Resurrection-St. Paul School

Encounter Christ's Presence - Year of the Eucharist

January 23, 2022

Dear RSPS Families,

I hope you are having a nice weekend and that you are staying warm!

Thank you for all of your patience and support as we transitioned to 'virtual learning' this past Thursday. We know it can be frustrating and a challenge to manage your own work commitments as well as your child's virtual learning. I'm not going to lie, as someone from the Midwest, it was one of the saddest "snow days" I've experienced. I think it is safe to say that we would all prefer being in school and hope that is the last "snow day" of this school year.

This week, T-2 interim reports will be sent home electronically for grades 3-8. Interim reports do not go on the record and they should be used in conjunction with Google Classroom and Parent Access to keep up with how your child is doing at the moment. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Next Sunday, January 30, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. This year's theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Each day we will host events to celebrate different members of the RSPS community from priests, to parents, to students, and teachers. Through these events, we will focus and celebrate the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. To kick off Catholic Schools Week, we encourage you and your families to attend Mass, and we invite your children to wear their uniforms. This is a great way to physically show our presence to the larger church community (Also, you won't even have to argue about what they wear to church). Keep an eye out for other CSW events next week.

On that note, as part of Community Appreciation Day, we have partnered with UMMS to offer another vaccine clinic on Wednesday, February 2nd. The clinic will run from 2:30-6:00 PM in the cafeteria. To schedule an appointment, please call 410-328-4250 and press 2. The clinic will be open to the Resurrection-St. Paul, OLPH, and St. Louis communities on a first come, first served basis. See the attached flyer for more information.

Finally, please continue to monitor your child(ren) for COVID symptoms. If your child or someone in your home develops symptoms they should get tested immediately and remain at home; if the test is positive, they should follow the recommendations for isolation. Many people with COVID-19, especially children and teens, don’t have symptoms but can still spread the virus, so regular testing helps find people who have the virus before it can spread to others. This is especially important for children who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, families and staff with younger children at home, those at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19, and those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Thank you for your support. Have a great Sunday!


Ryan Hellem

Vaccine Clinic Flyer

Mask Status - 1/24 - 1/28

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.

Johns Hopkins School Culture and Climate Survey

Parents, if you haven't done so, please complete the short survey below.

This is a great opportunity for us to ask everyone involved in our school about important elements of school life that matter for your child’s success. This deep dive examines five core areas of school culture: academic life, administration and governance, communality, “the whole child,” and organizational identity. Please help provide us feedback by taking the survey below (~10 minutes).

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support of all of us at RSPS!

Flyers & Other Information

Middle School "Tower of Power in Half Hour" Challenge - During Catholic Schools Week, 6th - 8th grade students will be competing in the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering "Tower of Power in a Half Hour" challenge. Teams will work together to build the tallest freestanding tower from marshmallows and spaghetti in 30 minutes. Each grade will have a winner, and an overall winner will be invited to compete in a virtual competition hosted by JHU. In order to do this, we are asking students in each grade to provide the following materials:

6th grade = 1 bag of large marshmallows (campfire size -- not jumbo, not flat, not mini)

7th grade = 1 lb box of spaghetti (Must be 'normal' size spaghetti noodles to compete)

8th grade = 1 bag of large marshmallows (campfire size -- not jumbo, not flat, not mini)

Please send in the supplies by Thursday, January 28th so that we can prepare for the competition.

Thank you for helping support this fun and exciting day!

Thank you from Chick-fil-A - Chick-fil-A thanks RSPS for our participation in the Toy Drive for Toys for Tots. With all collection options, including schools, trucks, and online, Chick-fil-A collected 9,120 toys for local Mayland children in need.

Once again this year, RSPS was the highest performing so every student and teacher in the school will receive a Be Our Guest Card. These cards were distributed on Friday. 4B will receive their Milk and Cookie Party on February 1st for being the homeroom that collected the most toys. Thank you again for your generosity during the holiday season.

Maryland Center for School Safety has set up a statewide anonymous and free reporting system available to students, teachers, school staff members, parents and the general public to report any school or student safety concerns, including mental health concerns. We always encourage you to reach out to us directly if you have any questions or concerns, however, this is another resource available to all Marylanders who may wish to utilize it. Please use the link below for more information.

Bag Bingo is Still Happening…New Date is Friday, April 8th!

RSPS' annual Designer Bag Bingo school fundraiser has been postponed to Friday, April 8th. This is a 21 and over bring your own beverages and food event that will sell out. Tickets will go on sale soon. The Bingo committee has purchased amazing bags for this event, and we are still looking for some fillers to add to each bag. Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius and Amazon wish list below if you would like to contribute. For every $15 spent you will receive 1 volunteer hour. The due date for all items is now Monday 1/24/22. Thanks for all the generous donations so far!

Sign Up Genius:

Amazon Wish List:

Teaching Mass video for your family - In the Spring of 2020, Father Tyler recorded a wonderful Teaching Mass, which gives a great explanation of what takes place during the Mass, and he also spends more than 10 minutes answering questions at the end. We hope you enjoy watching!

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.

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

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

Note to Library Volunteers - We are no longer in need of library volunteers. If you signed up to volunteer, we appreciate your willingness to help and hopefully we can use your help at a future date.

Join the PantherFest Committee!

RSPS invites you to PantherFest, an adults-only event on Saturday, March 26th at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville. This event will feature a silent auction, great food, drinks, music and a beer tasting provided by Jason Williams of Oliver Brewing Co. If you are interested in joining the PantherFest committee, please email The first meeting will take place at RSPS on Wednesday, January 19th at 6 PM. An important part of this event is our silent auction. If you know a business willing to contribute please let us know. Tickets to this event will be available for purchase soon. Line up your babysitters now, you will not want to miss this fun night out!

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.

Nail Polish Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that no make-up or nail polish, including neutral colors or French manicures may be worn. Students who have nail polish on will be asked to remove it.

Please review the policy in the student-parent handbook.

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.

The Week Ahead 1/24 - 1/28

Monday, January 24

  • Adoration (PK - 2nd)
  • T-2 Interims go home

Tuesday, January 25

  • Spelling Bee (1-3 PM)

Friday, January 28

  • Professional Day (no students)

The Week to Follow 1/31 - 2/4


Faculty/Staff and students can dress down each day in the themes below or wear their uniform.

Monday, January 31 - Priest/Vocations Appreciation Day
  • USA Day (wear your red, white, blue in honor of the Olympics starting on 2/4)

Tuesday, February 1 - Parent Appreciation Day

  • Jersey Day (wear your favorite team shirt or jersey)

Wednesday, February 2 - Community Appreciation Day

  • Spirit Day (wear your RSPS spirit wear and/or Navy Blue and white)
  • Vaccine Clinic -- 2:30 - 6:00 PM in cafeteria

Thursday, February 3 - Student Appreciation Day

  • Dress down day
  • Mr. John (PK & K) -- 10:15 - 10:45/11 in gym
  • BINGO (1st - 8th grade) Schedule in Cafeteria

  • 9:15-9:45 Grades 3-4

  • 10:00-10:30 Grades 1-2

  • 2:00-2:30 Grades 5-6

  • 2:40-3:10 Grades 7-8

Friday, February 4 - Teacher Appreciation Day

  • 12:30 Dismissal (no Aftercare)
  • Wear Teacher and Assistant's favorite color
  • Tower of Power Challenge (5th-8th grade) in cafeteria
  • 5 & 7 @ 9:05
  • 8 @ 10:15
  • 6 @ 11:20

Contact Information

School phone number: 410-461-9111 ext 241

Attendance line: 410-461-9111 ext 250

Attendance form: Online Form.

School email: