Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, March 28, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS

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Ms. Pajak

This is Ms. Pajak's 26th year at RSPS. She has been an aide in first grade, third grade and second grade during her time here at RSPS. She is obviously extremely dedicated to our school and it's community and for that we are grateful! Ms. Pajak is a quiet worker who does not call attention to all she does for our school and the second grade class, and she does A LOT! Her knowledge and ability to help keep things moving smoothly in second grade is phenomenal.



Ms. Pajak is also very appreciative of us. She mentioned how much she appreciates the RSPS community and the support the community gives to everyone in it.

Announcements

Thank you!!

Thank you to all who participated in PantherFest 2.0! Through your support in buying a raffle ticket, event ticket or bidding on an auction item you helped raise almost $9,000 in net profit that will help offset Resurrection-St. Paul School's operating budget. In a year as challenging as this one, we are so grateful for our RSPS community! We would like to give a special thanks to Jason Williams of Oliver Brewing Co. for donating beer tasting packages to all 58 RSPS staff members! Mr. Williams' generosity to our hard working staff is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the RSPS staff and parent volunteers who organized this event and we look forward to seeing everyone at an in-person event when it is safe to do so!

Please Don't Block the Fire Lane

Please remember when you are stopping by school for late arrival or early dismissal, please do not park in the fire lane.


Thank you!

BOOST Application is Open

The 2021-2022 Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Application is open! Applicants have until 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021 to submit applications. Click here to view instructions and start the application.


BOOST provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools.

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Eighth Grade Passion Play on Thursday

The 8th grade Passion Play will be live streamed at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. The link will be posted on our Facebook page.

How are you Sharing this Lent as a Family?

See the video below, "Holy Week in 3 Minutes."


Click here to sign up to attend mass at Church of the Resurrection for Holy Week/Triduum/Easter.

Holy Week in Three Minutes

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!

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.

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.

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.

Squisitos, Thursday, April 1

Squisitos Restaurant Night on Thursday, April 1st! Grab dinner on your way home from school! Just mention RSPS when your place your order! Thank you for your support.

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!

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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

Effective with the new Order to take effect 3/12/2021 at 5:00 PM OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL: Quarantine requirements and other restrictions regarding out-of-state travel will be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return.

Changing to Distance Learning

Please read the attached letter that was sent out to families on March 26th.

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.