Rising Sun Elementary Tiger News

Weekly Family Update

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Welcome to the Rising Sun Tiger News -Family Edition for Rising Sun Elementary. Each Sunday, this email will be delivered to your inbox with information about what is happening at Rising Sun Elementary. We hope to be able to provide you with important information on a regular basis to help you support your student. Please feel free to email us with any questions!

Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, September 12

PTO Meeting - 6:00PM School Cafeteria

Wednesday, September 13

Early Dismissal for Elementary - 1:45

Friday, September 15

Spirit Day - Tiger Pride (Wear your RSES gear or school colors!)

Friday, September 22

PTO Bing Night @ American Legion 6:30PM

Monday, September 25

Volunteer Orientation 8:15

Tuesday, September 26

Volunteer Orientation 2:30

Wednesday, September 27

Open House 5:30-6:30

Special Message about Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of our students, staff, and families, we ask that all students either ride the bus, or be dropped off in the car rider loop. The fencing on the sidewalk, partial use of the original front door, and construction dumpsters, create a safety concern. We have witnessed parents parking in the front lot during arrival and walking children across the bus loop, between buses, and between the curb and buses. If you are dropping your child off in the morning you must come through the car loop. You do not need to register as a car rider to drop off your student in the morning. Car rider registrations is only needed for pick-up in the car loop at dismissal.

We understand waiting in the car loop can be inconvenient at times, but is necessary to keep your children safe. We remind you all other CCPS elementary schools begin car loop unloaded at 8:45. We begin our arrival at 8:35 for car riders in an effort to get you out earlier.

Additionally, in an effort to speed up the unloading and loading process in the car loop, please remember that Drivers are to remain in their cars unless you have a child in a 5-point car seat. If your child is in a seat belt and needs help opening the door or unbuckling, please motion to a car loop staff member for assistance. Be sure students have their bookbag, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc. While you wait in the line, have your car unlocked, say your goodbyes, and prepare students to unbuckle to make getting out faster.

If you have any questions, or are in need of accommodations for arrival or dismissal, and do not already have a safety plan in place, please contact Mrs. Isaac (Principal), Mrs. Martino (Assistant Principal), or Mrs. White (Special Education Building Coordinator) at 410-378-4493.

We appreciate your assistance in providing a safe arrival and dismissal for our students, staff, and families.

Parent Pick-up

Car Rider Loop

  • Parents wishing to utilize the car rider loop for dismissal must fill out the Car Rider Loop Sign-up Form. This form will be available during the back to school social.
  • Students are not permitted to be picked up in the car rider loop unless a legal guardian has filled out the proper form.

  • Students may be signed out from our office until 3:15pm (1:35 on Wednesday) for early dismissal. After 3:15pm we ask you to return to your car, we will notify teachers that those students should not be dismissed to their bus. After all buses have been dismissed, those students will be called to the office. You may re-enter the building after bus dismissal to pick up your child at that point. This is for the safety of our students, staff, and you. With construction fencing, temporary walls limiting hallway movement, we do not have the space in the office or hallways to accommodate waiting parents.
  • Sending in a note with your student regarding early dismissal is recommended as this helps the teachers with relaying homework and other classroom news before the student leaves for the day.

Construction Update

This week we will see the delivery of construction dumpsters to the front parking lot and demolition of interior spaces will begin soon!

We remind all visitors to follow signage posted outside to the New Main Entrance (the car rider loop door). We will have this door clearly marked. Visitors will have to use the door buzzer and speak clearly into the speaker to gain access to the building. Once in the building, our temporary main office will be in a classroom to the left of the door. Again, we will provide clear signage to help you with locating the main office. The construction project will take place mostly after school hours, but it will impact some processes at our building, we appreciate your patience. We anticipate construction will take approximately six months.

Chapter One Tutoring for Students in Kindergarten and Grade One

We are excited to support Chapter One tutoring for targeted students in Kindergarten and First Grade. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Meal Benefits Information

Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Families will have to fill out FARMs applications in order to qualify for Free School Meals EACH YEAR. To complete the application online, please click the link below or scan the QR code.


Parents are encouraged to take advantage of our computerized School Cash online payment website to add funds to your child’s meal account. All meal account checks should be made payable to RSES Food & Nutrition and should not include payment for any other school activity. Please include your child’s name and “meal account” in the memo section of the check. Parents are expected to rectify negative balances in their child’s account. These negative balances do not clear at the end of a school year and also carry over from school to school within the county.


Breakfast $1.50 (Reduced cost= Free)

Lunch $2.90 (Reduced cost= Free)

Milk $ .55

To add funds to your child's meal account, please visit: https://ccps.schoolcashonline.com/

County menus are planned around a four-week cycle. Menus will be distributed during the first week of each month and are also available on the Food Services website. Free and reduced lunch service is available throughout the year upon request. The information is confidential and will be used only to determine eligibility.

Volunteer Orientation

Attention Volunteers!

We look forward to having volunteers come into our school to help the students and staff. For safety reasons, all volunteers helping in school are required to attend an orientation every year. At the orientation, new volunteers will complete a background check form that, if approved, is valid for 2 years.

The Orientation time being offered is:

Monday, 9/25 @ 8:15pm in the Media Center

Tuesday 9/26 @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

After the Orientation, and when your background check is approved, then we will be happy to have your help! We will contact you when you are approved so you can contact your child’s teacher to discuss when you would be able to come into school to volunteer.

We are excited to have your help here at school and look forward to seeing you at an Orientation!

Interested volunteers should complete this form.

Questions or RSVP: Contact Jo Ann Sowers jsowers@ccps.org

Student Directory

This year, we are asking families to fill out student directory information electronically. If you would like your contact information added to a family directory, please complete the form below. Families typically complete this form if they would like their contact information shared with other families in their child's class for the purpose of scheduling play dates, invites to birthday parties, etc. The only information that will be shared is the information that you add to the form. So, if you only want your email address shared, only fill in that piece of information after the required questions. Your information will only be shared with the families in your child's class. Additionally, if you choose not to share your information for the directory, we will not be able to share the class directory with you. **If you have multiple children, please complete a form for each child. This will allow us to efficiently sort the information for distribution. ***

Click HERE to complete the form. The form will remain open until Friday, September 22, 2023.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Password Changes

The PowerSchool Parent Portal and App will re-open on the first day of school, September 5. Starting this year, parents will be required to change their account password when first logging in for the school year. To do so, parents must visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal login page (https://cecilcountysis.powerschool.com/public/) and log in using their current account credentials. If the user is unsure of those credentials, a Forgot Username and Forgot Password link is available to complete the initial login process. Upon logging in, they will be sent to the password reset page to complete the password change process. Passwords must be at least 12 characters in length and must contain at least 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, 1 special character, and 1 numeric character.

App users must complete the process using the online portal and after successfully changing their password, users can log into the app to resume using this tool.

Electronic Emergency Card

This year we are going to replace the paper emergency card process with our online enrollment platform to collect this important opening of school information electronically. This process will send account information to parents of returning CCPS students. If a student is new to CCPS and filled out a registration packet over the spring/summer, they will not be included in this process as this is information that was recently collected. More information regarding this will be sent out late in September.

Elementary School Email Access

During the 2023-2024 school year, students in elementary schools will no longer have access to their CCPS e-mail accounts. If a student wishes to contact their teacher, they can send a message using Seesaw/Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

Virtual Instruction Days

Revised Virtual Instructional Day Plan:

First TWO inclement weather days, CCPS will be CLOSED.

Inclement Weather Virtual Days

● TWO inclement weather days, Asynchronous Instruction

● FOUR inclement weather days, Synchronous Instruction

Scheduled Virtual Days

● ONE Asynchronous Day, HIGH SCHOOL ONLY ○ March 21, 2024 -- (PSAT/SAT Day)

● ONE Synchronous Day, ALL SCHOOLS ○ May 14, 2024 -- (Election Day)

Nurse's Corner

  • Medications must be brought to school with a completed authorization form by an adult. Authorization forms are available in the school office at any time. Students may not keep medications in their backpacks. This includes Tylenol, Motrin, allergy medication, and cough drops.
  • All immunization records are due to school by the first day. If you have questions or have misplaced any form, please contact our office or stop in so that we may replace it
  • It is very important to notify our School Nurse of any known allergies so that information can be shared, confidentially, with your child's teacher.

RSES School Nurse - Mrs. Sarah Blake, smblake@ccps.org

Meet our New Counselor

I am so excited to be your new school counselor! I spent the last 8 years at Bay View Elementary as the school counselor for 3 years and a teacher for 5 years. I also taught 1 year in Harford County. A fun fact about me; I went to Rising Sun Elementary as a little girl and am so happy to be back!

I went on to graduate from Rising Sun High School in 2010. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Towson University in 2014 and my Master's Degree in School Counseling from Wilmington University in 2018.

Going to the beach, going out on the boat, eating pizza, and spending time with my family and friends are some of my favorite things! I live in Rising Sun with my husband, our two sons Quade & Cooper, and our yellow lab Camden. I can't wait to get to know each of you this school year!

Please complete this form to help me learn more about your child!


Once again, Rising Sun Elementary will be hosting the YMCA for Before and After Care right at the school. If you are looking for childcare before and after school, checkout the flyer below to see what the YMCA has to offer to our students.

Important Medicaid Update for Families

Maryland Medicaid is no longer automatic. Please be sure to update your information to avoid a loss in coverage. Please click on this link for more information on how to renew your coverage.

Medicaid de Maryland ya no es automático. Asegúrese de actualizar su información para evitar una pérdida de seguro médico. Haga clic en este enlace para obtener más información sobre cómo renovar su seguro médico.

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