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

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Mrs. Boston

Mrs. Boston has been working at RSPS for 16 years. She usually helps out with the 3rd and 4th grade classrooms, but this year Mrs. Boston has been wearing a variety of hats in various classrooms throughout the school. She has been wonderful filling in as needed and it is wonderful that so many of our students are able to interact with her this year. She is a wonderful asset to our RSPS community.


Mrs. Boston is full of fun interesting facts:


  • She was on a television show
  • She is an avid runner
  • She taught in Africa

Announcements

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
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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.

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 jdewey@resstpaul.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.


Week 3


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.”

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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!
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5K and Family Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest!

Help RSPS by designing this year's virtual 5K/Fun Run t-shirt. Please submit your black & white drawing to school by Friday, March 26th to be entered to win. Keep in mind, simple designs work best - we can't wait to see your creativity!!!

Thank you!

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.

The Start Date and End Date of the 2021-2022 School Year

The school year for students will begin on August 30th and the last day of school for students for the next school year is June 9th.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! Looking to fulfill those hours? Well, look no further. Here are two generous opportunities to not only cross those hours off of your list but also serve your community while doing so.

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. sfinamore@resstpaul.org
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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.


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

Spring uniform can be worn starting April 12th, the first day back from spring break.


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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D49A8AA2DA2FD0-rescheduled

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.

Restaurant Night on March 10th

Don't feel like making dinner? Stop by Grilled Cheese and Co 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.

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, rrensberger@resstpaul.org

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.

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!

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

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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

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

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.

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

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.