Resurrection-St. Paul School

Encounter Christ's Presence - Year of the Eucharist

February 13, 2022

Dear RSPS Families,


This week we will be switching to 'parental choice' for masking at RSPS (see letter below). Thank you for the feedback regarding this policy change. Here are some highlights from the letter and new policy:


  • For students, this option will be based on parental choice. Staff and visitors will also have the option to wear a mask or not. This applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Anyone who would like to wear a mask may continue to do so, and is fully supported in their decision and should be treated with respect.
  • Parents of child(ren) of any age or vaccination status may request their own child(ren) wear a mask; however, enforcement of this request is between the parent and child, not the school administration, faculty or staff.
  • All Catholic schools will adhere to CDC guidance relative to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been identified as a close contact outside of school by the health department or other health officials.


Tomorrow morning faculty and staff will be addressing the 'optional masking' policy with students. We will be reminding students of the expectation about treating others with kindness and respect regardless of our differences. We are cognizant of the potential for negative emotional responses, social labeling, and/or prejudicial attitudes to those with or without masks.


Pope Francis reminds us, "We must walk united with our differences: there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus." As we continue to partner in the education of your child(ren), please speak with them about our PBIS values and treating everyone with kindness and respect.


Sincerely,

Ryan Hellem

AOB Optional Masking Policy Letter

Health Reminders

Please be extra vigilant and monitor the health of all members of your household. We are seeing students test positive with very minor symptoms such as headache, scratchy throat, and running nose.


There is a Vaccine Clinic on 2/23 - 2:30 - 6:00 PM - Walk-ins welcome.


Our ability to offer in-person instruction is dependent on your partnership. If a child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, RSV, or Influenza, they should remain home to avoid exposing the school community to illness. The safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority. While COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated in our schools, we encourage vaccination for all eligible students and staff to reduce the potential for serious illness and hospitalization.


RSPS will continue to provide rapid antigen testing testing to confirm symptomatic cases in school.

Mask Status - 2/14 - 2/17

Beginning on Monday, February 14, 2022, the Department of Catholic Schools will transition all archdiocesan schools, where jurisdictions allow, to optional masking. For students, this option will be based on parental choice. Staff and visitors will also have the option to wear a mask or not. This applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccine Documentation

If you haven't already done so, please share your child's vaccination status with Nurse Julie Rice via email. You may upload a photo or the medical records indicating the vaccination status.


Please follow the format for the subject line of the email:


Subject: Vaccine Card - Student Last Name (e.g. Vaccine Card - Hellem)


This information will remain confidential and, as always, we respect each family's decision regarding vaccinations.

Flyers & Other Information

Miracles of the Eucharist - Stop by our lobby to see panels depicting 11 of the 136 miracles involving the Eucharist that have been fully approved by the Vatican. Blessed Carlo Acutis was an Italian teenager who researched the miracles and created a website about them. Blessed Carlo said that if people believed in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the amazing graces they receive from it that their lives would be transformed, and was convinced that if people really understood that Christ is present in the tabernacle that churches would be full. He died when he was only 15 years old and is the first Millennial to be beatified in the Catholic Church.



HSA is celebrating Parent Appreciation Day next week by launching a Peloton raffle. The HSA has launched a VERY exciting fundraiser to win your very own Peloton bike! Only 250 tickets will be available for purchase. You may purchase your tickets here. We can't wait to see one lucky winner on the Leaderboard!


Tickets are now on sale for our annual PantherFest! PantherFest is an adults-only evening out for friends, family and guests of the Resurrection-St. Paul community. Whether you are a current parent, past parent or alumni, this event is open to all. Join RSPS at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, MD on Saturday, March 26th at 7 PM. Tickets are $80 per person and include a large selection of beer and wine, food stations, a silent auction, DJ, 50/50 game, money wheel and beer tasting provided by Jason Williams of Oliver Brewing Co.


AoB Baltimore Blast Family Night! On Saturday, February 26, 2022, the Baltimore Blast will be hosting a family night for the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools. There will be a parade of students from schools in attendance before the game and Archbishop Lori will do the ceremonial “first kick.” The school bands from Immaculate Conception, St. Louis School, and St. Ursula will perform the National Anthem and the St. Joseph School (Cockeysville) Choir will sing before the game. All Catholic school students (8th grade and under) will receive a free ticket to the game, with paying adult.


RSPS Spirit Store - Check out the RSPS Spirit Store and show your Panther pride. Items can be customized for individual names, sports, and clubs. These make great gifts during the holiday season and part of the proceeds go back to the HSA. Although these are not part of the uniform, we will have two spirit days in school on 1/21 and 3/7.


IF YOUR CHILD(REN) WILL BE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL - Please either complete the absentee form found on our website or leave a message on our attendance line (410)-461-9111 x 250.


Service Hours - Service Hours can now be logged in using the link found on our website.

Please review our Parent/Student Handbook for more details pertaining to service hour obligations.

Club Announcements

  • The Panther Press has published their second issue. Read all the articles here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Note to Library Volunteers - We are no longer in need of library volunteers. If you signed up to volunteer, we appreciate your willingness to help and hopefully we can use your help at a future date.


Join the PantherFest Committee!

RSPS invites you to PantherFest, an adults-only event on Saturday, March 26th at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville. This event will feature a silent auction, great food, drinks, music and a beer tasting provided by Jason Williams of Oliver Brewing Co. If you are interested in joining the PantherFest committee, please email laurenshutz@gmail.com. An important part of this event is our silent auction. If you know a business willing to contribute please let us know. Tickets to this event will be available for purchase soon. Line up your babysitters now, you will not want to miss this fun night out!


Playground Supervisors - Looking for ways to get involved? Help our faculty and staff during recess time! Playground supervisors work with faculty, staff and administration to ensure that the school's health and safety rules are followed as well as interact with students and encourage appropriate play and student behavior. Please review the available slots below for Grades 2-6 and click on the button to sign up. Volunteers are always welcome for the other grades as well. Thank you! REMINDER - if the feel like temp is below 32 degrees, or if it is raining, recess will be indoors. When recess is indoors, parents are welcome to still volunteer for lunch, but we will not have parents come to the classroom for indoor recess.

CDC Travel Guidance

Here is the link to the CDC's domestic and international travel guidance. If you have any questions, please reach out to nurse Julie Rice.

The Week Ahead 2/14 - 2/18

Monday, February 14th

  • Students may add red or pink to their uniform (headband, socks, pin, etc.)


Friday, February 18th

  • No school for students or staff
  • New student enrollment begins

The Week to Follow 2/21 - 2/25

Monday, February 21st

  • No school for students or staff


Wednesday, February 24th

  • Vaccine Clinic 2:30 - 6:00

Contact Information

School phone number: 410-461-9111 ext 241


Attendance line: 410-461-9111 ext 250

Attendance form: Online Form.


School email: office@resstpaul.org


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionStPaul