Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes

2019-2020 Year to Lead...I Have Called You By Name!

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Welcome Back!

Dear RSPS Families,

We are so very excited to officially start the 2019-2020 school year! It was so good seeing so many families at our various summer events including the 6th Grade Orientation, Renovating Recess Painting Day, Open Houses during Vacation Bible School, and our incredibly popular Snow Cone Social last week. The school faculty and staff, the HSA, and the parishes have been busy planning many great events for our families for this school year, we encourage everyone to join us in all the fun throughout the year.

We are welcoming over 98 new students, one of whom registered last week, and 8 new faculty/staff members. We are so excited for all of you to join this amazing community. Please remember to extend a hand and warm smile, not only to our new families but also all of those returning to our school. We are all in the same village working to educate our future in a Christ-centered environment. Let's be the face of Christ in all our thoughts, words and actions and with all those we encounter!

We invite all parents to the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, September 3rd. Starting the year off with prayer and fellowship is so important, and we appreciate all the intentions lifted for our faculty, staff, clergy, students, and families! We will be serving coffee, juice, and bagels for parents after the Mass. Please join us.

We extend a sincere apology for any missed calls or communications over the last few weeks. We discovered a programming error with our phone systems. Many voicemails were diverted to a general mailbox that we could not access. Messages left in that mailbox were never received by us and could not be recovered when we had the phone system contractor out to reprogram our phones. Our phone system has been reprogrammed and should be working now.

The new lunch program with Abundance Catering has launched. Please see more information about setting up student accounts in the newsletter below. The Student ID required for sign-up is generated by Abundance Catering, it is not their RSPS student ID. Thank you for your patience through this new process.

The school uniform and personal appearance policy are in effect from the first day of school. A copy of the policy can be found in this newsletter. Special classes do not begin until this Thursday. Students will bring home a copy of their specific class schedules on Tuesday. Please check this schedule for your student's assigned PE day. They wear their PE uniforms all day on their assigned day.

This newsletter is full of important information, please take the time to read everything. Many forms will be coming home as well during these first weeks of school, including forms from the State of Maryland and AOB. Please make sure you sign and return these ASAP so we are compliant with all our assurances and expectations with these entities.

We look forward to what we hope will be a banner year for RSPS with our:

  • implementation of our Destination Innovation Lab and technology integration program
  • AdvancED STEM certified program with its focus on environmental education,
  • robust Catholic Identity program, including our new partnership with Mt. St. Mary's Seminary
  • award-winning PBIS program, and
  • focus on the school theme, A Year to Lead, where we develop the leaders in all of us!

Thank you for your continued partnership with the RSPS community. It takes a village to raise a child, and we are so glad your family has chosen to be a part of our village, as we are grateful to be a part of yours!


RSPS Administration

Monday, September 2nd

  • Labor Day- No School

Tuesday, September 3rd

  • First day of school
  • 9:00 a.m. Mass for parents, light breakfast following Mass

Wednesday, September 4th

  • HSA Restaurant Night at Chick-Fil-A 5:00-9:00 p.m. (see ad in HSA section)

Thursday, September 5th

  • Special classes begin
  • HSA Restaurant Night at Yogi Castle 3:30 p.m.- Close

Friday, September 6th

Saturday, September 7th

  • Happy Birthday, Mrs. Zmijewski!


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2019-2020 Parent-Student Handbook

Attached below is the digital version of our 2019-2020 Parent-Student Handbook. The spiral-bound paper copies will be sent home with students during the first week of school. At the back of the handbook is a form that needs to be filled out and completed acknowledging the receipt of the handbook and agreement to abide by the policies and protocols articulated in the handbook. Please turn in your completed handbook acknowledgment form as soon as possible. Thank you!

Technology Acceptable Use Policy -Must Be Signed and Returned before 9/5/19

Please see the Acceptable Use Policy attached below. Then:

  • print it, one for each student in your household
  • read it with your student
  • sign it (both student and parent signatures are required)
  • return it to school ASAP

Students will have access to the school's technology devices once this completed form is on file.

Lessons plans for this week have been created with this requirement in mind. Thursday is the earliest students will have access to their Chromebooks and the internet. Please make sure this form is turned int before this Thursday, September 5th.

Tuesday, September 3rd- First Day for Students

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School Day Hours

PreK3 – Grade 8 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

½ Day Pre-K3-4 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Arrival Procedures

Student arrival by car begins at 8:40 a.m. Students may not enter the school building before 8:40 AM unless attending a pre-approved club or activity.

Students who arrive by car should enter the school through the lower level link doors or through the doors off of the first floor entrance near the playground.

Car riders should not enter through the main foyer doors unless they are arriving early for a pre-approved activity or are tardy to school.

Bus riders enter and exit through the front foyer doors. Anyone arriving at school after 9:00 a.m. is considered late and must report to the front office for a late slip before entering their homeroom.

Attendance and Tardy Information


The school attendance line (410-461-9111 ext. 250) must be called to report absences each day by 9:00 a.m. Failure to contact the attendance line regarding an absence will result in a phone call from school to report the absence. Parents may leave homework requests, if requested by 9:00 a.m., for after school pickup in the office or for work to be sent with a sibling/friend on the attendance line.

For medical procedures or travel when a family is aware ahead of time of an absence, that information may also be left on the attendance line. One message can be left with the student names and dates of expected absence, eliminating the need to call daily.

On the day the student returns to school, a note signed by the parent or guardian must be presented to the homeroom teacher. A telephone call does not replace the written note. Maryland State Law requires that students absent for five (5) consecutive days must obtain a doctor’s release and present it to their teacher upon return to school.

As soon as a student has been absent ten (10) days, either consecutively or non-consecutively, a parent or guardian will be contacted. A conference may be set by an administrator with the student and parent or guardian to discuss the effects of absence on the student’s academic performance. A student may be denied promotion if absences throughout the year are in excess of twenty-one (21) days unless homebound tutoring by a certified teacher has been received.

Students who are dismissed from school before the end of the school day will be marked as tardy on the progress reports.


The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will be considered late and should report to the school office.

In the event that a child will be late for school, a parent/guardian must call the office before 9:00 a.m. The student must first report to the school office where he/she will receive a Late Slip. The Late Slip will allow the school to change the child’s attendance from absent to tardy.


Car riders, Grades K-8, are dismissed through the lower level link doors. Full day PreK3-4 students dismiss from the sidewalk area located next to the playground area. The ½ day PreK3-4 are dismissed at 1:00 p.m. at the side of the school by the cafeteria doors. Students will be escorted out by their teaching assistants.

All car riders should be picked up outside of the school building unless a note is sent in or a phone call is made to the school office necessitating departure from the school foyer.

Students who are not picked up following dismissal will be sent to the school office. Students who are not able to be picked up from the school office by 3:45 p.m. will be sent to the After Care program, where the program’s drop-in fee will be charged.

HCPSS Bus Information

In the middle of summer, we send all our families' addresses to the HCPSS Transportation Office for them to determine bus allocations and to develop the routes for the school year. They just sent out the new routes and bus numbers. Please see the routes and pick-up/drop-times in below. Chose the bus/route that works for your family and then arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes before the designated time on the first day of school. Bus ridership is open to students in Grades K-8 per HCPSS policy.

During the first weeks of school, HCPSS Transportation Office requests an audit of ridership to and from school for each allocated bus. They will then reassess the routes and times based on the ridership and traffic trends.

New Hot Lunch Program-Abundance Catering

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We are pleased to announce that we have contracted Abundance Catering to serve as our hot lunch provider. This company comes highly recommended bot only by other AOB schools, but also from RSPS families that have contracted them for their own events/companies. Please click on the following link to learn more about Abundance Catering and click on the pdf's below for information about ordering RSPS lunches.

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Tuesday, September 3rd- Back to School Mass and Breakfast for Parents

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Personal Appearance Policy Reminders from the 2019-2020 Parent-Student Handbook (page 74-75)


Student undergarments must be solid white or solid flesh tone in order to not be noticeable under uniform clothing.


Girls and boys may wear a watch with the exception of an Apple watch. Girls may wear one pair of post earrings. Boys may not wear earrings. A cross or religious medal may be worn around the neck and one ring. If a cross or religious medal is worn, it must be attached to a thin chain, not a neckband. No other jewelry is permitted.


Hairstyles for both boys and girls should be neat and appropriate to the spirit of the uniform code. No fad hairstyles are permitted. The administration will make the determination as to what constitutes fad hairstyles. Boys’ hair must be above the eyebrows, ears, and the collar and not in a ponytail. Students’ hair should not be dyed, color treated, or highlighted during the school year.

Hair Accessories

  • Ribbons may only be solid navy blue, solid white, or made from the official school uniform material.

  • Barrettes may be solid navy blue, solid white, solid black, solid brown, solid gold, solid silver color, or tortoise shell.

  • Headbands may be solid black, brown, navy blue, white, or made from the plaid school jumper material.

  • Ribbons, barrettes and headbands should be plain and should not be embellished with additional bows, jewels or decorative items.

Hats and Accessories

No hats are to be worn in the building, including non-uniform days. No purses are to be carried.


No make-up or nail polish, including neutral colors or French tips may be worn.

New Uniforms for 2019-2020

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Last year, the uniform committee met and reviewed the many options available from uniform vendors. All of the options that were selected as part of the RSPS official uniform are available for purchase through our vendor, Flynn O'Hara, Some of the changes include: PE shirts are now gray and girls have the option to wear long pants during the winter uniform season.

As with any change in uniforms, there will be a three-year phase-in allowance. This means that from now until Spring of 2022, uniforms compliant with the 2018-2019 school year policy can be worn. For the 2022-2023 school year, all students will need to be in compliance with our new uniform policy.

The HSA still has gently used uniform pieces available for sale. You can purchase them during school summer office hours, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, or during the school supply kit pick-up times as designated below.

Student Insurance Opportunities

The Office of Risk Management, in conjunction with the Division of Schools, is pleased to once again offer a two-tier student accident insurance plan for the school year 2019-2020. The plan includes a voluntary primary basic plan, which can be purchased by the parent/guardian of the student, and a secondary catastrophic plan paid for by the Archdiocese for those schools that participate in the Archdiocese Property and Casualty Program. The catastrophic plan provides coverage up to a $5,000,000 limit, in excess of a $25,000 deductible.

The voluntary student accident plan can be purchased by any family with a student attending either an Archdiocesan school or an independent Catholic school within the Archdiocese, including pre-K students. This coverage is a very inexpensive benefit for school families If purchased by the family, the primary plan provides up to $25,000 in covered benefits for accidents. The details of this plan can be reviewed by looking through the attachment, “Brochure Student Accident ”. There are various coverage options from which parents can select, but all are offered at a very low cost. Most beneficial about this coverage is that it has no deductible.

HSPT Prep Class for 8th Graders

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Club Sign-up

Safety Patrols

Calling all middle school students interested in being a student leader!

On Tuesday, September 3rd, there will be a safety patrols information meeting during your lunch period in the link.

Please bring your lunches and join us to learn about the opportunities available as an RSPS safety patrol. Contact Mr. Bateman, our new sponsor, if you have any questions.


Choir will start Monday, Sept. 9 at 8:15 in the Music Room.

The choir is scheduled to sing at the Fall Festival Oct. 4

More information about joining choir will be sent home in the Wednesday Folders on Sept. 4

Student Council

Student Council officer election: Friday morning, 9/13

Homeroom rep elections: Wednesday, 9/18

Please see Mr. Fiumara for more information.

Silver Knight Chess Club

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Hip Hop and Intro to Dance Classes at RSPS

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VIRTUS Training for all Volunteers

Required training for all volunteers

Please recall that all parents and grandparents must be Virtus compliant prior to volunteering here at school. 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 Sue Gleichauf at if you need further assistance or have any questions.

Upcoming Events

September 9th-6:30-8:30 Back to School Night Gr. 1-4

September 10th-6:30-8:30 Back to School Night Gr. 5-8

September 12th- Student Picture Day

RSPS Referral Program-Earn $500 Tuition Credit!

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Print (from the pdf link below) and share this referral card with your family, friends, and neighbors for an opportunity to grow our Panther family and to earn $500 in tuition credit.
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Home School Association (HSA)

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Restaurant Nights-First Week of School-Celebrate with RSPS Families!

  • Wednesday, 9/4 at Chick-Fil-A (see ad)
  • Thursday, 9/5 at Yogi Castle from 3:30 to close

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Restaurant Nights -Save the dates-More to come!

9/4- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

9/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

10/2- Chik fil a (Executive Park Drive)

10/16- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

11/6- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

11/20- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

12/4- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

12/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

1/15- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

2/5- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

2/19- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

3/4- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

3/18- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

4/15- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

5/6- Chick fil a (Executive Park Drive)

5/20- Grilled Cheese & Company (Catonsville location & Columbia Mall location)

Parish Life

Community Fall Festival!

Plan to attend our Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 5th. 10am-4pm

Volunteer hours are available by donating an hour or 2 of your time at a game or baking for our bake sale, cake wheel or food court. Sign up today here:

Donations needed:

  • Stuffed Animal Wheel needs your gently used stuffed animals. (Collection will be the last week of September)
  • Scarecrow making needs long sleeve shirts, hats and bandanas.
  • Kid’s Craft Corner needs any of the following: Gift wrap ribbon, sharpies (thin or medium), Tacky glue, Wood Stamps, Stamp ink pads, Bingo Daubers, Salad Spinners

Contact Cindy Desrochers (410-514-2022) with any questions!

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Fall Festival Game Volunteers

1 hour= 2 volunteer/service hours!
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Meals for Priests

Are you interested in volunteering to prepare Meals for our Priests?

You receive volunteer hours for this endeavor & that includes your time buying & prepping the food.

This year, Monsignor John and Fr. Tyler have requested 2 meals total delivered weekly on Thursdays (different from Mondays last year), and do appreciate leftovers time to time if there is more. If you would like your containers back, put your name on them and they will be returned to the conference center.

If you are interested, please use the following link and access code to sign up:
Access code: RSPSMeals4Clergy2019

Thank You!
If you have any questions, please contact Rob Sommerville at

Save the Date- Catholic Daughters of America Craft and Bake Sale November 24th

Craft and Bake Sale

Craft Fair and Bake Sale coming soon to Resurrection! Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 24, for this year's annual Catholic Daughters event. From 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM in the Resurrection Church Hall.

You can pick up handmade items for everyone on your Christmas list and find delicious baked goods for your Thanksgiving table.

If you are a crafter, now is the time to rent tables for just $25.00 each.

For more details and to get an application for a table rental, please contact Helen Nycum at 410-461-6710 or

Summer Assignments -Due the First Week of School

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Elementary School:

Middle School:

Grades 6-8 ELA Summer Work

6th Grade ELA Sequence Chart for Summer Reading

7th Grade ELA Summer Reading Assignment

8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

Middle School Science Summer Work

6th Grade Math Summer Work

7th Grade Math Summer Work

8th Grade Math Summer Work

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.