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Week of September 27

Weekly Schedule:

27 Monday September
  • No School - Faculty Professional Development Day
  • Varsity Golf vs Reading @ California GC
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs Madeira
  • Varsity Tennis @ Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
28 Tuesday September
  • Regular Schedule
  • Sophomore Retreat - Males
  • College Visit: University of Alabama (Virtual)
  • Financial Aid Night (Virtual)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer @ St. Henry
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Summit Country Day
  • Varsity Girls Tennis @ Cincinnati Country Day
  • Varsity Cross Country (Clark Montessori 2-Mile Challenge) @ Withrow
29 Wednesday September
  • Regular Schedule
  • Sophomore Retreat - Females
  • College Visit: Miami University - Hamilton (Flex)
  • Community Service Opportunity: Salvation Sandwiches
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball @ Cincinnati Christian
  • Varsity Golf (Sectionals) @ Winton Woods GC
30 Thursday September
  • Regular Schedule
  • Coffee with Christ (7:20 am in Spiritual Life Office)
  • College Visit: Savannah College of Art & Design (Flex)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs Madeira (Senior Night)
  • Varsity Girls Soccer @ Western Hills
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Purcell
  • Varsity Girls Tennis vs Norwood @ Ross Park (Senior Night)
1 Friday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • First Friday Mass (8:15 am in the FAC)
  • Spartan Leader RB 180 (Flex)
  • Varsity Golf (MVC Tournament) @ Glenview GC
  • Varsity Football @ Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
2 Saturday October
  • Varsity Girls Soccer vs New Richmond
  • Varsity Cross Country (Warrior 5K) @ Dogwood Park
3 Sunday October
  • No activities scheduled.

Announcements

  • There is no school on Monday, September 27th. The faculty has a professional development day. Enjoy the 3-day weekend!
  • Register for our upcoming Virtual College Financial Aid Night presented by Ron Blassingame from Miami University on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 pm using the following link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduuqqTMrE90tUZ3UmPzdgqBTlhrvTXpD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the presentation.
  • There is a new Community Outreach Project - Salvation Sandwiches. Help make sandwiches in the RB cafeteria on Wednesday, September 29th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm to distribute to OTR's hungry and homeless. Make a PB&J that offers a little moment of salvation.
  • RB’s varsity volleyball coach, Alyssa Flading, will be our Spartan Leader RB 180 speaker on Friday, October 1st during Flex. Alyssa will be providing a witness to the students about the intersection of faith and sports. All are invited to attend!
  • Open House signs are available in the Admissions Office. Please take one home and display it at your house, in your neighborhood or at your church. Thank you!
  • Weight lifting and conditioning for wrestling takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.
  • Mock Trial Club meets every Wednesday and Thursday after school in room 31. If you are looking for a fun and unique experience and are interested in the law or legal system, Mock Trial is for you! Contact Ms. Pacak with any questions.
  • Registration is available for the Junior JOY Retreat. This is an optional, one night retreat, for all junior students. Students can choose the December 9-10 retreat or the March 17-18 retreat. Information and registration forms can be found outside the Spiritual Life Office. Spaces are limited, first come first served.
  • Applications for Bacon Buddies are being accepted now through October 4th. Please stop by the bins outside the Spiritual Life Office and grab a blank application.
  • The next Tap Dance Workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 4th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the FAC. All are welcome even if you didn’t come last time! Bring your tap shoes or let Ms. Murray know if you need a pair. No sign-ups required!
  • Sophomores: Jostens will be here on Tuesday, October 5th to distribute sophomore ring packets during Flex. Jostens will return on Tuesday, October 12th to collect orders.
  • The Hoxworth Blood Drive will take place on Monday, October 11th. If you are interested in donating blood, please email Ms. Christoff at mchristoff@rogerbacon.org.
  • Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, October 12th.
  • Seniors: Jostens will be here on Tuesday, October 12th to take cap and gown measurements and distribute graduation announcement packets during Flex. Jostens will return on October 20th to collect graduation announcement orders during both lunches.
  • Drivers Ed classes start on Wednesday, October 27th. Please stop by the main office to signup and pickup a packet of information. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays for 4 weeks.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retakes will be October 12th, starting at 9:30 am. Photos should take no more than an hour, and will affect 3rd bell slightly.

Retakes are for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors only.

If you were absent on Picture Day, this is your LAST chance to get a photo for the yearbook.

You should receive your first set of photos before Retake Day, so you can decide if you would like to retake your photos then.

Seniors are not able to take retakes at school. If a senor missed Picture Day, they need to call Executive Studios (they make appointments at the beginning of each month) and go in for a Yearbook Photo.

You are able to order photos after you take them. You will receive a code when all the photos are returned.

Any other questions, please email kkrebs@rogerbacon.org

Dress Code

Ladies
- Dress, romper/jumpsuit, or skirt of appropriate length (same expectations as the school skirt) or dress pants
- You are permitted to wear your school skirt or pants as your picture will only be taken from waist up
- No stretch pants, leggings or tight pants or jeans of any kind
- For your top, make sure shoulders are covered and is not low cut, and does not contain words or graphics.

Gentlemen

- Dress pants, NO jeans or stretch pants
- Collared shirt with tie (jackets are optional) You must wear a tie! If you do not own a tie, please let Ms. Krebs know ASAP

Guidance Department

Financial Aid Night

Register for our upcoming Virtual College Financial Aid Night presented by Ron Blassingame from Miami University on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 pm using the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduuqqTMrE90tUZ3UmPzdgqBTlhrvTXpD. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the presentation on the 28th!

Scholarship Opportunity

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship is for Catholic students in grades 9 through 12 attending a Catholic high school in Ohio who need financial assistance and have a good academic record. This scholarship is for the 2021-2022 school year. The recipient will receive a $1,000 check made payable to their high school.

Rules:

  • Must be a practicing Catholic
  • Must be attending an Ohio Catholic high school
  • Only one winner per school
  • Must include a grade transcript
  • Deadline is November 24, 2021

Applications can be found here or in the Guidance Office.

College Visits. We are scheduling college visits to Roger Bacon starting in September! Please sign up for these visits on Naviance. If you have any questions or need help, contact Ms. Smith at jsmith@rogerbacon.org.

College / Date
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Tuesday, September 7th (Virtual)
University of Tampa / Wednesday, September 8th (Virtual)
Transylvania University / Wednesday, September 8th
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College / Thursday, Sept 9th
Mount St. Joseph University / Monday, September 13th
Wabash College / Tuesday, September 14th
St. Mary's College / Wednesday, September 15th
Hanover College / Thursday, September 16th
University of Mount Union / Friday, September 17th
Ohio Northern University / Monday, September 20th
University of Toledo / Tuesday, September 21st
Marian University / Wednesday, September 22nd
University of Louisville / Thursday, September 23rd
University of Alabama
/ Tuesday, September 28th (Virtual)
Miami University - Hamilton
/ Wednesday, September 29th
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
/ Thursday, September 30th
Air Force Recruiter
/ Friday, October 1st
Bellarmine University / Tuesday, October 5th
Thomas More University / Wednesday, October 6th
Xavier University / Thursday, October 7th
Bucknell University / Monday, October 11th
Ohio University - Main Campus / Tuesday, October 12th
Wright State University - Main Campus / Wednesday, October 13th
Trinity Washington University / Thursday, October 14th (Virtual)
University of Akron / Friday, October 15th
Ohio Dominican University / Tuesday, October 19th
Good Samaritan College of Nursing / Wednesday, October 20th
Transylvania University / Thursday, October 21st
University of Alabama - Huntsville / Wednesday, October 27th
Marshall University / Thursday, October 28th
Wittenberg University / Friday, October 29th
Earlham College / Tuesday, November 2nd
Brescia University / Monday, November 8th
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach / Monday, November 15th
Belmont Abbey College / Tuesday, November 16th

Director of Academics

Math Lab is led by our math teachers and is offered during Flex for students who need additional support in their math class. Students who had a failing grade in math class on September 17th are required to attend Math Lab during Flex twice a week through the end of first quarter. Any student may sign up for Math Lab by contacting his or her math teacher.

Peer tutoring is offered during Flex on Mondays and Thursdays during Flex. To request tutoring, students should fill out the form on their iPads. For questions, please contact Miss Mary Christoff at mchristoff@rogerbacon.org.

Community Outreach

Bacon Buddies

After a year hiatus, Bacon Buddies will be returning for the 2021-2022 school year! For those of you that don’t know, Bacon Buddies is a yearlong commitment, taking place one Monday a month, from October to April. It serves to foster a relationship between Roger Bacon students and 3rd to 5th grade students at one of the Catholic elementary schools – St. Francis Seraph (OTR) and St. Joseph (Ezzard Charles). The program focuses on building relationship through mentoring discussion with engaging activities. The students at these schools really look up to Roger Bacon students and depend upon their regular presence at these events. We will now be accepting applications to be a mentor at one of the two schools for this year! If you are looking to apply please stop by the bins outside the Spiritual Life Office and grab a blank application. We will be accepting applications from now till October 4th! Please turn in all applications back to the bins in front of Spiritual Life!

Service Opportunities

Community Outreach projects and dates for the month of October are as follows:
- Tuesday, October 5th: Bishop Leibold Home
- Friday, October 8th: Sow Love
- Sunday, October 10th: Trash OTR
- Monday, October 11th: Food Pantry @ St. Clement
- Tuesday, October 12th: Writing Hope
- Monday, October 18th: Bacon Buddies
- Tuesday, October 19th: Sow Love
- Wednesday, October 20th: Care Pax
- Wednesday, October 27th: Salvation Sandwiches

For a comprehensive guide to Roger Bacon’s Community Service program click here. You can email our department with any questions at: Outreach@RogerBacon.org.

Freshmen Service Day

Freshmen year is a time in which Roger Bacon would like to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about our Christian call to serve. This will happen in two parts. First, freshmen had their Freshman Community Day called Koinonia on August 13, 2021 to help them reflect on the connection between faith and service. Second, we will divide the freshman class into quarters for a Freshman Service Day. Information was sent home on August 18, 2021. Your child will be participating on an assigned service day in Over-the-Rhine that are:

October 8, 2021: Andrews - Glover
October 22, 2021: Goecke - King
November 5, 2021: Kleinfeldt - Schaber
November 9, 2021: Schmidt - Woodrum

Sophomore Service Day

The Sophomore Service Day will mirror the freshmen, since they were not able to have their service day last year. Information was sent home on August 18, 2021. We will divide the current sophomore class into quarters with their days in the second semester. Your child will be participating on an assigned service day in Over-the-Rhine that are:

February 22, 2022: Allen – Farmer
March 4, 2022: Fasbender – Lanser
March 11, 2022: Lee – Rohling
April 1, 2022: Rolfert - Zestermann

Fine Arts Department

Alice in Wonderland

The Drama Guild is proud to present Alice in Wonderland November 19-21st. Tickets will be available starting November 1st. Email drama@rogerbacon.org with any questions.

Rehearsal Schedule – Week of September 27th
Tuesday, September 28th – 3:00 - 5:30 pm – FAC – Act I, Scene 4A
Wednesday, September 29th – 3:00 - 5:30 pm – FAC – Act I, Scene 4B
Thursday, September 30th – 3:00 - 5:30 pm – FAC – Act I, Scenes 4A & 4B

Drama Guild Workshop Series

Have you ever wanted to learn how to tap dance? The Drama Guild is offering a monthly Tap Dance Workshop. Whether you are just starting or an advanced tapper, all are welcome to come – no sign-ups necessary. You must have tap shoes and wear modest clothes to move in. The workshop will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and is FREE! Mark your calendars now…

Tap Dance Workshops: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
October 4th
November 1st
December 13th

Learn the art of Stage Combat through the Drama Guild’s monthly workshop series. Renowned Stage Combat choreographer and instructor, Gina Cerimele-Mechley, will come in to teach how fight for the stage. Each workshop is limited to 20 students and sign-ups will be available on the Fine Arts website (link below). The first workshop will be held on Monday, September 20th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the FAC. Sign-ups start September 10th! Mark your calendars now…

Stage Combat Workshops: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
October 11th
December 6th

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Spiritual Life

New this year at Roger Bacon is Adoration and the first one will be occurring on Wednesday, October 13th from 7:45 am - 2:45 pm in the Fine Arts Center. This spiritual life initiative is happening with the help of our caring and wonderful parents! Mrs. Johanna Becker and Mrs. Kim Abele are working together to bring this wonderful opportunity to our school community. Throughout the day, parents who have signed up, will be the adorers in front of the blessed sacrament every hour, and theology teachers will be able to bring students in and out during theology classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit with Jesus and pray for the students!

If you are available, please follow the link below to sign up to spend an hour at adoration. We need at least one adorer for every time slot. I ask that you pick a time that does not have an adorer, if possible to ensure we have coverage. We appreciate your support of this project.

Blessings!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/rbadoration

Cafeteria Information

We want to ensure that our lunch program meets our students’ expectations. To do this, we need to have your feedback as to what is working and what can be improved. A couple things to remember:

  • Feedback, both good and bad is appreciated. If something is particularly good, please let WG Grinders know so it can be continued. If something needs improvement, please let them know as well so it can be addressed. They are very receptive to constructive recommendations and feedback.
  • Be professional in your correspondence. If you want your voice to be heard, do it in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Understand you have many options when it comes to eating lunch – including bringing your own (in part or in total). Pay attention to the menu and realize, that due to a variety of issues with the supply channels, there may be last-minute changes. Our focus is on quality.
  • Points of contact at WG Grinders are as follows:

COVID-19 Policies and Protocols

On July 26, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education published “COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools.” The goal of the guidance is “to keep students back in school, in-person five days a week.”

The guidance contains several key recommendations to help ensure the safety of students, staff and volunteers:

  • “Vaccinations for staff and eligible students.”
  • Those who are unvaccinated wear masks while in school.”
  • Additional measures be implemented, “including improving ventilation, maximizing distance between people and practicing good hygiene.”

Vaccinations. Roger Bacon does not require students or staff to be vaccinated to attend school or participate in school activities and extracurriculars. However, Roger Bacon recommends that all students and staff be vaccinated. Guidance from the State emphasizes that “vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to the end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Face Coverings

  • The wearing of face coverings, to include face masks, will not be mandated to start the school year. Consistent with policy recommendations from the Catholic School Office, Archdiocese of Cincinnati: The wearing of face masks is “recommended for those unvaccinated but is also a personal decision for parents and is therefore not being mandated.” However, Roger Bacon recommends that all students and staff not vaccinated wear a face covering while at school or participating in activities.
  • Even though Roger Bacon is not requiring the wearing of face coverings, parents still have the option to have their children wear masks while in school or participating in school activities.
  • Students must wear face coverings on all public transportation, including school busses.
  • Mask use is not necessary when outdoors, including participating in outdoor play and physical education activities.
  • Disposable masks will be available at all primary entrances to school facilities.

Ventilation. The CDC calls ventilation “a key part of maintaining healthy environments, and is an important COVID-19 prevention strategy for schools.” In this light:

  • Virtually all the classrooms in the main building have had new steel reinforced PVC “Tilt and Turn” window systems with a ventis on the top sash specifically designed to increase ventilation within the classroom. This state-of-the-art window system works in conjunction with already installed ceiling fans and, for the majority of classrooms, window air conditioning units to improve ventilation.
  • Classrooms on the first floor have just installed Mitsubishi Electric Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems to provide cooling /heating and increased air ventilation. It is anticipated that these systems will be installed in all classrooms in the main building by the end of the summer in 2022.
  • High performance filters have been installed in all existing air-conditioning units to improve air filtration in areas such as the cafeteria, Fine Arts Center, Fitness Center and Thomas J. Fogarty Center.

Social Distancing. Per the guidance from the State, social distancing can “reduce the spread of infectious disease.” However, this physical distancing “should not hinder student participation in in-person learning.” In that light:

  • Classrooms will be configured with all students facing the same direction with a target goal of 3 feet between students when feasible.
  • Roger Bacon has purchased 660 new student desks and chairs which have a smaller footprint than the current sled desks. This new furniture will help promote social distancing within the classroom. A December 2021 installation is anticipated.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing. Roger Bacon will provide adequate hand-washing supplies and hand-sanitizing opportunities in classrooms and high-traffic areas throughout school facilities.

Quarantine.

  • If a student/faculty member tests positive for COVID-19:
    • Quarantine for 10 days from the date of the onset of symptoms or the date of the COVID-19 test if asymptomatic.
    • Fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Other symptoms have improved.
    • No further quarantine is required for at least 90 days from the date of the positive test.
  • If a student/faculty member who has been vaccinated or is unvaccinated but wearing a face covering comes in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19:
    • Self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure. Unless symptoms develop, individuals can continue attending in-person class and participating in sports and extracurriculars.
    • If symptoms develop, it is recommended that the student/faculty member self-isolate and consult with a physician to determine if a COVID test is necessary/desired. If the test is negative, no quarantine is required. Do not come to school or participate in activities or extracurriculars while symptoms persist.
  • If a student/faculty member is unvaccinated and not wearing a face covering comes in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be conducted and quarantine requirements determined.

Remote Learning. Roger Bacon does not offer full-time remote learning. This option is only available to those students while in a quarantine status.

Sports. The use of face coverings will not be required to attend sporting events. There will not be capacity limits at sporting events. The State does indicate that “the use of masking and social distancing to the extent possible is recommended during indoor sports and other higher-risk activities to protect students who are not fully vaccinated.”

Symptoms. Families are reminded of the importance of keeping students out of the classroom if they are sick. Anyone with symptoms or a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit should stay home. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Repeated shaking with chills

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 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.

Alumni/ae News

First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Information and Technology Center. Parking is available in the back lot (off Leonard Ave.). 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 will be on Friday, October 1st.

Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next meeting is Thursday, October14th, 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 rsollmann@rogerbacon.org.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Oct 04: Feast of St. Francis
Oct 06-08: Kairos
Oct 08: Freshmen Service Day (1/4) / Grade School Night - Football
Oct 11: Blood Drive
Oct 12: PTO Meeting
Oct 13: PSAT - Sophomore Assisi Scholars and Juniors Only
Oct 14: Alumni Association Meeting
Oct 15: End of 1st Quarter / Dress Down Day (March for Life)
Oct 20: Student/Athlete College Information Night / Board of Directors Meeting
Oct 22: Freshmen Service Day (1/4)
Oct 24: Open House
Oct 25: No School (Professional Development)
Oct 26: Early Dismissal - Pre-ACT/Practice ACT Testing / Job Shadowing
Oct 28: Fall Band Concert
Nov 01: All Saints Day Mass
Nov 05: Freshmen Service Day (1/4)
Nov 08: PTO Meeting
Nov10: Veterans' Day Assembly
Nov 11: No School (Veterans' Day)
Nov 12: No School - Professional Development
Nov 19: Freshmen Service Day (1/4) / Dress Down Day (Assist-A-Family)
Nov 19-21: Fall Play
Nov 20: 8th Grade HSPT
Nov 24-29: No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 08: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
Dec 09-10: Junior "J.O.Y." Retreat
Dec 10: Dress Down Day (Jamaica Mission Trip)
Dec 15: Board of Directors Meeting
Dec 17: Christmas Assembly / Christmas Concert
Dec 20-21: 1st Semester Exams
Dec 22 - Jan 02: No School - Christmas Break
Jan 07: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
Jan 12: PTO Meeting
Jan 14: Dress Down Day (Junior Morality Class Project)
Jan 17: No School (Martin Luther King Day)
Jan 20-23: March for Life
Jan 20: Early Dismissal - Sports Stag
Jan 21: No School - Professional Development
Feb 07: No School
Feb 09: PTO Meeting
Feb 16: Board of Directors Meeting
Feb 18: No School (Professional Development)
Feb 21: No School (Presidents' Day)
Feb 22: Early Dismissal - ACT (Juniors) IOWA Testing (Freshmen)
Mar 01: Dress Down Day (Fat Tuesday - New Orleans Mission Trip)
Mar 08: PTO Meeting
Mar 18: Dress Down Day (Magnified Giving)
Mar 21: No School (Professional Development)
Apr 01: Dress Down Day (PTO)
Apr 11: PTO Meeting
Apr 14-24: No School - Easter Break
Apr 18-26: Assisi Scholar Pilgrimage to Italy
Apr 27: Board of Directors Meeting
Apr 29: No School - Prom
Apr 30: Evening for Excellence
May 06: Dress Down Day (Fernside)
May 09: PTO Meeting
May 23-24: Senior Exams
May 26-27: Underclass Exams
May 30: No School - Memorial Day
Jun 02: Graduation
Jun 15: Board of Directors Meeting