Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, November 29, 2020

2020-2021 Be a Light for All to See, Matthew 5:16

Announcements

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Celebrating Advent at Home

Does it seem to you that each year the holiday season gets busier and busier, and we get further and further away from the true meaning of Christmas?

The best way to combat this tendency is to adopt or renew Advent traditions in the home.

Attached is a calendar of ideas to celebrate Advent with your family at home. It's a spiritual journey! Spiritually, we long for the coming of Christ into our hearts as the Holy Spirit draws us into ever deepening relationship with Him.

Want to come in for a day?

What better than applying to be a substitute teacher for RSPS! We would love to welcome you into the building and into our classroom. In addition, our teachers would love to be able to have the back up!


You do not have to be available at the drop of a hat. You can even be picky about which grades you would be comfortable substituting for!


The requirements to apply have been adjusted to allow for more people to qualify. See below for details. Also, feel free to send Mrs. Underwood, tunderwood@resstpaul.org, an email if you have any questions.

All Students Virtual Learners Nov 30 - Dec 2

A letter went out to all families on Thursday, November 18th with information about the AoB's decision to go virtual for these days. In addition, new travel protocols were included. If you missed this information, the letters are attached below.


Students are expected to "show up for class" in their uniform for class. They may wear their spring polo shirts, tops. Students are also expected to be set up ready to learn, not laying in bed, etc.

High School Placement Test

8th grade students who registered to take the HSPT, will take the test in school on Thursday. Any student who did not register to take the test is expected to still attend school in their usual format (virtual or in-person).

Intent to Enroll

The year is progressing quickly, and it is hard to believe that it is almost time to register for the 2021-2022 school year. We are committed to keeping tuition costs reasonable for the upcoming school year, so we ask that you complete this Intent to Enroll form, which enables the School Board Finance Committee to build a budget based on realistic enrollment numbers.


We are asking each family to inform us of your current intentions for the 2021-2022 school year by December 7th. A letter was sent out last week to each family with additional details. The letter is attached below.

Family Photo with Santa

Mark your calendars for a Family Photo with Santa which will be held on Saturday,

December 5th , 2020. This is an exciting way for everyone in the family to kick off the

Christmas season! Due to the Covid-19 virus, the Breakfast with Santa family event had to

be cancelled to follow the CDC guidelines and state requirements of no large gatherings.

Please join us for a family photo with Santa. We will be offering time slots of:

8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, and 11:30am.


See the flyers below for information and how to volunteer to help with this event.

To buy tickets, click here.

Annual Trees and Greens Sale!

Our trees and greens sale will be held December 4th, 5th and 6th. The sale takes place on the back parking lot of school and includes Christmas trees, wreaths, roping, swags and poinsettias.


See the flyer below for additional details.

Gifts of Gratitude Program

Gifts of Gratitude

This popular program is sponsored by the HSA and designed to provide our families with an affordable, easy way to thank our treasured faculty and staff this Christmas!

Here’s how it works:

(The link is also on the school’s website.)


  • The amount can be as little as $1, or as much as you choose! Are we serious, you can give $1? Yes, we are, and those small gifts add up!!


  • We tally the combined amounts and each faculty/staff member receives an email thanking them with a list of families who contributed to the gift. The individual amounts that each family gave will NOT be listed and will be kept confidential.The staff member will then receive an Amazon gift card for the total amount contributed. As an added bonus, our school receives a portion of every gift card purchased since we use SCRIPS to send the gift card!


How can you participate?

Visit this link. By submitting your form online, you agree to have the funds invoiced from your FACTS account on December 14, 2020. If you prefer to send a check, you must submit a paper donation page. However, we strongly encourage you to utilize the above link and FACTS for ease of processing. You will receive an email from Diamond Mind Forms as confirmation your gift was processed.

Because you asked: Here are average amounts gifted in the past. If you choose to participate, please adjust your giving based on your personal comfort level.

Grades Pre-K -5 (Potential gifts from 20-25 students)

  • $15-20 Teacher
  • $10-15 Assistant

Grades: 6-8 (Potential gifts from 150 students)

  • $3-5 teacher

Specials Teachers: PE, Art, Music, Media, Technology,

Administration, and All Support Staff (Potential gifts from 350 students)

  • $1-2






Thank you,

-The HSA

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

This year all students in Grades K-8 will be working on posters for the annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest sponsored by the the Knights of Columbus. RSPS will use this opportunity to strengthen our Catholic Identity and engage our students in non-screen time creative activity.


Middle school students will complete this assignment as part of STEAM class.


Grades K-5, please incorporate this in your classes. The contest ends 12/13.

Grant and Aid Application Process Is Now Open!

Tuition grant and aid is a need-based analysis of the cost of education vs. a family’s ability to pay and these awards do not need to be repaid. To objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, an independent third party (FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment) is used.


Returning families need only to log into their FACTS account and complete the grant and aid application. The application fee for the 2021-2022 application is $34.00.
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Support the School Through SCRIP

HSA is encouraging all families to participate in the Shop with Scrip fundraiser this year, especially with the cancellation of many fundraisers due to COVID. It is a simple gift card fundraiser. It benefits your family and the school at the same time. The PowerPoint below contains new information about the new app RAISE RIGHT and our school's enrollment code. This video also explains the SCRIP program. Please reach out to Jessica Dove (jmdove4@gmail.com) or post on the RSPS Parent Connect FB page with any questions. Jessica is always happy to help!

HSA - Recess Support Update!

We are still looking for a few more volunteers. The commitment requires a specific COVID-19 training (provided by RSPS administration) and a current STAND/VIRTUS badge. The time commitment is for your child(ren)'s recess time and does not require a weekly commitment.


If you are interested in volunteering at recess, please complete the following form put your name into this chart (remember you may only volunteer for the cohort your child(ren) is in:

Recess Volunteers


Questions about the status of your current STAND/VIRTUS badge, please contact Mrs. Dewey at: jdewey@resstpaul.org.


Thank you for your support!

-The HSA in conjunction with the RSPS administration

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RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is Here!

The cost of each book is $15.00


If you will be paying by check you can place an order via this link: https://forms.gle/zXzjFaKoP1Xijony9

If you want to pay by credit card you can order from the online order form located here:

https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/Annual_Fund/cookbook?token=1460846886

Things to know:

· All orders will be picked up on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15, this will be our designated pick up day.

· All orders placed by Sunday evenings will be ready for pick up on that following Tuesday (unless otherwise noted)

· All checks should be made payable to: Resurrection- St. Paul School HSA (with cookbook noted in the for note field).

· You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your order has been received and that it will be ready for pick up.

· If for any reason you need to pay by cash, please note you must pay the exact amount as we will be unable to make change.

· We are unable to accept any payments via kid mail and we are unable to send any cookbooks home via kid mail, no exceptions.

**Pick up procedure- pull up in front of the school entrance and we will come out and get the name for pickup. If you paid with a credit card online using the diamond mind order form we will just give you your order. If you ordered using the google doc and are paying via check/cash (exact change only) we will collect your payment and give you your order. **

Any questions email us at RSPScookbook2019@gmail.comRS

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RSPS Spirit Wear

For new families and old, spirit wear is a day that kids can come out of uniform yet in their spirit wear of RSPS. It can be any of our theme tshirts (past theme t-shirts are OK to wear for September as we await our 2020-2021 theme shirts), or items from our spirit wear shop.


Which FYI the spirit wear shop is a FUNraiser for our school community! There are tons of amazing items and you can even customize them!



Spirit wear orders can be made here:


http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/maryland/ellicottcity/resurrection-st.-paul-school?fbclid=IwAR2269i0rktGcl5BpD7f6QW57RUITOq4YoV0Dm77u_GdMRPGov8xGpxIsc0

HSA Sponsored Restaurant Nights

The HSA welcomes RSPS families to patronize restaurants to build community, support the school all while enjoying a socially distance meal.

Academics

Policies and Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

In order to keep our students, faculty, staff, and families safe please adhere to the following:


  • all morning arrival traffic should enter from Chatham Rd (please do not skip traffic lanes by cutting through the parking lot)
  • only vehicles dropping off students in Grades 3-8 should exit via Paulskirk Drive in the morning
  • all traffic for dismissal should enter and exit via Chatham Road
  • drive through the parking lot at a safe speed (5 mph or less)
  • follow Maryland regulations for children in car and booster seats
  • children should be seated properly and buckled until the car is no longer moving
  • observe parking lot signage and staff instructions


Thank you for your cooperation keeping our Panthers safe!

Afternoon Pick-Up

We are asking everyone who arrives to school after dismissal has started, to please park up by the playground area. This will help ensure the safety of our students!


Thank you!

Out of State Travel Policy - UPDATE!

In an effort to reduce the possibility of introducing the COVID-19 virus into a school community, RSPS established a policy applicable to both students and employees which requires notification be provided when individuals are traveling out of state to areas defined as high risk jurisdictions based upon positivity rates of the destination.



Both students and staff must notify school administration in writing if they intend to travel to a state or country with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay (see https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/tracker/overview if the state you are visiting has reached that threshold).

In the event that students and/or staff members elect to proceed to visit a state with a positivity rate of 10% or greater, those traveling will be required upon their return to provide evidence of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they have completed an entire 14 day quarantine.

It is advised that you create an appointment at a COVID-19 testing center prior to your travel for testing immediately upon your return. This will ensure there is no delay in getting tested, receiving your results, and your student’s return to in-person learning at school.

Students Who are Quarantining

If students must quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure, they may participate in classes as distance learners until they have been cleared to return to school.


Please let Julie Rice, jrice@resstpaul.org, to inform her of any close contact exposures, presumptive positive cases, or positive cases in your household so we can coordinate instructional programming and follow all COVID-19 protocols.

VIRTUS Training for all Volunteers

Required training for all volunteers

Virtus is used throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore as part of the child protection requirements for all volunteers with substantial contact with minors. New families received Virtus registration instructions in their Enrollment packet. Once the Virtus process has been completed, volunteers will receive a volunteer card to wear while volunteering at school. Please contact Joanne Dewey at jdewey@resstpaul.org if you need further assistance or have any questions.


Due to COVID-19 policies, visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in the building until further notice. We welcome volunteer service that can be done from home.

RSPS Career Opportunities

We are looking to expand our current Panther Faculty and Staff for the 2020-2021 school year to accommodate the needs of our students and all our reduced class sizes due to risk mitigation policies and procedures.


In-Person Early Childhood Education Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide grade appropriate instructional program for students, coursework to include teaching Religion
  • Instruct students in all content area subjects
  • Maintains an attractive, organized, and engaging learning environment
  • Develops lesson plans with clear objectives in line with the Archdiocesan Course of Study
  • Provides grade appropriate extended or enrichment opportunities
  • Uses relevant technology to support/enhance instruction including one-on-one devices such as IPads and Chromebooks, as well as interactive whiteboards
  • Maintains appropriate control through positive discipline techniques
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of students' progress in Power School
  • Provides regular and consistent communication with parents, students, staff and administration
  • Performs assigned duties when needed for the supervision of students before, during or after school including lunch duties, recess duties, dismissal duties, detention, and any other duties assigned by the administration
  • Participates in faculty meetings, school committees, and in-service learning opportunities
  • Attends school events including Back to School Nights, Open Houses, Parent/Teacher conference days, and other events as requested by the administration


Job Requirements

  • Practicing Roman Catholic
  • Bachelor degree in education
  • Current MSDE certification
  • Prior successful teaching experience in early education preferred
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.


Substitute Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Implement lesson plans utilizing a variety of techniques to motivate, challenge and engage students
  • Plan and execute instructional programs that adhere to Archdiocesan curriculum
  • Create an instructional environment conducive to learning
  • Maintain high professional standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Safely and actively supervise students both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, staff, and administration
  • Meet the needs, interests and abilities of students
  • Perform various non-teaching related duties such as recess, lunch, and parking lot, etc.


Job Requirements:


  • Practicing Roman Catholic preferred
  • AA degree
  • Prior successful experience working with students
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.



How to apply:


  • Complete applications shall include:
  • cover letter;
  • resume;
  • complete RSPS application;
  • contact information for three professional references and any employment with substantial contact with minors


  • Only complete applications submitted via email will be considered.

2020-2021 School Year at a Glance

November 30th - December 2nd: All students and staff are virtual


December 22nd: 12:30 dismissal, no aftercare


December 23rd-January 1st: Christmas Break


January 4th: Classes resume


January 15th: No school, Faculty retreat


January 18th: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


February 5th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


February 15th: No school, Presidents' Day


March 4th: Trimester 2 ends


April 2nd-9th: Easter Break


April 12th: Classes resume


May 31st: No school, Memorial Day


June 2nd: 8th grade graduation


June 8th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


June 9th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


June 10th: 12:30 p.m. Last day of school for students, Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


June 11th: Last day of school for faculty and staff

Resurrection-St.Paul School

Vision Statement

At Resurrection-St. Paul School, students have unique opportunities for real life critical thinking, problem solving, and experiential learning through enrichment programs built into our curricula such as theater, art, outdoor education, and much more. We offer a well-rounded academic education rooted in the Catholic tradition of excellence and values. We prepare our students to assume responsible, creative roles in an ever challenging and changing world.


Mission Statement

Resurrection-St. Paul School, through the teaching of the Catholic Church, is dedicated to the total formation of the child by preparing them for a global society through innovation, problem solving, and cross curricular collaboration.