Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, May 2, 2021

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

Announcements

Shining the Light at RSPS!

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Mrs. Wist

Mrs. Wist is our Pre-K 3 teacher. This is her 6th year at RSPS. Mrs. Wist LOVES her students and they love her! She comes to school everyday full of enthusiasm and creative ideas. Her ideas are not limited to her classroom. Mrs. Wist offers a lot of help and support for all, especially for the Pre-k and kindergarten classes.


Some fun facts about Mrs. Wist include:

  • She was born in Hawaii
  • She is ambidextrous
  • She is the proud mom of three RSPS panthers - Marie, Ryleigh and Michael

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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.

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!

Student Council Krispy Kreme Sale!

The RSPS Student Council is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts!


The doughnuts are freshly made on the day we deliver them...yum!


Online ordering is now open: http://tinyurl.com/rspsdoughnuts

There are no paper order forms this year. All orders must be submitted through the website.


Doughnut pre-orders end Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00pm.


We cannot accept any new orders after the 5th.

Send all payments to the school office.

Make checks out to RSPS.

*If paying with cash, place cash in an envelope and clearly mark it with your name.



Doughnuts will be available for pick-up after school Friday, May 7.


Thank you for supporting the student council!


AFiumara@resstpaul.org for any questions/comments


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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!!!

Congratulations to Those Receiving Sacraments this Easter Season!

Congratulations to our many students who have and will be receiving various sacraments since Easter. We have a few students who were confirmed last week, many who made their first reconciliation and many who will be receiving their first Eucharist this weekend or next. In addition, we have one student who was baptized this weekend!


We congratulate all of these students who have received God's Grace and continue their journey and relationship with God!


The video below illustrates how the Eucharist empowers us to do great things!

Gifts of Gratitude for the End of the School Year

The popular HSA sponsored program, Gifts of Gratitude, will return as we approach the end of the school year. 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 will be available starting next week- May 9th and will close on May 24th. More details, including the link, will be available in next weekend's newsletter. Questions-please contact HSA@resstpaul.org. Thank you!

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 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.

Squistitos - Tomorrow, May 3rd

Grab dinner on the way home from school!

IHOP - Thursday, May 6th

Pancakes for dinner.... sounds good!

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.