Red & White - January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019
INSPIRE & IGNITE: STORIES FROM THE HEART OF REGIS JESUIT

CRAIG ROGERS: DREAMING BIG

In April of 1879, most of the University of Notre Dame burned to the ground 37 years after it was established. The founder, Fr. Edward Sorin, CSC, was still there. Rather than seeing it as the crushing of his great dreams, he gathered people together and said, remarkably:

The fire was my fault. I came here as a young man and founded a university which I named after the Mother of God. Now she had to burn it to the ground to show me I dreamed too small a dream. Tomorrow we will build it bigger and, when it is built, we will put a gold dome on top with a golden statue of the Mother of God so that everyone who comes this way will know to whom we owe whatever great future this place has.

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ALL SCHOOL NEWS

2019-20 ADVANCE DEPOSIT FOR RE-ENROLLMENT
Next Friday, February 1, the 2019-20 nonrefundable advance deposit of $250 per returning student will be collected electronically through your current 2018-19 FACTS tuition account. No action is required on your part UNLESS one or more of the following describes your situation; then contact Sandra Ferraro by Monday, January 28.

  • If your freshman, sophomore or junior student is not returning to RJHS for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • If you will not be able to pay the complete nonrefundable advance deposit amount of $250 per returning student on February 1 via your FACTS tuition account.
  • If there are presently two or more FACTS tuition accounts being used to make tuition payments for your student(s) and you need to communicate which party or parties should be charged the 2019-20 nonrefundable advance deposit.

FIRST SEMESTER HONOR ROLL POSTED
We are pleased to announce the names of the students who have made the first semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year at www.regisjesuit.com/honorroll (log in to view). There are three levels in which honor roll is awarded: Highest Honors (4.00 GPA and above), First Honors (3.50 – 3.99 GPA), and Second Honors (3.00 – 3.49 GPA). Please join us in congratulating these students!

GIRLS ATTENDANCE CHANGES
The Girls Division will be transitioning all attendance needs to the Dean's/Attendance Office located at the East Cafeteria Doors. This includes:

  • If you are dropping off or picking up your student.
  • If a parent/guardian is coming into the building to sign in or out a student 

These changes will take effect on February 1. All visitors and volunteers will continue to sign in at our North entrance.

TENTATIVE DATES FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL CALENDAR
We have begun work on the school calendar for 2019-20 and would like to share the most important dates with you. Please realize that this is a work in progress and that all dates are subject to change. We will provide more detailed updates later in the spring. Click HERE to view the 2019-20 tentative dates.

FOOD SERVICE VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED
To help reduce wait time in lines, we could use more parent volunteers to operate the cash registers during the morning break and lunch. The morning break shift is generally 9:00-10:00 am, and the lunch shift is from 12:10-1:20 p.m. We ask volunteers to work one day each month during the second and fourth weeks or the first, third and occasional fifth weeks. If you can spare an hour, please contact Rick Sullivan for details.

AUTOMATIC REPLENISH FOR LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Did you know that you can automatically replenish your student's lunch account? In the PayForIt.net portal, click on the Lunch tab and select Auto Replenish. At that point, you can select the minimum threshold to fund the account and the amount to add to the account. Then select Turn Payments On followed by clicking on Save Changes. You can also configure your email options to send a notification when your child's account reaches a predetermined balance so you know to add money to the account. You can do so by updating your email options under the My Account tab at the top and then select My Email Option and checking the box next to Low Balance and then saving the setting. As a reminder, we expect all students to be aware of their account balance and to see their accounts are replenished before they run out of money. If you have any questions about your student's lunch account, please contact Mark Sarna.

STUDENT PARKING AND FCC SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
The junior and senior girls will be off-campus at Service Projects from January 28 to February 8. During that time, ALL underclass students will be able to park on campus. Those who park at the FCC parking lot can park in the girls parking lots. Be sure not to park in parking spots designated for staff. Since we will have ample parking on site, there will be no shuttle service to and from the FCC parking lot during these two weeks.

JESUIT SCHOOLS STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST
Students: Are you compassionate about social justice and peace building? Do you want to confront intolerance and fear and promote inclusion in your community? If so, you are invited and encouraged to participate in the following essay/video contests. Please click on the links below to learn more.

PARENT VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED FOR LARKALOHA
It takes a community to ensure the success of the annual LARK Dinner-Auction—Regis Jesuit's biggest community fundraiser, and we'd love for you to be a part of it! There are a few volunteer opportunities we need your help to fill in the immediate future:
Basket Wrapping & Bow-Making: Each year, we have more than 100 baskets available for bidding in our Silent Auction, and we need your help wrapping them up. Tasks include arranging and securing items in “themed” baskets, wrapping in cellophane and adding bows. Basket wrapping occurs in the LARK workroom four to five times, each time we have about 20 baskets ready to be wrapped. Bow-making can be done on your own schedule at home.
Data Entry: Help us enter auction items like gift cards, fitness memberships and vacation getaways into our auction catalog! Data entry can be done on your own schedule during business hours in the LARK workroom.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please sign-up to volunteer online or contact Carolyn Ristow, Events Administrator.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WELCOME PHONE CALLS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023
The Admissions Office is still looking for parent volunteers to call every family accepted to RJ for the 2019-20 school year. Volunteers will call no more than 15 families to offer congratulations and answer any questions. These calls will be made the week of February 18-22. Please complete THIS FORM if you are interested, and you'll be contacted by Jen Gray in February. Thank you!

SNOBALL DANCE—JANUARY 26
This year’s Snoball Dance will take place TOMORROW, January 26, from 8:00-11:00 pm in the girls gym. The theme for the night is Aspen in the 80s, and all students are encouraged to attend, with or without a date, and dress in theme for this non-formal dance. Show off your 80s winter slopes attire and/or biggest and brightest neon colors. Coat check will be available. Inappropriate attire will be addressed at the door by the deans. Tickets have been on sale this week for $25 each or only $20 with a Mission Week wristband. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Please contact Mr. Jackson with any questions or concerns.

MEN’S CLUB FATHER-SON P6 EVENT—JANUARY 27 
It is not too late to attend the annual father-son social event of the year—The P6 (Prayer, Pizza, Poker, Ping-Pong Palooza)! The event will take place THIS SUNDAY, January 27, at RJHS. Online registration has closed but WALK-INS ARE WELCOME! Mass will be at 4:30 pm in Blessed Rupert Mayer Chapel in the Girls Division, with activities beginning at 5:30 pm. Activities will include a Texas Hold'Em tournament for the poker players, and singles and doubles ping pong tournaments. Pizza will be served. This event is open to all Regis Jesuit dads, grandfathers, uncles and guardians of RJ students in the Boys Division. The cost is $5.00 for food and drink and $25 for the buy-in to play poker. We definitely need volunteers to help before, during and after the event. Please sign up online to volunteer.

SAVE THE DATE: CYBER LARK GIFT GATHERING—JANUARY 29
All parents are invited to join us digitally THIS TUESDAY, January 29, for our first-ever Cyber LARK Gift Gathering to benefit LARKaloha! In response to feedback from previous Gift Gatherings, we want to offer a convenient option for all parents to participate. During this 24-hour virtual Gift Gathering, we will encourage parents to “gather” online as a community to show your support of RJ and our students by donating items for the annual LARK Dinner-Auction. Gift Gatherings have been a key factor in the past success of LARK and play an important role in the gathering of donations for the event.
There will be three options for you to participate in this Gift Gathering:

  1. Make a monetary donation to LARK on our website
  2. Donate an in-kind item from our Amazon wishlist
  3. Purchase a bottle of wine online from a local store

Please look for hyperlinks to participate in your email or www.regisjesuit.com/CyberLARK on the morning of Tuesday, January 29.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS—FEBRUARY 1
Join us for First Friday Mass in February on its return to the first Friday of the month. Mass is at 7:00 am in the Blessed Rupert Mayer Chapel with music provided by the First Friday choir. Then stay for fellowship afterwards in the Sidney Commons of the Steele Center. We allow special parking for this liturgy to accommodate those who wish to attend. See the parking map for details.
Weather Contingency Plan: As a reminder, if the school is closed due to poor weather conditions, then Mass is also cancelled. If school is on a two-hour late start, Mass will still be celebrated at 7:00 am.

PRE-ACT FOR FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE GIRLS—FEBRUARY 5
On Tuesday, February 5, all Girls Division freshmen and sophomores will take the Pre-ACT. This exam prepares students to take other standardized tests and gives them a jumping-off point from which to begin preparation. The test will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Students should bring a calculator, non-mechanical pencil and student ID. Room assignments for the exam will be posted around the school. After the test is completed, students will have a short break and then return to their regular schedule for the remainder of the day. School will end at the regular time. If you have questions, please contact the Girls School Counseling Office at 303.269.8123.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT—FEBRUARY 5
Attention all Raider parents! What do you know about vaping? According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 21% of high school students have vaped in the last 30 days. With this in mind, the Counseling Offices and RPCA will be hosting a very special Parent Education Night on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 pm in The Z Theatre. Taylor Roberts, the Tri County Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator (and Regis Jesuit diving coach) will present information on how the Juuling/vaping phenomenon affects teenagers' emotional and mental health and how parents can support their children in making good decisions around this topic. In addition, our school counselors will be available for questions as they relate to RJHS students. After the presentation, parents can convene in the Sidney Commons of the Steele Center for dessert and coffee. Please RSVP for this event HERE.

MOMS ON A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY—FEBRUARY 6 & 20
Start the year off by joining your fellow RJ moms (current and alums, from both divisions) on Wednesday, February 6 and February 20, as we delve into Chapter 7 in our book for the year, Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You by Matthew Kelly! (book found at www.DynamicCatholic.com). Feel free to jump right in the middle of this book with us; it’s amazing! MOSJ welcomes women of all faiths and walks, as we journey together as children of God, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Come when you can, whether you have read the chapter or not: no one takes roll—no one makes you talk. We typically share our insights, comments and questions related to our chapter in the book and its meaning in our lives. We typically meet every first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of the month from 9:00-10:45 am (unless school starts at 10:00 am, then we meet from 10:00-11:30 am). We meet in the Main Office Conference Room in the boys building. Contact Susu Dugas with any questions at 720.933.7447. 

MOM PROM "ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"—FEBRUARY 24
Registration for Mom Prom 2019 is now open at www.regisjesuit.com/momprom.
Throw on your favorite 50s attire and come Rock Around the Clock with your sons on February 24 at Wings Over the Rockies. Tickets are $48, and if you register by February 10, you will also have the option to purchase event t-shirts. After February 10, late registration will incur a $10 price increase, and you will no longer have the option to purchase t-shirts. You won’t want to miss this special Regis Jesuit tradition! So invite your sons to a fun evening of food, games, music and dancing! For questions or to volunteer to help the day of the event, please email the Mom Prom Committee

BOYS SOPHOMORE RETREAT AND SERVICE DAY—MARCH 21-22
On March 21-22, the entire boys sophomore class will be participating in either the Sophomore Retreat or Sophomore Service Day. The retreat is an overnight experience from Thursday to Friday. The Service Day is only on Friday. If your son participated in the Sophomore Retreat last fall, he will participate in Sophomore Service Day this spring and vice versa. As asked in the fall, please note that your son will need to be on retreat or service and not at any other athletic event, appointment or trip. Students are expected to attend every portion of those two days and will be dismissed at the 2:45 pm bell. Fr. Ramirez, SJ and Mr. Mattacchione will meet with the sophomores and give them specific information as time approaches. Please pray for our boys and their leaders!

ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES UPDATE

Here is a recap of the most recent highlights for our athletics (varsity) and activities. If you have a highlight to share, send it to webmaster@regisjesuit.com.

BOYS ATHLETICS
Basketball: 9-7
Hockey: 12-0
Wrestling: 2-3

GIRLS ATHLETICS
Basketball: 15-2 
Swim & Dive: 9-0

RJHS SPEECH AND DEBATE AWARDS
Congratulations to the following members of the Regis Jesuit Speech and Debate Team who won awards on January 19 at the Colorado Cup Speech Invitational:
Maggie Dwyer ’21, nominated Most Outstanding Speaker in Congress and Quarter-Finalist Award in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Sarah Abraham ’20, elected Presiding Officer in Congress; Hannah Smith ‘20, Fourth Place in Poetry; Josh Brito-Marani ’21, Third Place in Cross-Examination Debate; Nate Christensen ’21, Third Place in Cross-Examination Debate. WAY TO GO, TEAM!

PARENT MEETING FOR CAST AND CREW OF EURYDICE CANCELLED 
The parent meeting for students involved with the play Eurydice originally scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. An email with information about key dates and other production details will be sent soon. If you have any immediate questions, please reach out to Aldo Pantoja ’01 at apantoja@regisjesuit.com. Information about the production can also be found at www.regisjesuit.com/castandcrew (login required). Thank you for your understanding.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The information in the Community News section of the Red & White is provided as a service to our families and community. Inclusion in this section does not imply endorsement by Regis Jesuit High School.

BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE
Help Boys Hope Girls Hope by providing dinner at your convenience! We eat together as a family Monday-Friday at 5:00 pm at RJHS. Bring a main dish and side for 15. Sound hard? It's not; think chili and salad, lasagna and salad, chicken from Costco. Just drop it off at the Boys Division. Best of all, freshmen and sophomores receive service hours. Sign up HERE. For more information, email Laura Conti.

PARENT INFORMATION NETWORK—FEBRUARY 5
Join PIN on Tuesday, February 5, from 9:15-11:15 am, for Change your Life! Increase Happiness and Gratitude with Kim Bevill to discuss:

  • Improving Productivity, Academics, Relationships & Your Immune System
  • Happiness and gratitude are now a proven route to better performance. Happier students score higher on standardized tests, are more engaged at school and have better classroom behavior. Happier adults experience stronger job performance and productivity and lower rates of divorce and disease.

RJ is a member of the Parent Information Network (PIN) so our parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend PIN’s presentations. No need to RSVP—just come! Presentations are FREE and are held the first Tuesday morning (9:15-11:15 am) and second Tuesday evening (6:30-8:15 pm) of each month at 14603 E. Fremont Avenue in Centennial. Contact Susu Dugas (Co-Chair) at susu@dugasfamily.com with any questions. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, January 25
- WHITE DAY
- Mission Week
- Moms in Prayer Meeting, 8:15 am

Saturday, January 26
- SnoBall Dance, 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 27
- Father-Son P6 (Prayer, Pizza, Poker, Ping-Pong Palooza), 4:30 pm

Monday, January 28
- RED DAY
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects

Tuesday, January 29
- WHITE DAY
- Boys Kairos 125
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects
- Cyber LARK Gift Gathering

Wednesday, January 30
- One-Hour Late Start
- RED DAY
- Boys Kairos 125
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects

Thursday, January 31
- ACADEMY DAY
- WHITE DAY
- Boys Kairos 125
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects

Friday, February 1
- WHITE DAY
- Boys Kairos 125
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects
- First Friday Mass, 7:00 am
- Moms in Prayer Meeting, 8:15 am

View the full list of upcoming events at www.regisjesuit.com/upcomingevents

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