Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, January 3, 2021

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

Announcements

Reminder - ALL Students will be virtual January 4th - 6th

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID transmission within our community following the holiday break, all students will be virtual January 4th - 6th. Please attend class in your uniform and please log in to homeroom in the morning on time as attendance will be taken.

If You Traveled Out of State During the Holiday...

If you traveled to a region with a 10% or higher positivity rate, please review the travel policy found further down in our newsletter. This travel policy is not new and has been in effect since the start of the school year.

Epiphany - Three Kings Day

While the hustle and bustle of Christmas ends for many people on Dec. 26, throughout Christian history Christmas lasts for twelve days – all the way until Jan. 6.


This feast marking the end of Christmas is called “Epiphany.”


In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also in his baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana.


Currently, mass is scheduled for the 6th at 10:00 a.m. We are not sure if this mass will be postponed since students are not in the building on the 6th. We will keep you updated regarding this mass.


When we return physically to the school building we will bless the doors of the classrooms.


This tradition is part of the Epiphany celebration. This tradition consists of a blessing recited at each classroom entrance and then each room of the home is sprinkled with Epiphany water and incensed. The initials of the Magi are inscribed upon the doors with the blessed chalk. (The initials, C, M, B, can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" which means "Christ bless this house".)

Example: 20 + C + M + B + 21


For more info: https://onepeterfive.com/the-chalking-of-the-doors-an-epiphany-tradition-explained/

Thank You!

We want to give a huge "thank you" to our families for all of their support and generosity during the Advent and Christmas season!!

Attention 8th Grade Families

All families should have received a communication earlier today regarding the High School Placement Test. Please look for that email if you have not read it already.


In short, the test sheets from RSPS as well as a few other schools got lost in the mail and never made it to the testing center to be scored. Therefore, the test will be re-administered to all 8th grade RSPS students who previously registered for the test this Thursday, January 7th.

January 8th - Box Tops for Education Out of Uniform Day

Each family that submits 10 physical Box Tops or a screen shot from the app of your Box Top Points to your homeroom teacher may come to school out of uniform on Friday, January 8th. Please adhere to the out of uniform guidelines found in the student handbook.

Last Call to Claim Last School Year's Artwork

Mrs. Zalucki has a collection of artwork from last year. If you would be interested in claiming your student(s) artwork, please contact Mrs. Zalucki to find out if she has any artwork for your child(ren). You may email her at mzalucki@resstpaul.org.

Reminder No School January 15th and January 18th

On the 15th, the faculty and staff will be participating in a retreat and the 18th is the Martin Luther King Holiday.

2020-2021 Weather Policy

Weather Related Delayed Openings and Closures

When Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) are in session, Resurrection-St. Paul School follows HCPSS regarding delayed opening or closure due to inclement weather. In the case of inclement weather, on days when Howard County Public Schools are not in session, all information pertaining to delays and closures will be posted on the school website, and notification will be sent through the school email system.


A two-hour delay means the Resurrection-St. Paul School day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Before Care starting at 9:00 a.m.. Half day Preschool students have the option of coming from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or not coming at all. Lunch periods will be provided, but not recess.


On days when the school is closed early due to inclement weather, the After-Care program and all after school activities for that day will be cancelled as well. Parents will be notified via SwiftK12 Alert.


Please take the time to plan for the event that school may be forced to close early and discuss with your child beforehand what he/she is to do on these occasions. Children must be picked up promptly on days when early closing is necessary in order to ensure the safety of the students and staff in getting home.


Non-Weather Related Delayed Openings and Closures

There may be non-weather related circumstances (such as loss of power at school) requiring Resurrection-St. Paul School to cancel school, open late, or close early. These occasions will be communicated in a timely manner via email, phone call, text, and/or web announcement.



HOWARD COUNTY Public Schools has verified that they WILL be making a call to delay or to close schools for in person learners due to inclement weather for the 2020-2021 school year.


Our calendar has three inclement weather days built into it. For the first three days, the days will NOT be instructional days. Any day beyond the third will need to be a virtual instructional day.

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.

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.

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!

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RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is Here!

The RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is here!

The cost is $15 per book if picked up or $20 per book if shipped (cost includes shipping fee)

Things to know (UPDATED):

  • All orders placed by Sunday evenings will be ready for pick up the following week. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your order has been received and is ready for pick up once it is ready.

  • We are now accepting check/cash payments via kid mail from in person students for any orders that are placed via the google order form. Note- all checks should be made payable to: Resurrection- St. Paul School HSA (with cookbook noted in the memo field).

NEW cookbook delivery/pick up procedure:

If you have a student attending in person- we will be sending your order home via kid mail once it is received and payment has been verified. If you order using the google form please send your check or cash into Joanne Dewey’s attention with a note on the envelope indicating that it is for a cookbook order as soon as you place your order, so that we may send your book to you in a timely manner.

If your student is virtual- you will be picking your order up from an unmanned bin located outside the main school entrance (M-F 8:30-4:00), your cookbook will be packaged and labeled with your name and if you owe $ then there will be a payment envelope in the bin for you to place your payment into.

Links to order:

If paying by check or cash use this link: https://forms.gle/zXzjFaKoP1Xijony9

If paying by credit card or shipping an order use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/Annual_Fund/cookbook?token=1460846886

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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.

Grilled Cheese and Co. January 5th

Support a local, RSPS family owned business and RSPS by grabbing dinner from Grilled Cheese and Co. on January 5th. Visit the Gambrills or Catonsville location. Don't want to go out, Grilled Cheese and Co has graciously extended our Restaurant Nights to include the Grub Hub and Door Dash apps to accommodate those who feel more comfortable ordering from home! Support our school comfortably at home. Mention in the delivery instructions RSPS!

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



January 4th: Classes resume


January 4th -6th: All students are virtual


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.