Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, April 18, 2021

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

Shining the Light at RSPS

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Mrs. Tornatore

Mrs. Tornatore, the business manager, is a hidden gem in our school. By "hidden" we mean she may not be out there interacting with the students everyday, but she is at school everyday working for the students and their families to make sure the school literally has what it needs to be the best learning environment possible that includes the materials as well as the condition of the school. She is also busy working daily with families to help them with the tuition process, etc. The staff may take her for granted at times, but without her, they wouldn't all get paid on time!

Mrs. Tornatore has been the business manager at RSPS for 16 years, before working for the school, Mrs. Tornatore worked for the Church of the Resurrection.

Mrs. Tornatore loves her family and spending time with them. She has two daughters and three dogs. She loves them all to smithereens....she loves her husband Greg to smithereens too!

One of Mrs. Tornatore's passions is interior decorating. She is very creative and always has a project going on at home!

We are so grateful for all she does for the school and our community!


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.

School Mass at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 22nd

You may join us for mass virtually through Church of the Resurrection Facebook page. This mass will be led by the Kindergarten class.

RSPS Spirit Wear day, Friday, April 23rd

Wear your RSPS spirit wear with your PE shorts or pants!
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Two Service Hour Opportunities, Sat., April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Some trees have been taken down on the property and we could use some help moving the pieces! If you are interested, just show up on Saturday morning ready to work! Mr. Skerry will be there to lead the volunteers.

Don't want to haul tree pieces, maybe you would like to help clean some chairs. We will provide the cleaning supplies, we just need some people who are willing to come scrub! Mrs. Rensberger will be there to provide direction and supplies for this project!

5K and Family Fun Run T-shirt Design Winner!

Congratulations to Caroline Brooks in 7A for her winning design.

We appreciate all those who submitted a design, it really was hard to select just one winner.

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RSPS Virtual Bag Bingo!

The RSPS Bag Bingo Committee presents 2021 Virtual Bag Bingo! We are so excited to keep the Bag Bingo tradition going by hosting the games virtually this year. Tickets will be on sale online only through the school website. A $40 ticket gives you a chance to win at the games: 15 designer handbags with themed fillers, 3 specials, and a 50/50 raffle! Extra raffle tickets are available for an additional $20 (5 tickets). Ticket sales start Sunday, 4/18 and will continue through Sunday 5/2, or until sellout. Don't delay - buy your ticket today!

Bag Bingo Donations

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.

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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Want to know what Church of the Resurrection and St. Paul's Church have going on?

Sign up to receive their newsletters (flocknotes). The notes contain important information on ministries, prayer and reflections, announcements for upcoming events, and news on relevant topics.

Click here to sign up for Church of the Resurrection's Flocknotes

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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.


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.

IHOP Catonsville, April 20th (all day)

or choose Grilled Cheese and Co. on April 20th!

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,

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,, 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 ( 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:


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,, 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 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.