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Last Updated: December 3, 2021 (1:35 p.m.)

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December 3, 2021

While the celebration of Thanksgiving provides a fresh memory for us, this past Sunday the Christian community has been offered a fresh start with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year. As Christians, we find ourselves at a period of time between two arrivals: Jesus’ first arrival in Bethlehem and his second arrival at some future time. Therefore, it is during this in-between period that our Church asks us to both reflect on Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and prepare our world for His new arrival. This preparation must begin with an honest, prayerful examination of our personal relationship with our Lord., the Word of God who became flesh.

The scripture readings and liturgical celebrations of Advent provide meaningful nourishment for us during this time of expectation and preparation. It cautions us, however, not to rush to Christmas, but to savor the anticipation, to make our longing increase and our gratitude grow as we welcome anew the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

This past Wednesday, the Class of 2023 and their families gathered for Eucharist, during which they received their Class rings and Augustinian pins. This celebration followed an afternoon of retreat which had as its theme the call to servant leadership. The reception of their Class ring and Augustinian pin serve to remind the Class of 2023 of their responsibility and unique role as leaders within the Prep community.

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2023 on this special occasion. Likewise, please know that the Friars at St. Augustine Prep pray that Advent may be a grace-filled time for you and your families. Have a blessed Advent!

In Christ through Augustine,

Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Head of School

 

Announcements for the Week of December 6

Athletics Outlook • December 2021

[LINK TO WEBPAGE] – School Calendar for Academic Year 2021-2022

[LINK TO WEBPAGE] – Hermits Athletics Weekly Outlook

[LINK TO DOCUMENT] – 8th through 12th Grade – Weekly Bell Schedule for Week of 12/6

DATES TO REMEMBER

DECEMBER 8 – Immaculate Conception/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
DECEMBER 9 – Advent Penance Service
DECEMBER 12 – Christmas Concert • 3:00 p.m. (Study Commons)

CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Get into the holiday spirit with our talented Hermits. The Fine & Performing Arts at the Prep will be hosting the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 12 in the Study Commons located in the Scarpa Building. The concert is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm and will feature the Men’s Chorus, Honor’s Choir, Jazz Band, and the brand new St. Cecilia Choir. Make the Prep part of your holiday excitement and join us on Sunday, December 12!

FACULTY STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT
The Faculty and Staff of St. Augustine Prep are second to none! To show our appreciation to them during this special time of the year, the Austin Society has coordinated a monetary Christmas gift appeal which will be shared amongst the faculty and staff members on behalf of all school families.

A gift, of any amount, is a show of support and gratitude. This gift is in lieu of individual gifts you might feel the need to give to your son’s teachers.

To make a gift online, you may do so by clicking HERE. Select the designation drop-down box and choose Faculty/Staff Christmas Gift. If you prefer to send a check, please do so by forwarding your payment to the Bursar in the Business Office located on the first floor of the Vincent Center. We kindly ask that the memo line read “Faculty/Staff Christmas Gift”. Contributions are requested to be received by Friday, December 17, if possible.

GIVING TREE
The Prep is a very generous, caring, and giving community by nature. We are asking our families to join together and help the less fortunate this Christmas season. In these difficult financial times, this generosity is a great relief to those who cannot afford gifts during the holiday season. We will be donating our gifts this year to the students at Holy Name Parish School in Camden.

Our Giving Tree Program began at our weekly school Mass on Wednesday, and the boys will have an opportunity to take a tag and purchase the gift. Gifts are to be given to their Theology teachers.

These are the gifts we are looking to have donated:
Five Years to Seven Old (Boys – should be educational, No war toys or soldiers / Girls – should be educational, No stuffed animals)
Eight to Ten Years Old (board games, educational toys, and the like)
Eleven to Thirteen Years Old (board games, educational toys, etc.)

All gifts are to be brought to the Theology teachers – they are to be unwrapped with the tag taped on the gift. Gifts are due by Wednesday, December 15th.

STUDENT MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM

Your son’s Student Emergency Information Form is now available in MyPrep.  Please complete this form as soon as possible.  Upon logging into MyPrep you will see a yellow banner that provides the link to the form.  Please direct all questions to our school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05 at Mrs.Kingett@hermits.com.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The health and well-being of our students and school community is always our main priority. As we have done throughout this experience, we have worked to keep our parents and guardians informed. At this time, the school is experiencing instances of positive COVID cases. As Atlantic County is currently reporting a high transmission rate, we are asking parents/guardians to contact the school nurse and keep their son(s) home for 24 hours should he exhibit any of the following symptoms in particular:
Headache, Cough, Congestion, Fever
Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our young men safe and healthy.

Additional Info & FAQ's

2021-2022 Eighth Grade Dress Code

Please find the full PDF version of the 2021-2022 Dress Code for the eighth grade below.

DRESS CODE

2021-2022 Ninth Grade Dress Code

Please find the full PDF version of the 2021-2022 Dress Code for the eighth grade below.

DRESS CODE

 Weekly Bell Schedule

Weekly Bell Schedule   

Lunch Accounts
You can manage your son’s lunch account on payschoolscentral.com – a program that allows you to track your son’s lunch account and make online deposits towards it. Cash will be accepted for the early portion of the school year. If you have any questions relating to the Pay Schools Central Program, student lunch accounts, or food allergens, please contact:

Director of Dining Services- Vinnie Berti ext. 135 or Mr.Berti@Hermits.com
Assistant Director of Dining Services – Paul Barr ext. 157 or Mr.Barr@Hermits.com

Prep Shop
The most up-to-date Prep Shop Hours and Information may be found HERE.

 

HERMITS ATHLETICS

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule for the Week of December 6.  Dates and times are subject to change; please visit the link daily for any and all updates.

Calling all scholar-athletes, registration for all sports is now open!

The athletic department is eager to return to a traditional experience and all students are invited to register for their sports of interest during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note, registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.
If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s).

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2021-2022 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION INFORMATION

THEORY CLASSES: Prior to taking the behind-the-wheel segment students are required to take the theory class. On the last day of the classes the NJ State written test will be administered. Having achieved at least an 80% test score and reaching the age of 16, students are eligible to get a NJ driving permit and enroll in the behind-the-wheel program. Classes are scheduled from 3:00 to 5:30 pm and will be conducted in the Study Commons. Classes are open to students who are at least 14 years and the cost is $100 (make check payable to SAP and students may bring the check to class). To register please contact Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com

UPCOMING CLASSES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR:
January 24, 2022 – January 28, 2022

February 22, 2022 – February 28, 2022

May 9, 2022 – May 13, 2022

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: Students who are at least 16 years of age and having passed the NJ State written test may enroll in the behind-the-wheel program. While driving, both Bro. David and the student will wear a face mask. Between students, the driver education vehicle will be sanitized. To enroll you must bring the following materials to Mrs. Auger in Scarpa Building: Completed permit application card (if you make any scratch-outs on the card you must complete a new one as MVC will not accept it); ORIGINAL birth certificate OR current passport; Social Security card (will be returned upon completion of the course); check payable to SAP for $300; and $14 CASH to purchase the permit and red decals from NJ MVC. When you bring these materials to Mrs. Auger she will schedule your trip dates.

COVID-19 PROCEDURAL REMINDERS

COVID-19 VACCINE

Under current guidance, fully vaccinated students and teachers who do not show COVID-19 symptoms will not be required to quarantine at home if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.  Students ages 12 and older are currently available for vaccination.

We are requesting that parents whose children have been vaccinated against COVID-19 provide a copy of the vaccination card to the school nurse to assist with any contact tracing efforts that may be necessary.

Please send to the school nurse ASAP either: a) a copy of your child’s COVID-19 vaccination card or b) a copy of a record from a health care provider’s medical record system indicating the dates that all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered.  If your child is vaccinated later in the school year, please send this documentation once the vaccine has been administered.

Thank you for your patience and collaboration in helping to maintain the in-person experience for our students.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs.Kingett@hermits.com.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CAMPUS VISITORS

All guests are requested to visit the Vincent Center upon arriving on campus and PRIOR to reaching their intended campus destination.  As per state mandate, visitors are required to check-in and receive a mask to wear during the visit (if you do not already have one of your own).  All visitors are required to wear a mask when navigating their way through any and all campus buildings.  We kindly ask all to observe social distancing and other appropriate safety measures to ensure the continued health of our campus community.  Thank you for your cooperation!

 

HERMITS BROADCASTING CHANNEL – STAY UPDATED ON ALL THINGS HERMITS!

Tune in to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to view live streaming of select Academic and Athletic events.  Follow @hermitbroadcast on Twitter and subscribe to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to stay informed of all upcoming spring broadcasts.

Are you a student interested in getting involved with the HBC?  Contact Mr. Broomell at mr.broomell@hermits.com to join the team!

 

DAILY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Click on the drop-down menus below for all general & class-specific daily announcements.

General Announcements

  • Athletics Registration
    • Calling all scholar-athletes, registration for all sports is now open! The athletic department is eager to return to a traditional experience and all students are invited to register for their sports of interest during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note, registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.
      If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s). CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2021-2022 academic year.All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form
  • 2022 YEARBOOK  – ALL HERMITS–we need your INPUT for our yearbook. Fill out the google forms HERE to give your choices to our fun questions. Visit our Yearbook page [ LINK ] for all updated information.

Eighth Grade Announcements

  • Click HERE for the latest Weekly Communication and Updates from Mr. Iaconelli.
  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • We are planning a CHRISTMAS PARTY event for the 8th grade – any parents who would be interested in helping with the event, please contact Mr. Casolaro at casolaro.donald@hermits.com.

Freshman Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135

Sophomore Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger
    by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.
    It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home.

Junior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • Herff Jones Ring Resizing – December 16, 2021 – Community Time/2nd Lunch
  • DRIVER’S EDUCATION • BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.  It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home.

Senior Announcements

  • YEARBOOK QUOTES: All Google forms with your senior quotes (sent to your email) are due December 17, 2021. Please use this LINK to complete the form. Please adhere to all guidelines when choosing your quote. Guidelines and all information can be found HERE.
  • SENIOR ADS – Click HERE to read the latest communication for Senior Ads, deadlines, and more.
  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135.

Hermits Athletics

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule for the Week of December 6.  Dates and times are subject to change; please visit the link daily for any and all updates.

Sports Registration

Calling all scholar-athletes, registration for all sports is now open!

The athletic department is eager to return to a traditional experience and all students are invited to register for their sports of interest during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note, registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.
If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s).

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2021-2022 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

 

College Guidance Announcements

  • LINK to Junior Parents College Night Information
  • Please follow the steps found HERE to register on NAVIANCE|Student for upcoming college events and presentations.
  • For upcoming SAT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • For upcoming ACT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • Any student intending to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level must register with the NCAA during the 2nd semester of junior year. To register please CLICK HERE 

Student Leadership Announcements

Please contact Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18, Dean of Student Leadership & Development, (Mr.Huscher@hermits.com) or Mr. Tim Hale, Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, (Mr.Hale@hermits.com) if you have questions regarding student life at the Prep.

2022 Yearbook

Please visit the Yearbook webpage HERE for all information to our google forms, purchasing senior ads, and buying your 2022 Austin-Aire yearbook.

Dress Codes for 2021-2022

For your reference, we have included our dress code for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Some brief notes:

The 8th grade will wear a blue or white dress shirt and the official 8th grade tie; Hermits branded sweater is optional, but is the only approved clothing item to be worn over the shirt and tie. Navy or gray pants, black or brown shoes, black or brown belt, and dress socks complete the winter uniform.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors switch to blue or white dress shirt, tie, navy or gray pants, black or brown shoes, black or brown belt, dress socks, and navy blue blazer with the St. Augustine Prep patch sewn over the left breast pocket.
Seniors may continue to wear khaki pants and boat shoes; outside of those differences, seniors follow the same dress code as underclassmen, as indicated above.

A reminder for all classes:

No white socks are permitted.
Sneakers are never permitted, regardless of the brand.
Hair is to be kept above the ears, eyes, and collar.
All young men are to be clean-shaven at all times.

[LINK TO DOCUMENT] – Eighth Grade Dress Code 2021-2022

[LINK TO DOCUMENT] – 9th through 12th Grade Dress Code 2021-2022

Policy and Procedure | Information

Attendance: Students must officially sign in before 9:45 a.m. to be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities for the academic day. In an effort to minimize the late arrival process, the student must report directly to the building where his current class is located and sign-in with the following staff members: 

  • Forum – Mrs. Field
  • Augustinian Hall – Mrs. Pippett
  • Vincent – Mrs. Ward
  • Scarpa – Mrs. Auger

Technology Agreement: Each student and parent must sign the Technology Agreement in order to utilize on-campus technology services.  Please hand the signed forms to your D and E period teachers. 

Student Security Cards: Students have been issued door access cards and student ID cards.  Both of these cards should be with the student at all times. Students must wear a lanyard with the swipe and ID card attached.  The lanyard which will have a breakaway clasp will be provided by the Prep. If a student loses either card or the lanyard the student is responsible for reporting the loss and purchasing a replacement.

LOST LANYARDS/IDs – Students must wear their school-issued lanyard with their student ID and door entrance key card as part of their uniform. Students who lose their lanyards are required to replace them. Please go to the Business Office to order a new student ID ($5) and a new key card ($10) and the Prep Shop for a lanyard ($5).

Transportation Announcements

Click HERE to visit the transportation section of the website to view updated bus stops and details on the Voucher Program.

For more information regarding transportation at the Prep, please contact Mrs. Marianne Carr P’05 at (856) 697-2600 ext. 142 or by email at mrs.carr@hermits.com.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Please view the article linked below courtesy of Prep Clinical Psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A., Psy.D.

Link to Article – Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION 
If your son has received the covid vaccination, please email a copy of his vaccination card to Mrs. Anna Broomell (Mrs.Broomell@hermits.com). If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05 by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

REPORTING A STUDENT WITH AN ILLNESS
The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett, must be contacted first by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138.  Once Mrs. Kingett has been notified and has discussed the situation with the student’s parent(s) and/or guardians, she will then contact Mrs. Pippett in the Academics office.  At this point, a decision will be made regarding your son being moved to remote learning and if necessary, a return date will be determined.
Should it be determined that your son be moved to remote learning, each of his teachers will be contacted immediately by Mrs. Pippett.
If you have additional questions regarding the process of reporting of an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

PREP SHOP HOURS

PREP SHOP Hours – Hours Updated Weekly

The PREP SHOP Hours for the upcoming week are listed below.  Hours are subject to change, please call (856) 697-2600 ext. 126 prior to making your way to Richland for a shopping trip!  Please note that hours are subject to change due to inclement weather; unfortunately, if the school is closed then the Prep Shop is also closed.

Monday 12/6 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday 12/7 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday 12/8 – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday 12/9 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday 12/10 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Upcoming Holiday Shopping Days with Hours: Wednesday 12/8 – 2Pm – 7 PM AND Sunday 12/12 11AM – 3PM

For questions regarding the Prep Shop, please contact Mrs. Blystone at mrs.blystone@hermits.com or (856) 697-2600 ext. 126.

In compliance with state laws regarding social distancing, we will be accepting no more than 10 customers in the store at a time; all will be required to sign a declaration of health form (CLICK HERE to download and print form) and wear a protective face mask at all times while present in the Forum.

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Evening hours available during select campus events, please call (856) 697-2600 x126 to confirm hours prior to making a special trip to the Prep Shop!

PREP SHOP ONLINE

Please CLICK HERE to visit the only online shop carrying licensed St. Augustine Prep Hermits merchandise.  Thank you for always showing your Hermit Pride!  

Resources & Documents

Points of Contact

Academics: Mrs. Nancy McHugh P’08 ’11 ’15 (academics@hermits.com)

Admissions: Mr. J.C. Valore (admissions@hermits.com)

Student Leadership & Development: Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18 (mr.huscher@hermits.com)

Campus Safety: Mr. Tim Hale (mr.hale@hermits.com)

Athletics: Mr. Michael Rizzo ’86 (athletics@hermits.com)

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Bro. Bob Thornton (br.bob@hermits.com)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2021-2022

View the School Calendar for Academic Year 2021-2022.

School Calendar for Academic Year 2021-2022

Online Real-Time School Calendar & Athletic Schedules

This online calendar is updated in real-time as venues, time changes, and cancellations are announced.  All athletic games and practice information may also be found here.

School Calendar and Athletic Schedule Website

2020-2021 Student Handbook

Click below to view and/or download the Student Handbook which includes the updated Student Dress Code for Academic Year 2020-2021.  The Student Handbook for Academic Year 2021-2022 will be emailed and posted for families upon its completion.

2020-2021 Student Handbook