Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, May 9, 2021

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

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Dear Resurrection-St. Paul School Families,


Welcome to May! I love the promises and hope spring brings with warming weather, longer days, and beautiful blooms. May is also the month where we honor Mary, our mother, and all the women who dedicate their lives to being the light for their children to see. Today we celebrate all these women in our panther family. Thank you for the gift of you!


We invite everyone to join us tomorrow, virtually, to celebrate our May Mass by visiting our Facebook page for the live feed at 10:00 a.m.. Due to COVID protocols, we will record and send out the video of the outdoor May Crowning tomorrow afternoon.


Next year, we plan to relocate the Mary statue and have the May Crowning in our brand new Rosary Garden and Outdoor Classroom to be located in the grassy area above the parking lot and adjacent to the Grades K-2 wing.


The full scope of the project will include landscaping, hardscaping and outdoor furniture. The garden design will include a brick walkway featuring stepping stones representing the five decades of the Rosary. Benches will be installed to allow for approximately 40 people to sit and would accommodate a full classroom of students. We are so excited to enrich our campus, offer a prayerful space for classes to convene and reflect on our faith journey. Resurrection-St. Paul School has earned a $10,000 grant this year to begin this effort.


On Monday, we will kick off our 3rd annual Day of Giving. The funds raised will fund the development and installation of the Rosary Garden. We would love you to support this project! Please consider donating to this wonderful campaign and by sharing the campaign on your social media and with those who celebrate and support Catholic education.


https://www.resstpaul.org/news/2021-day-of-giving

#RSPSDayofGiving


As Catholics, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, daughters and sons of God. Let us share this passion of who we are and whose we are with the next generation of our faith family through our words, thoughts and actions. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful Catholic and Panther family. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your family's faith and educational journey!


In Christ,

Rosanna Rensberger

Announcements

Shining the Light at RSPS!

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Mrs. Rubio-Pino

Mrs. Rubio-Pino is the Spanish teacher for grades PK4 - Grade 4. She is from Chile and her husband is from Spain. This is her third year teaching Spanish at RSPS. Mrs. Rubio-Pino loves

teaching and sharing her native language with the RSPS' students.


Some fun facts about Mrs. Rubio-Pino include:

  • Her family is grateful to God that her two children have been able to attend RSPS since Prek4. Now, her daughter is in 6th grade and her son is in 7th.
  • She loves to do Zumba.
  • Her father was a principal and her mother was a teacher!

Thank You!

The faculty and staff want to thank the HSA and the rest of the school community for all of their support not only this week, but the whole school year! We loved all of our treats and notes this week! Thank you all for being such shining lights in our community!

No Heat at School Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our boilers will be off over the weekend and the first three days of the school week. If your student tends to get cold during the day, please make sure they have an appropriate RSPS sweater/sweatshirt with them for these days.

Mass this Monday

Mass will be live streamed at 10:00 tomorrow on our RSPS Facebook page.

May is the Month of our Blessed Mother.

Throughout history, Catholics have long honored the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. To symbolize her significance in the Church and in our lives, the “May Crowning” is set up to display her queenship as the mother of Jesus. At RSPS, an 8th grade student who best exemplifies the qualities of Mary is chosen by their classmates to to crown our Mary statue. The crown is made of flowers and this tribute will remain up throughout the entire month in order to memorialize the importance of our Mother Mary in Church and in our personal lives.


A recording of our May Crowning will be pushed out to the community Monday afternoon.


May is a great month to start praying the Rosary. Virtually join the communities from Church of the Resurrection and St. Paul's church on Mondays at 4:00 to say the Rosary.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/937370355?pwd=STNRbElWOGh3TGdyQ2FqRXhQVjd2UT09

Meeting ID: 937 370 355

Passcode: 2APpgN

Panther Pantry Collection, Tuesday, May 11th.

Our last Panther Pantry collection of the school year. Let's make it a great one!


Students may also wear their yellow AoB themed t-shirts with PE bottoms today.

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Register NOW for the Virtual 5K and Fun Run!

Join us the weekend of 6/4 for a virtual Family 5K & Fun Run. Register by Wednesday 5/12 to be guaranteed a super soft race t-shirt designed by a RSPS student. We have planned some fun activities this year you won't want to miss!! As a bonus, the students will be able to wear their race t-shirts to our upcoming Field Day!! The race will be $15/adult and $10/student. Don't delay - register today!!!

Gifts of Gratitude for the End of the School Year

The popular HSA sponsored program, Gifts of Gratitude, is back!. This program, similar to the program offered at Christmas, is designed to provide our families with an affordable, easy way to thank our treasured faculty and staff at the end of this year! The link for donations can be found here. Donations will be collected starting May 9th and will close on May 24th. Questions-please contact HSA@resstpaul.org. Thank you!

Looking for Some New Executive Members of the HSA

If you are interested in being part of the HSA executive board, please see the flyer below. Please disregard the May 3rd date. If you are interested in one of the listed positions or have any questions, please reach out to the current executive board of the HSA by this Wednesday, May 12th. hsa@resstpaul.org
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Food Truck on Thursdays?

Maybe you have seen the food truck in our parking lot on Thursdays. This is something the Valley Meade neighborhood is organizing, and you are welcome to buy food from them on Thursdays.


Every Thursday from 4:30-8:00pm in the parking lot of the Church of the Resurrection- St. Paul school off Chatham Road 21042. Different trucks every Thursday! Visit our Facebook page, Valley Mede Food Truck Thursdays, for a list of upcoming trucks!

Recess Volunteers

All volunteers must be VIRTUS trained (STAND) and you may volunteer ONLY for your child(ren)'s cohort. PLEASE WEAR YOUR BLUE VIRTUS CARD WHEN VOLUNTEERING. By wearing the card, staff can easily identify you are here to volunteer.


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.

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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.

Thursday, Union Jack's Restaurant Night

Union Jack's will hold their RSPS fundraiser from 11:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13th. PLEASE PRESENT THE FLYER BELOW!

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

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.