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Week of October 12

Weekly Schedule:

12 Monday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • Blood Drive
  • Community Service Opportunity: Food Pantry @ St. Clement
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Seton Hall University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Summit Country Day
13 Tuesday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Marian University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs Fenwick
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Carroll
14 Wednesday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Mt. St. Joseph University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Spirit Shop Open (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
  • PTO Meeting (7:00 pm in the ITC)
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs Carroll
15 Thursday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Sienna Heights University (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs Bethel Tate
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Little Miami
16 Friday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • End of 1st Quarter
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Berea College (Rm 24 during Flex)
  • Varsity Golf (State Finals) @ Columbus
17 Saturday October
  • Varsity Football (State Tournament) vs Carlisle
  • Varsity Cross Country (GCL Coed Championship) @ Fenwick
  • Varsity Golf (State Finals) @ Columbus
18 Sunday October
  • Community Service Opportunity: Trash OTR


  • Open House yard signs are in! Please pick one up in the Admissions Office and display it in your yard, neighborhood, church, etc. BE A SPARTAN!
  • If you park in the Fitness Center parking lot, all cars must be moved out of the lot no later than 5:45 pm or they may be towed. As a courtesy to our Friar Club neighbors, we must ensure the lot is empty to accommodate their nightly activities.
  • When paying cafeteria bills, please make the checks out to W.g. Grinders!
  • Our Blood Drive, sponsored by Hoxworth Blood Center, will be on Monday, October 12th. Sign-up with Ms. Stevens to give blood. Ensure you eat a good breakfast in the morning before giving blood.
  • Seniors: Jostens will be here on Tuesday, October 13th to take measurements for caps and gowns and pass out order forms for graduation announcements. Please stay in your Flex bell until Jostens is finished before going to any other meetings.
  • All boys interested in trying out for basketball this season are asked to attend a brief sign-up meeting on Wednesday, October 14th during Flex in the Fogarty gym. Please bring a pen.
  • The Spirit Shop will be open on Wednesday, October 14th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Football playoff shirts will be available for those who preordered.
  • The October PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 pm in the ITC. Please join us as we plan for an exciting year of events!
  • Trash OTR will take place on Sunday, October 18th. Meet at Roger Bacon no later than 9:30 am.
  • There is a meeting for any girl interested in playing basketball during Flex on Monday, October 19th in the Fogarty. Please contact Coach Finn or Coach Wiegand if you cannot attend.
  • Art prayer is scheduled for Friday, October 23rd. God Squad welcomes students to come join in prayer in a creative and relaxing way!
  • Open House. Mark your calendars! Open House is on Sunday, October 25th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
  • There is no school on Monday, October 26th for students and staff.
  • Drivers Education classes start on Tuesday, October 27th. Please stop by the main office to sign-up and pickup a packet of information. Classes are as follows:
    - Tuesday, October 27th: 1:00 - 4:15 pm
    - Wednesday, October 28th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Tuesday, November 3rd: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Wednesday, November 4th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Tuesday, November 10th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Thursday, November 12th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Tuesday, November 17th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm
    - Thursday, November 19th: 3:00 - 6:15 pm

Part-Time Employment

W.g. Grinders, the business that runs our cafeteria, is looking to hire a part-time individual (hopefully a parent) to work in our cafeteria. Work is approximately 25 hours per week, from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm each school day. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mr. Daniel Ehler, Director of Operations, at (937) 416-2878.

PTO News

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 pm in the ITC

The PTO has purchased flower pots for the Grotto to be kept filled all year. If your club/team/organization would like to sponsor a month and fill the pots with flowers, please email us at or see the website for further details.

Junior Retreat Information and Registration

Optional, one-night Junior retreat. Participation in this retreat is optional, but serves as a great way to prepare for Kairos and is a great opportunity to get to know fellow classmates, spend time in prayer, and reflect on your lives. This retreat will be led by seniors.

Spaces are limited so please turn in your registration ASAP!! (we will create a wait-list if needed)

Basic Information:

Who: Junior students (open to anyone, first come, first serve)

When: December 10-11, 2020 (leave from school at 3:15 pm on Thursday, return to school by 4:00 pm on Friday). Only 30 spots available
- OR –
March 30-31, 2021 (leave from school at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, return to school by 4:00 pm on Thursday. Students to not have school on Friday, March 20, 2020). Only 30 spots available

Where: Jesuit Spiritual Center, Milford Ohio (December)
St. Anne’s Retreat Center, Melbourne Kentucky (March)

Cost: $75 per person (contact Mrs. Romolo for financial assistance, available on a limited basis)

Please fill out the registration form and return to the Spiritual Life Office with a deposit of $25 ASAP. All registrations are due by October 23!

Scholarship Opportunities

Knights of Columbus Scholarship. The Ohio Charity Foundation, Inc. and the Ohio Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce that, for the 2020-2021 school year, numerous $1,000 scholarships will once again be made available for Catholic students (grades 9-12) attending Catholic high schools in Ohio. The requirements that will be considered for this scholarship are financial need, GPA of 2.5 or higher, academic awards, community and/or parish involvement, and extracurricular activities. No more than one scholarship per Catholic high school will be awarded. A selection committee representing the Ohio Charity Foundation, Inc. and the Knights of Columbus will make the final selection of the scholarship winners. Applications are available in the Guidance Office and must be submitted by November 27, 2020.

Guidance Department

Seniors. Tuesday, October 27th is a day set aside for you to job shadow. Restrictions in place during the current pandemic may limit the ability to do in-person job shadowing. Several options include:
- Job shadow virtually
- Work on service hours
- Arrange a college visit
- Complete college applications
Regardless how this day is used, MAKE IT PRODUCTIVE!

All college representative visits will be held virtually this year. Students can sign up on Naviance to participate in the “visits”. The representatives from the colleges will host a Zoom with interested students. Students on campus will participate during Flex in Room 24 (adhering to room capacity limits) and remote students can join the Zoom session from home. Please contact Ms. Smith ( for more information on how to sign up for these sessions.

The following colleges are currently scheduled:
- Earlham College - September 9th
- Hanover College - September 10th
- The University of Tampa - September 14th
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach - September 15th
- Ohio Northern University - September 17th
- Xavier University - September 21st
- Saint Mary's College - September 22nd
- The University of Alabama - September 24th
- St Bonaventure University - September 29th
- The Ohio State University - September 30th
- Groove University - October 1st
- Muskingum University - October 5th
- The University of Findlay - October 6th
- West Virginia University - October 7th
- Georgetown College - October 8th
- Seton Hall University - October 12th
- Marian University - October 13th
- Mt. St. Joseph University - October 14th
- Sienna Heights University - October 15th
- Berea College - October 16th

- Thomas More University - October 21st
- Baldwin Wallace University - October 20th
- Ohio Wesleyan University - October 22nd
- Cleveland State University - October 28th
- Hiram College - October 29th
- Miami University (Hamilton) - November 3rd
- Savannah College of Art and Design - November 4th
- University of Akron - November 5th
- Miami University (Oxford) - November 9th
- Canisius College (NY) - November 16th
- Cincinnati State - November 17th
- Walsh University - November 18th
- United States Navy - November 19th
- University of Tampa - November 23rd
- University of Cincinnati (Blue Ash) - November 24th
- University of Alabama Huntsville - December 1st
- Northern Kentucky University - December 2nd
- Centre College - December 3rd
- Ashland University - December 7th
- Tiffin University - December 9th
- Eastern Kentucky University - December 10th

We have a bulletin board at the bottom of the Guidance ramp near the FAC to highlight the class of 2021. Seniors can add their names as they submit college applications! See your counselor to add your name!

Jesuit Excellence Tour Program (JET)

Prospective applicants considering pursuing their undergraduate degrees at a Jesuit institution are encouraged to check out the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) program, a series of recruitment events that allow admissions staff at Jesuit colleges and universities to jointly recruit targeted areas across the country.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fall 2020 JET tours will all be held online. Mark the following dates for Virtual Jesuit Excellence Tours on your calendar and stay tuned for the registration links!

  • Wednesday, September 23: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
  • Sunday, October 11: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
  • Thursday, November 5: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

OACAC Virtual College Exploration (VCE) program September 13-November 13

VCE Schedule and Student Registration:

Click “view larger version” on the bottom right of the schedule. This is real time table! Open and use the top navigation bar to review and filter the offerings. Click the purple Student Registration button (or dark gray Counselor Registration button) to register for your sessions of interest!

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. (Students will also receive a barcode, but the barcode is not necessary for this virtual event.) When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with colleges presenting on that particular panel. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties. Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors.

*Parents, school counselors, access advisors and IECs are welcome too!

Spiritual Life

As we plan for your student’s senior year, we are excited to offer 2 more opportunities for students to attend a Kairos Retreat. Because of attendance limitations and considerations for families who do not want their student to attend an overnight retreat, a senior retreat is not required for graduation this year. Additionally, Kairos retreat registration will be on a first come, first served basis. If demand exceeds available spots we will investigate further options to accommodate everyone. Also, unlike past years, fall athletes are eligible to attend the August retreat due to the limited number of Kairos spots. We offer three dates and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please review the following dates and choose a date that works best with your schedule.

Remaining Kairos Dates for 2020-2021 School Year: November 4-6, 2020; March 2-5, 2021.

Community Outreach

Senior Service Experience. To provide a more concise understanding of the senior service experience, click here for the “2020-2021 Senior Service Packet.” This document provides the necessary information to understand the requirements and expectations. First, watch the YouTube video that walk you through many details, from ideas to registration. Then, consult the “frequently asked questions” sheet to provide you quick answers to typical questions. There is also a document about different places to serve in Cincinnati, which are divided into themes. Service is a element of our Franciscan school, where it is our motto to help young men and women grow “in holiness and learning” rooted in Jesus Christ.

Drama Guild

The Drama Guild is excited to bring Suspense – A Radio Play to the stage this November! Get ready to dive into a world of mysteries and thrills that has transcended the airwaves for almost eighty years!

Rehearsal Schedule - Week of October 12th:
- Tuesday, October 13th: 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Act II
- Wednesday, October 14th: 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Cast only
- Thursday, October 15th: 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Act I

Twitter & Instagram - @RBDramaGuild

Website -

School Nurse

An important part of our safety plan is ensuring that students who are sick are not permitted to come to school. If you are sick, please stay home. Check the temperature of students before leaving home. Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees of higher should stay at home.

Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or loss of taste/smell. If you have have multiple symptoms or symptoms persist, please consult your family health provider.

Immunization Requirement for Senior Year. Senior students, if you have not received your meningococcal vaccine yet, please make an appointment with your physician. These can also be given at Kroger’s or Walgreens’ clinics. Proof of this vaccine or an updated immunization record should be turned in to the nurse’s office by the end of September. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Karin Herold, via email or leave a voice message 513-641-1300, ext 1140.

Athletic Department

Calling all Spartans who went on to play at the next level! We are adding a new video display to the Fogarty Center lobby that will showcase our alumni that played at the collegiate/professional level. You may remember the old photo frames in the basement of Fogarty – this will replace those. We need your help to gather data! If you played any sport at the next level after your career at RB, please send the following to our Assistant Athletic Director, Brandon Spaeth, at

Photo of you in your collegiate/professional uniform (head shot/action photo)

  1. Full name
  2. Sport(s)
  3. College/Professional Team
  4. Years played
  5. Graduation Year (from Roger Bacon)

If you have any family members that this applies to – please feel free to send that information as well!

Alumni/ae News

First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Thomas J. Fogarty Center. Parking is available on the plaza directly in front of school. Pastries and coffee are served after Mass. We usually have 40-50 OLA and RB alums, friends and relatives on a regular basis. Contact a fellow alum and enjoy a morning of prayer and fellowship. Reservations are not necessary. The next First Friday Mass is Friday, November 6th.

Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 pm in the ITC.

Bron Bacevich Memorial Engraved Bricks. Support the Roger Bacon/OLA Alumni Association by purchasing a brick which can be designated for placement in the new stadium. For more information, contact Rick Sollmann at 641-1313 or

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is closed to the general student population until 4:15 pm. Supervised athletic teams can use the facility from 3:00 - 4:15 pm. The Fitness Center closes at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and at 5:00 pm on Friday – please ensure rides are arranged accordingly. A couple rules to remember when using the Fitness Center:

  • Students must wear a face covering when not working out and practice social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible.
  • When changing for a sports team, please use school restrooms or locker rooms. The restroom in the Fitness Center is small and only handles one person at a time.
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are not permitted to use the Friars Club restroom or their lobby. Please respect their requirements.
  • Proper workout attire is required when working out – no school uniform or khakis/jeans.

Remote Learning

We want to highlight a few key details about our remote learning model for this year, especially as it differs from the model we used last year when schools closed in March:

  • Classes will be broadcast via Zoom so that students not able to be in the classroom can participate in the educational experience.
  • Students will follow their normal class schedule and connect with the class via Zoom during normal class times. Students will not be able to set their own schedule or just complete their assignments without attending Zoom classes.
  • Students will be considered present for attendance purposes if they are either physically or electronically present in class. All attendance policies, including the excessive and chronic absenteeism policy according to state guidelines, remain in effect.
  • Work expectations remain the same for students participating either in-person or remotely.
  • Students requiring help/assistance are responsible for initiating meetings with their teachers or other students (i.e., peer tutoring). The preferred time for this is during the daily Flex period. Students attending remotely can request meetings via Zoom during this time.
  • Families need to ensure that internet connections are robust enough to handle the daily Zoom requirements and a suitable learning environment can be established and maintained at home. A suitable learning environment is one free from distractions and with a designated work station for the student. Students should not be in bed for their Zoom sessions.

In addition, please review the following expectations for student conduct during Zoom sessions:

  • Students must have their full correct name as Zoom participant.
  • Students must have their video on at all times.
  • RB dress code must be observed from the waist up.
  • All disciplinary expectations will be followed (no sleeping, no chewing gum or eating, etc.).

If you have any questions about remote learning this year, please contact Julie Vehorn, Director of Academics, at or 513-641-1300.

Face Coverings

All students, faculty, and staff are required to have a face covering.

  • Face coverings must be worn when inside any Roger Bacon facility or outside on campus when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • Any face covering must be a solid color. No designs, wording, or pictures are allowed outside of a RB logo and/or the student's name.
  • Please ensure the face covering:
    - fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    - completely covers the nose and mouth
    - is secured with ties or ear loops
    - includes multiple layers of fabric
    - allows for breathing without restriction
    - can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Important Upcoming Dates:

Oct 25: Open House
Oct 26: No School
Oct 27: Early Dismissal (12:00 pm)
Nov 02: All School Mass - All Saints Day
Nov 04-06: Kairos
Nov 06: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC)
Nov 11: No School - Veterans' Day
Nov 12: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Nov 20-22: Fall Play
Nov 25-30: No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 04: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC)
Dec 08: All School Mass
Dec 10: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Dec 10-11: Junior J.O.Y. Retreat
Dec 11: No School - Professional Development
Dec 17: Christmas Concert (7:30 pm in FAC)
Dec 21-22: 1st Semester Exams
Dec 23-Jan 03: No School - Christmas Break
Jan 07: Science Fair
Jan 08: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 20: Celebration of Success
Jan 21: Early Dismissal - Athletic Sports Stag / Professional Development
Jan 28-31: March for Life
Jan 31-Feb 05: Catholic Schools Week
Feb 15: No School - Presidents' Day
Feb 17: Mass - Ash Wednesday
Feb 23: ACT (Juniors) / Sophomore Service Day
Feb 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 02: College Planning Night
Mar 03: Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mar 12: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 18: End of 3rd Quarter
Mar 19: No School - Professional Development
Mar 24: Career Day
Mar 25-28: Spring Musical
Mar 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 30-31: Junior "JOY" Retreat
Apr 01-11: No School - Easter Break
Apr 05-13: Assisi Scholar Pilgrimage to Italy
Apr 19: Sophomore Retreat Day (Female)
Apr 20: Sophomore Retreat Day (Male)
Apr 22: Band and Choir Concert
Apr 23: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Apr 27: Academic Awards Ceremony
Apr 28: Community Service Awards
Apr 30: No School - Prom / Staff Religious In-Service
May 03-14: AP Testing
May 07: Fine Arts Festival
May 14: Go Local / Michaela Farms
May 16: Senior Showcase
May 19: Spring Concert
May 21: Seniors Last Day of School
May 25-25: Senior Final Exams
May 26: Early Dismissal - Underclass Last Day of Classes
May 27-28: Underclass Final Exams
May 31: No School - Memorial Day
Jun 01: Graduation Practice / End of 4th Quarter / Make-Up Exams
Jun 02: Graduation Mass & Awards
Jun 03: Graduation
Jun 08-10: Kairos