Resurrection-St. Paul School

Encounter Christ's Presence - Year of the Eucharist

November 21st, 2021

Dear RSPS Families,


As I reflect on the first trimester, I have always felt that the school year was much like a roller coaster --- the long anticipation to the top of the first drop (before school), the excitement and adrenaline of the big drop (first month), the uncomfortable rattling and jostling around during the ride (new social groups and grade expectations), the flash of the camera (picture day), and the inevitable twists/turns and ups/downs that no one expects. Roller coasters can be thrilling and fun, but they can also be scary and intimidating.


The pandemic has made the school year roller coaster even more scary and challenging than ever before. The social & emotional toll it has taken on students, families, and teachers, the loss of learning, and constant fear of getting sick weighs on us all. That being said, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is laughter and joy in the hallways and classrooms, students are in-person learning, parents/volunteers are allowed back in the building, and we are all here riding this roller coaster together as one big family.


On behalf of the RSPS Faculty/Staff, THANK YOU!

  • Thank you for partnering with us in the education of your children.
  • Thank you for your willingness to volunteer.
  • Thank you for the treats you send in.
  • Thank you for the smiles and waves at arrival/dismissal.
  • Thank you for your patience as you sit in the arrival/dismissal lines.
  • Thank you for raising kind, compassionate, and respectful children.
  • Thank you for riding this roller coaster with us, and
  • Thank you for choosing RSPS!


I pray that you have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday! See you soon for part 2 of our roller coaster ride.


Sincerely,


Ryan Hellem

Principal

Reminders from Nurse Julie Rice

Thank you so much for your partnership in reporting the health of your children with us. Your partnership is key and you ARE making a difference and helping to keep our community safe.


Over the next week and Thanksgiving holiday, please continue with mitigation strategies both in and out of school: social distancing, mask wearing, and hand hygiene to name a few.


ALL students should have a minimum of 2 masks with them each day.

Mask Status - 11/22 - 11/23

Resurrection-St. Paul School is in Howard County. The transmission rate is Orange-Substantial. Masking is mandatory this week at our school. Thank you for your partnership and vigilance to ensure the safety and well-being of our school community.

CDC Travel Guidance

Here is the link to the CDC's domestic and international travel guidance. If you have any questions, please reach out to nurse Julie Rice.

Flyers & Other Information

Tuesday, November 23rd - 12:30 Dismissal for all students with no aftercare this day!


RSPS Spirit Store - Check out the RSPS Spirit Store and show your Panther pride. Items can be customized for individual names, sports, and clubs. These make great gifts during the holiday season and part of the proceeds go back to the HSA. Although these are not part of the uniform, we will have two spirit days in school on 1/21 and 3/7. Keep an eye out for upcoming Black Friday Deals starting on 11/22.


IF YOUR CHILD(REN) WILL BE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL - Please either complete the absentee form found on our website or leave a message on our attendance line (410)-461-9111 x 250.


Christmas Gifts of Gratitude - In this season of Thanksgiving, we pause to thank the faculty and staff at RSPS. We can all agree that the time, talent, and hard work that is given by our faculty and staff is truly a blessing for our community.


The HSA is proud to offer the Christmas giving program, “Gifts of Gratitude.” This program provides a convenient way for families to express gratitude to the dedicated faculty and staff that have supported our children in the fall semester. Families make monetary contributions and are billed through FACTS. The contributions are pooled to give the faculty and staff member one total sum of money in the form of a check. The link for making contributions will be available next week. Participation is completely voluntary, and if families prefer, email messages of thanks are always welcome! We understand the difficulty of giving a gift to your teacher at this time, and hopefully this will alleviate that concern.


More information and the link to make a contribution will be available next week.

Thank you for your support. The RSPS HSA


NEW CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DATE - Please note the change to our original school calendar regarding the date of the Christmas pageant! The pageant will now be held on Friday, December 17th from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. We are asking parents in grades K-4 to attend the first performance and parents of those in grades 5-8 to attend the later performance.


Pre-K will have a separate date for their Christmas performance. They will preform on Monday, December 20th at 10:00 a.m. Pre-K parents are invited to gather beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria for donuts and coffee before the performance.


HSA Christmas Coffee -Please join your friendly & festive HSA for a "holly jolly" time at our annual Christmas Coffee. This is a beloved school tradition and one of our favorite events of the year! There will be coffee/tea, some light fare, door prizes and plenty of cheer at Kelsey's Restaurant on Friday, December 3rd". Please RSVP by November 30th so there are plenty of pastries for everyone!


Breakfast with Santa - Buy your tickets here - We are excited to announce that Breakfast with Santa will return but in a slightly different format. On Saturday, December 4, from 8 AM -- 12 noon, we will have an opportunity for families to take an outdoor Photo with Santa. In addition, families will have an the option to purchase breakfast. We will offer socially distanced seating under a tent for those who wish to eat breakfast on-site, or breakfast can be ordered to go. Vendors/crafters will be on-site as well as the annual trees and greens sale. Click here to find the flyer giving additional information and how to volunteer for this event. Please contact Chris Orange at corange830@aol.com with any questions.


Art to Remember

Art to Remember orders and payments need to be completed by Tuesday, November 23 so delivery can be made before the Christmas break. If you have any problems locating an order code for your child, please contact Mrs. Little at plittle@resstpaul.org.

The website for ordering at Art to Remember is https://arttoremember.com/school/vstacc.

Thank you to our families for supporting this fundraiser!


Service Hours - Service Hours can now be logged in using the link found on our website.

Any family with carryover hours from last school year, will have those hours added to your account by next week. Please review our Parent/Student Handbook for more details pertaining to service hour obligations.

Club Announcements

The Panther Press has published their first issue. Read all the articles here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Breakfast with Santa Volunteers Needed! - this link will take you to the flyer with details regarding volunteer opportunities for this event.


Annual 5K and Family Fun Run Volunteers Wanted! - Interested in an easy way to get involved? Please join us for our first 5K/Fun Run committee meeting on Tuesday (12/7) at 6pm at RSPS. Look forward to seeing you there!!


Looking for Library Volunteers - Friday mornings from 9:15-10:15


Playground Supervisors - Looking for ways to get involved? Help our faculty and staff during recess time! Playground supervisors work with faculty, staff and administration to ensure that the school's health and safety rules are followed as well as interact with students and encourage appropriate play and student behavior. Please review the available slots below for Grades 2-6 and click on the button to sign up. Volunteers are always welcome for the other grades as well. Thank you! REMINDER - if the feel like temp is below 32 degrees, or if it is raining, recess will be indoors. When recess is indoors, parents are welcome to still volunteer for lunch, but we will not have parents come to the classroom for indoor recess.

The Week Ahead 11/22 - 11/26

Tuesday, November 23rd

  • End of Trimester 1
  • 12:30 dismissal
  • NO AFTERCARE


Wednesday, November 24th

  • School Closed


Thursday, November 25th

  • School Closed


Friday, November 26th

  • School Closed

The Week to Follow 11/29 - 12/3

Wednesday, December 1st
  • 8th grade HSPT


Friday, December 3rd

  • HSA Christmas Coffee


Saturday, December 4th

  • Breakfast with Santa (8AM - 12PM)

Contact Information

School phone number: 410-461-9111 ext 241


Attendance line: 410-461-9111 ext 250

Attendance form: Online Form.


School email: office@resstpaul.org


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionStPaul