Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, March 14, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS

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Mr. Gaines

This is Mr. Gaines first year at RSPS. While he was hired to do IT, and has been great making sure we are up and going on-line everyday. In addition, Mr. Gaines has become invaluable in filling other roles as well. Mr. Gaines has spent time in all of the various grade levels. He is a wonderful asset to our RSPS community.

Mr. Gaines:

  • Enjoys playing racquet ball
  • He and his wife are avid Oriole's fans
  • His favorite vacation was going to Maui on his honeymoon


Prayers for Mrs. Dewey

Prayers are going out to Mrs. Dewey, our Administrative Assistant, who will be off for several weeks as she recovers from surgery.

BOOST Application is Open

The 2021-2022 Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Application is open! Applicants have until 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021 to submit applications. Click here to view instructions and start the application.

BOOST provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools.

Mass led by the Third Grade Class on Wednesday, March 17th

Mass will be live streamed on Wednesday, March 17th at 10:00 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, March 17th

Students may wear green accessories with their uniform for St. Patrick's Day!
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PantherFest 2.0!

Support and celebrate our RSPS Panther Pride in this virtual social event on Saturday, March 27th.

Tickets are now on sale.

How are you Sharing this Lent as a Family?

Click here to sign up to attend mass at Church of the Resurrection for Holy Week/Triduum/Easter.
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We are about half way through our Lenten journey, a great time to reflect on how things are going. Don't be discouraged if you haven't yet achieved your goals. Every moment of every day is great time to begin again! Here are two brief videos to assist you with prayer. The first is a very short and simple suggestion from our beloved St. Mother Teresa. In the second, Matthew Kelly will walk you through a prayer process which can be used everyday.
The first thing Mother Teresa did every morning
Decision Point Prayer Process

Lost and Found!

Here are a few items that have made their way to the front office. If they are yours, please stop by and claim them!
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5K and Family Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest!

Help RSPS by designing this year's virtual 5K/Fun Run t-shirt. Please submit your black & white drawing to school by Friday, March 26th to be entered to win. Keep in mind, simple designs work best - we can't wait to see your creativity!!!

Thank you!

Dear Mrs. Rensberger and Mrs. Underwood,

Please thank the students of Resurrection-St. Paul School for their generous donations of diapers, baby clothing and other supplies. The families served by the Columbia Pregnancy Center need these supplies and are very grateful to receive them. Thanks to you, families living near you will have necessities that they would struggle to buy on their own.

Please accept our thanks and wishes for a wonderful spring.

The Start Date and End Date of the 2021-2022 School Year

The school year for students will begin on August 30th and the last day of school for students for the next school year is June 9th.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! Looking to fulfill those hours? Well, look no further. Here are two generous opportunities to not only cross those hours off of your list but also serve your community while doing so.

Campus Clean Up, Saturday March 20th, 2021 10:00am-12:00pm: Come hang out (safely and socially distanced) with Msgr. John and other members of the parish community. You will need to bring your own rake, gloves and wheelbarrows! An excellent way to quickly earn a couple service hours, bask in the glorious sunshine and serve your community. Please sign-up using the following SUG link:

Fall Festival Committee, Call for Chair Positions (2) And Volunteers: We're continuing the tradition and hosting this year's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 16th. We're looking for TWO parents to volunteer as Committee Chair and oversee a group of volunteers willing to take on the responsibility of planning and executing the games portion of the day. Ideally, the Chairs should be from both the lower and upper school (this position fulfills ALL of your service hours!). Responsibilities include: 1. Attend virtual meetings (the first meeting is March 18th and can be attended virtually or safely socially distanced in-person). 2. Plan games and make sure appropriate equipment is on hand to execute the games. 3. Must be there the day-of the event to oversee everything. 4. Will need to order age appropriate prizes for the games ahead of time. Please email Stephanie Finamore if you are interested in being a part of this FUN committee.
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Recess Volunteers

All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained (STAND) and you may volunteer ONLY for your child(ren)'s cohort.

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.


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.

Used Uniform Sale! March 26th 2-4

Spring uniform can be worn starting April 12th, the first day back from spring break.

Need some uniforms, sign up to stop by the used uniform sale on Friday, March 26th.

The sale will take place at the front entrance of school. Cash or check only.

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.

Squisito's Restaurant Night on Monday, March 15th and Carrabas on Friday, March 20th

Two options this week if you would like to participate in a restaurant night and support our school!
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Expanding our Panther Team!

RSPS is looking to expand their "Panther Team" for the 2021-2022 school year.

We are looking for people for the following positions:

  • Part-time Grant Manager
  • Special Educator
  • Math Specialist
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Part-time Development Position

We are always seeking qualified full-time elementary education teachers, middle school teachers, instructional assistants and substitutes.

If interested, please email Mrs. Rensberger,

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,, an email if you have any questions.

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!

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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:


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.

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.

2020-2021 School Year at a Glance

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.