Resurrection-St. Paul School

News and Notes, September 13, 2020

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

Announcements

Family Income Surveys-ACTION REQUIRED

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be using google form survey to collect family income data for the 20-21 school year. This safe and secure electronic income survey will automatically collect a family’s data as they complete the survey. Thus eliminating the need for a school to enter collected data into Powerschool.


The digital income survey will allow us to collect both the free and reduced numbers for each county. These numbers will not only serve for the Title I submissions, but also can be used for textbook funding, grant requests, and we will now be able to provide accurate reporting of our free and reduced eligibility at the individual school and county level (county of student residence).


Collecting family income data is a requirement of MSDE and we must do so annually.

Every AOB school is required to use the following link in lieu of the paper income survey usually distributed to families with in the first few days of school.


Each family will need to complete one survey per student. The survey takes approximate 2-4 minutes to complete. Income surveys must completed by October 15, 2020.

20-21 Income Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgzg7It0zs4nQXaAiWsZf9fMw0wOlm8d4ISVkHZrW0CQ2_yQ/viewform

RSPS Health Form for Students in Grades 3 and 6

In an effort to keep our students healthy and safe, we ask that families of 3rd and 6th grade students please complete the RSPS Health Form with any health updates concerning your child. (New families already completed this form and do not need to complete again. Some families may have already received the form in last week's Wednesday folder.) Upon completion, please be certain to sign the form and return it to the school nurse either by sending the form in with your child or emailing the form to jrice@resstpaul.org. Please contact the Health Room if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you,

Julie Rice, RN

Pauline Martin, RN

410-461-9111 x261

HSPT Prep Class for 8th Graders

WHAT?

  • Sixteen VIRTUAL sessions in September, October, and November

  • Math review and reading review, taught by subject matter experts

  • Test-taking strategies emphasized throughout the course to increase confidence


WHEN AND WHERE?

  • Mondays and Wednesdays on Google Meet - Resurrection-St. Paul School (9/28, 9/30, 10/5, 10/7, 10/12, 10/14, 10/19, 10/21, 10/26, 10/28, 11/2, 11/4, 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/18) from 4:30-5:30

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays on Google Meet - Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (9/29, 10/1, 10/6, 10/8, 10/13, 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 10/27, 10/29, 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19) from 4:30-5:30

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays on Google Meet - St. Agnes School (9/29, 10/1, 10/6, 10/8, 10/13, 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 10/27, 10/29, 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19) from 4:00-5:00


FEES (instruction and materials included):

  • $379.00


For further information, please call Annette at 410-707-9930.


Instrumental Band Program


Hello all RSPS instrumentalists! While we know this school year is starting off very differently, the band is still going to begin at the end of September.


Due to protocols in place at the AOB and RSPS we will start virtually, but I have a lot of great new band music for the returning band members and I look forward to meeting anyone new to band this year. Hopefully, we will be able to play in person soon!


There will be a demonstration for all 4th through 8th grades on Tuesday, September 15th after morning announcements. Students will see the woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments available to play in the band.


Information on how to sign up and get an instrument will be available through the school newsletter. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Day, the band director at RSPS, with any questions at rsps.band@gmail.com.

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RSPS Spirit Wear



First Spirit Wear Day is September 18!




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:


http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/maryland/ellicottcity/resurrection-st.-paul-school?fbclid=IwAR2269i0rktGcl5BpD7f6QW57RUITOq4YoV0Dm77u_GdMRPGov8xGpxIsc0

HSA Fundraiser -RSPS Cookbooks -Order Now!

https://forms.gle/zXzjFaKoP1Xijony9


We will contact you when your order is ready for pick up. When you arrive at school for your designated pick up, please wait outside and your order will be brought to you.

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September 16th - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Back to School Night, Grades 1-4


September 17th - Squisitos Restaurant Night 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.


September 18th-RSPS Spirit Wear Day


September 21st


  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Parent Meeting (Virtual)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. General HSA Meeting (Virtual)


September 23rd - EC Diner Restaurant Night


September 25th- 12:30 p.m. Dismissal, Professional Development for Teachers, no aftercare

September 16th-6:30-8:30 Virtual Back to School Night Gr. 1-4

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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.

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Academics

Distance Learning Synchronous Class Schedules

Student schedules and log on times are located in your students' Google Classroom pages. Google Meet links are also available on the Google Classroom pages.


If you have any questions about schedules or links, please email your student's teacher.


Please be sure to check your emails frequently for updates from teachers.

Policies and Procedures

Homework Policy During Distance Learning and In-person Learning

Due to all of the stresses and additional screen time necessitated for both in-person and at-home learners in order for schools to safely reopen, it was made a school policy for the time being not to assign dedicated homework in any of our classes.


In terms of opportunities to apply new skills that homework traditionally offers, we have always had both instruction and classwork that we complete in class in order for teachers to supervise and provide feedback while students are learning new skills. This will not change in our new synchronous learning modalities.

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!

Out of State Travel Policy

In an effort to reduce the possibility of introducing the COVID-19 virus into a school community, RSPS established a policy applicable to both students and employees which requires notification be provided when individuals are traveling out of state to areas defined as high risk jurisdictions based upon positivity rates of the destination.


Procedural Points:


  1. Students (attending in person) and staff (working on campus in person) are advised if they intend to travel to a state with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay, notification of such intention must be communicated to the principal. For purposes of this guidance, the positivity rate should be based upon the average rate as determined for the period of the entire stay. Those traveling will be required to quarantine upon their return until such time as either they provide evidence of a negative test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they complete an entire 14 day quarantine.

  2. Students in quarantine may participate in the remote learning program.

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, jrice@resstpaul.org, 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 jdewey@resstpaul.org 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.

RSPS Career Opportunities

We are looking to expand our current Panther Faculty and Staff for the 2020-2021 school year to accommodate the needs of our students and all our reduced class sizes due to risk mitigation policies and procedures.


In-Person Early Childhood Education Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide grade appropriate instructional program for students, coursework to include teaching Religion
  • Instruct students in all content area subjects
  • Maintains an attractive, organized, and engaging learning environment
  • Develops lesson plans with clear objectives in line with the Archdiocesan Course of Study
  • Provides grade appropriate extended or enrichment opportunities
  • Uses relevant technology to support/enhance instruction including one-on-one devices such as IPads and Chromebooks, as well as interactive whiteboards
  • Maintains appropriate control through positive discipline techniques
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of students' progress in Power School
  • Provides regular and consistent communication with parents, students, staff and administration
  • Performs assigned duties when needed for the supervision of students before, during or after school including lunch duties, recess duties, dismissal duties, detention, and any other duties assigned by the administration
  • Participates in faculty meetings, school committees, and in-service learning opportunities
  • Attends school events including Back to School Nights, Open Houses, Parent/Teacher conference days, and other events as requested by the administration


Job Requirements

  • Practicing Roman Catholic
  • Bachelor degree in education
  • Current MSDE certification
  • Prior successful teaching experience in early education preferred
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.



Instructional Assistant


Job Responsibilities:

  • Work under the direction of the classroom teachers to plan and implement instruction in concert with the school’s mission and vision
  • Participate in the active supervision of students at all times, and supporting classroom management using school-wide positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) standards
  • Plan and organize optional classroom or outdoor activities as needed
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, assistants, staff and administration
  • Flexibility regarding job requirements and willingness to assist as needed
  • Assist students with remedial and re-teaching activities
  • Lead instructional small groups independently
  • Creatively implementing different learning strategies in large and small group settings
  • Interact effectively and respond to all parent communication in a professional, empathetic and timely manner
  • Maintain high professional and personal standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church


Job Requirements
  • An Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of child development and supervision
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Knowledge of the Catholic faith preferred


Substitute Teacher


Job Responsibilities:

  • Implement lesson plans utilizing a variety of techniques to motivate, challenge and engage students
  • Plan and execute instructional programs that adhere to Archdiocesan curriculum
  • Create an instructional environment conducive to learning
  • Maintain high professional standards consistent with the mission of the school and the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Safely and actively supervise students both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers, staff, and administration
  • Meet the needs, interests and abilities of students
  • Perform various non-teaching related duties such as recess, lunch, and parking lot, etc.


Job Requirements:


  • Practicing Roman Catholic preferred
  • AA degree in education
  • Prior successful experience working with middle school students
  • Positive references and recommendations
  • Basic understanding and acceptance of Catholic school philosophy, goals and objectives
  • Must be comfortable with or willing to learn technology including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, interactive white boards, etc.



How to apply:


  • Complete applications shall include:
  • cover letter;
  • resume;
  • complete RSPS application;
  • contact information for three professional references and any employment with substantial contact with minors


  • Only complete applications submitted via email will be considered.

2020-2021 School Year at a Glance

August 24th: Faculty and staff return

August 27th and 28th: Distance learning student textbook and material pick-up, Meet the Teacher drive-by in the RSPS parking lot


August 31st: First day of school for students (In-person and distance learning)


September 7th: No school, Labor Day


September 25th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


October 15th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences


October 16th: No school for students, AOB professional development day for teachers


October 21st: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care

1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences


November 25th: End of Trimester 1


November 25th-27th: No school, Thanksgiving Break


December 23rd-January 1st: Christmas Break


January 4th: Classes resume


January 15th: No school, Faculty retreat


January 18th: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


February 5th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers


February 15th: No school, Presidents' Day


March 4th: Trimester 2 ends


April 2nd-9th: Easter Break


April 12th: Classes resume


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.