Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, May 23, 2021

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


Shining the Light at RSPS!

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Mrs. Finamore

Mrs. Finamore is our school's Advancement Director. She works hard letting both current and potential families know how special and great our RSPS community and school are. In addition, she assists in keeping our RSPS traditions alive. Everything Mrs. Finamore does, she does out of love for our school.

Some fun facts about Mrs. Finamore include:

  • The last time the cicadas came out, all four of Mrs. Finamore's children were students at RSPS.
  • Mrs. Finamore used to teach Kindergarten here at RSPS.
  • Four of her nieces and nephews attended RSPS. One of her nephews is John Fiocco, an instructional assistant at RSPS.

Last School Mass, Friday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m.

Our last school mass will be led by the 8th grade class. Kindergarten will be in attendance as well and have a special "wish" for the eighth graders as they prepare to transition to high school. The mass will be livestreamed on our Facebook account.

Last Call - Gifts of Gratitude for the End of the School Year

The HSA sponsored program, Gifts of Gratitude, will end on Monday, May 24th at 11:59pm. If you are interested in participating in this program, please click here:

This program is designed to provide our families with an affordable, easy way to thank our treasured faculty and staff at the end of this year! Thank you to all that have already contributed.

Questions? Please contact Thank you!

Thank you from the Student Council

The student council would like to thank everyone who donated to the clothing drive! We collected many bags of new and gently used clothing to benefit Hope for All and the families they serve. Thank you for your generosity!

COVID-19 Vaccination

If your child has received a COVID -19 Vaccine, would you please share this information with our School Nurses? As always, we are required to maintain an updated record of your student's immunization status and will document COVID-19 vaccine administration in your student's school health record. Documentation of vaccination may impact quarantine requirements in the event of a future exposure for students who are fully vaccinated..

Thank you for your attention and consideration.

Important Message From the HSA

Hi Everyone! We are so excited as we finish this school year out to enjoy the summer but also plan for an amazing 2021-2022 school year with RSPS!

Included in this survey is the election of the HSA Board, Budget Approval, and a survey regarding family participation and fundraisers for the upcoming school year. We can't wait to get your feedback and plan for a fun new year!

Calling All Landscaping Architects!

If you are a landscaping architect and would like to help with the development of our Rosary Garden/ Outdoor Education Area, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Finamore,

Attention 7th Grade Families - Virtual AoB High School Fairs

Virtual high school fairs provide the opportunity for families to learn more about our Catholic high school options. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, families can engage representatives from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • Monday, October 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The sessions provide a glimpse into the admissions process, highlight signature programs, and share information regarding scholarships, financial aid, transportation, and much more! Participating schools rotate live video sessions and families may register for up to three. Please visit our Virtual Admissions page to complete the RSVP form to receive access details for the virtual fair.

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.


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.

Thursday, May 17th, Squisito Restaurant Night!

Grab dinner at Squisitos in Ellicott City and help support our school. No flyer needed.

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

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.