Resurrection-St. Paul School
Encounter Christ's Presence - Year of the Eucharist
December 12, 2021
A Time of Joy...
Dear RSPS Families,
Today marks the start of the third week of Advent. Today, we light the pink candle for "joy." There are so many things for us to be joyous about here at RSPS! The wonderful and supportive staff here at school all find joy in being with your children and have chosen to spend their days helping them learn and grow. Your children find joy in being able to gather, learn, and build relationships at school with their friends. We all find joy in the overwhelming responses from our parents in the giving of their time and resources to help our school. Most of all, we are joyful that as a school community, we are able to prepare for Jesus' birth and celebrate the unconditional love he has for each one of us.
Please be sure to read through the remainder of this newsletter to make sure you are aware and your students are prepared for the activities we have planned as we get ready to celebrate the day of Jesus's birth.
Letter from Superintendent Dr. Hargens and Chancellor Sellinger
Mask Status - 12/13 - 12/17
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.
Flyers & Other Information
COVID Vaccination Clinic, Tuesday -Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospitals, in collaboration with RSPS, will again be offering free COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, December 14 from 2:30 – 6:00 PM. The vaccine clinic for the RSPS community and neighboring Catholic schools will be from 2:30-4 for anyone wanting a 1st, 2nd, or booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine. If your child already received their first dose at RSPS on 11/23 during the first clinic, they are automatically scheduled for the 2nd dose. We will be opening the clinic up to the wider community from 4:00 – 6:00 PM . Feel free to register for either of the clinics.
If you have PE on Monday - All PE Classes Monday will be outside so please dress accordingly and bring coats,hats, etc.to class.
Yearbook Cover Contest - This year's theme is "Encounter Christ's Presence." All students are welcome to submit a design that reflects this theme to be used as our yearbook cover. Submissions should be on an 8 1/2 x 11 page. They may be composed digitally or through various media such as crayons and/or markers. Be careful when composing your design. If using crayons or colored pencils make sure the color is not too light. Also, stay away from "glittery crayons/markers" and any additional glitter. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. West. Submissions are due Tuesday, January 4th.
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.
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 -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 all of the contributions are pooled to give the faculty and staff member one total sum of money in the form of a check. Here is the link for making contributions. Or, you can visit the school website and click on “Gifts of Gratitude” located on the HSA page. The HSA Gifts of Gratitude Program will be open from November 28, 2021 through December 13, 2021. Simply record your family name and make a contribution that you are comfortable with. Your contribution will be divided amongst all faculty and staff. The Deadline for submitting gifts is December 13, 2021 and your FACTS account will be invoiced (to your oldest child) on December 17, 2021.
Participation is completely voluntary, and if families prefer, email messages of thanks are always welcome!
This is a confidential program and the faculty and staff will not be aware of the individual gift amounts.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT DATE -
- 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 only parents to attend in person due to COVID safety precautions.
- Parents in grades K-4 to attend the first performance and parents of those in grades 5-8 to attend the later performance.
- The pageant will be performed twice and also live streamed at 1:30 for family and friends.
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.
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.
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 12/13 - 12/17
Monday, December 13th
- All PE classes will be held outdoors, so please bring weather appropriate gear to PE class!
Tuesday, December 14th
- AoB Theme T-shirt day with PE bottoms
- Panther Pantry Collection
- Vaccination clinic. See above.
Wednesday, December 15th
- Add Christmas accessories to your uniform
Thursday, December 16th
- Wear your Christmas sweater - out of uniform day. Please refer to the Parent/Student handbook for out of uniform dress guidelines.
Friday, December 17th
- Wear your Christmas Sunday Best Dress or add "tasteful" holiday accessories to your uniform.
- Christmas Pageants for grades K-8 (please see note above for details)
The Week to Follow 12/20 - 12/24
Monday, December 20th
- Out of uniform - red and green day
- 9:00 PK Parents Coffee and Donuts
- 10:00 PK Christmas performance. This performance will be streamed for family and friends.
Tuesday, December 21st
- Wear your reindeer themed apparel or come dressed in Christmas spirit.
- Reindeer Race in the morning
- Class parties
- 12:30 dismissal, NO AFTERCARE
Wednesday, December 22nd - Sunday, January 2nd
- School closed for Christmas break.