Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, October 11th, 2020

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

Don't Forget, 1/2 Day for all Students on 10/15 and no School on 10/16

This Thursday all students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.. There will be NO AFTERCARE on Thursday. This is our first day of parent teacher conferences. Parents should have received the link to sign up for conferences. See below for more information.

On Friday all students have off of school. The RSPS faculty and staff will be participating in professional development opportunities this day.


Parent-Teacher Conferences for Grades K-8

All parents/guardians of students in grades K-8 should have received a link by now to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. If you have not done so, please sign up.

Parent-teacher conferences via Zoom at RSPS will be held on from 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 21st.

It is not necessary for middle school parents to meet with homeroom teachers unless there is a need to see the teacher.

Please click on the following link to schedule your time:

The system will only allow one conference per teacher per email address. If you have more than one student (twins or siblings) with the same teacher and need additional conferences with a teacher, please email Alex Gaines ( the preferred time for your conferences and he will be happy to help.

Please do not delay in signing up for your conferences.

Parent-Teacher Conferences for Pre-K

Pre-K will hold their parent-teacher conferences on November 19th and 24th. Please look for a communication from your child(ren)'s teacher as we get closer to these dates.

Coordination of Distance Learning

  • We are pleased to announce that we have developed a new initiative to support our virtual learners and families. Tracy Underwood, assistant principal, will be coordinating the needs of the distance learning students school-wide. She will collaborate with the teachers, students, and families to enhance the virtual learning modality.

  • Virtual office hours for students and families will be scheduled and posted in the coming week. During the virtual office hours students and families will have the opportunity to share, collaborate, and brainstorm projects and efforts to enhance the opportunities for this distance learning community at RSPS.

  • It is important to note that direct flow of communication to the classroom teacher is always the best approach. Mrs. Underwood's role is a supportive one and not meant to deter communication with the teacher.

Who should I contact for what?

Classroom Teacher: instructional strategies, curriculum, assignments, student progress, and classroom activities.

Classroom Teacher and Mrs. Underwood: Questions about fine-tuning and improving the learning modality in a virtual and remote model may be addressed to both your student's teacher and Mrs. Underwood who will collaborate to develop the resolution of the issue. Please contact Mrs. Underwood at

We look forward to our continued partnership as we work together to bring about productive and effective instruction in this new model of teaching.

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 ( or post on the RSPS Parent Connect FB page with any questions. Jessica is always happy to help!

Recess Volunteers Wanted!

The HSA is looking to support the faculty and staff this year during outdoor recess. Our in-person teachers are not only handling the tasks in the classroom but with recess duty as well. We would like to offer them a break so they can eat their lunch and prepare for their afternoon schedules. We hope to find a few parents/guardians with the flexibility in their schedule dedicated to making a weekly commitment to assisting at recess (or multiple recesses). The commitment will fall between 10:45am and 1pm.

This volunteer position will require additional training in COVID-19 protocols (provided by RSPS) ane each volunteer must be current with the STAND/Virtus training. (If you have not completed this training or it has expired, please contact Mrs. Dewey at: STAND/Virtus training is required by the AOB.)

If you are interested in volunteering at recess, please complete the following form.

Recess Volunteers

We hope to have this program up and running as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support.

The HSA in conjunction with the RSPS administration

The Panther's Pantry!

Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be participating in the "Lunches for the Homeless" program this year. Instead, we will be asking families to help stock the food pantries of our parishes. Instead of bringing in the usual brown bagged lunch, please bring in a non-perishable item to donate to the food pantry. Click here for a link of suggested items.

This collection will take place the second Tuesday of each month starting in November. On that day, students may wear their spirit shirt and PE bottoms. (Spirit shirts should be delivered to students at the end of this month.)

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Family Income Surveys-ACTION REQUIRED


The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be using google form survey to collect family income data for the 20-21 school year. This safe and secure electronic income survey will automatically collect a family’s data as they complete the survey. Thus eliminating the need for a school to enter collected data into Powerschool.

The digital income survey will allow us to collect both the free and reduced numbers for each county. These numbers will not only serve for the Title I submissions, but also can be used for textbook funding, grant requests, and we will now be able to provide accurate reporting of our free and reduced eligibility at the individual school and county level (county of student residence).

Collecting family income data is a requirement of MSDE and we must do so annually.

Every AOB school is required to use the following link in lieu of the paper income survey usually distributed to families with in the first few days of school.

Each family will need to complete one survey per student. The survey takes approximate 2-4 minutes to complete. Income surveys must completed by October 15, 2020.

20-21 Income Survey Link:

School Directory

Each year RSPS makes a directory available to our families. You have the option to opt out/in to the directory and you may choose what information you would like made available.

Please take the time to complete this form pertaining the family directory.

Thank you!

Virtual High School Fair Reminder

Virtual high school fairs provide the opportunity for families to learn more about our Catholic high school options. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, families can engage representatives from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Monday, October 19th.

The sessions provide a glimpse into the admissions process, highlight signature programs, and share information regarding scholarships, financial aid, transportation, and much more! Participating schools rotate live video sessions and families may register for up to three. Please visit our Virtual Admissions page to complete the RSVP form to receive access details for the virtual fair.

If you are in 8th grade and attend one of these virtual fairs, you may come into school the next school day out of uniform.

Eighth Grade Paperwork Reminder!!

Please do not forget to fill out the 8th grade paperwork!! Records can not be sent to high schools and graduation materials can not be ordered if we do not have these completed forms.

Also, please do not forget to register your 8th grade student for the HSPT to be given here at RSPS.

Forms are due to Cheryl Martin ( by October 12th. Forms may be either printed and turned in or sent in via email.

8th Grade Information

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:

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

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:
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RSPS Fall Virtual Book Fair, October 14th-27th

It's looking a lot like Fall and that means it's time for the RSPS Book Fair! As with most everything, this fair will operate a little differently. The Fall Book Fair is virtual! We invite you and your family to continue to enjoy the excitement and magic the Book Fair offers and help support RSPS at the same time. Your child will discover new books, favorite characters, compete series, and more! You'll love the fun new options to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive book list and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchasers over $25.

It's a new school year ... let's instill a new-found love of reading!

Shop the Book Fair Directly

Shop the Book Fair Virtually

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Halloween Celebrations

On Friday, October 31st, students may come to school dressed in Halloween Colors (black and orange). No scary or gory t-shirts, no headbands or hair accessories that stick out, and no Halloween costumes!

We will have a digital Halloween Parade! See notice above.

Room parents will be in touch to inform parents of different Halloween activities that will take place in the various cohorts.

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Walk for the Homeless

This year, our walk will take place on Monday, November 2nd. Students will walk in their cohorts at various times around the school grounds.

More details to come.

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.

Squisitos has adjusted it's fundraiser hours to 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

So, grab lunch on the way out of the parking lot on Thursday. You may order ahead and pick your order up or go in to eat! Just make sure you mention RSPS!
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Policies and Procedures

Safety During Drop Off and Dismissal

It has come to our attention that some children are being permitted to stand with their upper body protruding from car sunroofs. It is dangerous for kids to be standing on a car seat and putting their heads through an open sunroof. Or an open window. It's a habit you don't want your kids to get into whether the car is stopped or moving.

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

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.

Procedural Points:

  1. Students (attending in person) and staff (working on campus in person) are advised if they intend to travel to a state with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay, notification of such intention must be communicated to the principal. For purposes of this guidance, the positivity rate should be based upon the average rate as determined for the period of the entire stay. Those traveling will be required to quarantine upon their return until such time as either they provide evidence of a negative test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they complete an entire 14 day quarantine.

  2. Students in quarantine may participate in the remote learning program.

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,, 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 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.

Instructional Assistant

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work under the direction of the classroom teachers to plan and implement instruction in concert with the school’s mission and vision
  • Participate in the active supervision of students at all times, and supporting classroom management using school-wide positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) standards
  • Plan and organize optional classroom or outdoor activities as needed
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, assistants, staff and administration
  • Flexibility regarding job requirements and willingness to assist as needed
  • Assist students with remedial and re-teaching activities
  • Lead instructional small groups independently
  • Creatively implementing different learning strategies in large and small group settings
  • Interact effectively and respond to all parent communication in a professional, empathetic and timely manner
  • Maintain high professional and personal standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church

Job Requirements
  • An Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of child development and supervision
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Knowledge of the Catholic faith preferred

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 in education
  • Prior successful experience working with middle school 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

October 15th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences

October 16th: No school for students, AOB professional development day for teachers

October 21st: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences

November 25th: End of Trimester 1

November 25th-27th: No school, Thanksgiving Break

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.