. Roch School and Parish is starting a new program. The Rocket Junior Gardener Program is a hands-on experience that promotes a love of gardening, and will work to develop an appreciation for the environment, and encourage youth to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects. 

The group will meet after school on Tuesdays, with the first meeting on May 7th. The group will meet at 3pm for the remainder of the school year, and then they will decide on a time to meet in the summer. The program is open to any child age 8-13. For more information please contact Cindy Maude at .
School Supply Kits
New Program Coming for 2019-2020 School Year
St. Roch is partnering with 1st Day School Supply Kits to offer parents an easier way to shop for school supplies. Kits can be ordered online and will be delivered directly to school. Kits will be labeled with your child's name and ready for their arrival on the first day of school. 1st Day School Supply provides brand name products at affordable prices. This is an optional program. Flyers were sent home with your child today. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.  Order deadline is June 15.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kati Reeves, .
Spring Band Concert
The Spring Band Concert is on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm.

Beginning Band: 
-Tuesday, April 30 OR Wednesday, May 8. Your student must be at one of these to participate at the concert.

Advanced Band:
-Wednesday, May 1, OR Tuesday, May 7. Your student must be at one of these to participate in the concert.
Vacation Bible School
St. Roch VBS 2019!

Get ready for the "mane" event!
St. Roch's 2019 summer Vacation Bible School program, called  Roar , will be hosted in the evenings from

Sunday, July 14th -
Thursday, July 18th .

Kids ages 4 years through 4th grade are invited to discover that 
God is good even when life gets wild!

Colts Skills Camp
The Indianapolis Colts will host our 2019 Colts Skills Camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. This camp gives kids in grades 2-8 an opportunity to improve their football skills through instruction from local youth, high school and college coaches.

We are happy to announce that Colts TE Jack Doyle and CB Pierre Desir will join us at this year’s Colts Skills Camp!*
This camp encompasses all skill levels and is open to participants of both flag and tackle football leagues.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Andy Matis at .

*All announced players are subject to change
“Scouts, BSA” program is the Boy Scouts of America’s renaming of “boy scouts”. “Scouts, BSA” now provides the same quality youth program to boys and girls. An all-girl troop is now chartered at St. Jude.

Girls, ages 11 (or 10 and completed 5th grade) through 17, are invited to join in the adventure.

If interested, please contact Scott Strother by phone or email: 317.690.1477;
School Mass Schedule
School Mass is scheduled for 8:15am on Wednesdays and Fridays unless otherwise noted.
Wed. 5/8 - Mrs. Plummer's 1st Grade

Fri. 5/10 - Miss Leppert's 5th Grade

Wed. 5/15 - Mrs. Payne's 4th Grade

Tues. 5/21 - Mr. G's 4th Grade
8th Grade Farewell Mass

Fri. 5/24 - Mrs. DeArmond's 2nd Grade
Weekend Server Schedule
May 4/5
Saturday, 5pm
Sophia Andrews
Gavin Farris
Kendall Kocher

Sunday, 8am
Monica Jones
Annah Meehan
Landon Ambrosia-Robinson

Sunday, 10:30am
Brady McGuire
Owen Hill
Faith Lowry

Sunday, 5:30pm
Mikey Riedeman
Kialeah Washington
Grace Troxell
Lunch Menu
Week of May 6th
Salad of the Week - Chef Salad

Sandwich of the Week - Chicken Patty
Helpful Information
Upcoming Dates and Events
  • 5/4-5/5 - 7th Grade Bake Sale
  • 5/7 - We Are St. Roch shirt day
  • 5/7-5/11 - 8th Grade D.C. Trip
  • 5/12 - Mother's Day
  • 5/16 - NO SCHOOL
  • 5/16 - MayFest 5pm - 10pm
  • 5/17 - NO SCHOOL
  • 5/17 - MayFest 5pm - 11pm
  • 5/18 - MayFest 4pm - 11pm
  • 5/21 - 8th Grade Farewell Mass @8:15am (8th Grade Last Day)
  • 5/22 - Talent Show @ 9am
  • 5/22 - 8th Grade Graduation @ 6:30pm
  • 5/23 - Field Day
  • 5/24 - End of Year Awards following 8:15am Mass
  • 5/24 - Last day of School 1pm Dismissal NO AFTERCARE
Rebel Report
Mr. Puntarelli is Retiring
Friday, May 10th
3:15 – 5:00 PM 

Roncalli High School Media Center
Tim Puntarelli is retiring at the end of this school year after 40 years of service to Roncalli, 29 years of those as Dean of Students. During those 40 years, Tim also taught in the English and Theology Departments, was an assistant coach in our football program and worked numerous senior Christian Awakening Retreats. Roncalli High School will hold a reception in his honor on Friday, May 10 from 3:15 – 5:00 PM in the RHS Media Center. All are invited to stop in and extend your own personal thanks and appreciation to Tim. If you are unable to attend, cards or notes of appreciation may be sent to the high school to his attention. 

Summer Sports and Academic Camps
Roncalli High School is the place to be for summer camps!  

Sports Camps  – Cheerleading, football, boys/girls volleyball, softball, baseball, gymnastics, wrestling, boys/girls golf, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls lacrosse, boys/girls cross country, boys/girls tennis, boys/girls swimming, boys/girls diving, boys/girls soccer.  Go to  to register, or   for more information, please contact (317) 788-4094.

Academic Camps  – Roncalli will offer multiple academic camps this summer! An  American   Sign Language Camp  is available for both beginners and more advanced students in grades 1-8, a  Young Authors Camp  will be offered for grades 5-8, two sessions of a  Robotics Camp  will be offered for grades 3-8 and high school students, and two fun Math Camps  will be offered for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Grades indicate the grade that students will be in for the 2019-20 school year.  Please contact  for additional information. 

5th - 9th Grade Boys Soccer Camp
Camp Dates: June 10, 2019 – June 13, 2019
Start Time: 6:00pm 
End Time: 8:00pm

Venue Name: Roncalli Stadium
Venue Address: 3300 Prague Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Camp Cost: $50.00

Special Notes: Soccer Shoes, Workout Clothes & Soccer Ball

Register: Please visit

For any questions, please contact David Lauck:
or 317-7884094
St. Roch Catholic School
Phone: (317) 784-1763
Fax: (317) 784-7051