Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, May 16, 2021

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

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It's Not too Late to Give!

Last week, we wrote about our Annual Day of Giving and our plans to use the money raised to relocate the Mary statue and build a Rosary Garden and Outdoor Classroom to be located in the grassy area above the parking lot and adjacent to the Grades K-2 wing.

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!

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Ms. Bands

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.

The Ascension

This Sunday we celebrate the ascension of Jesus. It is the return of Jesus to his Father. It marks Jesus' completed mission here on Earth. Jesus is now "seated at the right hand of the Father." It is our job, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to carry on the words and lessons that Jesus taught us during his time on Earth.

Our COVID Protocols Remain

As protocols change in other venues around us, the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools will continue to adhere to the protocols we have followed this school year regarding masks and social distancing.

New Adventures!

We are well underway for planning the 2021-2022 school year including making schedules, adopting new textbooks, procuring new resources, and hiring new faculty and staff. With our increase in enrollment next year, we are expanding our instructional and administrative teams. We have many exciting faculty and staff updates for next year. It is an exciting 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!

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,

Thank You!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the "Panther's Pantry" during this school season. Because of you, we have been a light for others in need. Our efforts were so very much appreciated by the communities we served that we will continue our Pantry collection when we return to school in the fall.

Friday, RSPS Spirit Wear Day!

Students may wear their various RSPS spirit wear shirts with PE bottoms!

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.

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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

The popular HSA sponsored program, Gifts of Gratitude, is back!. 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 can be found here. Donations will be collected starting May 9th and will close on May 24th. Questions-please contact Thank you!

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.

Wednesday, May 19th, Chipotle Restaurant Night!

Grab dinner at Chipotle 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!

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.