Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, March 21, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS

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Mrs. Jordan

This is Mrs. Jordan's ninth year at RSPS. When she began her career here at the school, she was an aide for first grade. After three years in first grade, Mrs. Jordan became our school guidance counselor. She has guided our team to earning the "gold award" for PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). Her innovative ways to motivate and reward the students for their positive behaviors are greatly appreciated! Mrs. Jordan always has a smile on her face and a welcoming open door for all of us here at RSPS. Thank you Mrs. Jordan!


Mrs. Jordan:


  • Has a son who will turn one in April
  • Loves to exercise and promote mind, body and spirit wellness
  • One of the most favorite things she has done is swim with dolphins

Announcements

Reconciliaton

Monsignor John and Father Tyler will be visiting campus each day this week to offer reconciliation for students in Grade 2 (for those who have already received their First Reconciliation) through Grade 8. There will be one to two grades per day participating so we can honor our COVID risk mitigation protocols (social distancing, staying in cohorts, masking, etc.)

Dismissal and Parking Lot Reminders

We love seeing you all at the end of the day and waving you off. It is a time of connection for us in this socially distanced time. It is our top priority to keep all students, teachers, drivers safe in our parking lots at arrival and dismissal. Since we have some families who have returned to in-person learning and are new to dismissal, this seems appropriate to review this information. Please review the follow protocols for the dismissal process below:

· It is important to park in your assigned parking area so that we can be sure your students know where to find your vehicle quickly.

· Please do not park in spaces in front of the Parish Center and walking to find your child is not permitted. Additional people walking through the parking lot can create confusion and distraction causing potential accidents.

· All cars must exit the parking lot via the Chatham Road exit so that flow of traffic is predictable and safe.

· If you arrive late and dismissal has already begun, please find a spot toward the back of the lot near the shed and we will escort your children to your car when it is deemed safe to do so.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we strive to be safe and efficient at this very important time of day.

Music and Art Classes

We are excited to announce Mrs. Gina West has excitedly accepted the role of art and music teacher for the remainder of the school year. She has been subbing in that role for the past week and we look forward to settling into a consistent routine again with these important classes. Mrs. West has been preparing the curriculum and will be updating the art and music Google Classroom pages for each grade very shortly.


Virtual students: All virtual students are required and expected to log on to their grade’s Google Classroom to attend class in real time. Students who do not log on will be marked absent for the class. This absence will impact the grades that are earned and progress in the class.


We are looking forward to finishing the school with Mrs. West at the helm of this program. We know that students will benefit from her guidance and enthusiasm for this opportunity. If you have any questions related to these classes, please contact Mrs. Rensberger or Mrs. Underwood and we will be happy to speak with you.

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.

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PantherFest 2.0!

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for Saturday, March 27th's PantherFest 2.0, a Virtual Beer Tasting presented by RSPS parent Jason Williams of Oliver Brewing Co. The PantherFest committee has also launched an online silent auction with many generous items donated by the RSPS community and neighboring businesses. Please see the attached link. This auction will be available for bidding Saturday, March 20th through Sunday, March 28th. You do not need to be present at the Virtual Beer tasting to participate in the silent auction, 50/50 cash raffle or Wagon of Cheer raffle. However, we have several fun raffles planned for Virtual Beer Tasting participants only.

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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D49A8AA2DA2FD0-rescheduled

How are you Sharing this Lent as a Family?



Experience God's limitless mercy and presence this Lent.


Participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. View the video below for more information on the sacrament of reconciliation.


RSPS students will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the week of March 22. Other opportunities include:

Church of the Resurrection: Wednesday March 17 and 24, 7-9 PM and Saturdays 3:30-4:30 PM

St. Paul's Church: Thursday March 18 and 25, 7-9 PM and Saturdays 3:30-4:30 PM (Center for New Evangelization)


Click here to sign up to attend mass at Church of the Resurrection for Holy Week/Triduum/Easter.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

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!!!

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!

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.

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. sfinamore@resstpaul.org

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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.


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.

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, rrensberger@resstpaul.org

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.

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.

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

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.