Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes

2019-2020 Year to Lead...I Have Called You By Name!

Monday, September 9th

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Back to School Night for Grades 1-4 (The evening will begin with a general meeting in the Church of the Resurrection, classroom visits will following the general meeting)

Tuesday, September 10th

  • Online High Schoo Placement Test (HSPT) for 8th graders begins today. You can register online at Please select Resurrection-St. Paul School as your testing location. We will be administering the HSPT during the school day on campus in December.
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Back to School Night for Grades 5-8 (The evening will begin with a general meeting in the Church of the Resurrection, classroom visits will following the general meeting)

Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

  • Student Picture Day - we are still in need of one parent volunteer to assist with this event

Friday, September 13th

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass with buddies in the Church of the Resurrection (Grades 1 and 4)

Saturday, September 14th

Sunday, September 15th


Family Income Survey- Documentation/Data Needed for the State of Maryland

On Monday, a letter will be coming home with an attached Family Income Survey. This data is vital for us to be eligible to receive Title I funding to support our students. Please be sure to fill out every portion of the form and return to school no later than September 23rd. An advance copy of the letter is below and the survey is attached for you to print and fill out if you wish to do so ahead of time.

Thank you for your support!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We may have an opportunity to secure additional services in reading and mathematics for

our students. You can help us by filling out the Title I Private Schools Family Income

Survey. Please complete this survey for each of your children in Grades PreK 4 through

Grade 12 that attend our school. The completed survey should be returned to your child’s

classroom teacher by September 23, 2019.

To receive additional funding to provide these services, pertinent information must be

shared with your local public school system and the Maryland State Department of

Education. Providing us with the information requested on the survey may help to

increase or maintain the educational services we are now providing our students.

The information requested on this survey will remain at our school and is confidential.

When completing the Title I Private Schools Family Income Survey, please be sure to

select your county or city of residence at the top of the survey and answer questions A

and B. If you are required to complete section C, please be sure to select the box that

reflects the city or county in which you reside.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.


Rosanna Rensberger

2019-2020 Parent-Student Handbook

Attached below is the digital version of our 2019-2020 Parent-Student Handbook. The spiral-bound paper copies will be sent home with students during the first week of school. At the back of the handbook is a form that needs to be filled out and completed acknowledging the receipt of the handbook and agreement to abide by the policies and protocols articulated in the handbook. Please turn in your completed handbook acknowledgment form as soon as possible. Thank you!

PBIS and Behavior Expectations

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School Day Hours

PreK3 – Grade 8 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

½ Day Pre-K3-4 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Arrival Procedures -REVISED

Student arrival by car begins at 8:40 a.m. Students may not enter the school building before 8:40 AM unless attending a pre-approved club or activity.

K through Grade 8 students who arrive by car should enter the school through the lower level link doors.

Pre-K4 students will also be dropped off at the lower level but will be escorted by a faculty member through the doors off of the first-floor entrance near the playground.

PreK-3 Students arriving by car are to be dropped off in the front of school.

Car riders should not enter through the main foyer doors unless they are arriving early for a pre-approved activity or are tardy to school.

Bus riders enter and exit through the front foyer doors. Anyone arriving at school after 9:00 a.m. is considered late and must report to the front office for a late slip before entering their homeroom.

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Car riders, Grades K-8, are dismissed through the lower level link doors.

Full day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 students dismiss from the sidewalk area located next to the playground area.

The ½ day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 are dismissed at 1:00 p.m. at the side of the school by the cafeteria doors. Students will be escorted out by their teaching assistants.

All cars need to be parked stadium-style facing the building for dismissal. Cars will be dismissed one line at a time by a faculty member.

All car riders should be picked up outside of the school building unless a note is sent in or a phone call is made to the school office necessitating departure from the school foyer.

Students who are not picked up following dismissal will be sent to the school office. Students who are not able to be picked up from the school office by 3:45 p.m. will be sent to the After Care program, where the program’s drop-in fee will be charged.

HCPSS Bus Information

In the middle of summer, we send all our families' addresses to the HCPSS Transportation Office for them to determine bus allocations and to develop the routes for the school year. They just sent out the new routes and bus numbers. Please see the routes and pick-up/drop-times in below. Chose the bus/route that works for your family and then arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes before the designated time on the first day of school. Bus ridership is open to students in Grades K-8 per HCPSS policy.

During the first weeks of school, HCPSS Transportation Office requests an audit of ridership to and from school for each allocated bus. They will then reassess the routes and times based on the ridership and traffic trends.

Panther Cafe Grand Opening!

In order to create a more calm and comfortable dining experience, we have changed our lunch schedule. Middle school students now eat lunch on a staggered schedule in the newly named "Panther Cafe."

Each table is adorned with a framed copy of the cafe logo and our PBIS expectations clearly articulated. Students were reminded of the behavioral expectations from day one and told that we will all be using our "restaurant manners" in our new Panther Cafe.

The new meal and a la carte options from Abundance Catering are delicious! The reviews from the students, teachers and parent volunteers are all positive!

New Hot Lunch Program-Abundance Catering

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We are pleased to announce that we have contracted Abundance Catering to serve as our hot lunch provider. This company comes highly recommended bot only by other AOB schools, but also from RSPS families that have contracted them for their own events/companies. Please click on the following link to learn more about Abundance Catering and click on the pdf's below for information about ordering RSPS lunches.

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STEM "Rocks!"

Adrien Malick from the Maryland Natural History Museum stopped by RSPS today to donate 23 sets of fossils to AOB schools. His donation will be used in many schools around our Archdiocese to supplement science and STEM programs. Our Mr. Fiumara, in his role as a content area leader for the AOB, will help facilitate the distribution of these amazing fossil sets. Many of the fossils come from right here in Maryland! Thank you Dr. Malick and MNHM for your amazing support!

PBIS Gold Award!!

We are so pleased to formally announce that RSPS has earned the highest PBIS distinction, the Gold Award! We are the only Archdiocese of Baltimore school to have earned that honor for four consecutive years.

The students and faculty celebrated with a PBIS rally with Faculty vs. Students Minute to WIn It games. The competition was fierce, but ended in a happy tie!

RSPS Kudos!

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Check out some of the great feedback we received this week from our families!

Class of 2020 Information

HSPT Registration

The HSPT Online Registration system is set to open September 10th for students to begin registering.

The online registration link is:

Please note:

· The student fee is $40. Students have the opportunity to pay this fee online via credit card during the registration process. All credit card payments collected will be forwarded to the school in the form of a single check after testing takes place. (STS does not keep any portion of student credit card payments.) If a student wishes to pay via cash or check instead of credit card, they should pay your school directly. (Do not send cash or check payments to STS.)

Important Dates

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

We are finally here! Your child’s 8 th grade year! We hope to make it a memorable one for all. We have lots of activities planned and we just wanted to make sure that you have the following dates marked on your calendar!

September 10th – May begin to register online for the HSPT to be taken here during the school day.

September 23rd- 8th Grade Parent Meeting in the media center 6:00-7:00 p.m. (General HSA Meeting with a guest speaker to follow)

September 27th – Field trip and graduation information forms need to be sent back to school.

October 14th – High School Fair here at RSPS 6-8 pm. (First hour in the gym, second hour in classrooms.)

September - November – Schedule shadow days. (Each student is given 3 excused absences to shadow.)

December 4th – HSPT to be given at RSPS 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (All students are to come to school this day.)

December 17th – 1:30 pm 8 th Grade Christmas Pageant

December 20th – High School Applications for Catholic Schools are due.

January 31st – 8th Grade vs. Faculty Basketball game 11:00 a.m. in the school gym (12:30 p.m. dismissal day.)

February – Receive High School Admissions Decisions/Scholarships

March – Register for Catholic High Schools

March 23rd -27th – ITBS Standardized Testing for Grades 2-8, on campus

April 3rd – Passion Play at 11:30 am in the church.

April –8th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball game (time and place TBD)

May 1st – 8th Grade Memory Boards due (school will provide the foam board)

May 6th – STREAM Night 6:00-8:00 p.m. (previously Cultural Arts Night)

May 20th – 8th Grade ELA exam

May 21st – 8th Grade Math exam

May 22nd – Field Day

May 26th – 8th Grade Science exam

May 27th – Graduation practice (during the school day).

May 28th – Retreat at Friary

May 29th – 10:00 a.m. 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass (Last School Mass)

June 1st – 8th Grade trip to Hershey Park 7:00 a.m.– 8:30 p.m.

June 2nd – 8th Grade graduation and cookie and punch reception 5:00 pm in the church.

HSPT Prep Class for 8th Graders

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Club Sign-up

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Choir will start Monday, Sept. 9 at 8:15 in the Music Room.

The choir is scheduled to sing at the Fall Festival Oct. 4

More information about joining choir will be sent home in the Wednesday Folders on Sept. 4

Student Council

Student Council officer election: Friday morning, 9/13

Homeroom rep elections: Wednesday, 9/18

All students wishing to run for student council officer must have this paper signed by their parent/guardian and returned to Mr. Fiumara by Wednesday, the 11th. The petition is attached below.

Silver Knight Chess Club

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Hip Hop and Intro to Dance Classes at RSPS

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VIRTUS Training for all Volunteers

Required training for all volunteers

Please recall that all parents and grandparents must be Virtus compliant prior to volunteering here at school. 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 Sue Gleichauf at if you need further assistance or have any questions.

Upcoming Events

September 9th-6:30-8:30 Back to School Night Gr. 1-4

September 10th-6:30-8:30 Back to School Night Gr. 5-8

September 12th- Student Picture Day

We still need one more adult volunteer to assist on picture day. Please email if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

RSPS Referral Program-Earn $500 Tuition Credit!

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Print (from the pdf link below) and share this referral card with your family, friends, and neighbors for an opportunity to grow our Panther family and to earn $500 in tuition credit.
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Home School Association (HSA)

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Restaurant Nights -Save the dates-More to come!

9/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

10/2- Chick Fil A (Executive Park Drive)

10/16- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

10/22- Peace of Pizza in Catonsville

10/28- Subway 9275 Baltimore National Pike

11/6- Chipotle Ellicott City

11/20- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

12/4- Chick Fil A (Executive Park Drive)

12/10- Subway 9275 Baltimore National Pike

12/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

1/7- Subway 9275 Baltimore National Pike

1/15- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

2/5- Chick Fil A (Executive Park Drive)

2/19- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

3/4- Chick Fil A (Executive Park Drive)

3/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

4/15- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

4/28- Subway 9275 Baltimore National Pike

5/6- Chick Fil A (Executive Park Drive)

5/20- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

Parish Life

Parking Message from the Parish Office

  • Please observe all parking signs.

  • Outside the front of school and church

  1. There are 4 HANDICAPPED parking spots and 5 spots reserved for people needing extra assistance during SPECIAL EVENTS
  2. People are parking in the handicapped spots for the entire day.
  3. People are parking in the 5 special event spots for the entire day on Special Event days( Ie. Daily mass in the Church, Holy Days, vigil holy days and funeral days)

  • Private Residences
    • People are parking outside the private residences for the entire day.

  • Outside the Hall Special Needs Parking
    • People are parking in these spots for the entire day.

People have told the parish staff that they are going to stop going to Masses held in the church on school days because they do not have the mobility to park in other spots.

Community Fall Festival!

Plan to attend our Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 5th. 10am-4pm

Volunteer hours are available by donating an hour or 2 of your time at a game or baking for our bake sale, cake wheel or food court. Sign up today here:

Donations needed:

  • Stuffed Animal Wheel needs your gently used stuffed animals. (Collection will be the last week of September)
  • Scarecrow making needs long sleeve shirts, hats and bandanas.
  • Kid’s Craft Corner needs any of the following: Gift wrap ribbon, sharpies (thin or medium), Tacky glue, Wood Stamps, Stamp ink pads, Bingo Daubers, Salad Spinners

Contact Cindy Desrochers (410-514-2022) with any questions!

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Fall Festival Game Volunteers

1 hour= 2 volunteer/service hours!
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Meals for Priests

Are you interested in volunteering to prepare Meals for our Priests?

You receive volunteer hours for this endeavor & that includes your time buying & prepping the food.

This year, Monsignor John and Fr. Tyler have requested 2 meals total delivered weekly on Thursdays (different from Mondays last year), and do appreciate leftovers time to time if there is more. If you would like your containers back, put your name on them and they will be returned to the conference center.

If you are interested, please use the following link and access code to sign up:
Access code: RSPSMeals4Clergy2019

Thank You!
If you have any questions, please contact Rob Sommerville at

Save the Date- Catholic Daughters of America Craft and Bake Sale November 24th

Craft and Bake Sale

Craft Fair and Bake Sale coming soon to Resurrection! Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 24, for this year's annual Catholic Daughters event. From 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM in the Resurrection Church Hall.

You can pick up handmade items for everyone on your Christmas list and find delicious baked goods for your Thanksgiving table.

If you are a crafter, now is the time to rent tables for just $25.00 each.

For more details and to get an application for a table rental, please contact Helen Nycum at 410-461-6710 or

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.