Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, December 13, 2020

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

Shining the Classroom Spotlight!

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Mr. Heinlein

Mr. Heinlein is the newest addition to our middle school math team! He comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience. Although he has only been with RSPS since August, you would never know it! He has already built a great rapport with the staff and students. In the photos above, Mr. Heinlein works with the various grade levels on calculator skills.


  • Mr. Heinlein has two teenage sons (having the two boys definitively helps him better understand his students!)
  • His family has a dog named Jackson. Jackson loves jumping on the trampoline with Mr. Heinlein's sons. He also loves jumping when they aren't on the trampoline with him.
  • In addition to years of teaching experience in the classroom, Mr. Heinlein has experience as fitness trainer. He worked for several years at the Y.


We are happy to have Mr. Heinlein as part of our RSPS community!



Announcements

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.

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Celebrating Advent at Home

Does it seem to you that each year the holiday season gets busier and busier, and we get further and further away from the true meaning of Christmas?

The best way to combat this tendency is to adopt or renew Advent traditions in the home.

Attached is a calendar of ideas to celebrate Advent with your family at home. It's a spiritual journey! Spiritually, we long for the coming of Christ into our hearts as the Holy Spirit draws us into ever deepening relationship with Him.

Distance Learner Items for Pick-up

This week, distance learners are welcome to stop by to pick up their candy cane from St. Nicholas, their Chick-Fil-A gift card, materials to make their Jesse Tree ornament, Christmas pageant "costume", any artwork that may still be at school from last year. Please make sure these items are picked up by Tuesday, December 15th. (Please note, "costumes" will need to be returned to school at some point after the pageant.)

Chick-Fil-A Gift Cards

In person students should have brought home a gift card from Chick-Fil-A on Friday. Chick-Fil-A was so taken by our RSPS community's generosity for their Toys for Tots collection that they chose to give every student a gift card.
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Christmas Spirit Week for our Students!

Starting tomorrow the staff will be wearing their holiday themed attire. We invite all students to participate the week of December 13th in this festive way to celebrate the coming of Christmas!

Students may wear the appropriately themed shirt with either jeans or their PE pants.


Monday, December 14 - Wear Red

Tuesday, December 15 - Who-Ville Day, wear something "Grinch" / "Whoville" themed or wear a green shirt with your PE pants or jeans.

Wednesday, December 16 - Frosty - wear your snowman shirt or be a snowman in a blizzard and wear a white shirt.

Thursday, December 17 - Christmas Tree themed - be creative!

Friday, December 18 - Reindeer theme for our Reindeer Race celebration!

Annual Reindeer Race - December 18th

Mr. Fiumara and the student council are excited to be able to make the Reindeer Race happen this year and to be able to include virtual and in-person students!


Watch this fun video about this year's Reindeer Race and how to participate!


The flyer below gives additional details.

HSA Updates

Please see the flyer below for reminders and updates from the HSA.


Please remember! The Gifts of Gratitude donation link will close on Monday, December 14th.


Also, start scanning and saving those Box Tops as you bake and prepare for Christmas! There will be another Box Tops for Education day on January 8th!

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.

Grant and Aid Application Process Is Now Open!

Tuition grant and aid is a need-based analysis of the cost of education vs. a family’s ability to pay and these awards do not need to be repaid. To objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, an independent third party (FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment) is used.


Returning families need only to log into their FACTS account and complete the grant and aid application. The application fee for the 2021-2022 application is $34.00.
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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!

Thank You!!

PHOTO WITH SANTA

This year we moved from pancakes to photos and made lasting memories! The Photo with Santa and Trees and Greens was a great success. The HSA would like to thank Chris Rotunda and Chris Orange for chairing this event. Thank you to volunteers: Sarah Rotunda, Kenny Smith, Chris Wells, Jaime Wisniewski and so many volunteers that made the day possible. Thank you to Bay County Rentals. Merry Christmas to all!

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RSPS Cookbook Fundraiser is Here!

The cost of each book is $15.00


If you will be paying by check you can place an order via this link: https://forms.gle/zXzjFaKoP1Xijony9

If you want to pay by credit card you can order from the online order form located here:

https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/Annual_Fund/cookbook?token=1460846886

Things to know:

· All orders will be picked up on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15, this will be our designated pick up day.

· All orders placed by Sunday evenings will be ready for pick up on that following Tuesday (unless otherwise noted)

· All checks should be made payable to: Resurrection- St. Paul School HSA (with cookbook noted in the for note field).

· You will receive a confirmation email verifying that your order has been received and that it will be ready for pick up.

· If for any reason you need to pay by cash, please note you must pay the exact amount as we will be unable to make change.

· We are unable to accept any payments via kid mail and we are unable to send any cookbooks home via kid mail, no exceptions.

**Pick up procedure- pull up in front of the school entrance and we will come out and get the name for pickup. If you paid with a credit card online using the diamond mind order form we will just give you your order. If you ordered using the google doc and are paying via check/cash (exact change only) we will collect your payment and give you your order. **

Any questions email us at RSPScookbook2019@gmail.comRS

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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

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.

Monday, Dec. 21st, Squisito's Restaurant Night

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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 - UPDATE!

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 https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/tracker/overview 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, 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.

RSPS Career Opportunities

We are looking to expand our current Panther Faculty and Staff for the 2020-2021 school year to accommodate the needs of our students and all our reduced class sizes due to risk mitigation policies and procedures.


In-Person Early Childhood Education Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide grade appropriate instructional program for students, coursework to include teaching Religion
  • Instruct students in all content area subjects
  • Maintains an attractive, organized, and engaging learning environment
  • Develops lesson plans with clear objectives in line with the Archdiocesan Course of Study
  • Provides grade appropriate extended or enrichment opportunities
  • Uses relevant technology to support/enhance instruction including one-on-one devices such as IPads and Chromebooks, as well as interactive whiteboards
  • Maintains appropriate control through positive discipline techniques
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of students' progress in Power School
  • Provides regular and consistent communication with parents, students, staff and administration
  • Performs assigned duties when needed for the supervision of students before, during or after school including lunch duties, recess duties, dismissal duties, detention, and any other duties assigned by the administration
  • Participates in faculty meetings, school committees, and in-service learning opportunities
  • Attends school events including Back to School Nights, Open Houses, Parent/Teacher conference days, and other events as requested by the administration


Job Requirements

  • Practicing Roman Catholic
  • Bachelor degree in education
  • Current MSDE certification
  • Prior successful teaching experience in early education preferred
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.


Substitute Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Implement lesson plans utilizing a variety of techniques to motivate, challenge and engage students
  • Plan and execute instructional programs that adhere to Archdiocesan curriculum
  • Create an instructional environment conducive to learning
  • Maintain high professional standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Safely and actively supervise students both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, staff, and administration
  • Meet the needs, interests and abilities of students
  • Perform various non-teaching related duties such as recess, lunch, and parking lot, etc.


Job Requirements:


  • Practicing Roman Catholic preferred
  • AA degree
  • Prior successful experience working with students
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.



How to apply:


  • Complete applications shall include:
  • cover letter;
  • resume;
  • complete RSPS application;
  • contact information for three professional references and any employment with substantial contact with minors


  • Only complete applications submitted via email will be considered.

2020-2021 School Year at a Glance

December 22nd: 12:30 dismissal, no aftercare


December 23rd-January 1st: Christmas Break


January 4th: Classes resume


January 15th: No school, Faculty retreat


January 18th: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


February 5th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


February 15th: No school, Presidents' Day


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.