Rocket Report

Vol. 3, No. 24, February 7, 2020
Words with Wilson
This week my focus is on the wonderful things going on in our middle school! Our Speech Team has been working hard in preparation for their meet tomorrow at Westfield Middle School. We will have students competing in duo, prose, poetry, humorous, and original. Our 7th and 8th grade students are working hard to prepare for the Roncalli High School Quest for Excellence on Saturday, February 29th.  

There are also many great things going on in our classrooms:

  • In Mr. Tindall’s Language Arts Class, 6 Blue discussed the intersection of chance, irony, and unexpected benefits all thanks to a random porcupine in the novel they are reading. 
  • In Mrs. Elam’s Music Class, students learned some new songs to start singing for school Liturgies. They discussed the meaning of these songs and why we sing at Mass. 
  • In Mrs. Lecher’s Spanish Class, 7th and 8th grade just presented a slideshow entirely in Spanish describing six members of their family. They are now working on learning possessive adjectives.
  • 6th grade Spanish just finished learning to tell time in Spanish , and are now working on expressing likes and dislikes with the verb gustar.
  • In Mrs. Stebing’s Technology Class, students have been working with coding. They have been learning the java script coding language. 
  • In Mrs. Feltman’s Science class, the 6th grade hard worked hard making their food chains and food webs on google slides. They are learning about abiotic and biotic factors as well. 
  • In 7th grade science, they presented their earth’s layers project and are learning all about Alfred Wegener and the continental drift hypothesis. 
  • The 8th grade learned about plant and animal cell organelles and their functions. This has geared rhem to discussions of mitosis and meiosis. They presented their animal or plant cell models to the class.
  • In Mrs. Robert’s Art Class, students have been making their mats, aluminum foil art, and zentangle dogs.  
  • In Mrs. Chamberlin’s 8th Grade Religion Class, students drew pictures of themselves as adult Catholic Christians living their faith.  
  • In Social Studies Class, 8th graders debated as members of the Constitutional Convention.
  • In Mr. Watson’s 6th Grade Religion Class they extended Catholic Schools' Week with a test over the Indianapolis Deanery Schools and Parishes. 
  • 6th grade Social Studies are working in groups for their Ancient Rome newscast project and are starting a chapter on modern Europe.

It was another great week at St. Roch Catholic School! I am proud of our middle school students for their hard work and enthusiasm. Our staff does a fantastic job of making learning meaningful and fun. Have a great weekend!
Re-enrollment is now open for all of our returning families. You should have received an email with instructions on how to complete the re-enrollment process. Everything will be ran through our FACTS system. We have had a few questions that are addressed below in order to help everyone understand this new process. Please address any additional questions to Mrs. Littell via email -
Parent FAQ's
How do I re-enroll my child?
To re-enroll please visit and log in to the family portal as a parent. (Contact Mrs.Littell by email if you are having any issues with this.) Once logged in there should be a menu on the left for enrollment. All eligible students in your family should be listed. If you have a child at home that is eligible for kindergarten or pre-k they should also be listed as an option for registration. You are welcome to register them at this time as they would fall into our returning family category. If you have an eligible student that is not listed and you would like to enroll them please contact Mrs. Littell.

What is the District Code when logging into FACTS?

Has tuition for next year been set?
No, tuition is not yet established for the 2020-2021 school year. A slight increase is expected. Please refer to our current tuition rates in order to estimate your upcoming tuition. Click here to view current tuition.

How much is the Registration Fee and when is it due?
The registration fee is $100 per student and due at the time of registration. However, if you are unable to pay the fee at this time, it is still encouraged to begin the registration process and then return to it once you are able to pay the fee. All registration fees should be paid no later than April 1st, 2020. Your child will not be registered until this fee has been paid.

What is the FACTS Tuition Enrollment Fee?
FACTS charges a fee in order to manage your tuition plan. During re-enrollment you will be asked to select a payment plan for your tuition. Depending on the plan you choose the fee will be in the amount of either $20 or $50 (per family). This fee will not be immediately charged at the time you choose your payment plan. It will only be charged once your tuition is established and posted. If you will be receiving financial aid, an SGO and/or a Voucher that covers the entire cost of your tuition then the fee will be automatically omitted. The fee will only be charged if you have a remaining balance, once all financial aid has been applied, and when your tuition plan goes into effect.
Yearbook on Sale
Yearbooks are now on sale.
Paper order forms were sent home this week. Extra forms will be available in the school office.

Order ONLINE using this code:

All orders must be in by March 6th
Mother & Son
Calling all moms and sons! Join us Saturday, February 8th from 6:00-8:30pm in the St Roch gym for an evening of pizza, games and a little healthy competition! Games will include: 

•Not your Mother’s Tic Tac Toe 
•Bottle Flip 
•Cup Stack 
•Fan Out 
•And lots more! 

Wear your favorite team jersey or colors! Prize awarded to best dressed team! 

Cost is $10 per family
-forms were sent home and may be returned to the school office with pyament

Questions? Please contact Heather Bauman at 317.370.9302 or
Sack Lunch for all Students
Sack Lunch Needed

All students will need to bring a sacked lunch with a drink on February 20th. Our cafeteria will be set-up for Purse Bingo.   
Purse Bingo
If you haven’t already heard, the Saint Roch Designer Purse Bingo is officially  SOLD OUT!  If you have tickets, you will receive an email closer to the event with more information about the evening.
But what if you don’t?  There is another way that you can support your Saint Roch PTO – and possibly win a designer purse of your very own.
New this year – we are offering a  designer purse raffle ! We are only selling 100 tickets, and each ticket is only $5. Please see Mrs. Jordan before or after school or contact Tina Hayes at  (or 317-698-8462) to purchase a ticket!
The winning ticket will be drawn at the event on Thursday, February 20 th  – but you do  NOT  need to be present to win! Buy your chance before it’s too late!!!
We are also in need of volunteers to assist before, after and during the event! If you aren’t attending Purse Bingo or are attending but are willing to help out, please take a look at this link. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds benefitting our kids and our school. We cannot do this without you!

We’re looking forward to another fun evening! Thank you for always supporting our efforts – our Rocket families really are the best…and the most fun!

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hayes at 317-698-8462 ( ) or Michelle Wenzel at 317-294-9990 ( ). 

No Greater Love
Parents - Experience the Unconditional Love of Christ this Lent - be a part of “No Greater Love” program at St. Roch - Offered Monday mornings and Thursday evenings
In No Greater Love, You Will Experience the Unconditional Love Christ Has for You. We often hear about Jesus’ passion and death, but imagine experiencing them for the very first time. In No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion, we are going to walk step-by-step with Jesus on his journey from his agony in the garden to his crucifixion on Calvary. Along the way, we will unpack the biblical background to these events, the prophecies, and most especially, the ways Jesus is inviting us to walk more closely with him today. No Greater Love is a five-part video Bible study program offered Monday mornings at 7:45 am (beginning March 2) and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm (beginning Feb. 27). Suggested offering for participation is $20 each to help cover study journal, book, and other materials. For more information or to register, call the parish office at (317)784-1763 or email .
A Lenten Experience
Frank Runyeon Presents: "Sermon on the Mount" - a Lenten Experience for the whole family!
When: Sunday, March 1 @ 7:00pm
Where: St. Mark the Evangelist Church
Who: South Deanery Youth Ministries invite the WHOLE FAMILY to enjoy this entertaining and powerful presentation together!
Click below for more details on this opportunity:
Exclusive Event for the Ladies of St. Roch
What: Yoga & Mimosas
Where: Large room of the Parish Life Center (or gym if enough people attend!)
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Yoga from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Mimosas, approximately from 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Start your weekend off right with an instructor-led, one-hour yoga class, followed by snacks and mimosas with your fellow St. Roch ladies. Lead by Invoke yoga instructor Brooke Lutgring, this class is guaranteed to raise your spirits!

Yoga & Mimosas is sponsored by the St. Roch PTO. The cost is only $5, and any profits will be invested back into the school via ongoing PTO programs. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, simply Venmo the $5 fee to Melissa Stahley (@Melissa-Stahley-1) with your name in the notes.

If you need to send payment in to school, please send it c/o Melissa Stahley 2D.
He & Me Garden Party
February 22nd @ 6pm
Presented by St. Roch Girl Scout Troop #4143
  • What: He & Me Garden Party / Father-Daughter Dance
  • Where: St. Roch Cafeteria
  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Date night! Get dressed up in your florals, grab a bite to eat, and end a special evening with your special guy at St. Roch’s annual He & Me dance.

Admission is $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Drinks, snacks and sweets will be available at the event. To register, send in the form to school office with payment.

Checks should made payable to St. Roch Girl Scout Troop #4143.
Inclement Weather
If we ever have a 2 hour delay, early dismissal, or school closing because of inclement weather, we will notify the teachers and parents using the following:
1. Notified via email to all parents and staff.
2. Posted on our "Saint Roch Catholic School" Facebook Group Page
3. Posted on our Twitter page
4. A text Alert
5. Posted via local TV stations: Channel 4, 6, 8, 13, 59 (this is the last places I notify, please look for above methods first)

As always, as the parent YOU are the one that makes the decision on whether to bring your children to school each day because of weather and/or road conditions. If we are in school at a normal time and the roads around your home or area are not safe to travel, please call the school office and notify the school that your children will not be attending school because of inclement weather. Your student will be given an excused absence.
2020-2021 School Calendar
St. Roch Catholic School
2020-2021 Official School Calendar

August 5 - 1st day of school - Dismiss at 1pm
September 4 - Free day- Labor Day Weekend
September 7 - Free day – Labor Day
October 12-16 - Free days – Fall Break
November 25-27 - Free days – Thanksgiving Break
December 18 - Last day of school prior to Christmas Break
January 4 - First day of school following Christmas Break
January 18 - Free day – MLK Day*
February 12 - Free day Presidents’ Day Weekend*
February 15 - Free day – Presidents’ Day* 
March 19-26 - Free days- Spring Break
April 5 - Free day - Easter Monday
May 20, 21 - Free Days- Mayfest*
May 27 - Last day of school
All days marked with * (an asterisk) may be used for snow make-up days if needed. We will use them as E-Learning Days.  
E-Learning Days
Please click the button below to see more details concerning our E-Learning days.
School Mass Schedule
All School Masses will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15am unless otherwise noted.
Wed. 2/12 - Sr. Anne's 6th Grade

Fri. 2/14 - Mr. Watson's 6th Grade

Wed. 2/19 - Mrs. DeArmond's 2nd Grade

Fri. 2/21 - Mr. English's 5th Grade

Ash Wednesday Mass - 2/26 - 1:30pm
Lunch Menu
Week of February 10th
Salad Option - Chef Salad

Entree Option - Hot Ham/Cheese
Server Schedule
February 8/9
Saturday - 5pm
Ezra Littell
Isaiah Littell
Zeke Littell
Sunday - 8:00am
Monica Chamblee
Cooper Miles
Elian Noriega
Sunday - 10:30am
Cecilia Keiner
Monica Jones
Holly Reeves
Sunday - 5:30pm
Nicholas Bastida
Faith Lowry
Mike Riedeman
February 15/16
Saturday - 5pm
Luke Pliler
Nate Kinnaman
Sunday - 8:00am
Carlie Gaskill
Jake Gaskill
Sunday - 10:30am
Diana Geiger
Gabe Geiger
Victoria McDole
Sunday - 5:30pm
Gavin Dulworth
New Process for Server Schedule
Click Below to Sign Up
Teacher Wish List
Thank you for the donations thus far. We truly appreciate the generosity.

  • Used TI-84 Graphing Calculators 
  • Would like to have a classroom set of 8-9 graphing calculators to use with the Algebra class.  
  • Jumbo Ink Pads - any color
  • Spot Carpet Cleaner (new or used)
Any purchased wish list items may be turned into the school office. Thank you for your support.
Looking Ahead
Upcoming Dates and Events

  • February 12th - 1pm Early Dismissal - Aftercare Available
  • February 13th - 4th Grade Meet and Greet
  • February 17th - President's Day - NO SCHOOL
  • February 19th - Mission Wednesday
  • February 20th - Bring Sack Lunch Day
  • February 20th - Purse Bingo
  • February 22nd - He and Me Dance
  • February 26th - Ash Wednesday
  • February 29th - Quest for Excellence
Rebel Report
R Family Day
Roncalli would like to invite you to “R Family Day,” a special gathering in celebration of our cultural diversity. The event will be on Saturday, March 7 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM in Roncalli’s cafeteria and gym. This celebration will include education and performances from countries around the world such as Myanmar, Mexico, Nigeria, India, and many others. “R Family Day” is student-driven with the support of local organizations. The event is open to the public and free of cost; however, donations will be gratefully accepted.
Roncalli High School Application
We are less than three weeks away from the start of scheduling season for incoming freshmen...three weeks! Have you started/completed your student's application yet? If not, I would encourage you to do so ASAP to snag one of those coveted scheduling appointments with our guidance counselors. 

The Application for Admission is available online at . Once the application is complete and the $100 registration fee is received, you may continue the enrollment process. Please contact Director of Admissions Allie Ross at  with any questions.

We can't wait to welcome Roncalli's Class of 2024 this August!  
German Exchange Student
Roncalli and the German-American Partnership Program
The GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) exchange program and the German program will be hosting exchange students from our partner school in Germany this fall (school year 2020-2021). We are now looking for Roncalli families to host one of our exchange students for two weeks this September. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for your student to live with a host sibling, learn about each other's culture, and show our German hosts what's so great about American life - all at no cost to you! If you are interested, please email German teacher Louise Hibner at .
Retirement Dinner
Please join us as we celebrate
Dr. Joseph Hollowell's 41 years serving Roncalli!
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at The Atrium
3143 Thompson Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM
A portion of each ticket creates a scholarship in Joe and Diane’s honor.
$25 per person
Enjoy buffet and cash bar
Business Casual Attire
Purchase tickets here or contact  Tina Hayes  at  or (317) 787-8277 ext. 239.

If you can not attend the event but would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact  Tina Hayes .
Junior Rebel Theatre
St. Roch Catholic School
Phone: (317) 784-9144
Fax: (317) 784-7051