Rocket Report

Vol. 4, No. 12, October 30th
Words with Wilson
Although Halloween will look a bit different this year, it has been fun to see the excitement that it brings our students. As the weather changes, and the holidays approach, there is always an excitement that builds this time of year.

I like to think that I am a person who is mindful of my many blessings all year long. This week I have been reminded of the special blessing that is the community of St. Roch Parish and School. I sent an email out last week asking for some donations of frisbees, playground balls, and footballs. The response has been overwhelming! I am constantly in awe of the many generous people who make up our community.

From water coolers, to televisions, to play ground balls, to snacks for the teacher snack cart, this community continues to come through for the students and staff of St. Roch Catholic School. Thank you for your generous support. This is an amazing place!
Election Day- Virtual Learning Day
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
On Tuesday, November 3rd, St. Roch Catholic School will be E-Learning. Below you will find the schedule for the day.

Our preschool and Pre-K students will not have any E-learning for the day. Kindergarten-4th grade students will bring home their work on Monday, that is to be completed on Tuesday. Since this E-Learning is just for one day, we do not feel the need to go LIVE for our younger grades. We feel like it would be very difficult on our parents and grandparents for these younger students.

Our 5th-8th grade students will be having LIVE instruction. They will be allowed to bring their Chromebook home on Monday. They are all well versed in Google Classroom, so they should be able to navigate their learning.

5th and 6th Grade
5th Grade Language Arts- 9:00 am
6th Grade Math- 9:00 am

5th Grade Math -10:00 am
6th Grade Language Arts - 10:00 am

Social Studies, science and religion will send assigned work home on Monday.

7th and 8th Grade
7th Grade Language Arts- 9:00 am
8th Grade SS- 9:00 am

7th Grade SS- 10:00 am
8th Grade Language Arts- 10:00 am

Math, science and religion will send assigned work on Monday. Students will access their LIVE classes via google classroom. They have been trained and do this everyday, so they should be able to navigate very easily.

Thank you for your support of this last minute calendar change.
St. Roch Day of Thanks & Giving
This year continues to provide many new challenges for us. Normally, we would be holding our annual Reverse Raffle and Auction. This is one of St. Roch’s main fundraisers for the year. This year we will be having the “St. Roch Day of Thanks and Giving.” More details will be out soon about the specifics of the event. We will still be creating baskets for this event.  

We really need everyone’s participation to make the baskets a huge success. Any monetary donations would be greatly appreciated (check should be made payable to “St. Roch”). The donations can be forwarded to the student’s teacher and we are hoping to have all donations in by Friday, November 14th. We would also gladly accept gift card donations. There is no set amount to give, just whatever you can afford at this time.   

If you wish to donate online, please use the link below.

PS - Are you or someone you know interested in doing even more to ensure the success of this event? We have some very exciting sponsorship opportunities available. Please reach out to Tina Hayes at for a list of our sponsorship levels and the many benefits associated with being part of this inaugural event. Together - we will raise $50,000 for Saint Roch!

Tutoring Available
In the Know with PTO
October Executive Committee Meeting Update
For a number of reasons, October’s executive committee (EC) business ended up being conducted over email. The most significant news is that the EC voted to donate $2,000 toward a men’s club project to build a fence that will enclose the St. Roch property. This important safety feature will reduce unwanted foot traffic.

For those EC members who met in person, the majority of the time was spent sorting and preparing spiritwear for delivery last week. A special shout-out goes to Tina Hayes for all her hard work in selecting, designing, ordering, and delivering all of our awesome spiritwear. She’s the one making us all look so good!

And finally, thanks to your participation in the general meeting, there are a number of new ideas on the table for discussion in the coming weeks.

Christmas Spiritwear Sale? We Need Your Feedback!
Are you interested in another spiritwear sale before Christmas? Please take this brief survey and let us know what you think!

October 50/50 Drawing Monday
The deadline for the October 50/50 expired today at 3:00 p.m. The drawing for the winner will take place on Monday, November 2. But don’t worry: the November 50/50 starts Monday, too! To participate in the November 50/50, you know the drill: send those labeled envelopes to the school office for as many chances as you wish ($5 per chance)! (License #2608)

1st Place Spiritwear
Great news! 1st Place Spiritwear has EXTENDED their 20% off $60 or more offer through November 1st! Use the code WARMUP2020. You now have one more week to stock up on all of the awesome designs for Saint Roch and save 20%! All orders are shipped directly to your home. And remember, Saint Roch earns 5% from every purchase made! Shop now!
Lunch Menu
Week of November 2nd
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
  • November 3rd- E-Learning Day for Election
  • November 7th - 8th Grade Placement Test
  • November 19th - $1 Casual Day
  • November 25 - No School
  • November 26 - No School Thanksgiving
  • November 27 - No School
Roncalli 2020 Open House
Roncalli invites all prospective students in 5th – 8th grades, along with a parent or family member, to join them for an Open House on Thursday, November 5th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Students are invited to join three informational sessions, focusing on topics such as campus ministry, academic, athletics, fine arts and the “big picture” Roncalli. Each session will last 15-20 minutes, with time for questions. Each session will accommodate 50 students and one parent or family member will be able to join them. For those who attend the entire evening, guests will be eligible to win one of three $100 gift certificates to the Roncalli Spirit Store. Guests must attend all three sessions and be present to win.

Sign up to attend a session via SignUp Genius at and see why so many people are making Roncalli their choice for high school! For information about RHS, visit, or contact Allie Ross at or 317-787-8277 extension 243 with questions.
The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 7, 2020 in the Roncalli cafeteria from 9 AM to 1 PM. We will have fantastic new merchandise updated with the latest trends and styles for everyone on your Christmas shopping list, you won’t want to miss. Eighth grade parents, shop with us while your student takes the Roncalli placement exam. Check out our FB page (Roncalli Spirit Store) for weekly sneak peeks. 
For more information, please contact Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store at or 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale with your mask on!
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 AM and concludes by 11:15 AM 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 Youth Girls Basketball Registration
Who: Girls in grades K-8
What: Indy Girls Hoops League sign-ups
When: Online through November 8th
Cost: $45 (grades 3-8) $30 (K-2) $20 for shooting shirt
Rebel Juniors Volleyball Club
Rebel Juniors Volleyball Club
Rebel Juniors is a volleyball club for youth girls started by Roncalli coaches for prospective Roncalli volleyball athletes.

Age Groups:
11 and under: July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010                        
12 and under: July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009                     
13 and under: July 1, 2007- June 30, 2008                      
14 and under: July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007

Open Gym Sunday, November 1st
Roncalli St. Vincent Gym
11’s and 12’s: 4-5:30pm
13’s and 14’s: 6-7:30pm

Tryout Dates: Sunday November 8th and 15th. Times TBA
Communication: emails provided on registration will be used for further communication and details about the program.
Have questions?: Email
Roncalli Wrestling
The Elementary and Middle School wrestling season begins on November 3 and ends on March 13. Students can join at any time with practices and weight lifting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Roncalli, and we will participate in a full competition schedule. More details can be found on our website - or contact Coach McClurg @ 317-501-8306 or at
My Story, R Family Series
This week's My Story, R Family video features Mrs. Jane Dias, Roncalli's Guidance Administrative Assistant and St. Barnabas parishioner. As someone who married into the Roncalli family, Mrs. Dias has a very unique and powerful testimonial about the place that we proudly get to call ours!

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