Resurrection-St. Paul School
News and Notes, May 16, 2021
2020-2021 Be a Light for All to See, Matthew 5:16
It's Not too Late to Give!
The full scope of the project will include landscaping, hardscaping and outdoor furniture. The garden design will include a brick walkway featuring stepping stones representing the five decades of the Rosary. Benches will be installed to allow for approximately 40 people to sit and would accommodate a full classroom of students. We are so excited to enrich our campus, offer a prayerful space for classes to convene and reflect on our faith journey. Resurrection-St. Paul School has earned a $10,000 grant this year to begin this effort.
If you would like to make a donation towards this project, it is not too late! Just click on the link below.
Shining the Light at RSPS!
Ms. Bands is our in-person third grade teacher. This is her third year teaching at RSPS. She attending Catholic school from pre-school through high school. She loves teaching the students and sharing her faith with them.
Some fun facts about Ms. Bands include:
- She LOVES the water!! She likes spending time in or on the water whatever chance she gets. She is excited to finish getting her boating license for the summer!
- She was a life guard and swimming instructor. She taught many of our panthers how to swim.
- Almond Joys, are her favorite treat! Her students tease her about her love for Almond Joys all the time.
Please join us in welcoming the following talented members of the Panther Family in their new 2021-2022 positions. (More announcements will be made in the coming weeks as the interviewing season concludes.)
Ms. Regina West- will be our new full time development team member and RSPS Centennial chair. She will sharing her love of RSPS with the business, alumni, and other community members in order to appeal for time, talent, and treasure to support RSPS' amazing programs. Mrs. West has trained and managed regional and national business development teams since 1999.
Mrs. Allison Wist- will be our new academic coordinator for Prek3 through Grade 4. He will partner with the administrative team and teachers to support, enrich, and expand academic programming through data-driven and evidenced based practices. Mrs. Wist has a a command of the AOB curriculum, childhood development needs, and trends in education. She comes to this position with an extensive history of instructional leadership both at RSPS and during her tenure in the HCPSS.
Mr. Anthony Fiumara- will be our new academic coordinator for Grades 5-8. He will partner with the administrative team and teachers to support, enrich, and expand academic programming through data-driven and evidenced based practices. He is currently the Archdiocese of Baltimore science content expert and has worked in a variety of instructional leadership roles including curriculum development. He will also continue to teach 8th grade science.
Mrs. Karrie Thompson-will be our new special educator and learning resource team member. Mrs. Thompson has a degree in special education and holds and MSDE special educator certificate for infants-3 and grades 1-8. She has worked across the country since 2000 as a special educator and inclusion teacher.
Mrs. Mary Pat Andreas- will be bringing her leadership, talent and love of early literacy to the early education team. She will join the Kindergarten team as a full time teacher, as well as serve as the ELA content expert/department chair for Grades Prek3 through Grade 4.
Mr. John Fiocco-will be joining the middle school team as a faculty member teaching middle school ELA. Mr. Fiocco will complete his Masters of Teaching this year and holds a bachelors degree in journalism. Mr. Fiocco is a graduate of RSPS and we are excited for him to bring his enthusiasm, love of the community, and ELA talents to the classroom.
Mrs. Karen Valenze-will be using her talents and twenty plus year educational experience to support teachers and students as an instructional assistant next year. She will help with enrichment, remediation, and small group and one on one instruction.
Please join us in wishing all the best for the following faculty and staff who are off to new adventures after this unprecedented school year:
Mrs. Sue DeNicolis- after four decades of teaching and sharing her love of Spanish, Mrs. DeNicolis will be retiring at the end of this year. She will be enjoying her well deserved time off with her husband, Carl, son, Eric, daughter Michelle, and fur baby, Lina.
Mr. Stephen Kain- will be joining the faculty at Archbishop Spalding High School. It has been a dream of his to share his love of literature, his entertaining dry wit, and strong advocacy for students at the high school level.
Mr. Brendan Nass-will be joining the faculty at Baltimore Design School, a Baltimore City transformation school, where he will combine his talent for art and math while supporting special education students. He will also be spending his time expanding his t-shirt screen printing business.
Calling All Landscaping Architects!
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.
There is Still Time to Register for the RSPS Virtual 5k and Fun Run
Join us the weekend of 6/4 for a virtual Family 5K & Fun Run. The race will be $15/adult and $10/student. Don't delay - register today!!! (Please Note, any registration made after 5/12 will not include a 5K t-shirt.)
Gifts of Gratitude for the End of the School Year
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post on the RSPS Parent Connect FB page with any questions. Jessica is always happy to help!
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
- 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!
Students Who are Quarantining
Please let Julie Rice, email@example.com, 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
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
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.
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.