Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, February 28, 2021

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


Grant and Aid Application Closes TODAY!

  • February 28, 2021 - The Grant and Aid Application process will close for the 2021-2022 School Year. All required documentation must be submitted and received by FACTS in order to be eligible for consideration by that date.
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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.

Please bring in a canned good on Friday!

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Attention all Families of Virtual Learners

To support our trimester planning efforts, we have distributed the Resurrection-St. Paul School Student Learning Modality Intent Form to survey families on potential changes to learning modality for the 3rd trimester. If you have not received this survey, please contact Tracy Underwood, Assistant Principal/Distance Learning Coordinator at The survey responses are due by Friday, February 26th. We look forward to seeing your children back in-person.

How are you Sharing this Lent as a Family?

Each week a new idea will be posted here to help your family get the most out of your Lenten journey and prepare for Easter. You can chose one to share and discuss with your child/children as you drive around or before bed. Adults and children alike will be reminded of so much as they ponder these spiritual truths together.

Week two - Reflect on the questions below.

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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!

Service Hours

Just a friendly reminder about service hours. Service hours for the 2020-2021 school year have been amended. Families are required to fulfill 20 hours of volunteer time and single family households 10 hours.

Need some ideas for service hours? Volunteer to present at our virtual STEAM day on March 5th, come volunteer for recess duty (double hours are given for this), contact teachers to see if anything can be cut/prepared at home for their class, contact the elementary teachers to be a virtual guest reader, contact the HSA to see what you can do to support their efforts, or be on a committee to help prepare for the upcoming events mentioned above. Did you attend the state of the school address? If so, that counts for double service hours. Please reach out the the school if you have any questions regarding service hours.

Enter your service hours here.

Columbia Pregnancy Center

Another outreach project we will participate in this month is the Columbia Pregnancy Center Baby Shower Collection. We will be collecting new baby items or gift cards.

Suggested items for boys or girls:

Outfits – newborn, 0-3, 3-6, 6 -9 months

Sleepers – newborn, 0-3, 3-6, 6 -9 months

Diaper bags


Diapers-newborn and preemie to sizes 4 & 5


Feeding spoons

Diaper creme, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, Cornstarch baby powder

Crib sheets

Receiving blankets

Winter or Summer outfits/0-3 and 3-6 months

Coats 0-3 and 3-6 months

Shoes 0-3

Small educational toys for infants

Small toys up to age 3

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.

A Day of STEAM, March 5th

March 5th will be a "Day of STEAM."

Here’s is how you can participate! Sign up to lead a 20 minute STEM/Career Zoom Seminar. Put your career’s best foot forward to a varied age of students using Zoom. Add your name to the Career Day Google Form if you are interested in Zooming into a class to talk to the students. We are looking for parents to volunteer to visit classrooms via ZOOM to talk about their jobs.

Use this link to sign up to volunteer.

Restaurant Night on March 3rd

Don't feel like making dinner? Stop by Squisitos for dinner on your way home from school and help support our school. Order delivery through Door Dash or Grub Hub and note RSPS in the ticket and your order will count to support the 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,

2020-2021 Weather Policy

Weather Related Delayed Openings and Closures

When Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) are in session, Resurrection-St. Paul School follows HCPSS regarding delayed opening or closure due to inclement weather. In the case of inclement weather, on days when Howard County Public Schools are not in session, all information pertaining to delays and closures will be posted on the school website, and notification will be sent through the school email system.

A two-hour delay means the Resurrection-St. Paul School day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Before Care starting at 9:00 a.m.. Half day Preschool students have the option of coming from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or not coming at all. Lunch periods will be provided, but not recess.

On days when the school is closed early due to inclement weather, the After-Care program and all after school activities for that day will be cancelled as well. Parents will be notified via SwiftK12 Alert.

Please take the time to plan for the event that school may be forced to close early and discuss with your child beforehand what he/she is to do on these occasions. Children must be picked up promptly on days when early closing is necessary in order to ensure the safety of the students and staff in getting home.

Non-Weather Related Delayed Openings and Closures

There may be non-weather related circumstances (such as loss of power at school) requiring Resurrection-St. Paul School to cancel school, open late, or close early. These occasions will be communicated in a timely manner via email, phone call, text, and/or web announcement.

HOWARD COUNTY Public Schools has verified that they WILL be making a call to delay or to close schools for in person learners due to inclement weather for the 2020-2021 school year.

Our calendar has three inclement weather days built into it. For the first three days, the days will NOT be instructional days. Any day beyond the third will need to be a virtual instructional day.

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!

RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is Here!

The RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is here!

The cost is $15 per book if picked up or $20 per book if shipped (cost includes shipping fee)

Things to know (UPDATED):

  • All orders placed by Sunday evenings will be ready for pick up the following week. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your order has been received and is ready for pick up once it is ready.

  • We are now accepting check/cash payments via kid mail from in person students for any orders that are placed via the google order form. Note- all checks should be made payable to: Resurrection- St. Paul School HSA (with cookbook noted in the memo field).

NEW cookbook delivery/pick up procedure:

If you have a student attending in person- we will be sending your order home via kid mail once it is received and payment has been verified. If you order using the google form please send your check or cash into Joanne Dewey’s attention with a note on the envelope indicating that it is for a cookbook order as soon as you place your order, so that we may send your book to you in a timely manner.

If your student is virtual- you will be picking your order up from an unmanned bin located outside the main school entrance (M-F 8:30-4:00), your cookbook will be packaged and labeled with your name and if you owe $ then there will be a payment envelope in the bin for you to place your payment into.

Links to order:

If paying by check or cash use this link:

If paying by credit card or shipping an order use this link:

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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:

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.


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

In an effort to reduce the possibility of introducing the COVID-19 virus into a school community, RSPS established a policy applicable to both students and employees which requires notification be provided when individuals are traveling out of state to areas defined as high risk jurisdictions based upon positivity rates of the destination.

Both students and staff must notify school administration in writing if they intend to travel to a state or country with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay (see if the state you are visiting has reached that threshold).

In the event that students and/or staff members elect to proceed to visit a state with a positivity rate of 10% or greater, those traveling will be required upon their return to provide evidence of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they have completed an entire 14 day quarantine.

It is advised that you create an appointment at a COVID-19 testing center prior to your travel for testing immediately upon your return. This will ensure there is no delay in getting tested, receiving your results, and your student’s return to in-person learning at school.

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

March 4th: Trimester 2 ends

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.