Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, April 11, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS

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Mr. Shurman

This is Mr. Shurman's second year at RSPS. He has been in education for 26 years. During that time, he has coached high school sports, been a social studies teacher, a P.E. teacher and has been an administrator. Mr. Shurman really enjoys the RSPS community and his students. He makes P.E. class fun for everyone - even when we have to be socially distanced! We appreciate all he does to keep our students moving and having fun!


Some fun facts about Mr. Shurman include that he played soccer at Salisbury, he has been sky diving before (it was a one and done event), and some of his students think he may have a secret deal with Adidas... he seems to wear a lot of Adidas outfits!

Announcements

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.

The Easter Season Continues!


Rejoice! The Easter Season continues on for 50 days, until Pentecost Sunday, May 23, seven full weeks after Easter Sunday! It is the most important feast in the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Here are some suggestion on how to continue feeding your soul! Consider signing up to receive an inspirational message in your inbox each morning (#4 below), as well as an insightful reflection on each Sunday's Gospel reading (#2 below). These can be shared with your family and friends or used as a catalyst for moments of private prayer.

AoB Theme T Shirt Day and Panther Pantry Collection - Tuesday, April 13th

Tuesday is our monthly collection for our Panther Pantry. We appreciate the generosity of all of our families for each of these collections!


Remember, the yellow AoB theme t-shirts may only be worn with school uniform PE bottoms. Since it is spring uniform time, students may wear their shirt with either PE shorts or PE pants!

Bag Bingo Donations

We hope you enjoyed your spring break! The Bag Bingo committee decided this year, rather than giving each grade a specific bag to fill, we put together an Amazon wish list for all the bag fillers. You can shop directly for the bag fillers from this link.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2OS4VDFIU7YTH?ref_=wl_share


We are also asking for any wine, beer, or Spirit donations, and gift cards to local restaurants and stores/shops. Those can be sent via kid mail to the main office Attn: Mrs. Finamore. Any alchohol may be given to Mrs. Martin or Mrs. Finamore in the front of the school buiding at morning drop off.


This is an easy way for families to earn volunteer hours, as there have not been as many in-person volunteer opportunities this year. Remember every $15 spent equals 1 hour of service. So make sure to save those receipts! We thank you so much for your generous donations!

The Student Council is Having a Clothing Collection

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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 15th

Squisitos Restaurant Night on Thursday, April 15 th! 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.