Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, October 4th, 2020

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

Announcements

St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals

The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”.


Our students will participate in a virtual mass on Monday, October 5th. All students are invited to bring in a picture of their pet(s) or an animal they would like to be blessed. DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, NO PLUSH ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED TO BE BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL.

HSA General Meeting

Our first HSA General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 6th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The virtual link to the meeting will be sent out to all families on Tuesday. In addition, the link will be posted to RSPS Parent Connect on Facebook.


On the agenda:

1. Mr. Alex Gaines and Mr. John Pelligrini will discuss important information regarding PowerSchool and Google Classroom.

2. Mrs. Jessica Dove will address many ways to benefit from SCRIP fundraiser.

3. RSPS Bylaws seek approval


Those that attend, may log service hours for their attendance!

Don't Forget, No School for Students or Staff on Weds., Oct 7th

Your students were told earlier this week that there will be no school on Wednesday, October 7th. AoB Leadership, in recognition of all of the hard work of the school faculty, staff and students to make this school year happen both in person and distant, has given everyone a day off to rest. October 7th is also the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary is one of the best prayers to Mary, the Mother of God.

RSPS Encourages Getting the Flu Shot this Year!

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Box Tops for Education Out of Uniform Day!

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts (must be within 14 days of purchase). The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online. Not sure what to buy? You can use the app to find participating products.


On Friday, October 9th, there will be an out of uniform day for all families who either bring in 10 Box Tops or have scanned $1.00 worth of Box Tops through the app.

Theme T-shirt Order Form! Everyone needs to complete this form!

LAST CHANCE, THE ORDER WILL BE PLACED ON MONDAY MORNING.


Each student will receive one t-shirt (you do not need to pay for that one t-shirt). Please indicate through this form what size shirt you would like ordered for your child.

You need to complete this form for each child.

If you would like to order any additional shirt(s) for you child(ren) or your family members, the cost is $6.00 per shirt. You may send in a check made out to RSPS with a note in the memo line, "Spirit Shirt." Please add any additional shirts you are ordering with your youngest child's order.

The shirts are Gildan brand unisex t-shirts.

Family Income Surveys-ACTION REQUIRED

IF YOU HAVEN'T COMPLETED THIS FORM FOR EACH STUDENT, PLEASE DO SO!!


The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be using google form survey to collect family income data for the 20-21 school year. This safe and secure electronic income survey will automatically collect a family’s data as they complete the survey. Thus eliminating the need for a school to enter collected data into Powerschool.


The digital income survey will allow us to collect both the free and reduced numbers for each county. These numbers will not only serve for the Title I submissions, but also can be used for textbook funding, grant requests, and we will now be able to provide accurate reporting of our free and reduced eligibility at the individual school and county level (county of student residence).


Collecting family income data is a requirement of MSDE and we must do so annually.

Every AOB school is required to use the following link in lieu of the paper income survey usually distributed to families with in the first few days of school.


Each family will need to complete one survey per student. The survey takes approximate 2-4 minutes to complete. Income surveys must completed by October 15, 2020.

20-21 Income Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgzg7It0zs4nQXaAiWsZf9fMw0wOlm8d4ISVkHZrW0CQ2_yQ/viewform

School Directory

Each year RSPS makes a directory available to our families. You have the option to opt out/in to the directory and you may choose what information you would like made available.


Please take the time to complete this form pertaining the family directory.


Thank you!

Virtual High School Fair Reminder

Virtual high school fairs provide the opportunity for families to learn more about our Catholic high school options. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, families can engage representatives from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 6
  • Monday, October 19

The sessions provide a glimpse into the admissions process, highlight signature programs, and share information regarding scholarships, financial aid, transportation, and much more! Participating schools rotate live video sessions and families may register for up to three. Please visit our Virtual Admissions page to complete the RSVP form to receive access details for the virtual fair.

If you are in 8th grade and attend one of these virtual fairs, you may come into school the next school day out of uniform.

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.

Grilled Cheese and Co. Restaurant Night, October 7th

Grab a Grilled Cheese for dinner tonight and help support RSPS! Visit the Catonsville, Columbia or Gambrills location and just mention RSPS when you place your order.


If you prefer to use the apps DoorDash or Grubhub to place your order, you may put a note in the instructions that you are ordering to support RSPS.

Academics

Policies and Procedures

Safety During Drop Off and Dismissal

It has come to our attention that some children are being permitted to stand with their upper body protruding from car sunroofs. It is dangerous for kids to be standing on a car seat and putting their heads through an open sunroof. Or an open window. It's a habit you don't want your kids to get into whether the car is stopped or moving.

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.


Procedural Points:


  1. Students (attending in person) and staff (working on campus in person) are advised if they intend to travel to a state with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay, notification of such intention must be communicated to the principal. For purposes of this guidance, the positivity rate should be based upon the average rate as determined for the period of the entire stay. Those traveling will be required to quarantine upon their return until such time as either they provide evidence of a negative test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they complete an entire 14 day quarantine.

  2. Students in quarantine may participate in the remote learning program.

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.



Instructional Assistant


Job Responsibilities:

  • Work under the direction of the classroom teachers to plan and implement instruction in concert with the school’s mission and vision
  • Participate in the active supervision of students at all times, and supporting classroom management using school-wide positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) standards
  • Plan and organize optional classroom or outdoor activities as needed
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, assistants, staff and administration
  • Flexibility regarding job requirements and willingness to assist as needed
  • Assist students with remedial and re-teaching activities
  • Lead instructional small groups independently
  • Creatively implementing different learning strategies in large and small group settings
  • Interact effectively and respond to all parent communication in a professional, empathetic and timely manner
  • Maintain high professional and personal standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church


Job Requirements
  • An Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of child development and supervision
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Knowledge of the Catholic faith preferred


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 in education
  • Prior successful experience working with middle school 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

October 7th: School is closed for students and staff


October 15th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences


October 16th: No school for students, AOB professional development day for teachers


October 21st: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences


November 25th: End of Trimester 1


November 25th-27th: No school, Thanksgiving Break


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.