Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, June 6, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS!

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The Class of 2021

On Wednesday, June 2nd, we were able to celebrate 40 phenomenal panthers and their accomplishments. These students will head in many different directions for high school. The students will attend the following schools: Calvert Hall (3), Centennial High School (2), Century High School (2), Marriotts Ridge (6), Mercy (1), Mount De Sales (7), Mount Hebron (1), Mount St. Joe's (14), Spalding (1), St. Pauls School for Girls (1), Catholic High School of Baltimore (1) and Towson High School's magnet program (1). The class of 2021 earned over $411,000 in scholarship money.

Announcements

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY BY WEDS, JUNE 9TH

Dear RSPS families,

We ask you to complete the following Maryland State Department of Education survey which is used to determine our eligibility for Title 3 (ESOL) funds. This survey is required of all students, not just those that feel they may need the services. This means for families with multiple children in our school, they need to complete a survey for each child here at RSPS.


Maryland Home Language Survey

In accordance with federal and state requirements, the Home Language Survey will be administered to all students and used only for determining whether a student needs English language support services and will not be used for immigration matters or reported to immigration authorities.


If a language other than English is indicated on two or more of the three questions below, the student will be assessed for English language support services. Additional criteria for testing may be considered.

Additional Yearbooks for Sale

Each family will receive one copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook. Additional copies may be purchased for $25.00 per book. Please contact Joanne Dewey, jdewey@resstpaul.org, if you are interested in obtaining additional copies.

Gifts of Gratitude


The Gift of Gratitude campaign was a wonderful success. The faculty and staff received an email this week alerting them to their gift.


The teachers, administration and staff members are incredibly grateful. One staff member summarized our year by saying, "Thank you to the RSPS families and the HSA for the many treats throughout the year AND the Gifts of Gratitude! I am so appreciative of everything our RSPS families have done to support the faculty and staff during this crazy year. Your children are the Light of the school and I am truly blessed to work with them."


On behalf of all of the faculty and staff at RSPS, a true heartfelt thank you to all of the families who contributed to the Gift of Gratitude program.


As the HSA signs off for summer, we would also like to thank our wonderful RSPS community, all of our committee chairs, event committee members, volunteers and everyone that donated items to make our events memorable. We are so grateful for your support during this year. We hope you all have a safe, healthy and relaxing summer. "Be a light for all to see." Matthew 5:16.


Sincerely,

The 2020-21 Executive board

Returning School Materials - Including Chromebooks

Please return all school textbooks, Chromebooks and any additional school materials you may have at home or tucked away in backpacks, etc., by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11th. If you have any questions regarding Chromebooks, please reach out to Alex Gaines at againes@resstpaul.org.

Wear your 5K shirt on Wednesday!

For those who registered for the 5k and fun run and received a t-shirt, you may wear your race shirt to school on Wednesday with PE bottoms.

3rd Grade Movie Premiere!

This year, the 3rd grade created a movie in lieu of the traditional 3rd grade play.


The movie, "Back to the Future RSPS Style," will premiere Monday, June 7th at 5:30 p.m. The link will be sent out to 3rd grade families shortly before that time.

Field Day on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, the students will participate in the Race for Ed as well as Field Day. Students should wear their yellow AoB theme shirts with PE bottoms. Make sure you bring a full water bottle and wear your sunscreen! They are predicting the weather to be in the 90's on Tuesday.


Virtual students participating in person this day should be dropped off at 9:20 at the cafeteria doors and should be picked up at the same doors at 11:30. A health survey will be sent to the parents of these students Tuesday morning. Please complete the survey before dropping off your student(s).

Popsicles for Field Day - Tuesday, June 8

The ingredients are listed below for the popsicles that will be offered to students as a treat on field day. If you prefer your student not have the popsicle, please let his/her homeroom teacher know.
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Race for Education on Tuesday, June 8th

This year our Race for Education will be incorporated into Field Day. In keeping with tradition, we didn't want this school year to go by without our "Race." In previous years, we have sent letters out to friends and family members asking for their support for this event. This year, we are not sending out letters, we are holding the event for the students. However, if you or any of your friends or family would like to make a contribution, as always, we appreciate the support. Feel free to use the form below.

Medication Pick-up

Medications that have been provided to the Health Room must be picked up no later than noon on June 11. Medications remaining after this time must per policy be discarded. Please contact Mrs. RIce at jrice@resstpaul.org or, 410-461-9111 ext. 261 to schedule a time for medication pick up. Thank you.

Pre-Order Your School Supplies for 2021-2022

Pre-ordering your school supplies is an option for the 2021-2022 school year. It's a great way to not have to worry about shopping and bringing the materials into school. If you would like to order supplies you may place your order anytime between now and July 6th.


For additional details and how to order, see the flyer attached below.

Be on the Lookout for Your Family Gift!

This year, each family will receive Matthew Kelly’s newest book, I Heard God Laugh. We hope reading the brief reflections will provide insight and enrich our personal faith lives. To that end, an opportunity for guided discussion will be offered on July 21, August 18, and September 22 from 7-8 PM. Additionally, these three sessions will facilitate an in-person opportunity for returning families to reconnect and meet new RSPS families. Children are welcome and supervision on the playground will be provided.


Questions? Contact Kate Kleintank, Adult Faith Formation Director for our Pastorate

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Lost and Found! - Last Call!

Please contact Cheryl Martin, cmartin@resstpaul.org, if any of these items are yours so she may get them to your student.

Calling All Landscaping Architects!

If you are a landscaping architect and would like to help with the development of our Rosary Garden/ Outdoor Education Area, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Finamore, sfinamore@resstpaul.org.

Recess Volunteers - Monday is the last day for RECESS!

All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained (STAND) and you may volunteer ONLY for your child(ren)'s cohort. PLEASE WEAR YOUR BLUE VIRTUS CARD WHEN VOLUNTEERING. By wearing the card, staff can easily identify you are here to volunteer.


Please review the following presentation created by Mrs. Rensberger regarding our COVID-19 policies.

Recess: COVID-19 Protocols


This document also includes the list of ideas, broken out by grade level, to assist in engaging children at recess.


PLEASE DO NOT COME IN IF IT IS RAINING, ALSO, IF THE FEEL LIKE TEMP IS BELOW 32, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE TO FIND OUT IF OUTDOOR RECESS WILL OCCUR THAT DAY.


To sign up for a recess spot this week please enter your name into the appropriate block on this form. Each cohort may have up to two volunteers per day. click on the form. A form for next week will go out in next Sunday's newsletter.

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 Restaurant Day - Thurs., June 10

Squisitos will participate all day in this fundraising event all day!! So, grab lunch on the way out of school! Be sure to mention RSPS when you place your order.

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 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

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

Effective with the new Order to take effect 3/12/2021 at 5:00 PM OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL: Quarantine requirements and other restrictions regarding out-of-state travel will be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return.

Changing to Distance Learning

Please read the attached letter that was sent out to families on March 26th.

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.

2020-2021 School Year at a Glance

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.