Resurrection-St. Paul School
News and Notes, March 7, 2021
2020-2021 Be a Light for All to See, Matthew 5:16
Shining the Light at RSPS
Mrs. Boston is full of fun interesting facts:
- She was on a television show
- She is an avid runner
- She taught in Africa
Dates to Remember for this Week!
- Tuesday, March 9th - Yellow Themed T-shirt and Panther Pantry Collection
- Friday, March 12th - Box Top/Amazon Smile Out of Uniform Day
Student Picture Re-Take and Make Up Day, March 18th
In order to create a schedule for Picture Retake Day, we will need advance notice of all students requesting to have their picture retaken, or those that missed picture day and would like to have their picture taken. Please use the Retake Picture Day Request form.
Please have your student dressed in their school uniform.
For distance learners, I have asked Lifetouch to have their photographer set up at 8:15 AM, to allow time for distance learners to return home for the beginning of the school day. Specific times will be sent as soon as we have an idea of how many students we need to accommodate.
PK3 Thursday students, we have you included in the Retake Day already, so no need to respond.
If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Dewey firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may place online orders using the information on the flyer.
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.
There are 46 days in Lent, including Sundays. There are 46 stars on the Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Blessed Mother has said that the 46 is to remind us of Psalm 46 — "Be still and know that I am GOD.'” A special way to pray Psalm 46:10 is to find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm in five consecutively diminishing sentences:
1) Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”
2) After a few moments of pause, pray “Be still and know that I am.”
3) After a few moments of pause, pray “Be still and know.”
4) After a few moments of pause, pray, “Be still.”
5) After a few moments of pause, pray, “Be.”
When ready, pray, “Amen.”
Lost and Found!
5K and Family Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest!
Dear Mrs. Rensberger and Mrs. Underwood,
Please thank the students of Resurrection-St. Paul School for their generous donations of diapers, baby clothing and other supplies. The families served by the Columbia Pregnancy Center need these supplies and are very grateful to receive them. Thanks to you, families living near you will have necessities that they would struggle to buy on their own.
Please accept our thanks and wishes for a wonderful spring.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Campus Clean Up, Saturday March 20th, 2021 10:00am-12:00pm: Come hang out (safely and socially distanced) with Msgr. John and other members of the parish community. You will need to bring your own rake, gloves and wheelbarrows! An excellent way to quickly earn a couple service hours, bask in the glorious sunshine and serve your community. Please sign-up using the following SUG link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A9A628A2FDC61-rsps
Fall Festival Committee, Call for Chair Positions (2) And Volunteers: We're continuing the tradition and hosting this year's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 16th. We're looking for TWO parents to volunteer as Committee Chair and oversee a group of volunteers willing to take on the responsibility of planning and executing the games portion of the day. Ideally, the Chairs should be from both the lower and upper school (this position fulfills ALL of your service hours!). Responsibilities include: 1. Attend virtual meetings (the first meeting is March 18th and can be attended virtually or safely socially distanced in-person). 2. Plan games and make sure appropriate equipment is on hand to execute the games. 3. Must be there the day-of the event to oversee everything. 4. Will need to order age appropriate prizes for the games ahead of time. Please email Stephanie Finamore if you are interested in being a part of this FUN committee. email@example.com
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.
This document also includes the list of ideas, broken out by grade level, to assist in engaging children at recess.
PLEASE DO NOT COME IN IF IT IS RAINING, ALSO, IF THE FEEL LIKE TEMP IS BELOW 32, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE TO FIND OUT IF OUTDOOR RECESS WILL OCCUR THAT DAY.
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.
Used Uniform Sale! March 26th 2-4
Need some uniforms, sign up to stop by the used uniform sale on Friday, March 26th.
The sale will take place at the front entrance of school. Cash or check only.
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.
Expanding our Panther Team!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to come in for a day?
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, email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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: https://forms.gle/zXzjFaKoP1Xijony9
If paying by credit card or shipping an order use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/Annual_Fund/cookbook?token=1460846886
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:
Policies and Procedures
Arrival and Dismissal Safety
- 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!
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 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
Please let Julie Rice, email@example.com, 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
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
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
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.
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.