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Week of August 3rd

Weekly Schedule:

3 Monday August
  • No School - Summer Vacation
  • Main Office Resumes Normal Operating Hours
  • Summer Forms Due
4 Tuesday August
  • No School - Summer Vacation
5 Wednesday August
  • No School - Summer Vacation
  • New Teacher Orientation
  • Student Schedules Available in SpartanLink
  • Spirit Shop Open (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
6 Thursday August
  • No School - Summer Vacation
  • Spirit Shop Open (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
7 Friday August
  • No School - Summer Vacation
  • First Friday Mass (8:15 am in Fine Arts Center)
8 Saturday August
  • No activities scheduled
9 Sunday August
  • No activities scheduled


Enjoy summer vacation! Be safe! School will resume on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

The Main Office will resume normal operating hours (7:30 am - 3:30 pm) on Monday, August 3rd.

Students' schedules will be available electronically through SpartanLink beginning August 5th. Please contact your counselor by email if you want to request a change in one of your electives. Several electives may be limited because of room capacity to meet social-distancing requirements.

Spirit Shop Hours

The Spirit Shop will be open in August as follows:

  • August 5th and 6th: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • August 10-11 and 13-14: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
  • August 15th (Saturday): 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
  • August 17th through 20th: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • August 24th and 25th: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
  • August 26th: Normal lunch hours resume (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)

Face Coverings

When Roger Bacon starts school on August 26th, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to have a face covering.

  • Roger Bacon will provide every student with a cloth face mask to begin the school year. These are white with the RB logo. The same face mask will be available in the Spirit Shop for $5.
  • Any face covering must be a solid color. No designs, wording, or pictures are allowed outside of a RB logo.
  • Face coverings can be bought or made at home. Please ensure whatever face covering is used, that it:
    - 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
  • While there are many sources for face coverings, they are available at the following locations:
    - A variety of local stores: Target, Old Navy, etc.
    - Click on the “General Catalog” option on the left side. Pick a gender and click “Shop.” Select “School Supplies” from the tiles on the page – it is the last one in the bottom row.
  • Simple cloth face coverings can be made at home. Instructions can be found on the CDC website.
  • Parents with 8th Grade Students. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has waived the high school placement test this coming year for 8th grade students. The letter from the Archdiocese reads in part: "Due to the concerns of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of future restrictions placed upon our schools and communities by governing stakeholders, the 2020 high school entrance and placement test will be waived this year for current eighth graders and will not be offered...Scholarship criteria will be developed by each high school along with financial aid offerings..."
  • We are accepting donations of clean and gently used RB spirit wear, polos, sweatshirts, or skirts for our Roger Bacon SVDP Thrift Store. Items can be dropped off at the main office. We do not take pants or shorts. Please contact Ms. Julie Vehorn at with any questions. Thank you for your support!

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

  1. Photo of you in your collegiate/professional uniform (headshot/action photo)
  2. Full name
  3. Sport(s)
  4. College/Professional Team
  5. Years played
  6. Graduation Year (from Roger Bacon)

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

School Year Start-up Information

  • Roger Bacon will be starting school with students on campus, 5-days per week. Students can choose between either a 5-day on campus model or a remote model. If the remote option is chosen, please notify Roger Bacon no later than Wednesday, August 12th. Further information will be provided the first week in August. Information on policies and expectations regarding COVID-19 are on our website.

  • Our summer forms were all sent electronically and should be completed through SpartanLink by August 3rd. If there are issues accessing SpartanLink or you need hard copies of the forms, please contact Mr. Zlatic at or call the Main Office (513-641-1300). To access these forms you must:
    • Login to your SpartanLink Account.
    • At the top of your homepage, a yellow banner will appear stating you have forms to review.
    • Click on the banner, and then click on ‘Review’ to complete.
  • Information on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, as well as our cafeteria operations, will be sent to parents and students the first full week in August.

  • Freshmen or Upperclass Transfer students
    • Freshman Orientation: Thursday, August 13th (7:45 am – 2:00 pm) and Friday, August 14th (7:45 am – 1:00 pm)
    • Upperclass Transfer Student Orientation: Friday, August 14th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • iPad Pickup for Freshmen and Upperclass Transfers: Will be issued during orientation. Summer forms must be complete in order to receive the iPad.
    • iPad Parent Meeting for Freshmen and Upperclass Transfers: Thursday, August 13th at 8:00 am or 6:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center. Please wear a face covering and social distancing will be observed.

    Returning Students

    • iPad Pickup for Returning Students: Monday, August 17th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm or Tuesday, August 18th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pickup should only take about 10 minutes and you can show up anytime during either of these two time windows. You must have your iPad case for protection purposes (bring it with you) and summer forms must be submitted by August 3rd. We cannot issue an iPad until all required forms have been received - thanks for your cooperation.

Guidance Department

Class of 2021: While many colleges are not yet offering in-person visits, they have developed very informative and worthwhile “virtual” visits for students. Summer is a great time to check these out! They are usually easy to access from the school’s website. This is also a good time to review the College Planning Handbook you received in your RB bag when you dropped off your iPad. When the school year resumes in August, we will start working on Naviance and the Common App.

Spiritual Life

As we plan for your student’s senior year, we are excited to offer 3 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.

  • Kairos Dates for 2020-2021 School Year: August 10-12, 2020; October 7-9, 2020; February 3-5, 2021.
  • All seniors, whether they wish to attend Kairos or not, should fill out the following survey to indicate their preference:

Community Outreach

  • Pax Sacks. If you know anyone who could use help with food for meals, RB Pax Sacks are here! Schedule a discrete pick up of non-perishable food, dairy and frozen meats. Email or call for or 513-641-1300.
  • 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.

From Our School Nurse...

  • Immunization Requirement for Senior Year. Ohio law requires all incoming 12th grade students to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease with 2 doses of the Meningococcal/MCV4 vaccine. One dose is due before entering 7th grade, the second before 12th grade. If the first dose was given on or after the 16th birthday, only 1 dose is required. Please call your student's physician to receive this immunization or to get an up to date copy of vaccine records for the school. Completed immunization documentation needs to be forwarded to the nurse's office. This can be sent to our school nurse via email at or via fax to 513-618-7051. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Karin Herold, via email or leave a voice message 513-641-1300, ext 1140.

Drama Guild

Follow the Drama Guild on Twitter & Instagram - @RBDramaGuild or at our website - News

  • First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Carol Dauwe Fine Arts 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, August 7th.
  • Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, August 13th 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

Important Upcoming Dates:

Aug 17-18: Underclass iPad Pick-up
Aug 17-21: Faculty/Staff Professional Development
Aug 24-25: Faculty/Staff Professional Development
Aug 26: First Day of School
Aug 28: Opening School Mass
Sep 02: Picture Day
Sep 04: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC)
Sep 07: No School - Labor Day
Sep 09: Meet the Teacher Night
Sep 10: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Sep 11: Grandparents' Day
Sep 29: Financial Aid Night
Oct 02: First Friday Mass, Early Dismissal - Homecoming Parade
Oct 03: Homecoming Dance
Oct 7-9: Kairos
Oct 08: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Oct 10: Alumni Association Open House
Oct 16: End of 1st Quarter
Oct 23: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Oct 25: Open House
Oct 26: No School
Oct 27: Early Dismissal - Pre-ACT / Senior Job Shadowing
Oct 29: Fall Band Concert (7:30 pm in FAC)
Nov 02: All School Mass - All Saints Day
Nov 06: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC), Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Nov 07: Alumni Awards Dinner
Nov 09: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Nov 10: Veterans' Day Assembly
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 10: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Dec 10-11: 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